The Bardot Edit: Paris Couture Week 2014

Couture season in Paris is not for the faint of heart. This week’s fashion hustle was punctuated by star-studded events featuring supermodels (Elle Macpherson), girlfriends of supermodels (Michelle Rodriguez), reality stars (Kim Kardashian), scandalous bloggers (Miroslava Duma), daughters of muses (Tallulah Harlech), and the token burlesque star (Dita von Teese). It rained, the champagne poured, and then it got très très froid.

Here are some of Petite Brigitte’s unforgettable looks from the shows.

 

5. DIOR: Little black wiggle dress.

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4. VIKTOR & ROLF: A throwback to the ballet years !

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3. ZUHAIR MURAD: A suit with some hardware.

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3. ELIE SAAB: A sexy sheer wedding.

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2. ZUHAIR MURAD: Head to toe zebra is always a good idea!

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Charlotte Casiraghi’s maternity style

courtesy of Hello Magazine

courtesy of Hello Magazine


She’s due anytime now! Charlotte Casiraghi, the prettiest face in Monaco since Grace Kelly, will give birth before the end of the year.

Spotted last week at a charity gala, Charlotte beamed in a delicate floor length maxi dress by French boutique “1 et 1 font 3.”

The soon-to-be father, French comedian Gad Elmaleh, recently confirmed that the couple are not engaged.

Kate Moss photo exhibition opens in Paris

 Paris has so many cool art galleries popping up in the north part of the Marais district, and this Kate Moss exhibition will certainly draw the fashionistas into the district.  Loving this photo above… very Bardotesque.

 

 (With all the fuss about drugs, rockstars and anorexia-inspiring catchphrases it’s sometimes difficult to remember that Kate Moss is famous for a reason – her jaw-dropping good looks.A new exhibition hopes to remind us with a collection of photographs which go on display today at La Gallerie de L’Instant in Paris.

via Kate Moss exhibition of famous photos of the model opens in Paris | Mail Online.

Inès de la Fressange, a Frenchwoman’s Parisienne

Check out Elaine’s NY Times review of Inès de la Fressange’s new style book on how to look French. I must admit, its the best guide I’ve seen in a long time on attaining that certain “je ne sais quoi”. English version available in Paris at W.H. Smith.

THE perfect Parisian woman is an illusion, bien sûr. But learning to pretend to be one is a serious business that dates back centuries.

It is an enterprise that continues to thrive with profitable how-to books like, “How to Become a Real Parisian,” “The Parisian Woman’s Guide to Style” and “All You Need to Be Impossibly French.” Now Inès de la Fressange, ex-runway model, former face of Chanel, Legion of Honor winner, designer, businesswoman and daughter of a marquis, offers yet another take on how to dress, shop, eat and act like a true “Parisienne.” This onetime muse of Karl Lagerfeld has spun her beauty and style tips into a confection of a best seller, “Parisian Chic: A Style Guide,” which has sold more than 100,000 copies in French and has just hit the American market.

The book might have withered and died on the shelves, except that Ms. de la Fressange combines a “je ne sais quoi” audacity with a sassy tone, and leaves readers believing that, by following her rules and experimenting with confidence, they, too, can be just like her.

via Inès de la Fressange, a Frenchwoman’s Parisienne – NYTimes.com.

Bardot vs Bundchen

While Brigitte Bardot may be given credit for launching tourism in Saint Tropez, she also helped light the fire under the Brazilien tourism industry in the 1960’s during her famous trip to the beachside resort of Buzios.

Now, brazillien top model Gisele Bundchen reincarnates BB for this month’s cover of Elle Brazil (in a photo originally shot for Muse magazine).

Who does 60’s sex kitten better, Bardot or Bundchen?

For the love of french women

 

 

 

Napoleon’s dream of invading England will finally come true in 2011. With a handful of truly French fashion labels like Maje, Sandro, Vanessa Bruno, and the Kooples opening up shop, the frenchie fashion invasion is clearly underway in London. Vive la look française!

If you are an admirer of french women… here are your essential addresses for shopping the look in London. Check out article below:

Nailing that effortless elegance is a big part of the desire to buy into Parisian dressing. ‘The thing about a Frenchwoman is she never looks like she’s tried too hard,’ says Laura Fantacci, Red magazine’s fashion and shopping editor. ‘Chanel did the same thing half a century ago when she teamed a sailor’s stripy tee with men’s palazzo trousers.’

via Indulge in some French dressing | Metro.co.uk.

Lancel launches the BB bag in honor of Bardot

Maybe it’s thanks to the success of the BB exposition in Paris this past winter, but Bardot is back as a fashion influence this 2010 season in Paris!

This April, Lancel will produce the BB bag, in honor of the 60’s bombshell, and with her surprise approval and collaboration. Madame Bardot has signed off on this ecologically-sound handbag, which shall be produced using faux leather, organic coton, and natural coloring.

Leonello Borghi, artistic director of Lancel, explained the motivation behind the iconic hangbag’s debut: “Because every woman wants to possess something of Bardot, and because there is an aspect of Bardot in every woman.”

Rumors abound on the details of the bag, which will puportedly incorporate the  “Vichy” motif (i.e. gingham) that defined her wardrobe in the 50’s/60’s.  Prepare for it’s unveiling this month… Lancel debuts it from St. Tropez, bien sur!

KarL on becoming a supermodel:

Model Sigrid Agren,  images , dispersed with the banal interview questions and got straight to the point in a backstage interview with Karl at the Chanel show in Paris.28_karl_lg1

Karl, what is your advice on becoming a supermodel? He responds:

It’s not being perfect. What one needs is a face that people can identify in a second. That’s why the girls who were famous in the ‘90s can still work for advertising. People know their faces. The little blonde Russian, Sasha (Pivovarava), sash, has a face people can remember instantly, but for other models today, people think, Is she this one or that one? It’s very difficult, but, you see, in fact there is no advice, because all circumstances are very different. It depends on what you are ready to give, the kind of life you bring, what may be exciting or disappointing … You can’t accuse anyone of not doing enough to help you, because, besides yourself, there’s nothing anyone can do. You have to be given what’s needed by nature, and what’s needed is to bring something new. But it’s the most … (hits hand on table) unjust … (hits hand on table) thing in the world.

Soirée à la môde

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In a glamourous end to elegant Haute Couture week, designers and models united for one night of partying and fundraising for the fight against AIDS.

Diner de la Môde is the annual bash that brings out the finest talent in fashion, and this year took place at the Pavilion d’Armenonville at the Bois de Boulogne. In attendance were such fashion doyens as Yohji Yamamoto, Ricardo Tisci (both featured above), Chrisian Lacroix, and Giambattista Valli. Supermodels and stars included Devon Aoki, Natalia Vodianova, Eva Herizigova, Dita von Teese, Diane Kruger, and French actress/Playboy centerfold Vahina Giocante. Oh, and Madame Catherine Deneuve.

The night was magical, and the dresses might have had something to do with it: Dita Von Teese looked ravishing in Lacroix haute, Eva Herizogova looked more like Helen of Troy than Diane Kruger in her Sophia Kokosalaki dress, and the eternal muse of the city, Carine Roitfeld, looked sultry in Christopher Kane.

The charity event raised nearly 1 million euros, and the auction included a black and white photo of Dita von Teese, and personally designed chairs by some of fashion’s biggest designers.

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Haute highlights

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Haute couture fashion week ended on Friday, and dedicated fashionistas flew back to their L.A. mansions and Park Ave penthouses this weekend. The week went smoothly and the parties were elegant affairs, such as the bash at Chaumet’s HQ at Place Vendome– a far cry from the men’s fashion week!

Highlights of the week included Roland Mouret’s continued comeback into the world of fashion, where his show found celebrities like Victoria Beckham lined up to buy his smartly cut and masterfully detailed silhouettes.

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The city was full of the nouveau establishment, like Victoria and Dita von Teese, who once again sat together at Chanel and forced comparisons between their albino/orange skin complexion.

We saw a lot of the old establishment in town to bid Arrivederci to Valentino, including former muses Eva Herizgova, Claudia Schiffer, and Nadja Auermann.

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Valentino’s show was dramatic and poignant, especially at the final bow. Now Karl Lagerfeld is the only big maestro left in the old designer clan! Val plans to focus his retirement on designing for the ballet and opera.

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Party of le Week: Tranoi

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Men’s fashion week was the buzz of the town this past weekend, as the industry flocked to Paris to snap up the hot creations from designers like Kris von Assche, Hedi Slimane, and dozens of up-and-coming createurs. Two major men’s expositions– Tranoi and Rendez-vous, took place to showcase new collections from edgy designers like Surface to Air, Gaspard Yurkievich, and Xavier Brisoux.

Parties of mention around the city include last nights wild bash at the opulent Hotel Paiva (above) for Tranoi, where the night started with a presentation by Bernard Wilhelm, and was followed by entertainment by the Broken Hearts Club. What began as classy red carpet event ended like a frat party, and by 3am, the champagne needed restocking and bouncers were busy hauling out roudy partiers. “Literally an hour after the Veuve was brought out, the wheels fell off and everyone went crazy. I saw someone get rugby tackled on the dance floor. At that point the level was set for the night,” said Mic Eaton of up-and-coming label, Material Boy. “I’m rather tired today,” he added.

Other parties were held over the weekend at La Scala and Experimental Cocktail Club (which was THE private venue of the week, hosting everyone from Details magazine to the Rendez-Vous group).

Eva Green cited by Mr. Blackwell!

Eva for the Dior 60th anniversary party at Versailles. Summer 2007. 

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Bond girl Eva Green caught the fashion fury of Mr. Blackwell this year, as she landed  number 6 on the infamous 48th Annual Worst Dressed List. The fashion forward Parisian, who has made some daring choices in wardrobe selection (though always leaning towards haute couture), was not available for comment after the release of the list.

But is she really that bad? Is she dressing badly or just making some non-commercial fashion statements? Here she is in Alexander McQueen:

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Eva was the only Frenchie to be caught up in the fashion attack, which had L.A. buzzing yesterday as Posh Spice listed at number 1, followed by other less surprising names like Amy Winehouse, Kelly Clarkson, and Mary Kate Olsen.

“Lou-bou-tin” says Suri Cruise

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At the rate she’s going, Suri Cruise will have her fashion vocabulary on par with Anna Wintour by the time she’s 5.

The 19-month-old daughter of Tom & Katie Cruise has just been fitted for custom shoes by Christian Louboutin.

Sources say “They made a mould of Suri’s feet and hand-made a pair of bespoke shoes for her. She is their youngest client.” Looks like moderation isn’t part of the Scientology book!

The jet-set toddler’s wardrobe costs thousands of dollars a month to maintain. She wore Armani for her parents wedding last year, sported Cavalli booties out in NYC, and can’t be caught without some piece from Dior Baby. We hope the Cruise family gives enough charitable donations to justify these designer threads!

PetiteBrigitte’s Best Gifts 2007

Here you have it, PetiteBrigitte’s 1st annual Paris Gift List. Of course we would all love to do like Oprah and indulge our family and friends (and readers!) with Eric Bompard cashmere sweaters (Bon Marché) and jewelry from Adelline (rue de l’Université) this holiday season, but this Paris gift guide is for the nouveau pauvre shopper– one who has overextended his/her finances on too many nights of champagne and taxi rides. The following are PetiteB’s top 10 picks for holiday gifts bought in Paris— all ranging from 9 to 75 euros!

Joyeuses Fetes! xx, PB

1. Exquisitely posh candles from new Parisian label MEMO. These fragrant boujies smell a lot more expensive than 36 euros, and come in svelte packaging with names that will remind you to plan that next vacation. Favorites are “Marrakesh Kiss” (white tea & jasmin rain), “Take me to Saint Barth” (sweet caramel milkshake), and “Mad About Gstaad” (Christmas tree & snowflake). Actually, we’ll take a set of all 3. Available exclusively at Bon Marché, and Harvey Nichols (for UK readers).

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2. Absolute Disco. Giving should be practical. So if you have party people on your list, this one will be greatly appreciated. Absolut Vodka has issued a Limited Edition vodka, covered in mirrored mosaic (hence, disco). It is a sparkling gift that requires no wrapping and probably won’t last past New Year’s! (Then it becomes a vase). 19 euros at La Grande Epicerie.

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3. No one likes flimsy cocktail glasses, so seek out a sturdy set of creative highballers at Luka Luna, where for a mere 32 euros you can give 4 “citi” tumblers– heavy blown glass with a cool cityscape of either Paris, London, NYC, or Sydney. Bottom’s up! (Luna Luka: 77 rue de la Verrerie, metro: Hotel de Ville).

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4. Whimsical, handmade, and shockingly affordable homewares from Le Petit Atelier de Paris. This adorable boutique, located in the Marais, also has a collection of one-of-a-kind jewelry. If you appreciate the chicness of white porcelain, some with handpainted French phrases, you will tomber amoureux with this gem of a store. 31 rue de Montmorency, 75003.

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5. This one is for your best amie, (or metro-ami). The SmartBox Bien-Etre is a CD that allows your friend to choose from over 100 spas, salons, and institutes around France— she can pick from a huge selection of discounted treatments, from make-overs to lasers! An ideal gift, at a very reasonable 75 euros (you get a lot of treatments). Available at FNAC and here.

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6. Habitat has some cute gifts, but nothing quite as flashy as the set of 4 flashing ice-cubes. Plop one into your next cocktail for a real attention grabber. At 9 euros, you can probably go for 2 boxes, so that no fights break out at the next housewarming party!

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7. Giving professional gifts can be tricky, but for the ultimate coworker bonding gift, opt for the Executive Practical Joke set available at the Conran Shop on Rue du Bac. This is a hysterical assortiment of fake gunshot stickers, zapping pens, invisible ink, prank memos, and bloody finger bandages. 25 euros.

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8. If you run into difficulties on what to give your guy friend, opt for a subscription to the new Playboy France. He won’t think you are a perv: it’s an artfully done publication with interesting Paris-centric articles. And OK, he’ll appreciate the photo layout with stunning model Julie Ordon sporting Agent Provocateur lingerie… and less.

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9. Mariage Freres comes to the rescue with gift sets this holiday. Yes, the famed tea-makers might be a Parisian cliché, but this gift is NOT. The Kama Sutra tea set comes in a music box that plays to the tune of Clair de Lune, and contains 4 new creations: Kama Sutra white, green, black, and red tea. (Silver tea spoon included). Tea-time never looked so seductive. All for 50 euros.

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10. For a special someone, the most personalized and practical gift on this list is as follows: Go to moo.com and order your friend personalized calling cards (14 euros for 100 cards!). You can customize as much as you want, add any graphic, and they get delivered straight to your door. You can create special stationary or stickers too. Go the extra mile and splurge on a 50 euros Montblanc card holder available in the basement of Bon Marché. An unforgettably thoughtful gift! (PS: calling cards are mandatory in Paris, especially for the single, chic woman).

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Hedi Slimane & a lot of Perfect Strangers

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Former Dior Homme maestro Hedi Slimane unveiled his new artistic venture this evening at Galerie Almine Rech in the Marais. The exhibition is called Perfect Strangers and showcases black and white photographs and light design by the famed couturier. Inspiration for the works came from a summer vacation to Spain, where he visited a rock festival called Benicassim.  Most of the photos are giant-scale images that follow the rock&roll motif– and one wall is covered in part of the concert’s stage.

The fashion industry herd flocked in around 7pm, and flashbulbs popped faster that champagne corks (actually, where was the champagne?!) when Editor-in-Chief of French Vogue, Carine Roitfeld, strolled in to view the work. Incredibly chic and clad in what looked like a golden brace/suspender belt, she cut the most elegant silhouette of the evening.

Hedi’s work is on display until January 5th.

Tue-Sat, 11am-7pm.

Galerie Almine Rech, 19 rue de Saintonge,

3rd. M°St-Sébastien-Froissart.

01.45.83.71.90.

www.hedislimane.com/

Palais Royal: prepare to shop

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Palais Royal (or to be specific, the Galeries de Montpensier) is known for its manicured trees, delightfully shaded cafes, and, ok– Marc Jacobs and Pierre Hardy stores. It is the perfect place to sit out by the fountain on a lazy Saturday morning and read the journal.

Enjoy that tranquility while it lasts, because the Palais Royal is fast on its way to rivaling other shopping districts like Avenue Montaigne and the Marais.

Now rumored to be joining Marc Jacobs on the arcade is Stella McCartney, who is looking to open her first Parisian store. Ralph Lauren is already committed to the location. And Acne Jeans will come in to provide something we can actually afford!

Karl & Claude shoot Chanel

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What, you thought Karl Lagerfeld might dress down for a photo shoot on the beach?! Au contraire, the photographer and his muse were dressed in extreme elegance worthy of a Fitzgeraldian evening party.

KL was out in full flair in St. Tropez this week to shoot a chilly looking Claudia Schiffer. The eccentric designer, who recently starred in an approved documentary called Lagerfeld Confidential, has shot many of his own campaigns during his tenure at Chanel.

Claudia, now out of retirement, has worked extensively with Karl this year– shooting the Dom Perignon campaign back in the Spring. As we can see, the girl’s still got some assets…

Cavalli roars through H&M

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The Roberto Cavalli capsule collection for H&M hit stores this morning, and flocks of ostentatious fur-wearing ho’s set their alarm clocks early to make it to the store before stocks ran out.  As if women don’t look trashy enough in Cavalli’s normal collection, they now have the opportunity to look TRES trashy.

The collection is small and in limited quantities, which is a blessing because we all might become sick if we saw 20 girls in one day wearing the same leopard corset. Yes, if you bought everything in the collection (and a lot of women were loaded up), your closet would look like you returned from a big game hunt— complete with the crocodile Dundee black leather fringed vest (possibly the most hideous thing, and in the arms of nearly every woman there.) Your wardrobe would include: the leopard corset, leopard and zebra chiffon dresses, leopard tights, a gold flapper dress,  leopard jeans, leopard scarves, leopard bras/panties, leopard lined blazers…. you get the point.

So for those readers looking for a lucrative night on the Bois de Boulogne, swing by H&M today for your chance to make all your colleagues jealous.

Note: Reports from two saleswomen say the collection will be gone after the lunch hour. Ho la la, la la…………

Fetherston: a fashionable former expat

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Former Parisian expat, Erin Fetherston, will launch a collection for Target starting in mid-November. These are the moments Petite Brigitte wishes she were back in the U.S.!

Fetherston graduated from Parsons Paris in 2003 and launched her own collection shortly thereafter. Critical acclaim and collaborations with photographer Ellen von Unworth and actress Kristen Dunst followed, and now the young designer dresses stars like Cameron Diaz, Zooey Deschanel, and Anne Hathaway.

Even though Fetherston relocated her business to NYC two seasons ago, her collection still has a frenchie feel to it– with oversized cardigans, skinny pants, and ruffle front blouses. With nothing over $90 USD, it might just be worth a hop across the pond…

http://www.erinfetherston.com 

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Victoria vs. von Teese

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 Dita von Teese (left), the burlesque diva, posing next to Victoria Beckham (right) outside of the Chanel show in Paris.

OK, so fashion week has been over for a while, but PetiteBrigitte is still running through the photos and had to stop for a moment of reflection. Aside from the fact that the amount of artifice in these two divas is enough to shatter a lens, could they look any more opposite when standing side by side?

Dita, who has dyed her naturally blonde hair to raven black for over 16 years, paints a pale 1940’s bombshell silhouette with a custom black ensemble and red nails. Victoria, newly Californicated with a heavy dose of spray-on tan to contrast the plantinum locks, looks like a futuristic 1950’s barbie doll in her vintage dress from the same decade.

One thing is for sure: these two are a rare breed of woman. Though with so much artifice going on here, they could quite possibly be men.

Speaking of men, do they find these looks sexy? Honestly, much hotter women could be found walking the Tuileries last week, and the Sartorialist had his eye out for them….

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Francoise pour les françaises?

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Christian Lacroix‘s capsule collection for La Redoute was such a hit he’s signed on for another season. Now, the catalogue giant is said to be seducing French icon, Francoise Hardy.

Hardy, who is now 63 and lives outside of Paris, is a singer/actress who rose to fame in the 1960’s with songs like “Tous les garcons et les filles,” and “Le Temps d’Amour.” In 2000, she made a comeback with a new CD release, Clair Obscur.

Her beauty and franco-chic made her a muse to artists like Balenciaga’s Nicolas Ghesquiere, and Bob Dylan . In the 60’s/70’s she was iconic for her sexy messy hair, golden fringe, and menswear-inspired clothes. Today, she is the epitome of classic French style.

Let’s hope she signs on with La Redoute. We could all use a low priced way to look effortlessly française!

Off the Marc

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Poor Marc Jacobs. It has been a rough year. It shows.

Break-ups and rehab marked the first part of the year, and then there was the inexplicably disastrous show for fashion week in NYC. Tardy and tasteless, the show sent certain fashion editors into a blind rage, which sparked a rebuttal from Marc, who threatened to move his entire collection to Paris next year.

But would Paris receive MJ with open arms? While Parisians are renowned for welcoming American fugitives with exceptional fervor(look at Roman Polanski), Marc is une centimetre away from stepping on the wrong feet. His show for Louis Vuitton on Sunday was marked by yet another bizarre moment, when a super-animated MJ stuck his tongue out during his runway strut. Stuck his tongue out. Not in London, not in LA, in PARIS! Oh la la, la la…. ! Looked like the gesture was aimed at Suzy Menkes (IHT fashion editor) but MJ denies.

Petite Brigitte, with her usual spot-on wisdom, knows exactly what is going on. MJ is off the booze/drugs and on the protein shakes (they’ve got some uppers in there right?). Marc’s been hitting his Parisian gym hard since his return to the city, and he’s got the bod to prove it. But watch out for that Guarana/Ginko mix Marc! Your antics might work with your personal trainer, but not with Bernard Arnault.

You thought fashion week was over?

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There is still one show left! The Ethical Fashion Show kicks off today and for the next 4 days at the Tapis Rouge in the 10th arr. The event promotes eco-friendly designers and fosters discussion between fashion players on topics like free trade and sustainable development.

But the question is, will they be serving champagne or green tea? PetiteB will report back with the hard facts.

ETHICAL FASHION SHOW® / Universal Love
Office : 4, rue Trousseau 75011 PARIS
Tel. : +33 (0) 1 43 48 94 68

A walk in the parc

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If the pigeons have all dropped dead at Jardin de Luxembourg, we may have found the cause.

Victoria Beckham took a stroll in our neighborhood park yesterday, wearing THAT.

Followed by paparazzi, bodyguards, and the photo crew that was directing the fashion shoot for American ELLE, Victoria looked like a rare bird spawned from the depths of hell as she disturbed the sleepy tranquility of the jardins.

She looks so joyful. Almost as joyful as she looked at the Chanel show, while sitting next to Nina Garcia, Ralph Lauren, and Dita Von Teese:

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But not nearly as joyful as she looks with her male accompaniment for fashion week, Cruz Beckham. What a fun mommy!

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Victoria is staying at the Ritz for her Parisian sejour. She was spotted making a hasty exit from the hotel yesterday, just as the massive frenzy of cameras descended on the hotel for the Diana inquest (nearly 30 camera crews are still there today as jurors tour the hotel).

Issey Miyake’s blow-out show

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Issey Miyake‘s show started nearly an hour late today, leaving guests to suffer from overwhelming heat inside the tent at the jardin du Louvre. The show might have been called “The Wind,” but there wasn’t the slightest breeze in the humid venue. After a bit of yelling from impatient photogs, and the arrival of Kanye West, the show got underway, and the second collection for designer Dai Fujiwara hit the catwalk.

The large collection contained many architecturally inspired pieces, using fabric to create angular and graphic shapes in everything from pants to dresses. It also featured trademark Miyake pleating, as well as host of dresses with voluminous rouching. Overcoats and trenches were playful in grey with magenta details. One favorite piece was an oversized black leather jacket with curved zipper details and a popped collar. Less inspiring was the halloween-esque aspect of the show, in which some hooded jackets made models look like witches.

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The show was held in collaboration with Dyson, the vacuum people. Huge industrial pipes extended during the show to blow gail force wind on the models, creating a dramatic sense of movement as their perfectly frizzed coif blew in all directions with each gust.

Kanye West and fiancee Alexis Phifer sat in white plastic chairs hastily set up as the show began. That didn’t seem to bother them however, and Kanye happily snapped away with his own camera during the show. When asked his favorite show thus far in Paris, Kanye revealed to PetiteB that it was the collection from the house of Martin Margiela.

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Hot & Steamy at Dior

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Fashion press, buyers, and a moderate number of celebs flooded the Tuileries on Monday afternoon for the Dior show. Security was tight as drivers pulled in by the gates at Place de la Concorde. All in all, there were few celebs braving the Parisian humidity. Kanye West was a notable exception. He also hit the Vivienne Westwood show an hour earlier, along with fiancee Alexis Phifer. Is it just me, or is he looking like another one of the Black Eyed Peas in this ensemble?

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Also in attendance at Dior was Her Royal Highness Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana. The Thai princess entered with a flood of entourage and security, looking regal and radiant as knowing paparazzi bowed down in respect. Her first collection debuted on Saturday at the Opera Garnier.

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Ivana Trump, arm in arm with her longtime boyfriend Rossando Rubicondi, looked cool and collected, and very collagenized.
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The always gracious Susan Tabak made an entrance to a flood of flashes. The author of Chic in Paris and fashion insider looked trim and energized, as various assistants made sure her perfect hair didn’t succumb to the humidity.

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And what would the show be without a character like Anna Piaggi, whose ensemble needs no analysis. She and other member of the fashion elite, including Carine Roitfeld and Hamish Bowles, entered to see the jaw-dropping show that featured a very 1930’s Marlene Dietrich vibe.

Fashion notes

Olivier Theysken’s first collection for Nina Ricci debuted in March 2007 (below). This fashion week all eyes are on his 2nd collection for the house.
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Fashion is the topic of the week. So what is different at this Paris fashion week (besides the absence of Ms. Wintour?)?

First off, other notable absentees this season are the houses of Guy Laroche, Emanuel Ungaro and Cacharel.

According to AFP, Guy Laroche is having a “brainstorming” on its future (it’s about time), so a catwalk presentation at this turbulent time is out of the question, while Ungaro sacked its stylist Peter Dundas this summer because of poor results.

Cacharel also parted company in June with Inacio Ribeiro and Suzanne Clements, who wanted to concentrate on their own Clements Ribeiro label. The Spanish designer Estrella Archs, who is replacing them, will present a collection under her own name, which may give a sneak preview of what she will do with Cacharel.

Other shows which fashion editors will be watching out for are the second collections of Olivier Theyskens for Nina Ricci, Paulo Melim Andersson for Chloe and Dai Fujiawara for Issey Miyake.

PetiteBrigitte will report soon on Issey Miyake, whose collection debuts on Tuesday.
photo courtesy nytimes.com