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2 posts tagged "Alix Thomsen"

Thomsen Explores the Art of Dressing

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Alix Thomsen likes going her own arty, eclectic way, opting for street casting and contemporary galleries over models and catwalks. She’s also recently dipped into an opera collaboration and signed on to do the decor of the Hôtel du Temps in the ninth arrondissement.

For Fall, the Thomsen collection took over the sprawling Emmanuel Perrotin art gallery in the Marais, where the designer presented living tableaux based on an ever-so-slightly-twisted art school theme. “They’ve had a really strict, theoretical education and they’ve been shut off from the world for a long time,” she explained of models who drifted dreamily among the installations, speaking to themselves or maybe no one in particular. In just five short years, Thomsen has grown from a capsule of shirts and jackets into a full-blown line. This season, the line gave us such unconventional options as a Perfecto dipped in pink paint, tie motifs recast onto a wrap dress, and a pinstripe suit turned into a coatdress. The hand behind the prints belongs to the Parisian artist Rafael Alterio, whom Thomsen met while working on the hotel. Colorful and graphic knits round out a pretty, feminine collection that’s still in close touch with its masculine side.

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Thomsen’s Shirt Story: Be Like Birkin

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“It’s about wearing one of our shirts with a pair of jeans and loose hair and having the grace of Jane Birkin,” says Paris-based stylist Alix Thomsen, the female force behind Thomsen, a new unisex line of shirts. “The prints are classic but at the same time they’re joyful and poetic, you know?” Oui, oui. Thomsen recently launched the brand with her boyfriend, French nightclub impresario Lionel Bensemoun (André’s partner in Le Baron and Paris Paris), and friend Franck Cohen. The designer trio has established quite the reputation thanks to a circle of famous friends who wear their debut 30-piece collection around the City of Light. Along with shirts, which will sell at around $165, the range includes an ankle-length skirt, priced around $330, because as Thomsen explains, “They’re so difficult to find these days.” The single aberration from a shirt-centric worldview begs the question: Are accessories and more clothes in the offing? “Oh yes,” says Thomsen. “But for now we’re taking the time to master our craft before anything else. If we can just find some stockists around the world and be sure our shirts will be worn by cool, easy people, then we’ll be happy.” Colette has picked up the line for spring, which bodes well for Thomsen’s wish.

Photo: Courtesy of Alix Thomsen