NEW YORK (AP) — You’d have thought it was a film premiere, with the hoopla converging outdoors midtown Manhattan’s Hammerstein Ballroom. But inside, regardless of the superstar presence, the actual star was a purse.
Not simply any purse, however the “Baguette” — the ever-present Fendi bag created 25 years in the past and named for the lengthy French loaf of bread and the best way it, too, is carried below the arm of the discerning purchaser. The Fendi present on Friday evening was an enormous party for the bag and its long-lasting declare to pop-culture fame.
But why New York, when Fendi often exhibits in Italy? The bag had early success and pop-culture resonance in New York, most memorably immortalized in a 2000 episode of “Sex and the City,” when a mugger had the temerity to attempt to take one from Carrie Bradshaw when he apparently didn’t know what it was referred to as.
“Gimme your bag,” the thug within the alley demanded. “It’s a baguette!” Carrie admonished him as he made off together with her shiny purple model.
It’s secure to say everybody knew their luggage from their baguettes on Friday evening, when about 600 individuals packed into the ballroom — some on the principle flooring and others in excessive balcony seating — to have a good time the bag and its many iterations through the years.
The night marked a three-way collaboration. Fendi ladies’s designer Kim Jones had introduced in his pal and onetime boss, Marc Jacobs — the quintessential New York designer — to lend his distinctive romantic streetwear vibe to a sequence of 10 or so ensembles starring, after all, the baguette. (“I am never one to shy away from an iconic bag,” Jacobs was quoted as saying in a theater-style program.) And jeweler Tiffany & Co. introduced its personal baguettes in signature robin’s-egg blue.
In the entrance row sat Kim Kardashian, in blonde locks and a figure-hugging sheer and sequined gown, however the baguettes had been the concentrate on the runway. There had been massive baguettes, small baguettes, nano-sized baguettes. Shiny baguettes, fluffy baguettes, sparkly and easy baguettes.
There had been fanny-pack baguettes, and generally double baguettes — two sizes stacked collectively. Pockets had been reimagined as baguettes. There had been tiny baguettes in satin long-established onto tube socks — an ideal place to place little devices — or for those who needed them nearer to your head, hooked up to a satin baseball cap. The vibe was a mixture of fancy and informal, of sequins and sweatshirts.
As the present started, an enormous drape on the wall dropped to the bottom to disclose an enormous mirror, instantly permitting your entire room, balconies and all, to see itself. The fashions snaked alongside the ground, however after they had been performed, the mirror instantly disappeared and the fashions had been standing in an enormous show case, as if at a retailer.
Linda Evangelista, in an enormous Tiffany blue cape and robe, got here out with the designers for a closing bow. They applauded her, in what was a really public second for the ’90s supermodel, now 57, after her latest ordeal with what she has described as a disastrous body-sculpting process that left her disfigured.