Sotheby’s Paris to Auction Private Collection of Vintage Martin Margiela

TREASURE TROVE: As prices for vintage soar, demand for one designer’s work shows no sign of flagging: Sotheby’s Paris said Tuesday that it would hold an exhibition and online auction this fall dedicated to Martin Margiela.
Nearly 220 items of clothing and accessories from a private collection will go under the hammer between Sept. 19 and Oct. 1. Among the top lots is a men’s vest assembled from playing cards from Maison Martin Margiela’s Artisanal collection. One of only five of its kind, it is estimated to fetch between 8,000 euros and 10,000 euros.

A waistcoat made with playing cards from Maison Martin Margiela’s spring 2006 Artisanal collection. 
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Among the other rare items offered for sale are down coats from fall 1999, a linen jacket from the Stockman collection of spring 1997, and a top made of bow ties, also from the Artisanal line. The items will be on show from Sept. 20 to 25, coinciding with Paris Fashion Week.
Coming on the heels of two major Paris retrospectives last year — at the Palais Galliera fashion museum and Les Arts Décoratifs — the sale coincides with a double anniversary: the birth of Maison Martin Margiela in 1989 and the departure of its reclusive

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Paris Scene: What’s New for Couture Season

Paris is on fire — and that’s not just temperature-wise. From new shops, restaurants, spas and art exhibitions, the city is a hotbed of newness. Here’s a selection of where to go during this summer’s couture season.
NEW LEGACY: The Hôtel Barrière Fouquet’s Paris has a new retail space, called Legacy. Set up by Bow Group and Sébastien Chapelle, who formerly headed the watches and high-tech offer at Colette, the space sells high-tech grooming tools from Dyson and Braun; exclusive watch models from labels such as Corum and Casio G-Shock; jewelry, and books by Rizzoli and Taschen. Interior decorator Jacques Garcia designed the plush space, which is tucked next to the Marta bar, with red moiré curtains and a purple carpet. — Mimosa Spencer
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HITTING THE TOWN: An eighth-floor rooftop bar, an arty terrace and a former train station transformed into a colorful restaurant: This couture season, Paris is teeming with exciting new spots to let off steam in between shows.
After a bit of shopping at Parisian department store Galeries Lafayette, head to the eighth floor of the building to take in the spectacular panoramic view of the Opéra Garnier and the

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Launchmetrics’ Numbers Support Strength of Paris, Italian Men’s Fashion Weeks

It’s no surprise that Paris Men’s Fashion Week has been gaining in importance as New York and London continue to struggle. Marquee shows such as Louis Vuitton and Dior with their buzzy creative directors are overshadowing brands showing in other cities.
And while the Milan calendar is also experiencing some strain, the big Italian brands are still managing to hold their own against their Parisian counterparts.
Looking back at the spring 2019 season, Launchmetrics’ recently released State of Menswear report found that, thanks in large part to the debut of Virgil Abloh as creative director, Louis Vuitton was by far the most popular show of the season with 18.2 million media placements. That number outpaces Dior, the next most popular show, with 9.7 million MIVs, or media impact values, Launchmetrics’ proprietary measurement of media placement in all channels: social, print and online.
Third on the list is Versace, with 5 million MIVs, followed by Prada with 3.2 million, Valentino with 3.1 million, Giorgio Armani with 2.7 million, Off-White with 2.5 million, Yohji Yamamoto with 2.194 million, Boris Bidjan Saberi with 2.190 million and Balmain with 2 million.
Noticeably absent from this list, which includes coed shows, are any designer brands showing in either London

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Retailers Embrace Feminine Side of Men’s Shows in Paris

PARIS — Retailers embraced the wave of femininity that swept through the men’s shows in Paris. Fluid suits, silky shirts, a profusion of pastels — think pink! — floral prints and individual expression were the names of the game this season.
“The most important new direction we are looking for in Paris is the genderless look,” said Federica Montelli, head of fashion at La Rinascente.
Emmanuel de Bayser, co-owner of The Corner, pushed the idea a bit further:
“The classic, traditional men’s look for us is completely gone. Easy, fresh and bold are the keywords,” he said.
Dior topped the favorite collections, with Louis Vuitton and Dries Van Noten as runners-up. The next tier was crowded: Jil Sander, Loewe, Celine, Valentino and Off-White, reflecting diversity in opinions.
In the hot-new-talent department, Casablanca and Nanushka caught notice. And the best venue went to Louis Vuitton — the Paris streets never fail to charm. Lanvin’s poolside runway and Dior’s futuristic set were also popular.
While snarled traffic and hot sticky weather did not go unnoticed, the fashion, it seems, will be remembered the most.
Here, a roundup of the Paris spring collections in the eyes of the retailers.

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Pigalle Paris Men’s Spring 2020

It didn’t start very well: Guests arriving at the Pigalle Paris spring show were informed that there was only one elevator — able to transport seven people at the time — to go up to the seventh floor of the parking lot where the presentation was held. Mayhem ensued, with bouncers striving to enforce health and safety measures, and the presentation finally started 45 minutes behind schedule — not ideal on the last day of fashion week.
But what a view: a panoramic view of Paris taking in the colorful tubes of the Centre Pompidou, the Grand Palais and the Eiffel Tower, with the Sacré Coeur looming behind the show space. As has become its trademark, Pigalle Paris set out to celebrate the city of its birth, parading the clothes in front of a triptych of panels depicting a futuristic version of the City of Light, its grey slate roofs turned lilac. Guests could play “spot the difference” by comparing the artwork to the actual view behind it.
Models in the first part of the presentation, wearing mirrored helmets, were decked out in pristine silk tracksuits and flowing Champagne-colored suits. It was street couture at its very best: A slouchy oversized leather

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Emily Bode Preps for Paris Debut

NEW YORK — Walking into Emily Adams Bode’s Chinatown studio is a little like visiting grandma’s attic. The cramped space in the walk-up building on East Broadway is chock full of antique quilts, tobacco labels, horse ribbons and a hodgepodge of other early American artifacts that provide the first glimpse into the heritage-skewed men’s wear that has put the young designer on the map.
And how. Bode’s brand might be only three years old, but she already has received more accolades than designers who have been around for decades.
She was the first female designer to show at New York Fashion Week: Men’s and was the runner-up for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award. Earlier this month, she snagged the Emerging Designer of the Year Award at the CFDA Awards at the Brooklyn Museum. And, oh yes, she’s been shortlisted for the LVMH Prize, one of the biggest awards in fashion for a young designer.
The LVMH Prize is one of the reasons Bode is also making another bold move with her relatively young label — she’s decamping from New York — to join the already packed Paris schedule.
She may be heading to the French capital to show, but it’s her American roots that drive her,

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Christian Louboutin Plots Paris Exhibition

When Christian Louboutin was growing up in Paris, heels were not allowed at the Palais de la Porte Dorée, an Art Deco gem dedicated to African and Asian arts.
Sweet revenge comes in February 2020, when the museum, whose partial restoration was funded by the luxury shoemaker, will house an exhibition devoted to Louboutin’s creativity and his diverse aesthetic passions.
“It’s an open window to my brain,” was how Louboutin summed up the vast showcase, where more than 200 pairs of shoes will be sprinkled among an eclectic mix of art works, furnishings, installations, performance pieces and some fashion items, including crosses and crowns. “The heel is back in the museum in full force, only it’s not only an exhibition of high heels. We have flat shoes, too.”
The delicate mosaics and parquet floors are what compelled the museum to ban spindly footwear back in the day. And its ornamental splendor is what sparked Louboutin’s passion for decorative arts, which would become a key source of inspiration for the future designer.
In an interview on Thursday, Louboutin recalled being awed by the tall doors sheltering one of the museum’s sumptuous salons, its door handles made of jutting horns that evoked the wonder of Africa.

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Grailed Opens Paris Pop-Up for Men’s Fashion Week

TOUCHDOWN: Grailed has landed in Paris. The online men’s fashion and streetwear marketplace has opened a pop-up on Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau through Saturday, designed to be a “shoppable showroom” of more than 300 new and archival men’s wear pieces.
The showcase is the platform’s second pop-up after one in Los Angeles’ Fairfax district that ran for a few days in April.
According to a spokesman for Grailed, the marketplace has a strong following in Europe. Paris, as one of the world’s most influential cities for men’s style, was a logical choice, he said.
At the Paris space, customizable Grailed lab coats are available on a first come, first served and “best dressed” basis, according to the platform, with 40 up for grabs each day.
On Saturday, an Instagram competition will see 1,000 euros gifted to one attendee who posts and tags the showcase with the hashtag #GrailedPFW.
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Cowboys, Y-Fronts and the New Drag: Brands to Check Out During Paris Men’s Week

PARIS — Paris men’s fashion week is having a moment: Hailing from Los Angeles, Sweden, China or Monaco, Rhude, Eytys, Li Ning and Alter are among the rising international brands that have been added to the official men’s calendar and presentation lineup this season.
GAMUT
Things are going pretty fast for Gamut, the fashion collective created in 2017 by former students of La Cambre fashion school in Brussels — which is surprising, because the seven French nationals are intent on taking their time.
“We’re continuing to experiment with the fashion calendar: We chose to skip fall 2019 to focus on our showroom, and realized that taking nine months to create a collection was a rhythm we quite liked,” said one of the members — all of whom prefer to remain anonymous — speaking at the collective’s studio at the Porte de la Chapelle, a somewhat sketchy area in the remote 18th arrondissement.
Since its first debut show last September, Gamut has added a photographer/visual director to its team, and landed a spot on the French couture federation’s official calendar for presentations. Now it’s behaving like full-fledged business with dedicated members in charge of sourcing, production, administration and communication. Decisions are still fully collegial, though.
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New Celine Store in Paris Spotlights Women Artists

FEMALE PERSUASION: Celine is putting the spotlight on women artists with its latest boutique in Paris, its fourth opening in the French capital in as many months.
The store on Rue Duphot, just off Rue Saint-Honoré, carries women’s and men’s ready-to-wear and accessories. In line with creative director Hedi Slimane’s new retail concept, inaugurated in New York City in February, the 3,770-square-foot space features a mix of his furniture designs, vintage pieces and original art works.
They include a ceramic sculpture by German artist Katinka Bock; a sculpture by Chinese artist Hu Xiaoyuan incorporating materials such as rosewood, ink, raw silk and nails; a wall-mounted sculpture by Canadian artist Georgia Dickie, who often works with found objects, and a work by fellow Canadian Rochelle Goldberg. Rounding out the selection is a man, Brazilian artist Deyson Gilbert.

The Celine store on Rue Duphot in Paris. 
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Walls are covered in stone including Grand Antique marble, a deep black stone with graphic white veining from the South of France, and travertine from Iran, in an overall design that blends elements of Brutalism, Modernism, Bauhaus and Dutch art movement De Stijl.
Among the store’s most striking features is a staircase linking the ground floor to the first floor, framed

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Bode Choosing Paris Over New York

Emily Bode is jumping across the pond to show her spring collection and will make her runway debut in Paris next month, WWD has learned.
The New York-based designer’s presentation of her heritage-inspired men’s wear has been a staple of New York Fashion Week: Men’s since its launch in 2016. But the declining significance of the shows and the character of the company’s business led to the decision.
Additionally, the brand is a finalist for the LVMH Prize, which will be awarded in Paris in June.
Paris Fashion Week’s organizers are expected to make the announcement of Bode’s participation today.
“The majority of our distribution is in Europe,” Bode said. “And we wanted the buyers and press to see the collection. We’ve been selling via line sheets and post-show, so we thought it was important to embrace the opportunity and make the jump to Paris.”
Bode is the latest designer brand to abandon the struggling New York spring calendar. The official schedule released Wednesday by the Council of Fashion Designers of America is anemic, with only around 20 men’s presentations and shows, nearly all of them emerging or little-known designers.
“I’m super-grateful to New York Fashion Week: Men’s,” Bode said, “and I’m excited to see what

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Sies Marjan Expected to Show Men’s in Paris

Count Sies Marjan as the latest brand to make the jump from New York to Paris.
Sources said the buzzy New York-based brand will hold its first men’s-only show in June during Paris Fashion Week. The company declined to comment but an announcement is expected next week.

The label, designed by Sander Lak, a former head of design for Dries Van Noten, has historically shown men’s looks during his women’s show in New York, but a more-intense focus on its men’s collection has prompted the company to opt for the Paris runway where many of the higher-profile brands show.

Sies Marjan launched as a luxury women’s label in 2016 in New York. Lak, a Dutch native, debuted his first full men’s line for fall 2018.
Before spending five years at Dries Van Noten, Lak, a graduate of Central Saint Martins, worked at Balmain in Paris and Phillip Lim in New York. His Sies Marjan brand is known for its use of color, proportion and innovative materials.

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Suitsupply Opens First Store in Paris

PARIS — Suitsupply has landed in France.
A stone’s throw from the Paris Opera, the Amsterdam-based men’s wear retailer has opened its first French store on Rue de La Paix in the 2nd arrondissement.
The 6,450-square-foot space, which was unveiled to the public on Thursday, will carry Suitsupply’s full collections, spanning men’s tailoring, outerwear, shoes and accessories, including the retailer’s newest style, a lightweight silk and wool blend suit, which was debuted in the Paris flagship.
“The decision to open in Paris was a no-brainer, as a big chunk of our online sales come from France,” said founder and chief executive officer Fokke de Jong.
“The French have an ingrained sense of elegance; they approach tailoring in an effortless way,” he continued. “We focus on the more elegant side of men’s fashion — basically, everything that has a jacket on. I think that will resonate well with the French customer.”
The privately held company chose to acknowledge the difficult timing of the opening, which comes a month after the Notre Dame fire: All sales made on the store’s opening day went to the Notre Dame restoration fund.
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L’Oréal Paris, Nivea Top Beauty ‘Megabrand’ Ranking

BEAUTY BRAND-BUILDING: One-quarter of the top 100 “megabrands” in Euromonitor International’s ranking are beauty and personal-care brands, and the category took second place overall, behind the packaged food sector.
According to the market research provider’s recent list, which takes into account the world’s leading fast-moving consumer goods labels, the top 10 were: L’Oréal Paris, Nivea, Colgate, Gillette, Dove, Avon, Garnier, Shiseido, Gemey/Maybelline/Jade and Natura.
L’Oréal Paris and Nivea have maintained their first and second rankings since 2014.
“While there has been movement across the top 10, rankings have not changed significantly,” Tom Rees, industry manager at Euromonitor International, said in a statement. “Only one brand has entered the top 10 since 2014: Shiseido, at number eight.
“The key trend has been premiumization,” he continued. “Revived consumer confidence in key markets, plus aspirational demand in emerging regions has grown the premium market substantially.”
According to the report, L’Oréal Paris ranks fifth among global megabrands.
“L’Oréal is the world’s leading beauty and personal-care brand by sales, with China its second-highest country for sales behind the U.S.,” Euromonitor said. “[China] is forecast to increase beauty and personal-care sales by over 40 percent by 2022.”

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Azzedine Alaïa Moves Paris Exhibition to SKP Beijing

BEIJING — Compagnie Financiere Richemont-owned Azzedine Alaïa is bringing its exhibition “The Secret Alchemy of a Collection” from Paris to Beijing.
Organized by Carla Sozzani, a close friend of the late designer’s and curated by Oliver Saillard, some rare pieces from the 1992 Summer collection, the largest collection the late couturier ever made, is on display on the fourth floor of SKP Beijing. The exhibition will run until March 26.
High-end fashion department store SKP Beijing, known to the West as China’s luxury mecca, is the most important point of sales for many luxury brands in China. Azzedine Alaïa opened his third boutique there with an exhibition featuring red evening dresses and photographs from Erwin Blumenfeld in 2014.
“When Mr. Alaia and Mr. Ji [Xiao An, chairman of Hualian Group, parent company of SKP Beijing] met, it was immediate sympathy between them and friendship without words and only through eyes happened and stayed,” Sozzani said.
Ji and Sozzani will host a cocktail party on March 17 to celebrate the exhibition.
SKP Beijing has been a hot spot for fashion companies to collaborate with unique retail and branding experiences. In January, Dior Men took over the whole façade to celebrate the launch of Kim Jones’

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Chainmail Is a Trend Happening at Paris Fashion Week

As many stay tuned to Paris Fashion Week, an unlikely fashion trend has popped up among the Parisian street-style set: chainmail.
The 12th-century armor, originally a mesh made up of metal rings to protect the head and body, has been reimagined by many Paris showgoers, who are wearing the style in silver, gold and black as clothing, headwear and handbags.
Giving a nod to the medieval chainmail style, two showgoers were seen wearing the style as headwear, one with a black chain-link headpiece worn over a metallic silver headscarf and another wearing a silver chain-link headpiece with a matching handbag.

Chainmail at Paris Fashion Week fall 2019. 
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Others went with more of a disco theme. Designer Michelle Elie wore a silver metallic sequined dress with a matching bag, while another paired a metallic gold chain-link top with a matching gold sequined skirt.

Chainmail at Paris Fashion Week fall 2019. 
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Over the decades, the style has been a runway staple, most notably by Paco Rabanne, who made it his signature style in the Sixties. Most recently, the look was interpreted for fall by designers including Christian Siriano, who gave models ponytails tied together with links of chainmail; Area, which accented clothing with colorful

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Rokh’s Paris Fashion Week Debut Signals Ambitious Future

LONDON — When he founded Rokh in 2016, London-based designer Rok Hwang wanted to experiment with the construction of garments and propose new silhouettes.
While his fashion might be cool and of-the-moment — think oversize shirts with extra-large cuffs, deconstructed trench coats and fluid dresses — Hwang has chosen to take the more traditional, and at times more challenging, route to brand-building. He offers ready-to-wear and handbags, he is committed to a wholesale strategy and to building long-term relationships with luxury European manufacturers.
He favors traditional show formats, too, which is why he’s making his runway debut at Paris Fashion Week, having amassed a growing network of 120 retail partners, including Net-a-porter. (See review this page.)
“It’s been a personal dream to show in Paris. I also wanted to give the option to the brand to have international exposure and to pass on the message that we are now more established,” Hwang said in an interview.
In an interview last week, he was unequivocal about his ambition to build a full-fledged design house. He’s set the bar high, having cut his teeth at the likes of Celine, Louis Vuitton and Chloé. He credits his time at Celine under Phoebe Philo as a particular influence.

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EXCLUSIVE: Heron Preston on Opening Paris Men’s Fashion Week

PARIS — “Streetwear on the runways of Paris has always been that vision that I’ve shared with my friends, the ultimate opportunity to present some new fresh ideas in a city and platform that we have always looked up to,” said Heron Preston, who today at the Palais de Tokyo will present the first runway show of his namesake label, as part of the official calendar of Paris Men’s Fashion Week.
Call him a quick learner. Preston, who was “raised” by the skate culture in San Francisco where he grew up, and who first started making noise in 2012 with his art-project bootleg spins on the Givenchy Rottweiler T-shirt, said that it was only around four years ago, when he started working with Kanye West, that he was introduced to the world of Paris fashion.
A former art director for West, Preston — who’s considered a post-Internet Renaissance man — worked at Nike and was also a part of the Been Trill art and DJ collective with Virgil Abloh, Justin Saunders and Matthew Williams.
“I really put myself in that environment with Virgil, Matthew and Kanye [West]. And going to Paris with those guys, I was always that kid who felt like a bit

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Paris Men’s Fashion Week: A Survival Guide

Where: The Marais, still the go-to zone for new shops, eateries and cafés.
Shows in the area: Acne Studios, Facetasm, Alyx, Cmmn Swdn and Lemaire.
What not to miss: Looking for a bite to eat between Facetasm and Acne Studios? Leg it to Raw to Go, a new takeaway spot opened by culinary duo Marie and William Pradeleix that specializes in raw food — think sashimi, beef tartare, cold-pressed juices and cacao bars. For a spot of shopping, new men’s concept-store La Garçonnière carries more than 200 brands, including Danish outerwear label Rains, funky eyewear styles by French start-up Izipizi and the ubiquitous — and sustainable — Veja sneakers, as well as a barber shop. As happy hour comes closer, check out the new bar Cambridge Public House, which was opened on Jan. 14 by Hyacinthe Lescoët, former head barman at the Mary Céleste. “Fancy cocktail places can be a bit intimidating, so we wanted to recreate the vibe of an English pub, with cozy furniture and an open mindset,” said the drinks maestro. Good to know for Dry January: around a quarter of the creative cocktails listed on the menu will be spirit free.
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Tavares Strachan Brings Space Bombers to Paris With CIFF

SPACE MAN: Tavares Strachan is getting into fashion. The Bahamian artist has created a capsule collection and installation of six bomber jackets showing in Paris.
“I never thought I’d be producing something that people would wear,” said Strachan at a preview of the installation at the Crillon. “I don’t see this as fashion to me, this is sculpture.”
Branded under the name B.A.S.E.C., for the Bahamian Aerospace and Sea Exploration Center Strachan created after undertaking cosmonaut training a few years ago, the project is staged by edgy trade fair CIFF under the tagline “The Northwind Trilogy.”
Curated by Neville Wakefield, the three-part project was unveiled at Art Basel Miami in December before hitting Paris and will head to CIFF in Copenhagen at the end of the month.
The jackets were created in collaboration with the artist’s mother, and have a social as well as commercial ambition. Crafted by local women, money raised from their sale will be used to fund training initiatives for women in the island nation and inject resources into boosting local production.
Fewer than 600 jackets will be produced in total, and they will be offered to select retailers worldwide that can support the installation concept. They will sell for around $ 2,000

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Parsons Paris Forms Advisory Board to Support Ambitious Growth Plan

Parsons Paris, the European campus of The New School’s  Parsons School of Design, said Friday that it has formed an advisory board to provide guidance to university leadership on strategy and growth opportunities, help shape innovative programming and enhance the school’s reputation throughout the world.
Peter Price, chairman and chief executive officer of Premiere Previews and a former trustee of The New School, will chair the advisory board.
Parsons Paris was established in 1921 as the first American art and design school in the French capital. The school offers programs and courses that build on the fashion, design, art, media and technology, and strategic design and management curriculum of Parsons School of Design in New York.
The advisory board will hold its inaugural meeting on May 15 to coincide with the school’s annual year-end fashion show.
“As The New School celebrates its centennial this year, and Parsons Paris looks ahead to its centenary in 2021, the advisory board will play an integral role in supporting an ambitious growth plan in Paris and our mission to provide a world-class education experience for outstanding artists, designers and scholars,” said Tim Marshall, provost of The New School.
Florence Leclerc-Dickler, dean of Parsons Paris, added, “The advisory board will

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Paris Scene: New Haunts to Check Out During Couture Season

Here are some ideas of the latest places to shop, eat, view art and get pampered in the City of Light, in between couture shows that begin on Monday. 
DOWN THE MOUNTAIN: Rossignol has come down the mountains and planted its ski batons — and apparel to match — in the center of Paris. The new Left Bank store was designed by Luca Azzoni’s architecture firm with the sporty heritage of the label in mind and includes touches of the dark slate rock used at the company headquarters in the Alps. Spread over 1,000 square feet, the space offers a mix of technical gear and contemporary street fashion, reflecting the label’s push from ski stations into urban areas. A longstanding collaboration with Jean-Charles de Castelbajac has produced more playful pieces in the boutique. The store also offers click-and-collect services. — Mimosa Spencer
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138 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006
Tel.: +33-1-42-01-18-72
Open Monday to Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
 
EATING OUT: Whether you’re looking to discover new cuisines, dine on the Seine or party the night away, these four new Parisian spots have got you covered during couture week.
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Homme Plissé Issey Miyake to Hold First Presentation in Paris

NEW PLEATS: Homme Plissé Issey Miyake, a men’s line from the Japanese designer, is holding its first presentation in Paris on Jan. 17.
Choreographed by Daniel Ezralow, the artistic presentation will take place at the Pompidou Center at 9 p.m., following the Issey Miyake show earlier in the day at 11 a.m. in the Palais de Tokyo. Ezralow choreographed a presentation for Homme Plissé Issey Miyake featuring the men’s gymnastics team of Aomori University in 2013. The Pompidou Center presentation will take place in same space as a recent exhibit on Japanese architect Tadao Ando, a large room with windows lining one side.
Homme Plissé Issey Miyake was established in 2013 as a masculine counterpart to Pleats Please, which was launched two decades prior. The clothing is meant to be light and comfortable, with uniform pleats to keep fabric from sticking too close to the skin.
Designed by Miyake and his teams, pieces to be featured in the presentation are part of the fall winter 2019 collection, with most of the items pleated after being cut and sewn. The line has been growing with an offer ranging from ath-leisure and casual style clothing to suits.
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Adidas to Host ‘MakerLab’ Runway Presentation in Paris

FRESH TALENT: Adidas Originals is taking further steps to support young talent.
The brand is hosting a runway presentation during Paris men’s week for which it has invited three emerging designers to show their collection.
In partnership with the British Fashion Council and BFC ambassador David Beckham, designers Nicholas Daley, Paolina Russo and Priya Ahluwalia will present their designs at the “MakerLab Presents: Here to Create” presentation at Garage Amelot on Jan. 18 at 4 p.m.
Models will walk down the runway wearing customized pairs of Adidas Originals SC Premiere shoes, crafted by the three designers in collaboration with Parisian ateliers.
All three designers are London-based. Daley, who is part of BFC’s NewGen sponsorship scheme, and Ahluwalia, who won the H&M Design Award in 2018, showed their collection during London men’s week earlier in January.
The initiative “is driven by a commitment to furthering education to foster young creative minds and providing a platform to support emerging design talent by bringing together the worlds of art, fashion and sport,” Nic Galway, senior VP of global design for Adidas Originals, said in a statement.
Ahead of the show, a MakerLab workshop with Beckham himself — who has been an Adidas Originals partner for over 20 years —

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Paris Men’s Show Calendar Still In Flux as Protests Loom

IN FLUX: The calendar for next Saturday’s shows at Paris men’s fashion week continues to evolve, as organizers work to avert any danger of France’s yellow vests movement spoiling their carefully planned showcases.
Following Dior’s decision to advance its show to Friday, several other brands have rescheduled, although they have stuck to their original Jan. 19 date. Brands have contacted guests to advise them of the new time slots, but have requested the details be kept confidential in order not to alert protest organizers.
The show calendar on the web site of the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode, French fashion’s governing body, has not been updated yet to reflect the changes. Brands showing on Saturday include Sacai, Loewe, Thom Browne, White Mountaineering and Hermès.
Ralph Toledano, president of the federation, said it was in touch with city authorities to make sure everything goes without a hitch.
“We are working with the Paris police, which have made a number of recommendations concerning locations and time slots. Naturally, they are implementing every possible and imaginable measure, so we have followed those recommendations in a responsible manner,” Toledano told WWD.
He noted that it wasn’t the first time the federation has tweaked its schedule

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La Prestic Ouiston Expands With Plans for Store in Paris

A NEW FLAME: Rounding out a globetrotting tour of pop-up stores, La Prestic Ouiston is opening its first boutique in the Saint Germain district of Paris and launching an e-commerce site at the start of next year.
Nearly a decade old, the upscale Parisian label best known for original prints and fluid silhouettes, has recently experienced a surge of interest abroad, where it is sold in places including Fivestory in New York, Ron Herman in Los Angeles and Japan, Hanwha Galleria in Seoul, and soon on Matchesfashion.com.
For the label’s designer Laurence Mahéo, opening a Paris store will offer the chance to return to her design roots with one-off items. Self-taught, the designer was exposed to textiles growing up—her grandparents ran a high-end fabric store in France—and, as an adult, started selling clothing at Le Bon Marché in small batches of one-off pieces. Mahéo branched out into collections at the suggestion of the Left Bank institution’s Régine Bérault.
“I didn’t realize I was building a brand—I was making clothing,” recalled Mahéo.
“I still have a hard time realizing that it has become a French label with a certain notoriety…I feel like I have spent 10 years working like crazy and, suddenly, lifting my head

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Alexander McQueen Missing From Paris Men’s Week

SHOW BUSINESS: Big acts missing from the official schedule of Paris Men’s Week in January will include Alexander McQueen. The house plans to switch to a series of intimate events as its new presentation format, WWD has learned. The first will take place in London in May for the fall 2019 season. “Intrinsically connected to the bespoke tailoring heritage of Alexander McQueen men’s wear, these events will be central to the evolution of the house’s commitment to the championing of creativity, craftsmanship and innovation,” the brand said. The house moved to showing in Paris in June 2017 after having shown by appointment in Milan and London in previous seasons.
As expected, Lanvin, which recently parted ways with its men’s creative director Lucas Ossendrijver, is also missing from the lineup, according to the Chambre Syndicale which released its provisional schedule for the week on Friday.
Maison Margiela will also sit out the Paris men’s shows this season as it undergoes a strategic review under chief executive officer Riccardo Bellini, who joined the company in March. The house is believed to be aligning its men’s ready-to-wear collection more closely with its women’s line and Artisanal couture collection. Maison Margiela creative director John Galliano oversees

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Christian Louboutin Sponsors Restoration of Paris Art Deco Gem

RESTORATION AFOOT: Paying tribute to one of his childhood stomping grounds, Christian Louboutin is the main sponsor of a major restoration program underway on one of Paris’ Art Deco architectural gems, the Palais de la Porté Dorée.
Constructed for the Paris Colonial Exhibition in 1931, and once home to the Museum of Overseas France, the protected building, located in the Porte Dorée district in the city’s 12th arrondissement, has changed names several times. Today it houses the National Center of the History of Immigration and an aquarium.
Louboutin, who grew up in the area, said he has a personal connection with the site, which inspired one of his first creations: a shoe with a metallic leather inspired by the fish in the tropical aquarium.
“Today, the palace also represents the values that I share around diversity and openness to the world,” the designer said.
The brand’s support will go directly towards the restoration of the impressive bas-relief covering the site’s façade, designed by Alfred-Auguste Janniot, and the renovation of the great hall, with its monumental frescoes by Pierre-Henri Ducos de la Haille depicting scenes from colonial France. It will also go towards restoring the furniture in the building’s two historic salons, Africa and Asia,

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Jane Birkin and Daughters Front December Issue of Vogue Paris

MOTHER AND DAUGHTERS: This year, the Vogue Paris Christmas issue has chosen not one, but three cover stars.
British singer Jane Birkin and her daughters Charlotte Gainsbourg and Lou Doillon front the December issue of the magazine, which hits newsstands on Dec. 6. They succeed Rihanna, who guest edited the issue last year.
Birkin and Doillon, her daughter with French filmmaker Jacques Doillon, both wear Gucci in the images photographed by Lachlan Bailey. Birkin gave a surprise performance at the Gucci spring 2019 show held at Le Palace in Paris on Sept. 25.
Gainsbourg, born from Birkin’s union with French singer Serge Gainsbourg, wears Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello.
Named “Noël en famille” (“A Family Christmas”), the issue promises to unveil the secrets of the three members of the “Birkin clan.”
“A clan of free women, champions in all categories, music, film, allure,” wrote Emmanuelle Alt, editor in chief of Vogue Paris, in her editor’s letter, adding that the cover stars represented three incarnations of the modern woman who wears “jeans, a tuxedo, a T-shirt and tousled hair.”
Guest edited by the trio, the issue includes features on painter Egon Schiele, who is the subject of a retrospective at the Fondation Louis Vuitton, as well as

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Designer Christmas Trees Unveiled in Paris

TREE HOUSES: It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Paris, with local radio host and TV presenter Stéphane Bern leading the annual ceremony to switch on the lights on Avenue Montaigne.
The electric moment, held in front of the Nina Ricci store on Tuesday night, served as an appetizer to the 23rd annual Sapins de Noël charity benefit at the nearby Hôtel Plaza Athénée, hosted by Parisian fashion journalist Marie-Christiane Marek.
Twenty-eight houses, including Chanel, Dior, Olivier Theyskens and Elie Saab, entered creative Christmas trees to be auctioned off on the night in aid of cancer research, followed by a dinner at the Maison Blanche restaurant.
On a playful note, India Mahdavi for her lot presented a carved wooden toucan with a red knitted scarf tied at the neck.
Chantal Thomass also wanted to break from tradition. “It’s not a tree, I’ve been doing trees for the past 22 years; I designed an object, a screen that lights up with printed fabrics,” said the black-bobbed lingerie designer, who has just released a furniture collection with Maisons du Monde.
But Chanel’s entry — an abstract gray and red sculpture evoking a volcano, with an illuminated red cavity lit by a double-C lightbulb — created

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Celine to Join Paris Men’s Wear Calendar in January

FOR THE BOYS: The Paris men’s calendar just gained another heavy hitter: Celine will stage a show in January, mere months after creative director Hedi Slimane launched its men’s wear division during a coed show on Sept. 28, a spokeswoman for the brand said on Monday.
This follows the decision by Givenchy to switch back to the men’s wear fashion calendar for the fall 2019 with a presentation on Jan. 16, as reported.
Celine is in talks with the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode on an exact date for its display, which could also include a handful of women’s designs, though no decision has been taken, the spokeswoman said.
The move comes at a time when a growing number of brands are opting to present women’s and men’s wear at the same time. Maison Margiela staged its first coed show this season, while brands including Stella McCartney, Balenciaga, Haider Ackermann and Sonia Rykiel featured models of both sexes on the catwalk.
French conglomerate LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton is making a high-profile push into the booming men’s wear market with the launch of the category at Celine, an increased focus on men’s at Givenchy, as well as the appointment of

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Gaumont’s ‘The Emperor of Paris’ Pre-Sells to International Markets (EXCLUSIVE)

Jean-Francois Richet’s crime thriller “The Emperor of Paris” has been pre-sold by Gaumont to major territories. The crime thriller stars Vincent Cassel as Francois Vidocq, a real-life ex-convict who became a police detective during Napoleon’s reign. The cast includes Olga Kurylenko, August Diehl, Freya Mavor, Fabrice Luchini and James Thierée. Gaumont, which is hosting screenings […]

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Sotheby’s Paris Preps Fourth Auction of Books From Pierre Bergé’s Personal Library

BERGE’S BOOKENDS: If reading is the key to enlightenment, Pierre Bergé sure had a lot of books to spark his intelligence.
Sotheby’s Paris will hold the fourth auction for a selection of books from Bergé’s personal collection on Dec. 14. Several choice lots are on view at Sotheby’s New York office through Saturday, and they illustrated the myriad interests of the late French business titan: botany, gardens, philosophy, activism and more. The upcoming auction is expected to drum up between 5 million euros and 6 million euros, according to a Sotheby’s spokeswoman.
Literature, the 19th century and music were among the areas of interest covered in prior sales, with the first auction having been held nearly three years ago.
The December sale includes such highlights as Bartholomeus Anglicus’ “Le Propriétaire des choses,” circa 1486. This complete copy of a major medieval encyclopedia is illustrated with 19 large woodcuts, all hand-colored at that time. Bidders will also find Gustave Flaubert’s “Salammbô” from 1863, a first edition that was inscribed by Flaubert to the composer Hector Berlioz.
Another reading relic is Leonhart Fuchs’ “De historia stirpium commentarii insignes” from 1542 that is considered to be the founding treatise of modern botany. The auction house will also

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Sabyasachi Unveils L’Oréal Paris, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Collaboration

Designer and Indian celebrity favorite Sabyasachi Mukherjee has dipped into cosmetics with beauty giant L’Oreal Paris, working with actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan for the 21-piece collection, which is now available for sale online.
While the makeup is positioned as a festive collection, Sabyasachi wrote when debuting the line on Instagram late on Monday evening that he wanted the range to feel classic and simple.
“For me, classic is iconic, because classic is unforgettable,” the designer said. “The whole world is moving towards a state of effective simplicity where classic will lead the way. Makeup will be more about a stronger, lasting identity. A winged black liner with a bold red mouth offset with a simple saree and wind-swept hair is perhaps an iconic Indian beauty look.”
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The campaign with Rai Bachchan was shot on July 15 at the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Sabyasachi also shared how the look for the look for the packaging came together — inspired by a fountain pen that one of his team was using.
“It is sometimes funny how things just come together. We were all in deep discussion about the new packaging and nothing was quite working out. I wanted something

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Jane Fonda to Deliver Women in Motion Talk in Paris

WOMAN IN MOTION: Kering’s Women in Motion initiative will honor Jane Fonda with a retrospective at the Cinémathèque Française that will kick off with a talk with the actress and activist on Oct. 22, the French luxury group said on Tuesday.
Fonda will discuss her career and causes with Costa-Gavras, president of the Cinémathèque Française, and Frédéric Bonnaud, its head. The talk will be followed by a screening of “Klute,” for which Fonda won the Oscar for Best Actress in 1971.
The 80-year-old, who is also due to receive the Prix Lumière in Lyon on Oct. 19, has long been active in causes ranging from civil rights to feminism. Picking up the inaugural Women in Motion award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015, Fonda said she was still campaigning for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.
“You know, 73 percent of Americans think we’ve passed it, but we haven’t. We scold Iraq and Iran and Afghanistan for how they treat women, but we don’t even have an Equal Rights Amendment,” she told WWD at the time.
Fonda, who is a brand ambassador for L’Oréal Paris, is also campaigning to create more entertainment content for older women, such as her Netflix series “Grace

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Kaia Gerber and Karl Lagerfeld Co-Host Paris Launch Party for Capsule

IT TAKES TWO: Karl Lagerfeld arrived fashionably late to his own party on the last day of Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday night for the final stop-off of a series of events celebrating the launch of his collaboration with Kaia Gerber. A party was held at the Revolve Social Club in Los Angeles on Aug. 30, with Gerber making an in-store appearance at the Karl Lagerfeld flagship at 420 West Broadway in New York on Sept. 12.
For the Paris leg, the house took over a hôtel particulier on rue Saint-Guillaume in the city’s 7th arrondissement. The site, like the collection, mixed a California vibe — think palm trees and trompe l’oeil windows looking onto Malibu beach at sunset – with nods to Lagerfeld’s world, including floor-to-ceiling projections of the designer’s private library on the walls of one of the rooms. Lagerfeld and Gerber-shaped balloons filled the corridors.
Lagerfeld’s nearest and dearest turned out for the event, including pet models Brad Kroenig and Baptiste Giabiconi; the designer’s grandson, Hudson Kroenig, and his longtime studio heads at Chanel and his namesake brand, Virginie Viard and Anita Briey.
Giabiconi said he was impressed by the collection. “It’s fresh, young and dynamic. What’s more, she’s the

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Designers Upbeat at Americans in Paris

WORK AND PLAY: The fifteenth edition of the Americans in Paris showroom, backed by the Council of Fashion Designers of America and Vogue and underwritten by Diesel, drew to a close Monday after its three-day run.
Designers from nine labels  – all past finalists in the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund – cited brisk attendance from international buyers and press. “I’ve seen some international specialty stores, and there was some good interest from Barneys and Neiman Marcus,” said Victor Glemaud.
Ji Oh, showing for the third time, shared his positive sentiment. “It’s a great location for a young label like us,” she said. “We get to see a lot of international buyers, which is good because 90 percent of our business is in the U.S.”
It wasn’t all work and no play, however. Glemaud was planning on checking out the Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibition at the Louis Vuitton foundation when it opens later in the week. “I’m trying to enjoy the sun, and we went to the (flea market) over the weekend and did some shopping,” he added.
For Oh, Paris is all about the food. Her favorite spot? Sardinian restaurant Fulvio, in the Marais. “It’s not a fashion restaurant, so it tastes better,” she said.
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Paris Opera Ballet Kickstarts Season With Audience Participation

YOU CAN DANCE: Audience participation is not usually part of the deal when you go to the ballet, but the opening gala of the season at the Paris Opera set out to shake up traditions.
Guests were invited to join the Paris Opera Ballet on stage at the ornate Palais Garnier, where they were led by dancers to perform a waltz. In their colorful evening dresses, the untrained participants stood out from the sea of tuxedo-clad dancers.
“We weren’t given any indications whatsoever,” said music producer Pedro Winter, who was the only male picked to go on stage. “The dancers guided me through touch and by maintaining constant eye contact. It turned out to be pretty instinctive in the end. You just let go.”
It was all part of Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin’s “Decadanse,” an electrifying performance featuring 31 dancers. The first act, an energetic group choreography to the tune of Goldfrapp’s “Black Cherry,” gave an indication of the unusual evening to come.
Russian prima ballerina Diana Vishneva and Aurélie Dupont earned rapturous applause for their “Boléro” pas de deux, wearing black asymmetrical costumes designed by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel. Dupont, who retired from dancing in 2015, succeeded Benjamin Millepied as director of the

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Cardi B Gets Her Morning Face On at the Mugler Show in Paris

EARLY BIRD: Despite giving one of her first live performances since the birth of her daughter Kulture, Cardi B was among the guests filing into the 10 a.m. Mugler show in Paris on Wednesday.
The “Bodak Yellow” rapper posed for photographers in a tailored black jacket that was cut open in the back to reveal sheer cycling shorts with lacing details — as well as a glimpse of her black thong. She was up at 6 a.m. getting her makeup done for the show.
“It was really hard for me to get up this morning because, you know, the time difference — I’m still in an America time frame in my head — so I was like, ‘Oh, man!’ But you gotta do it. Gotta work!” she said with a bright smile.

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The rapper is riding high despite her high-profile brawl with Nicki Minaj at the Harper’s Bazaar Icons party during New York Fashion Week.
She performed at the Etam lingerie event in Paris on Tuesday night, a day after “Girls Like You,” her track with Maroon 5, made it to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making her the first female rapper with three Billboard number-one singles.

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Paris Saint-Germain, Manish Arora Collaborate on Capsule

KICKING AROUND COLORS: Manish Arora has teamed up with French soccer team Paris Saint-Germain for a capsule collection that will be shown at the designer’s Thursday runway show.
Arora said he was inspired by France’s “iconic” FIFA World Cup victory this year, and splashed colorful portraits of soccer stars Kylian Mbappé and Neymar onto the clothing.
“For me, creativity has no boundaries, and I really challenged myself to explore a new field,” the designer said.
The collaboration comes as the club’s owners, Qatari Sports Investments, seek to bolster the Paris Saint-Germain’s international appeal, recently opening offices in Doha and Singapore.
The ready-to-wear collection will be sold in February 2019 in China and India.

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At his fall runway show in Paris, Arora placed China’s famous emoji character Tuzki in the front row, where he tipped his enormous bobble head and tapped his mini arms to the music as models streamed past.
The Indian designer, known for his bright rainbow palette, has close ties to Paris, which he also referred to when evoking the collaboration.
“From my second residence to my source of inspiration, Paris has always held a special place in my heart, both personally and professionally,” he said.
The Eiffel Tower also featured among

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Ikea and Virgil Abloh to Stage Pop-Up Shop During Paris Fashion Week

MAGIC CARPET: Virgil Abloh is set to spark another Paris Fashion Week stampede once again, with a pop-up shop offering a selection of limited edition Ikea rugs by the designer set to hit the city’s Cité de la Mode et du Design on Sept. 29.
Dubbed “Still Loading” — in quote marks bien sûr — the event will serve as a taster for the designer’s home collection with the Swedish retailer due to launch in late 2019.
“We just couldn’t wait. A lot of people are engaged and curious about this collaboration….and we constantly get the question when we will make it available to people. So we decided to respond to this by speeding things up a bit and releasing a few rugs,” said Henrik Most, creative leader at Ikea Range and Supply. The designs “say a lot about the collaboration and who Virgil is,” he added. “They are bold, contemporary and carry messages of our time.”
Abloh, founder of Off-White and men’s artistic director at Louis Vuitton, said he believes the designs “can become art pieces you put on the wall just as much as functional objects in a home. Like, “Hey! I own this coveted piece.’”

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Uniqlo to Stage Paris Exhibition Focused on Its Knitwear

KNITWITS: Uniqlo is set to hit Paris Fashion Week with an exhibition in the two-story Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, a contemporary art museum located in the Jardin des Tuileries.
Entitled “The Art and Science of LifeWear: Creating a New Standard in Knitwear,” the large-scale and experiential event will showcase the mix of art, color, craftsmanship and Japanese technology that goes into the making of the knitwear of the Japanese casual apparel giant.
The company in the show will deconstruct its knitwear through a series of installations across themed zones, covering the entire journey from material selection, craftsmanship and design through to the latest developments in production and finishing technologies.
Visitors will also get a peek at the interior of one of the brand’s factories in China, gaining insights into the knitwear production cycle overseen by the company’s artisan technicians.
Set to run Sept. 26 to 29
, the event will mark the brand’s first large-scale exhibition open to the public.

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Première Vision Paris to Introduce Sport and Tech Section

GOOD SPORT: Underscoring the fashion world’s ongoing love affair with sport, Première Vision Paris will debut at its upcoming edition a sport and tech sector gathering nearly 700 exhibitors specializing in sport and technical materials. The offer will span weavers, spinners, knitters, tanners, accessory-makers, textile designers and fashion manufacturers.
Located in Hall 6, the space will include a dedicated conference program moderated by Pascal Monfort, founder of the trends marketing agency REC. A sport and tech trend forum will present a selection of high-performance and creative materials, fabrics, leathers, accessories and prototypes. Key themes will include outdoor adventure, protection and versatility, active snow and indoor wellness.
Première Vision Paris will run Sept. 19 to 21 at the Parc des Expositions in Paris Nord Villepinte.

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Messe Frankfurt France to Introduce Leatherworld Paris

PARIS — Skins are in at Messe Frankfurt France, which is adding a new leather-focused section to its cluster of trade shows, scheduled to present at Le Bourget, Paris, from Sept. 17 to 20.
Dubbed Leatherworld Paris, the show will also include fake fur, accessories and synthetic alternatives to animal leather.
Participants will include Shanghai-based Ecopel, a major supplier of fake fur and imitation leather, as well as prime contractors from Pakistan and a range of leather goods makers and leather specialists from Lebanon and Turkey.
The move echoes that of competitor Première Vision Paris, which recently bulked up its Première Vision Leather salon. PV took over Cuir à Paris in 2014 and renamed it Première Vision Leather in February 2015, when it integrated all shows under the Première Vision Paris umbrella.
Gathering some 1,850 exhibitors, the group of Messe Frankfurt France shows, which already includes Apparel Sourcing, Avantex, Leatherworld, Shawls & Scarves, Texworld and Texworld Denim Paris, will also fall under a new banner “The Fairyland for Fashion.”
The event will include a range of workshops and roundtable discussions with technological, economic and sustainable themes.

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Sunday Shopping Expands in Paris

SUNDAY SHOPPING: More stores can stay open for week-long trading in Paris, after three shopping districts — Champs-Elysées Montaigne, Palais des Congrès and Bercy-Saint Emilion — were granted tourist zone status, enabling them to operate on Sundays.
The information regarding Champs-Elysées Montaigne and Palais des Congrès was published in France’s Journal Officiel and Bercy-Saint Emilion reportedly had its status changed through a prefectural order.
The status of tourist zone, allowing stores to trade on Sundays and until midnight under certain conditions, was created as part of the Macron Law in 2015. About 10 such areas already exist in Paris.
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Thieves Target Audemars Piguet in Paris

STEALING TIME: Two armed thieves made off with luxury watches estimated to be worth around 1 million euros from a boutique owned by Swiss watchmaker Audemars Piguet in central Paris, steps away from the Avenue des Champs-Elysées, on Saturday afternoon.
It is the latest jewelry heist to strike the French capital.
Authorities are searching for two individuals who left the store located at 46 Rue de Pierre Charonne with a number of high-valued timepieces after the hold-up at about 1 p.m. in the 8th arrondissement, according to a spokesman for the Paris police.
The duo entered the store and showed their handguns – but fired no shots – before taking the watches and fleeing in a car. They abandoned that vehicle, which was subsequently found in the nearby Bois de Boulogne park, the police spokesman said.
The judicial police’s bandit repression brigade is overseeing the case.
Local media outlets are reporting that the stolen watches are worth around 1 million euros.
Officials at Audemars Piguet were not immediately available to comment.
The Audemars Piguet store is located in what’s referred to as the “triangle d’or” (or “golden triangle”) in the French capital, the tony shopping area situated around Avenue Montaigne, Avenue George V and Rue François 1er.

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Gucci to Show Spring 2019 Collection at Théâtre Le Palace in Paris

PALACE BOUND: Gucci revealed on Monday that its spring 2019 collection will be presented at Théâtre Le Palace in Paris on Sept. 24 at 9 p.m. The Italian fashion house said this is the first time the location will host a runway show.
Le Palace, located at 8 Rue du Faubourg-Montmartre, served for years as a nightclub, drawing members of the fashion and music industries as well as an underground culture.
“The Théâtre Le Palace resonates with the vision of the house as it is a venue that gave life to a (sub)culture that has inspired young generations up until today,” said a statement from Gucci.
This is a one-off show for Gucci in Paris and marks the crescendo of a three-part homage to France conceived by the Italian brand’s creative director, Alessandro Michele.
Gucci began its ode to France starting with its pre-fall advertising campaign, which harks back to that country circa 1968, when student marches and riots sparked popular rebellions against military and bureaucratic elites. Photographed and directed by Glen Luchford, it depicts Gucci-clad rebels occupying a university campus, passionately challenging the establishment and asking for change. Luchford’s black-and-white photos are inspired by the bold French Nouvelle Vague imagery of the late Fifties and Sixties and by radical filmmakers François

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Ada Kokosar Debuts Solo Shoe Collection During Paris Couture

After debuting last season with a shoe range for Cesare Paciotti and earlier this year with a collaboration with Dodo Bar Or, Ada Kokosar presented the first solo footwear collection of Midnight 00 by Ada Kokosar at the Meurice during Couture Week. The fashion consultant took over the hotel’s Belle Etoile suite overlooking the Tuileries garden, filling it with plants until the luxury accommodation looked like it had been overrun by nature during Sleeping Beauty’s century-long nap.
What is unique about these slippers is the high-gloss finish brought by the PVC that Kokosar drapes on each draped-and-embellished design. “As a reference, I wanted to take the most iconic and utopian shoe of all times, Cinderella’s glass slipper,” she said, showing off a glossy mule with flourishes of soft fabric peeking at the edges and decorated with a bejeweled crescent moon — the brand’s emblem. Heels and flats came in soft yet saturated shades of lilac, peach or pink fabric — silk satin, duchesse or super-soft cotton. Most striking of all was the transparent ruffle that encases shoe and ankle in a shell-like cocoon. Cherry on this highly iced cake? “The PVC makes the shoe last for a very long time: it

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Paris Men’s Week: Ones to Watch

Cmmn Swdn, Boramy Viguier and GEYM figure among a selection of rising brands on the week’s official men’s calendar and presentation lineup. And Davide Marello, the former creative director of Boglioli, will unveil his latest project, Davi, which is heavy on printed shirts, in Paris on Thursday.
Undercover, which presented its fall 2018 men’s collection in one of the guests spots at Pitti Uomo in January, will also present on the official men’s calendar for the first time, along with Alyx, which was shortlisted for the LVMH Prize in 2016. Check out a selection of the names set to present.

A shoe from the Cmmn brand. 
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For their debut show on the official Paris Men’s Week calendar, Saif Bakir and Emma Hedlund are doing their bit to protest against the mountain of waste the fashion industry is sitting on; to slow things down again and get back to the roots of fashion.
The show is scheduled to take place Tuesday at the Les Ateliers, the École nationale supérieure de création industrielle, a French design school located in Paris’ 11th arrondissement.
Founded in 2012 in Malmo, Sweden, Cmmn Swdn is based between Sweden and London where it showed for six seasons before moving to present in

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SHOP TALK: Just in time for couture week, Isaac Reina has opened a second Paris store, this time on the city’s Left Bank, proposing an edited selection of his classic leather goods. Designed by Belgian architect Bernard Dubois, the decor, with its geometric lines, pays tribute to the Eighties aesthetics of Kazuo Shinohara. Quarter-circle and half-circle units are sheathed in natural leather. Reina also designs the accessories for the Calvin Klein 205W39NYC line.
A stone’s throw from the Arc de Triomphe, Renaud Pellegrino’s intimate new store is also a minimalist affair, with Carrara marble and precious wood. The designer has been making handbags since the early Eighties, with followers including Catherine Deneuve and Paloma Picasso.
The new boutique is showcasing a collection of handmade clutches created from mini mosaics. Drawing inspiration from antiquity, Pellegrino teamed with Farouk Nasraoui for a special edition of seven intricate handmade pieces inspired by a Roman site in Carthage. The collection has six portraits of women and one of the sea god Poseidon. The soft, khaki mosaics are punctuated with bright accents in blue, yellow and red.
Marking the opening of a new chapter, J.M. Weston on July 2 will debut its new Avenue des Champs-Élysées flagship. Designed by French architect

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Paris Couture Houses Prepare to Pull Out the Stops

PARIS — The Paris couture calendar promises to be another packed affair, showcasing everything from the most exclusive made-to-order clothing, jewelry and shoes to resort collections — not to mention fragrance launches, collaborations and Fendi’s “haute fourrure.”
Dutch design duo Viktor & Rolf will celebrate 25 years of existence, while Julie de Libran is set to show a one-off collection under the Atelier Sonia Rykiel label to mark the 50th anniversary of the house.
The U.S. presence has been scaled back, with both Rodarte and Proenza Schouler bowing out this season, though Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez are expected in town for the launch of their makeup collection with Lancôme.
Aganovich and Noureddine Amir — the latter a protégé of the late Pierre Bergé — are joining the official calendar. Meanwhile, Vetements is returning to couture week with an off-calendar ready-to-wear show, alongside Acne Studios, while Peter Dundas is showing his resort collection.
Keeping up its steady pace of events since the death of founder Azzedine Alaïa, his namesake house will unveil “The Secret Alchemy of a Fashion Show,” an exhibition curated by Olivier Saillard, who also has a surprise project up his sleeve, due to be unveiled in a series of extremely intimate presentations.
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Paris Men’s Week: Ones to Watch

Cmmn Swdn, Boramy Viguier and GEYM figure among a selection of rising brands on the week’s official men’s calendar and presentation lineup. And Davide Marello, the former creative director of Boglioli, will unveil his latest project, Davi, which is heavy on printed shirts, in Paris on Thursday.
Undercover, which presented its fall 2018 men’s collection in one of the guests spots at Pitti Uomo in January, will also present on the official men’s calendar for the first time, along with Alyx, which was shortlisted for the LVMH Prize in 2016. Check out a selection of the names set to present.

A shoe from the Cmmn brand. 
Dominique MAITRE

Cmmn Swdn
For their debut show on the official Paris Men’s Week calendar, Saif Bakir and Emma Hedlund are doing their bit to protest against the mountain of waste the fashion industry is sitting on; to slow things down again and get back to the roots of fashion.
The show is scheduled to take place Tuesday at the Les Ateliers, the École nationale supérieure de création industrielle, a French design school located in Paris’ 11th arrondissement.
Founded in 2012 in Malmo, Sweden, Cmmn Swdn is based between Sweden and London where it showed for six seasons before moving to present in

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Paris Hilton Codesigns Collection With Boohoo.com

Paris Hilton has codesigned a summer collection for Boohoo.com, the U.K.-based fast-fashion e-tailer, set to launch globally June 20. The Boohoo x Paris Hilton collection features a range of ready-to-wear and swimwear that reflects her favorite trends and fashion moments from the early Aughts.
Animal prints, slinky metallics, palm prints inspired by her hometown of Beverly Hills, and cheeky slogan pieces with her mottos such as “That’s Hot” comprise the 70-piece collection. Products retail from $ 15 to $ 70.
Hilton, the 37-year-old entrepreneur, TV personality, model, author, DJ and singer, told WWD that she discovered Boohoo.com on Instagram “and loved all their cute styles, designs and accessories they make.” She described the Boohoo collaboration as “very Paris, inspired by my life and style, the early 2000s, Beverly Hills and Ibiza.”
Natalie McGrath, vice president of marketing at Boohoo USA, explained, “What we were seeing coming through with all the trends this year was a throwback to the Nineties and the early 2000s. We wanted to home in on that trend and own it from a collaboration standpoint. What better to follow with an icon from that era, Paris Hilton.” She said the retailer has been expanding its collaborations, and earlier this year worked with Zendaya

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Exclusive: Gucci to Join Paris Fashion Week This Fall

MILAN — Continuing to speak with a French accent this year, Gucci’s Alessandro Michele is joining Paris Fashion Week this fall, WWD has learned.
Decamping from Milan for one season, the Italian luxury brand is to parade its spring-summer 2019 collection in the French capital on Sept. 24. The show marks the crescendo of a three-part homage to France conceived by Michele, creative director.
“Gucci is a global brand with deep and vibrant Italian roots and a visionary French shareholder, Kering,” said Marco Bizzarri, president and chief executive officer of Gucci. “When Alessandro told me of his desire to present the new collection in Paris — continuing the French-inspired narrative — I thought it was a perfect way to continue the creative homage to France.”
Bizzarri underscored that the show date marks the “transition day between Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks to avoid impacting schedules. We will then look forward to returning to Milan in February 2019.”
While foregoing a show in Milan for the season, the company is planning a special event to be held at the Gucci Hub on Wednesday, Sept. 19, the second day of Milan Women’s Fashion Week, scheduled to run Sept. 18-24. Details about the event are being kept under wraps.
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The Cooper Hewitt Teams With Peclers Paris on Exhibition

FLYING COLORS: Forecasting agency Peclers Paris has partnered with the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum of New York for its upcoming exhibition “Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color.”
Peclers – which conceives 45 new hues each season through a multistep process – has a dedicated space within the exhibit, where visitors can learn how colors are made. A video shows every step of the three-month process, including meetings of creatives and the testing of colors with especially selected paper and ink. People can also see what hues were concocted for spring-summer 2018 and create their own color harmonies through a digital platform.
The Cooper Hewitt exhibit, which is billed to explore “the elusive, complex phenomenon of color perception and how it has captivated artists, designers, scientists and philosophers,” is to run from May 11 through Jan. 13, 2019.
Concurrently, the agency has invited people to its social platforms where they can share how the spring-summer colors inspire them.
Peclers has been a color expert for 48 years.

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Chanel Sets May 3 as Date for Cruise Show in Paris

GRAND DESIGNS: Chanel has set May 3 as the date of its cruise show in Paris. The collection, designed by Karl Lagerfeld, will be shown at the Grand Palais, as reported.
Chanel last month reaffirmed its commitment to the venue, signing on as the exclusive private sponsor of the renovation of the Grand Palais with plans to pledge 25 million euros toward the works, which are due to be completed in time for the Summer Olympics in Paris in 2024.
France is proving a popular destination for this year’s crop of cruise shows. Louis Vuitton will head to the south of France for its display on May 28, but has yet to disclose the exact location, while Gucci will stage its show in Arles on May 30.
Prada, meanwhile, will unveil its cruise collection in New York on May 4, but has kept details about the location under wraps.

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Jarel Zhang Brings Chinese Millennial Fashion to Paris

BRAVE ELEMENTS: Jarel Zhang chose a theme of exploration for his first presentation in Paris, showing a captivating lineup of hulking, sculptured puffer coats in a strange, futuristic setting. For the unknown territory, the Chinese Millennial designer equipped his models with long neon lights and provided a clear plastic tent for them to take refuge in. Two of them did, sitting down in the fake snow while a crowd of onlookers eyed the clothing from a distance.
Jarel grew up in the suburbs of Shanghai and his father was an architect, he relayed with the help of an interpreter. The stiff, shiny coats were made with a mirror-effect leather, a feminine copper cape in one instance; while a long, silver coat felt stern with angular shoulders. Jarel designed the print featured on a long coat covered in ruffles in front, and paired with a long hat, in the shape of a sleeve that jutted out behind and hung past the shoulders. It was blue with strokes of orange, yellow, black and white. Another coat was built upside down, with sleeves dangling down from the bottom. Footwear was either practical or sexy, and included black sneakers, shiny stiletto boots, or a hybrid

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Japanese Inspiration Drives Aurélie Mathigot for Paris Pop-Up

Beyond being a fan of Japan itself, Aurélie Mathigot loves the precision of Nippon creation. As such, the artist, known for her distinctive combination of photography with crochet and embroidery, was pleased to be asked to create a series of limited-edition objects in collaboration with Japanese brands as well as some French labels for a pop-up at The Japan Store Isetan Mitsukoshi, within the Japanese Culture House of Paris.
“They are very good at the detail,” she explained at the inauguration of the pop-up installation, in place until March 10. “It’s nice that people appreciate the detail in your work. It’s a way of life to make time to make something, and I like to work a lot,” she continued.
Among the selection on offer in the store are re-editions of the popular wallets she designed for Comme des Garçons in 2014 featuring her artworks.
Other collaborations include one with cult Japanese sneaker label Patrick, with which just 10 pairs of shoes were printed with Mathigot’s crochet designs. There is also a selection of “furoshiki” – traditional Japanese cloth wrappers for gifts made in partnership with Otutumi – and ceramic sculptures made with broken pieces of pottery by Kyoto artisans that she re-formed

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CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Lists Designers for the Americans in Paris Event

COMING TO TOWN: The Council of Fashion Designers of America and Vogue have listed the nine designers who will be showing at the Americans in Paris event to be held from March 3 to 5.
They include: Ahlem Manai-Platt of Ahlem, Becca McCharen-Tran of Chromat, Victor Glemaud of Victor Glemaud, Jordan Askill of Jordan Askill, Matthew Harris of  Mateo New York, Eli Azran of RtA, Sandy Liang of Sandy Liang, Telfar Clemens of Telfar, and Patric DiCaprio, Bryn Taubensee, David Moses and Claire Sully of Vaquera.
Bella Hadid, Renzo Rosso and Nicole Phelps will host the event’s opening cocktail party.
“Cultivating the next generation of American fashion designers and providing them with global opportunities is part of CFDA’s overall mission,” said Steven Kolb, president and chief executive officer of the CFDA, in a statement.
“Diesel has a proud history of supporting young talent,” said Rosso, founder of Diesel, a backer of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, and president of the Italian fashion group OTB, which includes Maison Margiela, Marni and Viktor & Rolf.
Tomorrow London Holdings Ltd. is also supporting the event, managing sales appointments for the designers.
Underwriters of the fund include Caleres, Instagram, Lane Bryant, Lifewtr, MAC Cosmetics, Saks Fifth Avenue and Vogue.
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Danish Jeweler Monies Names CEO, Adds Paris Store

NEW ROOTS: Signaling its aim to expand, Danish jewelry brand Monies has named Anne Christine Persson as chief executive officer and is opening a Paris store with a Palais Royal address, the company said on Tuesday.
The label, known for chunky, handmade necklaces made out of petrified wood, cowbone and shells, said Persson will manage and develop the company’s business in Denmark and abroad, also handling its strategy for the future. The executive, who takes her position in April, worked at the Danish Fashion Institute and was involved in Copenhagen’s fashion week.
Founded in 1973 by goldsmiths Gerda and Nikolai Monies, the jeweler has a workshop in Copenhagen.
The new Palais Royal location will place Monies alongside brands including Stella McCartney and Acne Studios. The store stretches over 1,000 square feet on two floors, serving as a showroom for the jewelry and a place for events and exhibits as well, the founders said, noting that Paris has always been an important place for the label to meet both private and wholesale customers.

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Rabih Kayrouz Launches Eyewear Collection With Revel Paris

EYE SEE: Rabih Kayrouz is branching out into eyewear with the launch of a limited edition of sunglasses with French brand Revel Paris. The Lebanese designer celebrated the collaboration with a family-style dinner at the expansive space that houses his store, workshop and showroom in Paris.
Ballet dancer Marie-Agnès Gillot and writer Sophie Fontanel, who starred in his fall show during Paris Couture Week, sat with other guests on benches at two long tables decorated with candles and tall vases holding leafy branches. A buffet table groaned with homemade food.
At the back of the room, a display showed off the shades, which come in 32 variations: small, medium and round; with half or full frames, and in eight colors ranging from navy and tortoiseshell to absinthe and orange. The full frames feature a clear transparent line of crystal through the middle.

A pair of glasses from the Revel Paris x Maison Rabih Kayrouz collaboration. 
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“It’s the first time I’m collaborating with another brand on an object other than my clothes,” said Kayrouz. “I wanted to start with the basic premise of a pair of glasses: two circles and an arm, and I started the design like that.”
Stanislas Belliard, president of Revel, said the

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Paris Men’s Week: Great Expectations

PARIS — As the coed trend continues to suck puff out of men’s weeks’ sails, Paris, as the proverbial capital of fashion, is still showing resistance.
The palpable buzz around the week, which opened Tuesday, bodes well for the city’s returning confidence. The greater Paris region in 2017 saw a record 23.1 million hotel arrivals, according to the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau, coming off a gloomy 2016 that was impacted by a spate of terrorist attacks.
Against a baseline of men’s wear stalwarts like Dries Van Noten, Comme des Garçons, Thom Browne and Rick Owens, Vetements’ off-calendar show — after having staged a “No-Show” event in a Paris car park last June — has added fizz to this season, while excitement is also mounting around the debut Maison Margiela men’s collection under the creative direction of John Galliano, both showing on Friday. It’s been a step-by-step process for the designer.
“The strategy of the maison is rooted into a single unified and consistent message, with John Galliano’s vision at its core. Allowing this creative vision to develop and expand consistently throughout the house first required a thorough exploration and redefinition of the brand codes,” said Riccardo Bellini, chief executive officer of Maison

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Ones to Watch: Paris Men’s Fashion Week

PARIS — From the debut collection of design-led sustainable men’s brand, Phipps, to Nïuku’s modern-day tribute to men’s tailoring of yore, here are some of the new talents to look out for at Paris Men’s Fashion Week, which kicks into high gear today.
Phipps

A look by Phipps. 
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“It’s about acknowledging that we’re all people, we’re in this together,” said Spencer Phipps, founder of Phipps, a new men’s wear line mixing sustainability and style that is due to launch on Jan. 20 during Paris Men’s Week. (The venue is still to be confirmed.)
The Paris-based designer, who is from San Francisco, cut his teeth in the men’s studio of Marc Jacobs in New York before working for Dries Van Noten in Antwerp for three years. After leaving Van Noten, he spent eight months researching manufacturers and materials. “I did my graduate collection in sustainability in 2008 at Parsons and it was like a joke. I ended up finding one manufacturer in New England that was basically some hippy commune that made hemp and linen and one cotton flannel,” he said.
So Phipps opted to work with manufacturers in Portugal, “a country that is basically certified [for sustainability].”
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Paris Insider Addresses: Gauthier Borsarello

 Gauthier Borsarello, men’s wear fashion consultant and style director of Holiday Boileau 
When it comes to dressing, Gauthier Borsarello sees himself as a back-to-basics traditionalist. The designer is working on launching a new brand with a heritage French factory near Angers that stopped producing its own label in the Seventies and is looking to relaunch it.
What makes his heart beat are the old-school addresses specializing in one product, like Swann & Oscar for shirts, or L’Aiglon for belts. “You can go there and choose your colors and patterns, and it’s made in France,” he said.
A lot of the city’s classic institutions like Arnys or Old England have disappeared, he lamented.
But there are still “some gems” that could do with promoting in order to keep them alive, like Berteil, an old house dealing in classic Parisian style (think: a pair of brightly colored corduroys, a flannel jacket or blazer and button-down shirt), said Borsarello for whom the future of men’s wear lies in “a return to the traditional way of making clothes and mixing it in a modern way.” He sees French style as “the art of mixing Italian, American and British style, and Arnys were the best at it.”
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Li Edelkoort to Open Paris Gallery to Spotlight Artists, New Voices

WATCH THIS SPACE: Having first opened a private art salon in Paris more than three decades ago, Trend Union founder Li Edelkoort will soon take her career full circle by unveiling a public design gallery in her company’s headquarters.
Set to open its doors Jan. 18 at 30 Boulevard Saint-Jacques, the space will showcase design and arts and crafts — “what deserves to be shown collected and cherished at this moment in time,” according to the trend forecaster. To that end, a Heartwear pop-up shop will be among the planned events.
Created in 1993 by Edelkoort and some of her fashion designer friends, Heartwear is a nonprofit that collaborates with artisans by helping them scale up their creations without compromising their design integrity, culture or environment that they live and work in. With the assistance of department stores and magazines, Heartwear develops high-level goods with broader distribution. The nonprofit’s aim is to create a lasting connection with a collective or region. Khadi cotton from India and indigo-colored textiles from Benin are two of the projects that have been executed. To try to help the specific regions become self sustainable, profits are reinvested in those where the artists are based.
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The Paris Vintage Shoe Store That’s a Resource for Top Designers

PARIS — Situated among orthopedic shoe stores, natural wine bars and bobo restaurants, La Petite Fripe sells vintage footwear to fashion designers and their Parisian muses.
The pocket-sized boutique, located in the 11th arrondissement’s trendier zone, exclusively sells unworn, dead stock vintage shoes. While only open since September, the store has quickly culled a fan base including girl-about-town Clara Cornet, model Louise Follain and actress Pauline Jacquard. It has also become a sourcing ground of inspiration for footwear designers at some of Paris’ leading fashion houses, with designers accounting for half the shop’s sales.
Founded by antique and vintage dealer Lhassan Oubakrim, La Petite Fripe’s shelves have recently housed an assortment of Eighties metallic mule pumps, dandy loafers and embroidered mukluk boots. Shoes are typically priced around 80 euros, with boots hitting the highest price point at about 280 euros.
Here, Oubakrim speaks with WWD on about his store.
WWD: What is your work experience prior to opening this boutique?
Lhassan Oubakrim: I have been a bargain hunter and an antique dealer for years. I love unexpected discoveries and the feeling of finding one amazing piece amongst a mountain of s–t. It is both my work and my passion.
I had another shop before. The first Petite Fripe was on

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Brioni to Show in Paris in January

MILAN – Brioni’s first collection by new creative director Nina-Maria Nitsche will be presented in Paris on January 20 during the city’s Men’s Fashion Week. This will not be a runway show but a presentation.
Nitsche was appointed to the role at the storied Italian men’s wear wear company in June, succeeding Justin O’Shea, who was pushed out after only a six-month stint. The brand is now helmed by former Agent Provocateur chief executive officer Fabrizio Malverdi, who joined Brioni in April, charged with accelerating the international expansion of the elite Italian tailor following a period of turmoil. He succeeded Gianluca Flore.
Before Brioni, Nitsche had joined Vetements in September 2016 but left when the company relocated to Zurich from Paris earlier this year. She was previously a veteran at Maison Martin Margiela, which she joined in 1989, working closely with the founding designer for 23 years. After Margiela’s  resignation, in 2009, Nitsche took over the creative direction of the brand.
O’Shea staged his first and only collection for Brioni in Paris during Haute Couture Week in July 2016. Under previous creative director Brendan Mullane, Brioni had shown in Milan, both through the runway and presentation formats. Mullane, who reported to then-ceo Francesco Pesci,  helped

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EXCLUSIVE: Chambre Syndicale Releases New Additions to Paris Men’s Week

MAN UP: The dates and times are yet to be confirmed, but the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode on Monday released the list of new additions to the official runway schedule for Paris Men’s Fashion Week in January, with Vetements among the headlining acts.
As reported, the maverick fashion label plans to stage its next coed show — for the fall 2018 season — on Jan. 19 in the French capital. Other names joining the official lineup include France’s Nïuku, Germany’s GmbH, Sweden’s Acne Studios and Britain’s Dunhill London, which in June presented the debut collection from ex-Burberry alum and new creative director Mark Weston on its home turf.
His approach may be full-on gender fluid, but Palomo Spain’s Alejandro Gomez Palomo will also be joining the men’s runway ranks this season. Off-White will be returning to Paris after showing in Florence in June as a special guest of the 92nd edition of international men’s wear trade show Pitti Uomo.
New highlights on the official presentation lineup, meanwhile, include Myar, the solo project of Andrea Rosso, son of entrepreneur Renzo Rosso and the creative director of Diesel licenses, as well as cult Japanese label Takahiromiyashita the Soloist, which earlier

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Designers Turn Out for Paris Rwanda Benefit

FESTIVE SPIRIT: It was beginning to look a lot like Christmas as guests flowed into Yannick Alléno’s 3-star restaurant, the Pavillon Ledoyen, on Thursday night Numéro editor in chief Babeth Djian’s annual dinner for Rwandan children, with proceeds going to Les Amis des Enfants du Monde (Friends of the Children of the World).
Designers including Olivier Rousteing, Alber Elbaz, Alexandre Vauthier, Jean Paul Gaultier and Christan Louboutin — who took Djian for a spin on the dance floor — got into the festive spirit.
Sparkle and black was the dress code with outfits ranging from Karidja Touré’s peak-shouldered silver and black jacket by Mugler to the matching, jewelry-loaded, black and gold Saint Laurent ensembles sported by rising rock star brother-sister duo Natalie and Elliot Bergman of Wild Belle who had been flown in by the house for the event. “I love bells,” deadpanned Elliot Bergman, whipping out his phone to share a photo of a set of bronze bells he has on display in a Paris gallery. The group is currently recording their third album, “a back-to-roots affair,” between Chicago and L.A.
Dressed in a sheer gold leaf-embroidered black gown layered over a T-shirt by Louis Vuitton, French actress Ana Girardot, who has

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Ava Phillippe Twirls to La La Land and Poses with Mom Reese Witherspoon in Paris Debutante Debut

It was an evening ripped straight from the big screen.

Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe‘s daughter Ava Phillippe dazzled at Saturday’s 25th annual Bal des Debutantes in Paris, where she was one of 20 young women being introduced to society at the famed event.

The look-alike to her Oscar-winning mom, 18, showed off her gold ballgown by Giambattista Valli Haute Couture as she entered with her escort, Maharaja Padmanabh Singh of Jaipur. The duo then took to the dance floor for the first waltz, where Phillippe twirled to a song from hit film La La Land as other debutantes watched on.

Phillippe also posed with her proud movie star mom for photos.

A polo playing acquaintance of Prince William, Phillippe’s date Singh’s presence at Le Bal has attracted press attention in Paris. Known to friends as “Pacho,” he’s a member of India’s national polo team — who told journalists he’d only asked friends to show him the steps for the waltz (the ball’s traditional opening dance) in the past few weeks. His sister, the Princess Gauravi Kumari of Jaipur, also made her debut this season.

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Lori Harvey, the daughter of TV host Steve Harvey, was also among the six American debutantes. She wore a black Elie Saab dress with a plunging neckline and feather details.

The Hollywood offspring follow in the footsteps of previous celebrity children including Robert Kennedy Jr.’s daughter, Kyra Kennedy, Larry David’s daughter, Romy David, Sylvester Stallone‘s daughter Sophia Rose Stallone as well as Bruce Willis and Demi Moore‘s daughters Scout and Tallulah Willis.

Launched in 1992 by Ophélie Renouard, the debutante ball invites young women from around the world who come from notable families.

Leading up to the debutante presentation at the Peninsula Hotel, both the Harvey and Witherspoon families celebrated Thanksgiving in Paris — going shopping, visiting museums and taking in the local sights in the City of Light.

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On Friday, Witherspoon and her mother attended the Bal des Debutantes’ traditional “day before” breakfast and run-through, with the teen trying her designer gown while Harvey, 20, practiced walking around in her dress — telling Madame Figaroher nightmare “was probably falling.”

 


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Reese Witherspoon and Steve Harvey Bring Daughters to Paris Ahead of Famed Debutante Ball

Reese Witherspoon and Steve Harvey brought their respective daughters, Ava Phillippe and Lori Harvey, to Paris this week for a traditional “coming out” prior to officially presenting them in society at Saturday’s 25th annual Bal des Debutantes.

Leading up to the “Le Bal” debutante presentation at the Peninsula Hotel, both families celebrated Thanksgiving in Paris — going shopping, visiting museums and taking in the local sights in the City of Light.

Witherspoon, 41, and Phillippe, 18, once again looked like twins when they were photographed wearing identical matching mother/daughter black outfits while catching a mix of Paris’ haute couture and boutique shopping (with stops at Chanel, A.P.C. and Gucci). Being in Paris, they also made an Eiffel Tower visit (natch).

On Thanksgiving Day, Phillippe accompanied Witherspoon and husband Jim Toth to the Centre Pompidou before taking a walk through the Tuilieries Garden, posting a photo of 5-year old brother Tennessee on a carousel.

On Friday, the mother/daughter duo attended the Bal des Debutantes’ traditional “day before” breakfast and run-through, with the teen trying her designer gown (she’ll wear Giambatttista Valli reportedly) while Lori, 20, practiced wearing a creation from Elie Saab — telling Madame Figaro, her nightmare “was probably falling.”

“My dress is very long, so I did a couple of try-ons this morning just to see that I didn’t get caught in the fabric,” she said.

After a few trials, Lori expressed confidence in her dress and had begun looking forward to Friday evening’s two-hour waltz rehearsal with her brother Wynton, 20, who’ll serve as her escort.

The dance instruction was also attended by Ava and her escort, Padmanabh Singh, the 19-year old Maharajah of Jaipur.

A polo playing acquaintance of Prince William, Singh’s dashing presence at Le Bal has attracted considerable press attention in Paris. Known to friends as “Pacho,” he’s a member of India’s national polo team — who told journalists he’d only asked friends show him the steps for the waltz (the ball’s traditional opening dance) in just the past few weeks. Besides Ava, he has a ready-made dance partner in his sister the Princess Gauravi Kumari of Jaipur, who is also making her debut this season.

RELATED VIDEO: Reese Witherspoon’s Daughter Ava Phillippe to Make Official Entrance into Society at Famed Debutante Ball in Paris

Inspired by the traditional “coming out” parties of centuries past, the annual white-tie and tails event has been held in Paris since 1992. Previous debutantes have included the daughters of Sylvester Stallone, Clint Eastwood and Bruce Willis. Last year’s class included Ella Beatty, the daughter of Annette Bening and Warren Beatty.

Others making their debut this year include British model Stella Tennant’s daughter Cecily Lasnet, 17, (wearing Chanel) and Belgium’s Princess Natasha d’Arenberg, 20, who’ll dress in Belgian designer Frederic Luca Landi. Americans represent a third of this year’s 20 selected debutantes. Among them Lily Webster 17, (wearing Alexis Mabille) of Spartanburg, South Carolina; Charlotte Bell, 17, of New York City and Los Angeles, Jeanne Malle 16, (wearing Viviane Westwood) of New York City, and Laila Blavatnik 18, of London and New York City.


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A Bathing Ape to Open Store in Paris

SPACE FOR AN APE: A Bathing Ape, the Japanese streetwear label, is opening a store in central Paris on Dec. 1.
The first French standalone store for the brand, which was founded in 1993 by Tomoaki Nagao, known as Nigo, will be on the Rue de la Verrerie, a street that runs parallel to the Rue de Rivoli not far from the capital’s City Hall.
Stretching across 1,500 square feet, the space will bring a futuristic touch — via stainless steel walls and grey marble floors — to a Haussmann-style building facing Paris department store BHV Marais. A Bathing Ape’s owner, I.T, has teamed up with BHV parent company Galeries Lafayette Group for the store.
Artworks by Adam Lister, known for depicting popular paintings with magnified pixels, will decorate the back wall, while mirror and light box ceilings will add dimension to the ceilings.
The Bape store will sell limited-edition items including Eiffel Tower and tricolor motifs in blue, white and red, alongside the brand’s signature ape head and shark designs. Rubber bracelets and tote bag gifts will be handed out to some shoppers at the grand opening.
The brand plans to open other Bape store spaces in “familiar corners of Los Angeles” and elsewhere

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Kim Kardashian Used Healing Crystals to Recover From 2016 Paris Robbery

Kim Kardashian is diving further into the beauty world, launching three eau de parfums at her online beauty destination, kkwfragrance.com, on Nov. 15. The three variations on gardenia, her favorite flower and scent, are first come, first serve fragrances. Once they’re gone, that’s it.
In an exclusive interview with WWD, Kardashian outlined the process of creating and launching her three fragrances, Crystal Gardenia, Crystal Gardenia Citrus and Crystal Gardenia Oud, including the inspiration behind them.
“Honestly, after my Paris situation [when she was held at gunpoint and robbed], a lot of my friends would come over and bring me healing crystals, and I obviously knew what they were — it’s very L.A. and it’s very popular right now — but for me it meant something so different. I was sitting there and I’d get these collections of them and I started to really dig deeper into what they meant and the meanings behind them and started to go to these crystal warehouses in Culver City and downtown [L.A.],” said Kardashian.
Developing each scent was about “being calm and healing,” which are the two words Kardashian used to describe a newly zen approach she’s taken over the past year. The color variations of each

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Peclers Paris to Host Future of Fashion Conference

PARIS — Fashion has lost its meaning. That’s the prognosis of Eric Duchamp, global chief executive officer of leading forecasting agency Peclers Paris, who on Thursday will host a conference geared at identifying — during stagnant times for the industry, and a banalization of offer — the crucial “strategic levers” brands need to activate to boost performance in the years to come.
Titled “La mode doit gagner la bataille du sens,” or in English, “Fashion Must Make Sense Again,” the Future of Fashion conference will take place at Paris restaurant Noto.
The Peclers Paris team will present future insights and some of the key macro trends that they believe will impact brands and consumers in the next five years, based on findings of a market study around brand perception conducted by Kantar TNS, as well as a range of “strategic levers” identified by the Peclers Paris team that brands need to activate to boost performance in the years to come.
Conducted online between May and June of this year, the study involved a panel of 2010 consumers aged from 16 to 60, with a 50-50 breakdown of men and women, and covered their perception of 25 brands for the women and 22 brands

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Americans In Paris Share Top Tips for the City of Light

WHEN IN PARIS: Sunday morning, the designers at the Americans in Paris showroom on the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, backed by the Council of Fashion Designers of America and Vogue, were still buzzing from Saturday night’s cocktail party co-hosted by Karlie Kloss. “It was amazing,” said Joshua Cooper, one half of design duo Rochambeau.
“Karlie Kloss was wearing one of my looks, this white skirt and a shirt dress,” said a proud Adam Selman. The designer added that the showroom had been busier this season, perhaps because March’s session had been hampered by the rain.
Cooper, meanwhile, apologized for the half-empty racks for his brand. “There’s a lot of models running around in our clothing this week, so it’s not all here,” he explained.
Other designers shared their favorite spots in Paris to check out while in town. “I did my favorite thing in Paris, which is to go vintage shopping,” said lingerie designer Morgan Lane.
The Rue de Bretagne in the Marais is her favorite place for hunting for second-hand gems, she added. “I bought an amazing earring with gold strings that drip down, and a beautiful white ruffled dress,” she added. Lane also hoped to get out to the Foire de Chatou, one

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Salma Hayek Weighs In on Paris’ Car-Free Day

TAKE A WALK: Car-free day during Paris Fashion Week. For or against? With the city’s third edition of the event under Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo to take place on Sunday, with no vehicles allowed to circulate in the city between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. except for emergency services, taxis, buses and accredited chauffeurs, guests attending the Altuzarra show on Saturday night expressed their views.
“I’m against it, because I love to drive,” said Pierre Hardy, who likes to think he doesn’t contribute too much to the city’s pollution levels, as he only drives around 10 minutes a day. “I own an old Mercedes and an old Jaguar,” he said.
Ami’s Alexandre Mattiussi, who also attended the show, said it’s a good thing, “though I’m sure everyone’s complaining about it, with it being Paris Fashion Week. Living in Paris, it’s such a nightmare with the cars, but I do have a scooter, so I don’t want them banning scooters,” he said. “I’m going to be driving mine in any case, I’m a rebel. I’ll pay the fine.”
Pascal Morand, executive president of La Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode, said the organization has been in talks for months with the city

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The Wall Group to Open Paris Office

Talent agency The Wall Group is set to open a Paris office next week in the midst of the city’s fashion week. The agency, which represents hairstylists, makeup artist and fashion stylists, has a roster that includes Danilo, Renato Campora, Ben Skervin, Hung Vanngo, Frank B, Alice Lane, Kate Young, Karla Welch and Elizabeth Stewart.
“Our decision to expand into Paris is a logical next step for our business,” said founder Brooke Wall. “We’ve worked with European talent, brands and fashion houses for years from afar, but demand continues to increase as the focus on international red carpets, film festivals and fashion presentations intensifies. We see a lot of opportunity to grow our services in-market and are excited about this evolution.”
Wall founded TWG in 2000 in New York and began with a roster of behind-the-scenes talent focused on the traditional fashion and editorial industry. TWG opened its Los Angeles office in 2003 to addresses the small but burgeoning group of artists focused on celebrity and red carpet styling. Today, those artists are among those signing lucrative consulting and designing gigs, such as Welch’s recent tie-up with Hanes, for which Justin Bieber was the poster boy.
In 2015, The Wall Group was acquired

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L’Oréal Paris and Balmain Paris Unveil Lipstick Ad Campaign

GIVING LIP: L’Oréal Paris and Balmain Paris today unveiled the advertising campaign for their soon-to-launch capsule collection of lipsticks.
Embodying the ‘Balmain army’ attitude, in the campaign, lensed by Nico Bustos, Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing is captured storming across a Paris rooftop at dawn – the Eiffel Tower on the horizon – flanked by 12 models of different origins and backgrounds including Lara Stone, Neelam Gill, and Alexina Graham. They each sport a different Balmain look offset by lipsticks from the line.
According to a joint statement released by the brands on Monday, the casting is meant to reflect “three tribes of L’Oréal Paris and Balmain Paris femininity,” much like the line’s Rock, Couture and Glamazone themes, each housing four shades designed to suit a range of complexions and send “a message of beauty in diversity and female empowerment.”
Ysaunny Brito, Soo Joo Park, Doutzen Kroes model what is termed as the star shades from each of the groups. The 12 lipsticks stand in line at the bottom of the image, topped with the tagline, ‘United, We are Invincible.’
As reported the line, due launch in early September in select points of sale where L’Oréal Paris is already carried, marks the first foray into beauty

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Excitement Mounts as Paris Poised to Land 2024 Olympics

OLYMPIC SIGHTS: Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo reacted happily to news that Los Angeles had struck a deal with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to host the Olympics in 2028, clearing the way for Paris to fill the 2024 slot.
“Happy that my friend @MayorOfLA is making a new and important step towards an agreement that will lead to three winners: Paris, Los Angeles and the IOC,” said Hidalgo on Twitter. “Discussions between our two cities and the IOC will continue throughout the month of August to reach a three-way agreement.”
The Paris mayor stopped short of claiming victory, a position echoed by French President Emmanuel Macron, who recently attended a series of sports events organized along the Seine river as part of the city’s bid.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo and the co-president of the Paris bid for the 2024 Olympics Tony Estanguet sail on the Seine river in Paris<br />Olympic Days event, Paris, France – 23 Jun 2017 
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“French President Emmanuel Macron welcomes this very important step towards obtaining the games for France in 2024 and remains very committed to making our country’s bid win with all the French people, the athletes, and all partners involved,” the presidency said in a statement.
The leaders are eager

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Tata Harper to Open Spa Room in Le Bristol Paris Hotel

CRÈME DE LA CRÈME: Tata Harper Skincare is bringing her eponymous natural luxury skin care to Le Bristol Paris hotel, where starting on Sept. 27 and 28 she will inaugurate a first spa room in the City of Light.
“It’s a room and a little lounge,” she told journalists in Paris during a lunch on Thursday. “We’ve developed specific protocols — for face, beauty, everything — for our Bristol client.”
Harper, who is co-chief executive officer of Tata Harper with her husband, Henry Harper, said the concept at the hotel will be along similar lines to what her brand has opened in Credo in the U.S.
The Vermont-based executive also unveiled her latest product, Crème Riche, a rich cream chockablock with 43 actives. It will be launched in mid-September in France, the U.K., U.S. and Canada.
“This product has been in the making for almost three years. It involved almost five different scientists, and it has the latest in antiaging and moisturization technology today,” said Harper, citing sugar acids and microalgues technology as examples.
“It really represents the pinnacle of our formulation today,” she continued. “This was one of the most requested products that people really wanted.”
Sixteen of Crème Riche’s active ingredients are focused on

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Dubai-Based Designer Rami Al Ali Considers Paris Location

TAKING FLIGHT: Syrian designer Rami Al Ali is thinking about establishing a permanent presence in Paris for his namesake label.
“Paris is an important window display for the world,” said the Dubai-based designer, who showcased his fall couture collection at the Ritz Paris hotel. Around 85 percent of his clients are from the Gulf region, he said, describing them as young jet-setters who want to stand out.
Al Ali, who usually works with neutral hues and metallics, ventured into new territory this season: dusty pink.
“Everyone was afraid it would be too girly,” he said, gesturing towards the array of structured gowns in tulle, organza and silk gazar. His inspiration came from a late 19th-century portrait of an angel by the American painter Abbott Handerson Thayer, which drew him with its mix of innocence and strength.
“The color gives lightness,” he said, lifting a heavy fold. He declined reveal what secret material sewn between the layers gave it heft. “That would be getting into the spices of the kitchen,” he said with a smile.
One bright dress brought a colorful tang to the collection. Deep crimson, it was made of the thinnest, airy silk. It was easy to see how the recurring theme of vertical

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Ingie Paris Resort 2018

Ingie Chalhoub took resort quite literally, offering up a languid collection inspired by the California lifestyle of the Seventies. Palazzo pants, jumpsuits and flowing dresses featured paisley or swirling vintage-style prints in a variety of pastel hues on white backgrounds, with floral adornments and hand-sewn braided details to knock home the hippie-chic message. Others were worked in plain candy-colored silk that flowed on the body, or in more structured jersey with a Neoprene texture.
These were contrasted with glittering fabrics that glammed things up. A graphic sequined guipure worked well on a long maxiskirt in off-white or a black shirt with translucent organza sleeves, while an ivory boyfriend blazer with sequin details had a relaxed charm. On a striped rough-hewn fabric, meanwhile, the contrast of metallic threads and pastels made for a refreshing look.
More From Paris Haute Couture Week Fall 2017:
Christian Dior Couture Fall 2017: As the house of Dior turns 70, Maria Grazia Chiuri designed her fall couture collection an homage to the house founder.
Atelier Versace Couture Fall 2017: The collection blended Baroque references and rock ‘n’ roll — with a soupçon of 3-D printing.
Iris Van Herpen Couture Fall 2017: For her 10th anniversary show, the designer sent out aquatic-themed creations to a

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Rick Owens and Michèle Lamy Sign Copies of “Furniture” Book in Paris

MR & MRS: Rick Owens and his wife Michèle Lamy held court on Tuesday evening on the first floor of the designer’s store in the Palais-Royal in Paris, where they signed copies of “Rick Owens: Furniture,” the coffee table book published by Rizzoli New York.
The pair’s banter provided an insight into the creative process behind the furniture design, which Owens conceives and Lamy executes. Just don’t call it a collaboration.
SEE ALSO: Rick Owens Launches Furniture Book
“He hates the word, he’s so nervous about it,” said Lamy, adding it was just a manner of speech.
Owens said it was hard to single out a particular creation. “I like it all, because when doing a book, I really enjoy the whole laying-out process and going through every little thing,” he said. “I mean, out of all the stuff that we’ve done, that’s an edit of all my favorite stuff, so I can’t even pick my favorite.”
SEE ALSO: Rick Owens on Legacy, the Met Ball and the Enduring Appeal of Kiss
The designer introduced his first furniture collection in Paris in 2007. The pieces – made of materials including marble, alabaster, bronze, leather, foam, rock crystal and concrete – were the subject of a recent

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Amiri 
“Amiri is Los Angeles based but the collection is directly adjacent to brands like Saint Laurent and Givenchy in over 140 of the top retail doors in the world. It only makes sense that the collection is shown within the same context and city,” said Mike Amiri who, after five seasons showing by-appointment in Paris, is hosting his first presentation, albeit informal, with two models, mannequins and an installation. The brand’s two-day presentation on Rue Royale wraps today.
But while he may be showing in Paris, he’s losing none of the label’s rock ‘n’ roll California vibe. The Venice beach boardwalk in the late Eighties and early Nineties created most of the reference points for the brand’s spring collection, said the designer, who started the line in 2014 with repaired denim.
“There was an incredibly distinct clash of cultures during this era. You had the streetball movement, break-dancers, skaters, artisans, drugs, gangs and music — all intersecting in and around the boardwalk.”
Along with the visual cues, this cultural juxtaposition inspired the process and non-conventional techniques used, said the designer, who in the new collection applied traditional denim washing techniques to fine silks, knitting Italian cashmere in Los Angeles and hand tie-dyeing each piece,

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Buyers Seek Standouts With Identity at Paris Men’s Trade Shows

PARIS — It was all about having a strong identity at the recent spring 2018 men’s trade shows here. Homespun, cultural references, vintage and surf styles and streetwear were selling well, with buyers seeking standout items and new discoveries to complement their core designer offering and differentiate themselves, rather than seeking out specific trends.
“Trends are hard to build a business around these days,” observed Chris Thomas, director of retail for Melbourne, Australia’s Service Denim Stores. “We’re looking for accessories to accentuate our core offer that have a point of uniqueness in the Australian market,” he said. “The ability to be unisex is important, too.”
Indeed, more and more brands were showing what they described as “unisex” collections as the trend for outsize gender-neutral garments continues to gain traction. Labels that tapped into heritage styles and techniques, especially from Japan and France, were also popular, as were new takes on performance wear.
Brands showing at Tranoï, Man and Capsule, held over the weekend during Paris Men’s Fashion Week, said foot traffic had been relatively slow, although key buyers had walked through, with a strong presence from Asian, especially Japan, and U.K.-based retailers.
Paul Craig, co-owner of The Bureau, a multibrand men’s store in Belfast,

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Sportswear Drives Upbeat Paris Season for Men’s Buyers

PARIS — If the Paris men’s wear shows proved anything, it’s that the sportswear trend is set to run and run — pardon the pun. Tracksuits, sneakers, hoodies, graphic T-shirts, anoraks, zip-up jackets and even surf gear were among the key trends that energized buyers at the spring collections.
“The well-tailored formal attire has been retired to the back of the closet, only to be replaced by a plethora of athletic apparel,” said Tom Kalenderian, executive vice president, general merchandise manager of men’s and Chelsea Passage at Barneys New York. “Call it what you will: ‘street’ or ‘active’ — regardless, it is becoming standard issue for every man’s wardrobe.”
Despite a heat wave on the first two days of the collections, retailers felt an upbeat vibe in the French capital, and many were happy to loosen the purse strings. Footwear was especially strong, they noted.
“The footwear trend of the moment is the runner, often built on a ‘sock’ construction and in amazing color combinations reminiscent of rich Indonesian patterns in a pop color palette,” said Kalenderian.
“We feel really energized by what we’ve seen here in Paris,” said Dean Cook, men’s wear buying manager at Brownsfashion.com. “There’s a lot of creativity here and that

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Men’s Spring 2018: The Paris Medals Race

Paris spent the weekend in dual celebrations. On Saturday the city’s streets were filled with floats and joyous crowds for the Gay Pride March, while that day and Friday saw events all over town to promote the City of Light’s bid for the 2024 Olympics (although snarling traffic to do so perhaps wasn’t the best way to win over the International Olympic Committee).
Here WWD ranks the men’s shows based on how they fared in their Olympian goal: To win a medal. But, designers please remember Baron de Coubertin’s creed: “The most important thing…is not to win, but to take part….The essential thing is not to have conquered, but to have fought well.”
And while Olympians might have to wait four years for another shot at a medal, you — the lucky designers and fashion pack — only have six months until next men’s season. Let the games begin.
 
GOLD: The designer crossed the finish line a clear winner.
Comme des Garçons Homme Plus
Berluti
Sacai
 
SILVER: Competitive, but just not good enough for gold.
Dior Homme
Paul Smith
Hermès
AMI Alexandre Mattiussi
Balenciaga
Valentino
Rick Owens
Louis Vuitton
Alexander McQueen
BRONZE: They out-showed the pack to at least make the medals podium.
Lemaire
Thom Browne
Haider Ackermann
Dries Van Noten
Junya Watanabe Man
Cerruti
Lanvin
Balmain
Officine Générale

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Paris Men’s Sizzles — In More Ways Than One

PARIS — Call it the Macron effect. With Paris men’s fashion week in full swing since Wednesday, retailers and brands say there’s a positive global energy that is helping propel business, boosted by the recent election of President Emmanuel Macron — a man well-connected with the nation’s luxury conglomerates and also contributing to the goodwill toward France.
“I moved to Paris three months ago, and I have to say that, especially since the elections, there is a high level of confidence, trust and energy. I am hearing that from all over the world,” said Balmain’s new chief executive officer Massimo Piombini.
“It’s a global energy that is spreading. There is a global drive,” agreed Pascal Morand, executive president of the Fédération Française de la Couture du Prêt-à-Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode.
That’s despite Paris being further rattled by an attack on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées on Monday, marking the fifth time in four months that security forces were targeted in the city. Morand said the federation and its members are working with state services and police to ensure safety during the men’s season and the women’s couture shows, which begin July 2.
“The measures might generate some constraints for guests attending

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Monique Lhuillier Plans Paris Show for Guests at Hôtel d’Évreux

PARIS IS CALLING: Add Monique Lhuillier to the list of American designers who has set her sights on Paris.
Following in the footsteps of Proenza Schouler and Rodarte who are Paris-bound next month, she will be showing her spring collection on July 3 at Hôtel d’Évreux with an 11:30 a.m. start time. There will be 275 guests, a more intimate group than the crowds of 750 that are invited to her New York Fashion Week shows. “It will be like sharing the magic in a different platform,” she said. “It will be my ready-to-wear but slightly elevated and more intricate.”
In November, the designer and her business partner husband Tom Bugbee decided the time was right to show the collection somewhere where they never had before. “Paris has always been a place that I hold very dear to my heart and it’s the fashion capital of the world. It’s also a great gateway to reach out to the Asian market and the European market,” she said.
Tricky as it can be dealing with the distance, the logistics and new production teams, Lhuillier said she is already accustomed to similar challenges since her Los Angeles-based team must be flown to New York for fashion

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Maison Margiela to Skip Men’s Presentation in Paris

PRESS PAUSE: Maison Margiela will sit out the Paris men’s shows this season as it undergoes a strategic review under chief executive officer Riccardo Bellini, who joined the company in March.
The house is believed to be aligning its men’s ready-to-wear collection more closely with its women’s line and Artisanal couture collection. Maison Margiela creative director John Galliano oversees all three lines.
The house staged a presentation last season but has yet to decide if it will return in January with a runway or presentation format. What is certain is that it has no plans to stage a coed show during the women’s shows in September, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
For the spring-summer 2018 season, Margiela will show its men’s collection to buyers at the Staff International showroom from June 26 to July 23. The men’s shows will take place in the French capital from June 21 to 25.
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Antwerp Museum Goes Back to the Future With Margiela Show

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Al Gore on Why the U.S. Loses Jobs, Power (and Planet Earth) by Leaving the Paris Climate Agreement

President Donald Trump’s controversial decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement was more than “inconvenient” for the U.S. — it threatens jobs, our standing in the world — and most of all, our planet, says former Vice President Al Gore.

“This is as serious as it gets,” the longtime environmentalist tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue.

“What the scientists told us 20 years ago has come true,” says Gore, who warned the world about the catastrophic effects of climate change in his 2006 Academy Award-winning documentary, An Inconvenient Truth. He is following up that documentary with An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, which premieres in August.

“What they are telling us now will happen in the future if we don’t stop using the atmosphere as an open sewer includes the threat that human civilization itself will be in danger,” says Gore, who met with President Trump and his daughter, Ivanka Trump, after the election to discuss climate change.

“We are in a race against time,” says Gore.

The aim of the 2015 global agreement, which had the world cheering when it was ratified, is to reduce carbon emissions as fast as possible to prevent the earth from warming by more than 2 degrees Celsius in this century.

Temperatures that rise higher than 2 degrees Celsius could trigger catastrophic — and irreversible — environmental effects we can no longer control, such as food and water shortages, massive drought, more flooding, extreme weather, the rampant spread of disease and dangers posed by rising seas, say scientists.

 

The climate crisis also poses a threat to our national security — and life as we know it, say experts.

Calling the agreement a “bad deal” for the country that would cost coal miners their jobs, Trump — with the backing of 22 U.S. Senators including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — withdrew the U.S. from the international agreement.

While Trump insisted he made the right decision for the nation, his decision drew ire from major companies, world leaders and citizens around the globe.

But going green, says Gore and others, will actually boost the economy like never before. “Jobs in the solar industry are increasing 17 times faster than other jobs are increasing in the U.S.,” he says.

The fastest growing job of all? “Wind turbine technician,” he says.

“According to the Bureau of Labor statistics, that will be the fastest growing job in the next ten years,” he says.

All over the world, tens of millions of new jobs in renewable energy, new technologies and sustainability are opening up, he says.

The Sustainability Revolution, as he calls it, “is happening all over the world. It has the scope and magnitude of the industrial revolution but the speed of the digital information revolution and it’s changing everything for the better.”

Solar and wind energy, batteries and hundreds of other efficiency technologies are now becoming much cheaper, far more rapidly than anyone predicted, he says.

“It’s almost like the computer chip revolution and the mobile phone revolution where products got much cheaper, faster than anyone could have imagined, even as their quality improved by leaps and bounds.”

Power Vacuum

Not only is the U.S. losing out on economic and trade opportunities by opting out of the agreement, but it is giving up its standing as the leader of the world, leaving a void that other nations, like China, are eager to fill, says Gore.

Withdrawing our country from the pact “has isolated the U.S. in the world community,” he adds.

By leaving the agreement, the U.S. gave away any say in how the world will tackle the climate crisis in the future, he says.

“The real risk is that all of these other countries will retaliate against the U.S. by trading among themselves and concentrating new jobs in solar and wind in their countries and not the U.S.,” he says.

“They have the legal right now to put up barriers against U.S. products that don’t bear any price for carbon pollution.”

‘We Still Have a Chance’

While the world still has a lot to do to head off catastrophe, “we definitely still have a chance,” he says.

While his upcoming film, An Inconvenient Sequel, will focus on how serious this crisis is, it will also detail how “available” solutions are now, he says.

“The big change from 10 years ago is that solar, wind and other renewable technologies are now getting so cheap that it’s easy to switch over,” he says.

Also encouraging? How U.S. businesses including Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, GE and others, and individual cities and states are moving on without Trump to solve the climate crisis.

On June 1, California, New York and Washington formed the U.S. Climate Alliance, which is committed to upholding the country’s goals under the Paris Agreement and take aggressive action against the climate crisis.

Since then, 10 states including Connecticut, Hawaii and Virginia have joined the coalition.

“We’re going to meet the commitments under the climate agreement, regardless of what President Trump does,” says Gore.

“If we all make up our minds to do this, we can all solve the climate crisis.”

For more information on what you can do to help, please visit Climate Reality Project, the National Resources Defense Council and Climate of Hope.

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John Galliano’s Paris Home Burgled – Paper

STOLEN: Thieves broke into the Paris home of designer John Galliano in the night of Friday to Saturday, French newspaper Aujourd’hui en France reported on Sunday.
It was not known if the designer was present during the burglary. The stolen goods included one of the last photographs of Marilyn Monroe, worth more than 50,000 euros, or $ 56,400, the paper said.
Galliano has been based in Paris since he was hired as creative director of Givenchy in 1995. He was the artistic director of women’s ready-to-wear at Dior from 1996 to 2011, when he was dismissed for making racist and anti-Semitic comments at a cafe while under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
Having successfully completed rehab, he was hired in 2014 as creative director of Maison Margiela, where he has kept a discreet public profile, in keeping with the ethos of the label’s founder, Belgian designer Martin Margiela.

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EXCLUSIVE: Vlone to Show During Paris Men’s Fashion Week

It’s an interesting week for 25-year-old Harlem native A$ AP Bari to reveal he’s showing Vlone — his highly sought-after streetwear line — during Men’s Fashion Week in Paris.
It’s the same week Gucci has come under fire for a jacket Alessandro Michele presented at his Cruise 2018 show, which looked very similar to a piece Dapper Dan, another designer from Harlem, created in 1989 for Olympic gold medalist Diane Dixon. Dapper Dan, whose real name is Daniel Day, spent the Eighties outfitting celebrities in his custom pieces, which he made by printing luxury logos onto different fabrics. Critics were upset that Gucci wasn’t transparent about the reference. They later acknowledged his influence in an Instagram post.
“I feel like nobody should hate on what somebody gets inspired by,” said Bari, who is a member of the A$ AP Mob collective. “But it’s sad that it takes 20 or 25 years for them to be inspired by Dapper Dan when he could have been a designer for Gucci. Why didn’t Louis Vuitton give him an opportunity to design for them?”
Bari, who has no formal fashion training, is a reflection of how things are slowly shifting and brands are starting to work directly with streetwear designers.

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New Musical Shines Light On ‘Paris Is Burning’ Star And The Mummified Man Found In Her Closet

For over a year before it premiered this past weekend at the Rep Stage regional theatre outside Baltimore, the musical “Dorian’s Closet” was sparking buzz in the media, from Out magazine and the LGBT press to the Baltimore Sun and theater journals. Playwright Richard Mailman, who wrote the book and lyrics, fielded interviews while the show was in rehearsals over those long months, awaiting its debut.

The intense interest isn’t at all surprising. With music by Ryan Hasse and directed by Joseph W. Ritsch, “Dorian’s Closet” is based on the life of Dorian Corey, a prominent subject of Jennie Livingston’s groundbreaking 1990 documentary film, “Paris Is Burning,” about the remarkable Harlem drag balls of the 1980s and the powerfully-bonded community of black and Latino gay and trans people who created them. “Dorian’s Closet” has all of the glamour and the sequin ball gowns and the show-stopping numbers one would expect, relaying the story of a legendary figure on the Harlem ball scene who became internationally famous as a star in the beloved documentary. 

Corey, who used female pronouns and was the “mother” of the House of Corey, succumbed to AIDS in 1993. Soon after, her notoriety shot even higher, when police found a mummy in the closet of her Harlem apartment ― a dead, preserved body of a man who was killed by a gunshot wound, likely 15 years earlier. “Dorian’s Closet,” via musical numbers performed by a grippingly talented cast, follows that story, taking us first back to Corey’s early years in Manhattan. Mailman, who’s worked on many stage and television productions ― but for whom this is his first musical ― discussed the show, the storyline and and where it’s all going, in an interview with me on SiriusXM Progress. This is an edited version of that conversation.

Michelangelo Signorile:  Looking at Dorian Corey’s story, what made you decide, ‘This would be a great musical’? 
Richard Mailman: Why wouldn’t a mummy in the closet make the best musical ever? [Laughter] You know, all those years ago when I saw “Paris is Burning,” it screamed out to be a musical. Obviously this isn’t a musical version of “Paris is Burning.” But just the whole world ― the balls, the drag queens, their performing, that’s definitely ripe for a musical. But I was always a fan of theatrical backstage stories. There’s totally that element of Dorian’s career ― how she ended up in New York, working at [the drag bar] Sal’s in Times Square, and in the Harlem balls. But throw in what they found in the closet after she left it there and, you know, that’s a fabulous number! When I first saw the movie, I was totally intrigued by her.

 

She was the mother of the House of Corey. These were [queer] families [of choice], these houses [which competed in runway walking and voguing against one another at the balls].
There’s all of those elements as well [in “Dorian’s Closet”]. The stories of all of those children ― a lot of them tragic ― that were part of those houses and hers… just what was going on in New York at that time and around that community. I really think that right now, especially with what’s going on politically in the world right now, particularly in this country ― obviously we’ve taken a real slide backward. But I think in a way the story now becomes even more important ― for people to remember what we went through and the struggle we went through. And do we really want to go back there? There’s a lot of that in there too.

For over a year before it premiered, the show was getting this incredible buzz and it just keeps increasing and increasing right up to today. You’ve been doing interviews for about a year.
A lot of that has to do with the fact that people know “Paris Is Burning.” I think we’ve forgotten about how much of an impact that movie had. For a small documentary, how many people remember it. And it still holds up well. It’s still relevant. People remember Dorian. About a year ago when Rep Stage announced their season, and we were included in that, word got out and it just exploded. When people heard about it, they went crazy about it. It made me nervous at first. But it really made me feel good. I started getting so many emails from people who remember Dorian and really, really wanted to see her story told. I should preface the whole thing by saying it is somewhat a fictional account of her life because there’s a lot we don’t know.

There’s a lot we don’t know about the man she purportedly killed and mummified and put in the closet. Was it a boyfriend? Was it a robber? Was it both ― a scammer? There are so many different theories that are out there about what transpired. You had to take [one] narrative and run with it.
The scary part was not knowing the truth. But there was a moment when I realized that the story we really wanted to tell was not so much who he was and how it happened. But how someone could keep a body in their closet for over 15 years and what would make a person do that. By the time you get to the end of the story you understand what these people were going through and what they were faced with.

 

Stephen Scott Wormley, who plays Dorian Corey is spectacular and James Thomas Frisbee, who plays Jesse Torres, another drag performer, is also amazing.
Doing a musical is not easy. Getting even just a small production out there is very difficult and takes a long time and there are a lot of elements involved. This show rests really on Dorian’s shoulders. During almost the entire show she’s onstage. So you’ve got to have a performer not only who can carry that vocally but also who can create this character that people can fall in love with. And I have to say, this [past] weekend [audiences] took to him ― it was amazing. He does a beautiful job with [Dorian].

It has already received some great reviews after the premiere. That’s got to feel good.
It feels really, really good. You kind of lose perspective. You’re locked in a theater, trying to bring it together. You don’t know how it will fly with people. But it was kind of amazing [opening night]. All of a sudden it hit me ― they’re really, really getting it. The thing that I’m just so thrilled about more than anything is that people are walking out, feeling really [good.] This is not a happy story ―

No, but it is kind of uplifting at the end.
When I first saw Dorian, there was something about her ― to quote a song in the show. She does have this optimistic outlook in life. 

Where does the show [performed at Rep Stage in Maryland until May 14] go from here? 
From everything that everyone’s been saying to us, they really feel there’s a way bigger life for this show. It could happen any number of ways. I’m ready for whatever anyone what’s to do with it. I’m ready.

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Kate Spade New York to Open Paris Flagship

TRANS-ATLANTIC TRIP: Kate Spade New York is setting up shop in Paris for the first time. The U.S. brand will open a 2,000-square-foot flagship on the Rue Saint-Honoré this summer, showcasing its handbags, ready-to-wear, accessories, small leather goods, jewelry, watches, shoes and eyewear.
Expanding its presence in Europe is a key part of the parent firm Kate Spade & Co.’s strategy. The brand opened a flagship on London’s Regent Street last year. In France, its presence is currently limited to the Galeries Lafayette Haussmann department store and the brand’s dedicated Web site.
“We have already seen strong customer demand and brand resonance in the market with our wholesale presence, making a Paris specialty store the natural next step for Kate Spade & Company’s growth,” said chief executive officer Craig Leavitt in a statement.
The new store, located at number 418 of the upscale shopping thoroughfare, will feature mid-century modern references, although its two-level façade is inspired by traditional Parisian storefronts, with painted wood and dark stone elements. Inside, furniture from the Kate Spade New York home collection will be blended into the design, the brand said.
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Hermès Brings Robert Dallet Expo to Paris

ROARING SUCCESS: More than a year after it opened at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT., the “Fierce and Fragile: Big Cats in the Art of Robert Dallet” exhibition is making its way to Paris.
Having toured Europe and Asia since it left the Bruce last March — taking in Milan, Munich, Hong Kong, Taipei and Mumbai — the exhibition, sponsored by Hermès and benefiting conservation group Panthera, will be on show at the brand’s flagship on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré from May 19 to June 10.
The exhibition includes nearly 75 works by the late wildlife artist, who collaborated with Hermès for more than 20 years and whose designs are still used in its collections. Focusing on eight different species of endangered feline, it features paintings, drawings and sketches from the Emile Hermès Collection as well as that of the artist’s family, and is intended to raise awareness about the dangers of extinction facing big cats.

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Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux Bring their Laid-back California Style to the Streets of Paris

In many ways, Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux are the quintessentially cool Californian couple. She has her effortlessly tousled and endlessly aped locks, perennially perfect golden tan, and deep and abiding passion for paddle boarding; he channels all of the bad boy charm and understated acting chops of James Dean with a collection of motorcycle jackets to prove it. And this week the pair are proving that California is more than just a state, it’s a state of mind, taking their particular bohemian joie de vivre to the chic streets of Paris.

The couple have been on a stylish tour of the City of Light all week, making one high fashion pitstop after the next, including an appearance at the exclusive Louis Vuitton dinner in honor of the brand’s latest handbag collaboration with artist Jeff Koons. But on Wednesday night they changed up the pace a bit, forsaking glamorous gatherings in favor of a quiet date night in the neighborhood of the Louvre, dining at wine bar Verjus.

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For their evening out, Jennifer and Justin took a break from the matchy-matchy style streak they’ve been having. The actress gave a slight twist on her typical collection of all-black dresses, mixing it up with a low-key maxi dress featuring a smattering of pink flowers all over, a knotted halter neckline, a low back, and a classy touch of exposed sideboob. Her husband, on the other hand, stayed true to his foolproof “winter from the waist down” fashion formula in a leather jacket, black t-shirt, and faded black jeans.

One other way Theroux switched things up? Rather than post a schmoopy Instagram with his girl as he had done several days prior, he posted a shot of the “Eifellas” (himself and The Leftovers creator Damon Lindelof) in front of the famed Paris landmark. But of course in Paris, there’s plenty of love to go around.

 

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Paris Jackson And Her Brother Prince Get Adorable Matching Tattoos

Paris Jackson has been making headlines in 2017, especially after gracing the cover of CR Fashion Book and guest-starring on Fox’s new drama series “Star.”

Well, her busy days have not distracted her from the importance of family. She shared a photo on Instagram Monday of the newest addition to her growing ink collection ― a matching tattoo she got with her brother Prince.  

In the caption, Jackson explains the significance behind the Chinese yin and yang symbols, which “work together finding and causing balance within each other.” She wrote, “sometimes I feel like my big brother and I always think the same thoughts, he just doesn’t have a filter and always vocalizes them.” 

We can’t help but love their sibling bond! 

big brother doing big things!! so proud of this stud muffin

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Duchess of Cambridge Dons Chanel during Paris Visit

FRENCH FORAY: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Les Invalides over the weekend as part of a two-day, official visit to Paris, where they learned about the programs it offers in aid of veterans. They also met with first responders and victims of the Bataclan and Nice attacks.
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Kate Middleton wore Chanel from head-to-toe, pairing a printed dress with a skinny belt and quilted bag.

The Duchess of Cambridge in Chanel 
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The young royals also attended an event involving children and teens from France and the U.K., met with school children from the British Council’s Somme project and with French rugby fans.

The Duchess of Cambridge (in Chanel) and Prince William at an event to highlight the ties between the young people of France and the UK. 
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They also took a trip to the Impressionist Gallery at the Musée d’Orsay, where they spoke to the curators about the gallery’s collections which will be exhibited at the Tate Britain later this year.

Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge (in Chanel) visit the Musee D’Orsay on the second day of their official visit to Paris. 
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Young Royals Attend St. Patrick’s Day Festivities, Embark on Two-Day Trip to Paris

THEY’LL ALWAYS HAVE PARIS: The Duke and Duchess took part in St. Patrick’s Day festivities on Friday before embarking on a two-day trip Paris, a diplomatic gesture as the country prepares for Brexit negotiations.
The young couple attended a ceremony and parade at the Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, England, and presented shamrocks to members of the Irish Guards. Prince William, a colonel in the Irish Guards, joined his wife as they issued ceremonial three-leaf clovers to officers and warrant officers of the 1st Battalion. They also met with regiment members, officers, sergeants, soldiers and their families.
Kate Middleton wore a green wool coat — a bespoke design by Catherine Walker.

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At the request of Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the duke and duchess will begin their visit to the French capital with a number of engagements. This is Prince William’s first official visit to Paris since the death of his mother Princess Diana in 1997.

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Upon arriving, they will meet with a French government representative and will later attend a reception hosted by the British Embassy, where they will mark

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CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Names Designers for ‘Americans in Paris’

LES AMÉRICAINS À PARIS: The Council of Fashion Designers of America and Vogue have named nine designers for the 12th round of the “Americans in Paris” program. Nine designers and CVFF finalists will head to The City of Light to show their fall collections for this season’s showcase, including Laura Vassar Brock and Kristopher Brock of Brock Collection, 2016 CVFF winners; Adam Selman, a 2016 CVFF runner-up; Stirling Barrett of Krewe, a 2016 CVFF runner-up; Beckett Fogg and Piotrek Panszczyk of Area; Chloe Gosselin; Ji Oh; Morgan Curtis of Morgan Lane; Maryam and Marjan Malakpour of NewbarK, and Laurence Chandler and Joshua Cooper of Rochambeau.

The showroom, which aims to expose emerging American designers to retailers and editors during Paris Fashion Week, will be located at 29 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré — inside a townhouse once inhabited by Coco Chanel — from March 4 to 6. The initiative will be celebrated with a cocktail party on March 3 at the 1728 restaurant within the Hotel Mazin La Fayette.

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Kim Kardashian Worries About ”24/7” Security After Paris Robbery in New KUWTK Promo, Plus Did Kourtney and Scott Disick Kiss?!

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Buyers Upbeat at Paris Men’s Trade Shows

PARIS — With Japanese buyers back in force, a positive energy pulsed through the men’s trade fairs, Capsule, Man and Tranoi, held here in tandem with the men’s runway shows. While spends were flat on-year, buyers’ moods were upbeat.
“This is a good time in men’s wear,” said Wanda Colon, chief merchandising officer at Unkwn, an urban concept store targeting Florida’s 18-25 set.
“This show [Capsule] is a good integration of what’s happening in fashion now – a mix of very high with accessible, what big box stores are trying to do,” she continued. “To cultivate this youthful feeling, not necessarily young, but savvy, very active on social media. A lot of brand energy right now is coming from that. And stores are chasing these young, alternative independents because they’ve seen the energy and buying power of this customer.”
Trading on the youth influence as a launchpad, Capsule showed four labels voted into the show by followers of Highsnobiety.com. Tranoi curated Atelier, a space for young designers, at its inaugural Carreau de Temple show.
Wish-listing “craftsmanship, innovation and scarcity” for Magasin, the men’s concept store which opened in Los Angeles last March, Josh Peskowitz singled out ongoing proportion play, an outdoors direction and layering,

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85-Year-Old Model Carmen Dell’Orefice Was a Total Boss at Paris Couture Week

85-year-old model Carmen Dell’Orefice has been in the business since she was 15, and this week, she strutted down the runway at Paris Fashion Week.
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Harumi Klossowska de Rola Shows Her Designs in Paris

ALL THAT GLITTERS: While she moves on the sidelines of the fashion world and counts Haider Ackermann among her close friends, artist and jewelry designer Harumi Klossowska de Rola is rarely in the limelight.
That is exactly where she was to be found Sunday evening, however, with the opening of an exhibition of her work at the Van Cleef & Arpels-supported jewelry school just off Paris’ Place Vendôme.
As well as her animal-themed fine jewelry, the exhibition includes objects ranging from sculpted bronze lamps to a four-panel screen hand-covered in gold leaf and painted with a lion.
The eclectic crowd of guests at the event included Kylie Minogue, Kristin Scott-Thomas, Christian Louboutin, Elie Top, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli.
The daughter of the late artist Balthus and painter Setsuko Klossowska de Rola was asked by Van Cleef & Arpels to create an exhibition of her one-off jewelry pieces, and she chose to also show her sculptural work in order to highlight the bridges between fine art and jewelry.
“I would love to study at the school, there is so much I could learn here,” said Klossowska de Rola, who has no formal training in jewelry but has in the past collaborated with Chopard as well

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Porter Classic Shows Off Indigo Cool at Paris Men’s Week

PARIS — Porter Classic has set up shop in Isetan Mitsukoshi’s Japan Store in Paris — showing and selling its garments for the first time outside Asia.
The brand, which was founded in 2007 by designer Katsuyuki Yoshida and his son Leo, is known for its use of traditional Japanese stitching techniques to create textured indigo garments.
The company has stocked the pop-up shop with a representative selection of indigo staples from its PC Classics line including stitched indigo jackets, pants and patchwork accessories in relaxed, contemporary cuts.
Garments made using the sashiko stitching technique feature a rippled texture. The kendo stitch — borrowed from Japanese boxing gear —is visually smoother but still adds a coarse contrast to the supple indigo when touched.
The brand is also showing a selection of special edition patchwork blazers made with vintage swatches from the designer’s collection.
The designer discovered the patched sashiko fabrics in a museum in northern Japan. “My father was touched by the way the material had been kept for and cared for over generations,” said Leo Yoshida at the pop-up’s opening reception Wednesday. “The fabric comes from farmers, and from moms who would sew things back together when they tore.”
The process of cleaning and reinforcing the vintage material

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Kim Kardashian Details Terrifying Armed Paris Robbery Experience to French Police: Report

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‘Gentleman’ Thief Slips Away With $5M Jewelry Loot in Paris

TO CATCH A THIEF: A thief made away with jewelry worth more than 5 million euros, or $ 5.3 million at current exchange, in what is being described as one of the most deftly executed heists ever staged in Paris.
Two rings and two loose diamonds were stolen on the morning of Dec. 30 at a showroom on Rue de la Boétie in the French capital’s tony 8th arrondissement, a spokesman for the Paris police said on Thursday. He confirmed the reported value of the loot but was unable to provide any additional details.
The thief posed as a potential client during a private appointment at the De Grisogono showroom, according to French media reports. Drawing comparisons with fictional French gentleman thief Arsène Lupin, daily newspaper Le Parisien said the suspect discreetly swapped the precious pieces for copies and left without anyone noticing what had happened.
The matter has been referred to the Paris public prosecutor. Officials at De Grisogono did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
If confirmed, it would not be the first time the Geneva-based jeweler has been targeted by thieves in France. In 2013, robbers made away with a high jewelry necklace worth 2 million euros, or around $ 2.6 million,

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Perrin Paris Files Lawsuit Against Philipp Plein

IN THE CLUTCH: Leather-goods maker Perrin Paris has filed a lawsuit against luxury sportswear firm Philipp Plein, requesting an injunction and significant damages for infringing its so-called “glove-clutch,” a design-patented model that the French firm describes as a marriage between its glove-making heritage and modern chic. The suit is pending at a court in Hamburg, Germany, Perrin Paris said.
Perrin Paris alleges that the Lugano, Switzerland-based firm known for its bejeweled leather and crystal-studded knits copied its Eiffel model glove-clutch. “It’s the exact duplicate, same size, same design, same concept — the hand receiving portion of our bags that we design-patented. They only added a skull,” said Michel Perrin, whose great-great grandmother founded the company in Saint-Junien with gloves as its core business.
Julie Macklowe carried the Philipp Plein clutch on the red carpet at the Met Gala in May.
“In the beginning, we contacted Philipp Plein out of court asking him to stop selling it. We were given the impression that they would remove it from distribution. But recently, we realized that they were continuing to sell them in their outlet stores, at a discounted price,” Perrin explained.
Before the defense was due in court, he said, the German firm contacted Perrin Paris asking for a settlement offer, which

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