Fêting The L.B.D. With Didier Ludot-------
July kicks off not only Couture week but the first salvo in Didier Ludot’s tenth anniversary celebration of his La Petite Robe Noire (Little Black Dress) line. On Wednesday, Ludot’s Palais Royal boutique will be the first to unveil the designer’s new, more accessibly priced capsule collection called DL Palais Royal. Each season, the line will feature five dresses, two “sporty” and three “sophisticated,” priced from €350 to €700 ($490 to $981 at current exchange). To fête the collection, Ludot asked fashion friends like Catherine Deneuve, Christian Lacroix, and Inès de la Fressange to pen a few thoughts about the L.B.D. The result is a booklet with witty insights—”The black dress…is the foundation of the foundation of style,” writes Lagerfeld—and an accompanying CD compilation by France’s leading celebrity sound designer, Béatrice Ardisson (€13, or $18; proceeds will benefit AIDS research). Both the clothes and the booklet will be featured at Colette from July 6 through 18. Vintage fans will have to wait until fall, however, to admire pearls from Ludot’s personal archives: The designer will usher in Paris fashion week by culling 70 pieces dating from the birth of the L.B.D. (1926) and using them to dress the shop windows of the Palais Royal for a private soirée on September 30 (they will remain on view through October 17). And recessionistas, take note: Another selection of Ludot’s vintage L.B.D.s will be sold in a corner of his eponymous vintage boutique in the galerie de Montpensier (prices from €200 / $280). Star perfumer Francis Kurkdjian is also said to be creating a DL Palais Royal fragrance called L’Eau Blanche for release about that time.
La Petite Robe Noire, 125 galerie de Valois, Paris 1st.
Didier Ludot, 20-24 galerie de Montpensier, Paris 1st.