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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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Monday, March 23, 2009

Debt Collection

Just over a week ago, we ran a post about the L.A. launch of The Stephen Sprouse Book at the Chateau Marmont. Today we got an email from a hotel rep with another interesting tidbit about the late designer and artist. Turns out, way back in 1991, he moved into the hotel for a month, but couldn't pay his bill when he checked out. So Andre Balazs agreed to let him off the hook if he designed some apparel for the Chateau. A couple of months ago, Andre was going through the archives in hotel's attic and discovered a stash of six original, never-before-seen sketches Stephen made of that collection, all signed and dated. While not everything will be produced, Andre has reissued the same pieces produced in 1991—a T-shirt, baseball cap and postcard—available at the hotel and its online shop...

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