Another week, another round of parties and goings' on. Strap on your new spring shoes and your weather-appropriate pre-summer layers, and hit the street.
Monday: Today marks the first day of Opening Ceremony's Super Scary sale, where new Spring merchandise is marked up to 75% off. The sale will last for the rest of the month with new deliveries being marked down upon arrival. Maybe it's the recession, maybe it's just Opening Ceremony's way of getting us in the door so that we can fall in love with all of the full price merch. Either way, 'Super scary' is an appropriate title for a month-long sale at every fashionista's favorite New York boutique.
Tuesday: Take a long lunch and visit The International Textile Design Show which runs through the 16th. If you're at all interested in trend forecasting, or are simply a textile nut, this show will have stalls of manufacturers from all corners of the world.
Wednesday: Our network partner, The Fashion Bomb, is throwing a party with Te Casan. Spring 08 shoes will be marked 20% off, The Fashion Bomb's curator, Claire Sulmers, will be djing, and cocktails will be in abundance. Te Casan, if you remember, is the label to host Natalie Portman's vegan shoe collection (100% of proceeds donated to charity). This collection, is not that which will be marked down at the party, but you know, just sayin'.
Thursday: Clothing brand Dangerous Mathematicians, in spirit of the quickly fading Lower East Side music scene, is throwing the Dirty Salsa Party at their Rivington Street boutique. Expect the usual saucy mischief as they've been known to throw some benders. The party starts at 8pm so you've plenty of time to have dinner and pop in after the party gets underway.
Friday: Technically just a regular old party, Studio B's Mighty Healthy Spring Release Party will probably produce more wild outfits than any of the week's parties combined. We therefore dub it Coutorture Cocktail worthy. What convinced us to include it is when we realized that Slick Rick would be doing his thing. Slick Rick, one of Studio B's many mascots, always inspires the bebe fashionistas to break out their crazy-gear. You could go, if you feel like it.
Posts for April 14th 2008
Salvor Projects, run by designer Ross Menuez, is taking his graphic prints to the street. Our network partner, See Pretty Things, recently hit up the Salvor Projects sample sale in New York where she snagged the Laser Etched French Calf Tote (pictured here) for quite a deal. The company turns out accessories, outerwear, and cotton basics in graphic prints that are understated though interesting. It's street wear for the cashmere and monochrome folk, the kind of clothing that fits right in with the other merchandise at New York's Odin and London's Dover Street Market. Manuez used to design prefabs and modern furniture so it's no wonder his clothing and accessories have an element of functionality and three-dimensional perspective.
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Our network partner, The Runway Scoop, reported on Cathy Horyn's musings on modern fashion ads. The Runway Scoop brings up a good point, that creative persons presumably would spawn creative advertisements, although Horyn postulates that confidence is really the key. Marc Jacobs' work with Juergen Teller, has revolutionized our conception of fashion advertising and many, therefore, wonder just which of the two is responsible. Horyn, in a separate article on the duo, asks Teller about Jacobs' influence in his work, to which he replied, “He was the person who really said, ‘Just do what your heart feels.’...He gave me the license to be myself and that is extremely rare that he supported me.". Teller has shot all of the advertisements for Marc Jacobs since 2005 and the last two season's advertisements for Yves Saint Laurent.
Hammer pants, or 'Harem' pants as Rick Owens likes to say, are back with a vengeance. The silhouette has a few different variations but, nonetheless, is back in a big way. The three major shapes you'll see are the 'carrot top' or 'triangle' top trousers; those with a slightly more relaxed hip and closely tailored ankle, the 'hammer' pant; a silhouette solution for fashionistas who can't afford the more expensive version, and the 'harem' pant. Rick Owen's, who turns out slick, New Yorker style, is bringing these pants back to fashion. No longer for crunchy granola types, these silk blend, Harem-style pants are perfect paired with a trim jacket, basic cotton underthing, and heels.
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London-based designer Luella Bartley delivers a new collection of feminine hair accessories for spring. Headbands and hair clips come in an assortment of colors accented with sweet ribbons and bows. A graduate of Central Saint Martins, Bartley is known for mixing themes with distinctive flair: Punk motorcycle jackets with gingham skirts and little black dresses with pearls for polka dots.
Prada’s plan to make the company public by June is in question. Due to a sluggish economy, CEO Patrizio Bertelli has considered delaying it until the start of next year. The Milan-based fashion house officially claims that the company has seen a consistent increase in profits and that the delay is not the result of economic problems.
Laura Bush had commissioned the biggest names in American fashion to submit sketches of the perfect gown for her daughter Jenna Bush’s walk down the aisle in May. Vera Wang, J. Mendel, Carlos Miele, and Badgley Mischka were among several designers requested by the First Lady. Beating the competition, it is confirmed today that Oscar De La Renta will be designing the dress for the bride-to-be.
A word from the wise at the Savannah College Of Art And Design’s Etoile Awards, Italian-born French designer Pierre Cardin discusses his unrelenting fervor for life: “I’m an old man, but I don’t feel like an old man. I want to do something new. I want to continue. I want to improve myself.” Cardin is known for his avant-garde style and his space age designs. He prefers geometric shapes and motifs, often ignoring the female form. He later advanced into unisex fashions, sometimes experimental, and not always practical.
Japanese label Uniqlo selects American actress Chloe Sevigny to star in an advertising campaign for their summer UT Project collection. Launched last spring in Harajuku, Tokyo, Uniqlo’s UT Project is a limited-edition offering of t-shirts designed by renowned artists, photographers, musicians and designers including Peter Saville, Terry Richardson, Nobuyoshi Araki, and Gareth Pugh. From these artists, there are approximately 1,000 unique t-shirt styles being delivered each year as part of the UT Project.
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