Friday, January 17, 2014

Meet Diane Pernet .. fashion legend

Somehow a “fashion week or event” wouldn’t be right if there wasn’t the pervasive, recognizable and ubiquitous presence of one of fashion’s great personages! I speak of Diane Pernet in her black floor length garb, a slash of red lipstick and of course her custom made Ozona shades. She might be the 21st century muse of fashion or per chance she is the voice of fashion if you are a follower of ASVOF or have ever been on the internet!
Portrait by Marc-Antoine Coulon

After leaving her eponymous designer business behind in New York City she fled to Paris and during her 20 year residency in Paris she has become a huge voice of fashion as well as for documentary film, her film festivals are internationally known and her stardom, so to speak, spans continents. Her image is the subject of countless works of art and her mere presence at an event is a sign of success and acceptance.

art by Christopher Lee Sauve

Today, we have the opportunity to delve into the person and not just the image or countenance most know. It is my pleasure and honor to introduce you to someone whose contribution to the world of fashion will be remembered for ages to come... and yes, of course, so her “recognition factor” will register off the charts when it comes to the “fashion hall of fame”... that is of course if there is a such a thing .. Read on and enjoy!! Let me introduce Diane to all … 

1-What is the most treasured possession in your wardrobe?
My custom made sunglasses by Ozona
2-What is your most sterling trait and what trait do you treasure most in your friendships?
Honesty - Integrity
3-What is your bliss?
24/7 chauffeur
4-What is your guilty secret?
Too many sweets
5-Where is your ideal home?
6-If you could not be a designer/retailer/etc:, what would you be
7-What is on your bedside table right now?
Just Kids by Patti Smith
8-What do you wear to bed?
MA dishabille PJ’s by Akiko Murata
9-What if any, book are you reading now or last read?
The Psychopath Test A Journey Through The Madness Industry by Jon Ronson
Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
10-What’s your advice to the “newcomer?”
Don’t start till you have something to say and then …be yourself.
11-Who or what is your inspiration/style icon?
Charlotte Rampling
12-What is the best advice you ever received?
Where there is harmony let it flow, where there is not, let it go.
13-In 3 words or less, describe the current state of fashion.
14-If you were a retailer; would you wear your own designs or shop in your own store? Or where would you shop?
When I was a designer I only wore my own designs, now directly from the shops or ateliers from Dries Van Noten, Boudicca or David Szeto.
15-If you won a $200,000,000 power ball (lottery), what is the first thing you would buy or do?
A beautiful apartment in Paris with high ceilings, lots of light, great security, and spacious rooms, that could be both office and living.
16-If you could invite up to 4 people for dinner, who would they be…dead or alive?
John Cassavetes, Gena Rowlands, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Anna Magnani
17-What is your favorite movie /or movie star?
Opening Night by John Cassavetes, Gena Rowlands
18-What is the one thing you would change about yourself?
I would be taller
19-Whose opinion do you value most and why?
Emmanuel Asmar, my lawyer, because I would trust him with my life. Beautiful energy and of good character.
20-What store or which designer do you most like to shop in or wear?
Dries Van Noten and Boudicca and David Szeto.
21-What’s your take on magazines, books versus the internet?
They each have their own strength, magazines, I read the New Yorker, internet I read The Business of Fashion on a daily basis, books I read all of the time.
22-Do you have a dream collaborator?
I am very happy with my present team.
23-What is your crowning achievement thus far in your career?
Screening my festival at Centre Pompidou every year.
24-What’s your music library like?
Very varied from Arvo Part, Ane Brun, Leonard Cohen, Tomorrow’s World, Woodkid…
25-What and where is your favorite meal?
Dinner at YEN in Paris, eggplant in miso and grilled fish with green tea and macha cake for desert. For a casual lunch I love The Tuck Shop, vegetarian menu always changing always good.

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