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April 21 2014

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7 posts tagged "Brigitte Bardot"

Punctuation Meets Punk At Roger Vivier

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Tartan Virgule shoe

Long before there was the red sole, there was the “comma” shoe—also known as Roger Vivier’s Virgule. Launched in 1963, the shoe, famous for its curved heel, is the stuff of fashion lore. Last week, a major Vivier retrospective opened at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Virgule etc.…In the footsteps of Roger Vivier, and yup, the shoe earned top billing out of the immense body of work from the man who considered himself an architect and an inventor first, and a shoemaker by happenstance. Vivier and his Virgule’s world tour stops in London tomorrow at Selfridges Shoe Galleries—the largest shoe department in the world and an undisputed mecca for shoe lovers. It is here where the house will open its first shop in an event hosted by Inès de la Fressange, current creative consultant for Vivier, and designer Bruno Frisoni. It is all part of an international expansion of the brand, which has already seen shops opened this year in Japan and China.

The Vivier house has deep roots in Britain. In 1953, its namesake designer created the royal shoes for HM Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation. After that, he shoed the Duchess of Windsor—not to mention his laundry list of iconic non-British patrons, like Marlene Dietrich, Elizabeth Taylor, Jeanne Moreau, and Brigitte Bardot. Today, the house’s fan base is made up of the “elegant” types—Cate Blanchett, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Anne Hathaway, Nicole Kidman—but that doesn’t mean the label can’t have a rebellious edge. For tomorrow’s Selfridges launch, the Virgule will be reissued in a punk-tinged tartan; the updated classic debuts exclusively above. Later that night at Le Baron, a party hosted by pop progeny Atlanta Cadenet-Taylor will introduce a new generation of fans to Vivier’s work, though one wonders if his shoes have ever danced to strains of EDM. In any event, it shows that the house isn’t just living on past glory—it’s looking ahead.

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On Our Radar: Seafarer

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Established in Brooklyn in 1900, Seafarer was the U.S. Navy’s leading supplier of bell-bottom denim work pants for over 80 years. But in the sixties and seventies, the likes of Brigitte Bardot, Jane Birkin, and Farrah Fawcett began to don their wide-legged, high-waisted jeans, as did other trendsetters who snatched up Seafarers at secondhand markets. Come January 22, you won’t have to scour vintage stores to find your pair—for Spring 2013, Seafarer is releasing a revamped fashion range, set to launch at Colette during the haute couture shows. Illustrator and blogger Garance Doré has created a trio of kitsch seventies films to help celebrate the revival, the first of which debuts here on Style.com (above). We’re not sure how well the Italian-made jeans, particularly the limited-edition floral-print pairs by Ken Scott, would be received by today’s Navy. But we’re betting the fashion set will be eager to get their sea legs.

Lara Stone’s Star Trek, And More Of Today’s Top Stories

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Lara Stone, a space cadet? In electro-pop duo Hot Chips’ latest music video, the gap-toothed model and face of CK One (pictured) took her strangest role to date, dressed in a pointy-shouldered jacket and low-cut bustier as the captain of a spaceship, alongside legendary actor Terence Stamp. Stone landed the gig on behalf of British comedian Peter Serafinowicz, the video’s director and friend of Stone’s husband, David Walliams. [Telegraph]

Stella McCartney is going for the gold. Less than a year after opening her Soho store, the designer is opening her first-ever standalone Adidas by Stella McCartney outpost. The shop will be located in South Kensington’s Brompton Cross, which houses stores for McCartney’s mainline and childrenswear. The designer is the creative director of the Adidas Team GB Olympic uniforms. [Vogue U.K.]

We’ve all seen Angelina Jolie’s engagement ring, but what jewels does she have to pair with it? Just ask Robert Procop. The jeweler is setting up a showcase in the South of France this summer, where his Style of Jolie collection (designed in collaboration with the actress), along with pieces from his own Exceptional Jewels collection, will be on display. [WWD]

If Bryanboy’s front-row seat wasn’t close enough to the runway, he just got a little closer. The blogger is reportedly joining the cast of America’s Next Top Model alongside judges Kelly Cutrone and model Rob Evans. This cast change is just one of several made in the past few months, since Tyra Banks gave mainstays J. Alexander, Jay Manuel, and Nigel Barker the boot. [Styleite]

The director of the year-old Brigitte Bardot fashion label, Sarah Ohana, has enlisted the help of industry insiders, including André Saraiva, Paris retailer Maria Luisa Moumaillou, and French fashion editor Viviane Blassel to create one-off items for charity. Some of the wares up for sale are a white silk gown, a gingham dress, and a black leotard, all playing off of pieces that Bardot wore in her films. A portion of the profits will be donated to the Brigitte Bardot Foundation for the protection of animals. [WWD]

 

 

 

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Je T’aime—Moi Encore

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The eternal Serge Gainsbourg—the jug-eared Gallic crooner who has a good claim on being the twentieth century’s oddest heartthrob—rises again today, when a new biopic opens in New York. Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life is director Joann Sfar’s tribute to the late, great troubadour, who wrote frank songs of love and sex (“Soixante-Neuf, Année Erotique,” “Je T’Aime—Moi, Non Plus,” “Les Sucettes,” and more) and seduced (and duetted with) many of France’s most gorgeous women, including Brigitte Bardot, Anna Karina, and the namesake of the Hermès Birkin, Jane Birkin. These days, Gainsbourg is better remembered for his amours, his antics (see his notorious TV appearance from the eighties alongside a young Whitney Houston , which is not quite safe for work), and for his gorgeous, fashion-favorite daughter Charlotte than for his music, which is a shame. Style-worlders may make haste to the theater to see Gainsbourg (which won its star, Eric Elmosnino, a Best Actor trophy at the Tribeca Film Festival) to catch Laetitia Casta as Bardot, but top it off with a visit to the iTunes store for the man’s own work. My recommendation? Jane Birkin/Serge Gainsbourg, their duets album from (when else?) 1969.

Photo: Courtesy of One World Films

The New Domino, Twilight Clothes, And More…

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London + New York = Lonny. The brainchild of a former Domino editor, Lonny is a new online shelter mag dedicated to both metropoles. The best part about its Web-based format? Click-to-buy home wares, of course. [WWD]

Twilight Fashion Week. It’s true, but it doesn’t mean you have to tweet about it. [The Cut]

Happy birthday, Brigitte. Ms. Bardot turns 75 next week, and thanks to Christopher Kane, we’ve got plenty of good-girl-gone-bad gingham to celebrate her in. [Guardian U.K.]

Jourdan Dunn is loving the pregnant life. In fact, “daytime telly” and “eating” might even be better than walking the runway. We’ve always suspected this, but now we can fully embrace our own life choices. [Fashion Week Daily]

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