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British actress Keira Knightley, who made headlines after penning an essay about childbirth, brings period drama ‘Colette’ to rainy London. Rough cut (no reporter narration)
Keira Knightley talks about her latest role as the ground-breaking French author Colette and how gender and sexual politics haven’t changed much in 100 years. Rough Cut – no reporter narration
PARIS — It’s a Saint Laurent-Nobuyoshi Araki send-off for Colette.
Sixteen images of a scantily clad Anja Rubik by the Japanese artist will serve as the store’s final display of artwork as part of the storied French label’s store takeover, running from Dec. 2 through to Colette’s closure on Dec. 20.
The 16-piece series is titled “Saint Laurent Shiki-in” or “lust for color” and is meant to bring together the world of Saint Laurent with Araki’s work, according to the brand, which lauded the photographer as “a key figure in modern world culture.”
Saint Laurent designer Anthony Vaccarello worked with the Japanese artist for the series that mixes photos with painting techniques.
Vaccarello last year chose Rubik for his advertising campaign at the French label, which, at the time, described the Polish model as projecting the image of a “a free, hedonist and elusive woman.”
In the final Colette exhibit, black-and-white photographs show various images of Rubik. In one, she is lying flat on her back, eyes closed and legs folded; naked except for an open jacket. Swathes of blue and purple are punctuated with splashes of pink.
Another shows her standing naked in high heels, her arms restrained by straps wrapped around her chest, matching
PARIS — Karl Lagerfeld’s parting gift to Colette, the store that has counted him as its number-one customer for two decades, couldn’t be more fitting: a red-hot sneaker collaboration.
As part of its monthlong takeover of the concept store’s first floor, Chanel will launch an Adidas Hu NMD shoe specially customized by Pharrell Williams for the house. Further stoking anticipation, it has yet to release an image of the design, though unofficial photos have been circulating on streetwear feeds.
The music star is featured in the advertising campaign for Chanel’s Gabrielle bag, has walked the runway for the brand and once composed a song for a Lagerfeld-directed Chanel film, but this marks the first time Williams has designed a product for the label.
Other exclusives include limited-edition T-shirts designed by Lagerfeld, creative director of Chanel since 1983, and a music compilation by Michel Gaubert, who designs the soundtracks for its runway shows.
Chanel will take up residency at Colette from Oct. 30 to Nov. 25, and the store will close its doors for good on Dec. 20.
Inspired by Lagerfeld’s Antiquity-themed cruise collection, the decor of its pop-up will consist of a backdrop of draped ecru canvas punctuated by Plexiglas niches showcasing ready-to-wear and accessories.
It’s Thom Browne’s turn to put his stamp on Colette in the store’s run-up to its December closing. When Browne’s monthlong installation opens Oct. 2, it will be the fourth in the store’s series of designer takeovers. Browne will transform the second floor into his polished American office-like world, done in gray and set with midcentury furnishings.
“I’ll always remember the first time I met Thom in his Meatpacking District studio more than 10 years ago,” said Sarah Andelman, the store’s creative director and purchasing manager, and daughter of the founder. “I remember the way he welcomed me with a glass of morning Champagne and the way his small shirt collection was just perfect. His vision for men’s wear was crystal clear. Each of his fashion shows has offered the most impressive experience, confirming Thom not only as a fashion designer but a real artist.”
The more than 200 exclusive products, spanning men’s, women’s and children’s, will include runway pieces, updated bestsellers and new categories — denim, home, kids and Americana-inspired novelty items. There will also be a made-to-measure area where customers can personalize and custom fit their tailoring with tailors from Browne’s New York store. It’s the first time custom tailoring will be
BAGS OF STYLE: Mansur Gavriel is taking over a window at Colette during Paris Couture Week.
Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel, who recently picked up the Swarovski Award for Accessory Design at the CFDA Awards, have created an exclusive version of their best-selling bucket bag in metallic blue saffiano leather with a pony hair print. It will go on sale on July 6 for 635 euros, or $ 700 at current exchange.
The window display, which marks the brand’s first international collaboration, will be inaugurated with a cocktail event on July 6.
“Colette’s smart, unexpected edit and environment embodies a world that is very interesting to us as a brand,” Mansur and Gavriel said in a joint statement. Sarah Andelman, creative director and purchasing manager at Colette, in turn described the handbag label as “one of the greatest surprises we had these last years.”
IN YOUR SHOES: Exceptionally, Virginie Mouzat was not in heels Thursday night in Paris, despite the occasion: A party she and Colette hosted for New York shoe designer Paul Andrew.
“Much too hot,” she said, motioning to her K. Jacques Saint-Tropez sandals as guests fanned themselves furiously and sipped iced juices in the steamy boutique. Yet the Vanity Fair France fashion and lifestyle features editor-in-chief could not have a higher opinion of Andrew: “For me, he’s the new Manolo Blahnik.”
Colette showcased his Chinoiserie-tinged spring collection, and an exclusive version of his Zenadia pump. “We’ve dyed it exclusively in Vanity Fair red,” Andrew said. Trays of cookies circulated in the exact shape and color of the shoes.
Later, a small group including Colette’s Sarah Andelman, painter James Brown, stylist Catherine Baba and show producer Alexandre de Betak repaired to hipster eatery Heimat for dinner in a vaulted stone room.
Mouzat tapped her glass and made a short speech, praising Andrew’s comfortable, sexy and collectible styles. Baba couldn’t contain her enthusiasm any longer, exclaiming to the room: “Size 38!”