Playing Peekaboo With Adele, Tracey Emin, Jerry Hall, Cara Delevingne + More

Adele’s signature lashes garnish the singer’s Fendi Peekaboo iteration.

In conjunction with the May opening of Fendi’s London latest (on New Bond Street if you’re in the area,) the Italian fashion house announced its collaboration with 9 iconic women, asking the celebs to personalize a Peekaboo. Tracey Emin, Gwyneth Paltrow, Adele, Jerry Hall, Cara Delevingne, Georgia May Jagger, Kate Adie, Naomie Harris, and Tanya Ling all took part.

Starting today, the bags will be on view at the new London location. They’ll also be on auction online, with all proceeds going to Kids Company. Bids start at GBP 15k.

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Zaha Hadid Erects Lacoste

Last fall, New Yorkers were bowled over by the giant white spaceship that landed in Central Park. It was a Day the Earth Stood Still moment, and no less arresting once the doors opened to reveal a collaborative art exhibit from a variety of the world’s most current, avant-garde experimentalists. Funded by Chanel, “Mobile Art” stood for just over a month and gave visitors a taste of whatever the MoMA and New Museum didn’t already show, as well as New York’s strongest taste thus far of the artistic offerings of Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid. That is, until Lacoste stepped in (literally).

Other than “sample sale,” no other pair of words tickles us quite like “limited edition,” so when the two polar extremes Lacoste and Zaha Hadid jumped into the ring, we knew nothing but the most extraordinary result would ring the winning bell. As with Hadid’s characteristic design aesthetic, the shoes had to be fluid and organic, but embody the intrigue and sensuality of texture. The whole project began with Hadid’s reinterpretation of the archetypal crocodile logo, iterated by a series of fluid etchings, a movement that would shape the entire shoe. To preserve sleekness and solidity, the shoe lacks any form of conventional security, instead relying on a coiled strap that undulates up the calf, stopping at the ankle for men and continuing to just below the knee for women, moving sinuously as the wearer walks. The virtually invisible sole is marked with points where pressure is exerted by the foot and so thin the foot is always in constant contact with the ground.

Naturally the footwear of choice of those for whom ultramodern is the new vintage, we expect to see these in major motion during New York Fashion Week; however, getting your hands on feet in a pair might require a bit more travel — a trip we could definitely justify considering many of the venues are destinations in and of themselves. Find the Hadids at Colette in Paris, Dover Street Market in London, 10 Corso Como in Milan and, after braving Rock Center’s tourist hordes, the Lacoste store at 608 5th Avenue.

Celebrities, Shirtless Partygoing, & More @ Chanel

I’m here to recount in exhaustive detail the utter fabulousness that was last night’s Chanel party celebrating the opening of the Zaha Hadid-designed Chanel Mobile Art pavilion (open to the public in Central Park’s Rumsey Playfield until November 9). Upon arrival, I was politely ushered past the lengthy red carpet (at which Chanel’s Kaiser, Karl Lagerfeld, and his date Kate Bosworth, as well as Eve and Sarah Jessica Parker all stopped to show love for the paps), and subsequently greeted around every bend with, “welcome to Chanel,” and promptly handed a fresh glass of champagne. The party consisted of the Zaha Hadid installation, an outdoor bar, and a separate structure, which housed, in addition to a jam-packed crowd of exquisitely dressed and very skinny bodies, a second bar and a stage.

Close to 9 p.m., disco-heavy hometown/Lagerfeld favorite Hercules and Love Affair took the stage. Decked out in head-to-toe borrowed Chanel gear they’d picked out themselves (the price tags still on in some cases), they performed to the delight of a crowd that included Purple Fashion’s Olivier Zahm, who watched from a couch perched beside Vogue Paris’s editrix Carine Roitfeld, Misshape Leigh Lezark, model Agyness Deyn, and boyfriend/Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. Then there was Zaha Hadid in metallic leggings, plus Zac Posen and a slew of stunning models (of which Freja Beha was by far the closest to the stage, and seemingly most stoked for the show). The performance flirted with the raucous but leaned more towards refined. It was Chanel after all.

Following Hercules and Love Affair’s finale (appropriately, “Hercules’ Theme” off their namesake album), a storm of stiletto-clad ladies and slim suited gentlemen sprang into the open air for relief from the boogying body heat-induced steamy room. I took the opportunity to stroll through the stunning Mobile Art pavilion (at which there had been an extremely long line to enter prior to the show). Of the 18 different art installations — all inspired by Chanel’s iconic 2.55 quilted handbag — I will simply say that altogether they absolutely warrant a visit. Just be sure to grab the free audio guide as, fittingly, French icon Jeanne Moreau narrates. Highlights include nude men and women fighting with, catching, and swimming atop Chanel purses — all displayed as video within open cardboard boxes. And, near the exit, there’s an indoor prayer tree where one can attach a wish, which, in the case of last night’s partygoers, included messages like “Aggy Loves Albert, Forever,” “Obama,” and “I want to fuck Karl Lagerfeld.”

Back inside the second structure, LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy was manning the decks for a substantially dissipated crowd. As for raucous, one guy managed to disrobe to his pants and smoke a cigarette for a full five minutes before security respectfully instructed him to put his clothes on and put out the smoke. The Hercules crew was still in attendance with a handful of friends when I left at 11 p.m., but by then, nearly the last of the fashion crowd had cleared out. As for the answer to the question, which was on my mind all night: Do the band members get to keep the clothes? Hercules’ Kim Ann Foxman, glancing down at the drool-worthy skinny suit and embellished white button-up she had on, replied “I’m looking into it.”

Photo: Tiffany Roth

Zaha Hadid’s “Dynamic Fluid Grid” Shoe Thing

Rubber shoes will not die. Just as Croc sales dropped off, a new breed of ugly rubbers has emerged wit the help of Lacoste and architect Zaha Hadid, who designed the Chanel Mobil Art exhibit opening in New York this week. At least I think they’re rubber — they undulate! New York mag got hold of some images of the shoe Lacoste previewed at the Frieze Art Fair in London.

“The design expression behind the collaboration with Lacoste footwear allows the evolution of dynamic fluid grids,” Hadid says in a press release. “When wrapped around the shape of a foot, these expand and contract to negotiate and adapt to the body ergonomically. In doing so a landscape emerges, undulating and radiating as it merges seamlessly with the body.” Or as one commenter put it — those are called socks.

Chanel Lands in Central Park

Chanel’s Zaha Hadid-designed pavilion, which debuted last year at Venice’s Art Biennale and will circulate in Asia, the U.S. and Europe for a total of two years, will take up temporary residence in Central Park’s Rumsey Playfield this Monday. Made of 700-odd parts, the structure, which “houses 18 modern artists’ odes to the iconic Chanel 2.55 handbag,” will likely put Jeanne-Claude and Christo’s late gates to shame.

While the sleek, space-age pavilion opens to the public on October 21, on Tuesday night, it will house a much-anticipated opening party sure to draw boldfacers from around the globe. On hand as entertainment will be a New York-based disco-friendly act whose name I won’t mention for fear of persecution from the Kaiser himself. But, rest assured, there’ll be an exhaustive recap in store whenever this blogger is able to peel herself out of bed on Wednesday morning.

New Designer Footwear Floods the Market

imageExpect a flood of new footwear options come spring. “Today’s news in WWD was all about shoes,” Fashionista notes. See by Chloe is stepping into shoe design, a new development sure to launch fashion lovers into a frenzy given the hysteria that typically revolves around the line’s namesake, Chloe — a luxury brand synonymous with covetable footwear. Meanwhile, labels Proenza Schouler and Hussein Chayalan will likewise introduce original footwear into the mix in just a few months.

Come February, Jeremy Scott will debut “a wacky sneaker mini-line” he designed in collaboration with Adidas. Also making waves in the footwear collaboration department are Pritzker Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid’s “architectural (of course), asymmetric, injection-moulded plastic footwear” for Brazilian shoe mavens Melissa. Looking for a pair of kicks equally as innovative, but more in the vein of sea-foam green and muted lavender? Try Ohne Titel’s stilettos for Cesare Paciotti, which were expertly strutted by an especially diverse group of models at the German label’s SS09 show just a few weeks ago.