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July 22 2014

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7 posts tagged "Anne Valerie Hash"

Comptoir des Cottoniers Taps Anne Valérie Hash

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Anne Valerie Hash

Anne Valérie Hash is the new creative director at Comptoir des Cottoniers, WWD reports. She will fill a gap left in the wake of Amélie Gillier’s departure last November. Hash, having shuttered her well-regarded eponymous line in the face of financial struggles early this year, is the newest hire at Fast Retailing Co. Ltd., the parent company behind the likes of Uniqlo and J Brand (it recently pulled out of talks to acquire J.Crew). Hash is expected to show her first full Comptoir des Cottoniers collection for Fall 2015.

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All Dolled Up for UNICEF

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Designer UNICEF dolls

How would you like a little Coco Chanel for Christmas? Or a mini Mlle Lanvin? For its eleventh Les Frimousses initiative, UNICEF has tapped forty-two fashion houses—Chanel, Dior, Lanvin, and Anne Valérie Hash among them—to craft high fashion dolls, reports WWD. The toys will be exhibited at the Petit Palais in Paris from November 26 to December 1, before being put up for auction at the George V hotel on December 2. Last year, the bidding for each designer doll began at $647, which we know is a little steep. But considering the proceeds go to charity (and that, decked out in a Chanel suit and Lanvin’s “Love” necklace, they’re arguably better dressed than we are), the one-of-a-kind creations are worth the price tag.

Photo: via WWD

Repetto’s Pas de Deux

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Repetto’s zingy little ballerina flats are loved by dancers and fashion types alike. But Jean-Marc Gaucher, who revived the brand from near obscurity 15 years ago, noticed that it wasn’t just his ballet shoes the style set were after. Women of all ages began buying his tulle tutus for a night on the town, and he realized that it was time to make the jeté into ready-to-wear. A quick call to his friend Anne-Valérie Hash led him to Emilie Le Duc, the designer now working up a youthquake over at Rodier, and a collaboration was born.

Pulling inspiration from the tutu, the dancer’s wrap-around cardigan, and the notion of capturing “not an age but a state of mind,” the line (titled Le Duc’s Wardrobe for Repetto) is a concise range of 18 silhouettes. Dresses, skirts, and corset-informed knits come in a sober color palette (ivory, nude, gray, black, and red) and easy-care materials. For example, one dress is crafted from a fitted knit top and memory-shape nylon skirt. “I tried to give the clothes both the rigor and the movement of the dance world,” said Le Duc, “but most of all I just wanted to create pretty basics that live.”

The collection—a prelude to more big things to come in 2013, including a New York flagship and a debut perfume—is available now in stores worldwide.

Photo: Courtesy of Repetto

At Couture: Jump Around?

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Free-associate for a second on the word couture. Craftsmanship, elegance, luxury, red carpet, sure—but do you really think jumpsuit? Anne Valérie Hash and Riccardo Tisci did. We couldn’t help but notice, at fashion’s most glamorous week of the year, the seventies staple was given pride of place: Hash showed several versions of hers, from disco-ball glittery to Irina’s diaphanous printed version to a simpler black, while at Givenchy, Tisci sent out enameled wonders in royal blue and kelly green. Are there more to come? Remains to be seen. As does, of course, the question of whether couture’s haute-est buyers will take the plunge; if so, we should see some gonzo galas in 2010. Event planners, start your scrambling. Is Studio 54 available?

Photo: Marcio Madeira; Monica Feudi/GoRunway

Still Shakin’

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We heard “Shake That Devil,” by Antony and the Johnsons, twice within two hours today, first at Anne Valérie Hash and then at Kris Van Assche—not really surprising, considering both designers talked about strong silhouettes in a time of economic crisis. We know three is a trend, but the only thing we’ll be really surprised about is if we don’t hear the song (off the EP Another World, released last fall) again before the end of Paris next week. For more on music from the shows, see our Milan runway soundtrack guide.

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