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July 11 2014

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Blasblog: Last Magazine Standing

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Indie fashion magazines might not be making buckets and buckets of money from advertising in this recession, but they sure are familiar with buckets of ice and Champagne. This week has seen swanky fêtes for Purple magazine, Another Magazine, V Magazine, and Pop, each of them decadent in different ways. So there was a certain relief in knowing that Wednesday night’s fête for Magnus Berger and Tenzin Wild’s Last Magazine, which was co-hosted by current cover girl Lily Donaldson and Starworks, was the final mag fête of the New York collections. Like the other parties, the turnout was good: Sienna Miller, Audrey Tautou, Jacquetta Wheeler, Lisa Cant, Cat Deeley, Jack Huston, Devon Aoki, Erin Wasson, Jonny Lee Miller, and Caroline Winberg all swung by the festivities, which included a performance from Lykke Li. And like any good downtown rager, the police came to break it up.

Photo: Kevin Tachman/BackstageAT.com

Coco Avant Chanel Gets Its West Coast Premiere

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On Wednesday night, Chanel fans were treated to the Los Angeles premiere of Anne Fontaine’s film, Coco Avant Chanel, starring Audrey Tautou. The screening, at the Pacific Design Center’s Silver Screen Theater, was followed by an elegant soiree at Chanel’s nearby Robertson Boulevard boutique, where guests sipped Champagne and nibbled on mini chicken potpies and mac ‘n’ cheese, but mostly eyed the fall merchandise. “The first time I heard about Chanel, I was 20,” said Fontaine. “I had a sort of boyfriend then and he was the ghostwriter of her book, so when it was proposed to me to do a movie, it was like I had known her for a long time.” The film follows Chanel’s life as a headstrong orphan in the country through her foray into fashion in Paris. “Chanel was an amazing woman, and it’s great to discover a piece of her mystery,” added Tautou. “I’m proud to bring a French touch to big Hollywood.”

Coco Avant Chanel opens in limited release on September 25.

Photo: Mark Ralston / AFP / Getty Images

Coco Would Be Proud

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As some of you may recall, after seeing a preview screening of Coco Avant Chanel, I sent the call far and wide for a pair of white silk, navy-trimmed men’s pajamas like the pair Audrey Tautou, playing Chanel, wears in the film. Thus far, I have no leads. I have, however, found out two things, both good to know: 1) Apparently, most men these days sleep in their briefs, at least judging by the great diminishment in department-store real estate dedicated to natty sleepwear; 2) Araks is launching an organic range of sleepwear, which includes, in its debut, a pair of white cotton-batiste pajamas trimmed in cotton twill that, although different from my Coco pajamas, serve the look just as well. The pajamas also come in navy, and designer Araks Yeramyan assures me that white-with-navy trim is doable, provided there’s demand. So here’s a new call far and wide: Get demanding.

Coco Avant Chanel, An Appreciation

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First off, I don’t like biopics. So when I went to see an advanced screening of Coco Avant Chanel yesterday (the movie opens in New York and L.A. on September 25), the film already had three strikes against it—the aforementioned dislike of biopics; a firm belief that when movie people tackle fashion, nine times out of ten they get it all wrong; and Karl Lagerfeld’s recent diss on Audrey Tautou, who plays the late, great Coco. For all that, I liked the movie. Filmmaker Anne Fontaine has made a fine film about a young woman discovering her passions, personal and professional, and if you work hard to get away from the mythos of Chanel and treat Coco Avant as a conventional love story, then you, dear reader, will probably like this movie, too. Particularly likable: the conceit that Arthur Capel, the English gent who bedded Chanel and then funded her business, fell for her initially because of her amazing sense of personal style. Here’s to that! And this neat bit of dramaturgy—I expect the truth was rather more complicated—is of a piece with the film’s real respect for the art and craft of fashion. There’s a great sequence at the shore, for example, where we watch inspiration dawn on Coco’s face as she sees fishermen dragging in their nets, and in the next scene, she’s wearing one of their boat-neck, sailor-striped tops. And beyond that, Coco Avant Chanel gives fashion its due as a form of expression, a medium for speaking one’s mind about the layout of the world at present. This is welcome. The problem with Fontaine’s movie, however, is that whenever you take the blinders off and recall that the Coco on-screen is a version of the woman who launched what is arguably the single most important brand in the history of fashion, you can’t help but feel like the woman at its center is a bit small. At no point do you feel yourself in the presence of a radical imagination. And there’s something disappointing about the way the film treats Chanel, the brand, as a secondary love affair—the thing Gabrielle Chanel settled for creating once her grand romance with Capel ended. Maybe that’s how it was; I don’t know. I do know that Coco Avant Chanel has inspired me to get out my credit card: If anyone knows where I can find a pair of white silk, navy-trimmed men’s pajamas like the pair Tautou wears in the film, please let me know.

Photo: Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

Yea, Nay, Or Eh: Audrey Tautou In Chanel Couture

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A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous. That’s just one of Coco Chanel’s many long-lived bons mots. Well, we’re going to wager that Mademoiselle Chanel would have been proud of her celluloid stand-in Audrey Tautou’s ensemble at last night’s Paris premiere of Coco Avant Chanel, which easily hit both marks. In the spirit of the legendary designer’s belief in ease, Tautou sported her couture dress—a strapless and bubble-skirted floral number (look 54 from Spring 2009)—with nary a hint of preciousness. She even topped it with a boyish little Chanel black leather jacket, sleeves nattily pushed up. (Hello, what’s more Coco than that?) With her cute cropped hair and minimal makeup, Tautou gets a big oui from us for a pretty perfect off-screen scene, but tell us what you think. Was Tautou perfectly cast ou non?

Photo: OLIVIER BORDE