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April 21 2014

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2 posts tagged "Maison Darre"

Yaz Bukey Plays Detective

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Accessories designer (and Ottoman princess) Yaz Bukey has been spending time in Istanbul of late. And the city’s landmark nineteenth-century hotel Pera Palace was the starting point for her Fall 2013 Yazbukey collection, which she’s titled “Murder She Wrote.” The designer donned several of her new Plexiglas wares at her party at the Maison Darré last night, including a heart-and-dagger headpiece that grazed the temple of anyone who attempted to kiss her cheek. “My sister lived in Pera Palace years ago, before the renovation,” she recalled. “It was eerie, kind of haunted, and there was a legend about a missing key. Now, it’s a luxury hotel, but I was thinking about the way it used to be, because that’s where Agatha Christie lived while writing Murder on the Orient Express. This collection is an homage to her and to Angela Lansbury, both.”

At the back of the boutique, a living tableau of characters inspired by a Yazbukey take on the board game Clue (caricatures with names like Agatha Fletcher, Poison Yvette, Professor Doremi, and Crazy Scarlett) camped it up around a Plexiglas piano keyboard. Equally notable as the theatric display were Bukey’s figurative necklaces, plastrons, and handmade handbags inlaid with images of lipstick, pearls, eyeglasses, or—the designer’s personal favorite—a handful of detective novels. Burning on a side table was Bukey’s recent collaboration with Cire Trudon—a candle she said was inspired by a fifties pinup on the back of her boyfriend’s motorcycle. Its scent? “Hair spray, lipstick, and leather.”

Photo: Quentin Saunier

DVF Goes Deep-Sea Diving At Maison Darré

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The first day of Paris fashion week is usually judged too early for a bash, but you’d never know it from the crowd that crammed into Vincent Darré’s tiny interiors shop, Maison Darré, yesterday. There—packed to the rafters, almost, and spilling into the street—were Catherine Deneuve, Diane von Furstenberg, Pierre Bergé, Christian Louboutin, Mario Testino, Victoire de Castellane, Olivier Zahm, Inès de la Fressange, Bruno Frisoni, and Silva Venturini Fendi and her daughter Delfina Delettrez Fendi, who is presenting her accessories collection today. (Phew.)

“Sans Queue ni Tête” (a French expression meaning, basically, nonsensical) is the name of Darré’s latest silver and gold-leaf furniture collection, one that looks like 10,000 Leagues Under the Sea—as reinterpreted by Salvador Dalí, that is. Mirrors framed by catfish mouths and treated with silver for an ancient, foggy look, frog bedside tables, and wobbly chests of drawers were among the deep-sea fantasies. Darré was inspired, he said, by a bathroom order from a very eccentric private client. “I began to think about the lobsters Dalí designed for Schiaparelli, which she used for a dress. I started with a lobster jewelry holder… The collection just took off from there.” It was finding some very appreciative fans. Diane von Furstenberg, on the arm of M. Louboutin (left), was ogling a pair of wiggly bronze octopus sconces. “I think I want one of those,” she said before placing her order on the spot.

But even on a rare night off, fashion wasn’t far from the minds of most of the attendees. Elie Top, Lanvin’s jeweler extraordinaire, had stolen away from the house’s accessories atelier, where he’s been working nonstop on the last minute touches for Friday’s show, for a quick visit. “Look what happens when you spend too much time putting on rhinestones with a glue gun,” he joked, holding up his hands in dismay.

Photo: David Atlan