Ramy Brook Is Your New Favorite New York Brand

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Ramy Brook just wants to make women feel beautiful – and that’s exactly how it feels to wear her clothes. “Sexy, sophisticated and timeless,” the New York-based mother of three started her eponymous label after a never-ending quest for the perfect going out top. Of course, she couldn’t find one that wasn’t either cheesy or completely unaffordable, so she started making them herself. A ton of tops – and seven years – later, Ramy Brook has become one of the city’s most exciting lifestyle brands. From a recent collaboration with supermodel Martha Hunt, to an expanding range of dresses, jackets and eventually, accessories, the label only continues to grow.

It’s just the tip of the iceberg for us,” says Brook. “My end goal is to have Ramy Brook fulfill every need — full outfitting for women.”
Below, the designer sounds off on her creative process and outfitting mother/daughter duo, Cindy Crawford and Kaia Gerber.

Tell me about the brand. Why did you decide to start it?

In the beginning of 2010, I found myself shopping a lot and looking for a sexy, simple, solid top that I could wear with all of my jeans — really make it my own — but I could never find any. So, I decided I was going to learn how to do it myself and start my own business. I basically asked anyone I knew who was involved in fashion for advice and help, and within 6-10 months, I developed 6 sexy tops and one very short dress, then started having trunk shows — pretty much anywhere I had a friend, we had a show. Finally, a buyer from Bergdorf’s saw some of my designs and bought a bunch of them. So, I really jumped right into and had to learn everything quickly.

Did you have any sort of design background?

Not at all. But growing up, my mother used to make all of our clothes. She was a teacher, but she loved fashion, and a lot of our weekends were spent shopping for different patterns and fabrics. So, it’s something I’ve always been super passionate about. I just love getting dressed up and thinking about what I’m going to wear. So, I guess you could say I’ve had a lifetime of training — but definitely nothing formal.

How would you describe your design aesthetic?

I always use three words to describe the brand: it’s sexy, sophisticated and timeless. Whenever I would look for sexy tops, so many of them would be so cheesy. So, I always want to make sure my tops are sexy, but still sophisticated. Being timeless is important to me, too, because when I would go through my closet, I’d constantly be getting rid of clothes that were trendy, but not well-made. So, I wanted to make sure that whatever I made would be able to stick around for a couple of seasons and fit really well, with great quality.

Walk me through your design process. How do you go from inspiration to a finished piece?

First, the design team puts all of our inspiration photos into a folder. Then I really start to think about, ‘Where am I going? What do I want to wear? What’s appropriate? If I’m going to a school function what do I want to wear that could also look good when I go out to dinner? If I’m going to work, what can I wear so that I can also meet my friends at happy hour?’ In my head, Ramy Brook is really a lifestyle brand — we make clothes for women to wear all of the time.

 

You recently did a collaboration with Martha Hunt. How does she represent the Ramy Brook girl?

The beauty of Martha is that she really is happy, sexy and strong, and she’s really comfortable with who she is. That’s the Ramy Brook girl.

What do you want women to take away from wearing your clothes?

The biggest thing for me is for women to feel good about themselves. No matter what you look like or what size you wear, it’s really important that when you wake up, you feel confident and good about yourself — that’s what I want women to feel when they wear my clothes. Whether it’s just walking around the street, or going to a party; whether it’s a date night or just simply going to your kids soccer game — happiness is the end goal for me and the clothes can help you get there.

If you could pick one woman to wear Ramy Brook, who would it be?

That’s a loaded question! But it’s funny because I walked into my store today with my daughter and Cindy Crawford was there. She’s great,and a big fan of the brand. So, what would be really fun for me would be to have her and her daughter wearing it together. I just love that mother daughter connection, and it shows how all women, no matter their age can feel beautiful in Ramy Brook.

What do you see for the brand going forward?

It’s really just the beginning for us. Right now, we’re truly an emerging company. What started as a few sexy shirts for myself because I couldn’t find any, has moved into a full brand. I just want to continue building that.

 

Photography by Sebastian Faena & Lloyd Stevie

 

Pioneering Tribeca Design Gallery R & Company is Presenting ’20 Years of Discovery’

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For many it is hard to imagine, but R & Company opened their first gallery in Williamsburg in 1997, long before the by now overwhelming hipster / real estate agent encroachment. Moving to Tribeca in 2000, around the time that the Lower Manhattan neighborhood became the city’s predominant design incubator, they continued to cultivate and champion the industry’s bleeding edge, from the standpoints of both style and edification.

But earlier this year came the news that they had outgrown their Franklin Street space; and so they subsequently moved to a stunning new HQ at 64 White Street this past spring. The new gallery is spread over 8000 square feet, with a spectacular, light-flooded, three-story atrium.

 

 

To celebrate, R & Co is hosting what is arguably a genuinely monumental exhibition, 20 Years of Discovery, focusing on four major modern movements: Brazilian Modern Design, Postwar American Design, Contemporary Design, and the self-codified “Difficult” Design. Included are works by such culture-altering giants as Charles & Ray Eames, Ettore Sottsass, George Nelson, Verner Panton and The Haas Brothers, along with 33 others.

To put it concisely, if you’re seeking a primer on how we have arrived at this particular moment in contemporary design, this is an unmissable event. Thankfully, it runs until August 25.

Go.

 

 

Victoria Beckham Works the Door in F/W18 Fashion Film

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The critical eyes of the fashion industry can often be brutal for anyone who doesn’t stand out. All it takes is a wrong look from the right person to immediately knock you down the ranks.

This is the case in Victoria Beckham’s short film for her FW18 collection. Model Chloe Nardin navigates the streets of a seedy metropolitan, sporting a bold look. Turning heads throughout the city, she finds herself at the entrance to an elite nightclub where none other than Beckham herself is working the door with a stamp of approval for only the most fashionable people.

Luckily, Nardin makes the cut, as she dons a chic leopard print from Beckham’s latest collection. It also references the coat worn by the designer in the film, as she steps aside to usher the model through. Their looks perfectly exemplify the animal prints and feminine yet sophisticated silhouettes of the fall line.

Victoria Beckham’s FW18 collection is now available online. Watch the film below.

 

Faye Dunaway is the New Face of Gucci

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Faye Dunaway has led a storied career, with iconic roles from Bonnie and Clyde to Chinatown to Barfly, her work has endured generations. But her most memorable role might be that of the late Joan Crawford in Mommie Dearest, a jaw dropping account of the movie star’s dark maternal secrets.

Dunaway sets her sights on fashion in her latest project, which features her as a different kind of Hollywood mother: indeed, imagine Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise in 20 years. As this fictional Hollywood matriarch embarks on a day of shopping, tennis, and signing autographs, French singer and actress Soko accompanies her as her adoring daughter.

The short fashion film is for a Gucci campaign featuring Dunaway as the face for Sylvie 2018; as the ladies sport some high-end Gucci looks, the Sylvie bag pops up throughout. It concludes with Dunaway gifting the bag to Soko, as if to pass it on to a new generation.

 

Sarah Paulson Haunts a Neon Fantasy in Prada Campaign

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Fans are on the edge of their seats for the upcoming eighth season of American Horror Story. But Sarah Paulson’s latest project looks like it could be a highly stylized Ryan Murphy work itself.

Paulson stars in Neon Dream, a short film by Willy Vanderperre for Prada’s Fall/Winter 2018 campaign. Aptly titled, it features a collection of neon accented pieces on model Amanda Murphy. It plays out against the neon lit dreamscape that is Las Vegas’ Sunset Strip, like a fashion-forward homage to Hunter S Thompson.

Paulson makes multiple appearances as a hauntingly mysterious woman. A suited valet, a roller-skating bartender, and a Marilyn Monroe impersonator, she shadows Murphy through this colorful fashion fantasy. RuPaul’s Drag Race season seven winner Violet Chachki also makes an appearance as the front woman of a Marilyn army and a showgirl performing onstage for Murphy and Paulson.

See Prada’s FW18 collection here.

 

Anna Wintour Gives Her Stamp of Approval on Air Jordan Collab

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Anna Wintour has long been the definitive voice of American fashion. Indeed, the Editor-in-Chief of Vogue and artistic director of Condé Nast can arguably make or break a project.

Now she has quite literally contributed that stamp of approval to her new collaboration with Nike, as the original influencer has teamed up for a limited edition collection of Air Jordans. Two iconic silhouettes feature “AWOK,” which stands for “Anna Wintour Okay,” Wintour’s sign-off for pages of Vogue before they’re published.

The AJI Zip AWOK comes in both university red and sail, with soft leather accented by a gold metallic zipper and other embellishments, including an “Edited by Vogue” tag and the “AWOK” signature on the sole and tongue. The AJIII SE AWOK comes in black and red, with tweed inspired by Wintour’s signature Chanel suits.

The AJI Zip AWOK will be available July 23 on the SNKRS app. The AJIII SE AWOK will be available September 7.

 

Beyoncé X Balmain Collection Serves Black Collegiate Greatness

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Beyoncé recently turned heads during her performance at Coachella with some eye-popping threads by Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing. She and her dancers sported sequined hoodies that served total collegiate glamour. They paid tribute to marching band uniforms and the Greek lifestyle of historically black colleges and universities.

Luckily for her fans, she and Rousteing decided to collaborate on a collection inspired by the looks. Indeed, the pieces feature the same graphic. Available this week, it includes hoodies in both pink and yellow, as well as a black t-shirt.

Although the prices range from $290 to $1790, the proceeds will be donated to the United Negro College Fund. It follows Beyoncé’s donation of $100,000 to four HBCUs after her Coachella performance. The collection is available July 13 at Balmain.

 

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Runway Rundown: All The Best From Spring ’19 Ready-to-Wear, Resort and Fall ’18 Couture

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Valentino Fall ’18 Couture

 

A lot has happened on the runway over the last few weeks. There was Paris Couture Week; before that, some designers showed their Spring ’19 collections; and in between all of those, there was Resort (which we don’t usually care for, but this season had one great moment). So, we don’t blame you if you’ve missed some things. And because we love you, we’re going to be your fashion fairy godmothers, and round up everything you need to see if you haven’t already (and if you have, all of the amazing things you should look at again). Below, our favorite runway moments — or, as we like to call them, the only ones worth mentioning.

 

Spring ’19 Ready-to-Wear:

Spring can be really boring. I mean, florals, for Spring? Groundbreaking. No, but seriously, it can really hard to re-invent the wheel when that wheel is a limited range of flowing skirts, mini dresses and caftans. That’s why our favorite brands threw out seasonal rules altogether and did things like patent leather and hoodies.

 

Alyx

 

For Matthew Williamson’s first ever runway show for his four-year-old brand Alyx (or, as its named now, 1017 Alyx 9SM for Williamson’s birthday and the location of his first studio at 9 Saint Marks), the designer went all out. Instead of debuting a ton of cliche Spring pieces, like bathing suits and floral dresses, the collection looked almost as if it could’ve been for Fall. With a post-apocalyptic vibe perfect for our current political climate, Willliamson’s pieces looked like a uniform for, albeit incredibly fashionable, anti-fascist soldiers. Sign me up.

 

Vetements

 

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For fashion world darling Demna Gvasalia’s turn on the runway, the designer paid homage to his home country, Georgia. Gvasalia casted the show with all Georgian teenagers, and took the opportunity to teach fashion insiders about the current political turmoil happening in the region. In fact, each piece from the collection comes with a giant bar code, that once scanned with your iPhone, will open an app that features facts about the country. And as much as I want to hate Vetements, I wish I could afford to pay $1,000 for a sweatshirt.

 

Kenzo

 

Prints, prints, prints. #KENZOSS19

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Kenzo S/S ’19 was all about prints. Gingham, checks, polka-dots, snakeskin — you name it, Carol Lim and Humberto Leon designed it, and styled it together. The whole maximalist, should-be-clashing-but-instead-looks amazing thing has always been Kenzo’s vibe, but each season Lim and Leon seem to do it better and better. After last year’s Spring collection, I really thought the brand had reached their peak, but this season even makes me want to wear color.

 


 

Resort:

Honestly, I shouldn’t have even included Resort on this list, since it’s really not a list – it’s just Miu Miu.

 

Miu Miu

 

If Miu Miu’s Resort ’19 collection was bad, it truly wouldn’t have even mattered. With a casting like the one they had at The Regina Hotel in Paris last week, including Rowan Blanchard, Kaia Gerber, Uma Thurman, Chloe Sevigny and Naomi Campbell, no one would have even noticed the clothes. But we did, because the collection was perfect. Kind of preppy, but with a race car driver-meets-Valley of the Dolls-meets-Maui sort of look, the Miu Miu collection was what Miuccia Prada still does best, even after all these years: it was fun, it was free, and somehow, between all the clashing prints and furry heels, it was still subtle.

 


 

Fall ’18 Couture:

Couture is all about fantasy; it’s about staring at beautiful clothes you desperately want but have absolutely nowhere to wear them to. When it came to this year’s Couture Week, our favorite designers didn’t let us down, delivering some of the dreamiest collections we’ve ever seen grace the runway. I mean, Kaia Gerber at Valentino. Enough said. But don’t worry, we’ll say more anyway.

 

Chanel

 

For his Fall ’18 Chanel couture show, Karl Lagerfeld paid homage to Paris. Honestly, everything the guy does is good, and the fact that he’s still able to send tweed two-pieces down the runway, and make them look good — well, that alone, proves he’s a genius. In addition to his love of Paris, the designer built this collection around what he calls the “high profile” — long skirts that unzip to show thigh-bearing minis underneath. “You can wear it zipped down when you visit your banker, no?” he told Vogue. “And zipped up when you see your lover after!”

 

Valentino

 

At this point, there’s no way you haven’t seen at least one photo from the Valentino couture show. Images of Kaia Gerber in her amazing beehive have literally been flooding the internet. But for once, the talk is true and all the hype is worth it. The Valentino collection was the MVP of Couture Week — and maybe all of 2018. Obviously, Pat McGrath and Guido Palau killed it with the beauty; but the collection itself was completely breathtaking. I mean, the models looked like actual angels floating down the runway in their billowy gowns and floral headdresses.

 

Fendi

 

 

Fendi always knows what they’re doing. For their couture collection, the brand took a step back from the logomania that’s taken over their last few seasons, and created a ’60s-inspired ode to fur. While a lot of the industry has vowed to go fur free, Lagerfeld has doubled down with Fendi. Though the collection included bits of actual fur, it was more about the ways in which he treated other fabrics that created a sort of gaudy (but in a good way), glam feel that I totally could’ve imaged Liz Taylor or Anne Welles in.

 

Margiela

 

Discover highlights from our Autumn-Winter 2018 ‘Artisanal’ Collection designed by @jgalliano: The nomadic idea of taking life on the road is conveyed in abundant layering where garments interweave and mutate. #maisonmargiela #artisanal #artisanalartistry – Music: “Unchained Melody” Written By: Alex North & Hy Zaret Courtesy Unchained Melody Publishing LLC – Black Saturn, Nicholas Hill, Luciano Ugo Rossi, Glenn Herweijer; Ben Sumner. KPM Music When The Clock Stops, Nikky French. KPM Music Breakacuda,Benjamin Medcalf. Anger Music Circus Caravan MYMA. Justement Music Flight Remembered, Nicholas Hill, Glen Herweijer, Ben Sumner. KPM Music The Arrival, David James Caton, Harry Valentine. Anger Music Etude in e major, Frederic Chopin, Tolga Kashif, KPM Music Warhammer, Darren Mudge. Anger Music Arrangement : Jeremy Healy

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Galliano went all Fifth Element for his latest Margiela Artisanal collection (he’s too cool for couture, natch). Using VR headsets and iPhones as accessories, the designer sent a retro-futuristic, technology-obsessed collection down the runway. And hey, since people are already attached to their phones, physically adhering them to our outfits seems like a natural next step. That, or we’re going to war with aliens and Galliano is designing the outfits.

 

Viktor and Rolf

 

To celebrate their 25 years together, Viktor & Rolf decided to take 25 of the brand’s most iconic looks, and update them for their Fall ’18 couture collection. That update meant turning everything white and covering them in Swarovski crystals. Though I’ve always been a fan of Viktor & Rolf, there’s literally nothing more perfect than the bed dresses they originally created for their Fall ’05 collection — or, at least, I thought, until I saw this season’s iteration, complete with white bedazzled pillows and a down evening dress. Sigh. This is what dreams are made of.

 

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The Weeknd Releases Summer-Inspired Merch Collection

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Abel Makkonen Tesfaye has created some of the most sensual R&B of our time as The Weeknd. As an influencer, he’s also created some worthy pieces of streetwear through his limited edition merch collections.

This week, he released the second installment of his 2018 edition The summer-inspired collection features a cut + sew mesh basketball jersey, a cut + sew pique polo, basketball shorts pairing, and custom XO slides. 2018 Merch Release 002 also includes a new range of screen printed graphic t-shirts, long sleeves, and hats, as well as a new colorway of the Classic XO tracksuit and a new matte black XO coffee mug.

The Weeknd’s 2018 Merch Release 002 is now available online.