Saturday, January 29, 2011

Chanel Captivates in Paris

Coco Chanel may have passed away in 1971, but her spirit survives. Fittingly, Audrey Tatou, who played the fashion designer in Coco Before Chanel, was on hand for Chanel's cocktail party in Paris on January 28th. The soiree honored Kirsten Dunst, who once graced the cover of Lula magazine in a Chanel frock. Hey, any excuse for party, right, especially if it includes Sofia Coppola (She directed Dunst in Marie Antoinette and The Virgin Suicides.), Karl Lagerfeld, Rachel Bilson, and Courtney Love, who were all there to toast this pre-Twilight bloodsucker (Remember Interview with a Vampire?).

Earlier in the week, Chanel dazzled the crowd at the Pavillon Cambon with its stunning Spring-Summer 2011 Haute Couture show. See for yourself here. Inspired by Coco's affection for Byzantine-type baubles, the Paris-Byzance show glittered with gems, and I'm not just referring to the bejeweled, but wearable, outfits on the runway. Kristen Dunst, Diane Kruger, Jerry Hall, Spanish director Pedro Almodovar, and Johnny Depp's gal pal Vanessa Paradis all sparkled in the audience.

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Going Wilde With Olivia in Paris

Olivia Wilde, who is currently shooting Welcome to the People in Los Angeles, left the House and popped into Paris for a quick trip this week. On her "To Do List": the Giorgio Armani Privé fashion show. Wilde, decked out in a glittering gold and silver Armani dress, sat in the front row, along with Jodie Foster, at the Espace Vendome, where spacey metallic hats and bright, shiny gowns beamed on the runway.

Another night, Wilde glammed it up in Gucci at the Vogue dinner hosted by Carine Roitfeld in honor of Gucci's Creative Director, Frida Giannini, at Hotel de la Rochefoucauld Doudeauville.

Wilde has been on a wild working spree. Besides Welcome to the People, she's also shot Now, The Change-Up, and Cowboys & Aliens.

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Monday, January 24, 2011

Sharing Sharon Stone's Paris

This month, Sharon Stone was in Paris for the premiere of her new action adventure film, The Burma Conspiracy, which is known as Largo Winch II in France. The film is slated to open in Belgium on February 16th.

Stone explored the best the City of Light had to offer. Dining at Le Gourmet Des Ternes (The bistro has already posted a picture of her hugging the owner that night!), staying at the Ritz Hotel, and lunching at La Société, were just a few of her highlights. She also shopped at Louis Vuitton, Chopard, Prada, Roger Vivier and Hermès.

Sure, Stone causes a sensation wherever she goes in France, but she really made headlines when she graced the cover of Paris Match - topless - when she was over 50. And, no, we aren't having a senior moment. Click here to see the cover.

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Reese Witherspoon's Paris Pieces

Reese Witherspoon was spotted dining in Paris with her How Do You Know co-star, Paul Rudd, at an Italian bistro called Le Cherche Midi on Thursday night. The next day, Reese hit the retail warpath, making the rounds of Louis Vuitton, Lanvin, Chanel, and Giambattista Valli. Since her boyfriend, CAA agent, Jim Toth, proposed over Christmas with a huge 4-carat Ashoka cut diamond and platinum ring, reportedly worth over $250,000, odds are Reese may be shopping for a wedding dress... but, how do you know?

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Going Gaga at Thierry Mugler's Paris Fashion Show

Fashion and music are symbiotic. Back in 2009, Lady Gaga premiered her song, Bad Romance, at the Alexander McQueen show (Missed it? Catch it here.) This season, Gaga mixes it up with a remix of Born This Way for Thierry Mugler's menswear show, which kicked off Paris Fashion week on January 19th. Given that Gaga's stylist, Nicol Formichetti, now heads up the label, it makes sense for these two to collaborate. You can watch the dark, pulsating video with repetitive German lyrics here.

Directed by fashion photographer Mariano Vivanco, this moody black and white short film, signals the rebirth of the label under Fromichetti. Stripped down to the basics, the label is now known simply as Mugler.

On the runway, there was the requisite twist on black, but there were also splashes of orange (Yes, you read that right!) suits to break up the monotones. Black make-up, white veils, and an eclectic melange of fabrics added visual texture. Think Thriller meets Berlin.

Although Lady Gaga was credited as "musical director of this menswear project", the Lady herself was nowhere to be seen. Perhaps she didn't want to detract from the runway.

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