BOW AHEAD: He’s done fans, rings, gloves — and now bow ties seem to be the fashion statement du jour for the never-stand-still Karl Lagerfeld. “This one is made out of cotton,” he said backstage at the Chanel couture show, motioning to the large white knot at his throat made by his shirtmaker, Hilditch & Key. “I just don’t like them when they’re too small.” The designer has also been recently spotted sporting a colorful array of bow ties from the French design house Impasse 13, whose whimsical collection for men and women, dubbed Treizeor, is the rage here. Alexis Mabille, the 29-year-old designer behind the label, presented his collection at the Plaza Athénée to catch the couture crowd.
OUT OF INDIA: Roger Vivier unveiled its first couture accessories collection last week, infusing the made-to-order line with Indian airs. “I was inspired by the opulent stones that people wore in the Twenties and Thirties,” said creative director Bruno Frisoni, pointing to the ruby-red crystal buckle adorning one teetering silk Jaipur sandal. Elsewhere, the shimmering clutch, embroidered with contrasting pale gold sequins, mimics a Bengal tiger skin.
The collection, priced from $9,000 to $20,000, will travel to Vivier’s London and Hong Kong stores this fall before hitting its New York flagship, scheduled to open in November at 750 Madison Avenue.
JUSTIN TIME: Hedi Slimane, who had Mick Jagger and Elton John in his front row last week during the men’s shows in Paris, continues to attract music-industry royalty to the Dior Homme label. Justin Timberlake, promoting his new single “Sexy Back” in advance of a new album this fall, wears a black Dior Homme suit on the cover.
FEET FIRST: Danielle Steel, among the front-row ladies fanning themselves furiously at the sweltering Christian Lacroix show on Thursday, was also fanning off a rumor that she and her daughters swept into the Christian Louboutin boutique in Paris and bought up 300 pairs of shoes. “I might have, or maybe I bought three pairs,” she demurred, adding: “It shows how depressing my life is that the hottest rumor about me is that I bought 300 pairs of shoes.”
IF THE JEANS FIT: Trying on a pair of American Eagle Outfitters jeans is enough to get you a ticket to an AMC movie theater during the company’s promotion, which starts today and runs for two weeks. AE is hoping to create awareness for its line of back-to-school jeans, which come in a variety of new washes and six new fits, including skinny 77, straight 77, boyfriend, AE artist and hipster. AE is so confident it can turn triers into buyers, it’s giving away one million tickets. Higher sales of jeans and T-shirts helped raise American Eagle’s earnings in the first quarter by 16 percent, so it’s no surprise the company is bullish on denim.