Bonjour mes lapins! It's official: I have finally landed in Paris after what can only be described as a "colorful" Air France flight – be sure to bunnyhop over to PAPERMAG for the downlow on my slightly nerve-racking (and in hindsight, rather laughable) "FRAKES ON A PLANE!" saga – to once again report on the Haute Couture shows for Paper's Fashion Schmashion.
While reluctantly tucked away toute seule dans ma chambre with a less-than-glamorous bout of food poisoning contracted en route to Paris, I was begrudgingly forced to forgo my beau bow amour Alexis Mabille and the master Armani Privé's presentations as well as cancel tea with Cobrasnake and Alie of Dirrty Glam at Colette.I was, however, buoyantly cheered by the arrival of these two Hippolyte garden bunnies thoughtfully dispatched to me by Hôtel le Bristol's legendarily kindhearted staff.
This superbly silky-soft velveteen rabbit is really all the rage! Little Lucas Portman – flanked by his mum, Natalia Vodianova and dad, Justin Portman – proudly totes bunny buddy Hippolyte (named after the hotel's founder Hippolyte Jammet). Many thanks to Amy Bramley (Executive Director of The Naked Heart Foundation) for informing me of the charity's recent website makeover. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the new site and the foundation's magnanimous work!
Apropos of nothing, I recently received a number of surprising and flattering e-mails with regard to my choice beauty products and toiletries. Well, I am a bit of a purest (it's actually a rare feat to even espy me wearing any makeup) but I do have a few go-to cruelty-free products that I use semi-daily. So while unpacking earlier yesterday I zippily snapped a few shots to test out my new USB cord before the shows. Shown above are my favorite shampoo, conditioner, facial cleanser, facial moisturizer, body soap, hand/body cream, perfume, the one hair product that I can tolerate, and a free sample airport security safe purse-size hand cream thrown in for good measure.
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!
Claudia (age four) and Jessica (age six) sharing front row with Grandma Menkes...
... and the mini fashion maven making a quick dash after Gareth Pugh:
Be sure to sneak a peak at the most influential stylemakers (including John Galliano, Anna Wintour, Nicolas Ghesquière, Sonia Rykiel, Olivier Theyskens – donning the Suzy hairdo no less, Christian Lacroix, Alber Elbaz, Franca Sozzani, Donatella Versace, Karl Lagerfeld, Sarah Lerfel, Marc Jacobs, Adrian Joffe, and Alexander McQueen) eloquently pay tribute to Madame Menkes in honor of her 20th anniversary at the International Herald Tribune: Suzy at 20!
Hearst may no longer have much to offer the teen fashion publishing niche since the July 2006 bust of Elle Girl -- and no, by no means does your bunny consider their "replacement" CosmoGIRL! a fashmag by any stretch of the imagination -- yet Condé Nast has not always reigned supreme.
Condé's Teen Vogue may indubitably be the most mainstream fresh-faced fashion bible, but from 1945-1948 Hearst had the haute market cornered with Junior Bazaar, an analogous concept overseen by legendary Harper's Bazaar art director Alexey Brodovitch.
Alexey intended to reach a younger audience through his bold employment of color, graphics, and photography. The influence of his youthful perspective on high fashion (as featured in Junior Bazaar) can still be seen today in the dainty aesthetics of Lula, Preen, and Soma.
PS: All preceding Junior Bazaar images are the work of renowned photographer (and ex-husband of 1950's supermodel Anne St. Marie) Tom Palumbo.
As silly as it may be, your bunny has been pining (since April of '07 to boot) for the U.S. release of St. Trinian's. Launching the film on this side of the pond apparently isn't in the cards; however have no fear: the DVD is procurable here!
St. Trinian's U.K. theatrical trailer
The killer cast includes Rupert Everett (in dual roles, no less), Colin Firth, Lily Cole [above], Mischa Barton, Jodie Whittaker, Gemma Atherton, Tasmin Egerton, and Talulah Riley.
Lily Cole & Mischa Barton at the St. Trinian's premiere, Cannes Film Festival 2007
Shhh!You didn't hear it from this bunny, but the film is uploaded in its entirety here gratis (albeit in slightly poor quality)!
Exhibit A: "The Scarf Screen" -- Kate Moss with Jamie Hince
Celebrities are renowned for utilizing many o' ploy to shield themselves from the pesky paps. Conventonal mechanisms -- scarf "screening" (spy Kate in the raw video above), elephantine sunglasses (we can still see you Nicole!), and even more inspired tactics (namely Jackie O.'s notorious "escutcheon" flower bouquet to counter Ron Galella) -- all pale in comparison to the downright brilliant Digby & Iona 'stache necklaces designed by Aaron Ruff!
"The Inspector Closeau" (spindly mustache) by Digby & Iona:
"The Phileas Fogg" (bushy mustache) by Digby & Iona: