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As usual at the most recent Paris Couture collections, there were openings—including a big one for Louis Vuitton’s haute joaillerie store on Place Vendôme. But this time around, there was a major closing, too. As just about everyone knows by now, the Ritz is shutting its doors at the end of July. Not forever, just for two years and change. Of course, to a lot of fashion people, that is forever.
“Everybody’s talking about it,” Claire Courtins-Clarins told me at the Louis Vuitton party. We were, incidentally, at the Ritz; Vuitton had booked the hotel’s pool room for one last go-round. The Atelier Versace show had happened there two nights before—poignantly, considering it was Gianni Versace’s old venue. (That’s Gianni, below, with the usual clatch of supermodels backstage at the Ritz during one of his Couture shows.) Immediately after Donatella’s runway came down, a VIP section went up, for an after-party with a performance by M.I.A.
If the hotel owes its place in the fashion annals to anyone, however, it’s Coco Chanel. The designer lived there from 1934 until 1971, albeit on the less glamorous Rue Cambon side. “Poor Chanel, I use the front door of the Ritz, she must use the back,” Elsa Schiaparelli liked to snipe. Continue Reading “Putting Off The Ritz” »
No one is asking who they are anymore. The tall, blonde French beauties, the Courtin-Clarins sisters—Claire and Virginie, frequently seen in Vuitton, and their cousins, Jenna and Prisca—who were spotted perched front-row during the Fall 2011 shows in New York and Paris, have a new seat of honor: on Vanity Fair‘s International Best-Dressed List, released today. (They’re in the “siblings” category alongside the Delevingne sisters, Cara, Chloe, and Poppy.) Other new additions to this year’s list: Michelle and Barack Obama (who have appeared separately before but are named together for the first time as a Best-Dressed Couple); Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge; Shala Monroque; Justin Timberlake; and “Fashion Original” Janelle Monáe. The full list is here.