Los Angeles Dream
Los Angeles Dream

Ryoko Sekiguchi, écrivain et traductrice, au restaurant Botanique, 71, rue de la Folie-Méricourt.

Ryoko Sekiguchi, writer and translator, in the restaurant Botanique, at 71, rue de la Folie-Méricourt.

Los Angeles Dream
Los Angeles Dream

Dans la tribu du cycle, vitalité et beauté sculptent le corps d’un même éclat. Un art de vivre tout en rigueur et belle allure, du bout des doigts… jusqu’à la pointe des pieds.

Lunettes solaires Montures acétate et barre en métal, verres miroirs Elevenparis Maillot Merino en laine mérinos et polyester, collection Cycling Le Coq Sportif Collants Women’s Padded Tights en ThermoRoubaix® à séchage rapide Rapha Gants Classic Mitts Dos en Lycra et paume en cuir souple avec renforts matelassés, bordure réfléchissante Rapha

Vélodrome Jacques-Anquetil, Bois de Vincennes, Paris.

<b>Montre Pierre Arpels Heure d’ici & Heure d’ailleurs en or blanc </b>

<b>Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum LATIN UNICEF en acier </b>

<b>Van Cleef & Arpels</b>

Boutique phare de Sugarfina à Beverly Hills, 9495 S Santa Monica Blvd.

Sugarfina’s flagship store, in Beverly Hills, 9495 S Santa Monica Blvd.

Los Angeles Dream

Verger et jardin aromatique de l’abbaye d’Aubazine, orphelinat qui accueillit Gabrielle Chanel.

The orchard and herb garden of Aubazine abbey, the orphanage where Gabrielle Chanel grew up.

Los Angeles Dream

A former industrial warehouse in downtown LA was the striking urban location for a look at Hermès’ Spring-Summer 2017 menswear. An unusual maze of spaces featuring juxtaposed materials and video games formed the perfect setting for Véronique Nichanian’s impertinent yet timeless designs.

Oh !

This is the word that springs to mind as you wend your way through this waking dream. Far from the Walk of Fame, nightfall casts tones of yellow and blue over Downtown LA; a night-time that’s sunlit and draped in azure, resuscitating daylight and daytime cheer for the duration of a spring-summer fashion show. Beneath the spotlights, men file by brick walls. Fabrics dance in the light, a shirt flutters in the breeze. A reversible jacket moves alongtwo moods, two different lives, a way to be always wearing your day and your night at the same time. Men of substance, quiet heroes. Like these bricks, which remind us that the mind is nothing without matter. Véronique Nichanian, the soul of this collection and of Hermès menswear, shook up her fashion show, mingling an architect, a chef and a stage director with the models: “I’m against uniformityvive la différence!” Life parades by majestically, sensual and vibrant.

The happiness factory

A maze awaits the guests, appealing to every sense, beckoning people to drift about, to dream. Eight microcosms transport the mind on this rocking horse of a dream. The Please Do Touch space immerses us in the world of Hermès materials. You run your hand over a fragment in a frame; natural lamb, as soft as angel’s skin, so white you may just miss it as you pass by. The childish joy of caressing. As you touch it, your hand joins anotherthe one that created it. Transference, spirituality. The finest leathers alongside a tiny Prince of Wales check weave. Nichanian has played on variety for nearly 30 yearspaper strips, neoprene, Scoubidou colored plastic threadswithout ever getting bored. Menswear isn’t fun? She retorts, amused: “Why do so many girls dress in men’s clothes?” She’s still talking about the “hungry pleasure” of creating, of hanging onto her “childish enthusiasm.” Echoing her words, the sound of ping-pong balls batted to and fro by guests can be heard. Some are shooting hoops. Play, the eternal guardian of creativity.

Freedom by design

Nichanian’s mind bounces joyfully around. The common thread running through her work is freedom. She loves “ironic twists”the modern sweep of a camouflage-style jacket with horse motifs, a cardigan with tie-dyed constellations, a delightfully carnivorous Bolide Shark bag. Farther on, diamonds spread havoc on a cashmere design. To Nichanian, there’s nothing anarchic or gratuitous in this freedom. Her assistants know this, and she’s constantly telling them: “A pocket has to have a function, a coat needs to button up.” You can be “dreamy and pragmatic at the same time,” she says. “I prefer lapses in taste to the total look. Liberate yourself!” She invites everyone to peruse a wall of shelves filled with letters to make up their own words of happiness.

1 Vladimir Jankélévitch, Les Vertus et l’Amour, Flammarion, p. 21.

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