August 29 2014

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blasblog from paris: the black leather motorcycle club


While I’m sure most of us are already compiling our lists of Spring trends (shorts! and in some cases—Isaac Mizrahi and Giambattista Valli, for example—we’re talking biker shorts territory), as I leave the lovely city of Paris, I can report that the one item I’ve seen the most often on audience members at these collections has been Balenciaga‘s black leather motorcycle jacket. From the chic Americans (Lauren Santo Domingo) to the Euro-class girls (Dasha Zhukova, Olympia Scarry, Josephine de la Baume) to the fashion professionals (Emmanuelle Alt), not a day went by that I didn’t see at least one of M Ghesquière’s zipper-trim blouson noir. At last night’s end of fashion week party at Régine’s—where the likes of Kate Bosworth, Mary-Kate Olsen, and Kirsten Dunst all worked in a last hurrah—one girl told me she would rather sweat than run the risk of losing her goes-with-anything coat. “Look at that booth: There’s a whole pile of leather jackets,” she explained. “I don’t want to put mine there. What happens if a drunken lady gets ready to go and just grabs the one on the top, taking my Balenciaga and leaving me her Topshop? Can you imagine?” Shudder the thought, but the clever girl ended up working out a plan: She ran her scarf through the sleeve of the jacket and actually tied the thing to the leg of her table. “When it comes to Balenciaga, I don’t F. around,” she explained.

Photo: Courtesy of Balenciaga

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