I recently did a piece on Jessica Robinson's Angel Wing Choker, which benefits Artists For Peace and Justice (the Haitian relief charity founded by Oscar-winning producer, Paul Haggis) for Vogue.com. If you have $25,000 to spare, this diamond-studded 18k gold beauty can be yours. Not feeling so flush? Not to worry. Robinson has a simplified (non-diamond) version that goes for a mere $3,860.
A fitting close to New York Fashion Week, with our final Vogue.com reviews for Rachel Roy, Vera Wang, Jen Kao, Juan Carlos Obando and Reed Krakoff, our reviews of Mara Hoffman, W Hotels Global Glam, Tess Giberson, Mandy Coon and Frank Tell for WWD.com, and our Rue La La blog coverage, all of which we've loved doing. We'll be back on Tuesday with more on the fall shows. Enjoy your weekend.
Italian-born, London-based designer Kinder Aggugini may not be well-known (or, at all known) among American shoppers, but that's about to change. Aggugini—who was head designer at Versace and ghost designer at Vivienne Westwood, John Galliano, Paul Smith, Calvin Klein and Costume National before launching his own label in 2006—has been tapped to create the first in a series of designer collaborations for Macy's recently revamped Impulse department, which will be available in upwards of 400 stores nationwide beginning on February 15th, at prices ranging from $40-$140, with specialty pieces, like a cropped black leather jacket, topping out at $300.
The Fashion Informer covered the collection's launch party at Grammercy Park Hotel for Vogue.com (read about the party, which Alexandra Richards DJed, here). And until the merch—which is definitely the best high street designer collaboration we've ever seen, quality-wise—hits stores next month, enjoy a sneak peek, below.
Long before American Vogue's website was even a glimmer in Anna Wintour's eye, British Vogue was cementing its reputation as an early adopter by launching Vogue.com UK way back in 1996, under the tutelage of editor, Dolly Jones. Today, Vogue.com UK boasts over a million visitors each month, and their Twitter feed is closing in on 126,000 followers.
Elsewhere, Paul Smith weighs in on his favorite artworks, Diane von Furstenberg waxes eloquent on her favorite iconic women (from Mother Teresa and Ingrid Betancourt to Coco Chanel and Oprah Winfrey) and Henry Holland dishes on his favorite pop icons (yes, Cher and Madonna made the cut. No, Lady Gaga did not.) Alexander Wang shares his favorite cheap NYC eats (Thai food features heavily), Tom Ford weighs in on the 15 things every man should have (a sense of humor, tweezers and a crisp white shirt top his list), Claudia Schiffer unveils her favorite fashion shoots (including one German Vogue cover, shot by Mario Testino, that could've been the inspiration for French Vogue's 90th anniversary cover), and Amanda Harlech dishes on her 15 fashion milestones (from customizing her school uniform to discovering Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood's SEX boutique in the Seventies).
But wait, there's more...from John Galliano, Naomi Campbell, Sass & Bide, Anya Hindmarch, Giles Deacon, Dolce & Gabbana, Christopher Bailey and Victoria Beckham, to name a few. So what are you waiting for? Head on over to Vogue.com and get in on the 15th anniversary fun!
*The Fashion Informer has been New York Correspondent to Vogue.com UK since 2007.
Love was in the air Tuesday night—and on the walls—at the Longchamp soiree in honor of super stylist and LOVE mag editor-in-chief Katie Grand. Longchamp's Madison Avenue boutique had been decked out with covers from the mag's recent "Gorgeous" issue (Gisele! Agyness! Alessandra! Rosie!) and while the Misshapes spun tracks, the fashion and celebrity crowd (Proenza Schouler! Missy Rayder! Tabitha Simmons! Uma Thurman!) arrived to pay their well wishes to the woman known affectionately as "Katie Grand-a-minute" for the rates she commands. You can read more about it at Vogue.com. Below, a few snaps from the evening.
Zac Posen has turned his fashionable eye toward interior design. Specifically, the interiors at 16W21, the soon-to-launch glass luxury tower in the Flatiron District, where apartments go for upwards of $2 million.
Here, a sneak peek at the Posen-designed model duplex, which you can read more about over on Vogue.com.
We've been a bit remiss in posting, but that's because we've been doing stories on LOFT, Me&Ro's Robin Renzi, Alexis Bittar's fall 2010 jewelry collection, the latest London designers and Doo-Ri Chung's idea of a perfect Sunday, along with covering Rodarte's FIT talk and the Met gala/exhibit for Vogue.com.
The Council of Fashion Designers of America announced the nominees and honorees for the 2010 CFDA Awards, which will be given out at the annual Lincoln Center gala on June 7th. We wrote a more detailed report of the party itself (held at newly-re-elected CFDA President Diane von Furstenberg's Meatpacking District studio) that you can find at Vevant and at VOGUE.COM. Here's a quick rundown of the winners and nominees.
So the last day of New York Fashion Week has come and gone, and with it shows by Ralph Lauren, Isaac Mizrahi and Calvin Klein, where they had real models (of the individualistic Stella Tennant/Kristen McMenamy/Freja Beha Erichsen variety), along with the usual interchangeable modbots.
We were also supposed to have attended the Vogue & Norsdtrom Quicktake: Rodarte art opening party at the Cooper-Hewitt last night, as well, but inertia and exhaustion took over once we got home and, well...next time, Kate and Laura!
The good news is, our camera was recovered (from, errr, ummm, right under our desk where we'd dropped it last night). So new blurry photos are yours to enjoy!
And had we not lost our camera (nooooooooooo!) we would have photos to share. But, alas, we did. So, alas, we do not.
We do, however, have a chic new manicure, thanks to Ginger + Liz at Robert Verdi's "Future of Fashion" Luxe Laboratory, a Fashion Week swag-fest designed to relax frazzled editors by plying them with food and free shit. We're here to report that it works.
How is it possible for one person to attend and review up to nine* shows in one day? Caffeine, adrenaline and a serious love of fashion. How else to explain our willingness to ping-pong around town to take in Vera Wang (in The Tents at Bryant Park), Rodarte (West 21st Street), Matthew Ames (Milk Studios in the MDP), Marc by Marc Jacobs (the Lexington Avenue Armory), The Row (West 36th Street), threeASFOUR (back to Milk Studios) and Narciso Rodriguez (up at the Tents, which ended the day the way it began). Are you as tired from reading that as I am from doing it? But it was all worth it. See for yourself: