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4 posts tagged "Americans in Paris"

Monique Péan’s Paris Diary

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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!”

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Dior’s New Mag, Another Topless Cover For Kate Moss, Marc Jacobs On The Louis Vuitton Exhibit, And More…

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Christian Dior is expanding its digital presence with the launch of DiorMag (via Dior.com) today. The house plans to update the digital magazine daily, with content including images of past collections, backstories on Dior products, and longer-format videos. [WWD]

Kate Moss, never afraid to show some skin, appears topless on the cover of Another Man‘s new issue. However, Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton was commissioned to design the few inches of fabric Moss is wearing. [Another Mag]

Marc Jacobs—who has an upcoming retrospective of his 15 years at Louis Vuitton—doesn’t like the idea of fashion exhibitions. “I always find it a bit difficult to deal with the idea of fashion and museums,” Jacobs tells British Vogue. The designer explains that the show, which was emotional for him to curate, will feature static, interactive content, such as music, video, and moving mannequins. [Vogue U.K.]

The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund enlisted ten young designers to reimagine a Tommy Hilfiger classic, the trenchcoat, as part of the Americans in Paris showroom initiative. Designs by Prabal Gurung, Creatures of the Wind, Billy Reid, and more will be available at Tommy Hilfiger flagships in New York and Paris starting Saturday. [WWD]

Photo: Vogue U.K.

Borgo’s French Toast

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“There is a correlation between the idea of mysticism and art and I think that this collection was a study in that,” Eddie Borgo told Style.com in Paris this weekend. As one of the CFDA designers selected for the “Americans in Paris” program, Borgo was showing his magic-inspired collection for its second round, this time at Paris’ Palais Royal’s Galérie Joyce.

In between taking in the city’s “bright, beautiful streets” and dining at his favorite Moroccan restaurant in the Marais, 404, Borgo was giving the French a taste of what he has to offer. For Spring ’12, it’s a collection of sinister powder-coated metal works in black, white, and lavender, inspired by a book of Robert Mapplethorpe’s frames, as well as one about the life of turn-of-the-century Wiccan magician and artist Austin Osman Spare. “A lot of the shapes and silhouettes come from the symbols that we identify with magic, and the idea of good versus evil,” says Borgo.

Aiming to make his work more feminine, Borgo played with the idea of geometric lace, apparent in delicate, matte earrings and necklaces that recall overlapping pentagrams and the architecture of the Chrysler building. Black and white horsehair, which the designer incorporated into the collection because of the animal’s mystical connotations, brought an especially occult edge to caged-heart necklaces and the designer’s tassel earrings, which, this season, were capped with pavé crystals and had an air of vintage glamour. This week, Borgo’s back to work in his new Nolita studio working magic on his next collection.

Photo: Courtesy of Eddie Borgo

Tom Ford Has His Mind On Lipstick, Saunders X Smythson, American Designers Take On Paris, And More…

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For Tom Ford, a successful film career and a new womenswear line is not enough. Thus, the designer “spent part of the summer thinking deep thoughts about lipstick.” The Telegraph sat down with the designer, who was just nominated for Brand of the Year for the British Fashion Awards, to find out what else is on his mind. [Telegraph]

How does Scottish designer Jonathan Saunders look on paper? If it’s anything like the designer’s new collection of stationery for Smythson, it’s a mix of William Morris-style prints, color blocking, and contrasting fabrics. [Vogue U.K.]

Ten past CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund designers, including Prabal Gurung, Eddie Borgo, and Billy Reid, have been selected as the “Americans in Paris.” For the program, underwritten by Tommy Hilfiger, the designers will be able to display their work in a Paris showroom from October 1-3. [CFDA]

Isn’t this juicy—Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor, the ladies who reinvigorated the velour tracksuit, are ready to take on the fashion world once more. The co-founders of Juicy Couture are set to launch a new “California-eccentric” collection, named Skaist-Taylor, for Fall 2012. [WWD]

Photo: Kevin Mazur / WireImage