Before cable television fetishized ambling backroad doo-
wop discoveries of gas station signs and lemon-colored
Frigidaires, the French were strolling through flea markets.
Remy Lemoine’s passamenterie is not vintage but invites
the same shimmery intrigue as antiques hunted and
gathered. Voluptuous curtain bijoux, the pieces propose
a far-flung itinerary of influences, a voyage of Murano
glass shapes, obsidian from Armenia, traces of African art
and stunning straw marquetry, a technique reminiscent of
artisan Lison de Caunes’ grandfather, a decorator in the
1920s. “All of my tiebacks are the result of the meeting
of materials and the know-how of a skilled craftsperson,”
he says, admitting that his spontaneity and passion for
art supersedes any predetermined direction for the line.
First el Bulli, then NASA. What tears are left? Finality is a major drag.
If parting is such sweet sorrow, we surrender at the delectable entreat
of Kara Mann and her line of leathers for Moore & Giles. A headfirst,
glamour-cut-with-spunk catwalk confessional—all the color ways are
named for ex-paramours—it is a sultry, autobiographical trip and a
sensual rebellion courtesy of Moore & Giles’ tantalizing oeuvre. “I’ve
always loved leather whether it’s a motorcycle jacket, worn-in handbag
or an embossed leather chair,” says the interior designer. “So it was a
natural fit when the conversation came up with Moore & Giles and an
easy decision because I was blown away by their line.” As expected, the
sampling is a deluxe crush: ultra-luxurious hand-selected nubuck from
France; natural, pure aniline leather; and polished German calfskin.
Cross our hearts. mooreandgiles.com/kara-mann
Attractive people have little reason to envy others. Fashion ensures this.
The aesthetic equilibrium has always been design—for without good
taste, mediocrity will inherit the Earth. With G-Star, the staggeringly
cool Dutch denim brand your infinitely more happening younger brother
discovered eons ago, the neoteric, industrial-slick shockwaves of what’s
next have moved from body to home. The illustrious manufacturer Vitra
in collaboration with G-Star has unveiled a collection of 17 reinvigorated
pieces by French master Jean Prouvé. Two years in, and with the help of
the Prouvé family, the result is a renewed look at the modernist’s archive.
Newly defined colors for metal, leather and fabric, oiled wood rather than
lacquered—the limited edition series wanders into the crisp exactitude
and purity of Prouvé’s icons, like this 1930 Cité chair. Materiality being
a G-Star obsession, now everyone can play. Prouvé RAW by G-Star RAW
for Vitra. 212 463 5750, vitra.com/en-us/prouveraw