obviously it would have been precarious to take photos, so here is the "public" invitation
illustrations by Alber; silly stickers by your bunny (quite the ahhhrteeest, non?)
Women simply adore Alber Elbaz (and by extension, Lanvin) owing to his love and appreciation of real women: sans the plastic or pretension. It was an absolute dream to spend Monday morning with him – quite candidly my favorite designer of our era – and Mr. Mickey exploring the showstopping Lanvin Spring 2009 collection (with a few previously unseen Cruise 2009 gems thrown in for good measure)!
Lanvin Spring 2009*
As per usual, comfort was of cardinal priority throughout the design process. Even the seemingly 'structured' garments felt lighter than a feather on the skin: a truly remarkable feat bearing in mind the weighty heft of similarly shaped Giambattista Vallifrocks.
The kooky throwback resort garments (think more "contemporary" items like t-shirts emblazoned with Alber's whimsical sketches not unlike the invitation above) were reasonably priced considering their handiwork, style level, and refined fabrication; while the Acne Jeans collaboration was the epitome of 'cool kid meets easy breezy chic' [below]:
Lanvin Cruise 2009 [also feat. Acne line] with Suzy Menkes
About 70% of the bags were entirely vegan – perhaps stemming from his dear kinship with fellow Israeli Natalie Portman or a reworking of F/W 2008's cruelty-free (by default) ribbon motif – the most electrifying of which sprang from Spring 2009's interludes of vibrant leopards, insane new crystal studded versions of last season's cult shapes, and Cruise 2009's Elbaz-doodled beach totes with PVC handles.
Ogling Alber's deco-gone-glam jewelry and flossy flossy bedazzled heels was pure sensory overload:
And yes, Alber is that twinkling and warmhearted in person! I did feel slightly maladroit since I had just broken one of his F/W 2008 bags* in a taxi door earlier that morning and hastily replaced the stunning Jeanne Lanvin charms with little bunnies from a quaint shop in Pennsylvania found deep within the recesses of said bag. He didn't seem to mind...
If you're in Gotham Tuesday or Wednesday be sure to stop by Barney's 2nd floor on Madison & 61st. See invitation [above] for details. To my knowledge Alber will not be in store again – but his all-embracing, voluptuous, fresh-from-the-runway frocks will!
*Total major coincidence: many thanks to Tim Blanks (brilliant host of the style.com videos, including the one at top) for helping me find the then-new black Lanvin bag lost in the kerfuffle of Ikram's annual post-McQueen Indian fête. By now that bag must be on its ninth life!
Emmanuelle Alt styled Anna Selezneva (who – many mazel's abound – will be the lone model in the upcoming S/S 2009 Calvin Klein campaign) in the same Dolce & Gabbana David Bowie t-shirt in August's "Reality Show" and November's "Trente ans versus dix-sept ans" V.P. editorials.
snapped! Emmanuelle scoping out Anna S. at the Alt-style Isabelle Marrant show last month
Meanwhile bunny hop on over to Paper to get the lowdown on...
Paolo Roversi & Natalia Vodianova Bring Shalimar Back: October 23
Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen Have an "Aha! Moment" with Oprah: October 23
Modelize This! Meet Brit Sensation Emma MacLaren: October 22
The new issue of the Parisian fashion magazine Dirrty Glam (and no, it's not even remotely "dirty") is now available for your viewing pleasure online in its entirety! What a wonderful team to work with; I did a fun little interview on pages 21-26 here.
Check out their backstage footage with coverstar Clémentine Poidatz and fellow feature Esther Garrel – daughter of the great Philippe Garrel and a super talented actress in her own right:
photo: The Cobrasnake [snapped at the Calvin Klein's 40th anniversary fête]
Welcome to the Jungle: Christopher Kane S/S 2009: September 17
The "Luella Girl" Gives her Grandma's Wardrobe a Proper Whirl: September 15
To view the hauntingly evocative "Mommie Dearest" editorial [above] from Numéro 97 – lensed by Sofia Sanchez & Mauro Mongiello and starring bunny amieSiri Tollerød with modern-cum-period styling compliments of Samuel François – in its entirety, click clickity click click!
Jeremy Kost may have caught the models exiting the catwalk of one of my absolute favorite human beings on planet – the uncommonly kindhearrted and devilishly talented Jeremy Scott [video above]; but your bunny met up with the crew before the S/S 2009 extravaganza for a pre-show (plain clothes) run-through:
Just before the mad rush of NY Fashion Week, I caught up with bunny amie Siri Tollerød at my BFF Simona McIntyre's 19th birthday fête at raw vegan haven Pure Food & Wine near the Gramercy Park Hotel.
Not only did the fairest Norwegian nymph walk an astounding sixty-three shows – especially remarkable considering that she shot a preeminent job in Paris in lieu of hitting any of the London catwalks – she also graced a record three editorials in this September's Vogue Italia.
I first learned of her most recent photographic collaboration with the Kaiser while waiting for the others to arrive (since Siri and I were the first to make it at the Irving Place townhouse). I finally had the opportunity to peruse the October issue of Vogue Germany on an unanticipated (and admittedly unglamorous) post-Parisian jaunt from NYC to Pennsylvania and have been completely bewitched ever since!
The stirring Lagerfeld-lensed spread – while likely shot across the pond – conjures analogous allegorical imagery to the Puritanical New England milieu hauntingly typified in Nathaniel Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown. Siri and German phenom Toni Garrn brilliantly portray a Faith Brown-esque personae in this unearthly editorial:
Eerily emotive! Stunningly elegiac! Wistfully nostalgic! LOVE IT!
Unfortunately we were both super duper busy in Paris and only had quick chance meetings during Jeremy Scott's rehearsal [below] and at the Carousel de Louvre between the Ungaro and Costume National presentations.
I did however manage a few quick snaps of snaps of Siri fluttering along the rullebane while in Paris:
last season backstage with Fashion TV Model Talks
Congrats Siribean on another killer season! Mazel tov! Gratulerer!!
*first image left-right [top row] Nina Ricci, Chanel, Lanvin, Chloé, Valentino, Wunderkind, Yohji Yamamoto; [bottom row] Emanuel Ungaro, Kenzo, Antonio Berardi, Valentino, Balenciaga, Karl Lagerfeld, Louis Vuitton, Lanvin >> other Paris pursuits not shown include Alexander McQueen, Ann Demeulemeester, Celine, Costume National, Giambattista Valli, Jeremy Scott, John Galliano, Miu Miu, Paul & Joe, Rue du Mail, Sonia Rykiel, and Wunderkind