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Diana Vreeland Lights Up Paris Once More


There are few people who could warrant a breakfast of Champagne and caviar, but Diana Vreeland is one of them. Yesterday, in collaboration with Barneys, Lisa Immordino Vreeland’s (pictured, center) film about her legendary grandmother-in-law, Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel, made its Paris debut. And given the editor’s relationship with the city (she was born here, after all), it was a significant screening, with the likes of Grace Coddington, L’Wren Scott, Michele Lamy, Olivier Rousteing (pictured, right), and Patrick Demarchelier all turning out to Paris’ Pagoda Theater for the event. “Mrs. Vreeland was such a dramatic personage that if anybody was cinematic, it’s her,” said Valerie Steele, who was seeing the film for the first time. “She totally worshiped Paris and the whole world of Paris fashion. I think she would be delighted to be here. And for all we know, maybe she is.”

Mrs. Vreeland’s presence was felt. “I remember when she was the editor of Vogue in the sixties, she moved the entire offices to adjoining suites at Le Crillon,” Vreeland’s grandson Alex recalled. “They took out all the beds and it looked like something from a James Bond movie because you’d open the door and see all these women running around or typing letters.” After the film had ended, viewers were given red gift boxes cleverly filled with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and a bottle of scotch. The editor notoriously enjoyed the unorthodox combination for lunch every day. The box also contained a notecard with one of Vreeland’s most famous quotes: “Fashion must be the most intoxicating release from the banality of the world.” Certainly, her words provided a poignant reminder at the end of a very long, albeit intoxicating, fashion month.

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Will The Real James Bond Please Stand Up?


Last night, the Barbican in London opened its Designing 007 exhibition, which coincides with 50 years of the James Bond franchise and celebrates what co-curator Bronwyn Cosgrave noted is “the cutting-edge style of Bond, as the look has always one step ahead.” From Sean Connery’s Aston Martin, which greets visitors as they walk in, to sketches and props like snake candlestick holders from Live and Let Die as well as David Morris jewels, this is a very comprehensive retrospective.

Partygoers at last night’s opening party, like Little Britain‘s David Walliams and Richard Buckley, were shaken and stirred in their finery, and all received a James Bond “passport” in lieu of a ticket. Fashion lovers will recognize sexy jersey dresses worn by the characters of Plenty O’Toole and Domino Derval mixed with Oscar de la Renta, Roberto Cavalli, and Versace Bond girl ensembles. Speaking of which, legendary Golden Girl Shirley Eaton joked that her doppelgänger “had a cheekier bottom” than her famous derriere. As for the boys, I would take home any of the brocade Brioni dinner jackets in the Casino Royale room for my closet. Being a Bond show, après-ski and plage looks were aplenty, including the bikinis of Halle Barry and Ursula Andress. When I asked Oscar-winning costume designer and co-curator Lindy Hemming which was her most difficult fitting, she teased, “Daniel Craig’s Grigio Perla trunks,” with a sparkle in her eye. Those are on display along with the rest of the lot through September 5.

“Ageless” Abboud


Pier 57, the venue for Joseph Abboud’s Fall 2012 runway show, is positively enormous: Is this the size of expectations for creative director Bernardo Rojo? It’s the Spaniard’s third collection as creative director, not to mention the first time the hallowed menswear brand has sent a collection down a catwalk since 2005—a punk-inflected show that Rojo has publicly acknowledged as “controversial” but didn’t seem particularly eager to discuss before the new show yesterday.

And who can blame him? The latest collection is about transformation: The middle-aged silhouette one associates with the brand has gotten some needed pruning, with jackets nipped in at the waist and trousers narrowed. Rojo hasn’t strayed too far from the label’s roots, either; those pants are pleated, dammit, and Abboud loyalists will recognize the interplay of traditional patterns (including plenty of checks) and textures, grays, and camel tones. The chunky sweaters, another of what Rojo calls the brand’s “intrinsic elements,” haven’t gone anywhere, either.

If a single accent signals the new direction, it’s the ultra-wide jacket lapels. A reference to the dapper thirties and early-forties style that Rojo took as this season’s inspiration, they arguably stand out even more in the formal looks, which the designer rolled out four models at a time on a triple-wide brick catwalk.

“I wanted to make sure the clothes are worth it, are perfect, and are ready to be shown in the right way,” Rojo said—apparently, that means an environment in which the creative director can swing through the VIP lounge before the show to chat with Kellan Lutz about the Twilight actor’s Hawaiian vacation.

Rojo threw out a word that seems just right for the place Joseph Abboud wants to be right now: “ageless.” Striding down the runway to the sort of music that might play during a climactic scene in a James Bond movie, that’s how he saw the models. “I don’t think most of them look their age. When you see them with their skateboard, yes. But very different when you see them dressed up.”

Photo: Courtesy of Joseph Abboud


Prince And Minaj To Perform At Versace For H&M Show, Ford And Bond, And More…


Next week, the Versace for H&M runway show is set to go off in New York. It was already going to be a grand affair, but WWD reports today that it’s got even more star power than we thought—Prince and Nicki Minaj are both performing after the show. In the spirit of collaborations, maybe they will do a duet? [WWD]

Once again, Tom Ford is designing the costumes for the next Bond flick, Skyfall. “James Bond epitomizes the Tom Ford man in his elegance, style, and love of luxury,” Ford says. [Telegraph]

Roland Mouret has decided to close his menswear label. Instead, he plans to focus on three new womenswear categories (footwear, bridalwear, and cocktail) he’s set to launch in 2012. [Vogue U.K.]

The designer behind Earnest Sewn, Scott Morrison, has a new venture called 3×1. The goal is to “offer the ultimate denim experience, from bespoke made-to-measure tailoring (with over 135 different stocks) to limited-edition runs of prêt-a-porter styles.” [Nowness]

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Meet James Bond, Assist Versace for Charity


Last time we saw Daniel Craig, he was telling the paps inside the Boom Boom Room “no photos,” but fortunately, he’s less camera-shy when it comes to charity. As part of the U.K. Evening Standard‘s online Christmas auction to benefit Kids Company, you can bid to have your photo taken with James Bond by artist and filmmaker Sam Taylor-Wood. Other lots (there are 150 in all) show that former Tatler editor in chief and current Standard bearer Geordie Greig hasn’t lost his famous knack for networking. You can take an art lesson from Tracey Emin, down a pint with Guy Ritchie, sip tea with the Duchess of York and Elton John (separately, not together), have Gordon Ramsay cook dinner for 12, or see lambs being born at Sting and Trudie Styler’s country house (tantric sex presumably not involved). But the top item for fashion types is surely no. 25, a six-week work experience package that includes time with designers Roland Mouret and Antonio Berardi, photographer Tim Walker, the Net-a-Porter team in London, and the Versace press office in Milan. The U.S.-based may have to spring for airfare to Europe, but that seems like a small price to pay for the chance to open Donatella’s mail and help underprivileged children along the way.

You can view the auction here, and you have until noon (British time) on Monday, December 14, to place your bids.

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