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Paris Couture Week Preview: Scene

Things to do and see during Couture week in Paris.

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Alber Elbaz’s pajamas.

Photo By Fabrice Laroche

SKIN IS IN: Etam will stage its own skimpy take on “Puttin’ on the Ritz” on Monday, with its second Paris catwalk show over the Ritz hotel’s covered swimming pool. On parade will be the brand’s spring collection as well as the latest offerings from the Natalia for Etam line, designed by Natalia Vodianova. Following the event will be a dinner and concert by Mark Ronson at the Hôtel d’Evreux, on the Place Vendôme. Guest performers are said to include Charlotte Gainsbourg and Rihanna. George Clooney and Hilary Swank, meanwhile, will reportedly be among guests invited to the event, which is to be screened live on Etam’s catwalk site, defile-etam.com.  — Katya Foreman


SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW: Forget the cat’s pajamas. How about Alber Elbaz’s? That was designer Anne Valérie Hash’s thinking for her latest adventure: an artisanal collection based on reworked garments donated by personalities. “For me, it’s a new take on couture,” said Hash, about crafting something new out of existing treasured pieces of clothing. Along with Elbaz’s PJs, Hash has taken her scissors to items including Tilda Swinton’s favorite T-shirt; a striped Breton T-shirt from Jean Paul Gaultier; an evening jacket belonging to Charlotte Rampling; an old Chanel jacket from Daphne Guinness, and an Alaïa frock belonging to Bettina Rheims. The resulting collection of looks, Act I of what Hash hopes will become a yearly installment, is to be presented at the designer’s headquarters on Monday [Jan. 25] before traveling on.

Anne Valérie Hash
36 Boulevard Bonne Nouvelle 75010
Tel.: +33-1-48-87-97-41

— K.F.



OFFICIAL APPOINTMENTS: For the first time, a selection of Place Vendôme high jewelry brands on Thursday will show — by appointment only — as official members of the Chambre Syndicale’s haute couture calendar. Participants include Chanel, Mellerio dits Meller, Van Cleef & Arpels (whose collection centers on a butterfly theme) and Boucheron. The latter’s Inspiria line comprises 20 “phantasmagoric” pieces honoring the 25th anniversary of the Cirque du Soleil. — K.F.

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