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April 18 2014

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38 posts tagged "Julia Restoin-Roitfeld"

Nicopanda Parties at The Standard

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Nicola Formichetti

As if Nicola Formichetti didn’t have enough on his plate, what with reimagining the face of Diesel and throwing parties in Tokyo and all, he has now added another title to his long list of professional expertise: jewelry designer. Last night, high atop The Standard Hotel in New York, the likes of Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, Ming Xi, and Lindsey Wixson joined Formichetti to celebrate the Stateside launch of his latest project—a capsule collection for French (but Korean owned) jewelry house Didier Dubot. Naturally, the collaborative range features none other than his signature Nicopanda cartoon character.

“It’s a new company that they’re reinventing,” Formichetti told us of Didier Dubot. “So it’s totally fresh.” The team invited him to Korea this summer to debut the line, which was well received by the K-pop crowd. “I love working with Asians,” he remarked of his Eastern home (he was born in Japan). “Asia feels so natural. I feel no fear when I’m there.”

To help introduce the lineup, Nicola chose French starlet Léa Seydoux to star in the campaign. “We wanted someone with international appeal who wasn’t too commercial,” he explained. “Lea is such a cool actress with her own personal style…we didn’t have to do too much.”

Next on Formichetti’s docket? He hopes to continue onward with Didier Dubot, looks forward to shooting his next Diesel campaign, and aims to launch a Nicopanda emporium sometime next year. “Watch out, Hello Kitty!” he exclaimed. However, before heading home, he had a confession to make. “I have to admit,” he said, rather embarrassed, “pandas aren’t my favorite animals. Dogs are. I have to go see my two Pomeranians, Tank and Bambi. They are my love.

Photo: Courtesy Photo

Claire Courtin-Clarins Changes Faces

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Claire Courtin-Clarins and Lauren Bush Lauren“I am so nervous!” confessed Claire Courtin-Clarins at last night’s soirée celebrating her first-ever art exhibition. Dressed in a rosy Thierry Mugler number, the beauty heiress battled jitters in an effort to raise money for Lauren Bush Lauren’s FEED Foundation.

The philanthropic opening drew the rest of Courtin-Clarins’ clan as well as Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, Lily Kwong, Giovanna Battaglia, and Reed Krakoff, among other guests, and attendees were able to silently bid on Courtin-Clarins’ paintings. Titled Faces of Change, the show featured collage portraits of world leaders and human rights activists ranging from Rosa Parks to Angelina Jolie to Bill Gates.

Hung in Chelsea’s airy Haven’s Kitchen, the minimalist portraits were noticeably lacking—in facial detail, that is. To say that Courtin-Clarins should choose to depict each do-gooder sans visage is ironic, given Courtin-Clarin’s relationship to the 59-year-old French beauty brand that bears her name. “I wanted to show more of what makes these people unique, and it could also be you,” she explained.

The silent auction ends online at charitybuzz.com on October 22, and as of now, someone named “Happypapa” (who’s naturally assumed to be Courtin-Clarins’ actual papa, Christian Courtin-Clarins) is the leading bidder on the Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi portraits. Said the artist, “I told my father that he can’t monopolize the sale!”

Photo:Benjamin Lozovsky/BFAnyc.com

And Now, Karl Lagerfeld Pushing A Baby Stroller

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On a list of things that seemingly do not go together, Karl Lagerfeld and infants would rank pretty high. And yet this footage of the famously stone-faced “Uncle Karl” pushing Romy—Julia Restoin Roitfeld’s daughter—around in a stroller might just be one of the best things we’ve ever seen. Pulled from Fabien Constant’s forthcoming Carine Roitfeld documentary, Mademoiselle C, the clip shows the Kaiser taking a quick spin and weighing in on breast-feeding.

In honor of Karl’s 80th birthday, we’re bringing you the video’s exclusive debut. For more candid moments from fashion heavyweights, catch Mademoiselle C when it hits theaters on September 11.

Stubbs & Wootton Fetes the Big 2-0

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Julia Restoin Roitfeld and Charlotte Olympia's slippers for Stubbs & Wootton

While riding what appears to be a never-waning wave of popularity, Stubbs & Wootton has gained fans near and far—East, that is—becoming a mainstay at the BLITZ concept space at Hong Kong’s Lane Crawford. To celebrate its twentieth anniversary, the footwear brand, which is best known for its velvet slippers, enlisted a diverse range of collaborators to create personal styles. Former Japanese soccer star Hidetoshi Nakata designed his own version, as did Kenneth Jay Lane, Julia Restoin Roitfeld, and Olympia Le-Tan, among others.

Describing Stubbs as “timeless, classic, and chic at your feet,” new mom Roitfeld turned to her astrological sign—Scorpio—for her bespoke slipper, incorporating a golden scorpion and precious stitched heart. “[Scorpios] are tricky and stubborn, but we are extremely loyal and honest, and when we love, we love,” she says, noting that she hopes the designs will speak to fellow Scorpio women. Le-Tan—already a fan, with a few pairs in her closet—customized her designs with her insignia. She plans to wear her Stubbs kicks “at home, in my pajamas; with a sexy black dress and fishnet tights at night; and with jeans during the day.” The wares, which will be available at Lane Crawford and online from 10 a.m. tomorrow Hong Kong time or 10 p.m. tonight EDT, are truly limited editions—only eight pairs of each style have been produced. The shoes ship worldwide, and proceeds will be donated to the Hong Kong Children’s Cancer Foundation.

Photos: Courtesy of Lane Crawford

Exclusive: At Givenchy, Flower Power, Military Might, And Even A Cameo From Bambi

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Givenchy Pre-spring 2014 MenswearGivenchy’s Mert & Marcus-lensed Fall campaign broke today, starring two generations of Roitfelds, Amanda Seyfried, and models Dalianah Arekion and Quim Gutiérrez, but time and tide wait for no label. Hot on the heels of the campaign, Riccardo Tisci unveils its Pre-Spring men’s collection exclusively on Style.com. Anyone who’s had an eye on the Fall womenswear will recognize it as a cousin. Florals, flames, and camouflage motifs abound, and those who eyed the bricolage Bambi tees that look likely to be the latest runaway hit will be glad to find them here in men’s versions, too. Even Luigi Murenu’s painted hairdos from the women’s show get translated for the guys. (The sharp tailoring and sporty Bermuda short/leggings combination is classic Givenchy men’s.)

The collection, Tisci says, takes inspiration from Latin culture, and has the potentially sensitive name of Favelas 74. (1974 is Tisci’s birth year.) “Men in favelas are more natural and more confident about their sexuality,” he explains. “They are not scared to mix and match clothing. They represent sensuality, street, and elegance—what I recognize as elegance. I love the fact that they play with opposite things like flowers (which represent peace and serenity) and camouflage (which represents the army), but all interpreted in a very colorful and positive way.”

Here, the exclusive debut of Givenchy’s Pre-Spring 2014 menswear.