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French President Decorates ‘Profoundly American Designer’ Ralph Lauren

“You incarnate the American spirit,” French President Emmanuel Macron said Friday night in Paris, his captivating gaze trained intently on Ralph Lauren.
An orator extraordinaire, the politician coaxed many tears during his 20-minute speech, praising the American designer’s “timeless elegance,” family values, and a style that has “the perfume of eternity” before pinning the red medallion signifying Lauren’s latest award of merit from the French state: Officer of the Legion of Honor.
Plenty of bold-faced names roamed the gilded halls of the presidential palace that night, for legendary French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo and film director Robert Hossein were also decorated. These included the dashing Jean Dujardin, who won the Oscar for best actor in 2011 for silent movie “The Artist.”
Among those who came to cheer Lauren was Nathalie Rykiel, who related that her late mother, Sonia Rykiel, slept only in Ralph Lauren bedding, and that she sometimes dons cashmere sweaters from Polo. “He is so faithful to himself, to an image, to a country, and what he believes in,” she enthused.
Rykiel let slip she was heading to New York next month to speak at a FIAF French Institute Alliance Française event in New York. She’s also finishing up her second book. “It

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French President Decorates ‘Profoundly American Designer’ Ralph Lauren

“You incarnate the American spirit,” French President Emmanuel Macron said Friday night in Paris, his captivating gaze trained intently on Ralph Lauren.
An orator extraordinaire, the politician coaxed many tears during his 20-minute speech, praising the American designer’s “timeless elegance,” family values, and a style that has “the perfume of eternity” before pinning the red medallion signifying Lauren’s latest award of merit from the French state: Officer of the Legion of Honor.
Plenty of bold-faced names roamed the gilded halls of the presidential palace that night, for legendary French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo and film director Robert Hossein were also decorated. These included the dashing Jean Dujardin, who won the Oscar for best actor in 2011 for silent movie “The Artist.”
Among those who came to cheer Lauren was Nathalie Rykiel, who related that her late mother, Sonia Rykiel, slept only in Ralph Lauren bedding, and that she sometimes dons cashmere sweaters from Polo. “He is so faithful to himself, to an image, to a country, and what he believes in,” she enthused.
Rykiel let slip she was heading to New York next month to speak at a FIAF French Institute Alliance Française event in New York. She’s also finishing up her second book. “It

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James Murdoch Hosts Ghetto Film School Gala With David O. Russell, Rashida Jones and More

“It was a long and treacherous drive up,” said a guest, amusingly, of the dark, narrow and winding road leading to Ghetto Film School’s annual gala, held on a Beverly Hills summit at the estate of James Murdoch, chief executive officer of 21st Century Fox and son of media mogul Rupert Murdoch. The event was held on the poolside patio of the Spanish-style home, which seemed to overlook all of Los Angeles. “It’s worth it. Look at this view.”
It was easy to imagine a scene straight out of “Succession” coming to life. Jesse Armstrong — the creator of the popular HBO series, which centers on the life of an aging media tycoon and his family — once wrote a screenplay for a film called “Murdoch,” after all. And everything was seemingly in place on Thursday night as hors d’oeuvres were passed around in the demure yet lush setting that brought out executives like Universal Pictures president Peter Cramer, NBCUniversal vice chairman Ron Meyer and Amazon Studios’ Ted Hope.
“I’m over here looking at this view, like ‘Why am I here?’” said film student Alyse Arteaga. Actress Rashida Jones stood just steps away. “It’s the main question in my life, ‘Why am

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James Murdoch Hosts Ghetto Film School Gala With David O. Russell, Rashida Jones and More

“It was a long and treacherous drive up,” said a guest, amusingly, of the dark, narrow and winding road leading to Ghetto Film School’s annual gala, held on a Beverly Hills summit at the estate of James Murdoch, chief executive officer of 21st Century Fox and son of media mogul Rupert Murdoch. The event was held on the poolside patio of the Spanish-style home, which seemed to overlook all of Los Angeles. “It’s worth it. Look at this view.”
It was easy to imagine a scene straight out of “Succession” coming to life. Jesse Armstrong — the creator of the popular HBO series, which centers on the life of an aging media tycoon and his family — once wrote a screenplay for a film called “Murdoch,” after all. And everything was seemingly in place on Thursday night as hors d’oeuvres were passed around in the demure yet lush setting that brought out executives like Universal Pictures president Peter Cramer, NBCUniversal vice chairman Ron Meyer and Amazon Studios’ Ted Hope.
“I’m over here looking at this view, like ‘Why am I here?’” said film student Alyse Arteaga. Actress Rashida Jones stood just steps away. “It’s the main question in my life, ‘Why am

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Maria Cornejo Lands in San Francisco

Within the cavernous Tartine Manufactory, a hipster bakery-slash-bistro in San Francisco’s Mission district, an intimate gathering of friends and guests swirled around Maria Cornejo at a Thursday book signing for her Rizzoli book, “Maria Cornejo: Zero 1997 – 2017+.”
The party kicks off a weekend-long list of events hosted by Zero + Maria Cornejo, which includes a speaking engagement at The Wing on Friday. She will speak with interviewer Alyse Archer-Coité from Apple about sustainability and responsible design practices, before heading to the brand’s first San Francisco pop-up on Saturday and Sunday at the new Sabah store on Haight Street.
For Cornejo, her partnerships this weekend are as integral as the activities. For instance, the book signing is a joint effort with Tartine Manufactory’s Elisabeth Prueitt, who was also on hand with her own title, “Tartine: A Classic Revisited.”
“Liz Prueitt is a friend and client, and has been for quite a long time, and I think it’s really nice to do things to support each other, as women,” Cornejo told WWD. “We both have very different types of business, but they’re both very holistic in the way we work with women — she works with food, [but] you know, it’s exciting to see how

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Maria Cornejo Lands in San Francisco

Within the cavernous Tartine Manufactory, a hipster bakery-slash-bistro in San Francisco’s Mission district, an intimate gathering of friends and guests swirled around Maria Cornejo at a Thursday book signing for her Rizzoli book, “Maria Cornejo: Zero 1997 – 2017+.”
The party kicks off a weekend-long list of events hosted by Zero + Maria Cornejo, which includes a speaking engagement at The Wing on Friday. She will speak with interviewer Alyse Archer-Coité from Apple about sustainability and responsible design practices, before heading to the brand’s first San Francisco pop-up on Saturday and Sunday at the new Sabah store on Haight Street.
For Cornejo, her partnerships this weekend are as integral as the activities. For instance, the book signing is a joint effort with Tartine Manufactory’s Elisabeth Prueitt, who was also on hand with her own title, “Tartine: A Classic Revisited.”
“Liz Prueitt is a friend and client, and has been for quite a long time, and I think it’s really nice to do things to support each other, as women,” Cornejo told WWD. “We both have very different types of business, but they’re both very holistic in the way we work with women — she works with food, [but] you know, it’s exciting to see how

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Paris Photo Week Draws Fashionable Crowd

PARIS — With a host of off-calendar exhibitions springing up around town, Paris Photo week drew a fashionable crowd to the four corners of the French capital.
It kicked off at the Association Azzedine Alaïa, which is hosting an exhibition of Iranian artist Shirin Neshat’s project “Looking for Oum Kulthum.” Her images and short films inspired by the legendary Egyptian singer drew guests including Manolo Blahnik, Sarah Moon, Dominique Issermann, Louis Vuitton’s Camille Miceli and fashion historian Olivier Saillard.
“Azzedine was obsessed with Umm Kulthum since his childhood,” said Carla Sozzani, president of the Azzedine Alaïa Foundation. “Every Thursday night, his grandfather tried to catch Egyptian radio, so it was the first voice he heard, and he was singing all the time in his atelier — working and singing Umm Kulthum.”
Alaïa and Neshat met a few years ago and had dinner in the kitchen of his headquarters in Paris, before watching a video of Kulthum performing at the Olympia in Paris in 1967. “She wanted to ask him to do a dress for the film, but he never did,” Sozzani said.
The videos will be shown next in Alaïa’s home in Sidi Bou Said in his native Tunisia, for an exhibition commemorating the

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For Thomasin McKenzie, Kindness Was Key in ‘Jojo Rabbit’

When 19-year-old actress Thomasin McKenzie met Taika Waititi — the director and her costar in the film “Jojo Rabbit” — for the first time, he suggested she watch “Heathers” and “Mean Girls” to get into the character she played, Elsa.
McKenzie was confounded, and understandably so. The movie is about a Nazi boy whose imaginary friend is Adolf Hitler himself; the boy, named Jojo, discovers his mother is hiding Elsa, a young Jewish girl, in their home.
What did an Eighties cult classic and the legend of The Plastics have to do with anything?

Thomasin McKenzie
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“And then I realized, as he talked more about it: the point of watching those films was for me to remember that Elsa’s a teenage girl,” McKenzie explains, seated in a chair at the Bowery Hotel on a recent afternoon. She’s in New York (without a chaperone for the first time, she adds,) doing interviews, Q&As, panels and more press for “Jojo Rabbit,” in theaters today. It’s just one of the projects that have led to the busiest year of her young life, career-wise; McKenzie appears with Timothée Chalamet in David Michôd’s “The King,” and in the upcoming “True History of the Kelly Gang” with George

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For Thomasin McKenzie, Kindness Was Key in ‘Jojo Rabbit’

When 19-year-old actress Thomasin McKenzie met Taika Waititi — the director and her costar in the film “Jojo Rabbit” — for the first time, he suggested she watch “Heathers” and “Mean Girls” to get into the character she played, Elsa.
McKenzie was confounded, and understandably so. The movie is about a Nazi boy whose imaginary friend is Adolf Hitler himself; the boy, named Jojo, discovers his mother is hiding Elsa, a young Jewish girl, in their home.
What did an Eighties cult classic and the legend of The Plastics have to do with anything?

Thomasin McKenzie
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“And then I realized, as he talked more about it: the point of watching those films was for me to remember that Elsa’s a teenage girl,” McKenzie explains, seated in a chair at the Bowery Hotel on a recent afternoon. She’s in New York (without a chaperone for the first time, she adds,) doing interviews, Q&As, panels and more press for “Jojo Rabbit,” in theaters today. It’s just one of the projects that have led to the busiest year of her young life, career-wise; McKenzie appears with Timothée Chalamet in David Michôd’s “The King,” and in the upcoming “True History of the Kelly Gang” with George

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Is Paris Ready for Barry’s Bootcamp?

GET YOUR SWEAT ON: Barry’s Bootcamp is taking over Paris.
The 1998-founded gym opened its first location in the French capital on Saturday evening, a 5,800-square-foot space on the Rue Réaumur in the 2nd arrondissement.
“Paris is definitely ready for Barry’s,” said chief executive officer Joey Gonzalez, speaking at the bootcamp’s opening cocktail on Saturday evening. “I wouldn’t have said that maybe five years ago, but judging by the amount of Instagram direct messages I’ve been getting asking me when we’re coming to France, I know French people are aware of the brand and fully ready for us.”
One of those French people is Balmain designer Olivier Rousteing, who met Gonzalez via Balmain ceo Massimo Piombini and became a regular at international Barry’s locations.
To celebrate the long-awaited Paris opening, the designer has teamed with Barry’s to create a capsule collection of three looks, produced in limited edition and put up for auction on the Barry’s web site, with all proceeds going to French charity Le Refuge.

The three looks designed by Olivier Rousteing for Barry’s Paris
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“All proceeds go to benefit kids who have been victims of homophobia or transphobia,” said Gonzalez, gesturing to a crystal-studded “Cross Your Limits” hoodie. “That aspect was important to

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Ben Harper Has Proud Dad Moment at Lanvin

TAKE THE PLUNGE: Given the stifling heat, it was a wonder none of the guests were tempted to dive right in to the historic Pailleron swimming pool, one of Paris’ hidden treasures and the setting for the Lanvin show on Sunday morning.
Dressed in a cloth cap and duffle coat, Ben Harper may not have been suitably attired for the setting, but it was not to be missed: His son Ellery, a month shy of his 18th birthday, was walking the show.
Attending with his wife Jaclyn Matfus, Harper has just completed a tour of the Southern Hemisphere, so perhaps was acclimatized for the heatwave gripping Paris. “I was just over in South Africa, it was amazing. I was doing music, touring, in Soweto, Cape Town, Pretoria and Reunion Island.”
Singer and actress Inna Modja was tempted to dive in. “With the heat, you almost want to take a dip,” she admitted.
Modja recently wrapped a UN-backed documentary on climate change with Fernando Meirelles, the director of “City of God,” taking her to Senegal and Ethiopia.
“I’ve been a climate change campaigner for about 10 years, and I’m so pleased that there has been a change in mentalities and things finally seem to be moving

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Darren Criss, Rag’n’Bone Man, Years&Years Perform at Balmain Music Festival

VIVE LA MUSIQUE: A huge stage was erected at the Jardin des Plantes on Friday, serving both as a runway for the Balmain men’s spring 2020 show and a stage for a one of a kind music festival, organized in partnership with (RED), the global nonprofit organization that raises critical awareness and funds to fight AIDS.
The event was organized on the occasion of the Fête de la musique, an annual all-night musical celebration taking place in the streets of Paris on June 21 and coinciding with Paris Men’s Week.

The set at Balmain.
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Guests, whether they were fashion professionals invited to the show or the 1,500 members of the general public who had booked their free tickets online, roamed among the festival site, stopping to buy drinks via their cashless electronic bracelet, grab a sandwich from one of the food trucks or nab the limited-edition “Balmain Festival” merch sold on the premises.
Spotted in the VIP area, model Natalia Vodianova was reminiscing about the best concert she ever attended.

Natalia Vodianova
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“I remember seeing Dua Lipa perform at the Brits after party, there were maybe 100 people attending,” she recalled. “It was right at the beginning of her career and I

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Kate Moss and Daughter Lila Grace, Lily Allen, Turn Up to Support Kim Jones at Dior

PASTEL LADIES: Was there a theme we weren’t made aware of?
Most of the celebrities who turned up to support designer Kim Jones’ spring 2020 collection for Dior — set in a Daniel Arsham-designed decor complete with bright pink-colored sand covering the runway — donned pastel colored-hair, including Kelly Osbourne, sporting a mauve bob the exact shade of her manicured nails.
“We meet here every year,” said the British singer and actress, cozying up to American actress Christina Ricci front row at the show, adding that her next secret project is making her move back to the U.K., which she is “very happy about.”
Ricci, whose next film “Percy” with actor Christopher Walken will hit theaters this fall, was curious about what was currently happening in the streets of Paris. “Why are there so many people?” asked the “Buffalo 66” star.
That day was the Fête de la musique, or music day in English, a free celebration during which live concerts are staged all over the city.
“Everyone seems to be having such a good time, it looks so fun,” Osbourne said. “I’m a bit jealous we’re not out there.”
Sitting next to designer Haider Ackermann, rapper J Balvin, “Call Me By Your Name” director Luca

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Tan France Turns an Artful Eye on Comedians With ‘Dressing Funny’

The state of comedy’s collective fashion sense is no laughing matter. At least as far as Tan France is concerned.
The “Queer Eye” fashion star is once again doling out advice, but not to sartorially challenged straight men. France is plying his brand of fabulousness on comedians, with “Dressing Funny,” a new series on Netflix is a Joke, the streaming giant’s comedy platform, airing on Netflix’s main YouTube channel, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Focusing on comedians gives France plenty of fodder. As a group, funny people aren’t necessarily known for their fashion aplomb. John Mulaney, Nick Kroll, Andrew Goldberg, Ali Wong, Miranda Sings (the fictional character embodied by YouTube personality Colleen Ballinger), Tina Fey, Rachel Dratch, and Pete Davidson, submit to France’s once-overs as he hones in on their trouble spots and convinces them to venture outside their sartorial comfort zones.
“I’m a massive, massive comedy fan,” France said in an interview from London, where he was promoting his new memoir, “Natural Tan.” “I asked every one of them for a reason. You’ll see your favorite comedians as you’ve never seen them before.
“Will we laugh a lot? Yes. Will I lay with another man? Yes,” France said. Cut to the episode where Davidson is wearing

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