August 20 2014

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12 posts tagged "Chiara Clemente"

Heart of Glass: Baccarat Celebrates 250 Years With a Trio of Love Stories


French crystal manufacturer Baccarat is hosting a couture week blowout this evening. And after 250 years in business, a celebration at Maison Baccarat is certainly in order. To fete the milestone birthday, the company commissioned three short films by directors Sonia Sieff, Joséphine de la Baume, and Chiara Clemente—all of which revolve around a love story. The series, titled “Legendary Stories,” will premiere at the sure-to-be sparkling affair. Sieff’s film, which stars Caroline de Maigret and Thierry Frémont, sees two ex-lovers rekindle their flame while swilling red wine out of brilliant Baccarat glasses. The heady work debuts exclusively here. And don’t forget to check back later today for our complete party report.

Customizable Classics, Courtesy of Ferragamo


It’s hard to find something more classic than Ferragamo’s Vara—the box-toed shoe garnished with a golden plaque and a grosgrain bow. This year, the mid-heeled wares (whose “sister” shoe, the Varina ballet flat, was introduced in 2007) turn 35. And to celebrate the anniversary, the house is launching L’Icona—an online project in collaboration with photographer Claiborne Swanson Frank. The virtual endeavor features Swanson Frank-lensed portraits of twenty-one effortlessly stylish women—Alexandra Richards, Chiara Clemente, and’s own Marina Larroudé among them—wearing customized Varas or Varinas. “When I was a child, my chic grandmother used to wear Varas in black and brown,” says Larroudé, whose personalized kicks are pictured above. “I wanted a simple black patent shoe, because patent lasts forever, and I wanted to be able to wear mine every day, in the summer or winter, with or without tights.” will launch May 1, and the site will, for the first time, offer women the opportunity to customize their own pair of Varas (or Varinas—whichever you prefer). A video starring the twenty-one trendsetters (and their new shoes) will also screen on the site. Take a peek at the trailer for the Justin Wu-lensed short, which debuts exclusively below.

Chiara Clemente Gets Behind Persol’s Lens


Last night at New York’s Hôtel Americano, Interview Magazine , and eyewear atelier Persol threw a spring soiree to fete Chiara Clemente’s new film for the brand. Dubbed “Atelier Persol,” the short tracks eight artists (including Vanini Sorrenti, Sébastien Tellier, and Fabio Novembre) throughout their residencies at a Florentine palazzo.

“Persol curated the selection,” said Clemente of the lineup, “and filming was quite hectic! You can imagine going from eight different rooms, with eight different artists—every day there was so much happening.” Shot in the style of a documentary, the film features interviews with the artists (all of whom don strategically placed eyewear, of course), shots of their processes, and magnificent vistas of Florence’s Duomo and surrounding hills.

Clemente added that she’s a new Persol convert. “I got a pair that are a little bit smaller,” she said, referring to the brand’s popular 649/Steve McQueen style aviator. “They bring out the Italian in me. There’s something about them that reminds me of the Italian movie stars of the fifties and sixties. Maybe they’ll bring me good luck.” Catch the trailer of Clemente’s film, above.

Gainsbourg’s Beginnings


The inner workings of an artist’s creative process are an endless source of intrigue. That’s why filmmaker Chiara Clemente launched a series of episodes last fall, entitled Beginnings, exploring early inspirations for iconic artists like Yoko Ono, Mario Sorrenti, and Carolina Herrera. Clemente, who notes that her love of art can be traced to her childhood tiptoeing around her father’s paintings, is back with the next installation of the Sundance Channel series, the first of which airs tonight. This time around, the subjects include shoemaker Christian Louboutin, perfume editor Frédéric Malle, photojournalist Benno Graziani, and actress-slash-singer Charlotte Gainsbourg. got the exclusive first glimpse at the Gainsbourg episode, in which she talks about her early interest in acting and singing, inspired largely by her parents, Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg. “The first attraction to becoming an actress wasn’t really acting. It was more to do with the film crew, the set, being a child in that atmosphere. It’s like the perfect holiday,” says Gainsbourg, who recently starred in Lars von Trier’s Melancholia. “Apparently, my mother says that she knew I wanted to become an actress.” Watch the film clip, below.

Beginnings airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET and on

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A Magazine And Acne Paper Play Host In Paris


The party people were out in force on Friday night in Paris’ Marais to celebrate the latest editions of two—get this—print magazines. The revolving-editor A Magazine chose Giambattista Valli to helm its new issue: his chosen theme, “real beauty,” and his cover, a portrait of River Phoenix by Michael Tighe (above right). Marina Abramovic, Nan Goldin, Chiara Clemente, Lee Radziwill, Peter Schlesinger, and Kenzo Takada all collaborated on the tenth issue, as did Sasha Pivovarova, who did a series of self-portraits. “This magazine is about what nourishes me; it’s another way to show my inspirations,” said Valli, who opened his exploration with a 1975 quote from Yves Saint Laurent: “What we imagine may be very beautiful but nothing replaces reality.” (To buy, visit

Around the corner at the very private Maison de La Chasse, Maria Berenson and editor Thomas Persson (below right) co-hosted a fête for the new issue of Acne Paper, the Studio Issue, and Kristin Scott Thomas and Bruno Frisoni (below left), Nicola Formichetti, Lanvin’s Lucas Ossendrijver and Elie Top, and Catherine Baba all dropped by to mill in the hunting house’s drawing rooms. The mag includes visits to, or representations of, the studios of artists like Matisse, Pollock, and Hockney, as well as photographic portfolios by Helmut Lang and Eric Boman. A nude Leigh Bowery (shot by Bruce Bernard as he sat for a portrait with Lucien Freud) appears on the cover (above left), and hostess Berenson is inside, shot by Katerina Jebb in Jean Cocteau’s house in Milly-La-Forêt. “Marisa’s grandmother, Elsa Schiaparelli, was so close to Cocteau it was natural to shoot her in his old house,” Persson explained of the spread, “and Acne is based on the idea of a creative collective, so we focused on artists’ studios as the place where creativity happens.” (To buy, visit Acne, 10 Greene St., NYC, or

Photos: Courtesy of A Magazine; Courtesy of Acne Paper