Esteban Cortazar - British Vogue - May 2014

NEWS

The Boy Wonder Finds An Investor

28 May 2014

Lauren Milligan

DESIGNER Esteban Cortazar, formerly creative director of Emanuel Ungaro, has found the investment he needed to grow his eponymous label. London-based MH Luxe Ltd has acquired a minority stake in the brand - an investment that the company said would support Cortazar's "growth over the coming years".

The young Paris-based Colombian relaunched his label in 2012, but revealed in July 2013 that he needed investment to take it forward. He plans to continue to work "trans-seasonally", WWDreports, presenting two large collections annually that will be broken up into three deliveries - and will continue his relationship with Net-A-Porter while also expanding into 10 to 15 new international department stores.

Cortazar, who is still only 30, became the youngest designer ever to show at New York Fashion Week when he first launched his line in 2002 - missing high school in order to attend, aged just 17. He then closed his label when he joined Ungaro aged 23, but he left in 2009 - and the brand's CEO, Mounir Moufarrige, hired Lindsay Lohan as its artistic advisor.

Andrea Krueger - Domino

andréa krueger: charming decorating ideas for a paris apartment

photographs by BRITTANY AMBRIDGE text by CAROLINE BIGGS 

interior design by ANDRÉA KRUEGER

In her light-filled Parisian flat, fashion consultant Andréa Krueger mixes
tailored furniture with fine art to create a bright, bohemian aerie.

  Krueger and her English cocker spaniel,   Leopold, stroll through Paris’s Left Bank.

Krueger and her English cocker spaniel, Leopold, stroll through Paris’s Left Bank.

In 2012, Andréa Krueger and her boyfriend, Maxime Mussard, were presented with a rare opportunity: to purchase their rented apartment in Paris’s 7th Arrondissement. Due to the space’s prime location and its outdoor terrace (a rarity on the Left Bank), it was an offer they couldn’t refuse. So, without hesitation, the couple bought the flat and embarked on a two-year redesign process. “The apartment had been renovated eight years ago, and lacked the charm of an old French home,” Krueger explains. “So my ultimate goal was to create warmth and coziness through its decor.” For inspiration, she knew exactly where to turn. “In terms of design, few things are more appealing to me than Bauhaus,” she says of the early-20th-century German
aesthetics movement that mixed high art with functional crafts. “Bringing the work of artists and craftsmen together really moves me.” Throughout her home, Krueger paired whimsical prints and textiles with practical furnishings.

  In the living room, a framed Alexander Calder tapestry   and an Anna Skladmann photograph highlight the burnt   oranges and reds of the surrounding furnishings.

In the living room, a framed Alexander Calder tapestry and an Anna Skladmann photograph highlight the burnt oranges and reds of the surrounding furnishings.

For Krueger—who runs a consultancy for boutique fashion brands, including Mussard’s own Twins for Peace—the apartment’s petite size presented a big renovation challenge. “In each room, there are so many little nooks and crannies that it was nearly impossible to find furniture that fit the space while also staying true to our vision,” she says. “For two years, I spent most of my free time going to auctions and furniture dealers, and searching online—I’m a bit of a furniture addict.” Krueger’s research paid off. Today, the 600-square-foot space is filled with her discoveries: a plush (but compact) sofa, small-scale chairs and tables, and versatile storage pieces. “My career and my apartment are directly linked,” she says. “When designing our home, it was crucial for me to band together my passions for art and design.”

  Krueger scored this Gerrit Rietveld “Zig-Zag” chair   on a trip back to San Francisco, her hometown.

Krueger scored this Gerrit Rietveld “Zig-Zag” chair on a trip back to San Francisco, her hometown.

TL-180 - Vogue.com

BEAUTY

TL-180's Antonine Peduzzi and Luisa Orsini Prep for Their Party with Friends (and Cohosts) Claire and Virginie Courtin-Clarins

by Catherine Piercy

  From left:   Antonine, Claire, Virginie, and Luisa before last night’s TL-180 party in Chelsea.

From left: Antonine, Claire, Virginie, and Luisa before last night’s TL-180 party in Chelsea.

Ask Claire Courtin-Clarins how she met Antonine Peduzzi of the Rome-based handbag line TL-180 and she will tell you a story. “Two years ago, I arrived really early to a Louis Vuitton party during Paris Fashion Week. The only other person there yet was Tine,” she says, affectionately referring to her friend by her nickname. 

According to both girls, the connection was instant. “We are both really tall and we have the same shoe size. So of course we started talking,” Peduzzi says, laughing. As fate would have it, she found herself at a party with Claire’s sister, Virginie, a few nights later: “She knocked over a vase and broke it. I was the only one who saw!”

The three girls soon became inseparable and, following the introduction of Peduzzi’s friend and TL-180 codesigner, Luisa Orsini, their circle expanded to four. “Since then we’ve been to Rome, Milan, Venice, and Mykonos together,” says Virginie.  “We always have the best time.”

So when Tine and Luisa invited the Courtin-Clarins sisters to cohost a party celebrating the launch of their fall handbag collection during New York Fashion Week, “we said yes, of course!” exclaims Virginie, who flew in the night before from Paris to join her sister. (Claire recently moved to New York to work full-time as the manager of brand development for the family beauty empire.)

 Tine experiments with one of Claire’s lip colors before eventually settling on her favorite: M.A.C.’s Russian Red.

Tine experiments with one of Claire’s lip colors before eventually settling on her favorite: M.A.C.’s Russian Red.

Now, with just a few hours left before guests begin arriving at Chelsea’s No. 8 nightclub for the party, the foursome has assembled at Claire’s new SoHo apartment to get ready together.  

Within minutes, blow-dryers are humming and Virginie’s iPod has been put to good use. “The only time I do my hair is in New York,” she proclaims cheerfully. “Otherwise, I almost never even brush it.” Tonight, she has decided to experiment, which necessitates the help of a professional. After hairstylist Sonia David weaves a low fishtail braid into her hair, she wanders into the bathroom, where Claire and Tine are applying their lipstick side by side in the mirror. 

“It’s M.A.C. versus Clarins in here!” laughs Claire of their respective choices: M.A.C.’s bold matte Russian Red (for Tine) and Clarins’s supersheer violet Baume Crystal No. 2 (for her). “My sister doesn’t like to wear a lot of makeup,” says Virginie. “Just lipstick sometimes.”   

“It’s true. I would rather have good skin,” says Claire, who is currently obsessed with the brand’s newly reformulated Double Serum (which the sisters are in town promoting this week between shows like Altuzarra, Suno, and Prabal Gurung). “I like to mix a little of it in my palm with the [Clarins] Beauty Flash Balm before putting it on.”

Soon Luisa, who is now wearing the same shade of Russian Red lipstick as Tine,  has wandered in holding a pair of matching low-heeled crimson Louis Vuitton pumps up to her high-waisted vintage velvet shorts for inspection. After a quick group assessment, she decides to go with higher, bondage-inspired Louis Vuitton pumps instead. Before jumping into the car that’s waiting outside to whisk them to the party, she stashes the tube in a TL-180 slim passport Voyageur wallet turned clutch—and, in a flash, the four friends are headed out into the starry night.

  Claire browses the TL-180 spring collection for the perfect bag to match her fitted black bodice (“I bought it at Resurrection today”) and floor-length white Gucci skirt.

Claire browses the TL-180 spring collection for the perfect bag to match her fitted black bodice (“I bought it at Resurrection today”) and floor-length white Gucci skirt.

  After bundling up in their warmest coats, the girls hop into a car and head to the party together. 

After bundling up in their warmest coats, the girls hop into a car and head to the party together.