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7 posts tagged "Christina Hendricks"

Edition Poshette Favors Fun Over Flash

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Edition Poshette

Paris-based Danish designer Simone Bendix made a small splash during fashion week three years back, when she and her twin sister, Helene, dressed up as vintage cigarette girls and paraded around her fledgling accessories brand outside a jam-packed DSquared2 party at the Ritz.

Since then, Edition Poshette has quietly gained a loyal following, particularly in Japan, plus visibility in a smattering of small but strategic places like a museum shop in Copenhagen and other boutiques in Florence, Antwerp, and Zurich. Poshettes are also known to be in the closets of some red-carpet A-listers such as Christina Hendricks, Juliette Binoche, and Kristin Scott Thomas.

A trained actress herself, Bendix is also a veteran collector of bags in vintage fabrics. Ultimately, she decided to try her hand at accessories design because a friend was pining for a “wallet that didn’t look like a sign of money.” “I wrote a little story about things coming to life through a pair of hands,” she recalled. “We tend to forget that the real story lies in how things are made, and the people who do that well are truly special.” When word got out about her first pouch design, it sold out immediately.

Edition Poshette

Other stories have followed and eventually come to life as small leather accessories. A flea-market veteran, Bendix will pick up on a bracelet handle on a vintage bag, or riffle through old books for typefaces and illustrations of storks or butterflies that she recasts onto leather. Like a little cottage industry, Edition Poshette turns out limited runs, producing pieces in Italy according to its own schedule. It is also definitely a family affair: Bendix designs poetic and practically minded little clutches, purses, bracelets, wallets, etc., most bearing chirpy and/or punning titles in French, such as “Memoires de la Dernière Libertine” or “Les Joies de la Route,” while sister Helene handles the graphics. “I’ve always been into inventing my own rules,” Bendix noted. “What I didn’t realize was that [design] wouldn’t be any more stable than acting. But it’s a lot more fun.”

Edition Poshette is available online at editionposhette.com.

Photos: Courtesy Photos

A Relative Unknown Walks The Red Carpet To Fashion Fame, Bye-Bye Bridge Lines, At Home With Ikram, And More…

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Chances are, you don’t know the name Romona Keveza. That’s about to change. The Canadian-Lithuanian designer has never showed during New York fashion week, but she’s caught the eye of a growing number of red-carpet starlets, like Christina Hendricks, Lea Michele, and Julia Stiles. Next stop: the runway? [NYT]

Dolce & Gabbana (left) made waves recently when word got around that they were considering folding their lower-priced label, D&G, into their main collection. But according to WSJ‘s Christina Binkley, it’s much ado about nothing. With consumers nimbly mixing high and low without a second thought, are diffusion collections and bridge lines soon to be a thing of the past? [WSJ]

Single white female, of a certain age, seeks fun-loving boyfriend. Loves travel, but spends too much of her time in company of Karl Lagerfeld to date. Interested applicants, send photo courtesy of her matchmaking daughter…Tallulah Harlech. [Telegraph]

And here’s the photo evidence to prove what we’ve always suspected: It definitely wouldn’t be bad to spend a night on Ikram Goldman’s couch. [T]

Photo: Yannis Vlamos

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad Men World

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Mad Men returns this Sunday on AMC, and to celebrate the much-anticipated return of Don, Betty, and their martini-swilling cohorts, AMC and Banana Republic hosted a splashy Hollywood premiere last night at Mann’s Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. After a word from creator Matthew Weiner—no cell phones and no giving away plotlines; “I really don’t want to see it on the front page of The New York Times,” he explained—the lights dimmed and we were in Mad world. And after the credits rolled and the guests headed for the Chateau Marmont for the after-party, we still were. There were all the period touches: cigarette girls, a jazz quartet, and, of course, stiff martinis. The only slightly jarring bit was the cast—Jon Hamm, Christina Hendricks (in Dolce & Gabbana), and Elisabeth Moss (in Oscar de la Renta)—stripped of their sixties accoutrements, appearing in twenty-first-century dress. But then, show-vs.-life confusion is par for the course. “People sometimes come up to me and say, ‘you’re so much prettier in real life,’ ” said Moss, who plays no-nonsense career girl Peggy Olson.”I’m not really sure how to take that, so I just politely say thank you.”

The following afternoon, Mad Men mania continued: Banana Republic hosted a lunch at the Sunset Tower Hotel in honor of a video blog collaboration between its creative director, Simon Kneen, and the show’s costume designer, Janie Bryant. The short videos, which feature Kneen and Bryant chewing the sartorial fat and discovering a shared love of menswear, will go up on AMC’s Web site this Sunday. They’re part of BR’s “Mad About Style” campaign, which includes a casting-call opportunity for customers to win a walk-on part on the show. Over chicken paillard and watermelon sorbet, Bryant revealed that some of the Mad Men wardrobe pieces are actually direct hand-me-downs from her mother and grandmother. She also attempted—without much success, as it turned out—to single out her favorite character to dress. “Rachel Menken. I also loved Bobbie Barrett. And Trudy, Joan, and Peggy. And of course Betty. Oh, don’t make me choose!”

Photo: Jeff Vespa / WireImage / Getty Images

A Mad-Off At The Met Ball, Sex‘s Secrets, And More

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News about the Met ball continues to pour in: It’ll be a battle of the Mad women, when Stefano Pilati brings January Jones and Tommy Hilfiger brings Christina Hendricks. The redhead will be in good company; Hilfiger is also said to have Mick Jagger and L’Wren Scott, John Currin, Zoe Kazan, Peter Som, and Jimmy Fallon at his table. Michael Kors goes for the catwalkers, hosting Carolyn Murphy, Natasha Poly, Chanel Iman, and former model/actresses Brooke Shields and Diane Lane, and Ralph Lauren will sit with Taylor Swift, Jessica Biel, and Justin Timberlake. [WWD]

Chez YSL—Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé’s apartment, that is—is on the market. $31.4 million buys you a library, a music room, a gym, and plenty of mirrors. [Hint Mag]

The latest addition to Louis Vuitton’s stable of “Icons” for its heritage ad campaign? If the rumors are to be believed, Bono. Coincidentally (or not), Vuitton parent LVMH recently acquired Bono and wife Ali Hewson’s eco-friendly Edun label. [WWD]

More from the Sex and the City 2 front: For her first appearance onscreen, SJP wears (gasp!) Halston. Costume designer Pat Field also had to contend with the Middle Eastern prohibition on exposed shoulders when working on the Abu Dhabi-set film. [L.A. Times via Racked]

And speaking of SATC2, its stars have signed multimillion-dollar contracts not to reveal plot secrets. “I’ve signed my life away to say I won’t tell. I thought: ‘You have got to be kidding! This isn’t state secrets, it’s the f****** script for a movie!” said Samantha, er, Kim Cattrall. (Throw in a couple f******s and it can be hard to tell the difference.) [Vogue U.K.]

Photo: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images

Madge At Macy’s, Mad For Barbie, And More…

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The ink’s on the paper: Madonna has signed with Iconix to create a line of Material Girl fashions, starting with a juniors’ line at Macy’s. Personally, we’d have preferred a Like a Virgin-inspired bridal line. [WWD]

We’re not opposed to the idea of Mad Men Barbies. But if they’re going to be made, at least give them Christina Hendricks’ legendary curves. A hipless Joan Holloway? What a waste. [NYT]

Speaking of mini mannequins, one grumbler is claiming—rather publicly—that Givenchy axed five models the night before the show, after insisting on exclusivity for its girls. [Page Six]

And Love will live-cast the Miu Miu Fall ’10 show on its site at 1 p.m. EST. [Love]