Back in the day, before blogs changed everything, a young Parisian illustrator filled up one notebook after the next, dreaming of how she could create beautiful things. Fast-forward a decade or so, and Garance Doré is finally getting the chance to go back to her roots. “Illustrations ought to be something you can carry with you,” said Doré of her decision to launch a stationery line with Rifle Paper Co., which she feted with a breakfast at organic eatery Claus this morning. “The Rifle Paper Co. cards caught my eye one day, so I sent off an e-mail,” she explained as she greeted friends and admirers including Aurélie Bidermann, Lisa Marie Fernandez, and Laure Heriard Dubreuil. When Anna Bond, the cofounder of the successful young paperie, received that e-mail last August, she was thrilled. “I knew who she was because I had been following her for a long time,” Bond said. “It’s exciting to launch a fashion-related project.” Six months later—tomorrow to be exact—the Garance Doré line of cards, notepads, social stationery, calendars, phone cases, and notebooks is bowing exclusively at Colette, and there’s already more on the way in May. If these drawings of glamorous characters sporting a leopard coat, or a cape, or sunglasses bear a resemblance to those of the great illustrator René Gruau, that is no coincidence. “He is really my idol,” said Doré. “When people say that, it’s the best compliment ever. I don’t think I’m at that level, but maybe one day!”
Etam may be unfamiliar stateside, but the nearly century-old French lingerie company is a $1.65 billion heavyweight in Europe and Asia—and that’s not counting the sports line, a stocking collection, a range of knicker boxes, and a beauty line winging their way to stores from now through September. Reason enough to strut your stuff, which the brand did last night at the landmark Bourse de Commerce, where it debuted a new collection alongside its collaborative line with supermodel Natalia Vodianova. In addition to a saucy runway show, the extravaganza featured live performances by Eve, Azealia Banks, Cassius, Breakbot, Kavinsky, and 3D from Massive Attack that were enjoyed by guests including Catherine Deneuve, Emmanuelle Seigner, Joséphine de la Baume, Vodianova’s partner Antoine Arnault, and more.
Of her feather-embellished, Peruvian-inspired lineup, Vodianova commented, “I went to see Mario Testino’s exhibition for the opening of the Mate museum. It was a beautiful show of local costumes. The colors, the feathers, the embroidery all became elements of my collection. Etam really let me be involved, which is fun—and I got to choose all the girls.” Vodianova, who is six months pregnant and expecting in May, has several other projects in the works, including the motivational film Never Stop for the upcoming Paralympic Games as well as the tenth anniversary of her foundation, Naked Heart, this spring.
Many of Vodianova’s girls, along with performers Eve and Azealia Banks, joined a handful of VIPs for a postshow dinner at Brasserie Lipp. “[The show] was nerve-wracking and amazing,” commented Eve. “The girls were beautiful. As an artist I felt very secure—but if I’d had to walk that runway, I’d have put a bag over my head!”
Way past midnight, many drifted from the Lipp to the Montana across the street. But in an uncharacteristic twist, nightlife king André Saraiva called it an early night. “I’m growing up,” he quipped. That, and Paris fashion week has only just begun.
In the age of Instagram, all it takes is a smartphone to achieve a photo finish, be it filtered or #nofilter-ed. That’s why Style.com’s social media editor, Rachel Walgrove, is rounding up our favorite snaps and bringing them into focus. For this very special edition of Insta-Gratification, she’ll be calling out the best shots from #MFW. See below for today’s picks.
Monday, February 24
Giorgio and his Armani army.
Collect them all.
Marni, through Linda Fargo’s lens.
Missoni’s pre-show clique.
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In case you haven’t been counting down with the rest of us, the Oscars are next weekend. And while the highly anticipated red carpet is known as the awards season’s most glamorous, the celebrity set wasn’t holding back during this week’s events across the pond. Sunday’s British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards saw our current red-carpet favorites hit it out of the sartorial ballpark yet again. Lupita Nyong’o was statuesque in an emerald green silk Dior Couture gown accented with a metallic gold-lacquered belt and cuffs, and Cate Blanchett, who took home the BAFTA trophy for best actress, walked the red carpet in a black column with a silver tulip jacquard from Alexander McQueen’s Pre-Fall ’14 lineup. We should also mention that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie turned up in matching suits: Jolie opted for a casually undone tux from Saint Laurent; Pitt, meanwhile, wore Valentino.
Later in the week, on Wednesday, the music set stole the spotlight at the Brit Awards in London. International Female Solo Artist winner Lorde stuck to her favorite color palate, accepting her trophy in a black Tom Ford Spring ’14 gown covered in fractured mirrors. Ever-dapper music mogul Pharrell Williams chose a charcoal gray lamé effect suit by his red-carpet go-to, Lanvin. While he left his now-famous Vivienne Westwood topper (which is currently getting auctioned off on eBay for charity, the latest bid being $10,500) home for this outing, we’re hoping he has more red-carpet surprises up his sleeve.
Just days before the International Woolmark Prize finals take place on February 21 in Milan, we can exclusively announce that Alexa Chung will join the esteemed panel of judges. A fixture on the fashion show circuit, Chung will deliberate with some of the industry’s top experts—including Franca Sozzani, Frida Giannini, and our very own Tim Blanks—to decide which of the five finalists will walk away with the AU $100,000 purse. “Alexa will provide valuable perspective on the finalists collections with her background as model, fashion commentator, and writer,” offered Woolmark CEO Stuart McCullough. “Her unique viewpoint will complete our panel of industry experts.” Model, writer, high-power judge…check, check, check. It seems Chung’s résumé just keeps getting longer. Although we can’t help but wonder if she’s quaking in her boots a little—not every It girl is tasked with holding her own in such impressive company.
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