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Bettina Returns for Milan Fashion Week

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Coinciding with the start of Milan fashion week, 10 Corso Como’s Galleria Carla Sozzani will pay homage to French model Simone Micheline Bodin, the crown jewel mannequin of postwar couture in France.

The exhibit, aptly titled Bettina, a moniker given to her by Jacques Fath, who also suggested she chop her long red locks in favor of a short crop, will feature more than 100 images signed by legendary photographers like Jean-Philippe Charbonnier, Henry Clarke, Erwin Blumenfeld, and Irving Penn.

Once called “the most photographed French woman in France,” Bettina was the archetypal model of the mid-20th century Le Tout-Paris, working with the likes of Coco Chanel, Christian Dior, and Hubert de Givenchy, who named his very first collection after her.

The exhibit, which will also feature a catalog of the legendary photographs, will run from September 16 to November 2.

Photo: Jean-Philippe Charbonnier/Gamma Rapho

Erjona Ala: Leader Of The Brooklyn Skater Boys, And More of Today’s Top Stories

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“I wanted to take the lifestyle in [Lords of] Dogtown but add a twist to it,” says filmmaker Bon Duke of his new short movie (above). The result? Norwegian stunner Erjona Ala clad in Prabal Gurung, sauntering through the underpasses of Williamsburg, leading a pack of skateboarders. [Nowness]

In celebration of the Biennale des Antiquaires, Christie’s auction house is showcasing the works of two designers of fashion’s past—Hubert de Givenchy and the late Helene Rochas. Pieces from Rochas’ collection will be up for sale at the September art festival, including a Balthus painting, portraits of the designer by Andy Warhol, and more. [WWD]

Louis Vuitton’s artistic director of haute joaillerie, Lorenz Bäumer, has designed three new collections in celebration of the brand’s first fine jewelry boutique, set to open July 3. The collections, which were inspired by three iconic locations in Paris, the Place de la Concorde, the Champs-Élysées, and the Tuileries, will be available at the boutique upon its opening. [T]

Speaking of fine jewelry, Jennifer Aniston was spotted wearing a new diamond ring upon her return home from a European getaway with her beau Justin Theroux. Although the diamond was worn on her right ring finger, rumors are flying that the former Friends star is headed to the altar. [Page Six]

Last seen on the catwalk over a decade ago, male model John Pearson made his return to the runway at the Prada menswear show on Sunday. You may remember Pearson from George Michael’s Freedom video, where he starred as the only guy. [Vogue U.K.]

 

 

Meet Me—And The Best Of Balenciaga—In San Francisco

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Cameron Silver, owner of L.A.’s vintage couture mecca Decades, knows his way around an original Balenciaga. He had plenty to ogle at the opening of Balenciaga and Spain at San Francisco’s de Young Museum this week. Silver headed to the City by the Bay for the opening fête; read on for his report on the star-studded evening.


Although my flight to San Francisco was delayed three hours due to the rain (not from Spain!), I managed to throw on my tux in the car and make it to the de Young Museum in time for the exhilarating opening of Balenciaga and Spain, curated by Hamish Bowles. The show features a breathtaking collection of the master’s work, including dresses worn by Ava Gardner and Mona Bismarck.

The dress code of the evening, no surprise, skewed toward Balenciaga, both vintage and from the current Ghesquière era. Google’s Marissa Meyer was in a vintage sea foam Balenciaga gown from Decades. Maria Bello looked fabulous in original Cristobal, too, and Suzy Dominik scored an even bigger coup—a vintage gown that was also featured in the show. (Sloan Barnett wore Lacroix but asked the curator the question everyone was thinking: “You have so many gowns—can’t I have one?”) On the contemporary end, Miranda Kerr (left, with husband Orlando Bloom in tow), Katie Schwab, and Lawren Howell all chose Ghesquière designs; Angelique Griepp and Katie Traina scored Edition pieces.

If the clothes were terrific, the guest list was nothing to scoff at, either. Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy, Mia Wasikowska (in Balenciaga with an Edition necklace), Balthazar and Rosetta Getty, Maggie Rizer, and Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom all were there, and even Gwyneth Paltrow made a brief appearance. Hubert de Givenchy wasn’t able to attend, alas, but sent a message recalling advice given to him by Balenciaga himself: “Success is not prestige—success is temporary. Prestige remains.” The show was sewn proof.

Photo: Drew Altizer Photography