TIME CAPSULE: Paco Rabanne’s return to the retail scene saw guests crowding into the brand’s compact new store on Rue Cambon on Monday evening. They proceeded to play with the modular metallic wall units that surround the Space Age boutique.
Nicolas Ghesquière stopped by to tour the store and congratulate Rabanne’s creative director for women’s wear, Julien Dossena, a protégé of his during his Balenciaga days.
“He’s more than that, we’re very close,” said Ghesquière. “We worked for three or four years together, and today I’m thrilled to see how he is developing his own identity. It’s a great brand, and it suits Julien perfectly.”
Pierre Hardy popped by ahead of the official receipt of his title of Knight of the Legion of Honor, to take place Tuesday evening. “It’s very abstract for the moment,” he said when asked how he was feeling about receiving the accolade.
Glenda Bailey was back on duty after a long weekend off in the city of light. The Harper’s Bazaar editor in chief had flown into Paris on Thursday, ahead of the blizzard in New York, to be sure not to miss the shows.
“I was able to see lots of exhibitions, which I’m very happy about,” she enthused, saying she had stopped by the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent, the Louis Vuitton Foundation and the Palais Galliera. “I’ve also been able to catch up with a few friends,” she said. “I’m very happy, it’s a great start to the shows.”
After visiting the futuristic store, Dossena and select guests went back in time as they repaired to Le Grand Véfour, a grand restaurant operating in the arcades of the Palais-Royal since 1784.
Liya Kebede said she’d be back for Paris Fashion Week in March for Lemlem, the artisanal clothing line she founded in 2007. While it specializes in beach and swimwear for women and children, “we’re launching fall,” she said.