18 posts tagged "Pierre Hardy"
Not only did the sun finally make an appearance, Paris got a shot of orange yesterday morning—Hermès orange, to be precise. On Monday, the French house unveiled its summer pop-up store (8 rue des Sèvres, Paris), where the story is all about women’s shoes. The full range of summer footwear by Pierre Hardy, including Oran sandals in hot pink, navy, and orange neoprene (all exclusive to this location, €390), flank one side of the space, and a preview of the Fall shoes and boots (déjà!) lines the opposite.
“The concept is really simple, but it seemed obvious to me to play on the Hermès box,” says interior decorator Stéphane Parmentier. “It’s radical and graphic, but also warm.” A pair of “monochromes in movement,” portals of slowly rotating dry pigments by artist Manuel Merida, echo the ones now featured at the Right Bank flagship, and Walking Distance, a video by Rosario Romagnosi, brings movement to the space, which sits on the angle of the rue de Sèvres and the rue des Saints-Pères like the prow of a ship.
For Hermès, this is but a first act—the shop will close on July 19 to make way for a space dedicated to its Chinese contemporary lifestyle brand Shang Xia, which is slated to open at the end of the year. And for Parmentier, the project marks a first return to fashion since shuttering his signature label over a decade ago. “I wanted to really bring people into an Hermès experience, so it has this feeling of being backstage, or in a stockroom,” he admits. A hint of things to come? Parmentier earned his stripes with Lanvin, Givenchy, and Karl Lagerfeld—it’s a fair bet he hasn’t said his last
If you happen to have €1.5 million lying around, you can pick up one of Hermès’ newest offerings—a small handbag made of gold, precious stones, and some 11,000 diamonds. The house’s jewelry designer, Pierre Hardy, created four different versions, each of which will only be produced three times. [Financial Times]
Emma Watson has been cast as the lead in Sofia Coppola’s new film, The Bling Ring. The film tells the true story of teenage fanatics turned celebrity burglars. [Vogue U.K.]
A year later, and nobody is quite sure who will succeed John Galliano at Dior. Yesterday, a source reportedly told British Vogue that flowers arrived at Christian Dior’s headquarters addressed to none other than Haider Ackermann, a designer who’s name has been in the mix of contenders for a while now. [Vogue U.K.]
“Hermès is a very luxury brand, but it’s about horses and animals, so I wanted to link this roughness to something much more feminine,” designer Pierre Hardy tells Style.com of his newest Hermès Haute Bijouterie collection. Yesterday, the designer, who has helmed the French brand’s jewelry and footwear for 20 years (and also does the Balenciaga shoes with Nicolas Ghesquière), arrived in New York to fête his latest whip and hoof-inspired offerings, available at Hermès’ Madison Avenue boutique until October 22. “It’s rare, it won’t be in New York so often,” he adds. So what about a saddle (the first Hermès item ever made) collection of bijoux? “Not yet; that might be difficult, but maybe that will be next.”
If anyone would be up to such a challenge, it’s Hardy. Aside from working with Hermès and Balenciaga, he recently collaborated with the car company Peugot on a futuristic “concept shoe” made of carbon fiber. What’s next on the docket for Hardy? “I don’t know. If I do any other collaborations, they have to be a very different subject that I can transform with fashion,” he says.
The New York skyline reconfigured as a glittering pump—that’s what you can expect to find at Pierre Hardy’s new West Village shop (left), his first in the U.S. and third worldwide, which opens this Wednesday. Hardy and David Mann of MR. Architecture + Decor gutted an old garage on a quiet strip of Jane Street and rebuilt it as an urbane little cavern, with smoky glass partitions, original cinderblock walls, and construction-style I-bar benches. On the eve of his NYC debut, Hardy spoke to Style.com about city girls, New York style, and his favorite neighborhood burger.
Pierre Hardy opens December 8 at 30 Jane St., NYC, (646) 449-0070, www.pierrehardy.com.
This shop will be your first in the States. Is it similar to the two you already have in Paris?
It’s a [continuation] and also a contrary. Because in Paris, you know, it’s an old town, with historic monuments—you have to deal with that, to keep it as it is, not touch it. [You] make it modern as much as you can, but there are things that you can’t touch. Here it was the contrary. The place was nothing—it was a garage. We almost had to rebuild it from the beginning to the end. The issue was to transform it into something precious and sophisticated and new. I tried to build this box, this glass box inside these raw walls—to keep the two feelings. Those original walls are very New York for me. I wanted to keep it, and bring this modernity and preciosity also. That was the challenge.
Did you have your heart set on this neighborhood?
I was hesitating between uptown, downtown, uptown, downtown for a long time. I found the ideal shop uptown, too, at the same moment. I was like, what do I do? I couldn’t do both at the same time, of course. But finally, I think the mood of the collection, even the girls who love my shoes, are more here than uptown.
About those girls. How do you think their style compares to that of their Parisienne counterparts?
For me, I always wonder why the Frenchwoman is supposed to be the most elegant. Sometimes, [she] is, but not often…[Laughs.] In New York, the girls, maybe for their everyday life, they dress a little bit less, but when they do it, they do it right! That I love. Continue Reading “Pierre Hardy’s New York” »