French actress and musician Charlotte Gainsbourg stars in a new series of advertisements for the clothing chain Comptoir des Cotonniers. Her 13-year-old daughter Alice features in this commercial teaser while Gainsbourg’s film director husband Yvan Attal also stars in the print campaign.
As a young woman, Kate Betts nursed a dream of striking out on her own in a faraway place and becoming a glamorous foreign correspondent. After college—and not without trepidation—she took off for Paris, renting a room in the apartment of a young BCBG (bon chic, bon genre) family and throwing herself into the local culture. She was determined to master French slang, style, and savoir faire, and to find a job that would give her a reason to stay.
After a series of dues-paying jobs that seemed only to reinforce her outsider status, Kate’s hard work and willingness to take on any assignment paid off: Her writing and intrepid forays into la France Profonde—true France—caught the eye of John Fairchild, the mercurial fashion arbiter and publisher of Women’s Wear Daily, the industry’s bible. Kate’s earliest assignments—investigating the mineral water preferred by high society, chasing after a costumed band of wild boar hunters through the forests of Brittany—were a rough apprenticeship, but she was rewarded for her efforts and was initiated into the elite ranks of Mr. Fairchild’s trusted few who sat beside him in the front row and at private previews in the ateliers of the gods of French fashion. From a woozy yet mesmerizing Yves Saint Laurent and the mischievous and commanding Karl Lagerfeld to the riotous, brilliant young guns who were rewriting all the rules—Martin Margiela, Helmut Lang, John Galliano—Betts gives us a view of what it was like to be an American girl, learning about herself, falling in love, and finding her tribe.
Kate Betts’s captivating memoir brings to life the enchantment of France—from the nightclubs of 1980s Paris where she learned to dance Le Rock, to the lavender fields of Provence and the grand spectacle of the Cour Carrée—and magically re-creates that moment in life when a young woman discovers who she’s meant to be.
This black bag from Lanvin was first spotted on the label’s Fall 2015 runway. Crafted from smooth leather, this petite design has two slit pockets for stowing cards and show invitations, plus a faille-lined interior for your cell phone, keys and compact. The polished gold chain straps double as glamorous adornments.Available to Order Now from www.Net-a-Porter.com.
Daiane Conterato is photographed by Ben Hassett for the September 2015 issue of Harper’s Bazaar US. The editorial was styled by Anna Trevelyan with hair from Nicolas Jurnjack and make-up by Kabuki. Continue reading to view additional images.
In it’s next exhibition the Palais Galleria fashion museum in Paris will be display treasured dresses that once belonged to Élisabeth, Countess Greffulhe. Said to be the inspiration for Marcel Proust’s character the Duchess of Guermantes in his iconic novel In Search of Lost Time, Greffulhe was a well-known Parisian society figure from the time of the Belle Époque until after the second world war. Her appearances at functions were marked by a lavish sense of style that left her noted as a clothes horse of her day. Fashion Regained: The Treasured Dresses of Élisabeth, Countess Greffulhe will show from November 7 through March 20, 2016. Continue reading to view additional preview images.