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13 posts tagged "Ines de la Fressange"

Inès de la Fressange—French Aristocrat—Hits the High Street With Uniqlo

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We love a high-low mix, but even we were (pleasantly) surprised by Uniqlo’s latest collaboration. The Telegraph reports that Inès de la Fressange—French aristocrat, former muse to Karl Lagerfeld, and universal purveyor of good taste—is taking her “democratic” sartorial approach to the high-street powerhouse.

In our opinion, the collaboration is actually a perfect fit. Last year De la Fressange wrote her best-selling fashion guide, Parisian Chic, to share her intuitive style with the masses. Now they can practically shop her closet. Every piece in the collection has an effortless, Left Bank vibe, like floral shirtdresses, wrap cardigans, and snug sweaters. “I have a way of wearing clothes, yes, but we are selling that,” she told the Telegraph. “Because some people hate shopping and hate fashion. With this collection everything can be mixed up for anyone.”

Inès de la Fressange for Uniqlo will be available in stores beginning March 20. For more information, visit uniqlo.co.uk.

Photo: via the Telegraph

Vive le Vivier!

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Bruno Frisoni was a little surprised at how quickly the French Embassy filled up at last night’s Roger Vivier book launch party. The likes of Olivier Theyskens, Linda Fargo, Keegan Singh, and Gilles Bensimon joined Frisoni and his cohost, Inès de la Fressange, to celebrate the new tome. Published by Rizzoli, Roger Vivier boasts Cate Blanchett, Frisoni, and les rédactrices francaises Virginie Mouzat and Colombe Pringle as contributors. But it’s not your typical retrospective work. Rather, it’s more of a curated compilation of old-meets-new. “It’s almost like a scrapbook, or one of my carnets,” Frisoni told Style.com. “We shot old shoes in a new way, and new shoes in an old way.”

Coco Rocha showed off her new copper hair at the cocktail celebration, and carried a Vivier clutch to match. The model conceded that she looked to the fete’s red-tressed songstress, Karen Elson, for some sartorial inspiration. “I’ve had to change which colors I wear, and a lot of times I think, What would Karen wear?”

After a few lively songs with her band, Elson told Style.com that this was one of her last performances for a while. She hits the studio later this month to start a new album. Elson said that she “tried to channel the Vivier woman” while she was onstage. “She’s all about power, confidence, and the sexy stuff I like.”

Photos: Joe Schildhorn/ BFAnyc.com

Carven Keeps It Casual

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If anyone out there is wondering what Guillaume Henry did after his first runway show for Carven, here’s your answer: He went home, turned off his phone, and took a really long nap. He awoke to glowing reviews, of course, recharged and ready to start a myriad new projects, including a menswear collection, a burgeoning accessories line, and an upcoming perfume launch. Before he gets to all that, he paused to celebrate his runway show—quietly.

The scene at the Couvent des Recollets, a reconverted convent and courtyard that acts as a café, a concert hall, an artists’ residence, and in this case, a dance floor, was one of the most laid-back fashion week parties in recent memory. It was exactly what Henry had in mind. “I didn’t want to force people into a throbbing scene. I wanted them to enjoy the terrace, talk, and then dance if they want,” said Henry.

Henry may be modest and lack the up-all-night party spirit of some of his colleagues in the world of fashion, but don’t count him out. Carven’s star is clearly on the rise. Perched in his first-ever front row were a troika of Frenchwomen who represent a kind of holy grail of Gallic brains and beauty: actress Isabelle Huppert, model Inès de la Fressange, and journalist Claire Chazal. They’re not the only ones lusting after his wares. “When the models tell you they want to keep the clothes,” he said, “it’s incredibly motivating.”

Photo: Eric Ryan / Getty Images

“I Still Buy Stupid Things That Maybe I Won’t Wear. One Would Be A Very, Very Sad Person Not Doing That”

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President Obama and Charlie Sheen—both in town for visits of varying diplomatic necessity—were the cause of traffic jams all along Midtown, but on Madison Avenue, Inès de la Fressange was traffic’s raison d’être. The model, Roger Vivier brand ambassador, and newly minted style scribe was at Vivier’s uptown boutique to fête her new book, Parisian Chic, to a packed house of society dames and fashion types including Lynn Yaeger and Joe Zee of Elle, whose magazine co-sponsored the event.

The evening was all about France, but de la Fressange asserted her admiration for the American sartorial sensibility. “I do think the casual thing that’s done in America is fantastic. Loafers…You just have to see the queue at Abercrombie & Fitch. In very casual things American people are so good. But not only casual things!” To wit: “Just today I was in a shop, and suddenly I saw one of these old ladies that you can see on Madison—really very tall, tight pants, flat shoes, gray hair…She was walking a little bit like a cowboy, however, and I thought she was so chic!”

Cowboy casual? A little odd, but de la Fressange defended the virtue of the occasional faux pas. “I still buy stupid things that maybe I won’t wear. I mean, one would be a very, very sad person not doing that. You have to! It’s fun, you know?” And style, she was quick to note—Madison Ave. environs notwithstanding—doesn’t require piles of cash; on the contrary, it’s the great leveler. “Usually it’s not really celebrities and it’s not really wealthy people,” she said of her inspirations. “There’s a justice in style, in fashion. Don’t you think so?”

Photo: Billy Farrell / BFAnyc.com

“There Are Never Really Fashion Victims In Paris”: Inès De La Fressange On Parisian Chic

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Inès de la Fressange’s personal directory of Paris’ best shops, haunts, restaurants, and cafés made her a perennial go-to among recommendation-seeking friends—and, she says with a rueful laugh, journalists. For her own sanity (and that of her assistant), she’s spilling her secrets and making her picks public with the new Parisian Chic (Flammarion, $29.95). Part guidebook, part style bible (and already a best seller in Paris), the book includes the Roger Vivier brand ambassador’s timely recommendations and timeless wardrobe advice. (For the accompanying photos, she passes the modeling torch to her 17-year-old daughter, Nine D’Urso; that’s her, above left, alongside one of her mother’s own illustrations from the book.) De la Fressange (left) will launch the book in the States with a public reception at Saks on April 26; before then, she spoke with Style.com about the how’s, where’s, and why’s of style—and her victory over Keith Richards.

What inspired you to write a guidebook to Paris?
To tell you the truth, it’s because I’m lazy. Here at the office, we have lists prepared of addresses because so often journalists, or friends, or friends of friends, they ask me some addresses…they know that all the time I know new shops and little things. My assistant, who is a kind of saint, has plenty of lists—lists for decorations, lists for presents for children, lists for clothes and all that, and we print them and we give them. But we don’t have pictures, usually, of the places—for this guide I did pictures, because usually in the [other] guides things are written and it seems fantastic and you go and are disappointed. Sometimes it’s not what you expected.

There’s also a long section in the front devoted to explaining Parisian chic.
I also have some journalists keeping asking me all [about] the French women. The Parisian girl—why she has more style? Then I answer, but not at all! American women, they take care of their hair much more, they know much more about fashion…And I explain that Italian women also they spend a lot, and South Americans are very elegant. And usually these journalists are very disappointed because it’s not at all what they want. And then with my friend Sophie Gachet, she was a little bit like a shrink; I used to see her in the early morning in the bistro in front of the school of my daughter’s. I used to explain [to] her what I was doing at the office nearly every day and she said we should do a guide and try to think about this Parisian women and what is really different or not.

Not to be one of those prying journalists, but what does distinguish the French girl?
It is true that in France, women put on less things. If they have a necklace, they don’t put on earrings; if they have nail polish, they don’t put on all their rings and all their bracelets. They keep things from a season to another or from a year to another; maybe American people have the feeling they need the brand-new thing more. And maybe Parisian women—and Parisian women, it’s not only French women; I mean it can be someone living in Paris for a long time, most of the time it’s this actually—they have vintage things that they find at the flea markets. When you ask a woman in France [about] a beautiful jacket, she’ll say, oh, but it’s an old one. You don’t ask when she bought it. It’s like she doesn’t want to show that she’s interested by clothes or by fashion. There are never really fashion victims in Paris—which is funny because Paris is supposed to be the city of fashion, you know? Continue Reading ““There Are Never Really Fashion Victims In Paris”: Inès De La Fressange On Parisian Chic” »