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Friday, July 24, 2009

Scent Folder

Celebrity-endorsed designer scents are a dime a dozen, but leave it to Nicolas Ghesquière to add a new twist to the old formula by choosing quirky screen siren Charlotte Gainsbourg as the new face of Balenciaga's soon-to-launch fragrance. The French gamine, who's been buddies with Nicolas for the better part of a decade and who's no stranger to Balenciaga's fashion advertising, can currently be seen mutilating herself into religious ecstasy in Lars von Trier's newest cinematic romp, Antichrist. Clearly, Nicolas isn't going too Hollywood anytime soon. For this very reason, the unlikely location of the fragrance's first fete had an air of mischievous irony: not Paris, but the glitzy Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, where the designer and muse are shooting the campaign.

Though the door was sealed tighter that a submarine hull, there was no shortage of start sightings, like Robin Wright Penn, glowing post-divorce, and the dude himself, Keanu Reeves. It was an odd assortment of glitterati, which ended up resembling one of those Francesco Vezzoli art installations that mock tinseltown (see Natalie Portman in the fake Greed trailer). Nicolas described the scent as very French and very strong—bien sur! Look for it at a fragrance counter near you in February.

—Franklin Melendez

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Headline Trip

  • Burberry to bring its Prorsum spring '10 runway show to London from Milan, celebrating the 25th anniversary of London Fashion Week.
  • Givenchy unveils its fall '09 ad campaign, shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, and Riccardo Tisci reveals he's creating tour looks for Madonna and Antony and the Johnsons. [WWD]
  • Charlotte Gainsbourg wins Best Actress in Cannes for the film Antichrist.
  • Patrick McMullan scion to star in Joel Schumacher flick about over-privileged teens. [Observer]
  • David Furnish did not kick Paris Hilton off his yacht in Cannes. [Facebook]
  • "I love Hint like a fat kid loves cake." [fan letter]


  • Givenchy, fall '09

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