Duran Duran rocked a crowd of hundreds who gathered Sunday night at the Fendi O’ extravaganza to fete Fan di Fendi, the new women’s fragrance. The Eighties super group played hits such as “Notorious,” “Girls on Film” and “Rio” to adoring fans, who included the likes of Karl Lagerfeld, who said he’d been following the band “since the beginning.” Alber Elbaz is a big admirer, too. “I love them,” he gushed. Meanwhile, Audrey Marnay said she’s the new face of the Longchamp brand. After making her way down the glitter-strewn carpet, Nora Arnezeder said her next film, “La Croisière,” is due out in April. In the comedy, she plays a kleptomaniac. Arnezeder is also working on an album, but don’t expect its release anytime soon. “I want to take my time,” she said. Other partygoers included Lou Doillon, Noémie Lenoir, Shingai Shoniwa (who changed her outfit half-way through) and Jade Jagger. via WWD.
So the boys from Duran Duran have teamed up with the most unlikely partners to design the costumes for their Broadway concert debut in New York. How on earth the “big boys” from Duran Duran expect Juicy Couture to design their wardrobe is beyond the imagination of most fashion visionaries. Let’s face it a brand known for designing terry towelling tracksuits for stick-figure girls is hardly the most likely candidate for designing a wardrobe for a bunch of hefty new-romantic geezers. That said, rumour has it that Simon la Bon turned up for his Duran Duran audition wearing a pair of skin tight leopard print track bottoms. Oh yeah, and the fact that John Taylor is married to Juicy Couture co-founder Gela Nash-Taylor might have something to do with it.
John Taylor said: “When putting together the Broadway show of ‘Red Carpet Massacre’ it was only natural that we would turn to Juicy Couture. Due to more than just osmosis; Simon [Le Bon], Nick [Rhodes] and myself have all had a hand in making design suggestions for clothes they would like to wear and seeing their ideas realized. In attacking the costuming of the show we have had a hands-on approach, which is the way we like to work (like the good little renaissance boys we are). ‘Red Carpet Massacre’ requires Maoist utility wear, punk-savant/bohemian and louche satins… all in one evening.”