Chanel front rows and party lines, especially over the past few years, always draw an elite group of Chanel-clad ladies who might collectively be referred to as “it girls.” Actresses, models, socialites and DJs make up this group but what they all seem to have in common is beauty, great style and some kind of cultural relevance that Karl or someone at Chanel recognizes as fitting with the Chanel brand. That and the ability to look amazing in Chanel and always catch our attention.
About two years ago, Chanel threw a dinner party and announced an “official list” of five Chanel ambassadors: Leigh Lezark, Jen Brill, Poppy Delevingne, Vanessa Traina, and Caroline Sieber. Others, like Elisa Sednaoui and, back in the day, Ines de la Fressange, have been casually referred to as Karl’s muses.
But, there are still others, like Rachel Bilson, Alexa Chung and newest and youngest member Elle Fanning (!), whose “roles” in the Chanel world were undefined, until now. A tip sheet for last night’s Chanel couture show, revealed by the Telegraph’s Belinda White, literally places bold names expected to attend into a carefully ranked multi-tier system. The categories range from “Japanese celebrities” to “Chanel Ambassadress.” Here they are in what I’m guessing is ascending order.
PARIS–It makes perfect sense that French boutique Zadig & Voltaire recently opened their fourth location in New York (on 409 Bleecker). Their bad ass not-trying-too-hard French girl aesthetic is a perfect fit for the city.
So Zadig & Voltaire has enlisted NYC scenesters Erin Wasson (who is also the face of their current campaign) and Gaia Repossi to design capsule collections for the brand, and both ladies were on hand this week at Zadig & Voltaire’s flagship store in Paris this week to discuss their collections. I sat down with Wasson to ask her about her forthcoming capsule collection for the brand (it will be out in October), and what it was like to be a judge on America’s Next Top Model and work with Alexander Wang again. (Repossi, unfortunately had to run before I had a chance to talk with her because she brought her exotic kitten to the store and it got finicky and she had to take it home. Really, this happened. You can take a look at her lovely creations for the store below.)
Fashionista: Why partner with Zadig & Voltaire?
Erin Wasson: I’m really excited to work with Zadig & Voltaire because I feel like we have a parallel aesthetic. I remember going into my first design meeting and the culmination of my inspiration pictures and their inspiration pictures–a lot of what gets our rocks off is very similar. We’re both into the days of old, that rock n’ roll spirit. Working for them is easy–for me it just makes sense.
You’ve designed before with RCVA and currently design your own jewelry collection, Low Luv. How will this be different?
To tell you truth I’m not trying to do anything different. I’m not trying to come out with a capsule that’s going to blow anyone’s mind and change the world of fashion. What I’m trying to do is just make clothes that are easy and that have an edge. It’s like designing that piece of clothing that you’ve gone to 15 thrift stores looking for that you could never find–I’m trying to design that one piece.