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August 27 2014

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16 posts tagged "Andre Balazs"

LimoLand Is The New Black

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“If you walk around New York, men are usually wearing black, then white or gray if you are very happy,” said Jean “Johnny” Pigozzi, the French-born business mogul-turned-designer behind LimoLand. “I want to change that.”

LimoLand is a good place to start. The wildly colorful printed sportswear line is anything but black and white, and it now has a permanent home: a new boutique in the Meatpacking District in New York City, which Pigozzi (left) opened with a bash on Friday night. (Pigozzi says womenswear will be the next task to tackle on his agenda: “I am going to do hoodies and polo shirts and younger things, but don’t worry, I am not going to make ball gowns and silk clothes.”)

On Friday, the designer himself was sporting a bright blue hoodie from his line, and no sooner had a host of his famous friends—including Brett Ratner, Dasha Zhukova, Annabelle Dexter-Jones, and Bob Pittman—walked in the door than they were swathed in Technicolor. The clothes may be loud and the festive accommodations may have recalled a frat-basement bash—tequila shots courtesy of Casa Dragones and a burger dinner on offer at a self-styled dive bar across the street—but the spirit of the line is still plenty luxe. André Balazs, a poster boy for the label, traded his black sport jacket in exchange for a printed navy hoodie. “I was admiring it and I was just told it’s called ‘Hedge Fund,’ ” he said with a big smile.

Photo: Joe Schildhorn / BFAnyc.com

VF Anoints Carey, Carla, Gaga, And More

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The issue itself—the much-blogged, Lady Gaga-covered September Vanity Fair—doesn’t hit stands until Thursday, but royal watchers, social chroniclers, and the legions of Little Monsters can get the answers they’ve waited for today: VF‘s International Best-Dressed List is now online.

Conclusions? It’s a good time to be in politics. Michelle Obama made the women’s list, as did SamCam (a.k.a. Samantha Cameron, wife of Britain’s new prime minister, David Cameron), and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy. Carey Mulligan and Diane Kruger made their first appearances on the women’s list as well. On the Originals list, Lady Gaga makes her debut, joining Helena Bonham Carter, John Galliano, and the Duchess of Alba, among others. On the men’s side, Waris Ahluwahlia shares space with Javier Bardem, Alec Baldwin (on the list after a 21-year hiatus), and André Balazs, to name a few. And the fashion industry is repped by Tory Burch, Marchesa’s Georgina Chapman, Alice + Oliva’s Stacey Bendet, Alber Elbaz, and Glamour‘s Cindi Leive.

The complete list—including couples, sibling pairs, and the hall of fame—is now up at www.vanityfair.com.

Photo: Francis Specker / CBS / Landov

Lady Gaga’s Doing It For Herself, Your Chance To Snag A Few Early Alexander McQueens, And More…

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Three years after her death, Isabella Blow’s unparalleled fashion collection—which included her friend Alexander McQueen’s entire graduate collection from Central Saint Martins—will go on the auction block. Here’s hoping some smart museum or private donor keeps at least the McQueens together. [WWD]

Todd Selby shot Waris Ahluwalia, Ruben Toledo, and André Balazs in their envy-inducing offices and homes for Louis Vuitton—in other words, exactly what you’d expect. If it ain’t broke, we guess… [Refinery29]

Speaking of Waris, he joined Lily Donaldson, Erin Wasson, and more in supporting NYC public school education. Each designed a T-shirt to be auctioned off on eBay to celebrate Playworkgroup’s first anniversary; the proceeds will go to Pencil, a local nonprofit. Lily’s shirt includes a pair of eyes and the legend “I See You”; Erin’s the scrawled quote, “Some things should last a really long time.” (So maybe hand-wash this particular tee?) [Modelinia]

Anne Hathaway has given up the gifts given to her by her conman ex-boyfriend, Raffaello Follieri, which include several Rolexes, jewelry, and a Louis Vuitton box. They’ll be auctioned off to repay the victims of Follieri’s schemes. [Page Six]

And Lady Gaga has applied for an internship with eccentric English milliner Philip Treacy. We never thought we’d say this, but makes total economic sense. If you’re going to run around with lobsters, telephones, and orbiting rings on your head all day, it’s only practical to bring production in-house. [Vogue U.K.]

Photo: David Fisher / Rex USA

Legionnaire Lagerfeld, Broadcast Balazs, And More…

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Karl Lagerfeld is the latest designer to be appointed as a Commander of the French Légion d’Honneur. That’s a relief: With just the constant accolades and endless new assignments to keep him going, we were worried he was going to get low self-esteem. [WWD]

And speaking of Chanel, The Moment checks in with house accessories designer (and Maison Michel milliner) Laetitia Crahay for a few salty quips about fashion, style, and the Kaiser. Among the revelations: She went to fashion school disliking fashion, couldn’t be bothered with draping, and supports a skincare regime that includes drinking, smoking, and partying. [The Moment]

André Balazs is reportedly in talks to create a fictionalized TV show about life behind the scenes at his famous hotels. Will the stars’ notorious antics be visible through the thin veil of fiction? Celebrity publicists, stand by. [Page Six]

And Graeme Fidler and Michael Herz—late of Aquascutum—are headed to Bally, says Fashion Week Daily. [FWD]

Photo: Jens Hartmann / Rex USA

Daphne’s Scent, Jude’s Love Child, And More…

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Daphne Guinness, in collaboration with Comme des Garçons, is bringing her signature scent to Maxfield and Barneys. It’s got a “woodsy and kind of jasmine-y, tuberose-y sort of thing” going on. [WWD]

André Balazs has made certain guests at the Standard hotels will be able to bare all this summer. Quiksilver bikinis and board shorts will be available for purchase from poolside vending machines in August, so now you really have no reason to stay dry. [WWD]

Guess what? Jude Law‘s going to be a dad! Yes, it came as a surprise to him, too. [People]

There’s been a design-team shakedown at Salvatore Ferragamo. Massimiliano Giornetti, the menswear designer, will now be taking on womenswear as well. He will replace Cristina Ortiz, whose designs were a bit too “sexpot,” for Fall 2010. [WWD]

Photo: Sylvia Linares / Film Magic