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New York-based jewelry designer Monique Péan was selected as one of ten past CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalists for round two of the Americans in Paris program. While in the City of Light, Pean shared a showroom space with the like of Albertus Swanepoel and Simon Spurr at Paris’ Galerie Joyce and made time to stop by a few of the week’s biggest parties, too. She shares some of her snaps and memories, below.
“With my boys, two of the most talented American designers in Paris—Simon Spurr and Prabal Gurung. Simon’s suits make almost any man look handsome and Prabal’s prints are stunning.”
“With Hannah Bronfman (in Monique Péan fine jewelry) at a lounge in Place Vendome.”
“At Alber’s ten-year anniversary party! Love Lanvin and the cake made of books!”
“We’re trying to create a place for our label in this whole world we exist in, and this is a great step,” Alexa Adams, one half of the design duo behind Ohne Titel, told Style.com at last night’s opening reception for her BOFFO pop-up shop downtown. (While the flash shop opened December 1, she and Flora Gill decided to wait until all the cool kids came back from Art Basel in Miami before officially celebrating).
Ohne Titel is the last label to showcase its clothing in the BOFFO space at 57 Walker this year. Like the five previous designers in the series (including Nikki Dekker and Maayan Zilberman of The Lake & Stars and Nicola Formichetti), Ohne Titel was chosen as an up-and-coming talent by the BOFFO board and given a choice of artists and architects to collaborate with on the space, which has been transformed into a customized pop-up store through December 14. “We immediately related to EASTON+COMBS in our appreciation for color, undulating forms, and surface texture,” Adams said. The EASTON+COMBS-designed installation features tomato red colored aluminum tiles patchworked together with acrylic ornaments, from which hang the clothes from Ohne Titel’s Fall and Resort collections. Also in the mix is their first-ever handbag (a slim, unisex tote), men’s T-shirts (also a first), and a special-edition basic dress cut from Supima cotton (every BOFFO designer is asked to create something using the fabric).
Ohne Titel pop-up shop, 57 Walker St., NYC, open through December 14.
“Revenge is beautiful.” It’s more than the tagline for the new Zoe Saldana film Colombiana. It’s the operating principle behind the female badass movie. Recall Angelina Jolie’s Lara Croft in short shorts and a low-cut tank that revealed décolletage and deltoids in equal measure. As Colombiana‘s costume designer Olivier Bériot put it, the wardrobe in these movies is “a little bit unreal, but that’s as much for the men in the audience (‘she’s sexy!’ [they're thinking]) as it is for the women (‘she’s powerful’).”
Saldana’s dangerous woman fits the accustomed mold, but there are others these days who are breaking it. In David Fincher’s upcoming The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Rooney Mara sports bleached eyebrows, piercings, and an asymmetrical, dyed-black haircut that is, to quote Stieg Larsson, as “short as a fuse.” (And if you ask us, she bears an uncanny resemblance to model of the moment Saskia de Brauw.) The wintery white Inuit-inspired clothes that costume designer Lucie Bates created for Saoirse Ronan in Hanna, meanwhile, flouted genre convention; still, her character, a 16-year-old trained assassin, was no less efficient at her tasks.
Black, of course, is the wardrobe color of choice for screen killers—and for their deadly chic counterparts on the runways. In his review of Ann Demeulemeester’s Fall collection, Tim Blanks likened her models to “a lost tribe of Amazonian warrior women,” their bodies slung with bandoliers stuffed with feathers instead of bullets. Ohne Titel’s Alexa Adams and Flora Gill similarly amplified the human form, cutting a shearling leather and knit jacket with exaggerated, full sleeves. “It’s about the embrace of the female body,” Adams said, “but not being afraid of its powerful side.”
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