BONNE NOUVELLE: Designers Pascal Humbert and Cat Traoré on Saturday night cut the ribbon on their new store, Nouvelle Affaire, in the Marais neighborhood of Paris. Inside the gallery space, entirely draped in pink, guests were shown a limited edition collection of 15 apparel and accessory pieces by the duo. Inspired by vintage uniforms, items came in pink, denim, black and navy, and included two dolls dressed by the designers. Following the next collection, guest artists will regularly be invited to show their work at the site. “We want to work with a lot of different people, to invite them to do what they want and to create a space of liberty,” said Humbert. The smock, dress, gloves, scarf and jacket for men are meant to be flexible, “all-in-one” items for switching between casual and dressy occasions, said Traoré. “The idea is not to have an enormous amount of choices like we have with everything nowadays, but to have pieces that are made to last, that you can build your wardrobe around,” she continued. “We all tend to want to wear the same thing on most days anyway.”
The musical group The Two created a song for the opening that was produced by David Jarre and written by Ara Starck. Jarre said the group was going back on tour in the U.S. this month and plans to release its second album at the end of 2012. “It’s going to be an explosion,” he said.
Visiting the space, French actor Lambert Wilson said he plays a blind serial killer in the new thriller “A l’aveugle,” coming out on March 7 and produced by Luc Besson. “I loved that role because it was hard to do — to be credible — with a lot of work on learning to be blind,” he said. Lambert also plays a South American dictator who “is a fan of Celine Dion” in the new comedy “Sur la piste du Marsupilami” by Alain Chabat, which is due for an April release.