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3 posts tagged "Veronique Leroy"

Maxime Simoens Makes A Move To Leonard


“I want a woman from our age,” Maxime Simoens, the newly announced creative director of Leonard, tells of the look he has in mind for the label. “It was a bit old, in my opinion. I really want to give it sophistication and modernity. “

The young French designer, who has taken the reins from Véronique Leroy after her eight-year term with Leonard, only began work with the brand today. “I really just began this morning—it’s quite new,” he says. Simoens, who has his own signature ready-to-wear line (which he will continue doing), is known for his strong geometric design aesthetic. He admits, however, he wants to keep the look of his line and Leonard very different. So, what does he have in store? “Leonard was originally a house of fabric—they made it for Chanel and Dior—and then they began doing fashion. I would like to use their vintage fabrics and prints and give them vibrancy and youth,” he explains. “But she will not be in print all the time—it’s impossible!” Until March, when he debuts his first outing with the label, stay tuned.

Photo: Courtesy Photo

The New Chambre Maids (And Men), David Gandy: The Book, Fly The Standard Skies, And More…


France’s Chambre Syndicale, the body that organizes Paris’ fashion shows, has announced its newest members and associates. Congrats to Azzaro, Carven, Damir Doma, Felipe Oliveira Baptista, Thimister, Véronique Leroy, and American (sometimes) in Paris Zac Posen. [WWD]

Dolce & Gabbana have found their ideal poster boy (literally) in David Gandy, who’s starred in many of the label’s menswear campaigns and runway shows. They’re now cementing their affection for the British-born model with a new book dedicated only to pictures of him—the first they’ve ever done focusing on a single model. [Vogue U.K.]

Next up for the Standard: its own airline. André Balazs’ do-no-wrong hotel group has launched its own mini plane service, StndAIR, offering flights to the Hamptons in a plane painted the Standard’s own cherry red. Here’s hoping for a liftoff from the Boom Boom. [W]

And Lindsay Lohan takes on her latest role: art star? The troubled actress gets in front of the lens for a short film—the first—by artist Richard Phillips, who’s no stranger to celebrity portraiture. [T]


A Day In The Life Of: Aminata Niaria, Rising Star Model


It was Alber Elbaz who discovered Aminata Niaria almost three years ago. Now, the Senegalese beauty is something of a Paris darling. We asked her to chronicle her packed day of racing around to castings, shows, and, of course, parties. Here’s what Aminata did yesterday.

Thursday, October 1

8:40 a.m. I’m en route to my first show, Hiroko Koshino. I have a nice, brisk walk there to wake me up!

9 a.m. I arrive at the Carrousel du Louvre. I am lucky enough to get a mani-pedi and a massage backstage before the show. Great start to the day!

10:30 a.m. I go into hair and makeup, which I love. Phophie Mathias is doing my makeup. Very cool.

1:05 p.m. The show is up! I have to run off to my fitting at Véronique Leroy at 2 p.m.

1:30 p.m. I arrive a half hour ahead of my scheduled fitting, hoping they can take me early so I can get everything done today. Fingers crossed I won’t have to wait…

3:25 p.m. Arrive for my Stella McCartney casting with James Scully, who is working on the show. It took forever to get here! You can definitely tell it’s fashion week in Paris. There’s so much traffic, people, and action!

4 p.m. Out of the casting with a lot of missed calls from IMG! I’ve got to run run run to Rick Owens!

4:20 p.m. Arrive at Les Beaux-Arts de Paris and head straight into show rehearsal. Then on to makeup, which is a really clean and sharp look. I love it and will get some tips on how to do it myself.

5:30 p.m. Retouching and some backstage photos. I see Rick Owens and we have a photo together! His work is very strong and captivating—I just love it.

6:10 p.m. The show has just finished a bit late and I’m running behind for the next. I’m off to A.F. Vandevorst. Got to run to the Musée de l’Homme!

8 p.m. Leaving A.F. Vandervorst for a quick fitting at Issey Miyake.
10 p.m. I run home for a quick change so I can stop by the Vogue Covers 1920-2009 soirée at the Hôtel de Crillon. I wear a BCBG Max Azria dress and grab a Swarovski clutch.

10:30 p.m. Arrive at the party fashionably late. I am very excited to speak with some of the people who I meet briefly in castings—Carine Roitfeld, Patti Wilson. There are so many wonderful personalities here. Unfortunately I can’t stay long. I have a 7 a.m. call time for Issey Miyake.

11:10 p.m. Turning the lights out. My day is finished. Off to get some beauty sleep for tomorrow is a new day! Au revoir!