MUGLER ANGELS: Mugler had cause to celebrate on Saturday night. The Groupe Clarins-owned fashion house celebrated its aquatic-themed spring show of skintight scuba suits and sequined siren gowns that Gigi Hadid had closed in a midriff-baring evening dress, as well as its sleek, new flagship, which opened Tuesday at 67 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. “I feel I am at my wedding,” said Virginie Courtin-Clarins, Mugler’s brand development and communications director at a cocktail party at the boutique. “I know everyone; I feel like kissing everyone.”
“It’s packed here,” said her sister Claire Courtin-Clarins, trying to navigate through the crowd toward the back of the boutique. “I want to check out the fitting rooms. They made it in baby blue like Angel [by Thierry Mugler fragrance]’s blue. I think it’s gorgeous. I live in London so I am just discovering [the boutique]. I had seen all the pictures.”
Claire, who recently founded C-Juice, a juice company featuring medicinal plants, working with Clarins ethnobotanist had created a special charcoal juice for Mugler. “It’s the best one,” said David Koma, Mugler artistic director, as guests were served the concoction.
“Are you happy?” Christian Courtin-Clarins, president of the firm’s supervisory board, asked Koma, referring to the show. “Super happy!” the 30-year-old designer answered.
Models including Lindsey Wixson, Leila Nda and Kris Gottschalk were among guests taking pictures in front of a sort of photo booth installation, while Virginie and Claire were posing for photographers with their cousins Prisca and Jenna Courtin-Clarins. “We sleep, eat, work and spend our holidays together,” said Prisca with a laugh.
Prisca, who runs Clarins global spa operations, revealed that the skin-care brand is to open stores soon, too. “We’ve been working on a new concept for Clarins boutiques for two years. We’ll open simultaneously in Hong Kong and Philadephia’s King of Prussia mall in a month,” she said. It’s understood that a third unit is to open next year in Paris’ 16th arrondissement. The firm’s chief executive officer Jonathan Zrihen also attended the cocktail.
Meanwhile, a stone throw’s away of the Mugler flagship, at 56-58 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, the new multibrand store 55 Croisette hosted a cocktail. Ermanno Scervino was among guests. “Monday is my first day working on my next collection for next winter. I’m going to Dijon. The lace is made in Dijon, outside Paris,” the designer explained.