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December 13, 2013
The Chanel MeÌtiers dâArt show on Tuesday, December 10 saw designer Karl Lagerfeld unveil a venue designed to resemble a Dallas rodeo. The event took place at the Dallas Fair Park, known for its stunning art-dĂ©co architecture, transformed to host the Chanel
ParisâDallas 2013â14 collection.
The dramatic event began with a showing of Lagerfeld’s new film, The Return, which starred Geraldine Chaplin as Coco Chanel (watch the preview at the bottom of this entry). Guests were seated in a fleet of classic cars, apeing an American drive-through. After this, the runway show began with a modern-but-bohemian Native American vibe. Organic wheat tones, shades of grey, whites and bleached denims were effortlessly mixed with warmer blush pinks and a bright red. More moody navies and blacks were also incorporated to edge-up the looks, as were smears of silver on the models otherwise-bare complexions. The Dallas-style Wild West most definitely came out in these pieces, but costumey it was not, as Lagerfeld’s Chanel stamp also was extremely prominent. The bohemian-style chunky jewellery elevated the pieces further and gave a carefree, effortless effect. Midi-length skirts were a staple throughout, however: some being straight and some flared created variety. More casual and effortless-than-usual cocktail dresses also featured as did flowing maxis. Both were heavily layered with oversized outerwear consisting of all sorts of free-fitting pieces: capes, ponchos and loose, tailored jackets which all exuded ease. Fabrics were varied but all seemed very organic in nature including silks, satins and Chanel’s classic tweed. Many included western details such as fringe, pleating ruffles and rodeo-style star motifs. In three words, the collection was easy, effortless and impeccable.
In attendance was the face of the collection, actress Kristen Stewart, who posed with Lagerfeld, wearing orange lambskin pants with a grey and navy cashmere pullover. The outfit consisted of pieces from the Chanel springâsummer 2014 ready-to-wear collection. The cocktail party afterwards included many more notable names including Chaplin, Anna Mouglalis, Dakota Fanning, Lauren Hutton, Lily Collins, Lynn Wyatt, Kiko Mizuhara, ZoĂ« Kravitz, Lynn Wyatt, Alexa Chung, Poppy Delevingne, Leigh Lezark, Jen Brill, Sofia Sanchez Barrenechea, Jessica Joffe, Atlanta de Cadenet, Harley Viera Newton, Elettra Rossellini Wiedemann, Audrey Gelman, Liz Goldwyn, Laura Love, Giovanna Battaglia, Chan Marshall, China Chow, Alexia Niedzielski, Fuschia Katherine Sumner, Nasiba Adilova, Linda Gray, Caroline Sieber, Chiara Clemente, Sarah Hoover and Rachel Chandler-Guinness. My favourite attendee’s look of the night was Russian “it” girl Miroslava Duma who wore a navy, black and white wool sweater from the Chanel cruise 2013â14 collection. She paired this with black and white heels, a white dress and a pearl choker.
The after-party clearly did not disappoint as it was decked out with a saloon dĂ©cor and was further heightened by a electrifying performance from English pop group Hot Chip. The event once again showed Chanel and Lagerfeld’s constant impeccable nature and ability to consistently be ahead of trends: here’s to Lagerfeld never retiring.â Anna Deans
The Return preview
Behind the scenes of The Return
December 12, 2013
Above, from top Among Kate Barry’s work were these portraits of Carla Bruni (for Elle) and Sophie Marceau.
Fashion photographer Kate Barry, 46, has been found dead outside her 16th arrondissement apartment in Paris, according to French police.
Barry, who was the daughter of the late film composer John Barry and actress Jane Birkin, was found Wednesday at 6.30 p.m. Police gave no further details and did not give a cause of death.
One source informs Lucire that Barry took her own life, and a British tabloid is also speculating that it was suicide.
Barry’s work was the subject of numerous photographic exhibitions since 2000, and her work had been published in leading publications internationally, including British Vogue, Elle and SZ Magazin. Among her subjects were the former French First Lady, Carla Bruni, actresses Sophie Marceau and Isabelle Huppert, and model Laetitia Casta.
Barry had been raised by her mother and the actor Serge Gainsbourg, with whom Birkin had a 13-year relationship after her marriage to John Barry ended. Gainsbourg had raised Kate as his own daughter.
She is survived by a son, Roman de Kermadec, 26. Barry’s half-sister is the actress Charlotte Gainsbourg.
December 7, 2013
Miss OrlĂ©anais, Flora Coquerel, has been crowned Miss France 2014, during the live telecast Saturday night and into the small hours of Sunday morning on French network TF1.
The 19-year-old, nearly six foot tall, works in international trade, and in her spare time, practises dancing and plays badminton. Her hobbies include film, fashion and travel, according to her biography.
Miss Tahiti, Mehiata Riaria, was runner-up, with Miss Provence, LaĂ«tizia Penmellen, Miss CĂŽte d’Azur, Aurianne Sinacola, and Miss Guadeloupe, ChloĂ© Deher, in the remaining places.
The show took place at the ZĂ©nith in Dijon, in the Bourgogne region in France. Prior to the show, French media noted that, unlike the previous year, none of the 33 contestants had emerged as an early favourite.
The final twelve were Miss Languedoc, Miss Guadeloupe, Miss OrlĂ©anais, Miss Roussillon, Miss Tahiti, Miss Alsace, Miss Bourgogne, Miss CĂŽte d’Azur, Miss Franche-ComtĂ©, Miss Auvergne, Miss RĂ©union, and Miss Provence. They were then pared down to the top five: Miss Tahiti, Miss OrlĂ©anais, Miss CĂŽte d’Azur, Miss Provence and Miss Guadeloupe.
The live telecast featured the contestants in various tableaux with a Disney-esque and fairy-tale theme. Sets themed on Alice in Wonderland, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella (to the soundtrack of La Boum, the early Sophie Marceau film), Anastasia, The Little Mermaid (for the swimwear, by AurĂ©lie Alezeraa) and Little Red Riding Hood took place. There was a nod to current music: the 1001 Nights tableau was performed to BeyoncĂ©’s ‘All the Single Ladies’.
A brief tribute to Nelson Mandela was given by the mayor of Dijon, FranĂ§ois Rebsamen.
Despite not having a “battle of the pageants” this year after a settlement with former Miss France director GeneviĂšve de Fontenay, the French public remained very interested in the outcome, especially as Miss France 2013, Marine Lorphelin, placed runner-up at Miss World.
Jean-Pierre Foucault hosted the lengthy telecast, watched by around 40 per cent of the television audience on the TF1 network.
The jury consisted of QuĂ©becois singer Garou (in the chair), Sylvie Vartan, Elodie FrĂ©gĂ©, Vincent Niclo, Titoff, TV presenter Jean-Pierre Pernaut and his partner, Nathalie Marquay (Miss France 1987). The French public also had a say on who would succeed Marine Lorphelin through SMS voting, which extended to audiences in Tahiti and New Caledonia.
Above Miss OrlĂ©anais, Flora Coquerel, after her crowning as Miss France 2014.
Above The contestants emerge for the first set during the telecast.
Above Miss France 2013 Marine Lorphelin and MC Jean-Pierre Foucault.
December 5, 2013
Above The 33 contestants for Miss France 2014 in swimwear.
Without an active
guerre de Miss being played out in front of the French media, the proceedings seem a bit quieter for Miss France 2014.
Now that Miss France and its former director, GeneviĂšve de Fontenay, have settled their legal dispute, with de Fontenay’s rival pageant, Miss Prestige National, taking place in January, French media have focused more on the smaller things. In the lead-up to the Miss France final on December 7 in Dijon, they have reported that its current CEO, Sylvie Tellier, has said that it was highly unlikely de Fontenay would ever be back.
Meanwhile, Miss France host, Jean-Pierre Foucault, made a remark about the host city that was instantly slammed on the social networksâafter which he had to apologize.
Foucault had said that he had not planned to sleep in Dijon because he did not want to find himself ‘waking up in Dijon’.
The only thing that seems to have been controversial was the involvement of the Miss France jury chairman, veteran actor Alain Delon, in right-wing political activity. Delon was replaced by QuĂ©becois singer Garou.
There is some speculation over the reigning Miss France, Marine Lorphelin, and what she might do after her reign ends on the 7th.
A medical student, Lorphelin may return to university, though her predecessors tended to wind up on TV shows, including Sophie Thalmann, Malika MĂ©nard et Laury Thilleman, appearing on the likes of Splash and Danse avec les stars (the French version of Strictly Come Dancing). French magazine notes that one of the few exceptions is Tellier herself, who won the pageant in 2002. Closer
December 3, 2013
Cartier: le style et lâhistoire opens on December 4, showcasing the renowned brand in a retrospective organized by the RĂ©union des MusĂ©es NationauxâGrand Palais.
The Cartier Collection has been shown in 25 exhibitions worldwide since 1983, including the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the British Museum, Lisboa’s FundaĂ§ĂŁo Calouste Gulbenkian, and Beijing’s Palace Museum.
The VIP private opening on Monday at le Grand Palais was attended by many of the names that Cartier has touched. Guests included HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, Archduchess Eleonore von Habsburg and her daughter Princess Francesca von Habsburg, Kristin Scott Thomas, Joely Richardson, Monica Bellucci, Tomo Kurata, Lea Weller, Ora Ito and Emilie Marant, Patricia d’Arenberg, John and Laviana Elkan, Hubert de Givenchy, V. V. Brown, Adelaide de Clermont Tonnerre, Guillaume Cerutti and his wife Marjorie, Henri de la Croix de Castries, and Maharaja Tikka de Kapurthala.
The exhibition runs till February 16 at the Grand Palais, Paris, and features 600 creations, including high jewellery pieces, mystery clocks, watches and precious objects. Some will be shown alongside private loans, displayed for the first time. Archive material and documentation accompany the exhibition.
Pascal le Segretain
Above President of RĂ©union des MusĂ©es Nationaux, Jean-Paul Cluzel, and president of Cartier, Stanislas de Quercize. Kristin Scott Thomas and Joely Richardson. L’Archiduchess Eleonore von Habsburg and daughter Princess Francesca von Habsburg. Monica Bellucci and HSH Prince Albert II. Tomo Kurata and Lea Weller. Ora Ito and Emilie Marant. Patricia d’Arenberg. Archduchess Eleonore von Habsburg, Princess Francesca von Habsburg and John and Laviana Elkan. HSH Prince Albert II de Monaco, Archduchess Eleonore von Habsburg and her daughter Princess Francesca von Habsburg. Hubert de Givenchy. V. V. Brown. Adelaide de Clermont Tonnerre. Guillaume Cerutti, CEO of Sotheby’s France and his wife Marjorie. Henri de La Croix de Castries, 5th Comte de Castries, and his wife. Maharaja Tikka de Kapurthala and guest.
December 1, 2013
November 30, 2013
Alain Delon quit as the honorary chairman of the Miss France jury over a falling-out surrounding his right-wing political activity, there was a question mark over his successor. Metro has revealed that singer Garou will take Delon’s place as Miss France leads up to its final on December 7 at the ZĂ©nith in Dijon.
Garou, a QuĂ©becois singer, is already well known to French TV audiences, being one of the judges on the French version of The Voice, on TF1, the same channel as Miss France.
He will join singers Sylvie Vartan, Elodie FrĂ©gĂ© ( Star Academy) and Vincent Niclo, comedian Titoff, 13 heures presenter Jean-Pierre Pernaut and his partner, Nathalie Marquay (Miss France 1987), who, along with the French public, will decide on the successor to Marine Lorphelin, Miss France 2013.
The final will be MCed by Jean-Pierre Foucault. The very lengthy telecast sees the candidates in various tableaux, this time with a Disney-esque and fairy-tale theme. Sets themed on Alice in Wonderland, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella and Snow White are planned for the final.
November 25, 2013
Sylvie Tellier, via Twitter
Above Miss France CEO Sylvie Tellier at the mayoral reception at the Palais des Ducs.
After touring Sri Lanka, the 33 Miss France 2014 contestants arrived in Dijon after a 30-hour flight on Saturday. The final will be held at the ZĂ©nith at Dijon on December 7.
The interest from French media steps up a notch, especially with the welcome at the Palais des Ducs, where contestants met FranĂ§ois Rebsamen, the mayor of Dijon, as their first official event in the city.
Rebsamen goes so far as to call Miss France ‘the only event where the whole of France unites’ in his public address.
The reigning Miss France, Marine Lorphelin, along with the organizing committee, have also arrived at the Bourgogne capital. The Holiday Inn Toison d’Or Dijon is providing accommodation.
The Miss France telecast will be broadcast live on TF1, and tends to attract a 40 per cent share in France.
The rival pageant, Miss Prestige National, set up by former Miss France organizer GeneviĂšve de Fontenay, will not have its final until January 12, at the Lido de Paris. Both sides had reportedly reached a settlement after three years of battling for national attention, in the so-called ‘guerre de Miss’. As Lucire noted last year, the rival pageant was fighting a losing battle, with 36 times as many readers interested in Miss France 2013.
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