Glam Damn It
We hope you got out to Central Park in October to check out Chanel’s Mobile Art Exhibit because the haute fashion house is shutting it down. The decision comes amid the global financial downturn and shows the slump is even hitting luxury markets once thought to be invincible. A Chanel spokeswoman explained, “Considering the current economic crisis, we decided it was best to stop the project.”
The Mobile Art exhibition was an ambitious collaboration between Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld and architect Zaha Hadid, who created the modern pre-fab structure that housed the exhibit. Inside the unique structure, Fashion met art where artworks inspired by Chanel’s iconic 2.55 quilted, chain-strap bag were displayed. Chanel declined to release information concerning how much the exhibit cost, but we hope it was worth it: not even Czar Karl himself can afford mistakes right now.
Lawyers are having a great week as celebrities everywhere run to court. This Monday, former supermodel turned French First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy sued a small fashion chain for selling bags emblazoned with nude images of her. Bruni-Sarkozy demanded 125,000 euros ($168,300) in damages from local chain Pardon which sold the bags on the tiny island of Réunion, off South Africa. The Pardon chain sells clothing and fashion accessories in Réunion but does not trade in mainland France. The bags were sold in Réunion for 3 euros each, customers received a free bag if their purchase exceeded 5 euros.
131 Mercer Street
(between Prince and Spring Street)
New York, NY 10012
A.P.C. offers a Europeanized version of the Bedford L hipster style. Garments are basic but possess traditional refinement. Natural materials like wool knits, flannels and cotton along with practical details give the designs depth - suggesting some kind of rural authenticity. Stiff, unwashed denim, sweet dresses and men’s wool blazers are not to be missed.
Pamper your pup this holiday season with uber-preppy dog wear by Ralph Lauren. Coats and sweaters available for $49-$120 are the designer doggie duds your best friend has been beggin' for. The luxury label's Anouck Down Vest ($66.50, on sale at ralphlauren.com) is sure to keep your cuddle buddy warm this winter. While you're there, stock up on puppy Polo shirts and riding jackets for spring!
No longer just a British favorite! Plaid has quickly a become need to have item for fall and spring. Plaid dresses, button up blouses, jackets, skirts, hats - trust me the list goes on. That’s why we are MAD FOR PLAID! From grungy to chic, plaid can be worn with anything and everything. Ralph Lauren sticks by the look with American classics, while Dolce and Gabanna and DSquared spice it up a bit. For a more urban chic look, wear a plaid blouse with skinny jeans or cut offs, a cool scarf and some killer kicks (or opt out with a fedora.) Marc Jacobs did plaid well for his 2009 spring line, check it out!
- December 19th- 22nd, 9:00 AM – 6:30 PM (Sunday 'til 5:00 PM), Carolina Herrera Private Sale, 317 W. 33rd Street (between 8th and 9th Aves), NYC
Carolina Herrera Women's Clothing, Accessories and Bridal up to 85% off retail prices. Hosted by Soiffer Haskin.
- Now - December 20th, James Perse Sample Sale, 145 W. 18th Street, NYC
Up to 75% off Men's and Women's Fall/Winter 08 collection.
Olivier Theyskens has already garnered quite a name for himself in the fashion industry. He acted as head designer at Rochas when he was only 25 and Anna Wintour herself presented him with the CFDA’s International Award in 2002. As the designer at Nina Ricci since late 2006, he created the very memorable eggplant gown that Reese Witherspoon wore to the 2007 Oscars.
However, Theyskens spring 2009 collection was met with a less than stellar reception from retailers – they wanted to know whether his “real collection” was hidden in the showroom – and now there are rumors that the talented young designer’s position may be in jeopardy.
British designer Alice Temperley has opted out of London Fashion Week this February. Instead, the designer has been collaborating with MILK Studios and Starworks to create a series of installations in New York, London and Paris. This half digital, half live concept will debut February 18th during New York Fashion Week.
“The four seasonal installations will allow us to communicate our brand message and aesthetic to a larger international audience while supporting both economic and environmental challenges,” explained Alice’s husband and the company’s CEO, Lars. Considering that these installations will reach the media and customers at the same time as buyers and editors, I’m all for it.
(between Grand and Howard Street)
New York, NY 10013
G-Star is a global brand known for its wearable, cutting-edge denim designs. The decades-old company has long been a leader in the jeans market and has recently expanded to include ‘Crossover’ initiatives that blend G-Star’s aesthetic with other products. All of the furniture and light fixtures in the Soho store on Broadway, for example, are G-Star designed. The rest of the interior, cement and wood flooring, industrial track lighting and large mirrors, harmonize with G-Star’s innovative, yet traditional vision.