For the video presentation of his fall assortment for Casablanca, Charaf Tajer ignored the previous showbiz adage that you need to by no means work with animals or youngsters. The shoot on the Hôtel de la Païva, the Paris dwelling of a well-known Nineteenth-century courtesan, featured a solid of dozens and two very energetic poodles.
That was small potatoes for the designer, who recalled that one among his earliest picture shoots concerned child tigers that belonged to France’s equal of Joe Unique: a person whose home was crammed with large cats. “They checked out us like we have been meat. Actually, the massive ones have been very scary,” he recalled.
In line with his grand ambitions for Casablanca, Tajer celebrated the model’s first coed assortment by recreating the ambiance of a Champagne-drenched Seventies-era after-party at a luxurious resort after the Monaco Grand Prix – full with an precise race automobile, which needed to be tipped sideways to suit by the door.
Among the many label’s signature prints this season was Girl Luck on the roulette desk, which appeared as a taking part in card motif on a long-sleeved maxi costume; a operating hare, the symbol of the fictional Casa racing group; and a red-and-white Casablanca emblem motif, a intelligent pun on longtime F1 sponsor Marlboro.
Designers from Tommy Hilfiger to Virgil Abloh have tackled the racing theme, however Tajer managed to bend it to his model’s dandyish sensibility. Harlequin checks, in black-and-white or coloured variations, referenced the checkered flags on the race observe, Monaco’s coat of arms and the diamonds on a deck of playing cards.
The playing theme carried into evening, with Bond-girl night robes, that includes cutout bodices within the form of card symbols, that felt gimmicky at instances.
For Tajer, who makes a cameo within the movie as a piano participant, switching areas every season is all a part of the enjoyable. His final assortment was an ode to Hawaii; the one earlier than that took him to Italy’s Lake Garda. “We need to problem ourselves, but additionally entertain folks and have enjoyable with it,” he defined.
He did have a remaining phrase of recommendation for anybody planning a visit to Monaco in actual life. “Don’t gamble,” he mentioned. “I feel the iconography of it is extremely cool, however I went to the on line casino for analysis and it’s straightforward to lose cash there.”