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Homer Simpson Was Made for Fashion

Homer Simpson Was Made for Fashion

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Clapping, whispering, cameras snapping, questionable music: These are the sounds of a classic fashion show. Bursts of laughter? Those are less common.Yet several were heard last Saturday night, rolling around the 19th-century Parisian theater where the great and storied house of Cristóbal Balenciaga skipped the traditional catwalk and screened a special 10-minute episode of “The Simpsons.”It was a surprise more than a year in the making, and the result of a sometimes grueling collaboration between two exacting creative entities known for their attention to detail. So far it has been viewed more than five million times on YouTube.In the episode, Homer writes to Balenciaga (“Dear Balun, Balloon, Baleen, Balenciaga-ga,” he says as he struggles to pronounce the famous fashion name) for Marge’s...

A Climate Activist Walked in the Louis Vuitton Fashion Show

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PARIS — A climate activist, bearing a white banner with the words “Overconsumption = Extinction” in bold block lettering, joined the models on the runway for the Louis Vuitton show at the Louvre museum, the final event of Paris Fashion Week.Marie Cohuet, 26, walked the entire length of the catwalk and even posed for a few seconds in front of cameras before security guards hustled her away. Outside, about 30 activists from three environmental organizations, including Extinction Rebellion, staged an alternate show, wearing gas masks, while fans and passers-by watched the arrivals of guests including Venus Williams and Regina King.“We marched to demand that fashion realize that the world is burning,” Ms. Cohuet wrote on Twitter later that evening.It wasn’t Extinction Rebellion’s first turn on...
Fashion Unites in Tribute to Alber Elbaz

Fashion Unites in Tribute to Alber Elbaz

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PARIS — When the designer Alber Elbaz, who died from Covid-19 last spring, left his longtime job as creative director of Lanvin in 2015, he didn’t just jump straight into another brand. Instead he took time to explore other industries, meet new people and think about what it was that would make him really happy. He had a lot of ideas.One of them became AZ Factory, the new venture that merged fashion, technology and entertainment, which he introduced with the backing of Compagnie Financière Richemont in January, just a few months before he passed away in April.And another, one he never realized but always dreamed of, was to create what he sometimes referred to as a traveling theater of fashion, or a circus of fashion, inspired by the French théâtre de la mode, a touring exhibition of mini-m...
Stella McCartney Does Mushrooms in Paris

Stella McCartney Does Mushrooms in Paris

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PARIS — On the penultimate day of the ready-to-wear season the environmental conscience of fashion, which had been poking its head out tentatively over the past few weeks, finally made its full-throated entrance. Well, hello sustainability. Wondering when you’d show up.The industry’s role in climate change was, after all, one of the great mea culpas of the pandemic. The rise of resale has been one of the more meaningful developments over the past 18 months. But it was easy to forget, it seemed, in the sheer hoo-ha of being back; safer to avoid, perhaps, lest charges of greenwashing rain (understandably) down.Then Stella McCartney put 50 shades of nature on the runway and made mushrooms her muse. Morels are not just for foodies any more.Under the Brutalist concrete dome of the Espace Niemey...
Dolce & Gabbana Sets $6 Million Record for Fashion NFTs

Dolce & Gabbana Sets $6 Million Record for Fashion NFTs

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The pieces commanded such high prices, Mr. Menon said, because “of provenance; rarity — there were only nine, sold at once; craftsmanship; and utility — people can use them in the metaverse and have physical experiences, too.” In the coming days, he added, UNXD will convert the prices to U.S. dollars at the market rate, and pay Dolce & Gabbana, less an auction commission.Pranksy (a play on Bansky) wrote in an email Saturday: “I was really excited about D & G entering the NFT space, especially as my wife, Magpie, and her close friend, one of my company directors, Josephine Dwyer-Mann, have a real passion for haute couture.” Like many wealthy crypto natives, Pranksy keeps his real name secret and would only communicate by email or voice-distorted Zoom.He bought the virtual-only Golde...
At Givenchy and Lanvin, Making Very Short Memories

At Givenchy and Lanvin, Making Very Short Memories

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PARIS — In one of the more unexpected runway trends of the moment, the middle-aged model is hot. (Also the edging toward middle-age-in-model-terms model.)It started with the return of the supermodels in Milan: Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Amber Valletta, Shalom Harlow. At times, they seemed to be making more news than the clothes. Now the trend has been building in Paris, moving past the celebrity billing into more insider names who strutted along the catwalk earlier in the millennium being sprinkled among the current Bambi-like crop: Carmen Kass, Caroline Trentini, Natasha Poly, Mariacarla Boscono — women whose bodies and faces look grown-up, and even sometimes lived-in.It’s a welcome, long overdue change, giving further substance to the idea of inclusivity, even if it is partly to do with ...
A Bag Returns From the Year 2000

A Bag Returns From the Year 2000

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Fashion Week is back in full force, and there’s a lot to see. Blink (or scroll too fast on Instagram) and you’ll miss the details: tiny bags, tall shoes, feathered hats, leather capes and diamond dog collars. So as part of a new series, Wow Moment, we’ll spotlight things we saw on the runways that delighted or mystified us.PARIS — The new Valentino bracelet bag is meant to be seen in movement, wind rippling through its ostrich feathers, light catching the sheen of its silk satin and the sparkle of its embroidered crystals as it swings from the hand of some glamorous person. (This person may not be naturally or holistically glamorous, but the bag alone could make it so.)It is decadent. It is couture. It is also not technically new.The piece, which appeared at Valentino’s spring 2022 show on...

We’re All On the Red Carpet Now

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PARIS — The marquee outside the Théâtre du Châtelet, the gilded 19th-century musical theater on the Right Bank, cast a red glow over the fans thronged rows deep in the square outside on Saturday night. A forest of smartphones was held aloft, waving in the night air like a host of alien palm fronds, as various black cars pulled up to disgorge their guests. Penned-in photographers hovered behind a velvet rope while men and women swaggered their way across the red carpet, posing, waving, preening and otherwise camping it up on their way inside.There was Offset, a voluminous leather jacket slipping off his shoulders, baggy black pants and plaid shirt/skirt wrapped around his waist! Here was Naomi Campbell, in a sharp-shouldered pantsuit!It could have been any blockbuster film premiere (the new...

Gabriela Hearst on Refashioning the Luxury Business

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A world defined by lockdowns and curfews meant that Gabriela Hearst’s debut show as Chloé creative director in March was a digital one. This week, however, on the sun-dappled banks of the Seine, the Uruguayan-born designer — who shows her namesake brand in New York — presented the Chloé spring 2022 collection to a live crowd.Later, Ms. Hearst talked about her key inspirations this season and why she uses her runway to highlight the craft work of nonprofit organizations.What excited you most about unveiling this collection?Probably being able to show our 250 guests — and the wider world — the creativity of the seven not-for-profit organizations we worked with this season. I have always felt motivated to use my platform as a designer to showcase the work of others, and our design studio work...
Run Out of Netflix Shows to Watch? Try These.

Run Out of Netflix Shows to Watch? Try These.

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PARIS — The last year and a half of being stuck to the small screen for work and pleasure, desperate for any new piece of escapism be it blockbuster or art house or glossy series, has to have changed forever our relationship to the moving picture, raising the stakes and the expectations. And if, when fashion first went online, the idea of transforming a show into a video seemed like a potential savior for the industry, it also exposed some of the limits in the fashion imagination.Watching model after model stroll by onscreen, even with some fancy camera angles, it soon became awfully easy to look away.This is especially true now that in-person shows — like big-screen movie experiences — are back; now that video has become a conscious choice, rather than a necessity. For some, such as Dries...