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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Lacoste of Fame

Captain Hook isn't the only one with a croc that won't stop ticking. There's plenty of air sur terre for Lacoste, which opened its umpteenth shop last Thursday on rue Vieille du Temple, the main drag of Paris' Marais district, where the boys are in the City of Light. Boys at the jam-packed opening tended to be in the hot young, champagne-loving French actor category, notably Stanislas Merhar, Saïd Taghmaoui and sloe-eyed Andy Gillet, who plays Celadon in 88-year-old French New Wave director Eric Rohmer's latest (and hopefully not his last) opus, The Romance of Astrea and Celadon.

The new store's windows were full of Michael Stipe's photo polo, designed by R.E.M.s frontman to give your near and dear the impression they're performing to a frenzied, sold-out stadium crowd. The shirt, third in Lacoste's Holiday Collector series, after Tom Dixon and Michael Young, is in a "limited" edition of 12,000. And for those who didn't get a chance to hang out in Zaha Hadid's Chanel Mobile Art Pavillion (too late now, it's been grounded), her croc-inspired, ergonomic, undulating foot gloves—er, shoes—for Lacoste will slither into stores in June. That's a bit later than previously announced, but hey, it's art.

—Rebecca Voight

Andy Gillet / Saïd Taghmaoui & Zoe Felix / Stanislas Merhar & friend

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