One of the most fascinating exhibits up anywhere right now is Cartier Collection show currently on view at the Forbidden City in Beijing. The beautiful Cartier Treasures – King of Jewelers to Kings is a compilation of 350 pieces from the Cartier Collection from China and beyond. Some of the pieces are over 150 years old.
Gap creative director Patrick Robinson took a push-pull approach for the global debut of his Spring 2010 collection yesterday in Tokyo, offering a mixed-up pastoral look set against this high-tech metropolis. “In summer you want to see something green. You want to escape,” Robinson explained during the presentation. “So I just made fun of that. I made these urban gardeners.” Since Robinson took the reins in 2007, Gap’s Spring show has hopped around on a world tour that’s made its way to Tokyo via New York two years ago and London last season. On each stop, the designer tries to reflect a sense of place.
For the Tokyo show, staged in the hip Omotesando district, he described the collection as having an urban eclectic DIY element. The look here revolved around three main stories: the virginal, featuring loads of pale denim paired with wispy vintage-inspired broderie anglaise pieces; the ultra-layered gardener, consisting of mismatched florals and washed out plaids over khakis; and finally, the folkster, with flowing scarves, khaki jackets, and patchworked denim. Nude and navy platform espadrilles and floral-accented deck shoes by Pierre Hardy kept all three looks grounded. “For Fall this will totally change. Everyone goes back to work,” Robinson remarked. But oh, to keep making daisy chains forever.
Photos: Courtesy of Gap
When we ( WWD )chatted with François Nars last spring after his heralded return to the world of backstage beauty, he was just as excited to talk to us about cameras as concealers. The face painter, who moonlights as a shutterbug, has published two different photography books and will be debuting his third effort next month. “It’s the same approach,” Nars says of his favorite mediums. “When you make up someone you want them to feel good and beautiful. With photography, it’s the same: Make the light beautiful, have fun.” 15×15, as his new tome is called, will be available for 30 days only when it bows in mid-November, and there’s a countdown to its release currently in progress at www.15×15project.com. The celebrity portraits in the new book channel iconic images, people, and emotions while giving some face time (or nail time, as the case may be) to a classic Nars product. That would be Nars Dovima lacquer on Marc Jacobs, who is re-enacting a sixties-era Richard Avedon photo above. Other friends of the brand, including Isabella Rossellini, Naomi Campbell, Daphne Guinness, and Olivier Theyskens, also make cameos. Something to add to your holiday wish list, for sure.
The Olsens are adding eyewear to their fashion repertoire, with plans to launch a collection for The Row this spring. The shades come in four classic shapes (oversize? check) and will retail from $325 to $390. There’s a joke in here about seeing double, but we’ll spare you.
Tote your computer in these bold Incase graphic laptop carriers designed by Gareth Pugh. The limited edition collection includes a MacBook Pro Sleeve and an iPhone 3GS Slider Case. Laptops are our lifeline, and so this means they deserve only the best and chicest protection from the elements!
Prepare yourself for an onslaught of adorable! Three Apples is SANRIO’s three-week long festival celebrating all things Hello Kitty from October 23rd to November 15th at Royal/T in Culver City, California. Hello Kitty is thirty-five years old and still weighs no more than three Granny Smiths. Appropriately autumnal, Three Apples is actually named in a nod to Hello Kitty’s weight as listed in her official bio. Who knew? The art exhibition at Three Apples will be curated by Jamie Rivadeneira, owner of L.A. boutique, JapanL.A. A portion of the proceeds will benefit L.A. Works, a volunteer action center that organizes service projects throughout the greater Los Angeles area. For more information on the princess of critter cuteness and the event itself, visit http://www.sanrio.com/threeapples/.
The glass slipper has truly made a comeback! Champagne manufacturer Piper Heidsieck has teamed up with Christian Louboutin to fuse two of our favorite indulgences: Louboutins and bubby. The “Le Rituel” Box Set includes a bottle of champagne and a glass shoe (with a perilous-looking heel!) designed by the stiletto wunderkind himself. The box set is available at Colette beginning October 26th.
Karl Lagerfeld and Lily Allen have joined forces to launch the Coco Cocoon Collection, Chanel’s new line of reversible handbags and totes that can be turned inside out to reveal the signature quilted Chanel pattern. Sharp-tongued Allen is the charming face of the campaign, and the line caters to the gorgeous jet-setter, including stunning and super-practical travel bags. We love the instant transformation these bags offer…like a caterpillar emerging a monarch!