August 23 2014

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16 posts tagged "Alexis Mabille"

At Didier Ludot: Decades Of L.B.D.’s But No Lohan


For Didier Ludot’s celebration last night for the tenth anniversary of his label La Petite Robe Noire, the fountains of the Palais Royal were scented with Eau Blanche by Francis Kurkdjian. Welcome to Paris. A selection of Ludot’s archives graced the windows of the galleries, tracing the history of the L.B.D.: a Chanel number from 1927, a Lanvin from 1935, a Grès from 1942, and so on with Balenciagas, Diors, and YSLs in the mix. The sartorial timeline ended with a very recent, as in two and a half weeks ago, vintage with a Marc Jacobs Spring 2010 look.

None of these beauties were for sale. Instead, Ludot sourced some more affordably priced vintage dresses for his L.B.D.-only boutique—about 30 of them have already sold—and is concentrating on his new, accessible DL Palais Royal collection. At the party, Ludot greeted friends like Chantal Thomass, Claude Montana, and Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, while a rumored appearance by Lindsay Lohan had other guests in the crowd that included Alexis Mabille (pictured above) and former Emanuel Ungaro designer Vincent Darré, buzzing and lingering. The actress’ design partner, Estrella Archs, did show briefly. “I’m taking five minutes of air,” joked Archs. She and Lohan are still fine-tuning their process, she said, but promise a collection that draws upon the roots of Ungaro without going too literal. “We’re going for focused and purified with light dresses and a Mediterranean joie de vivre,” said Archs. “Tomorrow night’s the all-nighter.”

Would You Wear This Chanel Gown To Your Wedding?


Having just tied the knot myself, I’ve still got canapés, floral arrangements, and, yes, dresses on the mind. I wore Fendi Spring ’09 to my ceremony and 3.1 Phillip Lim for dinner and dancing, but I couldn’t resist cataloging the inspiring creations from the recent Haute Couture and Resort collections. From Christian Lacroix‘s flight of fancy to Alexis Mabille‘s garden-party-ready lace frock, here are the looks that caught my eye and the kind of settings they’d work in, should I decide to pull a Gisele and Tom and throw another wedding. Tell us which dress you prefer and why, but please, don’t mention this to my husband.

Click for a slideshow of all my top wedding dress picks.

Photo: Monica Feudi /

Alexis Mabille Makes His Menswear Debut


French fashion darling Alexis Mabille has always dabbled in menswear, but yesterday was the first time he had a spot on Paris’ men’s calendar. A certified dandy, he sent out clothes in his own image—from a silver sequined tartan cardigan to a black and gold brocade bolero to a sleeveless “smoking” with undone signature bow tie. But the most memorable part of the production, which took place at the city’s famed tea salon Angelina, just might have been his show notes. Even office attire received “dictatorial attention to cut,” as Mabille put it, the better to render the stomach flat and the buttocks “arrogant.” Arrogant? Better than saggy, we say. has more coverage of the Paris men’s collections.

Photo: Courtesy of Alexis Mabille

Yea, Nay, Or Eh: Alexis Mabille’s Double Vision


We cheered for up-and-coming Parisian designer Alexis Mabille when Keira Knightley selected his strapless dress with tulle trim for the London premiere of her film The Duchess. Now the frock has made a second high-profile appearance, on Dita Von Teese at the Dsquared² party in Cannes. An interesting coincidence, considering the stars don’t exactly share a personal style (or figure). Who wore it best? We have to go with the pin-up girl on this one—Von Teese’s hourglass shape and delicate heels make the dress look enchanting, while the more willowy Knightley comes across as a prom look gone wrong.

Keira Photo: Dave Hogan / Getty Images
Dita; Dave M. Benett / Getty Images

Fashion Says Merci


One of Paris’ most ambitious openings of late, Merci is the concept-meets-charity store brainchild of Bonpoint founder Marie-France Cohen. Located in a two-level reconverted textile factory in the Marais, this carefully curated space links high fashion with philanthropic ideals. Products on offer include vintage finds and contemporary designs; custom creations and re-editions for men, women, and children; accessories; a secondhand book corner; a gourmet café; a flower shop; Merci Annick perfumes from Le Laboratoire Goutal; and a gallery. The retail therapy feel-good factor? Profits are earmarked for charitable associations, starting this season with orphanages in Madagascar. To help the effort, many designers made donations of seasonal pieces and best-sellers, and by opting for Goutal perfumes in déshabillé bottles, clients can save up to 40 percent. Rifling through the racks, Osman Yousefzada emerged with a vintage black Thierry Mugler jacket with knit lapel and sleeves (€310, or around $390), then stopped to admire vintage trenches by Burberry (€290, or $366) and YSL (€700, or $885) before moving on to the high-fashion corner, where selections include pieces from Martin Margiela, and Stella McCartney. Participating designers Martine Sitbon, Vanessa Bruno, Isabelle Marant, and Alexis Mabille were on hand to toast the project. “I loved the idea and the name,” commented Mabille. “It’s a way to say thank you to everyone—designers, clients, suppliers—as well as in the charity sense. It’s really important, and ultimately complètement normale. We need to help wherever we can!”

Merci, 111 boulevard Beaumarchais, Paris 75003, closed Sundays.