August 31 2014

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6 posts tagged "Peter Marino"

Marc Jacobs Talks Fear, Vuitton, and Respect


'Marc Jacobs and Peter MarinoLast night in London, Marc Jacobs and his pal and collaborator, the legendary, leather-clad interior architect Peter Marino (you know, the Mohawked character who’s designed stores for everyone from Chanel to Louis Vuitton), sat down for a candid discussion at the Tate Modern. Topics ranged from Marino’s latest art acquisition (a Christopher Wool, whose retrospective is currently on view at the Guggenheim) to Jacobs’ final Louis Vuitton set (“I didn’t know what to do, so we did it all in black,” he said). Jacobs somewhat surprisingly revealed that even superstar designers get scared—especially when it comes to taking their companies public, as he is in the process of doing. “[It's] a healthy fear,” he offered. “I don’t know where it’s all going to go. I learned a lot from working for Vuitton.” And how does Jacobs feel about his successor at the storied French house? “He is a brilliant designer, and he’ll do something completely different. I’ve always admired Nicolas [Ghesquière]. I’m curious to see what he’ll do. We have such different aesthetics. Things need to change. I’m really glad someone I respect and admire and think is a really great talent is there.”

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Honor Roll


The acclaimed architect Peter Marino, who has designed flagships around the globe for luxury brands including Dior, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Fendi, has reportedly been named a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Cultural Ministry of France. He is set to be inducted into the order in November, joining the likes of fashion notables Marc Jacobs and Nathalie Rykiel (daughter to Sonia Rykiel) as a knight. Speaking of Rykiel, while the rest of the fashion set took in some of the final rounds of shows in Paris yesterday, the designer was awarded one of France’s highest civilian honors (the Insignes de Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres) and the Grande Médaille de Vermeil de la Ville de Paris at the town hall from Mayor Bertrand Delanoë and Pierre Bergé. During the ceremony, Bergé said to Rykiel, “You are among the rare [people] to understand that fashion was not made to satisfy the fantasy of designers, but to speak to women. And not to speak to idle women, only rich women, but active women, everyday women.”

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Lagerfeld’s New Leading Lady, And More Of Today’s Top Stories


Is Karl Lagerfeld over his model muses? Freja Beha, Alice Dellal, and Saskia De Brauw (all are previous Chanel ad campaign stars) have been overlooked, and this time around, the designer has tapped French filmmaker Maïwenn Le Besco (pictured) as the face of Chanel’s latest eyewear collection. The campaign, photographed by Lagerfeld himself, will come out next September. [Paris Vogue]

LVMH is no stranger to Saint-Tropez, and now the company has its own hotel there, too. White 1921, as it’s called, is a seasonal eight-room inn (opened yesterday) with a Jean-Michel Wilmotte-designed garden bar and a wine cellar fully stocked with vintage Moët & Chandon from 1921 (a very rare vintage). Now all you need is an airplane ticket to Saint-Tropez. [WWD]

Dolce & Gabbana is launching its first kids’ collection of clothing, beachwear, accessories, and shoes this July, and it will look exactly like its main line. Well, almost. “A miniature version of our signature line,” as Stefano Gabbana described it. [Styleite]

Just in time for the Couture shows, Louis Vuitton is opening its first fine jewelry flagship in Paris on July 2. The outpost, designed by Peter Marino, will be on Place Vendôme in a seventeenth-century town house, complete with an on-site atelier. [WWD]

Iconic Italian boutique Luisa Via Roma’s fifth Firenze4Ever festival kicks off in Florence today. Catch a glimpse of some of the participating international designers, from Shanghai, Berlin, Madrid, and more, in a Lisa Paclet-directed short film starring DJ Mimi Xu (a.k.a. Misty Rabbit). [Nowness]




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Man’s Best Friend? Woman’s Best Shopping Adviser


“All we’re missing is the opium,” said Bergdorf Goodman’s Linda Fargo. Everything but was on the menu when BG transformed its seventh-floor restaurant into a casbah for a lunch and mini fashion show of Chanel’s Paris-Byzance Pre-Fall collection yesterday afternoon. It might’ve been the first time ever that Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon has played in the tony eatery. The occasion: a celebration of the retailer’s new Chanel shop-in-shop on the second floor, where a trunk show of said collection happens to be taking place. Once the models slipped out of their frocks, they were whisked downstairs for customers to ogle up close. The Peter Marino-designed space is 50 percent bigger than the department store’s previous Chanel shop, and the back-of-house, client services space is 100 percent bigger. “Bergdorf Goodman and Chanel’s relationship goes back to the eighties, I believe, and we finally have a shop that’s on par with the quality of the product,” Fargo added. She had no argument on the subject with one shopper. Chanel ambassador Leigh Lezark overheard one well-dressed lady ask her dog what it thought of a tweedy jacket. “What do you think,” she said to the pooch, “do you like the gray?” Far-out.

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Peter Marino Hangs On, Alexander Wang For Everyone, And More…


Fashion’s favorite leather-loving architect and store designer—Peter Marino (left, with a friend at Celine’s Fall 2011 show), who else?—chats with Women’s Wear Daily about his upcoming projects (Celine stores in New York and Paris, a “rather large” Chanel project in China) and the secret to his longevity in the business: “When [brands] hire me, I wrap my arms around their legs and never let go.” [WWD]

Good news for the in-betweeners: Alexander Wang’s shoes will reportedly begin coming in half-sizes, too. Consider your furry-sandal Fall needs officially addressed. [Racked]

And boy, are our faces red: We’re a full day late to the birthday of Stefani Germanotta—a.k.a. soon-to-be CFDA Award honoree Lady Gaga—who turned 24 yesterday. Whatever the appropriate tribute is (Sharpie-scrawled Birkins, vats of hair dye, and car-mechanic male alter egos would all seem to apply), it’s probably not too late to send it. [Opening Ceremony]

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