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.
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion
“I’m Russian and I love to use all these little tricks that I got from my grandma or my mom. We didn’t have a lot of money for creams or anything like that so we would use a garden as a beauty treatment regime. We’d put cucumber in the fridge and do a cucumber mask,” says model @irinashayk on one of her beauty hacks. WWD asked celebs what their go-to self-care rituals are. See what Naomie Harris, Freida Pinto and more said on WWD.com. #wwdeye #wwdbeauty (📷: @zefashioninsider)
Exclusive: @viktorandrolf are teaming up with @Zalando on a collection made from leftover clothing. The lineup, which lands at the retailer February 1, includes 17 pieces adorned with sliced up and repurposed overstock from the retailer’s private label collection. Pictured here is a look from the collection –– see more on WWD.com. #wwdfashion #wwdnews
@duewestnyc is the newest bar joining the collection of intimate neighborhood-focused spaces in the West Village. The cocktail menu, which includes bitters and syrups made in-house, offers a “Build Your Own Old-Fashioned” – like the one pictured here – where guests can choose from a list of spirits and unexpected sugars and bitters. #wwdeye
Spotted at last night’s National Board of Review gala in NYC: Angelina Jolie. Jolie – along with Meryl Streep, @lupitanyongo and more – continued the all-black dress code from Sunday’s Golden Globes. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)