Posts for February 18th 2009
>> INSIDER WIRE —Marc Jacobs isn't exactly known for plopping himself down in the front row of another designer — for a debut collection, no less — but that's just what he did this afternoon, absorbing former Dior and Cacherel employee Pierre-Henri Mattout's first 1909 Victorinox menswear collection. Maybe he's looking for a replacement for that favorite Comme des Garcons kilt of his? [WWD Twitter]
New York 02/18/09. Photos by Fernanda Calfat/Getty Images.
>> Last night marked the opening of Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld's Louis Vuitton-sponsored, curated exhibit of three photographers and close friends of his — PC Valmorbida (boyfriend of Theodora Richards), David Mushegain and Salim Langatta. Both the party and after-party at Indochine (a Roitfeld favorite) were super crowded — the latter hit capacity and saw Carine Roitfeld dancing on the restaurant's banquettes. Sister Julia, girlfriend Lily Donaldson, and godfather Mario Testino were all in attendance, as were a number of other fashion folk — Lara Stone, Erin Wasson, Gisele Bundchen. And Carine was proud of her son's current career choice — according to Vladimir, it was his parents who pushed him to move to the US — "I don't know if he will do more shows or film, but when you try to produce things, it's a hard hard job, and I'm very proud of him. I'll be very happy if he becomes successful."
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>> IN PRODUCTION —Joining us in the online world: Opening Ceremony, which just opened their e-commerce site in an effort to go move outsider of just New York and Los Angeles, stocking Alexander Wang, Boy by Band of Outsiders, and of course, their own coveted label; and Purple Fashion founder Olivier Zahm, who started a blog: "It’s my life, online." [The Pipeline, Style File]
>> Matthew Terry, closely watched during his first outing this season — he's a knitwear alum of both Ralph Lauren and Donna Karan — showed in the same Cedar Lake theater space as Rag & Bone, but the experiences couldn't have been further apart. Instead of the chaotic crowds of David Neville and Marcus Wainwright, Coventry was much more zen — maybe he inherited that from Donna? The runway was circular, with a mossy, sparse bundle of sticks in the middle, and the focus was clearly on Terry's strength: knitwear. A number of the pieces looked too generic sportswear; more should have been approached like the below-the-know pleated skirts, which upon first glance looked normal and dowdy until the model walked, allowing the fabric between the pleats to become translucent and adding an element of sexy. High-waisted riding pants also caught the eye, as well as Terry's ability to create knits that hold shapes the way wovens do — with no seams.
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