Fashion Calendar: April 5th
  • 4/5 - Sir Sean and Lady Connery toast Scottish fashion during the 8th Annual Dressed To Kilt Charity Fashion Show. The charity event will benefit the Friends of Scotland Organization, while looks demonstrating the show's theme, Mad for Scotland, can be purchased following the event at a pop-up shop from March 22-April 13 at 13 East 69th Street. M2 Lounge; 530 West 28th Street; (7:30-10pm).
  • 4/6 - Come and celebrate the birthday of well-known blogger/photographer Katya Moorman of Style Defined NYC. In addition to a birthday celebration, Moorman will be celebrating her upcoming profile for Vogue Paris. RSVP required. Union Square Lounge; julia@styledefinednyc.com; (8-12pm)
  • 4/6 - Jet down to Parsons The New School to preview movies that have inspired the institute's trends. Judith Thurman of The New Yorker will introduce a free screening of Annie Hall. Tishman Auditorium, The New School, 66 W. 12th Street; (212-229-5488); (7:30-9pm).
  • 4/7- Bloomingdale's welcomes the warm weather with the store's new surf shop. Loomstate, a menswear brand, will reveal their new Loomstate for Surf Lodge collection and preview custom surfboards from artist Robb Havassy in celebration of Earth Day - with surf-inspired cocktails in tow. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Surfrider Foundation. Bloomingdale’s, 1000 Third Ave, Mens Metro Area; (212-705-2000); (6–8pm).
  • 4/8 - Magician Ryan Oaks will take over Bloomingdale's to celebrate YSL's new men's fragrance, La Nuit de L'Homme. Bloomingdale's, 1000 Third Ave; (212-705-2000); (6-8pm).
  • 4/8 - Marie Claire and leading retailer Mango will host a NYC DJ Battle on Thursday at the Soho Mango store. See you there. RSVP required. Mango Soho; 561 Broadway; (5-9pm)

Photo via Gothamist.

The Quick Stop: April 5th

Zac Posen's Pop-Up Shop: Clearly Target plans to take over the world - or at the least catch the consumers who love a zingy budget - with more NYC pop-up shops planned, the next being Go International's Zac Posen collaboration. After Liberty of London's urgent pop-up shop pack up before its ending date, Target will be deeming Posen's 24-hour preview as a "shopping party." Aren't there enough parties in fashion already? The pop-up shop will begin April 15th at 11pm, but we expect the line formations to begin at 8pm or earlier for tuxedo-seeking shoppers. Can't make it? Well, too bad. But, if you want the shopping party leftovers, the full collection will be available April 25th in stores.

W Magazine's EIC Is A Bad Boy

Where are the rest of the EICs with a bit of edge?

We mean the bad boys and girls who refuse to cooperate with the police and get arrested. Stefano Tonchi - we're looking at you! Gawker revealed that W magazine's new EIC was arrested in Beverly Hills back in 2009 - yes, when he refused to take a breathalizer test during a routine traffic stop - only to be arrested and walk away with a misdemeanor DUI charge. Tonchi's case was put on hold for almost an entire year, thus he was scheduled to appear in court for trial this past Thursday. Tonchi's appearance in court was confirmed by Tonchi's lawyers to Gawker, which reports that the EIC did not appear, opting for plea arranged by his lawyers.

For goodness' sake, doesn't the justice system understand this man has a magazine to save?

Levi's Denim Week Takeover

Wednesday night was Levi's FW10 presentation, as a group of denim fanatics filled the Hosfelt Gallery to take part in a garage-like setup of models posed in relax-styled layers of denim, flannels and accessories.

As DJ Leo Fitzpatrick spinned catchy tunes, guest sipped on champagne, vodka and Stella - observing the preserved neon highlights peeking throughout the presentation.

Personally, I didn't find that the Levi's presentation differed much from past collections. Various cuts and choices of textures in shirts became highly comparable to a plethora of leading trend-bearing denim brands today. Women's clothing seemed to channel the likings of model-off-duty clothing, as men's clothing blended into a neutral force of half-assed fashion attempts.

Fashion Caucus Official At Capitol Hill

Something tells us there's a strong force of energy coming from Anna Wintour, Michelle Obama and Diane Von Furstenberg when we speak about the new fashion caucus that Washington lawmakers recently approved. The fashion caucus is called the Congressional Apparel Manufacturing and Fashion Business Caucus, or CAMAFBC if you're feeling fabulous and swanky in a fur coat.

Christine Brooks-Cropper, Greater Washington Fashion Chamber of Commerce president, formed the group that will aim to save New York's garment district, secure fashion incubator funding, and create more fashion scholarships for students. Oh, and let's not forget, they will aim to make create jobs in fashion as well. Paying jobs, at that.

Designers & Models Show They're Just Like Us..

Designers Have Birthdays: Everyone wish Prabal Gurung a very big Happy Birthday today. The designer who is in his third season traveled home to Nepal to spend his special day with family. The Bill Blass veteran left the design house in 2008 to design glamorous gowns of his own for Orpah, Demi Moore and more celebrities. He recently made Paper Magazine's Beautiful People: Class of 2010, saying, "I can’t believe I’m in this issue. I hope it’s for my inner beauty -- that’ll last longer. I’m assuming that it is."

In A Perfect World...

We talk about our ideal world a lot here. And, without getting too descriptive, everyone would be happy with a Chloe Satchel bag, bodies like the models who walked in Louis Vuitton's FW 2010 show, Tom Ford back at Gucci, Pamela Love jewelry and Linda Farrow shades.

The Quick Stop: March 31st

Meet Your New Brooklyn Barneys: Barneys Co-op has been shopping around for a Brooklyn location since December, finally finding a brownstone-like home at 194 Atlantic at the corner of Court. There are high hopes for this 6,300 square foot location, as this chic-luxe addition to the neighborhood should transform the street into a real powerhouse. Meanwhile, Brooklyn natives still have to travel waters to Manhattan until the new store opens during the second week of September. Rumor has it that this new Barneys will launch on Fashion's Night Out. Ideal, no?

Raf Simons Taking Jil Sander Menswear Somewhere Else?

As if Men's Fashion Week could become any more boring. Raf Simons is packing up the Jil Sanders team to show in Dubai. Okay we're kidding - that just sounded ideal.

However, Pitti Immagine Uomo, one of Europe's largest men's trade shows, has asked Simons to show the Jil Sander menswear at their event (the 78th Edition of Pitti Uomo) in Florence, instead of its Jil Sander Milan store.

Are Louboutins Benefiting You?

Christian Louboutin is in a good place. He makes fun of finances - asking if "credit crunch" is a new gym, he swears he never coerced any celebrities to don his footwear - only to give them discounts at his flagship stores, and all while he refuses to disclose the price of his most expensive pair of shoes.

The designer sat down with Vanity Fair for its May 2010 issue for a profile of himself. He firmly boasts that he has no need to market or advertise his brand, how he never intended to make any money, and how he gives an estimate of 500 pairs of his shoes to about 3,000 women. That's 500 pairs for each woman.