August 29 2014

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11 posts tagged "Jane Birkin"

Lutz & Patmos, With A Little Help From Their Friends


Before “designer collaboration” became fashion’s second-most frequently dropped phrase (immediately following “pop-up shop,” by our count), Tina Lutz and Marcia Patmos were doing just that—calling up friends and fans and working with them on limited-edition items in their ultra-soft cashmere. It helps that the designers have more catholic tastes than most. Over the course of their guest designers series, they worked with everyone from Carine Roitfeld to architect Richard Meier to Archbishop Desmond Tutu, all of whom waxed philosophic about the sweaters of their dreams and helped to make them a reality. Lutz & Patmos is shutting up shop, sad to say—Patmos will continue on as M. Patmos, as well as designing the more contemporary Leroy & Perry collections, and Lutz will pursue other projects—but before they go, they’ve rounded up the collabs of years past, which are now on sale at their e-commerce site. From Roitfeld’s (modeled, top left, by the editrix herself, and son Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld) to Christy Turlington’s (top right, inspired by the yogic lotus flower), Fabien Baron’s (top left), and Inez van Lamsweerde’s (top right), they’re available now for, potentially, the last time ever. Shop brisk—and click below for pieces by Jane Birkin, and Natalia Vodianova. Continue Reading “Lutz & Patmos, With A Little Help From Their Friends” »

On Our Radar: Bensimon Sneakers


I admit it: I’m getting a little tired of all the trembling talk about “investment pieces.” While I’m all for a justifiably (perhaps) expensive (definitely) item to have and to hold—and certainly for making smart, timeless purchases of lasting pieces—there’s something refreshing about a good old affordable buy. France’s Bensimon sneakers fit that bill nicely. Explicitly designed as “disposable footwear,” the low-top kicks were picked up by everyone from Princess Diana to Jane Birkin after they were introduced in Europe. A few colors have been available in the U.S., but this season marks the debut of the full 21-shade palette. That means there’s now one to go with just about anything. I wouldn’t go so far as to call them disposable, but at $58 a pair, you can go ahead and invest—i.e., buy two.
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Photo: Courtesy of Bensimon

Vera On DWTS, Coco Kind Of At Vogue, And More…


A rumor that made the rounds yesterday is still unsubstantiated but too good to be ignored: Vera Wang is heading to Dancing With the Stars. Does this mean we’ll have to watch? [Yahoo News]

Meanwhile, the Coco Rocha rumor—the one that had her interning at Vogue this summer—has been reduced to yawn level. She’ll just be “popping in and out” when time permits. [WWD]

Natalia Vodianova is the latest celeb to design a line for Lutz & Patmos. Sofia Coppola, Jane Birkin, and Kirsten Dunst have all knit and purled for the cashmere label, so she’s in good company. [WWD]

Would you shop at a Goodwill store? Apparently they’re untapped goldmines for Marc by Marc on the cheap. [NYT]

Photo: Lynn Goldsmith / Corbis

Sir John: Galliano To Be Honored


John Galliano gets the royal treatment. While you were sleeping off your hangover, the designer was appointed a chevalier of the French Legion of Honor, and probably designing some killer haute couture.

Ecco Domani announced 2009′s first fashion winners, awarding, among others, Lyn Devon, Cushnie et Ochs, and Ohne Titel handy $25,000 grants for their Fall collections. The five-year-or-younger brands are in good company: past winners include Rodarte, Proenza Schouler, and Alexander Wang.

If you need a refresher course on Jane Birkin’s offspring (and who doesn’t, from time to time?), read up here to get the facts on Charlotte, Lou , and Kate. In case you’re wondering, they’re all très cool.

Photo: Tony Barson/Wireimage

Thomsen’s Shirt Story: Be Like Birkin


“It’s about wearing one of our shirts with a pair of jeans and loose hair and having the grace of Jane Birkin,” says Paris-based stylist Alix Thomsen, the female force behind Thomsen, a new unisex line of shirts. “The prints are classic but at the same time they’re joyful and poetic, you know?” Oui, oui. Thomsen recently launched the brand with her boyfriend, French nightclub impresario Lionel Bensemoun (André’s partner in Le Baron and Paris Paris), and friend Franck Cohen. The designer trio has established quite the reputation thanks to a circle of famous friends who wear their debut 30-piece collection around the City of Light. Along with shirts, which will sell at around $165, the range includes an ankle-length skirt, priced around $330, because as Thomsen explains, “They’re so difficult to find these days.” The single aberration from a shirt-centric worldview begs the question: Are accessories and more clothes in the offing? “Oh yes,” says Thomsen. “But for now we’re taking the time to master our craft before anything else. If we can just find some stockists around the world and be sure our shirts will be worn by cool, easy people, then we’ll be happy.” Colette has picked up the line for spring, which bodes well for Thomsen’s wish.

Photo: Courtesy of Alix Thomsen