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August 28 2014

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3 posts tagged "Galeries Lafayette"

A Fashion Storytelling Salon Pops Up in Paris

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Last Saturday, Guillaume Houzé, the contemporary art champion and an heir to the Parisian department store Galeries Lafayette, hosted the first installment of a program called Lafayette Anticipation. Held in a partially renovated, four-floor 19th-century industrial building in the Marais (the future site of an art and design foundation created by Galeries Lafayette), Houzé turned the space over to Anja Aronowsky Cronberg, founder of the review Vestoj, for a storytelling salon.

Guests filled intimate spaces to hear tales from fashion notables, including Michele Lamy, who wistfully recounted a beloved “ghost” dress, once lent and never recovered (or replicated). Simon Costin, wearing a phenomenal folkloric “museum in a hat” by Stephen Jones, recounted the symbolism of each decorative flourish and its tie to the Museum of British Folklore he is currently planning.

But it was Jean-Charles de Castelbajac who brought down the house with the tale of dressing crowds, 5,500 clergy, and even Pope John Paul II for World Youth Day in 1997. Noting that his Lesage-embroidered chasuble is now on permanent display next to the Crown of Thorns in the Notre Dame cathedral treasury, Castelbajac quipped, “I’ve never been in many hip stores, but I have the best window in the world!”

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Cronberg, who has just released the fourth issue of her publication, on Fashion and Power, harkened back to her very first issue for this event. “I wanted to explore the relationship between garments and identity—why we wear what we wear and when,” she explained.

At the luncheon that followed, Houzé allowed that further fashion projects were in the pipeline for later this year. Cronberg says she has no plans to replicate the event (yet). But, she said, “I’m just hoping that people will open their closet and really think about what they have. We all have so much stuff!”

Photo: François Goizé

Brits Take Heels To New Heights, And More Of Today’s Top Stories

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Can you guess who wears the highest heels in Europe? According to a recent study, its the British women who take the cake, with an average heel height of 3.3 inches. Victoria Beckham (pictured) and Cheryl Cole come to mind, leading the pack against French women who come in at 2.4 inches and German women at 2.7. [Vogue U.K.]

Salvatore Ferragamo is following in the footsteps of the likes of Hermès, Armani, and Stella McCartney as the next designer label to outfit athletes for the 2012 Olympics. The Italian brand is designing uniforms for the Republic of San Marino, an independent microstate of Italy. The capsule collection fuses functionality and high-fashion and will be worn at leisure events and galas. [WWD]

Natalia Vodianova truly is beautiful inside and out. Just three days after devastating floods hit the Russian town of Krymsk earlier this month, the model flew to her native country to help out. She assisted with the hauling of bottled water and nappies in an attempt to aid the thousands of people who were left homeless after the natural disaster. [Telegraph]

The Galeries Lafayette is getting ready to host the third edition of its “World’s Biggest Fashion Show.” The department store plans to bring fashion to the streets with a mega catwalk event featuring 400 models on September 18 in Paris. The fashion fête will than move on to other cities in France September 22. [WWD]

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RiRi Goes Back To Reality, And More of Today’s Top Stories

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Rihanna’s caught the reality show bug. The pop singer’s rumored show (reported earlier this year), a U.K.-based style competition called Styled to Rock, is slated to air on Sky Living for ten weeks. The show will follow the singer (pictured) as she coaches 12 young British designers, with guest appearances from stylist Lysa Cooper, Girls Aloud singer Nicola Roberts, and designer Henry Holland. [Rolling Stone]

Galeries Lafayette has expanded its annual “Windows on Art” project to other cities for the first time. The curated selection of museum works, which includes pieces from the Centre Pompidou, Le Bal, and the Galliera Museum (currently home to the Cristobal Balenciaga exhibition), will be on display at the Paris flagship, as well as stores in Marseille, Nantes, and Strasbourg, through August 4. [WWD]

ESPN Magazine took its “Body” issue pretty literally. In honor of the 2012 Olympic Games, the magazine celebrates “athletic perfection.” And what better way to do so than to have 27 world-class athletes pose nude? Included in the group, all of whom stripped down to their birthday suits for the occasion, is basketball player Tyson Chandler and surfer Maria Gabeira. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Neiman Marcus and Target have joined forces. The two stores have announced plans for a partnership this Christmas, for which they gathered 24 CFDA designers to create a limited-edition holiday collection. The capsule will be sold starting December 1 at all Target and Neiman Marcus stores, as well as online. The line, with prices ranging from $7.99 to $499.99, will include pieces from Carolina Herrera, Derek Lam, Jason Wu, Marc Jacobs, and more. [WWD]

Condé Nast college? That’s the latest venture for the publishing house, which just announced that the Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design will be located on Soho’s Greek Street (walking distance from the Condé headquarters in London). The school is set to open in January 2013 with a ten-week Vogue Fashion Certificate as the first degree on offer to students who wish to enroll. [Telegraph]

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