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PATCHING THINGS UP: It looks as if Tracey Emin has caught the fashion bug. At a party at Colette Wednesday night for the launch of handbags the artist designed for Longchamp, Emin hinted that more fashion projects could be in the works....
PATCHING THINGS UP: It looks as if Tracey Emin has caught the fashion bug. At a party at Colette Wednesday night for the launch of handbags the artist designed for Longchamp, Emin hinted that more fashion projects could be in the works. “I would like to start my own company so people can collaborate with me,” she joked. But seriously, she’s working on a project involving cashmere, though she was mum on the details. Meanwhile, Lou Doillon, an avid seamstress, was paying close attention to the patchworks Emin is known for, since Doillon herself has whipped up pillows and blankets for her two-year-old son, Marlowe-Tigger. Elsewhere at the party, French actress Marion Cotillard mused about the film she recently wrapped up with a rather unwieldy title: “Un long dimanche de fiançailles” or “A Very Long Engagement.” “There’s a new trend in film titles these days,” she said. “They’ve got to be a least three kilometers long.”
A WIDE WEB: Alas, Kirsten Dunst — in Paris on Thursday for the French premiere of “Spider-Man 2” — didn’t make it to any couture shows. But she did bump into some fashion folk late Wednesday night at the Plaza Athenée bar, where she partied with the likes of Ivana Trump, Margherita Missoni, Givenchy fashion designer Ozwald Boateng, Oliver Stone and Colin Farrell. Meanwhile, her co-star Tobey Maguire was also lying low — relatively speaking. The dressed-down heartthrob passed by the Plaza for a few minutes after dining at Dave, where he waved off all the gawking fashion editors in the room.
FOOTNOTE: Actor Gerard Depardieu, hobbling on a broken foot, arrived at the Jean-Louis Scherrer couture show Thursday more than an hour late. As soon as he was seated, the lights dimmed and the models started down the runway. But house officials, horrified that the actor wasn’t in the VIP area, ran over and pulled him to a seat near another high-profile guest, France’s First Lady Bernadette Chirac. The two stood and chatted for a brief moment while the models went on with the show. “I broke the foot in a motorcycle accident,” Depardieu explained when the show ended.RITE OF PASSAGE: Yves Saint Laurent –— no fan of the Tom Ford era at his namesake fashion house — has given an enthusiastic seal of approval to Ford’s successor, Stefano Pilati. “I feel liberated,” Saint Laurent declared Thursday night at a cocktail party at Loulou de la Falaise’s boutique. In fact, Saint Laurent said Pilati has already showed him some designs for his upcoming spring collection — and the retired couturier plans to attend his debut women’s show in October. “I’m completely confident in him,” he said. “He’s a real worker.”
FAST FRIENDS: “I just met Jean Paul [Gaultier] earlier this week,” Jane Birkin confessed from her front-row perch at his couture show on Thursday. “We met at the Helmut Newton memorial, and I thought he was so charming.” Of course, the chanteuse didn’t overlook the Hermès connection with Gaultier, who now designs its women’s ready-to-wear. She proudly pointed to her Birkin bag, which she helped Hermès design. “It’s probably made them a lot of money,” she said. “But [Hermès] has promised to help me do concerts in difficult places like Chechnya. If they do that, then we’ll be even.” This fall, Birkin embarks on a concert tour in the U.S. in support of her new album, “Rendezvous,” which has already gone gold in France.
WHAT’S COOKING: “The show’s been a great success so far,” enthused Cartier president Bernard Fornas as he welcomed guests, including Ivana Trump, to a private visit Wednesday night of Jean Paul Gaultier’s “Bread Couture” exhibit at the Cartier Foundation. After showing off the crusty bustiers and a working bakery, Fornas and Gaultier president Donald Potard broke bread with editors and couture clients in the museum’s rooftop dining room. But Gaultier himself was a conspicuous no-show — because he was still cooking up his couture collection. “He’s holed up in the atelier,” Potard said. “He’ll be up until five finishing the dresses for the show.”
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“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.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia