SOS CALL: A favorite fashion haunt in Hyères, France, has been ravaged by fire.
A blaze broke out at the Château Saint-Pierre (also known as the Villa Gandarillas), destroying three-quarters of the building during the night between Monday and Tuesday. Its cause has yet to be found.
No one was hurt at the building located near the Villa Noailles, the modernist mansion that’s home to the annual Festival of Fashion and Photography, which most recently served as a workshop for prototypes in fashion and design.
The small house surrounded by vegetation was constructed in 1921 for the Viscountess Vroomans Leclercq and then owned by Edith Wharton, Tony Gandarillas and Charles and Marie-Laure Noailles.
During the most recent fashion and photography event in April, Chanel-owned specialty ateliers Maison Lesage and Maison Lemarié organized workshops of embroidery and feather creations for festivalgoers.
The community of Toulon and the Villa Noailles launched a call for financial aid on Tuesday afternoon to secure and reconstruct the damaged building.