August 30 2014

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French Dressing At Suite 114


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.

Photo: Jérôme Lobato

Paris Highlights: Le Beat Goes On


With just one day of rest between Milan’s Extreme blow-out Monday night and today’s shows in Paris, RTW devotees are gearing up for the Month of Fashion’s final lap. Paris, like its metropolitan counterparts, is scaling back a bit this season (we hear Givenchy’s dark-and-rocking after-party has been canceled, for one), but the French city is still hosting more than its share of feuding fêtes. Continue Reading “Paris Highlights: Le Beat Goes On” »

Milan’s Best Retail Therapy


Mono-brand flagships dominate the Milanese retail offering, but nowadays, when mix-and-matching brings kudos, it’s good to have a list of original multi-brand boutiques on hand. Here’s our list of between show shopping destinations.
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Why Being Boy-Crazy Isn’t Always Bad


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.

Blasblog From Paris: If It’s Lundi, It Must Be Le Baron


I’m going to say it right now: If I’m at Le Baron every night this week, I’m going to lose all self-respect. (Not that I had that much to begin with.) But for some reason—and I can assure you it’s not the space or the clean bathrooms—it seems every time I’m in Paris I end up at this one venue on a nightly basis. Sunday night was for Gareth Pugh, and last night was for Waris’ jewelry launch at Colette—which means I’m two for two so far this week. I figured I might as well ask André, the mono-monikered owner and omnipresent character of Le Baron (and occasionally, later in the night, of Regine’s, too), why this was. “I would like to think it’s because of me,” he said. “Actually, that is what I’m going to say. It’s because of me.” Although he was kidding—the sly Frenchman—he did a have a point. He’s pictured here with Lou Doillon, and there’s probably not many people who the French beauty would let take a Sharpie to her shoulder. Later in the night, though, when APC founder/designer Jean Touitou showed up, André agreed that I wasn’t the only one with a Baron fetish. “This is my favorite designer in the world,” he said of Touitou, while tugging on the side of his APC jeans. “He never goes out and even he is here.” Put him on the list that included Leelee Sobieski, Adam Kimmel, Casey Spooner, Olivier Zahm, Liz Goldwyn, and Wes Anderson—and you’ve got just another night at the local.

Photo: Derek Blasberg