If you’ve caught my recent Instagrams, you already know that a long-held dream of mine is coming to life March 29th: BING KIDS is officially launching! It’s been crazy-hard to keep this a secret through so many months of planning—but so worth it.
I’ll share much more in the coming weeks, but I’m really excited about all we’re going to do with this brand. The shoot we had with 20 kids was one of the most fun, energizing days I can remember in my career. Thanks for all your support and I’m so looking forwarding to this new chapter for ANINE BING!
For a sneak peak of what’s to come, follow BING KIDS on Instagram!
As promised, we’re bringing you a behind-the-scenes look at Paris Fashion Week with the ANINE BING Sales Team. Global Sales Director, Justine Couvillion, and Global Account Manager, Jackie Maltzman, spend each PFW operating the ANINE BING showroom at Place des Vosges in the charming Le Marais district. Here are the highlights from their trip and some great Paris packing and outfit ideas for your next trip.
“When in Paris for Fashion Week, we meet with our sales reps and buyers from global stores around the world taking market appointments all day, morning to night. Of course we do take our coffee breaks at the local French cafes and find time to take a stroll through the quaint neighborhoods.”
“After a long day of appointments, we like to have an apéritif at the trendy Cafe Charlot. It’s a popular spot for the fashion crowd and the absolute best for people watching.“
“We always make a point to stop by the ANINE BING retail store, which is conveniently located right around the corner from our showroom in the Marais. We love catching up with our lovely team there! The store is also situated within walking distance to the Picasso Museum which is a must-see.”
“My packing list always included the Bar Silk Skirt—it’s such an easy, fluid piece to style. Plus, a pretty silk slip in black feels classic and Parisienne. You can dress it down with sneakers or up with metallic boots at night.”
“One night we stopped into a gorgeous speakeasy at a restaurant in the 9th arrondissement. The decor was super swanky. I highly recommend for cocktails and conversation.“
“If you’re wondering what to pack for Paris in February, here’s what we recommend: two great pieces of outwear (a puffer or fur coat); one statement blazer; three sweaters; one edgy pair of denim; two pairs of boots; one pair of sneakers; a lightweight crossbody bag; your favorite statement jewelry; and a few layering tops (we packed a hot pink ANINE BING t-shirt that’s launching later this spring for a pop of color, a black long-sleeved ribbed shell, and a plain tee).”
“Around the corner from our showroom is the most fantastic crepe place. It’s a tiny hole in the wall, which offers a nice break amid the buzz of the city. Plus, you can’t leave Paris without having a crepe dusted with powdered sugar. Oh, and a cafe au lait, of course.”
“ANINE BING has a dedicated corner at Le Bon Marche, a luxury department store in Paris. It’s an impressive building with historic roots and carries the creme de la creme of fashion must-haves. They have a bakery there called Rose Cafe for a quick tea and treat.”
“Another piece we both packed but wore differently was the ANINE BING Schoolboy Blazer in black. When in Paris, go for at least one all-black outfit. You can’t go wrong.”
“Our last night in Paris, we closed out the trip with a nightcap at LouLou—the stunning bar inside of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, which is next to the Louvre. We had a martini and then walked through the gardens, reveling in the beauty of the City of Light before heading back to Los Angeles.”
What are your favorite things to do in Paris? Share your travel recs in the comments below!
Textiles are the fashion designer’s medium—from quality checking samples to studying the fit of a particular garment. But inspiration for new designs comes from the world around, so it’s important for the ANINE BING design team to step outside the office now and then to indulge the senses through travel, visits to art galleries, flea markets, and natural landscapes.
The design team’s most recent field trip included an outing to Damien Hirst’s exhibition at the Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills. Hirst has been called the most significant artist living today, with large-scale works that are sublime and controversial, often evoking a visceral response. Though he’s shaken viewers in the past with bedazzled skulls and pickled sheep, he breaks new ground with his pointillism-inspired pieces in The Veil Paintings, on view now through April 14, 2018.
Up close, the textured spots seen in The Veil Paintings resemble mountains and valleys on “an insane colored planet” (his words, not ours!). But when viewed from afar, the technicolor canvases symbolize the large effect individuals have on their environment when they feel empowered. While taking in this butterfly effect, our design team felt more connected than ever to you—the women they design for.
For a dose of inspiration, immerse yourself in the Hirst school of creation and color. Below you’ll find photos of The Veil Paintings taken by Katya Reily, one of our designers.
Where do you turn for inspiration? Let us know in the comments below!