Luxury Garage Sale Pop-Up Brings Curated Retail Experience to LA

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This week, a new retail experience came to LA. Just off Melrose, Luxury Garage Sale brought its first pop-up location to California. With a mixture of second-hand and overstock items, the selection becomes a unique shopping format, offering a variation of top brands and designers with a treasure hunting spirit of a thrift shop.

The online luxury consignment destination has expanded over the years, opening multiple permanent locations. With a steady tour of pop-ups making its way around the country, LA was a natural choice for the fashionably inclined.

CEO Trish Lukasik at the Luxury Garage Sale pop-up launch party in West Hollywood.

Kicking off with a recent launch party, LGS CEO Trish Lukasik was in attendance, tending to the pop-up like a curator tends to a new exhibit.

“We were very excited to come to California,” Lukasik said. “It’s like a whole new terrain for us, to bring this assortment and this selection of beautiful items to this population and see what the reaction is.”

Unlike most second-hand shopping experiences, LGS is fully stocked with statement pieces, taking the hit-or-miss aspect out of the equation. This particular selection was curated specifically for LA, based on the website’s local traffic. With expert stylists and carefully merchandised items, it’s retail for the serious shopper.

Running until June 18 at 611 N La Cienega Blvd in West Hollywood, another pop-up opens June 1 at the Glendale Galleria. Lukasik also hinted at a potentially permanent LA location.

Find more info at Luxury Garage Sale.

André Leon Talley Opens Up About Racism In The Fashion Industry

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In support of his new documentary The Gospel According to André, fashion legend André Leon Talley sat down with The New York Times for an explosive, intimate interview about his experiences with racism in the industry, as well as his loneliness and his personal finances.

The documentary focuses on Talley’s incredible journey toward becoming one of “the most influential figures in the fashion industry” (as Tyra so eloquently put it) – from his childhood in the Deep South, to getting stoned by other students crossing the Duke University campus to buy Vogue, to climbing his way up, against all odds, to becoming Creative Director of the magazine and the only black man sitting at the front of the crowd during Paris Fashion Week.

“There’ve been some very cruel and racist moments in my life in the world of fashion,” Talley told the Times. “Incidents when people were harmful and mean spirited and terrifying.”

Talley recounts learning that the Parisian fashion set had taken to referring him with racial slurs, notably “Queen Kong.” He recalls that the nickname had been conceived first by the head of PR at Yves Saint Laurent.

He also revealed how the fashion industry has become an incredibly lonely place, and that even some of his oldest friends seem to have dropped him, and that his personal funds are dwindling. “I’m broke,” he declares.

Take a look at the trailer for The Gospel According to André below.

 

New Study Finds the Fashion Industry’s Top Positions Are Dominated by Men

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A new study titled The Glass Runway finds that only 14% of fashion’s top positions are occupied by women, despite recent hires like Maria Grazia Chiuri at Dior and Clare Waight Keller at Givenchy.

The report was conducted by the CFDA and Glamour, and found that even though women spend on average three times more on clothing than men do, their opportunities and salaries in the industry do not reflect their engagement.

For example, 85% of students enrolled in New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology are women, yet most of them have trouble finding a job above entry-level even after years in the business.

The study also looked at pay disparity – Condé Nast, for example, employs three times more women than it does men, yet its female employees earn on average two-thirds of what their male counterparts make.

Of 535 professionals interviewed for the report, 100% of women described asking for a promotion as difficult, and only 27% had received advice from their superiors on their careers.

“Fashion is a creative industry, and I think creative people have a strong sense of humanity,” said CEO of the CFDA Steven Kolb in the study. “We need to look at how to translate that humanity to more tangible opportunities for women in their careers and in their lives so that they can continue to flourish and grow.”

Palomo Spain’s FW 18 Campaign Puts Victorian Models on Leashes

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Palomo Spain has unveiled their FW 18 campaign, showcasing clothing from their collection titled “The Hunting.”

“We knew from the beginning that The Hunting needed to be related with an animalistic sense,” photographer Kito Muñoz said to Dazed. “We first removed the obvious reference to nature and thought of ‘animal acting’ as a storyline for our Palomo boys.”

The famously androgynous brand has shot to international success in just three seasons, in large part from Beyoncé wearing the designer for her now-famous newborn twins photo shoot. Alejandro Gómez Palomo has become known for his sexual, genderfluid vision of forward-thinking elegant fashion.

Photography: Kito Muñoz for Palomo Spain

 

Brooklyn’s DUMBO is Becoming a Destination Unto Itself

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DUMBO is at last becoming a thing.

Emerging as a new Brooklyn “it” neighborhood in the post-Millennium, it somehow managed to avoid the out-of-control development of Williamsburg and Greenpoint. But now no longer just a sleepy, formerly-industrial swath of land sitting under the Manhattan Bridge, DUMBO’s burgeoning dining, shopping and cultural scene has made it a destination unto itself. Much can be attributed to David and Jed Walentas’ Two Trees, which has seen to the slow and careful growth of the area – while also supporting the local creative communities.

Notably, those same creatives will surely be congregating at the newest outpost of Soho House, fittingly named DUMBO House, which will be opening thus summer. Expect a lot of hobnobbing around the rooftop pool.

 

Cecconi’s 

 

On the walkway along the East River between the Manhattan Bridge to the north, and the iconic Brooklyn Bridge to the south, is the Empire Stores – a beautifully restored brick warehouse and garden. The open air complex is home to West Elm, the Brooklyn Historical Society, and Cecconi’s, a fashionable Italian eatery imported from LA – with outdoor dining, spectacular views of Manhattan, and a creative selection of cicchetti, gourmet pizzas and pastas like agnolotti del plin with black truffle.

It’s also home to Lauren Bush’s FEED. Founded to provide sustainable livelihoods to underserved populations, each sale of the artisan-made totes, bags and accessories provide meals to the community. We love the Go-to Canvas bag and the burlap Beaded Kenya Bag – hand beaded and sewn by locals in Kenya.

For an exquisite collection of furnishings art and decor, including their own namesake line, Mark and Kristen Zeff’s 3000 square foot BLACKBARN (at 20 John Street) is a must stop. The candles and wicker baskets are particular faves.

 

BLACKBARN

 

Running parallel to the park is the quaint, cobblestoned Water Street. Pop into The Modern Chemist, a neighborhood pharmacy, for a selection of hard to find personal care and beauty products, or chat with one of their in-store wellness experts. We can’t resist a stop at the beloved Seamore’s, where you’ll instantly be transported to the beach. Replenish with a Hook, Line + Sinker cocktail, w/ Hendrick’s gin, strawberry, fresh lemon, mint and peach bitters, paired with an order of blackened shrimp Big Fish Tacos. Before heading off to gallery hopping, pick up a decadent handmade truffle or ice cream sandwich at Jacques Torres.

Round out your day at 16 Main Street, a former horse stable that is now home to DUMBO’s gallery scene. From the abstract works at Minus Space to contemporary fine art photography at Klompching Gallery and United Photo Industries, you’ll see thought-provoking works from emerging and mid-career artists.

For post-gallery-hopping happy hour, head back to Empire Stores and the Sugarcane raw bar grill – for oysters, sushi rolls and $7 mojitos and caipirinhas.

 

Minus Space 

 

 

Maastricht FASHIONCLASH 2018 Celebrates the Bleeding Edge of Avant Garde Style

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Positioned at the crossroads of The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, the surreptitiously sophisticated Dutch city of Maastricht obviously goes about its business without the corresponding fanfare of London or New York. But beyond hosting the world’s biggest art fair (TEFAF) each March, and perpetually acting as an incubator for contemporary culinary experimentation (check out all those Michelin stars), it also notably moves the avant-garde needle by producing the absolutely perception-altering annual FASHIONCLASH Festival.

Debuting in 2009, its mission was to present young designers to an international audience, including press and industry – which makes perfect sense, considering the talent regularly turned out by its prestigious Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts & Design (MAFAD).

 

 

But it has since become something of a marker for the bleeding-edge of fashion design, letting participants imaginations’ run wild – and then presenting it all in a fearlessly theatrical, thought-provoking manner. It now includes crossover collaborations with performance art, theatre, dance…all meant to forge a new cultural context and challenge the boundaries of our visual language.

With FASHIONCLASH 2018 just a month away (June 15-17), we caught up with Branko Popovic, co-founder and co-director (together with Nawie Kuiper and Laurens Hamacher), to discuss its ongoing mission. 

 

What would you say is the overall mission of FASHIONCLASH?

Overall, the mission is to contribute to a better world, firstly by providing a stage to a new generation of designers/artists and their new visions. Secondly, by placing fashion in the context of society; we strongly believe that the art of fashion can stimulate critical debate about controversial issues in our society. By researching and questioning “fashion,” we learn to understand the psychology of human behavior and its role in undermining stereotypes. The central question being asked, “How can we develop the fashion industry to improve well-being and equality?”

How has the festival evolved in the nine years since it launched?

It has evolved in many ways, not in scale, but in quality. First of all, we started in a small town in the south of the Netherlands, far away from opportunities for young designers. We started FASHIONCLASH to create a stage for experiment and to also show our own work. In the first editions we were building up a network and a format; later we started engaging with other disciplines such as theatre and dance. Since 2013 we started working with themes, and since 2016, we have a Forza Fashion House Project, a talent incubator to support designers’ entrepreneurship.

It is now international?

Over the years FC has grown from a single catwalk show into a renowned, full-service fashion showcase. We have developed and organized more than 200 projects in The Netherlands, and abroad in countries like China, Brazil, South Africa, Serbia, Portugal, etc. We are still a small team, working with low-budgets, but still just as passionate.

What can we expect that will be highlights of the 2018 festival?

We of course see all our participants as a highlight; it’s so amazing to welcome designers from all over the world. The 2018 edition format is quite a challenge, we have a program at 26 locations in Maastricht – we have named this ‘The Route’. This whole idea is a highlight and hopefully an inspiring experience for the visitors. Looking into detail, we have several projects we are proud of, such as “God is A Woman!?,” the Koorkappen – choir capes – project and the 10th edition of the CLASH Project that we have done since the beginning. This year we will have 15 performances, crossovers with theatre and dance. We are very excited about this.

 

(A sample of this year’s featured designers)

 

  • Maarten van Mulken
  • Dominika Kozáková
  • Filipe Augusto (photo by Ugo Camera)
  • SorteMaria
  • God is a Woman (photo by Fayle & Shayne)
  • Michaela Čapková
  • Mukashi Mukashi (photo by Fredrik Altinell)
  • Dana Jasinkevica
  • Amy Ollett (photo by Kenneth Lam)

‘Project Runway’ Is Returning to Bravo Next Season, Post-Weinstein

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Project Runway is returning to its birthplace, Bravo, after being moved to Lifetime by the Weinstein company. Andy Cohen announced the move back home at the NBC upfronts today for the series’ upcoming 17th season.

Take a look at the announcement below:

 

 

The show spent it’s first five years on Bravo before moving to the A&E-owned Lifetime after negotiatinos by The Weinstein Company, who’d owned the series. The contract was breached when Harvey Weinstein became the subject of scores of allegations of sexual assault, thus allowing the fashion reality program to move back to Bravo.

“This franchise will be an important cornerstone to complement Bravo’s original premium scripted and unscripted slate, and we expect it to drive the same level of fan-dom and passion as we experienced last time it was on Bravo,” said Frances Berwick, President Lifestyle Networks and NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, in a statement.

 

Louis Vuitton Releases A Quartet of Stunning New Travel Books

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For all the beautiful new handbags, shoes, jewelry, watches, et al, that Louis Vuitton introduces each season, at its soul, it is a company that draws its greatest inspiration from travel. To wit, its recent history-tracing New York exhibition Volez, Voguez, Voyagez, which rapturously celebrated exactly that.

Of course, Europhiles like us had also eagerly anticipated the release of the stellar LV City Guides every year. And as part of its ongoing and stunningly realized Travel Book series, this week sees the introduction of four visually dazzling new titles. Intriguingly, and perhaps showcasing the brand’s keen internationalism, they’ve matched up city and illustrator in a way that could only be described as “creative entente.”

And so for the Rome book, American artist Miles Hyman puts his special visual touch on the electric energy of The Eternal City; colorful Cuba is fittingly imagined by China’s Li Kunwu; Swiss illustrator Thomas Ott takes to America’s legendary Route 66, discovering and depicting its noir heart; and, fifty years after the Prague Spring (a brief, bright moment during Soviet rule), Russian artist Pavel Pepperstein transforms the cultural and architectural romanticism of the Czech capital into a series of strikingly evocative images.

If the most fundamental functions of books are to stimulate our imaginations and transport us out of our workaday worlds, these LV travel books are indeed resplendent little masterpieces in their own right.

 

 

Coach Teams Up With Disney on a New Fairy Tale-Inspired Collection

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Everyone loves a fairy tale – especially the happy ending. And today, we got our very own. This morning, Coach dropped their Disney x Coach: A Dark Fairy Tale collaboration, which puts a uniquely dark spin on Sleeping Beauty and Snow White. The collection, which fuses Disney’s animation with Coach’s signature cool, is chock-full of hoodies, jackets, purses and dresses all fit for a princess – or an Evil Queen.

 

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Launching tomorrow, exclusively at Coach’s SoHo flagship, and globally next week, the Dark Fairy Tale capsule is just the latest in Disney and Coach’s ongoing partnership. Coach Creative Director Stuart Vevers first teamed up with the iconic company on a Mickey Mouse collection in 2016. Since then, the brand has also released special edition partnerships with Selena Gomez and artist Keith Haring.

 

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Photos courtesy of Coach