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Runway to Red Carpet: A Saint Laurent Special and a Lady in Plaid


Lily CollinsFrom the Teen Choice Awards to movie premieres, red-carpet-watchers had a lot to keep them busy this week. Saint Laurent was a popular choice with the weekend crowd, with several A-listers attending Saturday’s events in all-black looks by the Parisian powerhouse. At Disney’s D23 Expo, Angelina Jolie looked the epitome of casual elegance in a light wool sweater paired with tailored pants and ankle boots, all by Saint Laurent. That same evening, Rachel McAdams continued her About Time premiere circuit with a screening in Munich, walking the red carpet in a quietly sexy dress from Saint Laurent’s Resort ’14 offering. In L.A., Miley Cyrus played up her rocker image at the Teen Choice Awards, opting for a Saint Laurent see-through blouse and buckled-up skirt from Fall ’13‘s grunge-inspired collection.

Lily Collins (above) is quickly becoming one to watch on the red carpet, and had several strong sartorial picks this week. Among her best was a white cutout Cushnie et Ochs Resort ’14 sheath, which she wore to the L.A. premiere of her film The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones on Monday. The following evening, Diane Kruger put a ladies-who-lunch spin on tartan, donning a midi from Carven’s Resort ’14 collection at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Installation Luncheon. Finished off with barely there gray sandals and a side ponytail, the actress made plaid look effortlessly chic.

Here, more of this week’s red-carpet highlights.

These Shoes Are Bananas


Ancient Greek Sandals x Carven

“I was quite shocked by the bananas,” said Christina Martini, the creative director of Greece-based footwear range Ancient Greek Sandals. Let us explain: Martini, who designed shoes for Balenciaga and Louis Vuitton in Paris before launching her line of handmade leather sandals with business partner Nikolas Minoglou in 2011, was approached earlier this year by Carven’s Guillaume Henry. The designer asked her to create a collaborative range of gladiators for his tropical-tinged Resort ’14 collection, and apparently, he requested the fruity look. The result is a capsule of surprisingly graphic wares, which, having debuted at Carven’s Resort presentation yesterday, are offered in three heights and a palette of black, nude, and, of course, banana yellow. “They were easy to design but difficult to make, because all the bananas are at different angles,” offered Martini, who notes that cutouts and hand-stamping were particularly difficult. “And we had to make sure that the tall styles fit nicely on the leg.”

No stranger to runway collaborations, Martini has also worked with fellow Greek designer Marios Schwab on footwear capsules for the past two seasons, and notes that she pulls inspiration from ancient Greek jewelry, ceramics, and classical sandals (hence the name) when creating her collaborative and signature styles. Crafted in Greece using traditional techniques, Martini’s shoes are available at over eighty locations worldwide and online at the label’s Web site. The Carven kicks will start at about $320 and hit stores during Resort ’14 shipments.

Photo: Courtesy of Ancient Greek Sandals

On Our Radar: Apologie


Her name may be unfamiliar, but Olivia Cognet has already acquired an impressive fashion footprint. She learned her trade at Robert Clergerie and Charles Jourdan before lending a hand to Guillaume Henry at Carven, where she created those floppy-tie pumps and cool loafers that were quickly copied everywhere.

Last season, Cognet, 30, launched an accessible, fashion-forward line of footwear called Apologie, whose best sellers have been surrealist-inspired slippers and the undulating Monica pump. “For me, shoes are a lot like architecture,” the Paris-based designer told “Like sculptures, they have to stand on their own, but they have to comply with certain constraints.”

For Fall, Cognet nods to Scandinavian design by outfitting low boots with “heels like furniture” and using trompe l’oeil details or putting a rosewood-like finishing on grown-up Mary Janes. “I try to strip out anything too basic and make it chic, but with a twist,” she said. So, why Apologie? “I wanted something perennial and wasn’t interested in using my own name. Apologie is an old French word [meaning praise or vindication], but the intent is humorous. You could say it’s an apologie de la femme. Or else it could just be an apology: I’m sorry for launching yet another shoe brand, but I hope you’ll like it!”

Apologie is available on and

Photos: Courtesy of Apologie

Colette’s Super Sweet Sixteen


On March 21, 1997, Colette opened its doors on tony Rue Saint-Honoré. Now, sixteen years later, founder Sarah Andelman’s magic touch has helped the concept shop grow into a cult mega-mecca, where skateboards and sneakers mix with wares from Comme des Garçons and Alaïa. It’s become Paris’ premiere shopping destination for the savvy set. But with all her sweet success, Andelman was hesitant to celebrate.

“After last year’s Colette Carnaval (the store pitched a giant tent in the Tuileries Gardens for games and shopping to fete fifteen years), we promised ourselves we’d never do another birthday party,” said Andelman. “But the idea of a sweet sixteen was so appealing that we couldn’t resist celebrating one more time.” Needless to say, Colette celebrated in style. The soiree was held at Le Privilege—the mythic VIP room in Paris’ Le Palace disco, where the likes of Kenzo, Claude Montana, Yves Saint Laurent, and Thierry Mugler boogied away the late seventies and early eighties.

After wading through a sea of pink balloons, Catherine Baba, Carven’s Guillaume Henry, Yaz Bukey, Maison Kitsuné’s Gildas Loaëc, and more performed karaoke throughout the night. For good measure, Colette also had makeup sessions on the balcony and roller girls handing out Marc Jacobs’ new Diet Coke bottles. But it would seem this was actually the after-party—Andelman kicked things off in-store earlier in the day with a selection of special-edition cakes, celebratory T-shirts from Saint James, and postcards from Soledad. Colette’s birthday swag is on sale now, and should keep the store’s sixteen sweet throughout the month of March.

Photos: Virgile Guinard

Barneys Takes A Walk on the Wild Side


Animation, designer duds and the power of instant purchasing come together in Barneys’ latest endeavor—a shoppable spring film called Wild Things. Created by filmmaker and photographer Barnaby Roper under the direction of Barneys creative director Dennis Freedman, the film stars Kinga Rajzak and follows her through a black-and-white cartoon land while she wears looks by Isabel Marant, Acne, Carven, Rag & Bone, and beyond. And when it goes live on Barneys’ Web site tomorrow, viewers will be able to point, click, and buy as they watch the short, thanks to Liveclicker technology. “The movement, special effects, and graphic treatments Barnaby created work because there is also a sense of humor and wit, which make them Barneys,” said Freedman of the project. Naturally, in addition to being practical (and pretty persuasive), the film has that classic Barneys quirk (think playful, primitive drawings with a vintage Pop art edge).

According to Barneys, the video, which debuts exclusively above, is part of the retailer’s ongoing push to expand its presence in the digital space. For instance, the department store has launched the Barneys Warehouse website—its first permanent off-price e-commerce destination (not unlike the famed Warehouse Sale, the site features past-season items at up to 75 percent off). Other digital milestones include the recent website redesign, a focus on The Window—Barneys’ editorial site, and, of course, last year’s holiday Disney film and corresponding scavenger hunt, which was conducted via Twitter. To accompany the spring film, Barneys will be launching mini videos, designer interviews, and more as a part of its increased focus on digital content creation.