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NOUVELLE VOGUE: A gaggle of French actresses, led by “Inglourious Basterds” star Mélanie Laurent, turned out for the first catwalk show by rising French designer Maxime Simoëns during couture week. Chloé Lambert, Marine Delterme, Julie Depardieu and Judith Godrèche cheered on the display, which was set to a live soundtrack by hip indie band Lilly Wood & the Prick.

 

Laurent, who ran in and out of the backstage area several times, said she enlisted the designer to create a fairy tale costume for one of the characters in her feature film directing debut, “Les adoptés,” scheduled for release in November. “He made me a totally diaphanous dress with a fabric that contains titanium, so that when you throw it, it ripples for ages. It’s just unbelievable,” she marveled.

 

Jean-Charles de Castelbajac praised Simoëns, whose outfits have been worn by Leighton Meester and Blake Lively on “Gossip Girl,” as one of the most talented designers of his generation. “I was struck by the likes of Christopher Kane, Giles Deacon and a whole generation of young English designers and I could not see the equivalent happening in France, and now it is. For me, he is the leader of a French new wave,” said Castelbajac.

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