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July 28 2014

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2 posts tagged "The Gentlewoman"

Blasblog: Go Gentle Into That Good Night

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For two guys who started the crotch-baring, NSFW, gay—make that very gay—magazine BUTT, Gert Jonkers and Jop van Bennekom are far more well mannered than you might expect. They’ve even gone so far as to call their new women’s magazine The Gentlewoman—paging Miss Prim! But even if their first and latest mags—a glossier, more fashion-oriented men’s title, Fantastic Man, came in the middle—aren’t exactly kissing cousins, a smart, chic sensibility unites them. No crotches were bared at the quintessentially Parisian launch party, held in a salon in the Saint-Germain last night, but the design and edit crowds gathered to sip Champagne and toast newly minted editor in chief Penny Martin (pictured, left, with Delfina Delettrez Fendi, Brian Phillips, and Jonkers) and cover girl Phoebe Philo, shot by David Sims with a proper Celine scarf knotted around her neck. (“She brought that with her,” Jonkers reports, “but it’s vintage. I imagine she took it out of the archives, or maybe she bought it on eBay.”) Philo is the gentlewoman to a tee, say the editors. “We’re already thinking of the next issue, and who would be good,” Jonkers went on. “But it’s true, a good gentlewoman is hard to find.” Van Bennekom, sadly, wasn’t feeling up to snuff at his opening; he had a cold and decided to duck out from the party early. On his way out, though, he was kind enough to refuse kisses and would only shake hands after a dose of disinfectant. “I don’t want to get anyone sick! That would not be very gentlemanly, or gentlewomanly, either.”

Photo: Jacques Habbah

Tom On The Runways, Lim At Home, And More…

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As our reviewers have been noting, Tom Ford’s influence is being felt on the women’s runways. The guy himself may soon be back up there, too. WWD reports that Ford has been quietly scouting designers for the womenswear line he’s been promising. Oh, and Oscar hosts Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin will be wearing TF tuxes at the show, so don’t worry, men of the world—Tom isn’t abandoning you, either. [WWD]

The Gentlewoman, the ladies’ mag from the guys behind Fantastic Man, launches next week in Paris, but a few early details have leaked already. Most tantalizing among them: The first issue’s cover girl is Celine’s Phoebe Philo. Yes, please. [WWD]

The Sunday Times pays a visit to Phillip Lim at his Soho loft, which he shares with his adored French bulldog, Oliver. What you’ll find there: a stuffed bird, a giant croc-skin “rug,” and a very Zen-sounding designer, given to pronouncements like “Some days peanuts; some days shell.” [NYT]

And Alice in Wonderland opens at long last today, which means the floodgates are open for (even more) media coverage. Our favorite recent bit: Helena Bonham Carter based the despotic Red Queen on her two-year-old daughter, Nelly, of whom she says: “Orders, orders, all the time. No pleases. No thank yous. Totally selfish. No empathy.” [Times U.K.]

Photo: Mark Stewart / Camera Press / Retna