8 posts tagged "Elettra Wiedemann"
Last year, Christie’s brought in $1.36 million with its annual Bid to Save the Earth live auction in New York, where attendees bid on airplane rides with Harrison Ford and a day with Bill Clinton. The auction house has equally exciting items and experiences lined up for this year’s April 11 gala (Anna and Graydon Carter, Salma Hayek and François-Henri Pinault, and Susan and David Rockefeller are among the co-chairs), but ahead of the big event, Christie’s launches an online auction this morning, powered by Charitybuzz. Tea with model Elettra Wiedemann, a limited-edition reissued vintage Fendi Baguette handbag, and an afternoon of shopping with Simon Doonan (along with $2,500 to spend at Barneys) are all in the loot, but Style.com has its eye on the six bespoke Stella McCartney bags going up for auction today. McCartney, a dedicated green activist, teamed up with five artists to create one-of-a-kind bags for the auction. Style.com has the exclusive first look at the bags, featuring art by the likes of Mr. Brainwash (pictured, above), Bunta Inoue (pictured, below), and Peter Tunney, here. The bags will be for sale this morning through April 19 on Charitybuzz.com.
When the invitation landed for the debut collection by Ylias Nacer, presented at Boucheron on the Place Vendôme, we thought we were going to see a jewelry collection. Not quite. The clothes in this capsule line may be jewel-like in their details, but they are made in Parisian couture ateliers incorporating exotic fabrics and local crafts from faraway lands. This is perhaps only natural, given Nacer’s Ethiopian, Yemenite, and Moroccan roots, and the fact that this idea took shape as he was reading Laurence Benaïm’s biography of Yves Saint Laurent.
“I really wanted to find a way to incorporate artisanal work from all over the world into fashions produced in Paris,” the designer tells Style.com. The result: ten looks, including a long black veil of a dress with hand-crocheted motifs, a gold-beaded Moroccan passementerie, and traditional fabrics worked into a very Parisian silhouette (pictured), which his longtime friend and muse Elettra Wiedemann wore to the Bal des Vampires.
Such an exercise in bridging cultures turned out to pack unexpected lessons: “Fashion tastes are just not the same everywhere and artisans are true artists—when they embroidered on looks they didn’t like, it just didn’t work,” Nacer recounts. “We had to take everything apart, let them do their work, and then reassemble it. I learned never to show anyone anything before it was really done,” he says.
“Ferragamo was my first big international campaign when I started modeling,” Elettra Wiedemann tells Style.com. “The house has always had special meaning for me.”
This week, she returns to the fold, serving as the exclusive model for the label’s online Fall 2011 trunk show, which marks the first time the Italian brand’s ready-to-wear offerings will be available on the Web. (Its current e-tail shop is accessories-only.) Wiedemann still remembers her first Ferragamo purchase. “I bought a pair of flats when I first started modeling to help my feet run around Milan and Paris to castings,” she says. This Friday, you can get your own—along with Fall’s houndstooth dresses, fur coats, glittering clutches, and more.
The Fall 2011 trunk sale begins this Friday, August 5, at trunkshow.ferragamo.com.