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Crazy Horse Gallops Into London


“Azzedine Alaïa used to come and study the dancers’ bottoms,” says Crazy Horse’s Andrée Deissenberg. “He wanted to see how the dancers moved; it was a design starting point for him. Plus, he just loved the show,” she said of Alaïa, who has famously attributed part of his fashion education to a very close examination of the Crazy Horse dancers‘ physiques.

The legendary Parisian cabaret, beloved by the fashion set (Karl Lagerfeld, Christian Louboutin, and Jean Paul Gautier have all collaborated with Crazy Horse over the years), landed in London last night with a VIP crowd that included some of rock’s most famous progeny, including Amber Le Bon, Daisy Lowe (pictured, left), Kelly Osbourne, Tali Lennox, and Alison Mosshart.

“When there is so little fabric to work with, you have to look at things in minutiae. Every stitch has an impact,” said Marios Schwab, who dressed the dancers in lingerie from his brand-new Kallisti for ASOS line. To which Deissenberg added, “When we first approached Mark Fast, who is famous for his barely-there work, he was thrilled because usually the buyers tell him to cover things up, while our marching orders were ‘take it off!’ “

Photo: Courtesy Photo

Louboutin Designs For Crazy Horse, Alber Elbaz Unveils His “Small And Fat” Book, Terry Richardson’s New Jimmy Choo Campaign, And More…


Christian Louboutin is set to collaborate with Crazy Horse again, this time creating four tableaux for the venue’s nightly Désirs show. The designer’s portion will be on display from March 5 to May 31. [WWD]

“I was searching for a story that people would get when they look at the book—and the story is the process,” Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz told The New York Times on his debut tome, due out this spring. Through a series of 3,000 photos, he tells the story of how a collection gets made, stitch by stitch. [NYT]

Jimmy Choo has just released images from its Spring 2012 Terry Richardson-lensed ad campaign. We doubt that the photos, which were inspired by the Mediterranean glamour of seventies cinematic icons, will cause as much of a stir when they are officially out next month as Richardson’s recent Equinox ads . [Jimmy Choo]

Model Molly Sims has announced she’s pregnant. Congrats to Molly, who is set to give birth in June, and her husband Scott! [Huff Po]

Photo: But Sou Lai / Lanvin

Dita Von Teese Can Do Without The Glam Squad, Thanks


Burlesque mistress Dita Von Teese rarely performs in the U.S., but the va-va-voom starlet is bringing her high-fashion ecdysiasm (read: strippin’) to Vegas in a reprise of her much-beloved Paris show, Live at The Crazy Horse. (There’s a Crazy Horse outpost in Vegas’ MGM Grand.) Decades’ Cameron Silver is one of the many style-world pals flying in for the occasion, and we’ll have his take on the evening tomorrow. But before then,’s Derek Blasberg took a few minutes to chat with Dita about her love for the historic Crazy Horse, the perils of corsets, and why burlesque is best appreciated live.

Hi, Dita! Tell me a little bit about Paris’ Crazy Horse. Why there?
When I was a teenager, I saw one little picture in Playboy of these beautiful, nearly nude “toy soldiers” lined up, and I was desperate to find out more about this mysterious place. There was no Internet yet, and I couldn’t find out anything about it. I didn’t even have the name of it, just this image that was in my head for all those years. So when I was finally in Paris in my early twenties, I kept asking people about these naked toy soldiers, and I finally saw the show, and I was amazed. I went to the show every night I was in Paris, and for the next decade I would go see the show every chance I got. I also befriended a Crazy Horse historian and so I would get to see all the archives and meet former dancers. A few years ago I did a photo shoot there, which is something they never allowed, in order to preserve the mystery of the place. Little by little, I became more involved, and I became the first guest star in the history of The Crazy, so that was exciting. Everyone who was anyone went there, since 1951, and for me, just to be in that theater to see the same stage that all these stars went, from Marlene Dietrich, Mae West, Marilyn Monroe, John F. Kennedy, Gypsy Rose Lee, Salvador Dalí…the guest list is impressive, and well, I just think it’s incredible to think that there was once a time when a show like this was revered like that. It’s the art of nude, the glorification of the female form, absolute perfection. There is no show like it on earth, and the history and mystery of this place is amazing.

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