13 posts tagged "Ines de la Fressange"
With Jean-Paul Goude doing the rounds this week and Inès de la Fressange at Gaultier Paris, it seems like a full-on eighties couture revival is upon us. Alexandre Vauthier, former first assistant to Gaultier and a veteran of Thierry Mugler’s atelier, narrowed his vision on Grace Jones. A pointy shoulder formed the main silhouette story and Vauthier took it to extremes, sending out the kind of sharp angles that of course recall the decades-old heyday of Mugler and Gaultier (well, actually, also Gaultier’s current day) as well as the more recent revival kick-started by Martin Margiela. Still, it was somewhat of a time warp. Sessilee Lopez with an ultra-cinched waist and shoulders out to there was pure Grace incarnate. Not that we minded. When it comes to full-on fashion drama, we’re slaves to the rhythm.
You could tell something was up from the first strains of Klaus Nomi’s “The Cold Song” on the soundtrack at Jean Paul Gaultier: Fashion’s former enfant terrible was having an eighties moment in a major way. A roll call of the era’s icons made appearances: paparazzi angling for a shot of Kylie Minogue in the front row; more musical exuberance courtesy of Kate Bush; and, in the most dramatic coup, Lagerfeld’s longtime muse and the former face of France, Inès de la Fressange, working the runway to roaring applause. It was a stirring way to recapture the magic of one of couture’s golden ages, and from the audience’s reaction it was thrilled to see her again. Linda Evangelista, Stephanie Seymour, Claudia Schiffer, and now Inès—do we smell another modeling comeback story?
To celebrate the arrival of Roger Vivier’s new made-to-order Cut-Up bag, Inès de la Fressange (pictured here with bag in tow) hosted an intimate cocktail party last week among friends at the rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré boutique. On hand were her daughters Nine, 15, a budding actress fresh off a mother/daughter shoot for French Elle, and Violette, who at 9 shows all the signs of having inherited the fashion gene. Noted her mother, “It’s practical to have a stylist in the house!” De la Fressange took a moment to talk to Style.com about the beauty of both customized handbags and cheap-chic woven baskets.
What are your style tips for tough times?
The crisis is formidable for style: One is not rich enough to make mistakes! My staples: a men’s cashmere sweater from Monoprix in black, brown, or beige—better to have one good cashmere sweater than 42 from H&M—with tube pants, nice ballerina flats, and a pretty bag, which should be expensive and beautiful. Otherwise opt for a pannier [editor's note: a basket tote à la Jane Birkin. Très chic!]. With that you can go anywhere. At night, you add makeup, perfume, and a piece of Granny’s jewelry. When I am in New York I stock up on inexpensive T-shirts at Urban Outfitters.
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