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3 posts tagged "Christopher Niquet"

In Orbit With Olympia Le-Tan

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Remember Eyjafjallajökull? Olympia Le-Tan sure does. The Icelandic volcano—and its lingering clouds of ash, which wrecked havoc on European aviation for a good while—forced the accessory designer to cancel a much anticipated trip to Thailand. “I was so angry, and I began to imagine that this might be the end,” Le-Tan said at a cocktail fête celebrating her new collection. But like any artist worth the name, she channeled her agita. “It gave me an idea,” she continued. Voilà: a new collection of bags and clutches, appropriately titled It’s Not the End of the World.

Lanvin’s Lucas Ossendrijver and Elie Top, Dior Joallerie’s Victoire de Castellane, Olivier Zahm, Sarah Lerfel, and Opening Ceremony’s Humberto Leon and Carol Lim were among those who came to the planet room at Paris’ Palais de la Découverte to check it out. Le-Tan (left, with Vincent Darré, Camille Bidault-Waddington, and Top) looked to doomsday and sci-fi literature, space travel, and astronomy for Spring, and the collection includes an embroidered bag version of the original cover of H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds, planet-shaped cocktail bags, and Hotel Olympia satchels (below). Continue Reading “In Orbit With Olympia Le-Tan” »

Where To Live Like Zac (Zac Portrait Not Included)

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“It’s for the Sex and the City girl,” said a mesh cardigan-clad Zac Posen. “Or a Renaissance man.” The overlapping spot on the Venn diagram he was proposing—maybe the only one—was an 11th floor duplex at 16W21, a new condominium building in the Flatiron District of Manhattan, and the first to boast Posen-designed interiors. (Appropriately enough, it stands within the Ladies’ Mile historic district, onetime home to Lord & Taylor, B. Altman, and Bergdorf Goodman.) Posen worked with the architects and designers of the entire condo building to add his gilded touch (in the form of inlaid gold piping that snakes around walls and ceiling, specialty moldings, a high-gloss kitchen with inlaid Miele appliances and espresso machine) to a few exorbitantly expensive properties. But one duplex in particular got even more attention. Chez Zac was fully decorated by Posen top to bottom, and is available for sale—sans the pieces from Posen’s personal art collection, which currently cover much of the wall space—furnished as such. The Posen-designed furniture pieces (interlocking, geometric coffee tables; gleaming chrome bar seats) and vintage acquisitions (custom reupholstered chairs, ornate glass lamps) can be yours. As for the nude photo of Courtney Love (inscribed “Par Christopher” to Posen’s boyfriend, French stylist Christopher Niquet) in the living room, or the large-format Polaroid of Posen himself in swim cap and dangling Cartier pendant, a Met ball loaner—well, you’ll have to bring your own.

But the wallpapered, walk-in liquor closet, and the wall-to-wall mirrored, even larger walk-in wardrobe closet, are yours to keep. Likewise the smoky gray padded banisters (a nice touch) and the vintage wallpapers, courtesy of Second Hand Rose. The color schemes (Palm Beach pink in the living room; lavender in one bedroom; Posen’s own Pantone shade of gray for the hall) are familiar from his collections, as are the Rosson Crow paintings that hang throughout. (Posen collaborated with Crow on a line of print dresses in his Spring ’10 collection.) And love or hate the design, there’s no questioning the guy’s commitment to the project—while we toured, Posen supervised a contractor painting gold accents on a molded pink wall. (“Much better!”) Earlier this week, he threw a party in the space to show it to friends (and potential buyers?) like Becca Cason Thrash and Nina Freudenberger. Want to get in yourself? Take a number. According to the real estate watchers at Curbed, the waiting list to show the place is currently 500 people long. Shah’s daughters and titanesses of industry to the front of the line, please.

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Karlie Kloss For DVF

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DVF‘s most prominent spokeswoman has always been Diane herself, but as the label’s new Christopher Niquet-styled lookbook shows, there’s plenty of room for Karlie, too. The model takes to the streets of Manhattan in the Spring 2010 collection for the season’s lookbook, and the DVF team has given us an exclusive peek at the shooting in progress. Check it out below.