127 posts tagged "Balenciaga"
Was anyone truly surprised that Nicolas Ghesquière chose Charlotte Gainsbourg to be the face of his first fragrance at the house? That would be a non. Less expected, perhaps, was the venue chosen to celebrate the announcement: a hotel in L.A., not a hôtel particulier in Paris. Designer and muse gathered an intimate cross section of movie folk—a bearded Keanu Reeves, Robin Wright Penn, Gainsbourg’s husband, Yvan Attal—for dinner at the Chateau Marmont. “It is not a ‘little fragrance,’ ” explained Ghesquière the next day. “It is bold in keeping with a heritage of strong, powerful scents. [There’s] something very French in the tradition of a strong perfume, but [made] with a twist of today and modernity.” Ghesquière obviously knows a little something about merging Parisian legacy with forward thinking. And why the Hollywood setting? He and Gainsbourg were in Los Angeles to shoot the ad campaign in time for its launch at the end of this year. Ghesquière called his friend the scent’s ambassador, a position that thankfully didn’t require the actress to jettison a former favorite perfume. “I actually don’t have a signature scent,” Gainsbourg said. Well, until now. “Nicolas gave me a bottle and I have been wearing it for some time now,” she added. But did she have input in its creation? “Nicolas asked me my opinion along the way and gave me samples to try and tell him what I thought,” she said. “But I think he always had a very good idea of what he wanted.” We wouldn’t expect anything less.
Ossie Clark,the relaunched British label that recently got a red-carpet boost from Harry Potter starlet Emma Watson, plans to shut down. You can blame that, like everything else depressing, on “market conditions.” [WWD]
is the face of Nicolas Ghesquière’s debut fragrance for Balenciaga, a post she’d been “secretly hoping” for. She’s probably not the only one. [WWD]
A cautionary tale in the Times today about once hot, now bankrupt Chicago boutique Jake makes us wonder if it’s safe for designers to sell their clothes anywhere. [NYT]
Amy Winehouse is single. Gentlemen, tread lightly. [Times U.K.]
“I have 75 appointments today. I feel like an Amsterdam prostitute!” Decadestwo co-owner Christos Garkinos joked as he sorted through a rack of Chanel tweed. Such is the appeal of the L.A. vintage and consignment mecca, which has finally opened on our coast in the form of a three-day pop-up store on the second floor at Kiki de Montparnasse. If you are one to mourn missed purchases from past seasons, like a rounded check coat from Balenciaga’s Fall 2006 collection or a Fall ’07 Prada ombré jacket (both were spotted for less than $500), it’s a must-visit. I died for this YSL biker jacket with checked lining and the tableful of candy-colored clutches. There are also trays of bargain-priced bijoux, like enamel insect rings and giant retro Marni bangles that beg to be stacked. Merchandise is constantly being restocked, so there’s no risk of encountering racks of leftovers. It’s already moving quickly, though. Big purchases at last night’s launch party prompted so many inquiries from credit card companies it was quickly dubbed the “credit fraud” shopping event.
Decadestwo at Kiki de Montparnasse, by private appointment Friday, May 15, and open to the public Saturday, May 16, and Sunday, May 17. 79 Greene St., NYC, (212) 965-8070.
Kate Moss was spotted in London today hauling around her much-loved Balenciaga Day tote. The host of next week’s Costume Institute gala has been loyal to the brand for years, in spite of the motorcycle bag backlash that occurred when the style became more synonymous with Canal Street than Madison Avenue. Are you like Ms. Moss, holding steadfast to your favorite accessories in spite of their status, or do you retire your It bags whether or not you love them when someone else has deemed them “over”?