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18 Dec

Celine’s Recent Paris Boutique, Gucci’s Workwear Collab & More

Celine’s Space: Celine has unveiled its latest boutique on Rue Saint-Honoré.

Hedi Slimane’s brutalist vision is delivered to life with sleek brass and slick marble, a wall of mirrors and art installations. Situated at 384 Rue Saint-Honoré, the shop is dedicated to accessories, fragrance, leather goods and high jewelry, sitting catty corner from its ready-to-wear boutique on Rue Duphot.

The smaller space positioned at 390 has housed the brand’s haute parfumerie since 2019. Celine took over the old Loewe space round the corner to create a showcase for its classic Triomphe bags, leather goods and jewellery. In Slimane’s rock-‘n’-roll style, a glittery gold version of the bag is exclusive to this location, in addition to made-to-order pieces.

The brand new address marks the brand’s sixth stand-alone store in Paris, alongside spots in 4 of town’s malls. The brand says it’s embarking on an expansion plan for 2023, and can activate several pop-ups worldwide. There are 180 Celine boutiques across the globe.

The second-floor private shopping apartment at the brand new Celine boutique.

Up a gleaming curved staircase, the second floor houses a personal salon with cozy chairs and a hearth for VIP clients. In Slimane style, the boutique showcases several stunning artworks — paintings by Will Boone, sculptures from Ian L.C. Swordy and carved picket pieces from Augustas Serapinas dot the space.

The 1,400-square-foot space has double-height windows, and beams of sunlight dance off the art pieces Slimane chosen. Hanging within the most important room is a version of Virginia Overton’s Skylight Gems, a mobile product of three glass ornaments, commissioned by Slimane after he saw the unique in Recent York’s LaGuardia airport.

Virginia Overton’s “Skylight Gems” for Celine.

Taking cues from Art Deco and French Modernism, the now-connected boutiques sourced their black marble floors from France’s Pyrenees mountains, and Slimane chosen several brutalist slabs and stumps for seating and decor.

The opening on Dec. 2 was timed just ahead of the brand’s big return to the womenswear runway. Celine closed Paris Men’s Fashion Week in June with a unisex show. It can stage a show at Los Angeles’ Wiltern Theater Thursday to present its fall 2023 collection, giving the brand a jump on February’s fashion season. Whether Celine will present at Paris Men’s Fashion Week in January has yet to be decided. — Rhonda Richford

Gucci Workwear: Gucci is continuous its streak of collaborations through its experimental online space, Gucci Vault.

The Italian design house said Thursday it’s teaming with Dickies to supply a set of elevated workwear-inspired pieces. The gathering, designed by Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele, celebrates Dickies’ 100-year history within the workwear space.

The eight-piece collection offers reimagined versions of Dickies’ iconic styles, including the Eisenhower jacket and the 874 Work Pants, which within the ‘90s evolved from its workwear roots and have become popular amongst streetwear enthusiasts. The pieces are updated for the Gucci collaboration to feature metallic stud embellishments. 

The gathering offers cropped and regular lengths of the Eisenhower jacket, the 874 Work Pants in two shorts versions and a piece shirt. 

Looks from the Gucci Vault Dickies collection.

Looks from the Gucci Vault Dickies collection.


Gucci launched its Vault concept in September 2021 as a web based store that provides vintage and archival pieces in addition to limited-edition collaborations. This 12 months, Gucci has teamed with the likes of Luar, ERL, Wales Bonner, Vans and Martine Rose for the Vault. 

Vault is a project that I actually have worked on with dedication and care,” Michele told WWD in February. “It’s an open laboratory by which to introduce latest chemical agents to proceed the experiment. For me, it’s a source of immense happiness that goals to place diverse energies into circulation and to have fun my love for objects.

The Dickies collection comes just just a few weeks after Gucci announced Michele can be exiting the brand after an eight-year tenure as creative director. 

The Gucci Vault Dickies collection is offered to buy on the Gucci Vault website and ranges in price from $985 to $7,410. — Layla Ilchi

Celebrating Marfmas: Dover Street Market has teamed up with Marfa to have fun their latest book, “A Marfa Christmas With John Waters.”

Produced by Maroffice, with curation, design and production by Alexandra Gordienko, Julia Monsell and Jodie Hill, and words by Ross Aston, the book features actors and behind-the-scenes collaborators who’ve worked with the 76-year-old filmmaker through the years and includes shoots and interviews, letters and rare archive imagery. Each interview is housed inside a dreamed-up narrative set at one in every of Waters’ annual Christmas parties, which were iconic and held at his Maryland home. While the event will not be real, the dialogue is supposed to all be true to life.

To have fun the annual U.S. Christmas tour, “A John Waters Christmas,” the book will launch with installations at Dover Street Market Recent York and Los Angeles on Friday and remain during Waters’ tour period. These spaces pay homage to the famed Christmas scene in Waters’ “Female Trouble,” with the addition of an enormous cockroach relaxing in front of a TV set watching a Marfilm of Waters opening up presents, shot in Baltimore.

A view of 25 Days of Marfmas.

A view of 25 Days of Marfmas.

Courtesy shot.

To coincide with the discharge of the book, a present guide of Dover Street Market products can be available online and in-store at Dover Street Market Recent York and Los Angeles. Dubbed “25 Days of Marfmas,” every day features gifts comparable to Prada gloves, Marfa’s “I saw Mummy Kissing Santa’s Ass” T-shirt, a drawing book by David Hochney, a Rose Bakery gift basket, an Alaïa Le Coeur bag, a Play Comme des Garçons striped shirt, and at last on the twenty fifth day, “A Marfa Christmas With John Waters” book. Festive Marfa merchandise including stickers, T-shirts, posters and Christmas cards round out the offering. — Lisa Lockwood

Gottmik Signs: United Talent Agency has signed Gottmik.

The 25-year-old, born Kade Gottlieb in Arizona, rose to fame on “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” tying for third place on the thirteenth season. Based in Los Angeles, he became the primary openly trans man to compete on the hit reality show.



“I’m looking forward to working with UTA’s dynamic team to assist complete my ambitions in fashion, literature, performance, music, touring and more,” Gottmik told WWD in an announcement. “They understand the unique spaces for drag artistry and I’m glad to have one place that may do all of it.”

With 1.4 million Instagram followers, Gottmik was amongst 12 LGBTQ creatives featured on the duvet of British Vogue’s August 2022 issue celebrating 50 years of Pride. He also recently graced the duvet of Gay Times and was tapped for Versace’s newest holiday campaign. A drag performer and makeup artist (with a level in product development from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising), Gottmik has worked with the likes of Cindy Crawford, Heidi Klum and Paris Hilton. He’s collaborated in music, doing the makeup for the celebrities who appear in Taylor Swift’s 2019 single “You Must Calm Down” and was behind Lil Nas X’s playful transformation as Nicki Minaj for Halloween. In September, Gottmik himself appeared in a music video for Sam Smith and Kim Petras’ hit song “Unholy.”

In a joint statement, UTA digital talent agent Pranav Mandavia and vp of ventures Nick Axelrod said: “As the primary trans man to compete on ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ and featured on the duvet of British Vogue, Gottmik is a trailblazer who’s quickly becoming one of the crucial recognizable artists within the business. We’re excited to be an element of his journey and bolster UTA’s representation of drag artists.” — Ryma Chikhoune

 Fantasy Tree: Luxury boutique hotel Riggs unveiled its holiday tree Thursday night with a festive holiday cocktail with the jewellery designer Alexis Bittar.

The soaring 18-foot-tall creation is reflective of the designer’s style: oversized swans perched on the branches of soppy pink feathers, pearl garlands and high-shine tinsel, which flutter because the lobby doors swing open within the Riggs’ historic lobby. “For me it’s at all times about mixing the world of accessories with fantasy, sculpture and art,” the designer told WWD.

Tiny message-in-the-bottle quotes which might be tucked between the branches from famous women, including Eleanor Roosevelt, pay homage to the hotel’s famed First Lady Suites.

Speaking of first ladies, Bittar shared his last tree design was back in 2014 for the White House, commissioned by First Lady Michelle Obama. “That one was a little bit more traditional” he laughed, referring to the more provocative nature of this tree, which incorporates round breast ornaments in various flesh tones, which he named “Menagerie A Tree.”

“This tree is admittedly focused on femininity and play on surrealism and fantasy, with the swans and the tinsel and quotes from famous women that I really like, including Michelle and Nina Simone.  Tucked into the tree is where it gets a little bit naughty,” he said with a wink, referring to the nipple ornaments.

Since his reentrance to fashion after buying back his brand last 12 months from Brooks Brothers, Bittar has shown a commitment to inclusivity, especially focused on women. A longtime favorite of favor icons from Iris Apfel to Beyoncé, Bittar also shared his excitement seeing a latest generation adorned in his work. Activist and singer Lizzo was decked out in Alexis Bittar headpieces and jewellery to the People’s Selection Awards earlier this week.  “I used to be getting the images of Lizzo as she was getting dressed and it’s at all times incredible.”  

Also for the vacation season, Bittar and Riggs will offer a special “Gem Service Menu” to hotel guests. A nod to the hotel’s heritage as a former bank, a security deposit box of Alexis Bittar pieces can be kept on-site for a jewelry-on-demand where guests should purchase a last-minute piece before a festive fête or a vacation gift while staying at Riggs. – Ritu Upadhyay

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