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At Didier Ludot: Decades Of L.B.D.’s But No Lohan


For Didier Ludot’s celebration last night for the tenth anniversary of his label La Petite Robe Noire, the fountains of the Palais Royal were scented with Eau Blanche by Francis Kurkdjian. Welcome to Paris. A selection of Ludot’s archives graced the windows of the galleries, tracing the history of the L.B.D.: a Chanel number from 1927, a Lanvin from 1935, a Grès from 1942, and so on with Balenciagas, Diors, and YSLs in the mix. The sartorial timeline ended with a very recent, as in two and a half weeks ago, vintage with a Marc Jacobs Spring 2010 look.

None of these beauties were for sale. Instead, Ludot sourced some more affordably priced vintage dresses for his L.B.D.-only boutique—about 30 of them have already sold—and is concentrating on his new, accessible DL Palais Royal collection. At the party, Ludot greeted friends like Chantal Thomass, Claude Montana, and Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, while a rumored appearance by Lindsay Lohan had other guests in the crowd that included Alexis Mabille (pictured above) and former Emanuel Ungaro designer Vincent Darré, buzzing and lingering. The actress’ design partner, Estrella Archs, did show briefly. “I’m taking five minutes of air,” joked Archs. She and Lohan are still fine-tuning their process, she said, but promise a collection that draws upon the roots of Ungaro without going too literal. “We’re going for focused and purified with light dresses and a Mediterranean joie de vivre,” said Archs. “Tomorrow night’s the all-nighter.”

Fêting The L.B.D. With Didier Ludot


July kicks off not only Couture week but the first salvo in Didier Ludot’s tenth anniversary celebration of his La Petite Robe Noire (Little Black Dress) line. On Wednesday, Ludot’s Palais Royal boutique will be the first to unveil the designer’s new, more accessibly priced capsule collection called DL Palais Royal. Each season, the line will feature five dresses, two “sporty” and three “sophisticated,” priced from €350 to €700 ($490 to $981 at current exchange). To fête the collection, Ludot asked fashion friends like Catherine Deneuve, Christian Lacroix, and Inès de la Fressange to pen a few thoughts about the L.B.D. The result is a booklet with witty insights—”The black dress…is the foundation of the foundation of style,” writes Lagerfeld—and an accompanying CD compilation by France’s leading celebrity sound designer, Béatrice Ardisson (€13, or $18; proceeds will benefit AIDS research). Both the clothes and the booklet will be featured at Colette from July 6 through 18. Vintage fans will have to wait until fall, however, to admire pearls from Ludot’s personal archives: The designer will usher in Paris fashion week by culling 70 pieces dating from the birth of the L.B.D. (1926) and using them to dress the shop windows of the Palais Royal for a private soirée on September 30 (they will remain on view through October 17). And recessionistas, take note: Another selection of Ludot’s vintage L.B.D.s will be sold in a corner of his eponymous vintage boutique in the galerie de Montpensier (prices from €200 / $280). Star perfumer Francis Kurkdjian is also said to be creating a DL Palais Royal fragrance called L’Eau Blanche for release about that time.

La Petite Robe Noire, 125 galerie de Valois, Paris 1st.

Didier Ludot, 20-24 galerie de Montpensier, Paris 1st.

Corto Moltedo Opens In The Arcade of Specialists


The Galerie de Valois was hopping last night, what with the presentation of Anne Valérie Hash at the south end, Stella McCartney just up the way, and a few steps further: the unveiling of the first Corto Moltedo boutique with the full collection from Gabrielecorto Moltedo (known simply as Gabe to friends). Vintage doyen Didier Ludot stopped by to welcome his new neighbor; and fashionable friends Inès de la Fressange, Alexis Mabille, and André also popped in. “I’ve always wanted to be here,” the 31-year-old designer said. “Here, you find only specialists who do vintage, gloves, or glasses and that is what I am all about.” Inside, spare displays are made of repurposed shipping crates and a jukebox features Italian oldies with the odd entry by Kiss or the Bee Gees. Colorful clutches decorate the wall to the right but aren’t for sale: They are the house’s archives, a sampling of Moltedo’s custom creations. These start at €750, or $983, but other styles, such as a hot pink laptop case with a stitched motif and the gold C-star logo, is priced more accessibly at €250 ($327). “We only work with special materials, at my factory in Florence,” noted Moltedo. “I’m just happy to keep it small, to just be here and do my thing. The days of the It bag are over—where’s the money? Now, it’s all about value.”

146 Galerie de Valois, Paris 75001;

Photo: Courtesy of Corto Moltedo