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Strings Attached

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Fashion’s newest rock star is…a violinist? Acne Paper is the latest coup for the 25-year-old English virtuoso Charlie Siem, whose classical chops (and model good looks) are quickly making him into an a sensation. At a party last night at the Ritz in Paris for the launch of Acne Paper‘s 12th issue, editor Thomas Persson remembered first encountering Siem—via YouTube. “A friend of mine told me about Charlie and after I heard him play I knew I wanted to do an issue on youth and talent,” Persson said. “My grandfather was a violinist. He wasn’t at this level, of course, but I grew up in my grandparents’ house listening to this kind of music.”

In the new issue, Siem is shot by Andreas Larsson for one spread, and in another, by Bruce Weber, who imagines his 25th birthday party with a cast including actor Aaron Johnson, skateboarder Matt Giesler, and rugby player Paul Bester. Siem was on hand last night to play a few pieces for Couture-weary attendees like Alexa Chung, Francesco Vezzoli, Kim Jones, Philip Treacy, Delfina Delettrez Fendi, and stylist Hannes Hetta, who produced a moody shoot for the new issue with his sister, photographer Julia Hetta. Those expecting AM-dial classical got a jazzy, high-wire rendition of Antonio Bazzini’s Dance of the Goblins instead. (It also features on his new album.) “You can surprise people with a violin,” the handsome musician—who also stars as one of the faces of Dunhill’s Spring ’11 campaign, and recently appeared in VMan—said.

Photo: Courtesy of Acne Paper

A Visit To Delfina Delettrez’s Wonderland

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It’s surpringly easy to get seduced by the world of Delfina Delettrez Fendi. In fact, you quite happily drop down the rabbit hole into a place where the nunlike propriety of a governess’ dress bumps up against slugs, skulls, the Kama Sutra, and Virginia Woolf. All you need to feel just like Alice are little signs that say: “Wear Me.”

For Spring, Fendi was inspired by empowered women like Woolf and George Sand, who appropriated menswear for empowerment; and a former nanny whose black dress with a white crocheted collar the designer saw as slyly perverted. She dubbed the collection We-Man, and most pieces were based on a shirt collars and cuffs. Simple trompe l’oeil collar necklaces looked like your button-down had been dipped in silver; one was paved with a plaid motif with diamonds and pink and blue sapphires. A bronzy bib offered you an entire dickie, and if you looked closely you could see tiny, almost pearl-like skulls embedded within. Another collar had an orgiastic relief carved into it. Bow ties became silver brooches of various sizes.

Fendi presented those on a row of finely knit plain black sweaters and dresses, and she paid further homage to that nanny in collars and cuffs crocheted from real silver thread. Then, on white monogrammed shirts with disembodied mannequin hands, were big glossy silver shirt cuff-inspired pieces with chunky colored stones, and shirt buttons in gold and silver turned into delicate charm bracelets. The fantastical foil to the salaryman chic came in a double ring of a carved silver slug carrying a big yellow sapphire on its back, and big, bold bracelets of silver lobster claws. It was enough to induce a bijoux-buying binge should you be liquid enough to do so. No instructional “Wear Me” or, rather, “Buy Me” placards needed.

Photo: Courtesy of Delfina Delettrez

DVF Goes Deep-Sea Diving At Maison Darré

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The first day of Paris fashion week is usually judged too early for a bash, but you’d never know it from the crowd that crammed into Vincent Darré’s tiny interiors shop, Maison Darré, yesterday. There—packed to the rafters, almost, and spilling into the street—were Catherine Deneuve, Diane von Furstenberg, Pierre Bergé, Christian Louboutin, Mario Testino, Victoire de Castellane, Olivier Zahm, Inès de la Fressange, Bruno Frisoni, and Silva Venturini Fendi and her daughter Delfina Delettrez Fendi, who is presenting her accessories collection today. (Phew.)

“Sans Queue ni Tête” (a French expression meaning, basically, nonsensical) is the name of Darré’s latest silver and gold-leaf furniture collection, one that looks like 10,000 Leagues Under the Sea—as reinterpreted by Salvador Dalí, that is. Mirrors framed by catfish mouths and treated with silver for an ancient, foggy look, frog bedside tables, and wobbly chests of drawers were among the deep-sea fantasies. Darré was inspired, he said, by a bathroom order from a very eccentric private client. “I began to think about the lobsters Dalí designed for Schiaparelli, which she used for a dress. I started with a lobster jewelry holder… The collection just took off from there.” It was finding some very appreciative fans. Diane von Furstenberg, on the arm of M. Louboutin (left), was ogling a pair of wiggly bronze octopus sconces. “I think I want one of those,” she said before placing her order on the spot.

But even on a rare night off, fashion wasn’t far from the minds of most of the attendees. Elie Top, Lanvin’s jeweler extraordinaire, had stolen away from the house’s accessories atelier, where he’s been working nonstop on the last minute touches for Friday’s show, for a quick visit. “Look what happens when you spend too much time putting on rhinestones with a glue gun,” he joked, holding up his hands in dismay.

Photo: David Atlan

Your Road Trip With Margherita Missoni

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You bring the gas money; she’ll bring the iPod, a bottle of Brunello, her Eres swimsuit, and, of course, a few pieces of Missoni. That, at least, is what you could take away from Mini’s event yesterday at Milan’s Salone del Mobile furniture fair. The automaker asked Margherita (pictured, right), along with a few other style notables, to pack the trunk of its Mini Countryman for a quick weekend away, and displayed the results to the design-mad festival attendees. In addition to the stuff above, Missoni chose a Borsalino straw hat, a pair of Hunter wellies, some books, DVDs, and “vintage crockery.” (She went with a picnic theme.) Delfina Delettrez Fendi (left), for her part, went with her badminton racquet, a butterfly net, Richard Nicoll gingham shorts, a portable telescope, a few pieces from Fendi Casa, and her Baguette. You can take the girl out of the city, but…

Photo: Courtesy of Mini

Delfina Delettrez Fendi Isn’t Afraid Of The Dark

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Remember the silver finger ring and nail polish set we reported on earlier this month? Its designer, Delfina Delettrez Fendi, was at Opening Ceremony last night showing it off, along with other creepy-chic creations like bejeweled skulls, frogs, spiders, and eyeballs. It’s not as dark as it sounds: “I don’t take it too seriously. See my skulls, they’re smiling,” the young designer explained. “I rather think that the pieces are ironic.” Opening Ceremony’s Humberto Leon was apt to agree. “She has a sense of humor about things that’s refreshing,” he said. While the presentation was her first stateside, the 22-year-old already has a strong fan base. Amy Greenspon, Mickalene Thomas, and Amy Phelan stopped by to check out her new Anatomik collection; Jen Brill showed up bedecked in her pieces; and afterward, The New York Times‘ Stefano Tonchi hosted a private dinner at his place for the jewelry designer. But with her famous last name—mom is Silvia Venturini Fendi—is she content to stick with jewelry? “Well, for now I’m growing the line, but I would love to do clothing as well,” Delettrez Fendi said. “Oh, but I would do bags first. I think always bags before clothing.” Mama must be proud.

Photo: Hannah Thomsen