Fashion

Designer Yaz Bukey Wrings French Clichés For All Their Worth

Fashion

Designer Yaz Bukey Wrings French Clichés For All Their Worth

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Yaz Bukey, whose accessories are always cartoonish to the hilt, staged a tremendously fun presentation this week for her “My Heart Belongs to Paris” collection. Taking French clichéd tropes and wringing them for all they’re worth, she cast recognizably obvious characters to showcase her wares: a uniformed waiter fussing around bistro chairs and tables; an artiste with a beret, mustache, smock, and easel; a lothario in a striped shirt with “La Bohème” spelled across his chest. Some ten characters in total—a dapper dandy, a clueless tourist, a haughty snob—swirled around each other, in a charming revolving-door-performance of small interactions. Bukey’s clip-on earrings, pins, and clutches were always used to comic effect: an Amex card, a pink telephone, cups of coffee, cigars, paintbrushes, packs of cigarettes and lighters. She mixed pop culture elements from Who Framed Roger Rabbit (notably a va-va-voum Jessica Rabbit-type character who dances to Serge Gainsbourg) and the 1963 film of The Pink Panther (via a thief who chloroforms her victims while the jazzy sax-heavy theme of the film played).

The attendees who took in the show included photographer Ellen von Unworth, designer Martine Sitbon, fashion show producer Alexandre de Betak, interior designer Vincent Darré, and stylist Elisa Nalin, amongst others. But the spirited spectacle made the event feel less like a fashion party and more like playtime with bright and fabulous toys.