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Bulgari on Parade: Despite recessionary bruises, the luxury jewelry house stages a glittery 125th-birthday retrospective.

Sunday, December 5th, 2010

Elizabeth Taylor wears Bulgari in 1957; courtesy of AP.

Elizabeth Taylor once said that when her lover Richard Burton took her to Bulgari jewelers on the Via Condotti in Rome, “I would get so excited that I would jump on top of him and practically make love to him,” right there in the store. No wonder Burton showered Taylor with Bulgari during their torrid affair, which began during the filming of Cleopatra in Rome in the early 1960s. For their first engagement—remember, they married twice—Burton gave Taylor a diamond and emerald brooch. For the first wedding, he supplied the matching necklace. The ensemble was so regal that it became known as the Grand Duchess Vladimir’s suite because it looked like something a Russian aristocrat would wear. Taylor has worn the pieces at key moments in her life: when she met Queen Elizabeth, when she won the Oscar for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and when Helmut Newton photographed her in her swimming pool in 1989. “I introduced Liz to beer,” Burton said, “and she introduced me to Bulgari.”

Karl & Inès Kiss & Make Up

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

More than two decades after Karl Lagerfeld banished his original Chanel muse Inès de la Fressange from the couture house for posing as the image of Marianne, the symbol of the republic of France—declaring, “I wish her all the luck in the world, just so long as I don’t have to see her any more or hear her spoken about”—he has welcomed her back into his court. This morning, Lagerfeld sent the 53-year-old French fashion model out on the runway of his Chanel 2010-2011 Spring-Summer women’s wear show at the Grand Palais in Paris in a modern reinterpretation of a 1937 Chanel black lace gown and embracing her warmly before the crowd of more than 2,800 as he took his bow. “She is beyond stunning,” Lagerfeld told Women’s Wear Daily before the show. “Also, she is the Parisienne.”

The show, set in a mammoth black and white jardin à la française with working fountains—which Lagerfeld said was inspired by Alain Resnais’ 1961 film Last Year in Marienbad —was a panopoly of ideas and eras run through Lagerfeld’s Chanel blender. For day, there were tweed suits with baby doll mini-dresses, micro shorts, A-line skirts and pencil skirts, in soft natural tones such as slate blue, dusty rose or goldenrod and occasionally flecked with sparkling crystals. For night, the dominate line was trapeze with an empire waist made of airy fabrics such as tulle and lace and decorated with feathers. (The trapeze, by the way, was invented by Lagerfeld’s archrival Yves Saint Laurent at Christian Dior in 1958). The overall look was light and feminine—except for the footwear, which was mostly wedge-heeled combat-like boots that gave a Bride of Frankenstein air to it all.

De la Fressange received an ovation when she stepped out onto the soft white pea-gravel runway and strolled through the gardens in her signature slouch to an orchestra playing The Verve’s “Bittersweet Symphony.” Besides walking in the show, de la Fressange will be featured, along with 1990s British model Stella Tennant and Danish newcomer Freja Beha Erichsen, in Chanel’s spring-summer advertising campaign, which Lagerfeld will shoot in the South of France. As de la Fressange smiled to the crowd, it was obvious she was pleased to be back at the house of Chanel.

Catch Me Kick-Off “Sex & the City 2″ at Café Etienne Marcel

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

I’ll be speaking about luxury fashion at the Café Etienne Marcel, 32, rue Etienne Marcel, in the 2nd arrondissement, on June 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. The Café, in the hip 1st arrondissement, is hosting a roster of events to celebrate the Paris premiere of “Sex and the City 2.”  You can check out some of the fun activities on allocine.fr or just swing by! Cocktails, cupcakes or manicures are on the agenda: Thursday, Friday and Sunday evenings from 5-7 pm.  Do come!

Ripped From the Headlines

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Bringing the Valerie Plame affair to the silver screen, director Doug Liman explores the abuse of power in Washington.

Mirror Image: Valerie Plame (left) is portrayed by Naomi Watts in a film about Plames life. The two women pose for pictures on the red carpet in Cannes on May 20. Valery Hache / AFP-Getty Images

Mirror Image: Valerie Plame (left) is portrayed by Naomi Watts in a film about Plame's life. The two women pose for pictures on the red carpet in Cannes on May 20. Photo: Valery Hache / AFP-Getty Images

When columnist Robert Novak unveiled Valerie Plame as a CIA undercover operative in his syndicated column in 2003, Plame reportedly confessed to a friend, “I didn’t plan for this day.” It would be safe to say that she also didn’t plan on a red-carpet world premiere for Fair Game, a film based on her story starring Naomi Watts and Sean Penn, at the Cannes Film Festival. Or the standing ovations both she and the film received at the gala black-tie screening on Thursday evening. “What a night!” Plame exclaimed to NEWSWEEK after the event.

And what a movie. In Fair Game, director Doug Liman bravely tackles the now well-known story of how Plame’s husband, former career diplomat Joseph Wilson, wrote an op-ed in The New York Times accusing President George W. Bush of knowingly lying in his State of the Union address about the presence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, and how, in return, White House officials leaked Plame’s true identity to the media. As MSNBC’s Chris Matthews reportedly told Wilson, Karl Rove declared, “Wilson’s wife is fair game.”

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Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

Dana will be speaking at this place…