If you read yesterday’s post, I told you I was invited to a très fashion cocktail party in a pop-up store inside Printemps department store.
The hostess of the soirée was Maria Luisa, considered one of the foremost fashion arbitrators in the fun-filled world of la mode. Over the decades in which she has been a star in the international fashion firmament she has discovered some of the best and most creative designers on the planet. Last night she was introducing the work of Nicopanda.
Below, a few Nicopanda pieces. Now, before you say: “Outrageous. Impossible. Take a closer look and see the messages, the possibilities, the creativity that Maria Luisa saw in his work. Then, look at the white ruffled coat in the last picture and ask yourself, “Why not?” Perhaps.
Her title at Printemps is “Fashion Editor” which means, as explained to me by Virginie Pourchet, directrice des vents femme chez Printemps, Maria Luisa sets the tone for the store’s point-of-view in that rarefied atmosphere of mostly designer labels.
I interviewed Maria Luisa for my book and immediately discovered why she is an icon. She can instantly pull an outfit together in the most unexpectedly creative ways. She can have a classic base and then throw on something inspiring and surprising and suddenly you see that sometimes fashion is an art form.
Now, you may remember from yesterday that I promised I would at least try to take pictures. I did. I took at least 20. Everyone was willing and wonderfully turned out. However — why is it that my life is so cluttered with “howevers?” — something went wrong with my camera, a first I may add. All the pictures are green and striped. I plan on investigating the problem though I doubt they are salvageable and they were ab-so–lute-ly fab-u-lous. Plus, I was having such a good time.
Instead, I’ll tell you a few things about the evening until, with a little luck, some of the photos can be saved:
- If one is invited to a cocktail party in Paris and if for a single fleeting second you have that nagging “what will I wear?” panic attack, forget about it. Don black. At least 97 percent of the women and men were in black, but the looks were so individual and fun that I was enthralled. (More on black next week.)
- Not to be redundant, but here goes: Always, always it’s the way everything is pulled together, the accessories (always, nest-ce pas?), the makeup, the attitude, the white with the black, the navy blue with the black, the shot of Klein blue with the black. . .
I think I have a terrific idea for next week, for the entire week in fact, all built around two pieces of black clothing, which, I was thinking last night would be a great way to pack for a week long vacation in Paris. You’ll see. . .
In the meantime, I apologize to everyone I photographed and promised to feature here today and to you because I was so excited to show you that I mustered up my courage and actually took the pictures only to discover disaster when the photos appeared on my computer.