Important: Studio Garance Doré discusses the best croissant in the city.
ITG interviews Queen Bey’s makeup artist of ten years. To Francesca Tolot we say, “teach us and we will follow!”
Mick Jagger has released a statement about the death of his girlfriend, designer L’Wren Scott. It begins, “I am still struggling to understand how my lover and best friend could end her life in this tragic way.” Read the rest here.
Moda Operandi’s Indre Rockefeller has left the company to become Delpozo’s U.S. President. Turnover at Moda is pretty high when you consider that Taylor Tomasi Hill and Aslaug Magnusdottir have both also left in the past year.
Thanks to New York’s Dover Street Market, Giambattista Valli is heading our way. The retailer will host a pop up from March 28-April 22.
Is a J.Crew IPO more likely now that Fast Retailing has backed out of negotiations?
Cult-favorite jewelry designer Delfina Delettrez is known for her outre and, at times, perverse bauble creations. Remember these orgy cufflinks? We love that she takes chances and isn’t afraid to go against convention in order to provide adventure-seeking jewelry collectors with a fresh array of out-of-the-box options. Her latest offerings are now available on beloved runway-to-closet platform, Moda Operandi—and we’re hooked.
For fall 2012, Delettrez (who is also the daughter of Silvia Venturini Fendi) salutes her home, Rome. From large statement earrings featuring ancient Roman-inspired columns with an enamel eye (above, far left) to an ancient Roman-inspired tri-tone marble mosaic centerpiece in a unique arrowhead claw setting (below, center), this range is one of the best we’ve seen yet. Shop the complete collection here.
Luxury e-commerce site Moda Operandi is known for delivering hard-to-find runway looks to today’s aspirational shopper. While this service certainly satisfies luxe consumers from a sartorial standpoint, M’O understands that these individuals likely collect other fancy things, too, like art. That’s why they’ve partnered with one of the world’s largest online art networks to bring fine art to the stylish (and extremely wealthy) masses.
Thanks to a collaboration with artnet Auctions, members of M’O can now snap up limited-edition art from the likes of Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst, as well as exclusive fashion photography prints, like the above Cindy Crawford classic by Michel Comte from 1992. While purchasing any of these pieces is a serious investment (this signed print will set you back $6,300), casually mentioning that the legendary portrait on your wall is an original during your holiday dinner party is almost worth every penny.
It’s official. Today, The New York Times reports that Roopal Patel and Taylor Tomasi Hill are luxury e-tailer Moda Operandi’s latest big hires. Patel, a bigwig at Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman, will join as fashion director. Former Marie Claire style and accessories director turned model, Tomasi Hill, is now the runway-to-closet platform’s artistic director. This is major.
"Ms. Patel, who was most recently the senior women’s accessories editor of Neiman Marcus, will oversee merchandising. Ms. Tomasi Hill will focus on the editorial components," notes the NYT.The gals join an already heavy roster of talent that includes Vogue‘s Lauren Santo Domingo and former Gilt exec Aslaug Magnusdottir.
Jennifer Fisher created her cult-favored jewelry line after designing a simple dog tag chain for her first born, Shane. This led to more experimental accoutrement craftwork, which eventually caught the eye of style influencers like Rihanna, Charlize Theron, and the cast of Gossip Girl. While you’d have to wait until, well, fall/winter to claim Fisher’s fall/winter collection anywhere else, Moda Operandi is hooking up pre-orders now.
“My inspiration comes from my daily life. Most importantly family, travel, the streets. I want women to feel empowered when wearing my pieces. That they can do anything," Fisher tells us. From pave black and white diamond gothic letters and studded cuffs to insect charms and skull rings, the designer’s latest range expertly blends opulence and experimentation to provide sartorial risk-takers with an array of conversation-starting options for their seasonal festivities.
And although these pieces are holiday-friendly, that doesn’t mean that they have to be stowed after FW12: "Jewelry should be effortless," Fisher explains. "They should comprise of pieces that can withstand one season of trends and then be worn layered year round.” Pre-order the collection exclusively on Moda Operandi through April 9 here
Although we’ve always been fans of Moda Operandi’s super limited-edition trunk shows, we’re particularly excited about today’s offerings. In anticipation of the upcoming Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute’s must-see exhibit starting May 10 (that’s next Thursday!), the runway-to-closet platform is hosting an exclusive sale of Schiaparelli’s extremely rare vintage jewelry. Major.
Known for collaborating with artists like Salvador Dali and Meret Oppenheim, Schiaparelli’s work is wearable art at its finest. Inspired by surrealism, each transcending piece is bold yet timeless, allowing the owner to wear it for a lifetime and pass on as an heirloom for generations to come. Although this jewelry certainly doesn’t come cheap (the pictured brooch will set you back $1,150), they’re the type of grown-up statement pieces that turn up once in a lifetime, for real.
Highlights from the sale—which is going on right this second and ends on May 9—include the aforementioned Moon Rock brooch (it’s from the 1960s and features faced blue moon rock stones, iridescent pearlized cabochons, and aurora borealis-finished rhinestone accents – imagine flaunting that at a dinner party), an amazing crystal cluster brooch with iridescent green jelly bean-like beads and matching earrings, and these 1950s drop earrings that feature faceted blue glass stones, faux pearl accents, and more aurora borealis action.
Oh, and these are all one-of-a-kind (seriously, there’s only one of each item), so sign up and snap up here
Photo courtesy of Moda Operandi
● Marie Claire style director and Project Runway judge, Nina Garcia, has officially joined the advisory board of Moda Operandi. [The Cut]
● After dating Gisele Bundchen, Bar Rafaeli, and Blake Lively, Leonardo DiCaprio has now moved on to Victoria’s Secret model, Erin Heatherton. How does the man do it? [Telegraph]
● Supermodel Lara Stone thinks young models should at least finish high school before they dive into the business. [Styleite]
● If you have one last person on your gift list, Style.com rounded up a great last-minute list of fashion coffee table reads to pick up at a bookstore near you today. [Style]
● Business of Fashion just released a list of their top 10 articles of 2011, which features this controversial profile on Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist. [BoF]
● Carine Roitfeld on no longer talking to her former Vogue Paris colleagure, Emmanuelle Alt: "Maybe this was not supposed to be a friendship […] I am very happy, in the end, because I am the winner.” Burn! [NYT]
From Elsa Schiaparelli’s iridescent opulence to Delfina Delettrez’s out-of-the-box baubles, Moda Operandi has showcased it all. That’s why it’s hard to believe that this is Band of Outsiders’ first-ever trunkshow on the luxury e-tailer’s site. In honor of the cult-favorite label’s exciting debut, we checked in with our friend, the ever-stylish Moda Operandi artistic director Taylor Tomasi Hill, to see what she’s eyeing from the Boy. by Band of Outsiders resort 2013 collection. Read on for the crème de la crème.
2. Boy. by Band of Outsiders – Punctuation Skirt
: "I don’t usually consider myself an overtly feminine dresser, so I love the hint of masculinity in Boy. By Band of Outsiders clothing. This skirt is a classic A-line shape, without feeling too cutesy."
● CK One kicks their multimedia campaign up a notch by releasing a fan-selected Pandora mix tape on April 1st. It’s not too late to submit your song! [Facebook] ● Maison Martin Margiela’s highly-anticipated first fragrance is set to hit US stores in April. [Fashionista]
● We’re completely obsessed with these print-happy shots taken behind the scenes at Proenza Schouler. [Jak & Jil] ● Balmain’s spokesperson confirms that the label’s creative director, Christophe Decarnin, is under treatment for depression—not a nervous breakdown—and is uncertain as to when he’ll return to work. [Fashionologie] ● Moda Operandi co-founder Lauren Santo Domingo loved a specific limited-edition MAC lipstick so much, they brought the color back just for her. [ITG] ● Behold a RTW and accessories breakdown of the final John Galliano for Christian Dior collection. [Racked]