HYERES RAISING: Belgian fashion graduate Alexandra Verschueren, 22, was announced winner of the L’Oréal Professional Grand Prize for the 25th edition of the Hyères International Festival of Fashion and Photography, taking home 15,000 euros, or $20,000 at current exchange, in prize money. Paris-based Mongolian designer Tsolmandakh Munkhuu, 33, won the event’s Public Prize. Inspired by the paper tableaus of German artist Thomas Demand, Verschueren worked architectural Japanese origami structures onto wardrobe basics, some sporting inky scribbles or trompe l’oeil graph paper prints. Dries Van Noten presided over the fashion jury, which included Style.com fashion journalist Sarah Mower and stylist and consultant Charlotte Stockdale. Previous festival winners include Viktor & Rolf, Gaspard Yurkievich, Felipe Oliveira Baptista and Christian Wijnants.
FLYING DOWN TO BRAZIL: Pierre Cardin is heading to Brazil this fall to continue celebrating his six decades in fashion. Cardin will stage an exhibition and fashion show with Brazilian mall developer Iguatemi in São Paulo in November, his spokesman Jean-Pascal Hesse revealed at a dinner organized by Iguatemi’s European representative, Georgina Brandolini, in honor of Carlos Jereissati, the company’s chief executive officer. The gathering at interior designer Alberto Pinto’s ornate Left Bank apartment in Paris revived fond memories for some guests. Dior ceo Sidney Toledano reminisced about his salad days working for research firm AC Nielsen in São Paulo in the mid-Seventies. Though he ended up staying only 18 months, Toledano said he considered marrying a Brazilian. “I used to be invited to a lot of dinner parties and met many charming young ladies,” he said.