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Cashmere for Keith

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Keith Haring was never one to shy away from voicing a strong statement. Neither is Lucien Pellat-Finet—the haute cashmere designer who’s been known to print his sweaters with everything from skulls to cannabis leaves. This outspokenness is one reason why Pellat-Finet’s capsule collection in tribute to the late artist seems so fitting. “I never knew him personally, but his work always spoke to me—it’s still modern and rebellious,” said Pellat-Finet, who will be giving a portion of the collection’s proceeds to the Keith Haring Foundation. A major retrospective of Haring’s work will open at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris on April 19. In the meantime, Pellat-Finet is showcasing his favorite pieces from the Haring range in the window of his shop on the Rue Saint-Honoré.

Lucien Pellat-Finet’s Keith Haring sweaters are priced at 1,880 euros and are available at his Paris shop, located at 231 Rue Saint-Honoré, 75001.

Death Becomes Her?

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With his Spring ’09 menswear collection, Alexander McQueen helped kick-start a trend for skulls and skeletons. (Ed Hardy and Christian Audigier kept skulls top of mind for those tracking a different fashion demographic.) And then, as with all gluts, it seemed that the moment had passed—we’d seen just one memento mori too many. Who needed to be reminded, after all?

But it looks like we called it too early. Bones are back, baby—and not just on scrawny models. (Hold the jokes and the harangues, please.) At the Couture shows, Riccardo Tisci was thinking of “a romantic way to see death”—hence the bone-shaped zipper pulls, the skeletal jewelry, a tiny skull nestled in the back of a satin jacket (left; check out our slideshow for a closer look). Jean Paul Gaultier was on the same page. He spoke of a bare-bones approach to couture, and then, the final look: Dita Von Teese in a barely-there corset resembling nothing so much as a glittering ribcage. For a gala of ghouls, you could pair it with Dsquared²’s spinal-column heels from Fall ’10—or, for a little more coverage, one of the skull instarsia knits from Lucien Pellat-Finet, whom you might call the elder statesman of the trend. He’s been playing with skulls for more than a decade.

At her Paris men’s shows, Rei Kawakubo dedicated nearly her entire collection for Comme des Garçons to the theme. Skull-laden lads (with heads painted to suggest the craniums beneath) wore suits, shirts, shoes, and even dresses printed with the motif. And from the arena of pop—literally—Lady Gaga had her finger on the (undead) pulse last night for her first-ever show at Madison Square Garden. She donned a bone-fingered glove during one of her many costume changes.

Skeletons—back into the closet? Click here for our slideshow of bony looks.

Photo: Courtesy of Givenchy

Lucien Pellat-Finet Opens In Osaka

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Cashmere king Lucien Pellat-Finet celebrated the opening of his first Osaka shop on Friday night. Local members of the style set partied at the four-story Shinsaibashi district boutique, the designer’s third in Japan, and got a head start on Christmas shopping, picking up items by the artist Mister, a Takashi Murakami discovery. The evening’s sellouts, though, were the Osaka special-edition crystal leopard skull and pot leaf-motif cashmeres. Osaka is to Tokyo what L.A. is to New York—a different vibe, a different dress code. Its bright, flashy sensibility is a perfect fit for Pellat-Finet’s pop creations. “In Osaka, they can do whatever they want, they don’t care,” he said. “I like that!”

Pellat-Finet reunited with the architect Kengo Kuma, who worked on his space in Tokyo’s Roppongi district, to create the striking rounded wood honeycomb structure covering the store’s walls. And since the shop stands in a space previously occupied by a landmark café, together they converted the basement into the Lucien Pellat-Finet Café. With its low ceiling, small bar, and eight seats, it’s intimate in an oh-so-Japanese way, but the menu, bien sûr, is French.