By  on September 27, 2007

Some new faces on the scene.

Designers Ophelie Klere, 25, and François Alary, 26, have a thing for black comedy. To wit: As they take their collection to the Paris runway for the first time, they have found inspiration in the late playwright Sarah Kane, who committed suicide after writing some very intense theater. But with a collection based on feminine silk and satin dresses, Devastée will probably have brighter days ahead. "The collection is cool, calm, dark and funny," said Klere.
The duo founded their line in 2003, and it is carried by such stores as Hong Kong's Lane Crawford and Paris' Surface to Air.

Delfina Delettrez Fendi
A creative destiny is more or less a given for any progeny of the Fendi family. But it wasn't until she became pregnant with her first child in December that 19-year-old Delfina Delettrez Fendi embarked on her contribution to the family story.

"It's kind of been like two births," mused Fendi, who had her daughter, Emma, in August, and who will unveil her first jewelry collection at Colette on Oct. 1. The 200-piece line, priced from $400 for a ring to $3,000 for a necklace, forks into two stories: skulls and, on a lighter note, animals, both explored in offbeat combinations of noble and common materials. Gold, silver and diamonds coexist with leather, bone and wood.

Iridescent "pop" colors fend off macabre associations, she says of the skull line, inspired by the spooky wartime stories recounted by her grandmother, Anna. Her granny's antique crucifixes also influenced Fendi's designs, while having been raised between Rome and Rio de Janeiro explains her penchant for "the tropical shades of Brazil."
Any teething problems, Fendi conceded, arose in the technical bits, such as sketching the pieces. Her father, the French jeweler Bernard Delettrez, served as her interpreter. "He's totally intuitive about my designs," she said. Her friend, actress Asia Argento, meanwhile, has stepped in to direct the brand's promotional film, to be screened at the launch. The work features Fendi and her younger sister, Leonetta.

Estrella Archs
Cacharel's new artistic director, 33-year-old Estrella Archs, will mark her catwalk debut with the launch of a signature line, financed by Cacharel, where she worked from 2000 to 2002 as design director.

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