>> Christian Restoin, longtime partner of Carine Roitfeld (and father to Julia and Vladimir), launched shirt collection Equipment in 1976, eventually selling the company in 1998. But for Spring 2010, he's back in business — Equipment is being revived by Serge Azria, CEO and creative director of Joie and Current/Elliott, and Restoin has signed on as a creative consultant. “Christian and I have been friends for many years,” Azria told WWD in September. “We always talk about shirts and fashion and, of course, being in fashion, so this was a natural decision for both of us.”
Also involved in the design process, according to Azria, are “a highly respected team of international editors from Paris to Los Angeles,” whose names he declined to say. The new line — which has been picked up by Barneys — will draw from the Equipment heritage look: tailored silk menswear-inspired styles with two flap pockets, 135 style options total. Disneyrollergirl has a few snapshots of the offerings here, and many suspect that the silk shirt Carine sported during Paris Fashion Week in October is from the line.