Lutz & Patmos has lined up Jane Birkin as its newest guest designer — quite a leap from the Amtrak conductor who last held that title.
The British actress and chanteuse has been on the brand’s wish list for some time, since she has been its unofficial muse. Tina Lutz, who designs the collection with Marcia Patmos, flew to Paris in May to hang out with Birkin in her Paris apartment and discuss design ideas. Dressed in Levi’s, a slouch cashmere sweater and Converse sneakers, the 61-year-old embodies the label’s low-key style. “She has this really relaxed, nonchalant style without being overtly sexy, which is very sexy,” Lutz said.
Well-known for her humanitarian activism with Amnesty International, Birkin chose an Italian-made organic cashmere for the scoopneck, slim-fitting, elongated tank with crochet details she designed. There is also a wide V-neck with a raw edge neckline with slightly flared three-quarter-length sleeves. “It’s a cool little sweater that can fall over one shoulder. That’s probably how Jane would wear it,” Lutz said. Price points haven’t been set.
Despite her movie roles, including “Blowup,” and her former status as Serge Gainsbourg’s sidekick, Birkin is not big on public appearances. Given that, it’s unclear if she will make a cameo at Lutz & Patmos’ Sept. 9 presentation in New York. Aside from being the mother of Kate Barry, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Lou Doillon, Birkin is the namesake of Hermès’ most coveted handbag — something she may have need for in her next film project. Now that she has wrapped up her latest album, “Winter Children,” she is preparing to play the role of a fashion editor. “I already feel the part, thanks to you,” she told Lutz.
@fearofgod and @maxfieldla have teamed up on a pop-up installation. The store, located in the gallery space across from Maxfield’s Melrose Ave location, is the site of the brand’s House of God pop-up in which Fear of God founder @jerrylorenzo has created a church-inspired installation. A dozen vintage church pews sit in front of an LED screen playing 90s gospel singers in an effort to re-create an environment akin to a Southern Baptist Church, Lorenzo explained. Read more about the pop-up on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Jennifer Johnson)
Known for his sleek, sophisticated American glamour, Norman Norell is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at @fitnyc. “Norell: Dean of American Fashion,” which runs from February 9 through April 14, will feature approximately 100 ensembles and accessories. His best work is exemplified by the designer’s glittering “mermaid” gowns frosted with thousands of hand-sewn sequins – like the one pictured. (📷: William Helburn) #wwdfashion
For pre-fall 2018, @balmain didn’t let go of the glitz. A crystal embroidered baseball jacket priced at around $40,000 hangs in the “couture” section of the brand’s first men’s pre-collection. Sporting the words “Balmain Army” across the back, the item took around two months to make. “When it was completed, it was like Christmas, it was like, ‘It’s done, it’s exactly what I wanted,’” said Balmain’s creative director @olivier_rousteing during a tour of the collection in a Paris showroom on Monday. #wwdfashion
Eighty degree temperatures and outdoor installations at the annual Art Basel Miami Beach called for bright, elevated beachwear. See more street style pictures on WWD.com. #theyarewearing #ABMB (📷: @lifeinreverie)
Following September’s emotional tribute to her brother Gianni, Donatella Versace wanted to bring the spring show’s deep sense of intimacy to her @versace_official pre-fall collection. Donatella found inspiration in Versace Palazzo in Milan and from Gianni’s opulent apartment. Archival patterns and new motifs were splashed on silk shirtdresses and fitted jersey frocks. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com. #wwdfashion
Demna Gvasalia continues to shake up the Paris fashion calendar — and experiment with new runway timetables for his @vetements_official brand. WWD has learned that Vetements plans to stage its next coed show for the fall 2018 season on January 19 during Men’s Fashion Week in the French capital. Details about the timing and venue have not been confirmed — stay tuned on WWD.com to catch the latest. #wwdnews (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
@zacposen's go-to holiday gift? Cookies! "I'll usually bake cookies and send them as a gift," said the designer, who recently released his cookbook "Cooking With Zac: Recipes from Rustic to Refined." Get the recipe for his Brown Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies via link in bio 🍪🍪🍪 #wwdeye #cookingwithzac
For @monsemaison’s pre-fall 2018 collection, Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim honed in on the brand’s many signatures — men’s wear, which was tweaked and feminized through deconstruction, proportion play and lots of bare shoulders. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
On Friday night, @yohjiyamamotoofficial received the Design for Asia Lifetime Achievement Award in Hong Kong. The 75-year-old designer has been celebrated for many years and is best known for his dark and avant-garde tailoring. “In my long career, in design, architecture, [I’ve been to] so many parties, this is the very first time that I have such a warm feeling, I really appreciate this,” Yamamoto said. #wwdfashion (📷: @dominiquemaitre)