7:09 pm

Lucas Portman at Valentino’s Chateau de Wideville for the Love Ball.

08/07/2011, Photo by Rachel Chandler

10:05 am

Julija Step

08/07/2011, Photo by Rachel Chandler

Age: Nearly 18 (She couldn’t go to castings for Chanel this season as the show was slotted for 10 p.m.  French law prohibits minors from working at that time).
From: Vilnius, Lithuania.
Lives in: Lithuania with her grandmother in the apartment she grew up in.
Family & Friends: Brother who is studying to be an architect and a new six-month-old sister.  Has two cats, Perse and Puke.
Partner: Boyfriend, Rokas Darulis, 24, a Lithuanian photographer.
What she’s wearing: J. Crew linen shirt, American Eagle jeans, Gucci sneakers and a special watch she bought herself after the Chanel show in Istanbul, Turkey.
Memorable runway: Prada in February last year.
Film: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.
Food: Milk chocolate.
Music: Old Jazz, hates pop music. Loves Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together.”
Most prized possession: Her late mother’s necklace, a thin gold chain with a square pendant.
How she describes her style: “Very casual, elegant, I never go too edgy.  Sometimes, that’s my problem.”
Hidden Talent: Drawing.
Just walked: Dior.

– Stephanie LaCava

8:23 pm


07/07/2011, Photo by Rachel Chandler

Erdem Moralioglu, best known as simply Erdem, is in Paris and he’s not planning a capsule couture collection.  The London based ready-to-wear designer has come to attend a special cocktail at the American Embassy (congratulations to Anna Wintour on the Legion d’Honneur) and then Natalia Vodionova’s Love Ball this same evening.  He plans to wear a midnight blue double breasted suit he had made on Savile Row at Norton & Sons, lined with his own signature print. “It looks like I left my jacket hanging on an oil painting,” he says.  In a few minutes he’s going out in the Marais to find a pocket square and blossom for his lapel (he loves camellias and peonies).  Aside from the evening’s festivities, Erdem is looking forward to seeing the Madame Gres and Anish Kapoor exhibits, as well as a meal at Chez Paul.  He’s already had his omelette at Rose Bakery.  The Marais is Erdem’s preferred neighborhood.  He loves Comptoir de l’Image and the Les Archive de la Presses, filled with vintage photos, books and magazines.  It was the lovely writer Lynn Yaeger who introduced him to another obsession further afield, Le marche aux Puces de Vanves where he purchased the book, Goodbye Picasso.  The story of the painter’s many wives influenced his last collection.

At the moment, we’re both sitting on rainbow colored cushions in a room with a wall of citrus Mondrian-like panels and kaleidoscopic printed wall paper.  This is the Christian Lacroix designed Hotel du Petit Moulin, with its mirrored boulangerie facade and madcap interiors.  “It’s like living in one of his sketchbooks,” says Erdem, his own room an explosion of toile de jouy.  This is his first time in the hotel.  “I always loved Lacroix couture,” he says.  “Couture is this wonderful, magical thing created by hand.  Fashion in its highest form.  The reason we do what we do.”

- Stephanie LaCava

3:49 pm

Carine Roitfeld and Eva Herzigová at Valentino’s Chateau de Wideville for the Love Ball.

07/07/2011, Rachel Chandler

1:19 pm

Anouck Lepere and Gaia Repossi

07/07/2011, Photo by Rachel Chandler

Anouck Lepere and Gaia Repossi at Colette celebrating their jewelry collaboartion with local artisans from Rwanda to benefit Kageno Worldwide, a charity that funds schools and hospitals.