PARIS — French Space Age brand Courrèges has teamed up with eyewear specialist Alain Mikli on a new range of sunglasses for spring.
The collection is available exclusively at the Scoop boutique in the French ski resort of Courchevel 1850, and will launch in February with select opticians and multibrand stores, in addition to the brand’s flagship on Rue François 1er in Paris and its e-commerce site.
Featuring reeditions of vintage models — including the white Eskimo sunglasses from 1965 — alongside new designs, the collection will be priced from 240 to 290 euros, or $317 to $383 at current exchange, a spokeswoman said.
As part of its redevelopment under new owners and copresidents Jacques Bungert and Frédéric Torloting, Courrèges will also open a pop-up store on Feb. 4 at the Paris flagship of department store chain Galeries Lafayette, she added.
The 325-square-foot space, to be located on the first floor of the Boulevard Haussmann store, will sell clothes, shoes, sunglasses and fragrance alongside a new collection of leather tote bags featuring the brand’s original logo. It is due to remain open until July.
Courrèges is also expanding its presence in the U.S. Beginning late this month, its ready-to-wear and other collections will be available at Saks Fifth Avenue stores in New York, Beverly Hills and Bal Harbour, Fla., the spokeswoman said.
Bungert and Torloting last March named Lionel Giraud chief creative officer of the newly created Atelier Design André Courrèges, charged with overseeing the creation of everything from trapeze dresses to electric cars.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
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