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August 27 2014

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Minutes Of The Fashion/Film Club Meeting: Ari Marcopoulos For YSL, Rodarte For Aronofsky

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What’s the best way to kick off a whirlwind tour of Paris? According to Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy, a nap. “I think Paris is a perfect place to sleep in,” joked Kate. Hard to fault them for catching a little beauty sleep: They touched down in the City of Light for a party to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Breathless—and they’re recently designed T-shirts and film posters for it—at the rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré home of the U.S. Ambassador. Parisian friends Stefano Pilati, Nathalie Rykiel, Olympia Le-Tan, Musée de la Mode’s Pamela Golbin, Sarah Lerfel of Colette, Michel Gaubert, and Alexandre de Betak joined the sisters (pictured, with Ambassador Charles Rivkin and Suzanne Tolson, above) for a fête that felt like a meeting of a new Franco-American Fashion/Film Club. Sound master Gaubert recalled a recent trip to Russia with Anna Mouglalis for a screening of her new Coco Chanel biopic: “We were all in this garage and they didn’t have subtitles, so there were Russian actors speaking the parts live.” As intriguing was Stefano Pilati’s revelation that he commissioned photographer Ari Marcopoulos to direct the short that’ll open his YSL Spring ’11 menswear show later this month. “But,” he teased, “I won’t tell you the plot.” YSL skateboarders, perhaps? The Mulleavys themselves moved from one toile (that’s French for flick) project to the next. “We just did the costumes for Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan,” Kate told us, their first film costume job. A “shared aesthetic” with the director was essential, said Laura, adding that designing for film can be a stretch technically. “Some of the actors had to be able to dance, and so we invented special constructions for that.”

Photo: Courtesy of Rodarte

Rodarte Gets Breathless

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It might be one of the most grating sounds ever caught on film: The young Jean Seberg bellowing “New York Herald Tribune!” on the streets of Paris in Jean-Luc Godard’s 1960 Nouvelle Vague masterpiece Breathless. But it might be one of film’s most indelible images, too: the gorgeous Seberg, with her shock of close-cropped blond hair, selling papers in her New York Herald Tribune sweater (left). For style-watchers, the sweater (almost as much as the star, and certainly more than whatever was in the Tribune) was the news.

So when the 50th anniversary of Breathless rolled around, accompanied by a gorgeously restored print, Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte chose the design to reimagine for themselves. “The New York Herald Tribune top is iconic to the film; it is pivotal in creating the idea of the innocent American in Paris that Godard eventually rejects,” Kate explains. “And Jean Seberg is perfect in the film in that she represented, at the time, a sort of rejection of the accepted idea of beauty. She is one of the many subversions of the status quo that appear in the film.”

To accompany the re-release, the sisters tried their hand at redesigning a host of Breathless merch. Four shirt styles are available: Their spin on the New York Herald Tribune design (bottom); a totally original design inspired by the film; and two shirts printed with the new posters they worked up with illustrator Patrick Li, with French and U.S. flags. (See the posters, below.) The collaborative items are on display now in the windows of Barneys’ Madison Avenue flagship; come June 8, the tees and signed posters will be sold there exclusively in the U.S. (They’ll be in Dover Street Market in London and Colette in Paris, too.) Continue Reading “Rodarte Gets Breathless” »