Marques’ Almeida to Show in Paris

JEAN GENIES: London’s Marques’ Almeida is heading to Paris Fashion Week, according to a statement released Monday, though the details are still being finalized.
Launched in 2011 by London-based Portuguese duo Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida, and propelled by the success of its signature Nineties-inspired frayed denim pieces, the growing label scooped the LVMH Young Fashion Designer Prize in 2015, offering a 300,000-euro cash boost, a year of coaching and global exposure.
As reported, new arrivals to the Paris schedule include Afterhomework, A.W.A.K.E., Ottolinger and designer Anton Belinskiy.
The week is set to kick off a day earlier than usual on Sept. 24, with Simon Porte Jacquemus — who last year started showing his collection on the eve of the official start of the week — being joined by heavy hitters Dior and Gucci, the latter defecting exceptionally from Milan for one season.
Among other expected highlights are Hedi Slimane’s first collection for women and men at Céline, scheduled for Sept. 28 at 8:30 p.m. — the late Friday time slot marking a pronounced change from his predecessor Phoebe Philo, who habitually showed in an early afternoon slot on Sunday.
Casey Cadwallader at Mugler and Yolanda Zobel at Courrèges are also slated to unveil their first full

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Sunday Shopping Expands in Paris

SUNDAY SHOPPING: More stores can stay open for weeklong trading in Paris, after three shopping districts — Champs-Elysées Montaigne, Palais des Congrès and Bercy-Saint Emilion — were granted tourist zone status, enabling them to operate on Sundays.
The information regarding Champs-Elysées Montaigne and Palais des Congrès was published in France’s Journal Officiel and Bercy-Saint Emilion reportedly had its status changed through a prefectural order.
The status of tourist zone, allowing stores to trade on Sundays and until midnight under certain conditions, was created as part of the Macron Law in 2015. About 10 such areas already exist in Paris.
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Thieves Target Audemars Piguet in Paris

STEALING TIME: Two armed thieves made off with luxury watches estimated to be worth around 1 million euros from a boutique owned by Swiss watchmaker Audemars Piguet in central Paris, steps away from the Avenue des Champs-Elysées, on Saturday afternoon.
It is the latest jewelry heist to strike the French capital.
Authorities are searching for two individuals who left the store located at 46 Rue de Pierre Charonn with a number of high-valued timepieces after the hold-up at about 1 p.m. in the 8th arrondissement, according to a spokesman for the Paris police.
The duo entered the store and showed their handguns — but didn’t shoot — before taking the watches and fleeing in a car. They abandoned that vehicle, which was subsequently found in the nearby Bois de Boulogne park, the police spokesman said.
The judicial police’s bandit repression brigade is overseeing the case.
Local media outlets are reporting that the stolen watches are worth around 1 million euros.
Officials at Audemars Piguet were not immediately available to comment.
The Audemars Piguet store is located in what’s referred to as the “triangle d’or” (or “golden triangle”) in the French capital, the tony shopping area situated around Avenue Montaigne, Avenue George V and Rue François 1er. Over the

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Gucci to Show Spring 2019 Collection at Théâtre Le Palace in Paris

PALACE BOUND: Gucci revealed on Monday that its spring 2019 collection will be presented at Théâtre Le Palace in Paris on Sept. 24 at 9 p.m. The Italian fashion house said this is the first time the location will host a runway show.
Le Palace, located at 8 Rue du Faubourg-Montmartre, served for years as a nightclub, drawing members of the fashion and music industries as well as an underground culture.
“The Théâtre Le Palace resonates with the vision of the house as it is a venue that gave life to a (sub)culture that has inspired young generations up until today,” said a statement from Gucci.
This is a one-off show for Gucci in Paris and marks the crescendo of a three-part homage to France conceived by the Italian brand’s creative director, Alessandro Michele.
Gucci began its ode to France starting with its pre-fall advertising campaign, which harks back to that country circa 1968, when student marches and riots sparked popular rebellions against military and bureaucratic elites. Photographed and directed by Glen Luchford, it depicts Gucci-clad rebels occupying a university campus, passionately challenging the establishment and asking for change. Luchford’s black-and-white photos are inspired by the bold French Nouvelle Vague imagery of the late Fifties and Sixties and by radical filmmakers François

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Ada Kokosar Debuts Solo Shoe Collection During Paris Couture

After debuting last season with a shoe range for Cesare Paciotti and earlier this year with a collaboration with Dodo Bar Or, Ada Kokosar presented the first solo footwear collection of Midnight 00 by Ada Kokosar at the Meurice during Couture Week. The fashion consultant took over the hotel’s Belle Etoile suite overlooking the Tuileries garden, filling it with plants until the luxury accommodation looked like it had been overrun by nature during Sleeping Beauty’s century-long nap.
What is unique about these slippers is the high-gloss finish brought by the PVC that Kokosar drapes on each draped-and-embellished design. “As a reference, I wanted to take the most iconic and utopian shoe of all times, Cinderella’s glass slipper,” she said, showing off a glossy mule with flourishes of soft fabric peeking at the edges and decorated with a bejeweled crescent moon — the brand’s emblem. Heels and flats came in soft yet saturated shades of lilac, peach or pink fabric — silk satin, duchesse or super-soft cotton. Most striking of all was the transparent ruffle that encases shoe and ankle in a shell-like cocoon. Cherry on this highly iced cake? “The PVC makes the shoe last for a very long time: it

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G-Eazy Steps Out Solo at Paris Fashion Week Event After Halsey Split

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Antoine Arnault Touts Open-Doors Project at Lavish Paris Dinner

As a prelude to the fourth edition of LVMH’s Les Journées Particulières event this fall — which will give the public a chance to visit leathergoods workshops, perfume laboratories, vineyards and other production sites belonging to the French luxury conglomerate — a happy few got a glimpse into the inner workings of two of the French group’s brands on Monday night.
Antoine Arnault, wearing his hat as the new head of communication and image for LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, invited select editors attending the couture shows for a glass or two of Dom Pérignon at Chaumet’s 18th-century salon, a historic monument, and then spirited guests to the Louis Vuitton flagship on Place Vendôme for a lavish dinner.
Krug was poured once everyone assembled in one of the VIP salons, a plush space where Louis Vuitton chief executive officer Michael Burke described a decade-long process to reunite two historic town houses and restore them to their former grandeur.
“That’s how we like to cherish our brands, our houses and our assets. This is why I think Antoine is so right in making it available to the public,” he said.
Guests were then ushered into a specialty atelier next door that makes custom Vuitton designs, including

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Paris Men’s Week: Ones to Watch

Cmmn Swdn, Boramy Viguier and GEYM figure among a selection of rising brands on the week’s official men’s calendar and presentation lineup. And Davide Marello, the former creative director of Boglioli, will unveil his latest project, Davi, which is heavy on printed shirts, in Paris on Thursday.
Undercover, which presented its fall 2018 men’s collection in one of the guests spots at Pitti Uomo in January, will also present on the official men’s calendar for the first time, along with Alyx, which was shortlisted for the LVMH Prize in 2016. Check out a selection of the names set to present.

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For their debut show on the official Paris Men’s Week calendar, Saif Bakir and Emma Hedlund are doing their bit to protest against the mountain of waste the fashion industry is sitting on; to slow things down again and get back to the roots of fashion.
The show is scheduled to take place Tuesday at the Les Ateliers, the École nationale supérieure de création industrielle, a French design school located in Paris’ 11th arrondissement.
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Dior to Show High Jewelry at Paris Musée d’Art Moderne

MUSEUM PIECES: Dior is holding a three-day exhibit on July 6 to 8 to show high jewelry at the Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris, offering an example of how luxury brands are seeking to bolster their presence in the minds of the public.
Structured around the themes of couture, formal balls and gardens, the show includes 220 pieces designed by Victoire de Castellane, artistic director for the house. It will include jewelry from the new lace and haute couture-inspired collection, Dior Dior Dior, which is unusual for a high jewelry, again, reflecting the gradual opening of the prestigious domain in profile-raising efforts with consumers.
The show includes D de Dior Dentelle watches, the Bar en Corolle bracelet and pieces from Dior à Versailles that carry references to the palace’s gardens and gilded wood work.

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Cmmn Swdn, Boramy Viguier and GEYM figure among a selection of rising brands on the week’s official men’s calendar and presentation lineup. And Davide Marello, the former creative director of Boglioli, will unveil his latest project, Davi, which is heavy on printed shirts, in Paris on Thursday.
Undercover, which presented its fall 2018 men’s collection in one of the guests spots at Pitti Uomo in January, will also present on the official men’s calendar for the first time, along with Alyx, which was shortlisted for the LVMH Prize in 2016. Check out a selection of the names set to present.

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For their debut show on the official Paris Men’s Week calendar, Saif Bakir and Emma Hedlund are doing their bit to protest against the mountain of waste the fashion industry is sitting on; to slow things down again and get back to the roots of fashion.
The show is scheduled to take place Tuesday at the Les Ateliers, the École nationale supérieure de création industrielle, a French design school located in Paris’ 11th arrondissement.
Founded in 2012 in Malmo, Sweden, Cmmn Swdn is based between Sweden and London where it showed for six seasons before moving to present in

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Guess Farmers Market Headed to Paris, London, Tokyo and More

THE SEQUEL: Guess Inc.’s Guess Jeans U.S.A. revealed details of where its roving Farmers Market pop-up concept is set to go next.
The company in May launched the Farmers Market concept — a weekend-long force of exclusive streetwear drops and collaborations, skateboard demonstrations, food and live music — with Nicolai Marciano, who handles brand partnerships and specialty marketing for Guess, disclosing to WWD at the time the concept would indeed hit the road internationally, but didn’t reveal much beyond that.
Guess said Monday the concept would be a mix of pop-ups with exclusives also to be sold through some retailers this month and next. Exact dates have yet to be revealed.
The pop-up concept, which will be a scaled-down version of what was seen in Los Angeles, is set to make its way to Paris at Club 75, Selfridges in London, GR8 in Tokyo, Lessons in Perth and Dover Street Market in Singapore.
International retailers set to receive pieces from the capsule collection include Slamjam in Milan, Luisa Via Roma in Florence, Juice in Hong Kong and online via the Innersect App based out of China.
The idea for the Farmers Market was born out of Guess Jeans USA, which parent Guess calls its incubator

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Paris Trade Shows Challenged

PARIS — Following a strong January edition, March proved a calmer, more complex season for the main trade shows here: Tranoï, Woman, Paris sur Mode and Vendôme Luxury.
Attendance was down by 9 percent at Paris sur Mode, leading organizers to “rethink” the show in terms of dates and content, said show director Sophie Guyot.
Organizers of the Woman show observed buyers had already used up most of their apparel budgets on January pre-collections. With timing issues also impacting the October shows, the event plans to add a coed section to its Man show in June, according to co-director and founder Antoine Floch.
The new format will feature some 35 women’s and coed brands added onto roughly 70 men’s collections. WSN Développement, the owner of Paris sur Mode, also recently announced its own hybrid show for June.
The team running Woman and Man has “experienced an undeniable disruption in the current calendar,” the organizers said in a statement. The September-October edition has “suffered due to an overall drop in main collection budgets and an absence of motivated buyers….This new approach acknowledges the changes in the market,” they added, referencing the June proposal.
Tranoï, which shows women’s pre-collections in June, recorded “stable” attendance in March, and

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The Secret Spas of Paris

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Chanel Sets May 3 as Date for Cruise Show in Paris

GRAND DESIGNS: Chanel has set May 3 as the date of its cruise show in Paris. The collection, designed by Karl Lagerfeld, will be shown at the Grand Palais, as reported.
Chanel last month reaffirmed its commitment to the venue, signing on as the exclusive private sponsor of the renovation of the Grand Palais with plans to pledge 25 million euros toward the works, which are due to be completed in time for the Summer Olympics in Paris in 2024.
France is proving a popular destination for this year’s crop of cruise shows. Louis Vuitton will head to the south of France for its display on May 28, but has yet to disclose the exact location, while Gucci will stage its show in Arles on May 30.
Prada, meanwhile, will unveil its cruise collection in New York on May 4, but has kept details about the location under wraps.

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Kering, British Fashion Council Host Ethical Fashion Event in Paris

DOWN TO EARTH: Britain’s ambassador to France Edward Llewellyn opened his residence to a fashion crowd, assembled to discuss sustainable style in a networking event hosted by Kering, the London College of Fashion and the British Fashion Council.
“Inside Kering, we have a feeling that sustainability is key,” said Marie-Claire Daveu, Kering’s chief sustainability officer, who is also in charge of institutional affairs for the luxury group. Daveu added that the industry needs to build a more “eco-resistant” business model and that it is important to get various people involved, including designers and students. She and Claire Bergkamp, who heads sustainability and ethical trade for Stella McCartney, stressed the importance of research and development for the endeavor. Start-ups also play a role in promoting sustainability, added Bergkamp, citing Bolt Threads, a company that makes silk out of yeast as an example.
Other speakers were Frances Corner of the London College of Fashion and Tamsin Lejeune of the Ethical Fashion Forum, while Godfrey Deeny, editor in chief of Fashionnetwork.com moderated the discussion.
The ambassador said he was pleased to see the halls of the historic diplomat’s quarters animated by the issue.
“It’s fantastic, this historic residence. It’s been the British ambassador’s residence for over 200

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Tsumori Chisato Fetes Anniversary Book, Fall Lineup in Paris

TIME TRAVELS: Tsumori Chisato rolled it all in one, throwing a party to celebrate her 25th anniversary book and presenting her fall collection in a cheerful two-floor space in the Marais neighborhood in Paris. Her label is actually a few years older than 25, but it took a bit longer to get the book finished. The decades have flown, noted the active Japanese designer, known for her extensive travels.
“It feels very short, time is so fast,” she said.
Upstairs was a retrospective of her pieces; a dress worn by Vanessa Paradis on the front of a magazine sat in one corner. Another dress had a large owl embroidered on the front, stitched with yarn: “From my travels to Sweden,” Chisato said.
In the next room, a fan from Italy flipped through the book, published by Rizzoli and written by Chisato and Helena Christensen. She discovered an image of the dress she was wearing in the book, and pointed it out to Chisato, catching looks from other guests who were surprised to hear the blonde woman speak Japanese. “We’ve been friends for years, I know her from Rome,” Chisato explained.
Guests nibbled on wasabi and pea hummus and wandered around the space, which was livened up with

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Palais Galliera Retrospective Opens Margiela Season in Paris

PARIS — Martin Margiela is having a moment, and not just on the catwalk.
The Belgian designer, who left his namesake company in 2009, is the subject of a retrospective at the Palais Galliera, the fashion museum of Paris, which opens to the public on Saturday. “Margiela Galliera — 1989/2009” is the first big exhibition in France dedicated to the designer, who helped to curate the show.
In parallel, an exhibition focusing on his work as artistic director of women’s ready-to-wear at Hermès will open at Les Arts Décoratifs later this month, after debuting last year at the MoMu Fashion Museum in Antwerp. “Margiela: The Hermès Years” is scheduled to run here from March 22 to Sept. 2.
Margiela, now 60, not only questioned the structure of garments, but also challenged the structure of the fashion system by opting to remain anonymous, staging his shows in venues like car parks or vacant lots, and giving his clothes a plain white label with no brand name.
The Palais Galliera show comes at a time when designers from Demna Gvasalia at Vetements and Balenciaga, to Kanye West with his Yeezy lines, are reviving Margiela signatures like oversize clothing and nude body stockings.
But the timing is pure

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Pascal Millet, Anne Sofie Madsen Cancel Paris Fashion Week Shows

LIGHTENED LOAD: What started out as a thinner Paris Fashion Week has become even lighter.
In a break with a nine-year tradition, Pascal Millet has canceled his runway show. The French designer, who was scheduled to take the 7 p.m. slot on March 1, said in a brief statement that the brand recently opened up to new investors, without elaborating further. Sales sessions will still be held on March 3 to 9 as originally planned.
Also canceling her show is Danish designer Anne Sofie Madsen, who was scheduled for 7 p.m. on March 4. The brand did not provide an explanation and did not respond immediately to a request for comment.
The late-stage bow-outs came as a handful of other labels were notably absent this season for a variety of reasons.
Alexis Mabille is foregoing his runway show for showroom appointments, which will be accompanied with a film clip, to present his new collection. The French designer said he is focusing on tuxedos and evening gowns.
Esteban Cortázar ended a dozen-year run in Paris and moved to New York for his fall collection, accepting a one-season invitation. It was a homecoming of sorts; the Colombian-born designer started his fashion career in Miami and debuted his

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Sustainability and Technology Front and Center at Paris Fabric Fairs

PARIS — Sustainability and technology remained the headline topics at the recent editions of the Première Vision Paris, Texworld Paris and sister trade shows Apparel Sourcing and Avantex here.
Visitor numbers were largely flat, coming off a high base following a run of strong editions, with a dip in Asian visitors attributed to the Lunar New Year. PV Paris attributed a 5 percent dip in American visitors to current challenges related to the transformation of the retail landscape.
A number of mills at Texworld had upped their sustainability criteria, with 71 exhibitors participating in the show’s Sustainable Sourcing itinerary. “Traceability is becoming the biggest issue in the U.S. and European markets,” said Lenzing senior vice president for Europe and the Americas Marco Schlimpert. The company showcased its Ecovero eco-responsible viscose fiber, which launched last May and is seeing brisk demand, as well as its Refibra technology, which involves upcycling cotton scraps, for example from garment production, in addition to wood pulp to produce new virgin Tencel Lyocell fibers using closed loop production. Within the re-branded Texworld Denim section, meanwhile, Pakistan-based Rajby Industries, whose biggest clients include H&M, Inditex and Mango, debuted new sustainable cottons that use up to 50 percent less water

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Paris Men’s Week: Great Expectations

PARIS — As the coed trend continues to suck puff out of men’s weeks’ sails, Paris, as the proverbial capital of fashion, is still showing resistance.
The palpable buzz around the week, which opened Tuesday, bodes well for the city’s returning confidence. The greater Paris region in 2017 saw a record 23.1 million hotel arrivals, according to the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau, coming off a gloomy 2016 that was impacted by a spate of terrorist attacks.
Against a baseline of men’s wear stalwarts like Dries Van Noten, Comme des Garçons, Thom Browne and Rick Owens, Vetements’ off-calendar show — after having staged a “No-Show” event in a Paris car park last June — has added fizz to this season, while excitement is also mounting around the debut Maison Margiela men’s collection under the creative direction of John Galliano, both showing on Friday. It’s been a step-by-step process for the designer.
“The strategy of the maison is rooted into a single unified and consistent message, with John Galliano’s vision at its core. Allowing this creative vision to develop and expand consistently throughout the house first required a thorough exploration and redefinition of the brand codes,” said Riccardo Bellini, chief executive officer of Maison

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Ones to Watch: Paris Men’s Fashion Week

PARIS — From the debut collection of design-led sustainable men’s brand, Phipps, to Nïuku’s modern-day tribute to men’s tailoring of yore, here are some of the new talents to look out for at Paris Men’s Fashion Week, which kicks into high gear today.
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“It’s about acknowledging that we’re all people, we’re in this together,” said Spencer Phipps, founder of Phipps, a new men’s wear line mixing sustainability and style that is due to launch on Jan. 20 during Paris Men’s Week. (The venue is still to be confirmed.)
The Paris-based designer, who is from San Francisco, cut his teeth in the men’s studio of Marc Jacobs in New York before working for Dries Van Noten in Antwerp for three years. After leaving Van Noten, he spent eight months researching manufacturers and materials. “I did my graduate collection in sustainability in 2008 at Parsons and it was like a joke. I ended up finding one manufacturer in New England that was basically some hippy commune that made hemp and linen and one cotton flannel,” he said.
So Phipps opted to work with manufacturers in Portugal, “a country that is basically certified [for sustainability].”
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EXCLUSIVE: Winona Ryder Named L’Oréal Paris Brand Ambassador

L’Oréal Paris has tapped Winona Ryder to appear in a campaign tied to a massive rebrand of its U.S. hair business, WWD has exclusively learned.
A “robust, 360-campaign” comprising digital, social, TV and print advertising is set to launch Sunday during the Golden Globes with a TV commercial featuring Ryder, said Anne Marie Nelson-Bogle, senior vice president of marketing at L’Oréal Paris.
Titled “The Comeback,” the campaign is tied to the repositioning of the majority of the L’Oréal Paris hair-care products, including shampoos, conditioners and treatments, plus a few new products, under a new franchise called Elvive.
The Elvive platform focuses on damage prevention, a message L’Oréal is hoping U.S. consumers — fond of curling irons, blowouts, dry shampoo and bleach — will relate to. L’Oréal research found that eight in 10 women in the U.S. have damaged hair — and 18- to 34-year-olds in particular overindex in hot-tool-related damage.
“Everyone does love a comeback, and we will be communicating that damaged hair deserves one, too,” said Nelson-Bogle of the new campaign. “For Winona, we know that from TV sets to the red carpet, her hair has gone through many transformations — her hair is dry and damaged.”
In a commercial airing during the Golden Globes,

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Li Edelkoort to Open Paris Gallery to Spotlight Artists, New Voices

WATCH THIS SPACE: Having first opened a private art salon in Paris more than three decades ago, Trend Union founder Li Edelkoort will soon take her career full circle by unveiling a public design gallery in her company’s headquarters.
Set to open its doors Jan. 18 at 30 Boulevard Saint-Jacques, the space will showcase design and arts and crafts — “what deserves to be shown collected and cherished at this moment in time,” according to the trend forecaster. To that end, a Heartwear pop-up shop will be among the planned events.
Created in 1993 by Edelkoort and some of her fashion designer friends, Heartwear is a nonprofit that collaborates with artisans by helping them scale up their creations without compromising their design integrity, culture or environment that they live and work in. With the assistance of department stores and magazines, Heartwear develops high-level goods with broader distribution. The nonprofit’s aim is to create a lasting connection with a collective or region. Khadi cotton from India and indigo-colored textiles from Benin are two of the projects that have been executed. To try to help the specific regions become self sustainable, profits are reinvested in those where the artists are based.
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The Paris Vintage Shoe Store That’s a Resource for Top Designers

PARIS — Situated among orthopedic shoe stores, natural wine bars and bobo restaurants, La Petite Fripe sells vintage footwear to fashion designers and their Parisian muses.
The pocket-sized boutique, located in the 11th arrondissement’s trendier zone, exclusively sells unworn, dead stock vintage shoes. While only open since September, the store has quickly culled a fan base including girl-about-town Clara Cornet, model Louise Follain and actress Pauline Jacquard. It has also become a sourcing ground of inspiration for footwear designers at some of Paris’ leading fashion houses, with designers accounting for half the shop’s sales.
Founded by antique and vintage dealer Lhassan Oubakrim, La Petite Fripe’s shelves have recently housed an assortment of Eighties metallic mule pumps, dandy loafers and embroidered mukluk boots. Shoes are typically priced around 80 euros, with boots hitting the highest price point at about 280 euros.
Here, Oubakrim speaks with WWD on about his store.
WWD: What is your work experience prior to opening this boutique?
Lhassan Oubakrim: I have been a bargain hunter and an antique dealer for years. I love unexpected discoveries and the feeling of finding one amazing piece amongst a mountain of s–t. It is both my work and my passion.
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Brioni to Show in Paris in January

MILAN – Brioni’s first collection by new creative director Nina-Maria Nitsche will be presented in Paris on January 20 during the city’s Men’s Fashion Week. This will not be a runway show but a presentation.
Nitsche was appointed to the role at the storied Italian men’s wear wear company in June, succeeding Justin O’Shea, who was pushed out after only a six-month stint. The brand is now helmed by former Agent Provocateur chief executive officer Fabrizio Malverdi, who joined Brioni in April, charged with accelerating the international expansion of the elite Italian tailor following a period of turmoil. He succeeded Gianluca Flore.
Before Brioni, Nitsche had joined Vetements in September 2016 but left when the company relocated to Zurich from Paris earlier this year. She was previously a veteran at Maison Martin Margiela, which she joined in 1989, working closely with the founding designer for 23 years. After Margiela’s  resignation, in 2009, Nitsche took over the creative direction of the brand.
O’Shea staged his first and only collection for Brioni in Paris during Haute Couture Week in July 2016. Under previous creative director Brendan Mullane, Brioni had shown in Milan, both through the runway and presentation formats. Mullane, who reported to then-ceo Francesco Pesci,  helped

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Designers Turn Out for Paris Rwanda Benefit

FESTIVE SPIRIT: It was beginning to look a lot like Christmas as guests flowed into Yannick Alléno’s three-star restaurant, the Pavillon Ledoyen, on Thursday night Numéro editor in chief Babeth Djian’s annual dinner for Rwandan children, with proceeds going to Les Amis des Enfants du Monde (Friends of the Children of the World).
Designers including Olivier Rousteing, Alber Elbaz, Alexandre Vauthier, Jean Paul Gaultier and Christan Louboutin — who took Djian for a spin on the dance floor — got into the festive spirit.
Sparkle and black was the dress code with outfits ranging from Karidja Touré’s peak-shouldered silver and black jacket by Mugler to the matching, jewelry-loaded, black and gold Saint Laurent ensembles sported by rising rock star brother-sister duo Natalie and Elliot Bergman of Wild Belle who had been flown in by the house for the event. “I love bells,” deadpanned Elliot Bergman, whipping out his phone to share a photo of a set of bronze bells he has on display in a Paris gallery. The group is recording their third album, “a back-to-roots affair,” between Chicago and Los Angeles.
Dressed in a sheer gold leaf-embroidered black gown layered over a T-shirt by Louis Vuitton, French actress Ana Girardot, who has

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A Bathing Ape to Open Store in Paris

SPACE FOR AN APE: Japanese streetwear label A Bathing Ape is opening a store in central Paris on Dec. 1.
The first French stand-alone store for the brand, which was founded in 1993 by Tomoaki Nagao, known as Nigo, will be on the Rue de la Verrerie, a street that runs parallel to the Rue de Rivoli not far from the capital’s City Hall.
Stretching across 1,500 square feet, the space will bring a futuristic touch — via stainless steel walls and gray marble floors — to a Haussmann-style building facing Paris department store BHV Marais. A Bathing Ape’s owner, I.T, has teamed up with BHV parent company Galeries Lafayette Group for the store.
Artworks by Adam Lister, known for depicting popular paintings with magnified pixels, will decorate the back wall, while mirror and light box ceilings will add dimension to the ceilings.
The Bape store will sell limited-edition items including Eiffel Tower and tricolor motifs in blue, white and red, alongside the brand’s signature ape head and shark designs. Rubber bracelets and tote-bag gifts will be handed out to some shoppers at the grand opening.
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Paris Jackson Just Wore the New Flower Crown

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Kim Kardashian Used Healing Crystals to Recover From 2016 Paris Robbery

Kim Kardashian is diving further into the beauty world, launching three eau de parfums at her online beauty destination, kkwfragrance.com, on Nov. 15. The three variations on gardenia, her favorite flower and scent, are first come, first serve fragrances. Once they’re gone, that’s it.
In an exclusive interview with WWD, Kardashian outlined the process of creating and launching her three fragrances, Crystal Gardenia, Crystal Gardenia Citrus and Crystal Gardenia Oud, including the inspiration behind them.
“Honestly, after my Paris situation [when she was held at gunpoint and robbed], a lot of my friends would come over and bring me healing crystals, and I obviously knew what they were — it’s very L.A. and it’s very popular right now — but for me it meant something so different. I was sitting there and I’d get these collections of them and I started to really dig deeper into what they meant and the meanings behind them and started to go to these crystal warehouses in Culver City and downtown [L.A.],” said Kardashian.
Developing each scent was about “being calm and healing,” which are the two words Kardashian used to describe a newly zen approach she’s taken over the past year. The color variations of each

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Paris Jackson Draws Inspiration from Elizabeth Taylor for New Ambassador Role: ‘She Was an Unstoppable Force of Change’

Paris Jackson is drawing inspiration from her late father’s close friend, Elizabeth Taylor, as she tackles her responsibilities as the new ambassador for Taylor’s AIDS foundation.

Jackson, daughter of music legend Michael Jackson, said Taylor’s example has influenced her own philanthropy — especially within the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.

“Elizabeth was a real badass,” she told PEOPLE ahead of the Mothers2Mothers and ETAF benefit dinner Tuesday in Beverly Hills, which she attended with brother Prince. “It’s very rare that you see someone with that kind of influence really use their platform for something so important.”

She added of Taylor: “She wasn’t going to let the HIV/AIDS pandemic run wild as it directly impacted her friends and loved ones.”

Jackson, 19, was recently named the new ambassador, in a role she said touches her “familial roots.” Taylor, who died in 2011, was a close friend of Michael’s before his 2009 death and was even the teen’s godmother.

“She was a courageous and unstoppable force of change during a time when the government remained silenced on the ongoing crisis,” Jackson told PEOPLE of Taylor. “She demanded give HIV/AIDS the attention it desperately needed.”

“Her story is an example of how one person can have such a profound and positive effect on the whole of humanity,” she continued.

As part of her duties, Jackson visited Malawi with the organization, where she met with those living in a small village.

“There I met a young mother who told us about her experience and how the mothers2mothers program has helped her journey,” she told PEOPLE of the trip. “If she had gotten medication sooner, she wouldn’t have passed HIV on to her child.”

“It doesn’t have to be this way,” she added. “The programs funded by ETAF are working hard to make sure mothers and families get the care they need.”


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Proenza Schouler Founders Talk Paris Move for Creativity’s Sake

NEW YORK — After 15 years of personal and professional partnership, Proenza Schouler founders Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez seem close to becoming a single creative entity.
It’s impossible to tell who drew which sketch for their most recent collection and they even dress in a similar, staunchly normcore fashion; like Larry David, if he were a young aesthete. During Thursday night’s talk with former CNN host Alina Cho at the Metropolitan Museum of Art here as part of the museum’s “Atelier With Alina Cho” series, McCollough dressed in a red pullover and black Adidas Gazelles, while Hernandez wore a black pullover and black Nike Air Force 1s. They had on almost identical charcoal skinny jeans.
This “morphing,” as McCullough put it, started in design school and probably lent itself to what seems to have been a conflict-free decision to move their runway presentations to Paris after spending their entire careers in New York.
“It was bittersweet for us to leave New York,” McCollough said. “I think New York is so good at fostering the young and up-and-coming and I think if we’d lived in one of the other fashion capitals, we wouldn’t have necessarily had the same opportunities that we had being

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Kering to Open Historic Paris Headquarters to Visitors

MODERN HOSPITALITY: Kering is opening its historic Paris headquarters to the public over a weekend this month, inviting visitors to explore the history of the 17th-century hospice through a virtual reality tour.
Developed by a French start-up Timescope and historians, the tour will focus on the site’s role as a hospital just over a century ago.
The hospital chapel will serve as the site of an exhibit of contemporary artwork from the Pinault Collection with pieces from Seung-Taek Lee, Chen Zhen and David Hammons.
Over the weekend of Sept. 16 and 17, visitors will also be able to inspect haute couture pieces designed by Cristóbal Balenciaga, dotted throughout the cluster of Left Bank buildings.
The temporary exhibits represent “heritage and creation,” said Kering chairman and chief executive officer François-Henri Pinault, who was looking for a fresh way to show the site to the public for this year’s heritage days event.
The company celebrated its move into the headquarters a year ago, inviting designers, movie stars and local politicians to view art work from the Pinault Collection.

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Paris Jackson Poses Topless Again to Showcase Her New Tattoo

Paris Jackson, Topless, TattooParis Jackson is going au natural again to celebrate her new ink.
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Paris Jackson Pays Tribute to Godfather Macaulay Culkin on His 37th Birthday

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Paris Jackson’s Makeup Artist Breaks Down the Hazy Shadow Trend

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Paris Jackson’s Spiritual Retreat Included a Few Topless Selfies

Paris Jackson was feeling free on her recent spiritual retreat — so much so that she didn’t mind taking her top off to get one with nature.

The daughter of Michael Jackson posted several topless photos of herself on Instagram Friday as she took in the sights on her spiritual getaway.

In one photo, the Star actress laid face down on a tree limb — captioning the shot, “bark to skin.”

In another, Jackson posed topless with her back to the camera — kneeling in front of a Buddha statue.

Among the pics were a series of sites seen around the sanctuary visit — including candles, crystals, and a stunning stone sculpture.

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The 19-year-old model recently defended herself against those who criticized her for how much she embraces nudity.

“Nudity started as a movement for ‘going back to nature’, ‘expressing freedom’, ‘being healthier’ and was even called a philosophy,” she wrote in the caption to a topless Instagram photo in May. “Being naked is part of what makes us human. for me it helps me feel more connected to mama gaia.”

“I’m usually naked when i garden,” she continued. “It’s actually a beautiful thing and you don’t have to make it sexual the way many hollywood stars (and the media) do.”

The new face of Calvin Klein took her beliefs one step further, writing, “Not only is your body a temple and should be worshipped as so, but also part of feminism is being able to express yourself in your own way, whether it’s being conservative and wearing lots of clothes or showing yourself.”

“If this makes some of you upset I completely understand,” she added —encouraged those people to unfollow her on Instagram.


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Bella Hadid Bares All in a See-Through Top at the Alexandre Vauthier Show in Paris

Bella Hadid, Paris Fashion WeekBella Hadid bared it all to open the Alexandre Vauthier show on Tuesday during Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week.
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Paris Jackson and 90210 Star Trevor Donovan Are ”Just Friends” Despite Showing PDA

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Francesco Scognamiglio Skips Paris, Shows Couture by Appointment

MILAN — Francesco Scognamiglio is not one to mince words. In his frank manner, the Neapolitan designer said he decided to bow out of the Paris couture schedule because the calendar had become “too confusing with American brands showing ready-to-wear and pre-collections.” Through client appointments in Milan and the French capital, Scognamiglio wants to manifest “a sign of rupture. I am looking for something more discreet.”
Discreet, the collection was not. After all, Scognamiglio is not a minimalist designer and, for his fall couture collection, he reached for the sky. Literally. In particular, the garden of Eden and his vision of paradise were the inspirations for the lineup. Explaining the reasoning behind this, the designer said “it was a spontaneous idea, I was thinking of an almost surreal scenario, something that is unreachable, above the sky.” Scognamiglio said he worked with a painter who translated his thoughts into a print of luscious leaves, lilies, blue skies and colorful parrots, seen on a fitted dress with a soft bow at the neck and a flounced, uneven hemline, and lit up by crystal stars. “These are almost like sacred birds,” the designer said.
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Ingie Paris Resort 2018

Ingie Chalhoub took resort quite literally, offering up a languid collection inspired by the California lifestyle of the Seventies. Palazzo pants, jumpsuits and flowing dresses featured paisley or swirling vintage-style prints in a variety of pastel hues on white backgrounds, with floral adornments and hand-sewn braided details to knock home the hippie-chic message. Others were worked in plain candy-colored silk that flowed on the body, or in more structured jersey with a Neoprene texture.
These were contrasted with glittering fabrics that glammed things up. A graphic sequined guipure worked well on a long maxiskirt in off-white or a black shirt with translucent organza sleeves, while an ivory boyfriend blazer with sequin details had a relaxed charm. On a striped rough-hewn fabric, meanwhile, the contrast of metallic threads and pastels made for a refreshing look.
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Iris Van Herpen Couture Fall 2017: For her 10th anniversary show, the designer sent out aquatic-themed creations to a

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Karlie Kloss Came to Paris to Slay–See for Yourself

ESC: Karlie Kloss, Paris Fashion Week, Haute CoutureICYMI: Karlie Kloss came to SLAY.
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Dubai-Based Designer Rami Al Ali Considers Paris Location

TAKING FLIGHT: Syrian designer Rami Al Ali is thinking about establishing a permanent presence in Paris for his namesake label.
“Paris is an important window display for the world,” said the Dubai-based designer, who showcased his fall couture collection at the Ritz Paris hotel. Around 85 percent of his clients are from the Gulf region, he said, describing them as young jet-setters who want to stand out.
Al Ali, who usually works with neutral hues and metallics, ventured into new territory this season: dusty pink.
“Everyone was afraid it would be too girly,” he said, gesturing towards the array of structured gowns in tulle, organza and silk gazar. His inspiration came from a late 19th-century portrait of an angel by the American painter Abbott Handerson Thayer, which drew him with its mix of innocence and strength.
“The color gives lightness,” he said, lifting a heavy fold. He declined reveal what secret material sewn between the layers gave it heft. “That would be getting into the spices of the kitchen,” he said with a smile.
One bright dress brought a colorful tang to the collection. Deep crimson, it was made of the thinnest, airy silk. It was easy to see how the recurring theme of vertical

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Tata Harper to Open Spa Room in Le Bristol Paris Hotel

CRÈME DE LA CRÈME: Tata Harper Skincare is bringing her eponymous natural luxury skin care to Le Bristol Paris hotel, where starting on Sept. 27 and 28 she will inaugurate a first spa room in the City of Light.
“It’s a room and a little lounge,” she told journalists in Paris during a lunch on Thursday. “We’ve developed specific protocols — for face, beauty, everything — for our Bristol client.”
Harper, who is co-chief executive officer of Tata Harper with her husband, Henry Harper, said the concept at the hotel will be along similar lines to what her brand has opened in Credo in the U.S.
The Vermont-based executive also unveiled her latest product, Crème Riche, a rich cream chockablock with 43 actives. It will be launched in mid-September in France, the U.K., U.S. and Canada.
“This product has been in the making for almost three years. It involved almost five different scientists, and it has the latest in antiaging and moisturization technology today,” said Harper, citing sugar acids and microalgues technology as examples.
“It really represents the pinnacle of our formulation today,” she continued. “This was one of the most requested products that people really wanted.”
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Céline Dion Hams It Up for Paris Fashion Shoot: Tree Hugs, Spirit Fingers and Hand Shears (Oh My!)

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La Prairie Puts on Paris Art Exhibit

ART ATTACK: La Prairie continues linking up with artists, most recently in Paris’ Triple V gallery on Tuesday night to help celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Swiss brand’s Caviar collection.
Jean-Baptiste Grosdidier, general manager of France for the company, called La Prairie “the artist of formulation.”
“We asked five artists to create [pieces] thinking of La Prairie and the exclusive Cellular Complex,” the executive explained.
For the Paris show, Paul Coudamy built a sculpture, called “Living Cells,” reminiscent of a cellular structure with black balls — like caviar — attached to sections. In another one of his pieces, called “Solid Frequencies,” sound waves emitted by a person’s arm and hand caused little white balls to jump around in a large glass tube.
Cinq Fruits displayed large-sized photographs reminiscent of the link between beauty and science. While Bonjour Lab and TremensS also created two other pieces especially for the exhibit.
It’s been a busy few months on the art front for La Prairie. In March, the brand launched a digital takeover of its Instagram account, @laprairie, by six Swiss artists. Then in June, the company partnered with Art Basel for the first time.

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Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid and More Serve Up Serious Style at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week

Jennifer Lawrence, Paris Fashion WeekIt may be two days before the Fourth of July, but many of the most fashionable Americans are actually in the City of Lights for the Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture in France.
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Buyers Seek Standouts With Identity at Paris Men’s Trade Shows

PARIS — It was all about having a strong identity at the recent spring 2018 men’s trade shows here. Homespun, cultural references, vintage and surf styles and streetwear were selling well, with buyers seeking standout items and new discoveries to complement their core designer offering and differentiate themselves, rather than seeking out specific trends.
“Trends are hard to build a business around these days,” observed Chris Thomas, director of retail for Melbourne, Australia’s Service Denim Stores. “We’re looking for accessories to accentuate our core offer that have a point of uniqueness in the Australian market,” he said. “The ability to be unisex is important, too.”
Indeed, more and more brands were showing what they described as “unisex” collections as the trend for outsize gender-neutral garments continues to gain traction. Labels that tapped into heritage styles and techniques, especially from Japan and France, were also popular, as were new takes on performance wear.
Brands showing at Tranoï, Man and Capsule, held over the weekend during Paris Men’s Fashion Week, said foot traffic had been relatively slow, although key buyers had walked through, with a strong presence from Asian, especially Japan, and U.K.-based retailers.
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Men’s Spring 2018: The Paris Medals Race

Paris spent the weekend in dual celebrations. On Saturday the city’s streets were filled with floats and joyous crowds for the Gay Pride March, while that day and Friday saw events all over town to promote the City of Light’s bid for the 2024 Olympics (although snarling traffic to do so perhaps wasn’t the best way to win over the International Olympic Committee).
Here WWD ranks the men’s shows based on how they fared in their Olympian goal: To win a medal. But, designers please remember Baron de Coubertin’s creed: “The most important thing…is not to win, but to take part….The essential thing is not to have conquered, but to have fought well.”
And while Olympians might have to wait four years for another shot at a medal, you — the lucky designers and fashion pack — only have six months until next men’s season. Let the games begin.
 
GOLD: The designer crossed the finish line a clear winner.
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Berluti
Sacai
 
SILVER: Competitive, but just not good enough for gold.
Dior Homme
Paul Smith
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AMI Alexandre Mattiussi
Balenciaga
Valentino
Rick Owens
Louis Vuitton
Alexander McQueen
BRONZE: They out-showed the pack to at least make the medals podium.
Lemaire
Thom Browne
Haider Ackermann
Dries Van Noten
Junya Watanabe Man
Cerruti
Lanvin
Balmain
Officine Générale

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Tory Burch Supports Proenza Schouler at Paris Show

AMERICANS IN PARIS: Though it wasn’t yet July 4, there was a distinctly American flavor to the first day of Paris Couture Week, with shows by Proenza Schouler and Rodarte among the highlights of the day.
Tory Burch turned out to support Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez at the Lycée Jacques-Decour, a school built in the 19th century.
“The Americans invade,” she said with a smile. Burch has been spending more time in the French capital since the opening of her Paris flagship in 2015 and her subsequent engagement to Pierre-Yves Roussel, chairman and chief executive officer of LVMH Fashion Group, but her relationship with the city is still growing.
“I feel like it’s a work in progress and one that is becoming so beautiful. I’m getting to learn Paris and really understand it, but you know, just even navigating Paris for me in the last few years has been so wonderful, exploring and working on my French,” she said.
“That’s a bit of a different story. I mean, I understand it, but it’s hard working on it,” she added ruefully.
Burch said it was important for U.S. brands to be represented in the City of Light.
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Sportswear Drives Upbeat Paris Season for Men’s Buyers

PARIS — If the Paris men’s wear shows proved anything, it’s that the sportswear trend is set to run and run — pardon the pun. Tracksuits, sneakers, hoodies, graphic T-shirts, anoraks, zip-up jackets and even surf gear were among the key trends that energized buyers at the spring collections.
“The well-tailored formal attire has been retired to the back of the closet, only to be replaced by a plethora of athletic apparel,” said Tom Kalenderian, executive vice president, general merchandise manager of men’s and Chelsea Passage at Barneys New York. “Call it what you will: ‘street’ or ‘active’ — regardless, it is becoming standard issue for every man’s wardrobe.”
Despite a heat wave on the first two days of the collections, retailers felt an upbeat vibe in the French capital, and many were happy to loosen the purse strings. Footwear was especially strong, they noted.
“The footwear trend of the moment is the runner, often built on a ‘sock’ construction and in amazing color combinations reminiscent of rich Indonesian patterns in a pop color palette,” said Kalenderian.
“We feel really energized by what we’ve seen here in Paris,” said Dean Cook, men’s wear buying manager at Brownsfashion.com. “There’s a lot of creativity here and that

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Celine Dion Rocks Faux Leather Overalls and Sparkling Shades in Paris

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“Amiri is Los Angeles based but the collection is directly adjacent to brands like Saint Laurent and Givenchy in over 140 of the top retail doors in the world. It only makes sense that the collection is shown within the same context and city,” said Mike Amiri who, after five seasons showing by-appointment in Paris, is hosting his first presentation, albeit informal, with two models, mannequins and an installation. The brand’s two-day presentation on Rue Royale wraps today.
But while he may be showing in Paris, he’s losing none of the label’s rock ‘n’ roll California vibe. The Venice beach boardwalk in the late Eighties and early Nineties created most of the reference points for the brand’s spring collection, said the designer, who started the line in 2014 with repaired denim.
“There was an incredibly distinct clash of cultures during this era. You had the streetball movement, break-dancers, skaters, artisans, drugs, gangs and music — all intersecting in and around the boardwalk.”
Along with the visual cues, this cultural juxtaposition inspired the process and non-conventional techniques used, said the designer, who in the new collection applied traditional denim washing techniques to fine silks, knitting Italian cashmere in Los Angeles and hand tie-dyeing each piece,

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Paris Kicks Its Heels Off at Birkenstock

HAPPY FEET: It was the perfect day to be wearing Birkenstocks. With Paris in gridlock thanks to the conjoined influence of its 2024 bid to host the Summer Olympic Games and the Gay Pride parade, the fashion set spent much of their day on foot.
“I don’t know if we’re part of fashion, but we’re part of the fashion industry,” chief executive officer Oliver Reichert  said. “So here we are in Paris, having some drinks and having a nice time.”
The comfortable footwear brand invited one and all to step away from the hectic pace in a temporary Orangerie set-up in the Tuileries Garden, complete with soothing pebbled rivers, grassy stretches, the newly launched natural cosmetics and the comfortable beds it also produces, and, of course, the full footwear range Birkenstock has to offer.
On display was an array of styles, from the Red Dot Design Award-winning extruded EVA to the classic two-buckle designs to more unexpected ones, such as a knee-high hiking boot.
Top of the class were models that fused past and future with tech-looking materials dressing the traditional cork foot bed; colored outsoles, metallic leather uppers and new buckle shapes, and studded styles, particularly tricky to execute as the metal needed

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Paris Cocktail Celebrates Willy Vanderperre’s Fanzine

’ZINE SCENE: The fifth and sixth releases of Willy Vanderperre’s 12-issue fanzine, called /12 that’s being done throughout one year in association with Idea Books, was celebrated in Paris on Saturday evening.
Fans of the photographer and the two models — Kiki Willems and Jonas Gloer — who feature in the editions flocked to the Comme des Garçons Trading Museum Paris for the event. That’s also where the publication was launched exclusively prior to being introduced worldwide and online starting July 1.
Just 300 copies of each issue are available, and every one in the series, each of which features one model — such as Julia Nobis, Clément Chabernard and Abbey Lee — has followed the same format. This includes a double-page spread shot with a flash of the person wearing makeup; a photo of a detail of the model, usually their ear, and a loose-leaf format. It’s almost Hockney-eque in its multifaceted perspective and approach.
“He builds a portrait of the person rather than the model,” said David Owen, a cofounder of Idea Books, which has worked on numerous projects with Vanderperre. Owen added that often there is a waiting list of 300 people for each edition of /12.
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Paris Jackson Gets New ”Applehead” Tattoo To Honor Late Father Michael Jackson

Paris Jackson, 2017 Met Gala ArrivalsA new day, a new tattoo!
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Paris Men’s Sizzles — In More Ways Than One

PARIS — Call it the Macron effect. With Paris men’s fashion week in full swing since Wednesday, retailers and brands say there’s a positive global energy that is helping propel business, boosted by the recent election of President Emmanuel Macron — a man well-connected with the nation’s luxury conglomerates and also contributing to the goodwill toward France.
“I moved to Paris three months ago, and I have to say that, especially since the elections, there is a high level of confidence, trust and energy. I am hearing that from all over the world,” said Balmain’s new chief executive officer Massimo Piombini.
“It’s a global energy that is spreading. There is a global drive,” agreed Pascal Morand, executive president of the Fédération Française de la Couture du Prêt-à-Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode.
That’s despite Paris being further rattled by an attack on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées on Monday, marking the fifth time in four months that security forces were targeted in the city. Morand said the federation and its members are working with state services and police to ensure safety during the men’s season and the women’s couture shows, which begin July 2.
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Paris Designers Cool Off at Federation Cocktail

CHILLING OUT: A cool breeze whipped up the sandy ground of the Tuileries Gardens, much to the relief of guests gathered for a cocktail party organized by the Chambre Syndicale de la Mode Masculine on the second day of sweltering men’s shows in Paris.
Dior chief Sidney Toledano, president of the men’s ready-to-wear division of French fashion’s governing body, and Pascal Morand, executive president of the federation, welcomed designers including Felipe Oliveira Baptista, Martine Sitbon, Gustavo Lins, Angus Chiang and José Lévy.
Toledano has become something of a weather expert of late, what with Dior staging its women’s cruise collection outdoors in a California nature preserve, reprising its couture show on a rooftop in Japan, and preparing to celebrate its 70th anniversary with an event in Paris on July 3.
“They say it’s going to rain next weekend, but who knows what will happen on the Monday,” he said.
Boris Bidjan Saberi was among those who showed their collections earlier in the day amid a record-breaking heat wave.
“Basically, Ben Frost, the artist who made the music, his computers were melting, and everything was melting. I was really feeling very bad for everybody—not only for myself, but for the models, for the people who came

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Jeff Koons Sent Paris Flowers. Can It Find the Right Vase?

The artist donated his large sculpture “Bouquet of Tulips” to honor terrorism victims. The project is stuck in red tape, and its critics wish it would disappear.
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Pierre Bergé Unveils YSL Museums in Paris and Marrakech

PARIS — Even illness couldn’t keep Pierre Bergé away from the press conference on Thursday unveiling the future Yves Saint Laurent museums in Paris and Marrakech, slated to open this fall.
A labor of love if ever there was one, the project grew out of the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent, which since 2004 has been staging exhibitions to showcase items from its archive of 5,000 items of clothing, 15,000 accessories and tens of thousands of sketches by the late couturier.
“In 2002, when Yves Saint Laurent decided to retire, I decided to transform memories into projects. Others may try, but they have no memories, so they can always keep trying,” said the 86-year-old Bergé, feisty as ever despite being confined to a wheelchair after a stint in hospital for an undisclosed ailment.
“He came home about a week ago,” said his husband, American landscape gardener Madison Cox, who is vice president of both the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent and the Fondation Jardin Majorelle in Morocco, which is adjacent to the new museum.
“He was absolutely insistent that he be there, because this is really the pinnacle of his [work], I think, for him: the idea of not just one, but two, museums in

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Paris Hilton Went Brunette, And We Don’t Even Know What To Think

When Paris Hilton isn’t blonde, it feels like our “Simple Life” has been turned upside down. 

The 36-year-old reality star debuted her new brunette locks a few days ago in an Instagram that left her fans reeling. It’s unclear if she dyed her hair, or if Hilton is fooling all of us with a very convincing wig. 

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Hilton’s followers mostly reacted positively to her new hair. 

“You look amazing as a brunette. I am glad you decided to try the dark side,” one commenter wrote. Another added, “I love the brunette on you!!!” 

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When Paris first got a glance of herself in the mirror, we predict she said something along the lines of: 

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Paper: John Galliano’s Paris Home Burgled

STOLEN: Thieves broke into the Paris home of designer John Galliano in the night of Friday to Saturday, French newspaper Aujourd’hui en France reported on Sunday.
It was not known if the designer was present during the burglary. The stolen goods included one of the last photographs of Marilyn Monroe, worth more than 50,000 euros, or $ 56,400, the paper said.
Galliano has been based in Paris since he was hired as creative director of Givenchy in 1995. He was the artistic director of women’s ready-to-wear at Dior from 1996 to 2011, when he was dismissed for making racist and anti-Semitic comments at a cafe while under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
Having successfully completed rehab, he was hired in 2014 as creative director of Maison Margiela, where he has kept a discreet public profile, in keeping with the ethos of the label’s founder, Belgian designer Martin Margiela.

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With U.S. Firms Freed of Paris Accord, Rivals Fear Uneven Field

For European corporate chiefs, the big question regarding the U.S. pullout from the Paris climate accord is will it give American rivals a competitive advantage.
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EXCLUSIVE: Vlone to Show During Paris Men’s Fashion Week

It’s an interesting week for 25-year-old Harlem native A$ AP Bari to reveal he’s showing Vlone — his highly sought-after streetwear line — during Men’s Fashion Week in Paris.
It’s the same week Gucci has come under fire for a jacket Alessandro Michele presented at his Cruise 2018 show, which looked very similar to a piece Dapper Dan, another designer from Harlem, created in 1989 for Olympic gold medalist Diane Dixon. Dapper Dan, whose real name is Daniel Day, spent the Eighties outfitting celebrities in his custom pieces, which he made by printing luxury logos onto different fabrics. Critics were upset that Gucci wasn’t transparent about the reference. They later acknowledged his influence in an Instagram post.
“I feel like nobody should hate on what somebody gets inspired by,” said Bari, who is a member of the A$ AP Mob collective. “But it’s sad that it takes 20 or 25 years for them to be inspired by Dapper Dan when he could have been a designer for Gucci. Why didn’t Louis Vuitton give him an opportunity to design for them?”
Bari, who has no formal fashion training, is a reflection of how things are slowly shifting and brands are starting to work directly with streetwear designers.

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Despite Paris Accord Exit, Companies See Little Change in Strategy

The Trump administration’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement heralds a decisive change in U.S. climate policy, but many corporate leaders say it will have little immediate impact on their investments and strategies.
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Bella Hadid, Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton and More Stars Break Out All of the Glitz and Glamour for Cannes amfAR Gala

Bella Hadid, Amfar Gala, Cannes Film Festival 2017It would not be the amfAR Gala without a little–or a lot–of glitz and glamour.
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Clint Eastwood to direct Paris attack movie

Clint Eastwood is to direct the heroic true story of three Americans who stopped a terrorist plot on a train bound for Paris.
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PARIS — There were two versions of Paris on display this week at Series Mania. The first was the city itself, a multi-cultural melting pot and mecca of high art,  with world famous museums, history and restaurants, and the other an identical copy… until one logs out of the game. Headed by distinguished French director… Read more »

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Kim Kardashian Braces Herself for “Very Tough” KUWTK Episode About Paris Robbery Experience

KUWTK 1302, Kim KardashianKim Kardashian is breaking her silence about her Paris robbery experience on tonight’s episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians and has revealed why she chose to talk about her ordeal for…

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Kim Kardashian Thought Armed Paris Robbers Were Terrorists

NIGHT OF TERROR: Kim Kardashian thought she was being kidnapped by terrorists during the armed robbery in Paris in October in which thieves made off with jewels valued at $ 5 million.
The revelation is contained in a transcript of a hearing of the reality star conducted by a French investigating judge in New York on Feb. 2 and published by French daily Le Monde this weekend.
Kardashian, flanked by her two Parisian lawyers, gave testimony for a full day as part of the ongoing investigation into the armed robbery that took place at the No Address residence in central Paris on the night of Oct. 2 to 3, the paper said.
In the transcript obtained by Le Monde, Kardashian described her emotions upon seeing two intruders dressed in police uniform arrived unannounced in her hotel room at around 3 a.m. with the residence’s night watchman.
“I thought they were terrorists who had come to kidnap me,” she testified. “I remember that I had an indescribable feeling, as if my heart would leave my body, I thought that I was going to die.”
Kardashian had previously given a detailed account of the events of the night to French police, before leaving the country in a private

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Duchess of Cambridge Dons Chanel during Paris Visit

FRENCH FORAY: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Les Invalides over the weekend as part of a two-day, official visit to Paris, where they learned about the programs it offers in aid of veterans. They also met with first responders and victims of the Bataclan and Nice attacks.
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Kate Middleton wore Chanel from head-to-toe, pairing a printed dress with a skinny belt and quilted bag.

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The young royals also attended an event involving children and teens from France and the U.K., met with school children from the British Council’s Somme project and with French rugby fans.

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They also took a trip to the Impressionist Gallery at the Musée d’Orsay, where they spoke to the curators about the gallery’s collections which will be exhibited at the Tate Britain later this year.

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Paris Showroom Spotlights Middle Eastern Fashion

Fashion Forward Dubai returned to Paris with a second edition of their fashion week showroom to showcase Middle Eastern designers.
Fourteen emerging brands from the region — or with a regional connection — met with buyers and press from March 2 to 6 in a suite at the InterContinental Paris Le Grand hotel.
The brands were a mix of returning labels that had attended the inaugural event last season and new additions to the lineup.
“We want people to get a taste of the variety of Middle Eastern fashion, but it’s also important for buyers to see that consistency,” said Ramzi Nakad, cofounder and chief operating officer of Fashion Forward.
The voice of the Middle East’s nascent fashion scene is getting stronger every year, according to Nakad.
“Before we had seen a lot of designers let go of their Middle Eastern ethos and try to become more Western,” he said. “Now we see more designers who are taking the region’s rich history and culture and using it to tell a story that is relevant and accessible today.”
Syrian-born eveningwear designer Rami Al Ali, whose clothes are stocked at high-end department stores in the Middle East including Galeries Lafayette Dubai and Harvey Nichols Dubai, was one of the more

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‘Black Models Matter’ Protest Blasts Paris Fashion Week For Lack Of Diversity

Looks like Paris Fashion Week’s most importent moment happened off the runway. 

Indi Irvin, a U.K.-based model signed with MSA Models, protested outside the Balenciaga show on Saturday, holding up a sign that read “Les Modèles Noirs Importent,” or as it’s translated, “Black Models Matter.” The signage spoke to the brand’s historical lack of diversity on the runway.

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The arena was fitting ― Refinery29 reports there were only four models of color of the 47 models who walked in the Balenciaga show (which was actually an improvement over past seasons) ― but her protest speaks to the event as a whole. As New York Fashion Week has made slow but sure strides to be more inclusive, Paris, Milan and London have continued to come up short.

Irvin explained on Instagram that she was planning to protest Lanvin or Celine, or any show that “was big enough to grab the attention back to the cause,” and it “just worked out best at Balenciaga.” She also explained why she felt like now was the right time to speak out.

Outside Balenciaga. Les Modèles Noirs Importent // Black Models Matter. (according to google translate)

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“2017 was a big year not only politically but also for my modeling career as it was my first season in the European market,” she wrote. “It is very different here compared to the NYC I’m used too [sic]. February was black history and march is women’s so it just felt right.”

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A few days prior, Irvin pointed out that Gucci, which showed at Milan Fashion Week on Feb. 22, featured just 17 models of color out of 119 total models. “It’s 2017,” she wrote. 

17 … it's 2017 #17 #RP @moremodelsofcolor #gucci #blackmodelsmatter

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The protest caught the attention of many news outlets and street style photographers, including Phil Oh (Mr. Street Peeper) and Melodie Jeng, and with good reason. While Balenciaga did not return a request by The Huffington Post for comment at the time of publication, we applaud Irvin for taking matters into her own hands in the name of inclusivity.

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Americans in Paris Court Social Media Buzz

GOING COCO: The venue on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré for this season’s Americans in Paris showroom was of appropriate significance — Gabrielle Chanel was a former resident of the first-floor apartment.
Nine designers participated in the 12th round of the showcase, backed by the Council of Fashion Designers of America and Vogue. All were newcomers to the event this season.
“This is Coco Chanel’s old apartment, it’s just amazing,” enthused Beckett Fogg, one half of design duo Area.
The brand has seen a lot of excitement this week over its accessories after both Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid were spotted wearing its jewelry out and about in Paris. “The accessories have been really popular with the celebs,” said codesigner Piotrek Panszczyk. “It’s really been helping, as people have been recognizing them as they are walking through. It’s been a great opportunity for us.”
Laurence Chandler, one half of men’s “elevated skate” label Rochambeau, said the brand was also benefiting from showing during women’s collections in Paris, he said, and had dressed influencers such as Georgia Fowler and Jourdan Dunn for the occasion. “It’s been cool to dress women, we like the idea of women wearing our clothing,” he said.
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Ralph Lauren’s Nomad Collection Celebrated in Paris

FLOWER POWER: Ralph Lauren’s nomad-themed fashion collection journeyed to Paris, where it was celebrated Monday night at a sit-down dinner hosted by Tatiana Casiraghi and Dana Alikhani.
The setting was the brand’s stately flagship on Boulevard Saint-Germain, which was festooned with flowers, reminiscent of the see-now-buy-now catwalk display Ralph Lauren put on for the line in February in New York with the backdrop of some 100,000 orchids.
“It’s a brand we love,” Casiraghi said. “And specifically this collection — the nomad collection — ties in well with our aesthetic and our idea of travel.”
This year, she and Alikhani are celebrating the fifth anniversary of Muzungu Sisters, which is their online fair-trade marketplace. “We’re doing a collaboration with a children’s wear brand that we’re launching soon,” Casiraghi continued.
Alongside increasing its offering for kids, the site will be adding more men’s wear and developing its main line. “Our idea is to continue building on our relationships with our existing artisans, and maybe looking for talent closer to home,” said Alikhani, referring to London.
“When we launched the collection, Tatiana and I were both able to travel several times a year, to India [or] Morocco to source items. And since then we’ve both had two children,

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Matches Hosts Paris Cocktail for de Gournay and Aquazzura Hook-up

WALLPAPER: Guests including Arizona Muse and Bruno Frisoni gathered in a Paris apartment decorated in wild and wonderful hand-painted wallpapers by de Gournay on Saturday night for a cocktail marking a collaboration between the luxury fabrics and wallpaper maker and footwear brand Aquazzura. The event was cohosted by Matches Fashion cofounder Ruth Chapman, with the whimsical shoe collection due to launch on Matchesfashion.com in May.
“I love interiors and I’ve always loved de Gournay wallpapers. The way I met them is that I have a room in de Gournay wallpaper at my house that was shot by a magazine, and they called me and said we should do something together,” said Aquazzura’s Edgardo Osorio. “I’m obsessed with what they do, everything is customizable, everything is hand-painted. I’m Colombian, I love everything exotic, so I thought, why don’t we make a pink jungle.”

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Busy eyeing the capsule, which houses five styles in crepe satin and embroidery, Muse picked out her favorites. “I love the high-heel mule and the pointed flat with a wrap-around ankle. It’s so beautiful, they’ve managed to stay true to de Gournay’s spirit, and create a whole scene and put it on shoes. To see monkeys and birds on shoes,

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Nicki Minaj Pulls a Lil Kim While Sitting Front Row at Paris Fashion Week Show

Lil' Kim, Nicki MinajBitch stole my look? Or thoughtful tribute?
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ESC: 5 Days, RihannaThis week is all about wardrobe staples.
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Bella Hadid Can’t Avoid Ex-Boyfriend The Weeknd at H&M’s Paris Fashion Week Show

Bella Hadid, Paris Fashion WeekThis is some serious déjà vu.
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Lacoste to Show in Paris Next Season

SEE YOU LATER, ALLIGATOR: Add Lacoste to the list of brands opting out of presenting their collections in New York.
Lacoste creative director Felipe Oliveira Baptista told WWD the brand is vacating its Saturday, 10 a.m. slot on the New York Fashion Week Schedule and showing in Paris this September to celebrate the French brand’s 85th anniversary.
“It’s a homecoming, a bit of a change,” Baptista said backstage at Lacoste’s fall show. “I will miss coming to New York.”
This move follows a handful of other fashion brands that are choosing to show their collections outside of New York. Earlier this week Tommy Hilfiger, Rachel Comey, Rachel Zoe and Rebecca Minkoff staged shows in Los Angeles, which is becoming a popular city for fashion shows.
In an attempt to bolster its international presence, Proenza Schouler said it would begin to show its main and pre-collections together twice a year in July and January. The first show is slated for July in Paris during the haute couture schedule for the spring 2018 season. The next show will take place in New York on Feb. 13, as planned.
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Weekday Plans Retail Expansion With London, Paris Openings

SPRING PLANS Weekday, the Scandinavian brand owned by the H&M group, is expanding its retail footprint with store openings in Paris and London planned for spring 2017.
The London store will be located on Regent Street, which has been undergoing a transformation with major U.S.-based brands taking residence on the street, such as Stuart Weitzman, Coach, Polo Ralph Lauren and Lululemon.
In Paris, the brand will open a store on Rue Vieille du Temple, with neighbors including Isabel Marant, Manoush, Cheap Monday and Zadig & Voltaire. With a presence on the popular street, the brand aims to tap into the area’s young, bohemian crowds who are likely to respond to its socially mindful ethos.
“The U.K. and France have always been on the agenda for our European expansion, as both cities are fashion capitals. To open on Regent Street in London is a big opportunity for us, as it is one of the world’s premier shopping destinations,” said the brand’s managing director, David Thörewik. “Rue Vieille du Temple is the epitome of current and youthful fashion in Paris. We are confident that our modern and mindful approach to fashion will be a great fit for both these two new locations.”
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Top Trends From the Paris Men’s Runways

Collaboration reigned supreme in the City of Light, as did the suit, which is being reimagined by a bevy of designers.

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Buyers Upbeat at Paris Men’s Trade Shows

PARIS — With Japanese buyers back in force, a positive energy pulsed through the men’s trade fairs, Capsule, Man and Tranoi, held here in tandem with the men’s runway shows. While spends were flat on-year, buyers’ moods were upbeat.
“This is a good time in men’s wear,” said Wanda Colon, chief merchandising officer at Unkwn, an urban concept store targeting Florida’s 18-25 set.
“This show [Capsule] is a good integration of what’s happening in fashion now – a mix of very high with accessible, what big box stores are trying to do,” she continued. “To cultivate this youthful feeling, not necessarily young, but savvy, very active on social media. A lot of brand energy right now is coming from that. And stores are chasing these young, alternative independents because they’ve seen the energy and buying power of this customer.”
Trading on the youth influence as a launchpad, Capsule showed four labels voted into the show by followers of Highsnobiety.com. Tranoi curated Atelier, a space for young designers, at its inaugural Carreau de Temple show.
Wish-listing “craftsmanship, innovation and scarcity” for Magasin, the men’s concept store which opened in Los Angeles last March, Josh Peskowitz singled out ongoing proportion play, an outdoors direction and layering,

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Critic’s Notebook: Wonderful Runway Shows From Two American Designers in Paris

Thom Browne and Rick Owens lead the charge. Solid shows from Hermès and Berluti leave our critic momentarily longing to be ultrarich.
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Boy George talks politics at Paris menswear, Dior goes dark

U.S actress Paris Jackson poses during a photocall before Christian Dior's Men fall-winter 2017-2018 fashion collection presented in Paris, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)PARIS (AP) — Music maestro Boy George got political at Paris Fashion Week as Dior Homme went to the dark side, creating a hard, brooding fall-winter collection. Here are the highlights of Saturday's menswear shows.



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Red Hot Chili Peppers to head new Lollapalooza Paris

U.S band Red Hot Chili Peppers perform at the orange stage at Roskilde festival in Roskilde, on June 29, 2016The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Weeknd and the Pixies will play the inaugural Paris edition of Lollapalooza as the longstanding US alternative culture festival expands. Lollapalooza will take place on July 22-23 at the Longchamp Racecourse in the west of the French capital, the Parisian government announced in November. Unveiling the lineup on Tuesday, promoter Live Nation said the headliners would include veteran Los Angeles alternative band Red Hot Chili Peppers, fellow US rockers Imagine Dragons and R&B sensation The Weeknd.



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We’ll Always Have Paris: Hilton Talks Biz at Moschino

HILTON SCOTT LOVE: It’s no secret Paris Hilton and Jeremy Scott go way back and, once again, the latter received the BFF treatment. “I’m so proud of him; it’s incredible what he’s achieved,” said Hilton at the Moschino show, his first men’s collection to be shown in Milan, where she sat front row with Sofia Richie, the younger sister of Paris’ old pal Nicole. “I’ve known him since I was 15,” she elaborated.
While she continued to strike poses even with no photographers around, Hilton actually is keeping busy and growing her fashion, accessories and beauty collections. “I have 19 product lines and I am launching my 22nd fragrance,” she proudly claimed. Expected to attend the Plein Sport and Dsquared2 shows, she is also building her lucrative career as a DJ. To wit, she was gearing up to DJ at the opening of the Philipp Plein and Plein Sport flagship on Sunday. “It’s fashion week — let’s party,” she said, which could be her life’s motto.

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Kim Kardashian’s Robbery in Paris: A Summary of the Case So Far

Kim KardashianAs Kim Kardashian rang in a new year, the investigation into her Paris robbery also produced many new developments.
Three months ago in the early hours of Oct. 3 in France, the reality…

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Kardashian’s chauffeur held over Paris robbery

One of the people arrested over the theft of around €9m (£7.8m) in jewels from Kim Kardashian West is a chauffeur who drove her around Paris before the robbery.
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‘Gentleman’ Thief Slips Away With $5M Jewelry Loot in Paris

TO CATCH A THIEF: A thief made away with jewelry worth more than 5 million euros, or $ 5.3 million at current exchange, in what is being described as one of the most deftly executed heists ever staged in Paris.
Two rings and two loose diamonds were stolen on the morning of Dec. 30 at a showroom on Rue de la Boétie in the French capital’s tony 8th arrondissement, a spokesman for the Paris police said on Thursday. He confirmed the reported value of the loot but was unable to provide any additional details.
The thief posed as a potential client during a private appointment at the De Grisogono showroom, according to French media reports. Drawing comparisons with fictional French gentleman thief Arsène Lupin, daily newspaper Le Parisien said the suspect discreetly swapped the precious pieces for copies and left without anyone noticing what had happened.
The matter has been referred to the Paris public prosecutor. Officials at De Grisogono declined to comment.
If confirmed, it would not be the first time the Geneva-based jeweler has been targeted by thieves in France. In 2013, robbers made away with a high jewelry necklace worth 2 million euros, or around $ 2.6 million, at the house’s 20th anniversary party

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Perrin Paris Files Lawsuit Against Philipp Plein

IN THE CLUTCH: Leather-goods maker Perrin Paris has filed a lawsuit against luxury sportswear firm Philipp Plein, requesting an injunction and significant damages for infringing its so-called “glove-clutch,” a design-patented model that the French firm describes as a marriage between its glove-making heritage and modern chic. The suit is pending at a court in Hamburg, Germany, Perrin Paris said.
Perrin Paris alleges that the Lugano, Switzerland-based firm known for its bejeweled leather and crystal-studded knits copied its Eiffel model glove-clutch. “It’s the exact duplicate, same size, same design, same concept — the hand receiving portion of our bags that we design-patented. They only added a skull,” said Michel Perrin, whose great-great grandmother founded the company in Saint-Junien with gloves as its core business.
Julie Macklowe carried the Philipp Plein clutch on the red carpet at the Met Gala in May.
“In the beginning, we contacted Philipp Plein out of court asking him to stop selling it. We were given the impression that they would remove it from distribution. But recently, we realized that they were continuing to sell them in their outlet stores, at a discounted price,” Perrin explained.
Before the defense was due in court, he said, the German firm contacted Perrin Paris asking for a settlement offer, which

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That’s Hot: Paris Hilton’s Cropped Jacket Is What Your NYE Outfit Is Missing

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Cruise Control: Chanel to Remain in Paris for Resort Show

FRENCH LESSONS: He’ll always have Paris — even during cruise season. Karl Lagerfeld is to parade his next cruise collection for Chanel in the French capital, reaffirming his attachment to the city and its importance for fashion, WWD has learned.
Chanel confirmed May 3 as the date of the show, but has yet to disclose the venue or other details.
Lagerfeld and Chanel recently privatized the Ritz Paris and staged three shows for the Métiers d’Art collection, a pre-fall range of ready-to-wear embellished by the specialty couture ateliers that Chanel owns. He dubbed it “Paris Cosmopolite” to evoke a time when elegant women from the world over converged on the mythic Place Vendôme hotel, established in 1898.
The Rue Cambon house has been a pioneer in staging itinerant shows and has taken its cruise collection as far afield as Seoul and Havana and its Métiers d’Art collection to Dallas, Edinburgh and Salzburg. Lagerfeld typically uses each destination to exalt a facet of the house’s lore — or to invent a new chapter.
But Paris remains a key font of inspiration for Lagerfeld, whose Métiers d’Art effort for Chanel in December 2015 was themed “Paris in Rome.” Staged at Cinecittà film studio No. 5, it boasted a

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Last Tango In Paris rape claims ‘not true at all’

Vittorio Storaro, the cinematographer who shot the “butter” scene in Last Tango in Paris, has said claims the lead actress was raped are “not true at all”.
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Pharrell Williams attends Chanel's Arts et Metiers fashion collection presented in Paris, Tuesday, Dec.6, 2016. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)PARIS (AP) — Pharrell Williams put on the Ritz for Chanel's scintillating mid-season fashion show Tuesday — donning pearls on the "Cafe Society" catwalk at the restaurant of the newly refurbished Ritz Paris.



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‘Last Tango in Paris’ rape scene revelation sparks outrage

FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2016, file photo, director Bernardo Bertolucci poses for photographers during a photo call at the Rome Film festival in Rome. A recently unearthed video interview with Bertolucci from 2013 has renewed interest, and outrage, over what happened to actress Maria Schneider on set during the infamous butter sex scene in “Last Tango in Paris”. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Last Tango in Paris" is making headlines again 44 years after the controversial film came out. A recently unearthed video interview with Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci from 2013 has renewed interest, and outrage, over what happened to actress Maria Schneider on set during the infamous butter rape scene.



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Anger at Last Tango In Paris rape scene confession

Hollywood has condemned the director of the Last Tango in Paris after he admitted a rape scene was filmed without consent.
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Cerruti 1881 to Open Temporary Paris Boutique

HERE TODAY: The high-end men’s prêt-à-porter label Cerruti 1881 will, over the coming days, open a temporary boutique in a prime, footfall-rich Paris street ahead of the opening of its new flagship next summer. The event also marks the kick off of the house’s 50th anniversary celebrations in 2017.
The 4,000 square feet store, at 51 Boulevard Haussmann in the city’s fashion district, is located across from Printemps and will house products from across the brand’s universe, including rtw, watches and jewelry, eyewear and accessories. There will also be an area dedicated to bespoke tailoring. Features in the minimalist space, which will stay open through July, include cement floors, industrial beams, light sculptures and modular fixtures.
Chief creative officer Jason Basmajian, who joined the house in October 2015, said the interiors have “an industrial-chic feel, but are housed in a grand Haussmannian classic structure.” The store, he added, is located on a busy crossroad “that is both decidedly Parisian, as well as international, with eight large windows that showcase the full universe of Cerruti.”
During the festive period some 10 million people are expected to pass through Boulevard Haussmann, where Galeries Lafayette is also located.
Founded in 1967 by Nino Cerruti, Cerruti 1881 has been part of the Hong Kong-based

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Features:Exterior:Lightweight, durable and easy-to-clean nylon twill fabric4 multi-directional wheelsLarge front zippered pocketExtendable pull handleComfortable top and side carry handlesID tag Interior:Large zippered pocketSmall zippered pocketAdjustable straps to secure clothingProtective liningSpecs:Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.2 x 7.9″Volume: 2929 cu inWeight: 4.9 lbs
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Sting reopens Bataclan a year after Paris massacre

British musician Sting plays during the sound check before the reopening concert to mark the first anniversary of the November 13 Paris attacksRock star Sting on Saturday reopened the Bataclan, the Paris concert hall where jihadists massacred 90 people, with a hugely symbolic show to mark the first anniversary of France's bloodiest terror attacks. "We will not forget them," the British singer told the crowd in French after a minute's silence for the 130 people who lost their lives in a night of gun and bomb attacks across Paris on November 13, 2015.



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Glenna Jean Paris 4-Piece Baby Bedding Set

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Loving handcrafted and made in America, the Glenna Jean Paris 4-Piece Baby Bedding Set is best known for its soft textured fabrics and hand sewn detailing. The bedding set uses pinks and creams to create a luxurious girls crib bedding design. Add a variety of pillows, wall art and window treatments to complete the look of the Paris Collection. The accessories shown are all sold separately The 4 piece set includes a quilt, bumper, crib skirt and fitted sheet. The quilt measures 32″ x 42″, the bumper is 10″ wide x 154″ long and has single ties on the top and bottom of each end, with 5 sets of double ties along the top. The crib skirt has two layers that are sewn together to prevent slippage and a 15″ drop. The fitted sheet is designed to fit a standard size 28″ x 52″ crib mattress. Made from 100% cotton. Care instructions: machine wash warm, tumble dry low, use only NON-chlorine bleach when needed.
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Lipault Paris – Foldable 2-Wheeled 28 Packing Case (Purple) Luggage

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This extra roomy 28 packing case is lightweight and folds flat for easy storage under a bed or in a closet. It even comes with its own storage case! ; Made of ultra-lightweight, durable, and easy-to-clean nylon twill fabric. ; Retractable pull handle plus convenient carry and lift handles. ; Large front exterior zippered pocket. ; Identification tag. ; Interior features a large zippered pocket, a small zippered pocket, and adjustable straps to secure clothing. ; Protective lining. ; Smooth-rolling wheels. ; Designed in France. ; Imported. Measurements: ; Width: 19 in ; Depth: 9 in ; Height: 24 in ; Weight: 6 lbs 12.48 oz ; This product may have a manufacturer’s warranty. Please visit the manufacturer’s website or contact us at for full manufacturer warranty details.
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François Pinault Finds Venue for Art Collection in Paris

PARIS MATCH: François Pinault is to showcase part of his vast art collection at the Bourse de Commerce de Paris.
The French business titan revealed the project at a joint press conference on Wednesday with Paris mayor Anne Hidago and François-Henri Pinault, president of the family holding company Artémis and chairman and chief executive officer of Kering.
The 150,000-square-foot building is in the center of Paris near the newly refurbished Forum des Halles shopping center, and in a neighborhood that is being transformed.
The 18th-century building boasts a cupola that is listed as a historical monument. Paul Smith and Lanvin have used it for shows during Men’s Fashion Week here.
Its owner, Paris’ Chamber of Commerce is to yield the site to the city. The handover is expected later this year following a vote of the council of Paris in July and the Pinault family, under the Artémis umbrella, is to be the holder of a 50-year lease. Works are to start in early 2017 and the museum’s opening is slated for end of 2018.
According to sources, the venue could have a restaurant and a terrace giving on a new garden space that’s also slated to be complete in 2018.
Pinault entrusted the project to Japanese architect Tadao Ando,

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The Road Back to Paris (Modern Library)

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For 28 years the work of A. J. Liebling embodied and perfected the personal-experience style of journalism that made the the New Yorker magazine famous. In 1939, the magazine sent Liebling to Europe to report on World War II. He filed dispatches from France, England, and North Africa that brought home to American readers the war’s air raids, prisoner-of-war camps, and the emotional realities of life for soldiers and civilians. In 1944, the dispatches Liebling filed were collected and published together in The Road Back to Paris in what has become a classic chronicle of the war and of a “world knocked down.
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For 28 years the work of A. J. Liebling embodied and perfected the personal-experience style of journalism that made the the New Yorker magazine famous. In 1939, the magazine sent Liebling to Europe to report on World War II. He filed dispatches from France, England, and North Africa that brought home to American readers the war’s air raids, prisoner-of-war camps, and the emotional realities of life for soldiers and civilians. In 1944, the dispatches Liebling filed were collected and published together in The Road Back to Paris in what has become a classic chronicle of the war and of a “world knocked down.
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From the team behind the bestselling GIRLS’ NIGHT IN series comes the ultimate handbag guide to what women REALLY want in four of the most fabulous cities in the world. Like a trusted and impossibly cool girlfriend, the Holiday Goddess Handbag Guide reveals the secrets of what women really want in four fabulous cities: Paris, London, New York and Rome. Born in a handbag from scribbled tips shared between goddesses whose adventures scattered them all over the world, it will take you where few women have been before. Follow Audrey Hepburn’s footsteps in Rome, delve into the secret diaries of shopaholics in New York, learn chiconomical secrets in Paris, rock out in London, discover where to eat, love and eat some more. As irresistibly chic as a designer handbag, it’s the must-have accessory for goddesses who love to travel – or just want to dream about it. .
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Paris Hilton Heads to Coachella in a See-Through Lace Dress (and Cat Ears!)

It’s warm and sunny at the Coachella music festival this weekend and Paris Hilton has a flowing dress to match the weather.

The heiress, 35, headed to the Indio, California, event in a loose, see-through black lace maxi dress, along with black flats and shades and twin braids in her hair.

The outfit was clearly comfortable, too, as Hilton was seen twirling and jumping on the festival grounds (with phone in hand).

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But the former Simple Life star hasn’t been the only celebrity at Coachella — or the only one making a fashion statement. Taylor Swift is attending the festival, which kicked off Friday, for the first time, along with her squad (Lorde, Jack Antonoff and others) and her newly bleached-blonde hair. And Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom have been spotted a few times by festivalgoers.

Hilton had a Swift-like squad of her own: “#Blondetourage #Killingit at #Coachella” she captioned a Friday photo of her group; writing with another shot, “#SquadGoals.”

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Of course, it wouldn’t be the complete Coachella experience until someone found a pair of cat ears and a blow-up unicorn.

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Paris Hotels Set for Full Occupancy During Couture Week

NO VACANCY: Paris Couture Week and Euro 2016 are set to lift Paris’ hoteliers’ spirits, in the grim climate for tourism following the Paris and Brussels attacks.
Paris Couture Week, slated from July 3 to 7, is to coincide with the UEFA soccer tournament, which is to run for its part from June 10 to July 10. The quarterfinals match set for July 3 at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis outside Paris is to fall on kickoff day of Couture Week.
“We’re typically already at the highest level of occupancy during fashion week,” a spokeswoman for the Plaza Athénée said, expecting an even busier week this season due to Euro championship factor, based on the early feedback of the hotel’s booking department. Spokeswomen for the Royal Monceau and the Bristol Paris echoed the sentiment. (July 10, the day of the final match, is unavailable on the booking section of the Bristol Paris’ Web site.)
The Ritz Paris is still cornering its reopening date — initially planned on March 14 —  following a fire that broke out on the top floor of the hotel on Jan. 19. June 1 is the first date when guests can start booking on the hotel’s Web site, with

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Le Bristol Paris Hotel’s Owner to Open in New York

NEW YORK BOUND: Le Bristol Paris hotel’s owner — Oetker Collection — is to open a new hotel in the former Sony Tower in New York, at 550 Madison Avenue, between 55th and 56th streets.
Located in the postmodern skyscraper created by Philip Johnson, the eight-story hotel will have 170 rooms, including 60 suites. It will feature a bar, a restaurant, a spa, a fitness center and a 82-foot pool. In addition, Oetker Collection will service 115 luxury apartments located above the hotel, from floors 21 to 43, created by the New York real estate development firm Chetrit Group, owner of the building. The apartments are decorated by Robert Stern. The “New York Masterpiece” is slated for spring 2018, the family-owned hospitality group said, without revealing further details.
It will mark the first hotel of the Oetker Collection in the U.S.. The group currently owns nine establishments, including the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc, in Antibes, France; Eden Rock, in St. Barth’s, and The Lanesborough, in London, and is also planning a hotel in São Paulo, Brazil — Palácio Tangará — for 2017.
The Oetker family — whose fortune was built on baking and pudding powder — bought Le Bristol Paris from the Jammet, the

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Selena Gomez Stuns in Risqué Sheer Black Gown During Paris Fashion Week

Selena GomezParis Fashion Week is bringing out all sorts of daring looks.
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Japanese Men’s Buyers to Skip Paris

PARIS — Following last November’s terrorist attacks, a group of Japanese buyers is to skip the Paris men’s shows, which are slated to run here from Jan. 20 to 24.
“The Japanese government issued a travel warning and our company decided not to go,” said Hirofumi Kurino, cofounder and creative director of United Arrows.
Kurino assured that the department store’s decision would not have any negative impact on its Paris budgets. “We will still buy the Paris collections,” he said, citing look books and private showroom appointments with French brands during the Milan week as alternative channels.
He said his team would be back for the women’s ready-to-wear collections, scheduled for March 1 to 9.
“The cancellations are on a small scale,” noted Bastien Daguzan, managing director of Lemaire, for which Asia is an important market. “We respect the internal policies of our partners and we will find other solutions with them, so that they can view the collection anyway.”
Daguzan noted that it was important not to over-react to the heightened measure in Paris. As reported, fashion houses plan to step up security for the Paris men’s and couture collections since France remains on terror alert following last year’s attacks.
Several other French houses queried

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Fast Facts From Fashion Weeks in New York, London, Milan and Paris

Flight Tracker:
New York to London, 3,459 miles; 6.5 hours
London to Milan, 597 miles; 1 hour 45 minutes
Milan to Paris, 400 miles; 90 minutes
Paris to New York, 3,625 miles; 8.5 hours
 
NEW YORK
New York Fashion Week generates almost $ 900 million for the greater metropolitan area — more than the U.S. Open, the New York City Marathon or the 2014 Super Bowl.
100 total shows on IMG footprint
3 weeks: The time it takes to build out NYFW show venues, with numerous crews working around the clock.
The city’s semiannual fashion weeks draw approximately 232,000 attendees to more than 500 shows, creating a total economic impact of $ 887 million.
New York City’s fashion industry employs more than 184,000, accounting for 5.4 percent of the city’s workforce; pays $ 11.6 billion in wages, and generates $ 1.4 billion in tax revenue annually.
308: Number of events including runway, presentations, appointments and parties on the inclusive women’s Fashion Calendar.
 
MILAN
67 fashion shows (68 with two for Giorgio Armani); 88 presentations.
90 Percent: Hotel occupancy rate during fashion week in Milan; 95 percent between Sept. 8 and 10.
15 million euros ($ 16 million): Revenue generated for hotels in Milan and surrounding provinces during fashion week.
37 events.
4.3 miles: The longest distance between shows in Milan (Les Copains

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John Oliver Has A Profanity-Filled Message For Paris Attackers

John Oliver has an unequivocal message for those responsible for the terror attacks that killed more than 130 people in Paris on Friday: F**k you. 

Oliver started Sunday’s episode of “Last Week Tonight” with a few words about the deadly assaults.

“There are a few things we can say for certain,” Oliver said before telling the audience he was about to unleash a “moment of premium cable profanity.”

“First, as of now, we know this attack was carried out by gigantic fucking arseholes, unconscionable flaming arseholes; possibly working with other fucking arseholes, definitely working in service of an ideology of pure arseholery,” Oliver said. “Second, and this goes almost without saying, fuck these arseholes, fuck them — if I may say – sideways.”

Oliver also offered some words of support for the people impacted by the tragedy.

“Nothing about what these arseholes are trying to do is going to work. France is going to endure,” he said.

Watch the clip above to see Oliver explain why.

 



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Karl Lagerfeld Photo Expo Bows in Paris

PARIS — “He knows exactly what he has in the frame. There are no accidents, no surprises.”
So says Eric Pfrunder, image director of Chanel and co-curator of “Karl Lagerfeld, a Visual Journey,” a sprawling and diverse photo exhibition that opens at the Pinacothèque de Paris art gallery here Friday and runs through March 20.
Pfrunder knows better than anyone. In January 1987, when Chanel’s couturier complained to him about the quality of some press-kit photos, Pfrunder dared him do better. “I said to Karl, ‘OK, now you do it,’” he recalled on Thursday during a walk-through of the spare, dimly lit showcase.
Of course, Lagerfeld has never stopped shooting – campaigns, editorials and artistic imagery — always choosing the best location, the best lighting and without any waffling, according to Pfrunder.
“Karl has an eye,” he marveled. “He’s not taking 300 shots. He’s doing five, maybe six. Generally, it’s the first frame that is the best. He’s very fast because he has one vision, and that’s it.”
While Lagerfeld is reluctant to describe his photographic style, Pfrunder cited a storytelling approach, and a distinct “atmosphere” heightened by strong contrast. “When it’s black, he likes it deep black,” he said, pointing to a never-before-seen nude series of

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Opening Ceremony Brings Mission Chinese Food to Paris

HOT STUFF: Humberto Leon and Carol Lim stirred together some of the fashion pack’s favorite ingredients – a hot young chef and a smartphone with razor-sharp picture quality – for a dinner in Paris celebrating the new partnership between their Opening Ceremony label and Samsung on a special accessory collection.
The duo flew in Angela Dimayuga, executive chef of cult New York eaterie Mission Chinese Food, to cook up a meal for friends and editors in town for Paris Fashion Week. “Carol and I love food, and we’re not shy about it,” said Leon. “It’s super exciting to have everyone be able to experience this.”
Dimayuga whipped up a feast including braised peanut and woodear mushroom, drunken fish en papillote, mapo tofu and tea fragrance rice for guests including Leigh Lezark and Geordon Nicol, Susanna Lau, Leaf Greener and Kenzo chief executive officer Eric Marechalle.
The Chongqing chicken wings, packed with “explosive chili,” lived up to their billing. Lim confessed she knows the menu by heart.
“You know how some places you go and you’re like, ‘That was an amazing experience, maybe I could go once a year’? But this restaurant has this quality about it where all the dishes are so unique, and

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Document Magazine Hosts Paris Dinner

FANTASY DINNER: Document magazine and stylist Olivier Rizzo hosted a dinner in Paris on Saturday night to celebrate the New York-based title’s fall issue.
There was an intimate vibe in the salon of Lapérouse, the art-stuffed, 18th-century restaurant on the Left Bank where the event took place.
Miuccia Prada, Raf Simons, Kris Van Assche and Simon Porte Jacquemus were among the attendees.
“It’s like a dream. It’s so perfect,” said Nick Vogelson, who cofounded Document with James Valeri, speaking of the guest list. “We chose this venue because Miuccia presented her first Miu Miu collection here.”
Jacquemus had an addition to his own fantasy dinner invitee lineup.
“I would add my cousin. It would be fun to have a child joining the table,” the designer said, referring to seven-year-old Jean, who made a sensation opening Jacquemus’ spring show. “Everything is seen differently through the eyes of a child.”
Has the experience been life-changing for Jean?
“He’s just happy he’s skipping school,” Jacquemus said with a laugh, agreeing people will keep an eye out for what’s up next for Jean and Hudson Kroenig, Karl Lagerfeld’s godson, today’s It kids of the fashion world.
Meanwhile, guests indulged on foie gras, beef and caramel soufflé – the restaurant’s signature dessert. And after

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Pas de Calais Sets First Paris Shop

PIED-À-TERRE: Pas de Calais, a Japanese brand named after the northern region of France, celebrated the opening of its first flagship in Paris’ trendy Marais area on Wednesday.
“The store will help us raise brand awareness in Europe, where our business is not as large as in the U.S.,” said the label’s chief executive officer Kobayashi Tsukasa, noting the Continent accounts for about 30 percent of total turnover at present.
Designer Yukari Suda said the fall collection was directly inspired by Pas de Calais’ moody weather, which translated into various shades of gray, white as well as creamy tones.
Cashmere, silk and organic, hand-woven Indian Khadi dominated the graceful lineup packed with practical and easy options.
Tie-dyed silk dresses and bathrobe-y cashmere coats stood out in particular.
“I always wanted to create comfortable garments that feel soft on the skin,” said Suda, who is also an avid collector of vintage lace from Pas de Calais, which she incorporates into her collections.
Pieces retail from $ 250 for a top; dresses average between $ 400 and $ 600, while coats start at $ 1,000.
The roughly 800-square-foot unit at 15 Rue de Poitou, which replaces former multibrand store Shine, matches the brand’s organic, artisanal feel, featuring textured walls, rustic, wooden furniture and hand-laid wooden floors resembling an arty jigsaw puzzle.

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Carine Roitfeld Unveils Uniqlo Line in Paris

FEELING TIGHT: Carine Roitfeld — one of France’s most famous editors and fashion personalities — presented her 40-piece collection with Japanese retail giant Uniqlo to editors and friends on Wednesday during Paris Fashion Week. The line is set to hit stores worldwide on Oct. 28.
“I love the details,” said Roitfeld, grabbing a panther faux fur coat to show off its reversible side. “There are pockets everywhere, including on tight-fitting skirts. It’s a no-brainer but I love it.”
“I am placing an order right away. I am going to start wearing tight-fit skirts,” said Inès de la Fressange, who’s done her fifth collection for the retail giant, and calls Naoki Takizawa, Uniqlo’s creative director her “Japanese twin brother.”
Roitfeld paid tribute to the fellow French style icon: “Our styles are crisscrossing and complementary. A peacoat paired with a pencil skirt, I should have thought about it earlier,” she said with a laugh.
“We have the two most beautiful pearls of Paris,” said Paris-based fashion consultant Jean-Jacques Picart, referring to Roitfeld and de la Fressange.
“They’re two exceptional French women, with strong personalities: They are both very popular; very different but they have the same values.”
Picart, who counts Uniqlo among his clients, predicts the 179 euros,

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There is Nothing Dead in This Grandiose Former Funeral Establishment of the City of Paris.

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Art Galore.

The 104, as it is called, spelled out in French as Le Centquatre-Paris, is a multimedia art center partly funded by the city of Paris. Located in a vast compound of gigantic halls and structures, it houses dance floors, exhibit halls, stores, libraries, workshop classes and stages. Calling itself an artistic and cultural factory, the place is geared towards public service — Art as a public service is definitely a great concept!

On any given day a buzz of artists, dancers, yogis, actors, painters, sculptors, fill the cavernous space with laughter and life. Visitors pop up at the arts library, shoppers stroll through the Emmaus thrifstore. It’s at the same time neighborhoods hang-out for young skaters, and an elite art space for openings and happenings.

Its success is real and tangible. You can witness art in various forms glow right under your eyes, and see how art really is a street expression in its best form. Over 60 percent of the performing artists at the 104 are not French.

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The fall schedule of exhibition is heavy with many new shows coming up: dance performances, visual arts, circus acts, theater and music fests. Solo acts or ensemble pieces, no matter what month you are able to go, several art forms will be on display or happening, including a ball in April open to all. About 50 artists in residence are planned to offer their creations for the 2015-2016 season.

An official opening was held Sept. 26 to present the 25,000 square feet of available galleries and open spaces to the public for the new season. On Oct. 3, a Nuit Blanche (White Night) is planned, when the space will stay open all night. The calendar is so full of events that it would be impossible to see and hear everything offered to each senses.

Les Pompes-Funèbres : From Death to Life.

Located on the site of a former municipal undertaker, the name comes from the original entrance’s address, at 104 rue d’Aubervilliers. This was not the mom and pop funeral home where one would visit one deceased family member in a flower-filled room and weep. This was where hundreds of horse-drawn hearses used to park and be maintained. Now an artistic factory, it churns out events and gatherings at a vertiginous speed.

The buildings were erected in 1873 by the diocese, ruled by religious staff; later on, with the separation of state and church, the city created in 1905 the Service municipal des pompes funèbres (Municipal Service of Funeral Process), considered at the times as a liberal progress, as it meant that from then on, regardless of religion or condition, everyone was due a proper funeral.

Before that, divorced women, suicide victims, atheists, all were to be buried at night without any dignified ceremony or family members present. The municipal monopole was taking care of everything, from coffins to hearses, from porters to cemeteries. One of the important rituals after a death was to wrap the front door of the building where the deceased laid with massive black curtains on each side of the front door – those were called the pompes.

This black veil was used until the 1980s. The Municipal Monopole was still in practice until the middle of 1997. Since then, the ceremonial is now left to family and private companies.

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At the Pompes Funèbres, 27,000 hearses were in use, with a staff of 1,400, only forty of which were women. Carpenters, wood workers, steel workers, mechanics, auto body specialists, seamstresses, cooks for the on-site workers’ cafeteria. Civil servants, horse caterers and other employees were lodged on the premises. There was even a football team, musicians, and firefighters dedicated to the ensemble of constructions. The funeral parlor did not handle corpses – that was done in private parlors. Except in times of war, when the bodies of soldiers were given back to their families.

Creativity at its Best.

So the place was truly always alive (pun intended) in a way, but for some 15 years when it was closed down, before the re-birth as an art center in 2008. When I last visited at the beginning of September, I saw several artists using the multi-levels center floor as a dance stage and yoga space, kids running around huge sculptures, workers having a sandwich on beach chairs, the feel of community involvement was very tangible.

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At each end of the space giant art pieces jetted to the open sky – this is a place that could easily accommodate one of Louise Bourgeois giant spider sculptures. Not every art space can. An enormous funky piece made of hundreds of bicycles wheels and frames in a sculpture by Chinese Al Weiwei named “Stacked” was taking one end of the forum – representing the transportation mode of his native country, while a metal snake of rust-color boxes was being installed for the upcoming vernissage.

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Concerts for all ages and all style are planned for the fall schedule. Several art shows will also open at the various venues encompassed in the buildings. It’s a real artistic community all housed under one roof. A glass roof that is.

The architecture is reminiscent of the former market halles (market halls) that were once famously popular in the center of the capital. Why waste beautiful edifices? The eco friendly turn-around of the classic buildings is a testament of the creativity of its new users, all artists.

Side Shows.

A food truck selling pizzas is permanently parked inside the Centquatre. The Emmaus store resales clothes and furniture pieces at very low prices, and involves members of the community to work there. Canvas beach chairs invite people to lounge at will. Several corners are meant to be used as sitting areas, or even picnic settings.

The café’s menu is full of childhood favorites, such as toasts, soft eggs, fries and milk-shakes. It is named the Café Caché (the Hidden Café). Another resting place for food is the Grand Central restaurant, the loft-like space offering traditional French dishes at a medium range price – think sausage and lentils, beef cheeks, mussels and fries, rabbit with granny smith apples, steak with Béarnaise sauce, etc..

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The CentQuatre had a challenge — to fill the enormous spaces spread on several city blocks, and despite its sheer size, the place works — it is both a community haven and a convivial space for all. Despite being located in an untrendy area of Paris, that has not stopped Parisians of every corner to make the trip for the sake of art. Over half a million visitors/spectators came by last year. Bravo!

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If you go:
Le CentQuatre is at 5 rue Curial, Paris 75019.
Open Tuesday-Friday noon-7 p.m. Weekends 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Closed Monday.
Métro stop: Riquet.
Bus 54 or 60.
http://www.104.fr/english/

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Wool Gets the Spotlight at Paris Museum

PARIS – A flock of sheep invaded the Palais de Tokyo in Paris this weekend as part of a global awareness campaign orchestrated by The Woolmark Company.
The three-day event, ending Sunday, includes artwork made of wool, a photo exhibit about the natural fibre, and a series of dance performances showing off wool’s versatile nature.
Brands, including Adidas, which developed running apparel based on wool, and Dormeuil, supplier of fine wool fabrics to bespoke tailors including Cifonelli, Camps de Luca and Brioni, set up stands to let visitors get physical.
WWD caught up with Peter Ackroyd, global strategy advisor for The Woolmark Company, at the event.
WWD: What is so special about wool?
Peter Ackroyd: Its diversity. It can be made into suits, blankets or sportswear, and we think we don’t even know all the end-uses of wool. But it’s not only a very diverse fibre — at the end of its life it goes back to earth and enriches the soil. It doesn’t end up as landfill. We put a wool sweater next to an acrylic sweater in Prince of Wales’ garden. In five months, the wool sweater has almost entirely gone back to nature, the acrylic one — you just shook it and put it

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Karl Lagerfeld to Get Photo Exhibition in Paris

KARL IN THE FRAME: Karl Lagerfeld trains his camera on wherever his varied interests take him: fashion, architecture, Paris at night and all manner of personalities.
All that and more will be reflected in “Karl Lagerfeld: A Visual Journey,” an exhibition of his photography slated to open Oct. 16 and run until March 20 at the Pinacothèque de Paris, a private museum just behind the Madeleine Church.
The showcase is being chosen by publisher Gerhard Steidl and Eric Pfrunder, image director at Chanel and one of the designer’s chief image collaborators, who in 1987 encouraged Lagerfeld to try his hand shooting the photos for a Chanel press kit. That would open up a new career path for the German designer, who would go on to shoot campaigns for Chanel, Fendi, Dior Homme and others, along with editorial shoots, and a slew of artistic projects for exhibitions or books.
“People always want to know about my style of photography. I can’t answer that,” according to Lagerfeld. “That’s up to viewers to decide. I don’t have a style, but several, or none. You should never stay still, neither in life, nor in fashion, nor in photography.”
Similarly, Lagerfeld experiments with all kinds of photographic and printing

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Zoe Cassavetes Said Directing Film for Ritz Paris

PUTTIN’ ON THE RITZ?: Could Zoe Cassavetes have directed a film for the Ritz relaunch?
Word has it the director of “Broken English” has shot a film involving fashion people and designers for the reopening of Paris’ mythic, five-star hotel.
A spokeswoman for the Ritz Paris had no comment.
There’s a lot of anticipation for the reopening — the hotel is officially taking reservations from March 14— billed as the biggest refurbishment in the history of the 117-year-old establishment.
Cassavetes, the daughter of  actor and filmmaker John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands, is very much plugged to the fashion world. Her fashion credentials include being a muse of Marc Jacobs, participating in Miu Miu’s “Women’s Tales” — and being a front-row regular at fashion shows.
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