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April 17 2014

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9 posts tagged "Josephine de la Baume"

Zac Posen On The Wedding Dress He’s Designing For Fashion Royalty

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“I am a New Yorker through and through, so brunch is genetically engineered in me,” Zac Posen said. So much so that he even managed to host one on a Wednesday—not usual brunching time. But that didn’t stop friends like Leigh Lezark (left), Charlotte di Calypso, Anna Cleveland, and Genevieve Jones from dropping into Le Caprice, and taking down a few Belevedere Bloody Marys in the middle of the work day.

This is only the most recent Posen brunch; just last week, he was throwing one for Londoners, from who, the designer says, New York girls can take a tip or two. “Because of that security with their history, they can take the piss out of themselves,” said Posen, who holds a degree from London’s Central Saint Martins. “They have a good sense of humor, even in dress and style, and that’s something us New Yorkers can learn from.”

As the world eagerly awaits one of England’s most historic style moments, the debut of Kate Middleton’s wedding gown, the self-confessed history buff admits he is preoccupied with the dress of another princess bride: Josephine de la Baume, Mark Ronson’s fiancée. Baume is only the latest model to walk the aisle in Posen; Coco Rocha also tied the knot in one of his creations. “We are making laces, working with different embroidery houses all around the world for Josephine,” he said. “That’s the wedding that I am focused on, that’s my rock-royal wedding.”

Photo: Courtesy of Belvedere

“In France We’re Pretty Naughty—We’re Not A Prude Population”

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Talk about an eye-catching window display. Last night, at the opening party for Agent Provocateur’s new Madison Avenue boutique, lingerie-clad models were gyrating wildly and working their way up and down a stripper pole. More than a few passersby stopped to watch and take photos. We even spotted a school bus slowing down.

“Today, when we were rehearsing, we had traffic stopped on Madison. We had police cars outside,” said the brand’s creative director, Sarah Shotton. Turns out New York’s Finest was just doing a friendly check-in. “They came in and shook the doorman’s hand. They said he had the best job in the world. So I think they’ll be looking after us,” Shotton concluded.

The brand will be hoping for the same warm welcome in Los Angeles, where it opens a store on Rodeo Drive store on Thursday. That means more eyes on the racy new film the brand shot with Josephine de la Baume, which features the French beauty enticing an unseen voyeur in bra and panties.

“It made me think of Rear Window, and there’s something very French New Wave about it,” explained de la Baume, who was circulating in a sheer tulle dress from the label’s Soirée collection. “In France we’re pretty naughty—we’re not a prude population.” Meanwhile, around her, dancers in cowboy leather swung their nipple tassels and pulled bananas out of their holsters.

Photo: David X. Prutting/BFAnyc.com

Eye-Popping Prints At Mother Of Pearl

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In London, Frieze is in full swing, and the art/fashion set is in heavy competition to see who can draw the bigger crowd. (This week, Christie’s and Sotheby’s faced off for the party award: Christie’s had Vanity Fair as a lure, but Sotheby’s had Jerry Hall, who took the occasion to debut her new boyfriend—point, Sotheby’s.) But the biggest ticket in town last night was an installation by Maia Norman—a.k.a. Damien Hirst’s missus, if not necessarily by law—at Mayfair’s Haunch of Venison Gallery for her Mother of Pearl line. The Kills’ Alison Mosshart, Josephine de la Baume, Polly Morgan, and, of course, Mr. H. himself dropped by the surreal exhibition to check out her Spring ’11 collection.

This time, Norman (with Hirst, left) worked with the Scottish artist Jim Lambie on a series of prints, including flowers in burnt orange and reds, a loony eyeball-and-gaffer-tape motif, and rock ‘n’ roll images of Grace Jones and John Lennon, all of which appear on fabrics like leather and organza. “I thought they were demented, confrontational,” Norman says of Lambie’s prints. “It was perfect for me, because it seemed like everything fashion-wise has settled down, with the camels and the neutral thing going on. I felt strongly that there was a gap for something wild. When I go shopping, I am always looking for that something really extraordinary and can never find it. It’s usually just this sea of black, and Lambie’s prints provided the perfect antidote.”

Judging from the retailers she’s picked up for the season, it’s clear she’s not alone. Colette will now be carrying the collection, alongside longtime supporter Liberty of London and new shops as far afield as Egypt, Switzerland, and Hong Kong. With all the focus on her own line, we wondered, does she have designs on any other booths at the fair? “Actually,” she said, “I am kind of hoping that all my friends will come and see me here at the installation.” Somehow, we don’t doubt it.

Photo: Alistair Guy / Courtesy of Mother of Pearl

Blasblog: Chanel Fêtes Its Beauty Ambassadors

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Chanel should’ve put out an announcement on the Upper East Side: “Please steer clear of La Goulue on Tuesday evening.” The Madison Avenue restaurant, which was reportedly going to shutter this week, was taken over by the French fashion house to announce its new beauty ambassador program, and the resulting crush caused some dismay among the stroller-pushing locals. The It girls-cum-ambassadors in question? Jen Brill, Poppy Delevingne, Vanessa Traina, Leigh Lezark, and Caroline Sieber—a total of five, which lest we forget was Mademoiselle’s favorite number. And their rabble-rousing friends? Chloë Sevigny, Sean Avery, Josephine de la Baume, and Amanda Brooks, among others, most of whom spilled out onto the sidewalk gossiping, smoking, and quaffing Champagne. “I’d just like to point out that before we came here this place was supposed to shut down,” Lezark said, noting that La Goulue received a reprieve from its landlord that will leave it open throughout the summer. “But then, that’s the power of Coco.” Indeed, nearly all of the partygoers were decked out in the double Cs. Well, except one: Alexa Chung. After a long day of working on her MTV show, she didn’t have time to put on her borrowed goods and opted for an H&M shift dress. “But with Chanel shoes, and they’re real!” she pointed out. “Oh no, did I mess up on my first Chanel party in this town?” Safe to say the new Williamsburg resident didn’t ruffle any feathers. La Goulue’s days may be numbered, but there are no doubt many more Chanel fêtes in Chung’s future.