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April 20 2014

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12 posts tagged "Caroline de Maigret"

Before Chanel Cruise, A Catch-Up With Coco

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The Karl caravan has arrived in Singapore. Lagerfeld and forty-seven models are set up at the city’s famous Raffles Hotel, the gorgeous nineteenth-century English-colonial hotel, with enough hardworking dressers, stylists, and global PR reps attending them to put you in mind of a postcolonial Downton Abbey. Today, they’ll put on Chanel’s Cruise show. But last night, it was a party for a prelude: a pair of short films, screened alfresco in the hotel courtyard, beside which Maugham and Hemingway sat in the Long Bar, sipping Singapore Slings.

Leave it to Lagerfeld to make not one, but two films. The preview and the movie: They just go together, he explained. So Women Only featured a raft of his favorite girls—Kati, Cara, Lindsey, Lina, Xiao Wen, Soo Joo, et al., all clad in Chanel Pre-Fall—piling into a movie theater for the debut of a new film. Then the film within the film: Naturally, it’s a little number by Lagerfeld. Once Upon a Time… takes us back a century, to the opening of Gabrielle Chanel’s shop in the French resort town of Deauville. It opens with a scene of two servant girls impugning the name of Chanel. “Who is Gabrielle Chanel?” they wonder as they wander past her shop. “I don’t know, but she has no taste.”

But he who laughs last laughs best. Business starts out slow for Coco Chanel (Keira Knightley, absent from this Singaporean affair, on her honeymoon) and her partner/confidante Aunt Adrienne (Clotilde Hesme), but the crème de la crème of Riviera society eventually come swishing through her door. That Chanel girl, the consensus eventually runs, she’s really got something.

So does her latter-day inheritor, Karl Lagerfeld. “I did everything,” Lagerfeld said after the applause had died down. “I designed the set, I made the costumes, I made the characters, I made the dialogue. I make everything—otherwise, I’m not interested. I could never work with somebody who makes the dialogue, because I want them to talk the way I’m thinking.” He built a town from scratch—the whole thing was shot at a Paris film studio—and assembled a cast of thousands. (Well, 160 extras, at least; but as Hesme laughed, “I think the budget is much larger than the film I did before.”) And he bravely tossed the book out and shot without a script, calling out lines just before takes and encouraging his actresses to improvise. A task like that separates the wheat from the chaff. And who knows, some stars may have been born. Lagerfeld saved special mention for Ashleigh Good, who played the Swedish actress Jacqueline Forzane, and he wasn’t the only one. “Keira was impressed by Ashleigh,” he said gravely. As for others—well, the catwalk is a fine consolation.

Lagerfeld is as new to filmmaking as many of his actresses, but Karl’s gals—out in force tonight to celebrate—were full of praise for their fledgling director. “It was great fun—it was a giant playground,” said Stella Tennant, fresh into town from the Met Gala, who played Lady de Grey, Oscar Wilde’s patroness. “He’s very fresh,” added Caroline de Maigret, who played the towering Russian ballerina Ida Rubinstein. (Lagerfeld made her even more towering by dismissing all but the shortest extras for her scene.) “He’s very enthusiastic, excited. He’s laughing, ‘Ah, brilliant, brilliant!’

“He gets excited by everything he doesn’t know,” she declared, stubbing out her cigarette—usually a hot-button issue in law-abiding Singapore, but Karl’s night, Karl’s rules. “That’s his power. That’s what drives him, the unknown.”

A New Fleece On Life For Shearling

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When temperatures dropped and snow started to fall during the recent menswear and couture collections in Paris, showgoers and the city itself were caught off guard. Try putting down salt next time, s’il vous plaît. But we’re not all complaints. The unexpected weather gave rise to a flurry of toasty shearling coats in the streets (see: Mirte Maas and Caroline de Maigret) that echoed the action on the runways (Louis Vuitton, Kenzo, Bouchra Jarrar). Designers were feeling sheepish for pre-fall, too. Technicolor furs turned up at Fendi and Cédric Charlier, while Acne Studios and Céline went supersize. All in all, this is the most jazzed we’ve been about shearling since Kate Hudson stole our hearts as Penny Lane in Almost Famous.

CLICK FOR A SLIDESHOW of surefire shearlings.

—Brittany Adams

BLK LTHR, Now Luxer

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“I’ve always been inspired by strong women with integrity,” says Johan Lindeberg. “And I like to surround myself with a lot of them.” Lindeberg’s circle of tough chicks inspired his most recent project: a limited-edition, super-luxe version of the BLK DNM leather jackets
that are already a house favorite. “Whenever I’d meet or collaborate with someone, like Anja Rubik or Caroline de Maigret, I’d envision a different jacket,” he explains.

Focusing on texture and intricate embellishments, like croc-stamped lapels and fur accents, the eight-piece collection features buttery green, brown, black, and purple Italian leather, as well as printed shearling. This kind of luxury doesn’t come cheap: Available from Friday at Colette, as well as the BLK DNM stores in New York and Stockholm, the jackets will range from $3,495 to $3,995, a little steeper than the brand’s usual democratic prices. “When something’s really special, it’s going to cost more,” the designer shrugs, noting that each jacket is made in New York’s Garment District.

It should be noted that Lindeberg hasn’t forgotten about the guys in his life. In addition to creating custom suits for artist Aaron Young, as well as a made-to-order shearling for The Strokes’ Albert Hammond, Jr., the designer has a similar menswear project in the works. But for the moment, this leather’s all for the ladies.

Photo: Courtesy of BLK DNM

Ending Paris Fashion Week On A Dropped Beat

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Over the past 25 years, A.P.C. chief Jean Touitou has built an empire on what he calls “boring” fashion: “It’s only clothes,” he says, “but that’s what it’s about.” Every Parisienne worth her A.P.C. trench would agree, starting with Vanessa Seward: In the designer’s first season at the company, she asked not for a paycheck but for clothes. “Working with Jean is like being at home; I always try on the whole collection. It’s totally utilitarian Rive Gauche,” said Seward as her husband, musician/composer/producer Bertrand Burgalat, took command of the turntables. “My dream is to be dressed in A.P.C. and Valentino, but as I can’t afford Valentino I buy their shoes and the rest is A.P.C. or vintage.” Her success in her current gig has been such that Touitou is considering expanding her purview from her capsule collection to the regular line in seasons ahead.

The crowd at the freshly redone, Laurent Deroo-designed label HQ in the sixth arrondissement to toast the anniversary was a cultural mash-up of photographers (von Unwerth), publishers, artists (Sophie Calle), fashion folk (two Le-Tans, André Saraiva, Victoire de Castellane, Inès de la Fressange, Caroline de Maigret, Lanvin’s Elie Top), and music-world tastemakers. A noted music lover, Touitou (pictured above, with revelers) got on board with rap early on; the A.P.C. site features 26 self-produced music compilations and the in-house recording studio is open to staff and friends. Hence the presence of Metronomy band members, Jarvis Cocker, and Kanye West. As he scanned the remarkably laid-back, hysteria-free crowd, Touitou remarked, “Nowhere else in Paris do you find this. This is A.P.C.”

Photo: Courtesy of A.P.C.

CDM X BLK DNM

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When model and music producer Caroline de Maigret sent Johan Lindeberg a Facebook message saying that everything at BLK DNM was “made for her,” the designer seemed to have found himself a new muse. So it was only fitting that de Maigret be the next BLK DNM campaign star, following the brand’s past faces Tanga Moreau and Stella Schnabel. “I had a woman in mind when I created the brand,” Lindeberg told Style.com, “and Caroline is somehow exactly like that.” The duo traveled around Paris to shoot the campaign, hitting 15 different locations, including de Maigret’s sister’s house and Le Marais. The chosen image, set to be plastered on the streets of New York starting next week, features a shot of de Maigret from behind, wearing a BLK DNM quilted leather jacket and jeans. Here, Style.com has an exclusive first look.

Photo: Johan Lindeberg