Monthly Archives: September 2009

Front Row at Balmain

Michael Stipe, on the front row at Balmain, said meetings in Paris about R.E.M.’s next album, put him in pole position to indulge an interest in fashion.

Balmain Builds on Its Strengths

Balmain’s Christophe Decarnin is said to regularly dip into the photo library while also keeping a strong focus on the future.

Eiffel Power: A Look Inside Paris Studios

Lights! Camera! Clothes! WWD played fly-on-the-wall during a tour of Paris studios in the buildup to an action-packed fashion week.

Hugo Boss Taps Graeme Black

Hugo Boss has named the London-based designer Graeme Black as creative consultant, with plans to launch Black’s first collection in fall 2010.

Copping Aims for Perfection at Nina Ricci

Raised in the idyllic countryside in Oxfordshire, England, Peter Copping is a calm, soft-spoken man: sure of himself, but hardly fueled by nervous energy.

Giles Deacon Honored… Streaming Louis Vuitton… Blue Clues…

Pierre Bergé, as president of France’s National Association for the Development of the Fashion Arts, presented an award to Giles Deacon.

Lo and Behold

Uniqlo? Resistance is truly futile. Never mind those polo shirts that hold their shape and color well into the umpteenth wash or the designer collaborations with the likes of Jil Sander and Gilded Age. The company (whose success has made founder Tadashi Yanai Japan’s richest man) has a knack for planting itself in the heart of the action. The new Paris flagship is, for instance, spitting distance from the Opéra Garnier, whose neo-baroque fabulosity echoed Wednesday night with the techno pumped out by Yulia, the blue-haired DJ they’re calling Tokyo’s Gaga. The store is designed by Masamichi Katayama; the styling is by Nicola Formichetti; the photography of Parisian nu-icons (OK, Sebastien Tellier and Emmanuelle Seigner) by Maciek Kobielski. They were all there on opening night, along with half of Paris and Lykke Li, who provided the entertainment. In a traditional good-luck ritual, Yanai and a posse of other Japanese dignitaries bashed the hell out of some barrels of sake, which was pretty entertaining, too.

—Tim Blanks

Chick Lit

“I was thinking there were all these beautiful books around and they were being forgotten with everybody on the Internet, so I made it so that you can carry them around,” said designer Olympia Le-Tan at her Paris fashion week presentation at the Galerie Véro-Dodat. The style set may be relieved to discover, however, that no real reading is involved: The “books” in question are actually rectangular box clutches that feature hand-knit copies of the covers of some favorite reads.

For the quirky girl, there is The Misfits by Arthur Miller; the prep school kid turned artist can tote J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye; and for the contrarian there’s the inimitable Gertrude Stein. Late arrival Sarah Lerfel was charmed to find her perfect match: Colette’s The Pure & the Impure. Le-Tan showed us the Liberty-print lining on the inside of each clutch. “I’ve been in the Liberty or liberté mood,” she said with a smile. “I also did these prints for shoes with J.M. Weston.” The design collaboration with the French shoe company will debut at Lerfel’s Colette this month.

But the two-part night was just starting. Afterward, Le-Tan and crew headed across the river for the after-party at Le Montana. With everything from Lady Gaga to salsa music pumping over the speakers, the mirrored downstairs den turned into a hopping dance-a-thon, including a sociable Adrian Grenier—living the Entourage life, no doubt. Chatting up a Heidi Mount look-alike, the actor forbade any fashionspeak as the music kicked up a notch. “I just wanna dance,” he said, and he did all night.

—Bee-Shyuan Chang

Milan Highlights: Spring 2010 RTW

Milan Highlights: Spring 2010 RTW