GLOBETROTTING: It was a picturesque scene at Lapérouse in Paris on Monday night, where Catherine Baba and Irakli hosted a dinner.
A Georgian singer performed in the salon of the 18th-century, art-filled restaurant in a nod to Irakli Nasidzé’s native country.
“J’adoorre,” crooned Baba, dressed in an Irakli outfit from the designer’s past couture collection that was accessorized with a turban and long feather.
The Australian-born, Paris-based stylist is to launch her first eyewear and scarf line at Dover Street Market in London during the city’s Frieze Art Fair, following the line’s debut at Dover Street Market in New York.
Nasidzé said there’s a vibrant fashion scene in his birthplace. “There are three fashion weeks in Georgia,” explained the Paris-based designer, who had in Lapérouse’s smoking room displayed pieces inspired by Asia from his spring 2016 ready-to-wear collection.
Adam Andrascik, who staged his second runway show for Guy Laroche last week, said he wants to keep adding staples to the line. Sporting a sweatshirt from his fellow Central Saint Martins’ schoolmate Christopher Shannon, Andrascik said he loves his new life in Paris.
“I need to get better at French though,” he confessed. “I’ll get there eventually.”
Regis Pennel, founder of online retailer L’Exception specializing in French labels including Maison Kitsuné, Carven and Etienne Deroeux, said he will open a 3,875-square-foot brick-and-mortar store in Paris’ 1st arrondissement in March.
“Fifty percent of our clientele is Parisian, although we sell online,” he explained. “Parisians feel strongly about their labels.”