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Lutz & Patmos has lined up Jane Birkin as its newest guest designer — quite a leap from the Amtrak conductor who last held that title.
This story first appeared in the August 21, 2008 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
The British actress and chanteuse has been on the brand’s wish list for some time, since she has been its unofficial muse. Tina Lutz, who designs the collection with Marcia Patmos, flew to Paris in May to hang out with Birkin in her Paris apartment and discuss design ideas. Dressed in Levi’s, a slouch cashmere sweater and Converse sneakers, the 61-year-old embodies the label’s low-key style. “She has this really relaxed, nonchalant style without being overtly sexy, which is very sexy,” Lutz said.
Well-known for her humanitarian activism with Amnesty International, Birkin chose an Italian-made organic cashmere for the scoopneck, slim-fitting, elongated tank with crochet details she designed. There is also a wide V-neck with a raw edge neckline with slightly flared three-quarter-length sleeves. “It’s a cool little sweater that can fall over one shoulder. That’s probably how Jane would wear it,” Lutz said. Price points haven’t been set.
Despite her movie roles, including “Blowup,” and her former status as Serge Gainsbourg’s sidekick, Birkin is not big on public appearances. Given that, it’s unclear if she will make a cameo at Lutz & Patmos’ Sept. 9 presentation in New York. Aside from being the mother of Kate Barry, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Lou Doillon, Birkin is the namesake of Hermès’ most coveted handbag — something she may have need for in her next film project. Now that she has wrapped up her latest album, “Winter Children,” she is preparing to play the role of a fashion editor. “I already feel the part, thanks to you,” she told Lutz.