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DUNST SPINS SOME YARN: Kirsten Dunst is Miu Miu’s spring poster girl, but she will be Lutz & Patmos’ guest designer for fall. The actress, who is said to be joining Ryan Gosling in the murder mystery “All Good Things,” has whipped up a long crewneck sweater that can also be worn as a dress. This is a new medium for the actress, who said via e-mail, “When I was younger, I used deflated balloons on my Barbies to make dresses — that was as far as I came to having design aspirations.”
Tina Lutz and Marcia Patmos are also stepping into new territory with a home collection for West Elm that will launch at their Feb. 3 New Museum presentation.
OLDIE BUT GOODIE: More than 40 years after its release, Alain Resnais’ “Last Year at Marienbad” continues to make waves. The Gallic flick premiered at the Film Forum this weekend to packed theaters, raking in nearly $20,000 and becoming the holiday weekend’s highest grossing film per screen in the U.S. What’s more, the film is a must among the fashion flock. Coco Chanel served as costume designer, creating a look that recently influenced designers both big and small: Marc Jacobs told The New York Times’ Cathy Horyn that he had been watching the film when he was designing his fall 2007 collection and newbie Frank Kobitz derived one of the prints in his upcoming Frank Tell fall collection from the movie. In the September issue of WWDScoop, novelist Frederic Tuten gushed about Resnais’ masterpiece. He wrote: “From the standpoint of its impenetrability — and thus its continuous mystery — its aesthetic and emotional wholeness, ‘Marienbad’ is the most perfect film ever made.” “Last Year at Marienbad” will run at the Film Forum until Jan. 31.
This story first appeared in the January 25, 2008 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
PARIS MATCH: The morning after Valentino’s swan song couture show, his chic pack of devotees made a pilgrimage to Paris City Hall to see the Roman couturier decorated with a medal from the city by mayor Bertrand Delanoë. “My favorite moment with Valentino? Dancing in Paris nightclubs when we were in our 20s,” said Karl Lagerfeld, whose stardom added zing to a ceremony attended by the likes of Inés Sastre, Nathalie Rykiel, Georgina Brandolini, Sidney Toledano, Betty Catroux and Nati Abascal, the former Valentino model who elegantly plucked a stray earring from the runway during Wednesday’s show. “He’s so talented. We have a lot of affection for him,” said Delphine Arnault. Some of Valentino’s ladies seem still in denial about his retirement. “As for his dresses, I don’t think he’s going to stop designing them. He has too much creative energy for that,” said Marisa Berenson. For his part, Valentino quoted Josephine Baker’s signature song in his acceptance speech, saying, “I have two loves — my country and Paris.”
THE WEDDING PLANNER: Marios Schwab, Antonio Berardi and Chantal Thomass were among scores of fashionistas who crammed into the Hotel de la Monnaie on Wednesday night for Swarovski’s “Unbridaled” — showcasing crystal-studded wedding dresses and objects by around 100 designers. With the main hall decked out as a surrealist banquet, designer creations were showcased in a series of installations dreamed up by Stefan Beckman, who also designs Marc Jacobs’ show sets. “We wanted to elevate the pieces, and sometimes even do something a bit dark,” said Beckman of one “enchanted forest” space, lit by stalactite crystal pods. Schwab revealed he’s also been working on a collaboration with the rainwear brand Mackintosh, to be unveiled during his show in March. Lingerie wiz Thomass said she’s branching out into bedroom furniture, with her debut collection on show at the Maison & Objet design fair this weekend. The Swarovski event will be moving on to New York later this year.