4/19 – If you’re lucky – and that’s a strong if – head over to Pratt Institute’s Brooklyn Campus to hear the Editor-In-Chief of Vogue speak. Following her dictum speech, Vogue's European Editor At Large Hamish Bowles, will lead an open question and answer session. Seating is very limited, but we hear there may be potential late seating for non-reserved guests. Pratt Institute Memorial Hall Auditorium, Brooklyn; (6pm)
4/20 – Velvet Heart will showcase its Fall 2010 preview to editors, press and buyers. If interested make an appointment to view the casual lifestyle of contemporary clothing. 250 West 39th Street; (9am)
Wednesday night saved a spot for baggy fun; I attended Loomstate’s Our Magnificent Earth Day Celebration. The event was hosted by the label's designers Rogan Gregory and Scott Mackinlay Hahn, with jewelry designer (and a Joonbug favorite), Pamela Love. I had an opportunity to speak with Scott about Loomstate's Surf capsule collection for Bloomingdale's; When asked about their competitors (i.e. Cynthia Rowley for Roxy and Proenza Schouler’s Spring 2010 collection), Scott seemed moved that his "hobby-turned-job" trend was being shared amongst a group of brilliant designers, and he boasted about Loomstate’s ability to keep their Bloomingdale's Surf Lodge capsule within an economical-friendly price range. The event housed a 20ft tall interactive psychedelic pyramid, which became the arena to 40 amazing drummers led by the magnificent Hisham Akira. Also available were face paintings, psychic readings and a guest appearance by fashion ‘it-girl,’ Becka Diamond.
Jetting uptown to Bloomingdale's during lunch hour yesterday was a delightful treat; as John Hardy showcased his Spring 2010 & Chinta collections. Attendees swarmed to the jewelry counters to gaze at prominently-sized sterling silver, jade stones and interlocking chain links. Prices ranged from $500 to $2000; although I was able to sort out a divine rope bracelet for $295. The one-day only event was preempted by a luncheon hosted by Hardy; positioned himself behind the counter, engraving shoppers jewelry with customizations.
Labeling Alexander Wang as one of New York's most coveted designers isn't enough. The San Francisco native, has a prominent sense of business skills when it comes to marketing his brand to the consumers who want it.
Last week, Wang launched his first underwear collection via his website with prices ranging from $48 to $72. In tow, Wang also offered limited quantities of his Diego Bag in leopard print; and PVC bags.
Wang's new underwear collection is an expansion to his T by Alexander Wang label; meant to channel the phenomenal trend of underwear-as-outerwear.
Oliver Theyskens, ex-Nina Ricci designer, comes forth in Olivier Theyskens: The Other Side of the Picture, by Julien Claessens with his adolescent infactuation of getting a sex-change. The designer admits his obession with the beauty of women, resulting into imaginating if he were to become one. Theyskens, as a young boy, would tell his classmates he would move to America for the procedure, in addtion to drawing detailed images of women. He believes doing so is what led him into wanting to become a designer. Theyskens, at age 9, then realized it wasn't something he wanted to do, as he accepted the world of adrogyny. Today Theyskens is pleased with fashions interactions with adgrogynous looks, claiming he owns a few pieces he designed during his Nina Ricci term. He's self-titled himself as a "fantasy boy," not identifying his sex gender as a man nor woman. He tells London Times, "People who don’t know me sometimes call me 'Mademoiselle."
4/12 – Yves Saint Laurent sponsors the Metropolitan Opera’s Premiere of Rossini's Armida, starring Renee Fleming. The event marks the third season – since 2008 - of a four-year collaboration, whereas a fashion house partners with a historic affiliation to commit to the opera. Ticketed event. Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center; RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org, (212) 843-9228; (6-9pm)
4/13 – Like Luxottica? The eyewear brand is inviting editors, stylist and press to come out and review their Fall 2010 preview. Luxottica designs, manufactures and markets designer sunglasses from Yves Saint Laurent, Armani, Ray Ban and more. By appointment only; 450 W. 31st; (9am)
Liberty Of London may have dissapointed us all when they closed their NYC Target pop-up shop early last month, but in a phase of redemption they've collaborated with French children's boutique Jacadi, for a shruken sized SS10 bevy.
The bevy of 'must haves for little ones,' features bold floral prints of innocent rompers, smocked dresses, blouses, hats, headbands and more; all decked out in authentic Liberty of London signature prints for girls ages 2-12.
Refinery29's Style Director Piera Gelardi, composed an excellent how to guide on what it takes to get shot by famed style blogger Todd Selby. In comparision to infamous How To Get Shot by The Satorialist flow chart, Gelardi makes whitty jokes about the qualities Selby looks for when he scouts out apartments to shoot for his feautures. Could you be next?
Want to work at Vogue?
Vogue's Anna Wintour is making it easier than ever to grace the Times Square office and even have the chance to call a few shots. Wintour will be auctioning off a week-long internship to benefit charity.
Capitalizing off of the publication's popularity, no?
Bidding begins at $1,000; estimated at a value of $10k. Of course, the lucky bidder will get the chance to meet Anna and the staff involved in deciding which bidder is the best match.
We wonder how this process will go exactly.
....Our idea has something to do with Anna Wintour, cocktails, male models and the fashion closet; now that's serious work. Oop!