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It’s no secret that I’m a major fan of Dasha Zhukova, the Moscow-born, California-raised beauty who has founded a museum, launched a fashion label, and was recently named the new editor of Pop—all before the age of 28. Here in Moscow, I’ve met another Russian stunner who’s a master at multitasking (and, like Zhukova, has a closet full of Balmain). Meet Aizel Trudel. The daughter of a Russian diplomat, Trudel grew up all over the world and developed an obsession with fashion that she’s put to good use: She now operates a collection of stores in Moscow, including two Louboutin shops, two Diane von Furstenberg stores, the Marc Jacobs boutique and another for Marc by Marc, a J. Mendel location, and five Aizel stores of her own, which were the first to stock the likes of Proenza Schouler and Balmain in Russia. And it looks like that’s just the beginning.
How did you get into the fashion business?
I was the head of PR and advertising for a company here in Moscow that worked with Donna Karan, Christian Lacroix, Thierry Mugler, and a slew of other brands, but when I turned 25 I wanted a change. A few years ago my friend Santiago Gonzalez and I went to a party at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York, and as I was going down the escalator I saw Christian Louboutin with Diane von Furstenberg going up the other way. I realized that was my chance to meet him, so I ran up the escalator to catch him and started shouting “Christian!” That was the start of our great friendship and business relationship. It was a fruitful meeting because it introduced me to DVF as well.
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At last night’s opening installment of the French Institute Alliance Française “Fashion Talks” series, Donna Karan, the evening’s featured speaker (Catherine Malandrino and Diane von Furstenberg will round out the cycle), shared a few facts about herself the audience might not have known otherwise. The story of Karan’s first fashion show as a Long Island high schooler is the stuff of fashion lore. The fact that she failed draping class while studying at Parsons? Not common knowledge. But perhaps Karan’s biggest reveal had to do with the lack of a certain signature non-color in her Fall presentation next week. “This season I’m not showing a lot of black,” Karan said. “But,” she paused before reassuring, “everything will be available in black.” Phew. During her conversation with Musée de la Mode curator Pamela Golbin, the designer emphasized the importance of thinking collectively, i.e., not trying to go it all alone as a designer and businesswoman—sage words for young designers facing a troubled economy. Another piece of fashion savvy: Sort your mail. Karan copped to opening every envelope she received with her name on it when her business started—they were addressed to her, after all. But she was careful not to let all the postal service love go to her head. “That’s why I did the ‘New York,’” Karan explained of her designer moniker. “I never wanted it to be about me.”
And yet another change to the schedule that many seasoned showgoers practically have hardwired in their brains. (If it’s Wednesday morning, I must be bopping to the beat at Michael Kors.) Peter Som just canceled his Fall 2009 show, due to the end of his partnership with Creative Design Studios. Som’s president and CEO Elana Posner told WWD that they were exploring “cost-effective” alternatives. As for the Bryant Park revolving door, opting out are Vera Wang, Betsey Johnson, and Monique Lhuillier, while Justin Timberlake’s William Rast will be rocking the tent for the first time along with perennial BP-fans Diane von Furstenberg, Carolina Herrera, Richard Chai, and Anna Sui. Joining them will be also be Tommy Hilfiger, who for the past few seasons showed in Avery Fisher Hall. All we’re saying is be sure to check your schedule.