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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.

Photo: Courtesy Photo

The Most Powerful Women In The World, Where The Fashion Set Will Be This Halloween, And More…

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The Forbes list of the world’s 100 most powerful women is out, and fashion plates are well represented: There’s our impeccably attired FLOTUS, Michelle Obama (we like to think of her as Clotheshorse in Chief), holding strong at #1, as well as Carla Bruni-Sarkozy (#35), Heidi Klum (#39), Sarah Jessica Parker (#45), and Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts (#97). [Vogue U.K.]

If you’ve ever wanted to see a Robert Geller “old-school French boudoir type of” stripper’s outfit, you’re in luck: It’s one of the many artist/designer collaboration projects at Move!, an exhibition and party that’ll be held at P.S. 1 at the end of October. (The collaborator in question is Ryan McNamara, the performance artist who’ll be learning to strip-dance, as well as soft-shoe and plié.) Proenza Schouler, Narciso Rodriguez, Rodarte, Italo Zucchelli, Terence Koh, Kalup Linzy, and Dan Colen are all also involved in the project, organized by Visionaire‘s Cecilia Dean and The New York Times‘ David Colman and capped off with a Visionaire Halloween party on the 31st. [WWD]

Dolce & Gabbana made a short ad for their new Martini Gold vermouth, starring Italian sexpot Monica Bellucci. It’s almost enough to convince you to buy vermouth. [Fashionista]

And Brooklyn boutique Epaulet has opened a Lower East Side pop-up shop, which will be vending exclusive designer collabs through October only. Head over for Gitman Vintage shirts, Japanese twill chinos, hand-knit cardigans, and Wisconsin-made boots. [NYT]

Photo: Andrea Renault / SIPA Press

The L.B.D. Crew

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If you had any doubts about the power of a little black dress, Halle Berry is here to remind you. “A black dress always makes a girl look slimmer,” the actress (in a tiny black minidress) told us at Swarovski Elements’ 22 Ways to Say Black charity auction at Phillips de Pury last night. Julianna Margulies touted the L.B.D.’s evergreen versatility. “You find the perfect little black cocktail dress; then you just have to switch the shoes and accessories,” The Good Wife star advised. If the stars wanted another to add to their collection, they were in the right place: For the auction, Swarovski and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy commissioned 22 designers to create original L.B.D.s (using Swarovski crystal, naturally) to benefit the American Cancer Society and La Ligue Nationale Contre le Cancer. The inky creations—from a silk chiffon and duchesse satin number with jet crystal beading and cutouts by Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci to a swingy trapeze dress layered with his signature tulle by Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz—raised $100,000.

But while a black cocktail dress could very well be a New Yorker’s go-to evening attire, Sofia Vergara, who spent the summer in the city for a movie role, played the, er, black sheep—in a purplish gray. “I wear a lot of black in my ‘real life’, but I usually try to wear color when I go out to things like this,” the actress said.

Photos: Bryan Bedder/WireImage

Topshop To Tokyo (Again),
JPG Joins Carla’s Cause, And More…

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Topshop has announced it’ll open a second Tokyo store in September, which will be its new Japanese flagship, in the Shinjuku shopping district. Glad to hear it—we were worried there were ten square feet left in Tokyo without some amazing retail space, so Topshop should fill that in nicely. [WWD]

Jean Paul Gaultier (pictured) has teamed up with Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, designing a T-shirt to raise awareness for the French first lady’s Born HIV Free campaign. The shirt comes packaged with the new issue of French Elle and is Breton style—we’d say perfectly on trend, given the Saint James craze at the moment, but in all fairness, Gaultier’s been doing sailor-boy chic for years. [WWD]

First Jersey-ite JWoww launched her line of Filthy Couture, and now her cast mate, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, is launching his own line, with the apparel brand DILLIGAF (“Does It Look Like I Give A”…you can fill in the rest). He took to Facebook to show off the first look, which is, predictably, a tank top emblazoned with the words “The Situation.” Just what we were waiting for! [Racked]

Aquascutum’s new creative director, Joanna Sykes, is temporarily closing her own, namesake label to focus on the British heritage brand. But not to worry—if you’re a devoted customer, she’ll still make you your Sykes goods on a bespoke basis. [Vogue U.K.]

Photo: KCSPresse / Splash News

Carla Fêtes The Little Black Dress,
Daphne Vs. The U.S. Military, Gossip Girl‘s Latest Cameo Star, And More…

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Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, no stranger to the L.B.D., is patroness of an auction of them. She’ll be in New York this September for Phillips de Pury’s auction of commissioned dresses by Lanvin, Givenchy, Armani Privé, Vivienne Westwood, and more, the sale of which will benefit U.S. and French cancer charities. [WWD]

Speaking of good works, Diane von Furstenberg has pledged to donate half her fortune to charitable causes for the “Giving Pledge” initiative, founded by Bill Gates and Warren Buffet. The wrap dress just keeps on giving! [Vogue U.K.]

Daphne Guinness (pictured) is battling the military for first crack at a special fabric similar to an LCD screen, on which films could be projected. (She’d like to watch Sunset Boulevard on her chest; no word from the military, but we imagine they’d be more into Platoon.) [WSJ]

Leighton Meester’s new Gossip Girl co-star: a Celine tote. Blair Waldorf does not do last season. [Gawker]

And finally, Robert Geller has some tips for guys looking to wear shorts: Keep them basic, keep them fitted, and keep them through the fall. [WSJ]

Photo: Adriel Reboh / Patrick McMullan