September 2 2014

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4 posts tagged "Vanessa Paradis"

Benoît Missolin’s Latest Hat Trick



Ever since his bunny ears caught the fashion world’s attention in 2008, Benoît Missolin has been churning out seriously fun, whimsical headwear informed by Pop references. Most recently, those included a pair of red sequined lips that mimic the gap-toothed sex appeal of Vanessa Paradis.

Despite his success, however, Missolin has decided of late that less is more, and has scaled back output to focus on artisanal techniques. “I wanted to hold onto the notion of Parisian chic while keeping it fun,” he told, speaking from his London studio. Any talk of Paris, especially at this point in the season, means couture. Here, Missolin debuts exclusively two of three new headpieces, called Tippi and Lola, which will be made-to-order only. “They’re very tribal couture,” he explains of the dramatic sweeps of black feathers, adding that he was going for a regal quality, but with a soft side—a touch Maleficent meets Issy Blow, if you will.

Benoît Missolin’s ready-to-wear accessories are sold in Le Bon Marché in Paris and, come fall, on

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Dreaming Of A Karl Christmas


Paris’ Printemps is spending Christmas with Karl Lagerfeld. Not only did Lagerfeld orchestrate the store’s Rêve d’Evasion (that is, travel dream) Christmas windows, which feature mini Lagerfeld marionettes photographing, filming, sketching, and posing all over Paris along with glittering, miniature and life-size pieces from past Chanel Métiers d’Arts collections (Paris-Shanghai, Paris-London), he also shot the store’s Christmas ads featuring a stately Chanel-clad Freja Beha Erichsen holding up the globe like a beach ball. On hand at the store last night with Vanessa Paradis for the official unveiling, Lagerfeld mused on how it feels to see himself as a dancing doll in a store window. “I guess I’m a doll you can’t play with,” he said. “In a way, I’m lucky. I don’t sing, I’m not an actor, I don’t make scandals, I’m just working class.”

Paradis said she usually spends Christmas travelling with close friends. “We don’t plan too far ahead, and it can be the mountains, in the country, or on the sand, as long as it’s with the people I’m really close to,” she told (Speaking of close to, there’s her pal Lulu Gainsbourg, with whom she’d shared the stage at a performance the night before. Gainsbourg has just completed an album of covers of his father Serge’s hits, including “The Ballad of Melody Nelson” with both Paradis and husband Johnny Depp.) As for Lagerfeld, Christmas this year will be spent in Paris. “Everyone I know is leaving, but I stay home because it’s the only moment I can work on the Couture quietly, sketch, and take care of my books and houses—all the things I never have time to do the rest of the year. For me the ultimate luxury is to be alone…to have time for myself, not look at my watch, and do whatever I want, whenever I want.”

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Chanel And Colette Partner For A PFW Pop-Up


The new double Cs: Chanel and Colette. In a spirit of chic sisterhood, the two opened yesterday in Paris what they call an “ephemeral boutique”—one that considerably ups the ante in the pop-up shop department. With freshly white-washed walls covered with sassy monsters by New York graphic artist Kevin Lyons, the former garage (down the street from Colette at 336-340 Rue Saint-Honoré) is hosting DJ sets (Elisa Sednaoui and the Misshapes are on the bill), a cupcake bar, Chanel bag customization sessions from club impresario-cum-graffiti artist André and others, and a Chanel nail bar throughout Paris’ nine-day fashion week.

“We’ve collaborated with Chanel in the past,” says Colette’s Sarah Lerfel, “and we were looking for another opportunity when we discovered this space, which is going to be a drugstore at the end of the year. For us this is a meeting both geographically”—the shop is about halfway between Chanel’s HQ on Rue Cambon and Colette—”and with products. We’re mixing very young designers like Anthony Vaccarello, Christopher Kane, and Mary Katrantzou with Chanel, which gives a much less classic vision of the brand.” Continue Reading “Chanel And Colette Partner For A PFW Pop-Up” »

Miu Miu’s Decade-Plus of It Faces


Miu Miu opens its doors tomorrow on 57th Street, in Jil Sander’s old digs, with a nearly 5000 square-foot space over three floors dedicated to the label’s sweet-yet-subversive wares. But it’s a sneak preview of images that will be on display on the store’s third floor that may really get the Miu Miu-philes going—and remind them why they love the don’t-call-it-secondary line ever so much. The gallery features morphed photographs from the label’s past campaigns—also seen at the Spring 2009 show—an exclusive group dripping with It-ness that includes Selma Blair, Lou Doillon, Kirsten Dunst, and Vanessa Paradis. It’s an excellent and educational walk down Miu-mory lane—and a reminder of why hunting for the name of the brand’s next face is one of the fashion fluent’s favorite sports. For your enjoyment, here’s a little blast from the past: Chloë Sevigny shot by Juergen Teller for Spring 1996, at left, and the morphed image at right.



Photo: Courtesy of Miu Miu