The #NYFW Trend You’ll Want to Pet and Hold Tight Right Now

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At more than three it’s officially a trend, and it didn’t take more than a day or two of shows for the fur stole to crop up as the accessory du jour.

Long, luxurious, nonchalant, and warm. What’s not to love? Jason WuCreatures of the WindRodebjer, and Ohne Titel would all seem to agree that throwing one over your shoulder is the way to cozy up for fall.

We love the elegance of it, and are particularly enamored with the fun to be had as well (see: Creatures of the Wind’s spangled options, and Ohne Titel’s CMYK-colored swathes.) + Rodebjer added pockets. Pockets are always a good idea.

Ohne Titel: 

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Photos: @ohnetitelny on Instagram 

Jason Wu:

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Rodebjer:

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Photo: Paul Porter/BFAnyc.com

Creatures of the Wind:

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Insta-Critic: Jason Wu Gives us Karlie Clad in Fur

Jason Wu delivered clean urban elegance this afternoon, sending out a parade of seductively luxe looks. It’s no surprise the fashion pack approved: Eva Chen and Caroline Issa singled out the same sleek black pant suit on Instagram, while Karlie Kloss snagged the selfie of the hour, posing with the designer himself. And take a look at those heels… they’re at the top of our lists for #NYFW thus far!

@jasonwu fashion show in NYC. Photo by @maximsap #nyfw #jasonwu

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Luxe leathers and furs at Jason Wu

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A fave look for the editors in attendance (and THOSE SHOES)

Backstage at @jasonwu with the man of the hour. #NYFW ❤️

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Do what you love. Love what you do. @voguemagazine’s Grace Coddington at @jasonwu #nyfw #jasonwu Photo by @maximsap

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Fashion’s Finest Head to the White House for Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama at the Ribbon Cutting and Press Preview for Anna Wintour Costume Center and Charles James: Beyond Fashion COSTUME INSTITUTE Exhibition. Photo by Joe Schildhorn /BFAnyc.com

Fashion’s finest headed to Washington yesterday as part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Reach Higher” Initiative which invited 16 high school students–Parsons Scholars (a program that provides art, design, and fashion education to underprivileged youth) to take part in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Gathered amongst many of the greatest successes in the industry: Anna Wintour introduced Michelle Obama. Eva Chen, Phillip Lim, Diane von Furstenberg, Maria Cornejo, Jason Wu, and Jenna Lyons and more fashion figures were also in attendance. The students received career advice in the rare form of speeches from the First Lady of the U.S.A., and the First Lady of fashion, Ms. Wintour.

“Fashion is about so much more than just a pretty pair of pumps or the perfect hemline.  For so many people across the country, it is a calling, it is a career, and it’s a way they feed their families.  So that’s why we thought it was important to bring the industry to the White House, and to share it with all of you who are coming up in the next generation,” Ms. Obama said, in a speech excerpt that actually got me a little teary.

The young designers we’ll surely soon be clamoring for were set to task to decorate the East Room with 600 recycled books, which were transformed into table centerpieces, napkin rings, a backdrop for the speakers, and (my personal fave) a lectern specifically designed to never obstruct views of Mrs. Obama’s dress. Appropriately, the dress was an incredible student-designed piece by Natalya Koval of FIT, who clearly ran with the opportunity to show off those famous arms.

Sounds like it was a truly special occasion! #FOMO

Some of our favorite Reach Higher moments from Instagram:

 

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Jackie, @prabalgurung, and me at the White House. #fashionedu

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Thank you for your lovely words @flotus @michelleobama today has been amazing. #fashionedu @reachhigher2020 @whitehouse Regram @bibicornejoborthwick View on Instagram

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had to do it!- #whitehouse #31philliplim #fashionedu

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“We want you to see firsthand that a solid education and the willingness to work hard is really at the core of what it’s going to take to achieve your goals: education and hard work.” —The First Lady to #FashionEdu Thank you to all the leaders in the fashion industry who encouraged the students at today’s Fashion Education Workshop to #ReachHigher in their education. View on Instagram

 

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Fashion group at the White House ! Zac , Vera, Edward, Naomi, Lazaro ! @edward_enninful @iamnaomicampbell @lazaro @zac_posen Wonderful evening ! Love Diane @michelleobama #fashionedu

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A very inspiring speech from our First Lady ! @MichelleObama #fashionedu @reachhigher2020 Love Diane

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Who’s In At Oscar? Not Galliano.

This is what happens to prodigal designers who out-price themselves. After failed negotiations (Oscar wouldn’t front the money John Galliano wanted) Oscar de la Renta is reportedly looking for a new creative director, one who will work with Oscar for now, then take over when the 81-year old retires.

Galliano didn’t make the cut, but names like Prabal Gurung and Olivier Theyskens (the designer who currently oversees Theory) have been thrown into the hat. Jason Wu’s name was on the list too, until he accepted a gig with Hugo Boss last year.

Prabal’s red carpet style is a great fit for Oscar… and Olivier’s been at Nina Ricci  — beautiful dresses are what both designers do.

Good luck to both.

Prabal Gurung


Olivier Theyskens

Trends Out of Pre Fall: The Big Eight from Chanel, Alexander Wang, Belstaff, and More

Only a month and a half out – cue panic – from the new and improved New York fashion week, we can’t help but wonder what designers will bestow upon us this coming season. If the pre fall collections are any indication of what’s to come, we’ll be seeing an inundation of fringe, plenty of pleats and lots of lace. Plaids and floral will be prominent pattern stories, as will the black and white pairings that we saw this past spring. Big volume will remain a big player. And Bermuda shorts will make an impressive comeback.

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Seen at: Burberry, Jason Wu, Rag & Bone

Dark, dramatic lace could be found all throughout the pre fall collections.  This season’s lace felt romantic, sensual and not in the least bit girly.

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Seen at: ALC, Rag & Bone, Thakoon, Band of Outsiders

Reminiscent of a schoolboy uniform from private schools past, Bermuda shorts came back in a more tailored way. Rather than being oversized and slouchy they were grown up – a crisp, formal approach to the menswear trend.

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Seen at: DKNY, Donna Karan, Alice & Olivia, Narciso Rodriguez

The back and white pairings that dominated spring runways came back bolder and even more graphic. The contrasting colors felt distinctly harder, tougher, and seemed to harken back to the 1960s.

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Seen at: Chanel, Derek Lam, Alexander Wang, Nicole Miller

Cowboy hats, boots, and fringe, oh my. Epitomized by Chanel’s show in Dallas, the cowboy trend was more apparent than ever. Fringe found itself on everything from bags to the backs of dresses and broad rimmed hats and over the knee boots.

InFullBloom In Full Bloom

Seen at: Badgley Mischka, Erdem, Alice & Olivia, Temperley London

A perennial trend, flowers bloomed bold and beautiful this fall. In pastel pink and brooding black, blooms were rendered in a dozen different ways. We loved the graphic interpretations as well as the retro inspired prints.

Plaiditude A Plaiditude

Seen at: Altuzarra, Belstaff, Rachel Comey, Thakoon

Cleaning up the grungy plaids of last fall, this season’s tartans are crisp and classic with a modern twist. Interpreted in new color combinations and shapes the plaid feels reinvigorated and new.

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Seen at: ALC, Gucci, Tory Burch, Missoni

Pleated skirts in delicate swingy fabrics look simultaneously classic and fresh, especially when reinterpreted in silver metallic fabric or paired with sleek, minimal accessories.

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Seen at: Adam Lippes, Just Cavalli, Derek Lam, Proenza Schouler

Proving more is more. Jackets and pants in particular were given an extra dose of volume. Big, boxy structural shapes reigned supreme.

Fiesta for a Cause: Project Paz’s Annual Auction

Guests nursed cocktails inspired by Maestro Dobel and Bohemia under strands of bulb lights and papel picadostreamers as George Sotelo and David Lipke spun tunes last night at the fourth annual Project Paz Art Auction. Art and fashion luminaries such as Jason Wu and Thakoon Panichgul came out to support Project Paz, a non-profit committed to promoting peace and helping kids off the streets in Juarez, Mexico. Guests spent the evening bidding in an art auction, sitting for portrait sketches, a photo booth, shopping a pop-up shop, and partaking in music, and of course, lots of food and drink.

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The art auction was comprised of two collections. The contemporary collection, curated by Anne Huntington, consisted of 40 works inspired by the art, history and culture of Mexico. Among them were pieces by such visionaries as Alex Hank and Erika Harrsch. The second collection featured 12 photographs, taken by students who participated in this summer’s Pictures for Paz pilot program. “We picked images that feel like Mexico—we tried to capture a mood that ties them back to Juarez: the landscape, the colors, the workers,” said Annette Stephens who helped curate the photographs.

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The deluge of support from the art and fashion community was inspiring to say the least. Jason Wu and cohost Sofia Sanchez Barrenechea posed for pictures while Vogue’s Eugenia Miranda and Lucia Talt admired the photographs. The evening ended on a sweet note thanks to the La Newyorkina Paleta cart that surprised guests ice pops. The news that all our fun (boozing) had raised over $100,000 for the organization was a sweet surprise as well. Olé!

NYFW S/S 14: Jason Wu After-Party

Neon lights and graffiti-clad walls led the way down the Dream Downtown’s loading dock and into late-night hotspot Electric Room, where the man of the hour—Jason Wu—was inside celebrating his spring/summer 2014 collection on Friday night.

Champagne flowed (to the last drop) as editors, models and the like rubbed elbows inside the packed, electro-thumping lounge; Union Jack leather sofas, antique mirrors and gothic chandeliers filled the small, low-lit space. By midnight, Wu could be found in the VIP nook, a tiny corner behind the DJ booth, chatting away with actress Kerry Washington, a longtime supporter of the fashion designer. Among those who turned up to the after-party were Mad Men’s Jessica Paré and tennis pro Maria Sharapova, both of whom attended his show earlier in the day (front row faces included Alicia Keys and The Newsroom’s Emily Mortimer).
 
It’s been a busy year for 30-year-old Jason Wu, who shows no plans of slowing down. As noted in Suzy Menkes’ New York Times profile, the Taiwanese-Canadian designer was recently made creative director of Hugo Boss women’s wear and continues to expand his own brand with an upcoming collaboration with Lancôme. “…I don’t feel like it’s work,” Wu told the Times. “I’m a professional. It’s what I do.”
 
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NYFWeekend: Jason Wu Shines, Alex Wang Stuns

The past 72 hours have been filled with crazy fashion, crazy parties and crazy weather. Amidst watching brave, stiletto-sporting show-goers stumble through Nemo’s slippery slush, I managed to catch some killer shows, presentations and ragers. From Jason Wu and Alex Wang’s celeb-heavy front rows to Chloe Sevigny and Opening Ceremony’s all-girl protest at St. Mark’s Church, here’s what went down. 

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After hitting up Vanessa Bruno’s crazy-packed pop-up shop opening on Thursday night, fashion fiends flocked to Scoop NYC in Meatpacking to toast superstar stylist Cher Coulter’s new collection for AG Jeans‘ Stylist Series. In addition to appearances by Elizabeth Olsen and Liberty Ross, the event featured music by DJ Ms Nix, Tattly temporary tattoos and an AG Stylist Series photo booth. 

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Friday’s highlight was no doubt Jason Wu’s stunning show at 583 Park Avenue, which was attended by Alison Williams of Girls (she’s really fashion-y these days, huh?), Jaime King, Anna Wintour, Miroslava Duma, Stephanie Seymour and tons more fashion faces. As a possible salute to his top client, First Lady Michelle Obama,  the designer’s fall 2013 range was filled with ladylike pieces with just the right amount of edge. Highlights included a luxe assymetrical evening dress in deep red, intricately embellished sleeveless dress that had the FLOTUS written all over them and lots of fur, which, surprisingly, seems to be this season’s strongest trend.

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On Saturday, indie style star Chloë Sevigny took over St. Mark’s Church for her fifth Opening Ceremony collection. Inspired by "the inhibition of youth the follies of fashion of teenagers" and the ’60s protest movements, the exclusive presentation featured a range of badass female artists like Lissy Trullie and Kim Gordon (yes, the Kim Gordon) showing off the designer’s ever-retro wares while performing body-swaying tunes. Standout looks like ditsy patterned dresses, leather midi skirts, motif tights, platform sneakers and seamless bodysuits in collaboration with Emilio Cavallin stole the show. VIPs sipped SVEDKA Vodka backstage.

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Over at Alexander Wang, the designer’s exciting appointment as creative director of Balenciaga inspired a packed house filled with a who’s who of fashion and music insiders. Front-rowers included Carine Roitfeld, Emmanuelle Alt, Anna Wintour, Terry Richardson, Liberty Ross (who’s certainly making her presence known this season), Joan Smalls, A$AP Rocky (this season’s hip hop fashion fixture) and Zoe Kravitz. Not front row? Bloggers and, sadly, Bon Qui Qui. As for the collection, texture was of the essence, as was fall 2013’s omnipresent fur. Offering the ultimate IDGAF formula, the above look featured flat dress shoes, chunky socks, a knee-length leather skirt and a fur hoodie with a hole for your ponytail. Only Wang. 

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Sunday belonged to Yohji Yamamoto’s latest Y-3 collab for Adidas, which featured a primarily black-and-grey palette punctuated by neon orange and green. As expected, Adidas kicks anchored the show and added the perfect punch of color to otherwise muted looks. Yamamoto’s unmatched layering technique and unique perspective on proportion was seamlessly represented throughout the menswear and womenswear range. 

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The weekend capped with supermodel Anja Rubik’s saucy soiree at The Darby, which was attended by the likes of Brad Goreski and an incognito Amanda Bynes. Cult-cool designers like Cushnie et Ochs stayed glued to the dance floor as DJ Sam French and artist/DJ/stylesetter Theophilus London spun hip hop beats by Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna, Sisqo ("The Thong Song" really got Rubik moving) and Kanye West. Grammys who?

Music, Glamour, & Laundry at the St. Regis Bal Harbour

The other day I found myself in Miami (as one does) for the grand opening of the St. Regis Bal Harbour. Bal Harbour, for those of you who don’t know, is an area north of South Beach on the Miami coast known mostly for its luxury shopping center, The Shops at Bal Harbour. The Shops average $2,306 per square foot, which is how the success of malls is measured, while the national average hovers around $385.

The Shops at Bal Harbour were built over old Army barracks back in 1965. Eleven years earlier, in the space the St. Regis now occupies, the Americana Hotel opened. A Rat Pack hangout designed by Morris Lappidus, the grandpapi of Miami design, the Americana Hotel was the crown jewel of what was then the American Riviera. By the time that was imploded in 2007, it had already, one might argue, lost its vivacious spark. If you’re into implosion porn, check out the video of it all tumbling down.

Anyway, as I was saying: I found myself in Miami at the grand opening. The 243-room hotel was designed by Yabu Pushelberg, the New York design firm. I always thought it was one guy with a very interesting ethnic background. (I didn’t know Japanese Jews existed though I recently found out on the internet that all Japanese people might be Jewish!) In fact, it’s two very nice gentlemen, George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg. The lobby is like Versailles-meets-Sammy Davis Jr.’s rec room. It’s not gaudy in a traditional Miami sense, but it definitely has guts—bright, shiny guts. The marble floors are marbled with a black marble with white bursts called Godflower and it is quarried specifically for St. Regis. The mirrors, which line the wall in beveled boxes, are hand antiqued. There’s a restaurant, J & G Grill, by Jean-Georges Vongerichten, plus another tapas joint called Atlantico. There are two pools, one for family folk and one for adults and, best of all, you can sit on the beach — to which the property has usufructuary rights — and be served things like salads with sushi-grade tuna and also, wonderfully, alcohol. Someone even takes the time every morning to carve a little logo of the St. Regis in the sand. There are massive jugs of sunscreen which I didn’t but do highly recommend using.

The rooms are great suites of solitude. Mine overlooked the ocean, was larger than my entire house, and had a washer and dryer. This last bit was, for me, the primus inter pares. I was in Miami for the weekend, with only two pairs of pants, a pair of shorts, and three shirts. I did at least eight loads of laundry. Just because I could.

The deal with these grand openings—and with St. Regis in particular—is that they have brand ambassadors down there to mingle with the press and other more local celebrities. The St. Regis, for instance, has a relationship with Jason Wu and Nacho Figueras, the polo player, who are Brand Connoisseurs.  This whole media-celebrity interaction is sometimes awkward. For instance, Nacho Figueras is a very cool, laid-back guy. We talked about tattoos. His wife, Delfina, is also super friendly and has a tattoo of a dolphin on her ankle. Jason Wu, on the other hand, also seems quite nice, but what do he and I really have to discuss? He spent most of his time—at a Midnight Supper and, later, at the Opening Gala—chattering with the model Arizona Muse, his partner Gustavo Rangel (the Pierre Bergé to his YSL), and to the socialite Olivia Chantecaille. This, of course, is natural since a) there’s none of the uncertainty, so chilling in social intercourse, as to whether they are conversing with him due to his fame since they too are famous and b) they exist in overlapping spheres. I, instead, spent my time talking to Olivia’s husband, a guy named Ren who, nicely, stands every time he shakes someone’s hand, and Frits Van Paasschen, the CEO and President of Starwood. First of all, his last name sounds like Van Passion, which is great. Second of all, read his bio. He’s extremely interesting to talk to, not really famous, and we exist in overlapping spheres.

The climax of the event was the Grand Opening party, a lavish poolside affair. There were many people there. In fact, the entire demimonde of Bal Harbour showed up. They are, as a demographic, sparklier than their New York counterparts and also of more indeterminate age. They do, however, like heavy hors d’oeuvres as much as their Northerly cohort. In this they were not disappointed. Lobster on a bamboo skewer! Steak cut thinkly! Caviar in little beady mounds! There was a woman making sushi standing in a fountain, wearing galoshes. The entertainment was a really tremendous band called Jonathan Batiste and His Stay Human band, a group associated with Jazz From Lincoln Center with hints of a Second Line brass band though they were equally at home covering Lady Gaga as they were Charlie Mingus.

The climax of the climax—le grand petit mort, if you will—was a celebratory sabering of legion champagne bottles. These were held by a long line of gray-clad butlers who would not have looked out of place in a Kazuo Ishiguro novel. (I had a butler. Her name was Marina and she brought me as much detergent as I wanted.) As soon as the bubbles arced across the air, an impressive fireworks display began over the ocean. They were nice bookends to the implosion five years ago that cleared the way for the St. Regis.

I hung around for a few minutes after the fireworks, long enough to see Diane Kruger talking to Jason Wu in the VIP section. (Naturally.) I was briefly entranced by some sparkly dresses. I talked to the band. I ate some more seafood croquettes. Then I headed through the marbled lobby, passed the mirrored walls, up the keyless elevator and into my room. I took off my pants, shed my shirt, and did a load of laundry.