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10 posts tagged "Aurelie Bidermann"

Le Bon Marché, 160 Years Young

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As the international fashion pack makes its way toward Paris, Le Bon Marché ushered in Paris fashion week last night with a lavish cocktail party to fête its 160th anniversary, complete with Champagne, petits fours, and a gospel choir. Hosannas were far from the only celebration. The retailer commissioned special-edition and one-off pieces from 160 brands, including Aurélie Bidermann, Pierre Hardy, Isabel Marant, and Zadig & Voltaire, and debuted a short film by Loïc Prigent called Catherine Deneuve Rive Gauche, featuring the face and muse of its 160th anniversary campaign visiting some of her favorite Left Bank haunts.

Though the film, which will be screening for a limited time at the store, is a portrait of the screen icon, last night’s celebrations paid tribute to the store’s own iconic status. Although they may not realize it, shoppers around the world owe a debt of gratitude to this Left Bank institution. In addition to being the first of its kind, Le Bon Marché revolutionized the way people looked at fashion by showcasing under its glass and iron roof (designed by an up-and-comer named Gustave Eiffel) in-store fashion shows, cultural events, seasonal sales, and innovations like mail order catalogs and home delivery (they also hired women and pioneered many workers’ rights the French now take for granted). Asked what would have lured her to Bon Marché back in the day, designer Chantal Thomass replied with typical French repartie: “Mais…this store was far too chic for me when I was 18 years-old!”

Isabella Rossellini’s Model Moment, And More Of Today’s Top Stories

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Isabella Rossellini is making her Bulgari campaign debut. The Italian actress was photographed by Annie Leibovitz at her New York studio for images that were inspired by the work of British painter Meredith Frampton. Rossellini is promoting her handbags for the label’s Fall and Spring collections. [WWD]

Vivienne Westwood, the politician? For now, at least. The British designer is set to front an international government campaign with advertisements on giant billboards the world over. The GREAT campaign initiative, announced by Prime Minister David Cameron, is to promote all things British, technology, entrepreneurship, shopping, and music. Westwood will represent the creativity category. [Vogue U.K.]

Jewelry designer Aurélie Bidermann is getting ready to open her first store. The Amalfi Coast-inspired flagship will be located in Paris’ Saint-Germain-des-Près district and will feature colorful decor in turquoise, emerald, yellow, and coral. To celebrate the occasion, Bidermann has designed a limited-edition necklace and bracelet engraved with iconic motifs. [WWD]

The French equestrian team will be riding into the 2012 Olympics in style. The horseback riders will be wearing Hermès riding jackets, designed especially for the games. The luxury label went back to what it knows best, having started out selling saddlery 200 years ago. The jacket is blazer-style, done in navy with red labels in a technical fabric. [Telegraph]

Photo: Courtesy of Bulgari

On Our Radar: Bidermann For Barneys

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Jeweler Aurélie Bidermann’s Gallic chic has a new, American counterpart: Bidermann, her new collection exclusively for Barneys. At a dinner in her honor at New York’s Il Buco Alimentari and Vineria last night, she looked every bit the Parisienne, surrounded by a cadre of Frenchwomen, including hostess Garance Doré and the Webster’s Laure Heriard Dubreuil, and decked head to toe in Alaïa—which, she revealed to an envious group of U.S. editors—is her usual. (An aunt in the fashion industry has been supplying it to her since she was a teenager.) She was also wearing, of course, a few key pieces from her new collection, which traipses between girlish clovers and pansies (pictured) to gladiatorial cuffs and collars, in brass and enamel. So were several of her dinner guests, like Rachel Chandler Guinness. Between platters of beets and ricotta, roast chicken, and gelato, Bidermann proclaimed herself “very, very excited” about her first-ever capsule collection. So are her new partners at Barneys. The store’s creative ambassador at large, Simon Doonan, gave dinner’s kickoff toast, proclaiming his great affection for the woman and her wares. Then he situated a Frenchy evening firmly on American soil: “Welcome to Arby’s,” he joked.

Bidermann is now available at barneys.com.

Photo: Barneys.com

Bidermann’s Bijoux

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“Each piece is very sculpted—the work is minutely detailed,” French designer Aurélie Bidermann tells Style.com. She’s referring to her Fall ’12 jewelry collection debuting in Paris on Saturday, but she could easily be referring to the sleek cars that compete in Le Mans—one of the world’s toughest endurance auto races. Using Steve McQueen’s 1971 film Le Mans as a starting point, Bidermann combined the worlds of auto racing and jewelry in this short (below), debuting exclusively on Style.com, starring the daughter of the late photographer Jeanloup Sieff, Sonia Sieff.

While Sieff keeps her eyes on the winding road like a Grand Prix pro, we have ours fixated on her long gold drop earrings and her wristful of bracelets and bangles—both pieces from Bidermann’s new collection and a few of her signature classics. The Fall ’12 bijoux, she tells us, were inspired by the land of the Maya, Inca, and Aztec civilizations as well as Latin America in the pre-Columbian era. “The centerpiece of the collection is the earrings,” she says. And fittingly (since gold flowed more freely in the pre-Columbian era), gold was the main material used in the collection: “This season we are using solid 18-karat gold as well as 18-karat gold vermeil with a patina to give the pieces a lived-in quality.” In Bidermann fashion, she’s also worked emeralds, enamel, jade, and hand-dyed feathers into the mix in the same unusual but chic way she’s been doing since we fell in love with her work years ago. Check out the video to get an exclusive sneak preview of her latest jewels.

Photo: Courtesy of Aurelie Bidermann

Love At First Sight: Aurélie Bidermann For Bonpoint

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What: A collection of aww-inspiring baby bijoux. Our favorite: the tiny, colorfully enameled mother-of-pearl charms dangling off delicate string necklaces. Every piece comes in its own little Liberty pouch.

Why: Last year we fell in love with Aurélie Bidermann’s unusually chic way with jewelry, like her penchant for dipping lace, feathers, and leaves into gold. Her dreamy touch is a perfect fit for the toddling set.

Where: $131, at Bonpoint stores worldwide.

Photo: Courtesy of Bonpoint