Erin Fetherston offered a slightly more relaxed point of view for her resort collection, showing denim for the first time and challenging herself to build a self-contained, everyday wardrobe. As one would imagine, Fetherston's denim was polished and ladylike (a high-waisted pant and skirt) and the same can be said for her new daywear (satin blouses, a ballerina dress in nude, cute peplum skirts, and skinny black trousers), which will have Fetherston fans cheering. "It's not just about cocktail dressing," said the newly appointed Juicy Couture designer and creative consultant. Of course, the princess of party dresses did not disappoint in that department either. Click below for the complete resort collection from Erin Fetherston.
Posts for June 10th 2010
>> Alexander Wang Reportedly Buys $2 Million Manhattan Apartment —On Monday, the same day as the CFDA Awards, Alexander Wang purchased a $2 million Tribeca apartment (one-bedroom, two bath with exposed brick and chef's kitchen) from former New York Times Style editor Holly Brubach, according to city records — a couple of pictures can be seen here. Wang last bought a $675,000 one bedroom loft in the East Village back in 2005, during his sophomore year at Parsons; he sold the place last September for $750,000. [NY Observer]
>> Steven Klein has done some video work in the past for Madonna, but directing "Alejandro" for Lady Gaga was his first proper music video. So how did it come about? He told MTV via email: "I went to see her show in NYC, and it felt like performance art in the '90s. And I had not seen anything like that in a while. Lady Gaga approached me about doing this particular song, and in the past, I have passed on such offers, but this time I felt [a] narrative drive you could make interesting, and we both aligned on the vision for the film."
The video, since debuting two days ago, has elicited plenty of the expected buzz — not all of it positive. When asked about his influences, Klein explains: "I was not thinking in terms [of influences.] I saw it more as a combination of cinema and theater. [It is] about a woman's desire to resurrect a dead love and who can not face the brutality of her present situation. The pain of living without your true love."
>> Fenton/Fallon's Dana Lorenz Doesn't Go to Parties to Advertise Herself —Monday night at the CFDA Awards, Fenton/Fallon's Dana Lorenz said of her ensemble: "I wouldn't call it a gown because it's too grungy to be a gown. I don't think it's necessary to be all Nicole Kidman about this." While other designers were campaigning for a win, Lorenz took a laidback attitude to being nominated: "It's like in golf — sorry, my dad's a golfer! —you're supposed to just keep your head down. I don't have a FameGame profile. I don't go to parties to advertise that way. I'm the type of person who would always rather be at home watching Daria, but I'm really enjoying this." [NY Observer]
>> Thom Browne has dabbled in womenswear in the past — he sold a capsule collection at Barneys in 2007 and 2008, and his made-to-measure business caters to a coterie of female clients — but for Fall, he's designed a small collection to be sold at Barneys, Colette, 10 Corso Come Seoul, and his own shop.
“This time I have more time to focus on it,” Browne told WWD of the relaunch. “For September, it will be a bit bigger than before, with more styles within the categories, but very focused. In the next couple seasons it will become a fully developed collection . . . This is something I really want to do and Cross [which owns a majority stake in Browne's company] is definitely supportive. I want to develop it the same way men’s developed — small at first, and evolving slowly.”
Alexander Wang tied up in chain strap handbags and Dana Lorenz arm wrestling Hilary Rhoda—see all the photos from the CFDA journal.
Alexa Chung will be the face of Lacoste's new women's fragrance.
Coco Rocha married James Conrad yesterday in France wearing custom Zac Posen
Style.com's Nicole Phelps called the fish prints that Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez used in their spring 2010 collection "the brightest, most novel animal prints to hit a runway in recent memory." If you haven't managed to get your hands on one of the looks, specifically the psychedelic cocktail dresses from Proenza Schouler's spring collection, no need to worry. The designers have launched two limited-edition, budget-friendly accessories exclusively online—with the same colorful print. There is a shopping tote ($325) and a matching wallet ($125), both in aqua and orange with black leather straps, available now at ProenzaSchouler.com.
Stella McCartney Hosts Garden Party Resort Presentation with Gwyneth Paltrow and Naomi Watts in Attendance
Gwyneth Paltrow, Naomi Watts, Kate Hudson, and Helena Christensen sat front row at Stella McCartney's resort presentation and garden party at Gavin Brown's Enterprise in New York this week. Models posed in staged vignettes (a chess match, a photo shoot) and guests sipped margaritas to the tunes of a serenading a cappella group. McCartney's collection for resort, heavy on the botanical prints, was a perfect match for the surroundings—floral short suits, a colorful collection of mini cocktail looks, and the crisp tailored jackets (this season in salmon, azure, and white) for which the designer is known. Lace, another McCartney staple, looked fresh in a pair of navy shorts, a dusty rose top, and a long sleeved cocktail look in off-white
Net-a-Porter was acquired by Richemont earlier this year and since then we've been waiting to see what kind of expansions founder Natalie Massenet had in mind for her ten-year-old company.
This morning Massenet and the Net-a-Porter family announced they are adding a stand-alone menswear shopping site to the company. Called Mr Porter, the site will launch for the spring 2011 season and do for men what Massenet has been doing for her loyal female clients for ten years — namely bring an edited selection of global designer label along with style advice and unbeatable customer service. Mr Porter launch partners will include Burberry, Ralph Lauren, Margiela, Lanvin, Yves Saint Laurent, Balmain, Dunhill, Margaret Howell, Rick Owens, John Lobb, and MR by Roland Mouret.
“We’ve wanted to do this for years but never felt it was the right time,” said Natalie Massenet. “This idea did not come from a bunch of people sitting in a boardroom looking at a spreadsheet. It was our customers, our target market, that was asking for this.”
Come 2011, the lucky men will also benefit from same day delivery service in London and Manhattan.