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Rykiel Exhibit Caps A Very Good Year


Sonia Rykiel is now wrapping up an event-studded 40th anniversary year that started with the opening of her new flagship in May and is now ending with her first-ever museum show at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. The event found her daughter Nathalie jubilant. “I am very happy [with this year] because I feel like we did everything we wanted to do,” she said. “My mother has never been featured in a museum, so this is like an apotheosis.” Over two floors, the show presents clothes of every, ahem, stripe, from the early years to the trompe l’oeil knits, strass and sequins, braless dresses, sweaters that range from sassy to serious, marabou jackets, and a poetic cluster of crepe and chiffon numbers. As Madame Rykiel posed for the cameras with photographer Dominique Issermann, guests jockeyed for space behind her to get a closer look at handwritten notes from friends like Carine Roitfeld, Pierre Bergé, Harold Koda, Guy Savoy, Ingrid Sischy, and Pierre Hermé. Nathalie Rykiel said that her favorite parts of the show are the pieces by 30 designers in homage to Sonia, which included Rodarte’s popular “Obama” sweater dress. “That so many great designers came together was incredible,” she said. “It says so much about creation, about fashion, and beyond that. If things in general could be done in the same way, the world would be a better place!” If you missed that feel-good fashion show, the Rykiel retrospective runs through April 19, 2009.

Photo: Eric Ryan/Getty Images

blasblog from paris: emma watson’s fashion week


The sweetest person I’ve met this Paris fashion week has been Emma Watson, the 18-year-old British actress making her first trek to the Parisian collections. “I’ve been to fashion shows before, like the Chanel show that was in London in December,” she told me. “But this is the first time I’ve been to shows like this. This is my first time at fashion week, and let me tell you, it’s pretty intense.” She’s made a pretty good first run: spending a few hours actually looking at the pictures at Patrick Demarchelier’s exhibit at the Petit Palais (how novel) on Tuesday night, attending Sonia Rykiel‘s anniversary fashion show and party (“That was amazing!”), and going to a handful of the big fashion shows, like Giambattista Valli (“I don’t even know where to begin”) and Chanel (“Now, that was a big deal”). But Watson’s got her sights on something beyond mere fashion: After her time in Paris, she’s planning a trip to the East Coast to look at universities.

Photo: Derek Blasberg

paris fashion week: saluting marvin traub


When it comes to second acts, Marvin Traub has a tale or two to tell. And so it was that over lunch at the Ritz with publisher Prosper Assouline that the idea was born to create a book around Traub’s post- Bloomingdale’s career, which includes never-before-published fashion mementos from his years as CEO of the department store. To fête the release of Traub’s new book, Like No Other Career (fashion fans will recognize the riff on the famous shopping slogan), the United States Ambassador to France, Craig Roberts Stapleton, welcomed longtime friends to his residence in Paris on Thursday night. That the publisher and author chose to launch it during Paris fashion week reflects Traub’s long love affair with France, starting from his days in the 95th Infantry during World War II, to his love for fashion and starring role in introducing French designers to America. Highlights of the book include sketches by Yves Saint Laurent, Jean Paul Gaultier, Karl Lagerfeld, and Sonia Rykiel, as well as chapters on Traub’s current activities—which includes such adventures as developing new talents such as Matthew Williamson and André 3000—the future of retail, and bringing Bloomingdale’s to Dubai. Inès de la Fressange swept through for the booksigning, and commented “Right now I am hosting a cocktail for 400 down the street (at the Roger Vivier boutique) but I couldn’t let this event pass without stopping by to see Marvin. He is a real ally for French fashion—and friendship is the best cocktail there is!”

a day in the life of: garance dore, blogger


Wednesday, October 1

9 a.m.

Oh my God, 9 o’clock and I’m already tired! First things first: I log on to my computer to post my newest fashion week pictures in my blog. Have a coffee while checking my e-mails, then grab a taxi over to the Karl Lagerfeld show near the Eiffel Tower.

10 a.m.

Hmm, good-looking crowd. I take a few pictures outside the tent before going in. These clothes always seem like a good appetizer before the king’s finale!

11 a.m.

There are no taxis to be found after the Lagerfeld show, so I jump onto a bus that will get me back to the Tuileries. The bus is jam-packed, but it is by far the most fashionable bus I’ve ever seen. I run into my friend Jil Ann and we talk about the shows; we both loved Ann Demeulemeester yesterday. Fashionistas have a hard time standing on the bus with their high heels. At every turn they teeter-totter and almost fall down. Quite funny.


I have a few stories to write. I’m also a journalist and these fashion weeks make my schedule totally crazy. I love to work at home, but there’s no time to go back to the Marais. I have a coffee and a cigarette in a café on the rue du Faubourg St.-Honoré. During the fashion weeks, this street looks like a catwalk, with all the fashion people making a stop at Colette. But I should stop looking at the street and get back to my work.

1 p.m.

OK, time to get organized. If I want to eat today—and I do—this might be the perfect moment. I meet with a friend and we have a typical Parisian fashion lunch—steak tartare and too many glasses of Sancerre&38212;all the while talking about photography and how to find inspiration.

2 p.m.

Off to the Dries show! I always love to get there early. This season the show is in the Palais Royal. Ooh la la, that is one great location. Beautiful waiters are offering me mint tea and macaroons. I have a hard time resisting, but I bought leather leggings recently and I really want to be able to wear them soon. So no macaroons.

4 p.m.

Lacroix shows at the Tuileries. Each time I go there I am reminded of the beauty of fall in Paris.

5 p.m.

Kim, from a Hong Kong magazine I will never be able to spell the name of, wants to interview me. We have a hot chocolate together.

6 p.m.

I spend one hour in a taxi trying to reach the Givenchy show.

7 p.m.

Givenchy, Givenchy, Givenchy. Everyone wants to be there. I run into Marie-Pierre Lannelongue from Elle, who is quite pleased with the results of a shoot I worked on for her. Good feedback is the food of any artistic work.

8 p.m.

Back to work. I want to rest a little bit before going to the Sonia Rykiel party.

9 p.m.

Never go back home if you want to party. I’m too tired and still have a lot of work to do. I call my friends to tell them what an old nanny I am, order Thai food, have a glass of wine, and start my computer. There’s a good chance I will still be working in four hours. I want to be fresh for the Stella McCartney show tomorrow morning.

Photo: Scott Schuman

blasblog from paris: the consensus is in: rykiel was worth the hike


I probably heard Wednesday’s big question a hundred times yesterday: Are you going to Sonia Rykiel? Are you going to Sonia Rykiel? There was a lot of vacillation. Natalia Vodianova was going to politely decline—as everyone was bemoaning, the venue was miles away, and she had Stella McCartney at 9:30 this morning—but then when Carine Roitfeld asked her to sit at her table, she bucked up the energy. And when it was revealed that the dinner that was to follow the show would be very placement and that the empty chairs would be identified for the world to see, that helped round up a few more people. Liz Goldwyn, who provided an essay on Sonia Rykiel for an upcoming exhibition on the designer’s work at the Louvre, wasn’t going to miss it for the world. “I admire Sonia Rykiel so much,” she said before the show began, adding that she and Dita Von Teese were waiting with bated breath to see what the designer would come up with. “She’s a strong woman, but knows the power of sex. She knows how to have her cake and wear a corset, too.” For Emma Watson, the highlight of the show was the finale, for which 30 designers—everyone from Karl Lagerfeld to Jeremy Scott to Olivier Theyskens—each created a tribute look to Madame Rykiel. “That was awesome!” the Harry Potter star said. “How come all the shows aren’t like that? I think they should be.” Watson wasn’t the only one who was moved. “After that, I’ve retired from shows for good,” said Irina Lazareanu, who had previously told me that she wasn’t going to do any shows this season. “I mean it!” Uh huh.

Photo: Derek Blasberg