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And Now For The Antidote!

Peter Coffin: Emmanuel PerrotinPeter Coffin:Emmanuel Perrotin

The Imagist might be more image than text in the next two days as we go through information intake. That might take a little time to process before output. Weds will be an antidote to yesterday's fashion marathon. The previously mentioned Crasset/Halley collab at Thaddeus Ropac tops the bill but can't wait to see this Peter Coffin exhibit at Galarie Emmanuel Perrotin.

The Social Climber's Guide To Paris Fashion Week. Pt 1

Balenciaga SS08: First LookBalenciaga SS08: First Look

For TI the Paris booking sweepstakes came down to one crucial moment. The first exit at the Balenciaga SS08. The honor, as is visible, went to one Kasia Struss at Women, the nicest Polish nineteen year old you could ever hope to meet. Given all the girls who came out after her, I think that was a little bit genius of Monsieur. Give that girl another season of model currency! The clothes,as was the case at Prada, served as a kind of summary of the the last three collections. Coloration that reminded you of SS 07, shapes seen at the FW 06 and the global pattern recognition strategy from FW 07. Its all I kept thinking in my blissfully jet-lagged state..."pattern recognition system" at the mad chintzs and super-70's fabric treatments that poured out. Stylists will be mixing the Prada and Balenciaga pieces with maximum ease thise season. Look, after that rapid rush of ideas over the last two years, the guy is allowed to provide a summary collection. And god bless him for that 7am call time

In Transit: Paris Posts Start Tommorow

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On The Stands: Vogue Hommes International: Fall-Winter 2007-2008

James Franco: Ph: Terry Richardson: Vogue Hommes International Winter 07-08James Franco: Ph: Terry Richardson: Vogue Hommes International Winter 07-08

Does the designer think it's more exciting, more fun, if he puts bags everwhere? Is he trying to tell us that he's very good with accessories? I don't get it!
Calvin Klein in VHI #6 Fall/Winter 07-08

The New VHI hits the stands yesterday and it is champion. When Carine Roitfeld assumed the editorial chair skeptics tsk, tsked as if to say runnning both Paris Vogue and Vogue Hommes was a case of overextension. Last laugh goes to Madame because she is turning out one of the freshest and frankest men's mags on an overcrowded market. The James Franco cover is a sell. The "Fur Men" edit by Carine and Testino features all the skin the happily superficial will need. David Sims and Joe McKenna collaborate on a beautiful story titled "Ray Of Light" , an ostensible tribute to legendary stylist Ray Petri that ends up looking oddly like an early 90's Meisel sitting w. the great male model Sean Bohary. Hottie Lara Stone prances around with no pants on for Sorrenti. The video of Lara bouncing uncontrollably at the SS08 Prada is hilarious. Cleavage! That has not been seen on a directional runway in a decade.

Reference Library: A Legendary Makeover

Maschile: Ph. Peter Lindbergh: Vogue Italia March 1988Maschile: Ph. Peter Lindbergh: Vogue Italia March 1988

TI woke up this morning to this contribution by new member "Max". This archival find was so genius I almost cried. Thank you Max!

Do Co Mo Maniac!

Men's No No: Product PageMen's No No: Product Page

I confess. Half the reason I write for Spur is to score the comp copies of their brother magazine, "Men's No No". I especially love the tech pages full of all those sexy gadgets I can't get and can't use in The States or Europe. I mean the Do Co Mo L 740i is seriously the business. You always want the thing you can't have!

The Prada Praxis

Adina/IMG: Girl 1 Prada SS:08Adina/IMG: Girl 1 Prada SS:08

Well its finally over..that ne plus ultra of Spring 08 shows. The Prada army wheeled down the catwalk some six hours ago and who was Girl 1? None other than IMG's mysterious Adina Forisz, a girl both seen and unseen over the past month. In the entertaining battle of the new faces IMG answered back with 6 newbies on Madame Prada's catwalk for a grand total of 14 girls in the cabine. My inbox at MDC is full of exclusive videos so check out my homebase tommorow morning for a clear look at IMG's new generation? Very well! Now we can turn our thoughts to Paris and the last big "make or break " on the calender, The Balenciaga.

Prada's New NouveauPrada's New Nouveau

I got a text this morning that said “What did you think of the clothes?” . Weirdly enough, I didn't have an opinion then. My mind was totally thrown. All I could think to text back was “Flashback Prada”. But I finally got a chance to think about it and so this is my true two cents.

CURRENT VIEWING: The Djarleeing Limited!

Still from The Djarleeing Limited: Fox Searchlight PicturesStill from The Djarleeing Limited: Fox Searchlight Pictures

The beautiful men's suiting in varying shades of gray played against the searing reds and orange of India...The kooky "Vuitton" luggage by Marc Jacobs ... Anjelika Huston, Waris Ahluwalia AND Natalie Portman in supporting roles...It is a wrap ! We're off to a screening of Wes Anderson's " The Darjeeling Express" fully convinced that this movie is going to be a huge influence on the FW 08 presentations in Europe next January. You can never go wrong with Wes anyway, he of the beautiful and peculiar men's suits, the brilliant choices of Paris hotels (Le Raphael on Avenue Kebler) and the always enviable casting. Bet the soundtrack is going to be pure wickedness too.

PS: Said "Kooky Vuitton" luggage can be yours via a silent auction benefiting UNICEF and the Rawal Mallinathji Foundation, a medical treatment charity in India. Place your bids immediately at a Vuitton store near you.

Lara Stone Phone Home!

Lara Stone for CK Beauty: Photographed by David SimsLara Stone for CK Beauty: Photographed by David Sims

The kids at TI's sister site just posted this hot to death shot of Ms Lara Stone profiling for the CK beauty line. How jealous are we of that scoop. TI loves Lara Stone. Not just for the modeling thing but because she's so...not worried. A friend of mine who worked the door at The Box told me about the night Lara showed up in typical "whatever" style." Whatever " jeans, "whatever" T-shirt. Scuffed kicks. Lank hair. Very East Village 1994. But its Lara Stone, so of course he sweeps her in. One of the managers stomps up to him seconds later and yells " Who was that grungy chick? Why'd you let her in!" My friend answered "Go stand at the corner of Lafayette and Broadway and look up at the CK Jeans billboard . That might give you a clue" . Classic Lara. There are girls who have been working for all of two years who are already calling from the back seat of their cars commanding that they're not into shooting today and could the car please turn around and take them back home. But not Lara. She knows what it is like not to be most wanted. She commits to the camera each and every time. Runway is another question but she's the first to tell you it is not a great love of hers. We Q+A'd her for Spur this summer and she kept it so real. Here are some choice moments of Lara's dry dry humor.

WS: How long have you been modeling Lara?
LS: Too long (laughs).For about seven years now starting from 2000.

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