3 posts tagged "Daft Punk"
Anyone with Internet access has been well informed (read: inundated) via social-media updates that the 2014 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival lineup is, after much anticipation, here. And considering the desert romp requires ticketholders to drop their pretty penny about six months before the roster is announced, it’s been a nail-biting wait.
Leading up to the schedule’s unveiling just before midnight, the biggest rumor was that Daft Punk—the electro-music duo with a Saint Laurent seal of approval—was going to perform. Much to our disappointment, that chatter was proved false. But fashion’s favorite musicians haven’t been overlooked. Pharrell Williams, Hood by Air supporter A$AP Ferg, and the Lagerfeld-loved young talent Lorde are all slated to take the stage in Indio this April.
Hedi Slimane’s latest brick in the rebuilt house of Saint Laurent is now in place: As of this afternoon, the label’s first downtown store is open on Soho’s Greene Street. Saint Laurent (né Yves) has long had a presence on East 57th Street, which it maintains, but under Slimane, the direction has gone decidedly, as the marketers say, “downtown.” As one on-message Saint Laurent exec said, shrugging, at a preview this morning: “Some of my friends don’t ever make it as far as 57th Street.”
Soho feels right for the new Saint Laurent, and the 4,000-square-foot space has the look and feel of an open-plan photo studio—all light and space and monitors displaying Slimane’s campaigns—with many original details intact, from the tin ceiling to the structural columns. (The store sits in the Soho-Cast Iron Historic District, and if you believe in retail mojo, was Helmut Lang’s New York outpost in the good old days.) Bags and shoes line the marble shelves on the walls: mostly new standards like the Duffle, the Sac de Jour, and the Betty, but with a few best-selling leftovers from earlier days, too, such as the Cabas Chyc bag and the Tribute and Trib Too heels. Slimane himself picked the high-minded vintage furniture that decks out the space (by Jean Prouvé, Marcel Breuer, et al.), customized the playlist (Richard Hell and Nirvana as of this morning), and designed all the fixtures. I can personally vouch that his new collections hang on them, despite their absence above. They include not only the Spring line but select previews of pre-fall available for pre-order, which tend toward the unstintingly luxurious. For men, there are the sequined jackets worn by Daft Punk in Slimane’s photos; for women, the embellished baby-doll dress worn by Cara Delevingne in the new ad campaign. It will run you a cool $68,000. But as spaces to consider such a life-altering purchase go, the new store is very good.
Saint Laurent Paris is now open at 80 Greene Street, NYC, ysl.com.
Corto Moltedo may have bags in the blood, but it’s music that gets it flowing. The scion of the Bottega Veneta clan launched his eponymous handbag brand five years ago, and in recent seasons, fans may have detected a musical theme emerging—this Spring, for example, Moltedo introduced the much-photographed “Cassette” bags, large and small clutches clasped with a piece of hardware that looks like an old cassette tape. And now he’s named his Fall collection after Daft Punk. “I’m not sure why Daft Punk, because the bags are actually very rock,” explains Moltedo of his new collection, on view this week at his boutique in the Palais Royal. “Black, lots of black, some glitter in the finishes, leopard prints…”I don’t know,” he concludes. “I guess Daft Punk does use guitars.” Although Moltedo will be continuing to offer his “Cassette” styles—after all, he notes, why stop a good thing in its (er) tracks?—the Daft Punk’s signature clasp is a bit more abstracted: mélanges of crystal, Plexi, and stone that Moltedo describes as having a “kryptonite feel.” But that’s one fantastic element in a collection that the designer says was primarily inspired by his late encounters with reality. “I opened the boutique in January,” he notes, “and it’s really changed my whole approach to creating a collection. Before, I was designing for an imaginary woman. Now, I get to see my shoppers walking down the street.” And apparently, they rock.