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Andrew Gn spent two years perfecting his first handbag range, which he debuted on the runway last Sunday. “I’m a bag boy,” the designer joked during a studio visit. “I really wanted something beautiful, something that reflected the couture-like ambience of my clothes. But it also had to be really functional, because a bag has to hold everything. For me, that includes my sketch pad, my iPad, some caramels, and a cashmere scarf,” he explained. “When I travel, my bag’s my home.”
Gn kept all this in mind when conceiving his four Fall handbag styles. The designer offers the Cargo, a large bag with military-inspired side pockets; the streamlined Duchess; the versatile Day ’N’ Night clutch; and the Pocket, a diminutive evening bag with a semiprecious-stone-studded chain strap. Rich color is a Gn hallmark, and he chose shades like cognac, rust, bottle green, midnight blue, and purple for his handsome box-calf wares. The designer also came up with a clever way to make his mark: In lieu of a logo, he punctuated the bags with faceted tigereye, amethyst, and chrysocolla studs, each of which is hand-cut in Florence.
Andrew Gn’s handbags range between $850 and $1,800, and will launch with the Fall collection.
Paris designer Andrew Gn is famous for a well-moneyed clientele and elaborately embellished clothes. Now, he’s bringing them together in a private, by-appointment salon in one of the Marais’ most charming hôtel particuliers. “We wanted to create a space which is entirely our own, not done according to the commercial trends of the moment, but with a sense of beauty and elegance that will not date, just like our clothing,” Gn told us. The space that once housed his showroom and offices has been completely renovated and is now lit with an eighteenth-century Murano glass chandelier that he split in two—at 13 feet high, the original was too large for the room. On one side, gold-leafed black lacquered doors inspired by Whistler’s Peacock Room give way to dressing rooms. The opposite wall is decorated with a mural by the Iranian artist Roshanak Varasteh, beyond which is a smaller sitting room entirely covered in black and gold silk inspired by a William Morris Arts and Crafts design. “That’s where my girls will sip Champagne and eat macarons,” he said. Here and there are antiques, mostly from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, from Gn’s own collection. In other words, the salon is just as lavishly appointed as his clothing. That should appeal to his growing fan base in Hollywood—Eva Mendes, Rachel McAdams, and Beyoncé among them. Call it personal shopping, Paul Poiret-style; Gn took inspiration for the salon from the famous couturier’s Atelier de Martine. He may be looking back, but he’s also looking forward: a new Web site, www.andrewgn.com, went live this week.
Of the hundreds of gowns at this week’s Met ball, the most striking were also the most restrained. Zoe Saldana and Diane Kruger looked chic in unadorned Calvin Klein Collection gowns; ditto Jessica Stam in long-sleeved Rachel Roy. Plenty of minimal eveningwear could be found on the Fall runways, too. “Less is more these days,” Yigal Azrouël told us. “People are tired of all the froufrou and are just craving simplicity.” The designer turned out long, sleek dresses notable for how covered up they were, as did Antonio Berardi and Andrew Gn. At Stella McCartney and The Row, meanwhile, hemlines were raised, but the silhouettes were just as streamlined.
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