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After 20 years on the French fast-fashion track—most recently as a buying and style director at Naf Naf—Eric Denèle decided he wanted to ratchet things up a notch. Inspiration struck at the cinema, or, more specifically, when he was watching the Cannes Film Festival on TV. “There were images of all these hotel suites set up with designer outfits, and actresses would just come in and try on pieces as if they were in their own private dressing room,” he recounted at yesterday’s opening night cocktail party. “I decided that I wanted to create something like that: un dressing, a pretty boutique that women could rely on for designers who are not yet well represented in Paris.” Denèle set up shop on the Left Bank, which is notable for its dearth of high-end multi-brand boutiques (conveniently, he is right up the street from Le Bon Marché). Now, at Suite 114, Denèle’s well-outfitted, oversize dressing room, Parisian fashionistas can get their shot of relative newcomers like 3.1 Phillip Lim, Phi, Giles Deacon, Brian Reyes, and Gareth Pugh, as well as an edited selection of accessories by Jean Grisoni and perfumes by Mona di Orio. In other words, a place to visit for your own red-carpet moment. Suite 114, 114 rue du Bac, Paris.
Is it just me, or is fashion going mad for men in so many ways? YSL Unisex debuts in stores soon and Chloë Sevigny is following up her ballyhooed Opening Ceremony range with a unisex collection of her own. Then, a whole spate of womenswear designers have launched men’s collections (Balmain, Gareth Pugh) or announced plans to do so (Alexander Wang), and a host of menswear brands have either launched collections for women (Nice Collective) or announced plans to do so (Tim Hamilton). Meanwhile, eagle-eyed style spotters at last Thursday’s Adam Kimmel presentation in Paris saw Camille Bidault-Waddington sporting one of the menswear designer’s signature jumpsuits. What gives? “I think women love the quality of well-made menswear,” offers Kimmel, who claims a devoted female fan base. “Men’s tailoring on suits and outerwear is unbeatable, and women sometimes want something a little looser, and more durable and comfortable, without having to give up any of the refinement.” That said, Kimmel suggests that a bit of styling finesse is required, in order to femme up a menswear look. His advice: Start with a well-placed belt and a great pair of heels. “It’s also important to roll sleeves up,” he adds, “flip up collars, and unbutton shirts down to show a little skin.” In other words: Just because you shop like a man, it doesn’t mean you have to look like one, too.