Hollywood Stars Align to Toast Vanessa Bruno in LA

We can’t believe it’s been one year since Parisian clothing designer Vanessa Bruno opened her stellar flagship boutique in LA. Known for infusing minimalist looks with laidback cool, it’s no surprise that Hollywood starlets like Kate Bosworth (who’s also the brand’s muse) and Rachel Bilson are constantly spotted around town sporting her lightweight separates. There’s so much Cali love for the designer that last night Bosworth and Bilson joined the likes of Molly Sims, Mena Suvari, Brad Goreski, and a slew of other style stars to fête her store’s one-year anniversary last night at Lucques on Melrose.

In addition to running successful storefront, this past season Bruno teamed up with designer/filmmaker Stephanie Di Giusto to custom design clothing for a few short films, including A Visual Poetry, which starred Bosworth in a video entitled "LØV." Check it out here

Kate Bosworth Stars in Another Wondrous Vanessa Bruno Video

If Vanessa Bruno’s nordic-inspired fall 2011 campaign video left you scratching your head, then be prepared for this one. Kate Bosworth returns for the French designer’s spring 2012 imaginative ad to portray "a radiant girl who clutches onto the moon and arrives in an unknown land, on unmarred ground, as immaculate as her white ensemble," as the description notes. The actress is featured scaling walls, riding with horses, reminiscing on the past, and, of course, wearing covetable Vanessa Bruno.

This "futuristic fairy tale" is beautifully done and makes us want to learn more about the video’s director, Stephanie Di Giusto (who has a fantastic Tumblr, by the way). The dreamlike theme also reminds us a bit of Michel Gondry’s 2006 film The Science of Sleep. Watch "Moonlight" below.

Inside Vanessa Bruno’s Crazy-Packed Pop-Up Opening

Last Thurday, an array of top models, stylists, bloggers and editors swarmed 131 Greene Street to welcome cult-favorite Parisian fashion designer Vanessa Bruno to her first-ever pop-up shop in New York. Open now through February 26th, the concept space features an "à la française" theme and includes a well-curated collection of items from fellow French talents Laduree, Bernard Chaveau Editons, and MK2, in addition to Bruno’s effortlessly cool spring/summer 2013 and pre-fall 2013-2014 ranges. I stopped by to check out the digs and chat with Bruno.

This place is packed! Dig you expect the turnout?
"It’s amazing. I feel like I’m at a concert. I’m so glad people came, because I’ve been very excited about this project."

What are some of your favorite features in the store?
"Besides our collections, there are Diptyque candles and Laduree macarons, which adds to the shop’s French spirit."

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Speaking of French spirit, what are your thoughts on the fashion world’s current obsession with Parisian style? 
"It’s very sweet and the feeling is mutual. In Paris we embrance American culture as well. Style these days has a very international feel."

Is there anyone out there whose style you admire?
"There is a new model named Camille that I really love. Also, Leandra Medine of The Man Repeller."

Will this pop-up turn into a permanent store?
"We’re definitely going to open a future store in New York, but we’re not exactly sure where. Stay tuned!"

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Lou Doillon & Vanessa Bruno Team Up for ‘Electrical Summer Fun!’ Video

Lou Doillon nearly drowning in a car filled with water, spontaneous outdoor drumming staring Jessica Joffe, tribal dancing in neon powder paint—these are just some of the things you’ll see in Vanessa Bruno’s SS11 short film, Miracle. Set in Cuba, the French designer, known for her clever romanticism, dreams up a fantastical sequence of events inspired by the mood of the collection.

While a flooded car isn’t exactly the embodiment of serenity, the scene is used to communicate the pale, gentler designs in the collection — and it somehow works beautifully. “Lou was very brave because she really was in the car!” Bruno tells AnOther Magazine of the scene that features the label’s longtime muse, Doillon. “It was very stressful, however she is a real perfectionist and even did the scene twice.”

Garments get bolder as the film progresses, and so do the turn of events. A wild dance breakout coincides with the introduction of bright, printed dresses, and gowns are damaged in an outburst of paint play. If this is what Bruno considers “electrical summer fun,” we can’t wait to see how she parties in the fall.

Wish List: La Garçonne Boutique

The term “la garçonne” in French loosely translates to “tomboy” in English. As the namesake boutique states it, “the garçonne is boyish, yet dances with a whirl of femininity and a wash of ever-present youth.” Ms. Chanel was an early adopter of the ultra-androgynous look (the film Coco avant Chanel is a must-see), and model muses like Freja Beha Erichsen and Irina Lazareanu continue to perfect it. Staying true to their mission statement, La Garçonne’s awesomely abundant inventory ranges from classic unisex à la Rick Owens to edgy femme like Vanessa Bruno.

Clockwise from left: Thakoon Addition Draped Double Layer Cardi, $690; 3.1 Phillip Lim Berry Wristlet, $285; Julien McDonald Cable Sweater, $918; Vanessa Bruno Flannel Shorts, $416; Viktor & Rolf Ankle Wedge, $790.

Top 3: Erin Wasson

There’s not much Erin Wasson hasn’t done. She’s styled two seasons for designer and friend Alexander Wang, launched her own jewelry line, called LowLuv, and designed collections for RVCA. Oh, and she’s a supermodel with renowned personal style, which looks like the visual equivalent of what a fusion of psychedelic, folk, and tribal beats must sound like. “Music is one of my greatest inspirations,” says Wasson. I love afro-funk and old school soul. I love this ’70s psychedelic band from Nigeria called BLO. I also like some good old country, like Candi Staton and Wanda Jackson. My music taste is all over the place – just like my style!”

While building her brand, Wasson found the time to make trips down the runway at Paris Fashion Week to honor a few notable designers. “You do the ones you love, that inspire you,” she explains. “Hermes was Jean Paul Gaultier’s last season so it was a bit of a beautiful farewell. And Chanel, well, is there ever a reason not to spend time with Karl Lagerfeld? Being in his presence makes you a more enlightened person.” Not that the girl needs any more creative juice. Whether it’s returning to her Venice Beach home with a fully-functional treehouse and skate ramp (“I go to Los Angeles to escape the New York chaos – it’s like a yin and yang for me), or returning to her Texas roots in Austin (“That city is full of music and magic”), Wasson is and always will be a free bird. So what project might she be taking under her wing next? “Maybe housewares,” she hints. “There’s an interior designer inside me dying to get out!”

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1. Vanessa BrunoFall/Winter 2010 – Shearling Jacket – “I love the color and that it’s a modern version of a ranch-style jacket.”

2. Free PeopleSnakeskin Cowboy Boots – “These are the perfect vintage cowboy boots!”

3. Roberto CavalliFall/Winter 2010 – Complete Collection – “I love the Renaissance vibe and the throwback to the good old days.”

Photo of Erin Wasson by Hanneli Mustaparta