Paris

// SWEET LITTLE NOTHINGS AT LUDOVIC DE SAINT SERNIN //

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It only took a few seasons for Ludovic de Saint Sernin to turn into one of Paris’ hottest brands, quite an achievement for someone still in his late 20s. De Saint Sernin’s vision is strong, subversive, humorous and uncompromising. His last show gathered industry insiders who clearly showed their support, such as Rick Owens, Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing and Willy Vanderperre who shot the designer’s last campaign.

Ludovic de Saint Sernin’s work is about intimacy, gender -and above all skin- a dismantling of our society’s archetypes to propose a new and sensitive approach towards men and women alike. If the French designer sees beauty in fragility, he’s also challenging the social norms of conformity and suffocating standardization. His incredibly sensual show underlined a Kunderian lightness of being, which was evidenced by his choice of tactile materials, such as breezy taffeta, silk satin or sheer organza.

De Sernin took on certain codes to reformulate them his way, such as military-inspired styles for instance. A belted nude colored trench was worn as an outfit against bare skin, with a pair of matching leather sandals and nothing else. Reworked cargo pants were tight on the hips and flared at the bottom, hugging every possible curve. He even paired one of those with a nude, asymmetrical bandage top, a nod to the early 1990s. Other references to that era were also clear, from Alexander McQueen’s infamous ‘bumsters’ to Helmut Lang’s exposed nipple tops, but de Saint Sernin offered the ultra low waist pants covered with Swarovski crystals and reworked the classic polo shirt with an erotic cutout.

He also presented his own version of sleek tailoring, focusing on body-conscious suits, which featured no pockets and concealed buttons. Avoiding unnecessary details to underline sharply cut lines is one of the designer’s signatures, borrowing from the sexiness of womenswear to avoid traditional men’s finishes. When a model came out wearing a simple towel wrapped around his waist, it offered an instant breather to a delighted audience. In a fashion landscape filled with logos, celebrity lines and trying way too hard clothes, de Saint Sernin’s reductionist and intelligent approach could be the way forward.

/ Words by Philippe Pourhashemi /

/ Runway pictures by Luca Tombolini /


// SIES MARJAN Men's SS20 BACKSTAGE //


/ Photography by Merel Hart /

www.siesmarjan.com

// PARIS WELCOMES BYREDO //

Brand new Byredo flagship store opened in Paris a few days ago. Rue Saint-Honoré plays an essential part of the label story. Colette was one of the very first stores worldwide to support Ben Gorham’s project.

M/M Paris studio (founded by Mathias Augustyniak and Michael Amzalag), long-term collaborators have brought their own creative vision to the new space. Wallpaper's made by 7 exclusive posters from Mathias drawings. Imaginative atmosphere for perfumes, home fragrances, leather goods, and a selection of unexpected objects, like scented papers. A simple luxury, available only in this boutique.

“Even though these stores share the same emotion, I really tackle them individually and try to understand and respect the place they are in – the city, the neighbourhood. So it’s less about copy and paste and more about really creating something – in this case – for Paris”
Ben Gorham, Founder and Creative Director.


Boutique Byredo
199 rue Saint-Honoré, 75001 Paris


/ by Julie Nysten /

/ Photos by Annabel Elston, Matthieu Gadoin and Julie Nysten /

// LOUIS VUITTON / BACKSTAGE FW18 //

Exclusive inside backstage at LOUIS VUITTON SS18 captured by Ruben de Wilde.

// CHANEL @ COLETTE //

The must-go shop Colette will host from October 30th to November 25th 2017 the iconic Parisian brand Chanel on its 1st floor.

This collaboration will include different happenings around the theme of music, beauty talks, ready-to-Wear pieces, accessories from FW17 and the 17/18 Cruise collections and many surprises, presented in a dreamlike atmosphere …a unique experience not to be miss.

 

www.colette.fr

/ by Xavier Bourgeois / 

 

// ÊTRE MODERNE //

This fall, Fondation Louis Vuitton is inviting the Museum of Modern Art in Paris to present an outstanding exhibition of more than 200 masterpieces and works of art from the New York museum.

This exhibition will highlight the fundamental impact of the museum, conservators and programs on the 20th and 21st art history.

The collaboration brings to the fore MoMA’s legendary artistic commitment to Paris and reflects the desire of both institutions to remain moderne forever.

“Être moderne: le MoMA à Paris” will take place at Fondation Louis Vuitton from October 11 to March 5.

 

www.fondationlouisvuitton.fr

/ by Xavier Bourgeois / 

// LVPrefall16 //

 

First view of the lookbook & short film of Nicolas Guesquière's LOUIS VUITTON Pre Fall 16 collection, directed by Karim Sadli.

 

 

/ images & video by Karim Sadli /

Courtesy of Louis Vuitton

 

/ by M.M /

// ICONS OF THE SIXTIES //

After the Royal Academy’s 2014 ‘The Lost Album’ exhibition, Paris based gallery Thaddaeus Ropac draws our well-deserved attention to a lesser-known aspect of the creative production of Hollywood’s enfant terrible, the late Dennis Hopper.

At the centre of the exhibition sits a selection of 35 vintage photographic prints signed by Hopper, all of which were taken between 1962 and 1967, one of the most creative periods of his life. 

Dennis Hopper – Icons of the Sixties

Gallerie Thaddaeus Ropac

Paris-Pantin

21.10.2015 – 9.1.2016

 

 / by Kim Poorters /