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14 posts tagged "Couture Spring 2009"

Dasha In At Pop; Tom And Gisele In It Forever


We had the scoop in our party report, but now it’s official: Dasha Zhukova, London’s hottest Russian transplant and art star, will take Katie Grand’s abandoned spot at Pop. We have until September 1 to await the first issue. [WWD]

Gisele and Tom tied the knot in Santa Monica last night, and even though the ceremony was small, Gisele’s Dolce & Gabbana dress was not. We’re talking big skirt, long train, satin roses, floor-length veil, and, of course, Dolce lace dog collars for the pooches. Tom, we guess, was in full pads. [Us Weekly]

Ellen von Unwerth’s behind-the-scenes shots at last month’s Couture shows are of the goofy, fantastic variety. We like Erin Heatherton doing a fish face, but we love Tanya Dziahileva towering over Anna Piaggi. [The Moment]

Photo: Sherly Rabbani and Josephine Solimene

Marco De Vincenzo: Kinda Versace, Kinda Margiela


“This is what I do after 6 p.m.,” says Marco de Vincenzo of the debut haute couture collection he presented in Paris this week—a patchwork of narrow, figure-hugging stripe dresses in a play of soft and stiff coated jersey. De Vincenzo, who will soon be 31, moved to Rome at the age of 18 to attend the European Institute of Design. He joined Fendi’s design team immediately after completing a Fashion and Costume Design degree, and he has been the right hand of Silvia Venturini Fendi, working on the house’s accessories for the past eight years. “I made it all alone in Rome in my room with one dressmaker,” says de Vincenzo of the 20-piece collection he showed at the Espace Commines. His work with Fendi is still ongoing, a job that he says inspires his “passion for material research.” That’s evident in his runway debut: De Vincenzo cut out every narrow jersey stripe himself and sewed them together for a patchwork of matte contrasting with shine, soft playing off stiff that hugs curves and creates a play of light and shadow. “I like to take one fabric and use it two different ways for an optical effect,” he explains. In a Spring season where many designers are trying out longer recession-appropriate lengths, de Vincenzo remains an unapologetic leg man. His sexy, hourglass shapes go from short to microscopic. “I like sexy, but with a concept so that it’s modern,” he says. “I’ve always been inspired by Gianni Versace, but I also like Margiela.”

Blasblog From Paris: The Sandwich Stays Fresh (And Charitable)


What better way to start and end the Paris couture than a big Club Sandwich. I am of course referring to the now legendary Paris fashion party that Emmanuel d’Orazio and Marc Zaffuto started in 2005. (I haven’t had a good club sandwich in France for years. The bacon just ain’t crunchy enough.) Last Sunday night le tout Paris was at Club Neo for the fête, including the original DJs Burberry PR director Alex Malgouyres and accessories designer Erik Halley; the fashion desk of every newspaper; a handful of sweaty trannies; and even a sequined Lily Allen with Kim Jones. (That’s Casey Spooner pictured here with other revelers.) According to Zaffuto, it was just another night in the office. (Ask him about the time last season when Demi Moore, with Ashton and daughters in tow, helped distract some moody policemen called to break up the party, then at Maxim’s.) Expect more overdressed glamour at Club Sandwich’s official after-party for the Carla Bruni-hosted Sidaction Ball tonight here in Paris. “The night of the Sidaction is very important to us,” d’Orazio explains. “We’re very happy they asked us to host this party for them. And all of the night’s proceeds will go to the Sidaction.” So expect the typical looks—which d’Orazio decrees should be “colorful, sexy, and energetic,” adding that boys can show up in tuxedos or high heels or “horny shorts,” which I assume are the French equivalent to Daisy Dukes—and the typical drama. Oh, that reminds me of another story: when Dita von Teese showed up in man drag. But you’ll have to ask Zaffuto for more on that one.

Photo: Derek Blasberg

Blasblog From Paris: Models Turn Artists At Stella’s After-Party


“The waiters keep looking over here like they’re going to kill us,” said Heidi Mount as she sketched a portrait of Lara Stone onto her napkin and doodled hearts and stars onto the tablecloth at the fancy-pants restaurant that was home to the Stella McCartney after-party. “But hey, they should have known better than to leave markers on the table with the likes of us in here.” Indeed, the artistic attempts of Mount, Stone, Lily Donaldson, and Dasha Zhukova proved a pretty impressive distraction at the dinner, providing some of the wonderful art that you see here. One person who wasn’t upset at all by the scribbling-cum-graffiti art was Stella herself, who came over with her father, Sir Paul McCartney, after the musical performances. Marveling that such pretty girls could have such hidden talents, she told Zhukova she had better take the tablecloth back with her to Moscow. “C’mon, Dash, you should put this in your Garage [Zhukova’s museum],” she teased. “The Chapman brothers have nothing on this lot.”

Photo: Derek Blasberg

Klaus! Kylie! Inès! JPG Loves The Eighties


You could tell something was up from the first strains of Klaus Nomi’s “The Cold Song” on the soundtrack at Jean Paul Gaultier: Fashion’s former enfant terrible was having an eighties moment in a major way. A roll call of the era’s icons made appearances: paparazzi angling for a shot of Kylie Minogue in the front row; more musical exuberance courtesy of Kate Bush; and, in the most dramatic coup, Lagerfeld’s longtime muse and the former face of France, Inès de la Fressange, working the runway to roaring applause. It was a stirring way to recapture the magic of one of couture’s golden ages, and from the audience’s reaction it was thrilled to see her again. Linda Evangelista, Stephanie Seymour, Claudia Schiffer, and now Inès—do we smell another modeling comeback story?

Photo: Eric Ryan / Getty Images