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August 23 2014

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5 posts tagged "Paule Ka"

Karen Elson Adds to Her Hot Streak With a New Louis Vuitton Campaign

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Karen Elson for Louis Vuitton

It’s virtually impossible to flip through a glossy these days without coming across at least one picture of Karen Elson, whose career has been in overdrive lately with recent ads for Jason Wu, Sonia Rykiel, Paule Ka, Kurt Geiger, and a new campaign for Louis Vuitton, which was announced today. In the brand’s new “Spirit of Travel” series, Peter Lindbergh went on safari in South Africa with Elson and fellow English rose Edie Campbell, and captured them feeding giraffes and riding zebras, respectively. (Campbell is known for her equestrian skills.) Keeping up her red-hot momentum, Elson has made plenty of appearances during the Fall ’14 shows, too—both in the front row and on the runway. So far, she’s turned up on catwalks including Tom Ford, Michael Kors, Donna Karan, and Diane von Furstenberg, and rubbed elbows with the celebs and editors at Alexander Wang and Rodarte. We wouldn’t be surprised to see more of her during the Paris shows.

Photo: Peter Lindbergh for Louis Vuitton

The Next Big Thing: Littledoe 2014

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Everyone knows their Marcs from their Calvins. But as fashion month kicks into gear, we’ll be spotlighting the up-and-coming designers and indie brands whose names you’ll want to remember.

Littledoe

Label: Littledoe, designed by Chase Cohl

Need to know: Your typical fashion week presentation doesn’t often include oysters, an open bar, or a Lower East Side locale, but that’s what made Chase Cohl’s Littledoe soiree such a memorable affair. Cohl’s latest handmade, one-of-a-kind feather headpieces, metal crowns, wide-brim hats, and chakra-crystal jewels hung on the walls of The Leadbelly, where friends like Camille Rowe and Curtis Kulig sipped on whiskey gingers and snacked on mini cheeseburgers. While Littledoe has always emphasized a romantic, bohemian spirit, Cohl told Style.com she is taking the brand in a more sophisticated direction. Inspired by the French military during the 17th and 18th centuries, her new collection includes custom embroidered appliqués, antiqued iron crowns, dip-dyed feathers, and velvet flower halos. Over the years, Littledoe pieces have appeared in numerous editorials, but the new collection focuses more on everyday wearability.

Perhaps the best symbol of Littledoe’s new approach is Karen Elson: The in-demand model (Jason Wu, Paule Ka, and Kurt Geiger are just some of the campaigns she’s fronted of late) stars in the new lookbook, which was partially shot at her home in Nashville. “I love what Littledoe is about,” Elson said. “Chase creates pieces that are ultrafeminine, cool, carefree, and can be worn in a variety of different ways.”

She says: “Working with Karen on the lookbook just felt really natural,” Cohl told Style.com. “It’s a rare thing to have a girlfriend who understands exactly what you’re going through, balancing music and fashion—it’s such a strange balance—and I think we’ve become so close because of that.”

Where to find it: The Reformation, Yigal Azrouël, and Sotre One One 4 in New York; Principessa and Undrest in L.A.; and online at www.avenue32.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Littledoe

On Our Radar: Paule Ka’s Surreal Accessories

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Paule Ka's surreal Fall '13 accessories

Paule Ka‘s Serge Cajfinger is best known for producing clean, feminine examples of Parisian style—and we saw a lot of that in his Fall ’13 collection. But the designer brought a witty punch to this season’s sharp wares via a range of lighthearted, surreal accessories. “I wanted to add a playful piece to an otherwise sober yet very elegant silhouette. I think that chic can be also full of humor,” Cajfinger told Style.com. The jewelry offering—an homage to Salvador Dalí and Jean Cocteau—comprises metal and crystal cuffs, brooches, and necklaces shaped like long-lashed eyes and pouting lips. Each bauble has an air of levity, but one piece—a choker fashioned from two gunmetal and golden hands that sit around the neck—is particularly tongue-in-cheek. Cajfinger, who suggests combining a series of his brooches or styling one of his necklaces against a dark, somber suit, explains that irreverence is essential to his aesthetic. “I have always worked on how to reveal the utmost elegance of classics while adding a little twist. Every woman wants to feel beautiful but not boring,” he says. “Irreverence is something you can play with to seduce.”

Paule Ka’s surreal wares range from $200 to $785, and will be available at pauleka.com and select retailers later this summer.

Photos:Courtesy of Paule Ka

Jet-Setting With Caroline Trentini, And More Of Today’s Top Stories

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Caroline Trentini (pictured) has been missing from the runway for a few seasons now, but her modeling days aren’t completely over. The Brazilian beauty stars in Paule Ka’s Fall ad campaign, shot by Venetia Scott at a mythical airport in Berlin. Trentini looks glamorous with a bouffantlike hairstyle and a crocodile handbag paired with a metallic skirt. She sure knows how totravel in style. [Paule Ka]

Karl Lagerfeld has a big night ahead of him. The designer will unveil his Olympic-themed collection at Selfridges tonight before the items will go on sale tomorrow. The range includes jackets, skinny jeans, and collars, which will be on display alongside Lagerfeld’s new luxury menswear line. Click the link to get a preview of the items and check back for a video from tonight’s event. [Vogue U.K.]

The American Idol judges are playing a serious game of musical chairs. Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler are officially “out” and Mariah Carey is officially “in.” The pop singer and mom of twins will join the show, leading a potential full replacement of judges. “I am so excited to be starting Idol,” Carey said in a recent interview. [Page Six]

Photo: Courtesy of Paule Ka

expressing yourself, en francais

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In 1989, when Madonna sang “Express Yourself,” what she really meant was “Vide Ton Sac.” Well, sort of. The French term for airing your opinion about a matter you feel strongly about is also a literal command to “empty your bag.” Doing a little of both this week is Paule Ka founder and frontman Serge Cajfinger, whose interest in women and the contents of their handbags has spurred a series of short films based upon his new Cabas Ka accessory collection. Featuring an array of actresses, among them French favorites Cécile Cassel and Emma de Caunes, each of the short films uncovers a plethora of the practical (and not so practical) necessities that women haul around with them. The film will be screened on Tuesday evening in Paris to celebrate the brand’s Rue Saint-Honoré store opening and will be available the following day at www.pauleka.com.

Photo: Eddy Briere