NEW YORK — "The way there was a camellia for the past, there will be a camellia for the future," proclaimed a cartoon Karl Lagerfeld to a cartoon Coco Chanel as the flowers swirled around their heads. The illustrated fashion titans were on-screen in Ruben Toledo’s short film, "Fashionation."

"It’s a love poem to French fashion," said Toledo of the film, which was introduced Thursday night at the French Consulate by Nordstrom president Peter Nordstrom and Didier Grumbach, president of France’s Chambre Syndicale. The movie, which was jointly funded by the department store and the Chambre, combines Toledo’s love of cataloging, the alphabet and what he calls "the language of fashion." As designers’ names and letters of the alphabet marched across the screen, he journeyed from Azzedine Alaïa to Yves Saint Laurent, tossing in even the likes of Paquin, Lapidus and Delauney.

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