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August 20 2014

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6 posts tagged "Pierre Balmain"

In Singapore, Asia’s Couturiers Get A Boost

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Lie Sang Bong

There’s no questioning Asia’s importance in the fashion market, and Western brands have more than taken note. This month in Hong Kong alone, Tory Burch, Kenzo, Moncler, and Calvin Klein all hosted events within days of each other. And at Singapore’s FIDé fashion week (FIDé is an organization that aims to promote regional and international designers in Singapore), European brands like Pierre Balmain and American ones like Burkman Bros and Ari Dein similarly made the trek eastward to show their collections. “It was the first time both brands participated in a full-length fashion show,” Steven Kolb, the CEO of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, said of the latter two. “Fashion is no longer defined by borders, and the more we can nurture global relations, the greater the success for our designers.”

But the region is also increasingly interested in holding its own in global fashion, and the eleven-day event in Singapore, which typically features several days of presentations by French haute couturiers and Asian couturiers, included the latest step in that direction: the founding of the Asian Couture Federation (ACF). Now, the Asian couturiers (dubbed by the ACF as “Asian Couturier Extraordinaires”) will have a support system of their own. Its inception was an act that won FIDé executive chairman and ACF founder Frank Cintamani (below, left) France’s esteemed Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres honor. Even Shinzo Abe, the Prime Minister of Japan, offered Cintamani a pat on the back, calling the Federation’s establishment “a significant event for all of Asia,” at a time “when we consider that fashion until recently was generally seen as the domain of Europe and the United States.” Continue Reading “In Singapore, Asia’s Couturiers Get A Boost” »

Shopping Down To The Wire

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The clock is ticking. You’ve read umpteen gift guides (maybe umpteen million), made your list, checked it twice, and still, if you’re anything like us, you are a few presents short. There’s still time if you race. Here’s what we at Style.com are coveting to give and get—and racing out of the office a few minutes early this afternoon to scoop up in the last shopping hours before the big day.

I’m in home mood, so anything and everything for the my home is what I’m looking for: cool vases from Kelly Wearstler or Aerin, candy dishes by Alexandra von Furstenberg, or this super luxe large candle by Diptyque.—Marina Larroude, market director

“This year I’m all about books. I’m giving people first editions—for instance, I found a not-that-expensive copy of Cecil Beaton’s 1937 scrapbook, signed, in great condition. For myself, I’d love almost any book from the LN-CC collection; top of the list is A Series of Unfortunate Events, Michael Wolf’s book of Google street-view photos, and Roxane by Viviane Sassen.—Maya Singer, special projects editor


“I’ve been eyeing Lanvin’s Eyes and Mouth chain-link necklace for months. I’m on a surreal kick at the moment and have developed a deep appreciation for accessories that walk the line between brilliant and bizarre.”—Katharine Zarrella, associate news editor

“I would love to receive this beautiful Pierre Balmain studded sandal to rock to my holiday party!”—Jocelyn Lin, web designer


“I need a new wallet really badly. I’ve been using my favorite color-blocked Comme des Garçons coin case for the past year—and I love it—but it’s ridiculous how long it takes me to find things in there. When I first saw this Proenza Schouler wallet in the window of the store on Madison Avenue, I knew I found my match.—Jessica Minkoff, assistant editor

“One of my pet peeves is IOUs on big gift-giving days: Your present didn’t get delivered yet, they were out of your size so I backordered, blah blah blah. Unless the delayed gratification is part of the point. That’s why I love giving subscriptions as gifts—Cook’s Illustrated, the New York Review of Books, 032c, Port… Disbelieve all rumors that print is dead. And not only is gifting subscriptions a nice way to bolster the trembling print media industry, but doing so also accommodates procrastinators like myself. No one knows I gave up the search and bought the gift morning of. And no one has to.”—Matthew Schneier, deputy editor

Photos: Courtesy Photo

Perfect Gowns

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Part Two of the sweeping Museum at Fashion Institute of Technology’s exhibit Fashion, A-Z opened at noon today. At this morning’s preview, editors, who trekked through the dreary mist, were cheered up by the sights of famous ball gowns and sparkling cocktail attire. “I’m always wowed by Charles James,” said the exhibit’s co-curator Jennifer Farley. She was nodding to a strapless silk taffeta gown the color of a dusty rose (pictured), from the actress Lisa Kirk, that could have doubled for sculpture. “I’ve heard that he was difficult to work with, but he was a perfectionist,” Farley added.

James, of course, was not alone in his technical feats. In contrast to Part One of the exhibition (originally called The Great Designers: Part One), Farley and Colleen Hill showcased some of the big American names, like a jewel-encrusted Ralph Lauren long-sleeved gown, a black and ivory chiffon red-carpet number by Hollywood costume designer Irene Lentz, and a purple silk jersey Norman Norell stunner from 1965, glittering with sequins that had been hand-sewn and reinforced individually. “To think there was that kind of quality in ready-to-wear,” Farley wondered aloud.

Of the 60-plus looks, there were also neat tie-ins. In one section, there was a short-sleeved dress by Pierre Balmain. Further into the exhibit, Balmain’s mentor Edward Molyneux was represented. And for runway fans, there were current pieces as well, which might inspire nostalgia. In wide white and blue striped silk, a Raf Simons for Jil Sander floor-length dress from Spring 2011 was modern and sporty, which contrasted with an unforgettable Chantilly lace black ball gown by Olivier Theykens for Rochas directly across the walkway. The romantic nighttime look, from the Spring 2004 collection, is sure to elicit some sighs.

Fashion A-Z, Part Two at the Museum at FIT, Seventh Ave. at 27th St. On view May 23 to November 10.

Photo: Courtesy of The Museum at FIT

Meet Pierre Balmain  

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“Is that what we’re calling it these days?” asked a colleague as I rattled off my day’s schedule. No, no, not Balmain. Pierre Balmain—as in the younger diffusion line sibling of the bling-ed out and be-shouldered über-babe’s fave label. World, meet Pierre.

Actually, PB, which debuted yesterday in Paris in a presentation, is supremely low-key and understated. There’s not a sequin in the mix. But there is quite a bit that the girls who obsess over Balmain season after season will want to buy and wear—whether they can only aspire to the big-sister line’s demographic or not. For girls, the look is Paris Voguette Casual. The line’s signature jeans are plain, black, and skinny with trapunto motorcycle panels and silver zips at the pockets and ankle. They’re perfect with a little metallic leather bomber or black motorcycle jacket. A little body-con black jersey dress seems almost modest despite the slash at the bustline. Though there’s a fun bit of trash and splash in zebra-print jeans and a gingham top, not to mention the PB logo writ large on the back of a baseball jersey. The line has a unisex-y echo. For boys, the black jeans and motorcycle jacket get repeated, and a few more tailored blazers and sharply cut button-downs are in the mix.

On loop at the label’s Second Arrondissement showroom was a video shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin of model Abbey Lee Kershaw, her boyfriend, Matthew Hutchinson, and their band Our Mountain racing around Manhattan all kitted out in the line. They look, appropriately enough, like grunged-out rockers. They also look, appropriately enough, pretty cool. It’s not hard to imagine new Balmainiacs being minted after a viewing or two. That makes it the rare fashion film that actually makes sense.

Photos: Courtesy of Pierre Balmain

Reebok In Trouble For Toning Shoes, A Sneak Peak at Pierre Balmain, People Still At La Perle, And More…

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Reebok touted the toning capabilities of its walking and running shoes, and the only one left feeling sore is Reebok. The company is being forced to pay $25 million to resolve charges for advertising that its EasyTone and RunTone shoes would shape up customers because there is no “sound science” to support those claims. [WWD]

The Balmain diffusion line, Pierre Balmain, debuts this Sunday with a presentation in Paris, but you can already get a glimpse of what’s to come in this Inez and Vinoodh video, starring Abbey Lee Kershaw and her band, Our Mountain. [YouTube]

Abbey Lee has been a busy girl. In this Vogue Russia shoot, she is showing off some of the clothes from Versace’s upcoming H&M collection. [Styleite]

You might not find Karl Lagerfeld at Paris’ La Perle restaurant, but even after the famous John Galliano incident that took place there in February, the fashion set is still swarming to the hot spot this week, The New York Times reports. [NYT]

Photo: Courtesy of Pierre Balmain