Photographer: Thomas Schenk
Model: Pauline van der Cruysse
Nothing quite commands a crowd like Chanel, and last night's re-opening of the SoHo boutique was a packed house of marquee-ready celebrity names, industry veterans, and emerging faces. The stream of stars—like cover girl Blake Lively, Alexa Chung, Diane Kruger, Lily Donaldson, Liv Tyler and Clare Danes—was almost outshone by fashion's most-powerful. Grace Coddington chatted up Lynn Wyatt and Patrick Demarchelier posed with Petra Nemcova. But the most potent paparazzi fodder was Karl himself, who was flanked by the keepers (and builders) of the House of Chanel. Architect Peter Marino kept a close watch on Karl as they introduced the store, which was a collaboration of several artists. "In honor of Chanel No. 5 we commissioned four artists to do artwork for the brand. This black wall of old .45s is by a German, Gregor Hildebrandt," he said, pointing to the grooved wall next to where he and Lagerfeld held court. Sunglasses are accompanied by "Flying Eyeballs" by California artist Alan Rath, while the dressing room is lined with Robert Green textiles, and a light installation by Russian artist Peter Belyi arcs over the watch corner. "It's really a mixture of art and retail," Marino says.
"It's very hard to see how its really turned out, because I've been here all week," he says. "The store is very easy to circulate. I love doing stores this size, as opposed to the 30,000 square footer we did in London." In fact, out of the myriad Chanel boutiques he's helmed, this may be the most iconic. "This is only black and white. Normally we do a lot of beige, but we really stuck with the emblematic black and white for SoHo."
As the face of the revamped store, model Crystal Renn also stood by the Lagerfeld's side for the evening. "The store is gorgeous. Karl took these beautiful pictures of me for this beautiful evening. It's a huge honor, and tonight is a big night for me. The whole Chanel energy is fantastic. The Chanel family is like being old friends." She confessed, "All Chanel... it's like my dream."
Photographer: Damon Baker
Model: Iris van Berne
Every season, Stefano Pilati extends the YSL vision by sending it out farther than the end of the runway. With his Manifesto, the Saint Laurent look gets all the way to the street. Starting this Tuesday, September 14, the Manifesto—an extended lookbook starring Daria Werbowy packaged in a Pilati-designed bag —hits the streets of New York, where they’ll be distributed to 2,000 passersby. Inez and Vinoodh shot both the lookbook and the accompanying teaser video, debuting exclusively on Style.com.
Photographer: Piotr Stoklosa
Model: Kasia Smolinska
Stylist: Kamila Picz