August 20 2014

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9 posts tagged "Haute Couture"

LVMH Gets Its Own Croc Tannery, The Demands Of The “New Breed” Haute Couture Clientele, Kris Van Assche’s Foray Into Film, And More…


LVMH has finalized plans to jointly own a crocodile tannery. That means high-quality crocodile skins for the croc coats that its various luxury brands, like Fendi and Celine, showed on the Spring runways. [WWD]

Ateliers are learning to cater to a “new breed of haute couture clients” from wealthy countries in the Gulf. One of their top demands: not having the same dress as their peers. That’s an understandable requirement when you are paying hundreds of thousands of dollars per dress. [Telegraph]

Supermodel Naomi Campbell and her boyfriend, Vladislav Doronin, will be honored for their charity work on October 17 at Denise Rich’s Angel Ball this year. The Cipriani Wall Street affair will also include performances by Patti LaBelle and DJ Cassidy. [Page Six]

Aside from doing Dior Homme, Kris Van Assche also designs his own men’s line. To showcase the Spring ’12 collection for the line, he teamed up with director Joost Vandebrug on his first fashion film. [Hint]

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26-Year-Old Maxime Simoëns Takes On Couture


The haute couture shows start on Monday, and in addition to the schedule’s usual suspects—Lagerfeld, Gaultier, Galliano, et al.—newcomer Maxime Simoëns is throwing his (presumably) hand-beaded hat into the ring. At 26, Simoëns is the first designer to join the official Couture calendar without ever having staged a runway show—unless you count his prize-winning 2009 debut at the annual Festival International de Mode et de Photographie in Hyères, France. Kris Van Assche was on the festival’s fashion jury that year, as were Jefferson Hack and Zoe Cassavetes. Obviously the kid keeps good company. Further proof? He’s currently operating out of Christian Lacroix’s old atelier.

On the eve of his Couture debut, talked to Simoëns about abandoning his first love for fashion, landing the Gossip girls, and his plans for re-shaping couture.

Your first interest was film. Why did you abandon it for fashion?

Starting from the age of five or six I was totally taken by James Dean, Charlie Chaplin, and Marilyn Monroe. Then I got to film school and found it too technical and scientific—all physics, math, chemistry. I wanted to express myself more concretely; I was thinking less about science and more about the narration of a heroine. Then came Madonna’s “Drowned” World Tour and I took one look at the costumes and silhouettes—and of course the corsets—by Jean Paul Gaultier, and I knew. I went home and started to draw. It totally threw my parents off because after ten years of talking about film I turned around and told them it was going to be fashion.

What happened once you arrived in Paris?
I attended the Chambre Syndicale, and I figured that since Gaultier was my inspiration my first internship should be there. It’s very complicated to get an internship there, so I knocked on all the doors I could, and then I hand-embroidered a letter on a corset that I made out of python and painted. It took my whole summer vacation—the corset, the packaging, everything. Mr. Gaultier never saw it, but his assistants did. It made the rounds in-house and that’s how I got my internship in the accessories department.

You also interned at Christian Dior and Balenciaga. What were the takeaways there?
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Kanye To Live The Goude Life?


With Marion Cotillard drowning in a sea of air kisses from ardent admirers and Dita Von Teese , the pre-show scene yesterday at Dior was pretty glamorous. But further down the front row, deals were being negotiated as Kanye West, attending his first couture show, was introduced to photographer Jean-Paul Goude. The rapper-designer enthused that he’s a huge fan, saying, “[I’m] inspired by your work all the time.” (Not that we were eavesdropping or anything.) A moment later he added that he’d love to work with Goude on a music video, for which he had some ideas in mind, to which Goude agreed. Apparently West wasn’t just schmoozing—a moment later his assistant confabbed with Goude’s to set up a meeting. We can only imagine what kind of surreal magic those two will make together. Now there’s another reason besides The City to stay tuned to MTV.

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Vive La Couture! (For Now)


Luxury execs are cautious yet confident about their haute couture business. Those lucky remaining clients can expect even more white-glove service. Givenchy will even toss in a wedding planner.

Attention, thespians: The Life and Times of Christian Dior will be cast soon by former Sex Pistols’ manager Malcolm McLaren. Prepare for less punk and more “authentic music of the period.”

What do women want? For one sexologist, the answer is in the apes.

Facebook and the Daily Mail don’t lie: Prince Harry is single. Chelsy Davy, the pouty-mouthed blonde who never met a bikini she didn’t like, reportedly broke off their five-year relationship in exchange for a less paparazzi-saturated life, and the Prince is devastated. Ladies, comfort accordingly.

Photo: Armando Grillo