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August 20 2014

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PFW Was a Modelizer’s Dream

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Louis Vuitton

Just when we thought Paris had maxed out on its supermodel sightings, Freja Beha Erichsen caused us to audibly gasp when she opened Louis Vuitton on the final day of shows. Sure, seeing Gisele Bündchen close Balenciaga and the high-wattage cast at Balmain earlier in the week were definite highlights, but for true model obsessives, it’s difficult to top a surprise appearance by Erichsen, who has been absent from the runways since Spring ’12. Among the other noteworthy ladies in the LV lineup were Liya Kebede, Maggie Rizer, Marte Mei van Haaster (who took a break this season to focus on school), and scads of newcomers including closer Rianne von Rompaey and Julia Bergshoeff. While Bergshoeff also walked Miu Miu later that day, we wish she had done more shows and taken a less exclusive route. Her only other Fall outing was Proenza Schouler.

There were plenty more major modeling moments during the second half of PFW. Miranda Kerr turned up at Sonia Rykiel of all places—the brand stepped things up this time around by enlisting stylist Katie Grand and casting director Anita Bitton. Elsewhere, Sasha Pivovarova made a lovely cameo at Chloé, and Kendall Jenner convinced us to consider her a serious model at Givenchy and Chanel. But even doing those big shows won’t quite earn Jenner a spot on our forthcoming top new models list. The competition in that category is steep, with fresh faces like Lexi Boling, Ola Rudnicka, Waleska Gorczevski, and Harleth Kuusik each walking more than fifty shows. All in all, a very strong season for veterans and promising rookies alike.

Photo: Alesssandro Garofalo / indigitalimages.com

The Louis Vuitton Heist, Michelle’s Marilyn Monroe Transformation, And More…

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Earlier this month, pieces from Marc Jacobs’ Spring ’12 collection were stolen in London. On Friday, a “gang of masked thieves” made off with £257,957 worth of Louis Vuitton merchandise from the Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris. [Vogue U.K.]

The Americans for Marriage Equality campaign, “a public engagement effort spearheaded by the Human Rights Campaign to promote nationwide marriage rights for gays and lesbians,” kicks off tonight with a party at the Calvin Klein Collection store in New York. The likes of Julianne Moore, Uma Thurman, and Candace Bushnell are all expected to be in attendance at tonight’s event. [WWD]

At Michelle Williams’ invitation, photographer Brigitte Lacombe flew to London to document her stunning transformation into Marilyn Monroe for her role in My Week With Marilyn. Today, on Nowness.com, take a peek inside Williams’ dressing room as she gets into character. [Nowness]

Congratulations to model Maggie Rizer, who gave birth to a baby boy on Wednesday. Zander is Rizer and her husband Alex Mehran’s first child. [People]

Meet Me—And The Best Of Balenciaga—In San Francisco

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Cameron Silver, owner of L.A.’s vintage couture mecca Decades, knows his way around an original Balenciaga. He had plenty to ogle at the opening of Balenciaga and Spain at San Francisco’s de Young Museum this week. Silver headed to the City by the Bay for the opening fête; read on for his report on the star-studded evening.


Although my flight to San Francisco was delayed three hours due to the rain (not from Spain!), I managed to throw on my tux in the car and make it to the de Young Museum in time for the exhilarating opening of Balenciaga and Spain, curated by Hamish Bowles. The show features a breathtaking collection of the master’s work, including dresses worn by Ava Gardner and Mona Bismarck.

The dress code of the evening, no surprise, skewed toward Balenciaga, both vintage and from the current Ghesquière era. Google’s Marissa Meyer was in a vintage sea foam Balenciaga gown from Decades. Maria Bello looked fabulous in original Cristobal, too, and Suzy Dominik scored an even bigger coup—a vintage gown that was also featured in the show. (Sloan Barnett wore Lacroix but asked the curator the question everyone was thinking: “You have so many gowns—can’t I have one?”) On the contemporary end, Miranda Kerr (left, with husband Orlando Bloom in tow), Katie Schwab, and Lawren Howell all chose Ghesquière designs; Angelique Griepp and Katie Traina scored Edition pieces.

If the clothes were terrific, the guest list was nothing to scoff at, either. Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy, Mia Wasikowska (in Balenciaga with an Edition necklace), Balthazar and Rosetta Getty, Maggie Rizer, and Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom all were there, and even Gwyneth Paltrow made a brief appearance. Hubert de Givenchy wasn’t able to attend, alas, but sent a message recalling advice given to him by Balenciaga himself: “Success is not prestige—success is temporary. Prestige remains.” The show was sewn proof.

Photo: Drew Altizer Photography

Go West, Thom Browne

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The Mayor wore Thom Browne? Alas, not yet—but San Francisco’s dapper leader, Gavin Newsom, and his wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, were on hand to celebrate Browne’s entrée into the SF scene with the second standalone Black Fleece store. Mayor and Mrs. Newsom (the latter clad in a slim black suit, black beret, and Louboutin heels) hosted a dinner at the Fillmore Street shop, where old garde and new sat down to a dinner for 75. They included Google VP Marissa Mayer, eco-expert Zem Joaquin, Maggie Rizer, and a Traina or two.

The man of the hour, dressed as always in his trademark gray suit, mused on the charms of the city by the bay. San Francisco is “the perfect market,” Browne said, noting that the line had been especially successful in the downtown Brooks Brothers store. Finding the right location was key, and tony Fillmore Street fits the bill. (We’ll call it a sly nod at the line’s classics-revamped style that it faces the Junior League of San Francisco.) Browne spent the day not with clothes, but indulging his antiquing hobby. “Travel is the only time I can rest,” he admitted ruefully.

Brooks Brothers CEO Claudio Del Vecchio, for one, seemed content to keep him busy. Initially, Del Vecchio said, the Black Fleece line had been conceived with a cast of rotating guest designers, but the partnership with Browne proved too good to let go. “It was supposed to be a capsule line,” he went on. “Now [Black Fleece] is its own brand.” For proof, one only had to look at the guests, many of whom showed up in Black Fleece. Actor and mayoral brother-in-law Geoff Callan happily posed for pictures in eye-catching red, white, and blue plaid pants.

Photo: Drew Altizer