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The Final Countdown: Style File’s Top Stories of 2013


Catherine Baba

The fashion biz has had quite a year. 2013 was jam-packed with major designer shakeups, groundbreaking ad campaigns, celebrity collaborations, and pop star performance wardrobes filled with custom-made designer duds. In the final days leading up to 2014, we’re counting down Style File’s most popular twenty stories of the year. So sit back, relax, and relive 2013′s unforgettable moments. Let’s kick things off with numbers twenty through sixteen, below.

20. Rihanna and River Island Take London Fashion Week
Rihanna stirred up some anarchy in the U.K. when she and Adam Selman debuted their risqué River Island collection at London fashion week in February. had a front-row-seat to the star’s design debut.

19. Maison Kitsuné’s Retro Pop Experience
Gildas Loaëc and Masaya Kuroki, the talents behind cult fashion brand-cum-record label Maison Kitsuné, were Pitti W’s Fall ’13 guest designers. And in keeping with their quirky, multidisciplinary roots, the pair put on a riotous musical fashion presentation. was on the scene to document their sixties-themed extravaganza.

18. Dior Walks the Red Square
Last July, for the second time in history, Dior staged a show in Moscow’s Red Square. As you can imagine, the festivities, which were hosted inside a purpose-built mirrored pavilion, were brimming with glitz and glamour—albeit of Dior’s sleek and tasteful variety. Designer and Style Map contributor Vika Gazinskaya took us inside the memorable affair.

17. Playboy‘s Artist Pals Are Rethinking Sexy—But Is It Porn or Art?
Playboy has had a big year, what with Kate Moss covering its sixtieth anniversary issue and Richard Phillips’ controversial Playboy Marfa installation. Back in May, the magazine’s new director of special projects, curator Neville Wakefield, asked artists Aaron Young, Malerie Marder, and Alex Israel to create works featuring Playmate of the Year Raquel Pomplun. So we asked the question—were the results porn or art?

16. Bike Like Baba
In 2013, just six years after Paris inaugurated its shared vélo program, New York finally caught up and launched its ever-popular Citi Bikes. But traffic-inducing tourists aren’t the only ones using the vehicles—the bicycles were a popular mode of transport at New York fashion week. During the Spring ’14 shows, we talked to eccentric stylist and cyclist extraordinaire Catherine Baba about the dos and don’ts of biking about town.

Photo: Tommy Ton

Thomas Erber Brings His Cabinet de Curiosités to Soho


Masaya Kuroki, Thomas Erber, Gildas Loaëc

Tucked in The Avant/Garde Diaries Project Space in Soho is Le Cabinet de Curiosités of Thomas Erber—a compilation of limited-edition goods curated by Mr. Erber, a journalist and consultant. Le Cabinet de Curiosités (or CDC) is an annual collaborative affair whereby Erber brings together approximately fifty independent artists, brands, and designers, and gives them carte blanche to create (and, of course, sell) items that are alluring and exclusive.

New York is his fourth installment (Colette in Paris, Browns in London, and Andreas Murkudis in Berlin were CDC’s previous venues), with Bangkok as its next. And last night’s launch was hosted by one of the CDC’s very first permanent guests, Parisian label Maison Kitsuné, who produced a special black flight jacket with shearling. “It’s a very American style that’s perfect for New York,” Maison Kitsuné creative director and co-founder Masaya Kuroki (co-founder Gildas Loaëc was also in attendance), who’s been friends with Erber for fifteen years, said of the topper. “Thomas has style, and he’s sharp,” added Kuroki. “He has his modern eye but still appreciates all the old traditional things, which is so Maison Kitsuné.”

Le Cabinet de Curiosites of Thomas ErberThe designer’s sentiments were echoed by second-time participant, House of Waris founder Waris Ahluwalia: “Mr. Erber is great. He really pulls it all together,” Ahluwalia said. “It’s nice to be in the company with other artists, and CDC is always a great show of mixed media, of everything from jewelry to caviar.”

Notable items on offer include a French caviar-leather rolling case by Want Les Essentiels de la Vie, a rare copper-encased Marquis de Montesquiou Armagnac, twelve unique Vulcain timepieces, and a Moulinette x Højmark bicycle with graphic details etched into its steel frame.

“I have seen many young entrepreneurs and brand founders who put a lot of heart and soul into their [products], and on the opposite, I have seen many artists who are dealing with their own career as entrepreneurs,” Erber said. “My role is to define the limit between both and to curate them with authentic enthusiasm and sincerity.”

Le Cabinet de Curiosités of Thomas Erber is open through December 23 at 372 Broome Street, in New York.

Photo: Courtesy Photo

Maison Kitsuné Rocks The Roof


Maison Kitsune Spring '14

If you were expecting Maison Kitsuné to host a run-of-the-mill Spring ’14 womenswear presentation, you don’t know Maison Kitsuné. The ever hip fashion and music collective founded by music industry vet Gildas Loaëc and architect Masaya Kuroki has been known to bring the pair’s passions together when debuting new collections (during a special Fall ’13 presentation at Pitti, for instance, they showed their lineup on a series of cult pop bands). Spring was no different. On Thursday night, atop the roof of the NoMad Hotel (the brand has a boutique on the ground floor), Kitsuné presented its street-meets-prep range of branded tops, bubbly skirts, saucy summer suits (think short shorts and matching little jackets), and rompers on models who moseyed through a cocktail-sipping crowd. The new duds were also worn by Chairlift, a synth pop duo made up of Caroline Polachek and Patrick Wimberly, who played to a swaying crowd.

Despite the fact that it was a sweltering ninety degrees that evening, the models looked cool in their chartreuse, cherry, dusty blue, and peach wares. One sundress, which tied at the back, was held together with buttons and could be split into a skirt and crop top ensemble. “It’s for days like today, when it’s very hot and you want to feel a little breeze,” laughed Loaëc. That same frock was covered in an allover print of tiny foxes—a signature for the Paris-based maison, whose name means “fox” in Japanese. “Some people have le crocodile, some people have le tigre, and we have our fox,” said Loaëc of the motif, which also appeared on a white sweatshirt. “It’s good to have a little something that makes you stand out.”

Maison Kitsuné is available at Opening Ceremony, Colette, Maison Kitsuné boutiques, and

Photos: Courtesy of Maison Kitsune

Impossible Concerts, Courtesy of Maison Kitsuné and Mr. André


Andre Saraiva  x Maison Kitsune's Dream Concert Posters

Since launching Maison Kitsuné while on tour with Daft Punk in 2002, onetime band manager Gildas Loaec and architect Masaya Kuroki have never strayed far from their dream of bridging the gap between the Parisian fashion and music worlds. And their newest project falls right in line with that mission. Dubbed Dream Concerts Art Show, the pair’s latest effort is a collaborative exhibition with longtime friend André Saraiva, which will open at their concept store in Tokyo on September 4.

“I’m very close with André—we spend a lot of time together—and when we discovered that he was willing to explore an exhibition, we came up with the concept of concert lineups for an incredible evening,” explained Loaec, who first met the famed graffiti artist-cum-garçon-about-town more than fifteen years ago when he moved to Paris. The exhibit features a host of Saraiva-scribed posters showcasing the globetrotter’s fantasy concerts: “An amazing hip-hop concert, the best French electro lineup—dream shows,” commented Saraiva by phone from Los Angeles. Continue Reading “Impossible Concerts, Courtesy of Maison Kitsuné and Mr. André” »

Petit Bateau Gets Kitsuné’d


Best known for its children’s clothes and underwear, Petit Bateau, one of France’s most beloved brands, has decided to embrace its age by growing up a little—but only a little. To mark 120 years—or, as they say in Petit Bateau’s world, 1,440 months—the house has tapped Maison Kitsuné designers Gildas Loaëc and Masaya Kuroki as the new artistic directors of its men’s and women’s lines. Evidence of the shift will been seen in the brand’s Fall ’13 range, which will start hitting stores in early July. Although it’s not their first collection for the brand (they did capsules in 2009 and again this spring), the range does mark Loaëc and Masaya’s first effort as artistic directors.

“Petit Bateau is a house everyone loves, but it was a little flat—I mean, they are known for their underwear,” commented Kuroki. “I wanted to bring in new proportions, volume, and color—inject a little coolness.” For instance, he showed a duffle coat with its bottom half lopped off—a style that the powers that be were, at first, hesitant to approve. “It meant taking a risk, but sometimes there’s no ‘why’ or ‘because.’ It’s just a feeling. Fortunately, they decided to trust me.”

In addition to the cropped duffle, Fall’s lineup includes reworked staples and heritage logos, as well as streetwear-inspired “new classics,” such as slim jeans, sailor-striped parkas, fitted corduroys, and preppy sweaters with grosgrain details. And as Kitsuné lovers know, where there is fashion, there is music: The first Kitsuné x Petit Bateau-curated concert is set to stream online in September.

Photos: Courtesy of Petit Bateau