MADE and the Clinton Foundation Team to Save the Elephants

Photo: Aria Isadora/BFAnyc.com

Fashion loves cute animals, which is a good thing in general, but especially when the industry decides to harness its mass collective power for good. During fashion week, you might remember the giant pink elephant on the ground floor of Milk Studios, created by artist Tristin Lowe. Though it may have appeared as little more than Instagram-bait, those who took a closer look knew it was in fact part of Made and the Clinton Foundation’s joint efforts for Save the Elephants. Also last season: Oscar de la Renta guests found stuffed elephants on their seats.

Now you can make a stylish contribution to the cause without an invite to an ODLR show. Made and the Clinton Foundation have teamed up with Suno, Pamela Love, and Prize Pins on items you can buy now to help save the elephants. Each brand created items from which a percentage of the proceeds from each sale goes to support conservation efforts by leading NGOs like the Wildlife Conservation Society and Conservation International.

“There is no ‘safe’ ivory, as ivory only comes from slaughtered elephants,” Chelsea Clinton told Style.com. These pieces trump ivory in every way.

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Get them here, and when you post about ’em, use #saveelephants to make your voice heard.

Keep Your Phone Charged and Lookin’ Cute in Suno, Pamela Love, and More

In acknowledgment of the fact that battery packs are a ubiquitous and necessary accessory for the modern girl-on-the-go, the CFDA and eBay have teamed up to amp up the design factor of these sometimes clunky devices. Six designers have lent their unique visions to a special battery pack that reflects their brand’s style. The six designers have pretty different aesthetics, so there’s sure to be something for everyone. Pick between Bagdley Mischka, Nicole Miller, Trina Turk, Thakoon, Suno, and Pamela Love’s takes on the the square juice pack for the buy-it-now price of $25.00, on sale from now until Dec 22nd. All proceeds will go directly to the CFDA.

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6 Special Moments from #NYFW Day 2: White Chicks, RiRi, and Karlie Kloss

Photo by Kevin Tachman via @voguemagazine on Instagram

Day two! The catch up continues. From Jason Wu to Zimmermann to Suno, we hit the very hot (and steamy) concrete in spades today. Sweaty dresses, expensive cabs, and a collective 14 (is that all?) caffeinated beverages later, we’re home and onto our second shift–writing about all of it. Here’s today’s recap–

(P.S. you can follow us through #NYFW on Instagram at @alyssashapiro, @sarajanenyc, and @emilyovaert. And of course, @blackbookmag.)

Emily: Best part of my day, hands down, was seeing artist Dustin Yellin take the runway in a Misha Nonoo dress.

Sara: With, like, a Starbucks cup, right? Haha.

Emily: Yes– it was like something out of White Chicks. He actually pulled off walking in heels pretty well and it was hilarious.

Alyssa: Dustin was definitely doing his best white girl impersonation. I don’t know if girlfriend can really walk in heels… I’m actually pretty sure he can’t even.

Sara: The instagram-induced NYFW envy is real. I was at Adam Selman, but as soon as I left and saw Instagrams with RiRi popping up I was sad-face-emoji. But actually, it was a million degrees inside and I couldn’t stay–I spent half the show contemplating my new (brilliant, IMHO) idea that show programs be printed on those cardstock fans on a stick, ya know? Wouldn’t that be amazing? No matter what I do, I’m sweating in a not-cute way in 10 minutes! Then I see girls decked out and I swear they don’t have sweat glands.

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Rihanna and Adam Selman photographed by Kevin Tachman

Alyssa: Is there a cute way to sweat, though? The show notes at Siki Im were printed on a decently thick stock of paper that worked wonderfully. So, thanks Siki!

Emily: Dude I’m with you.  I made the mistake of wearing a silk dress in the subway today and had awkward sweat stains in inconvenient places.

Alyssa: The trick is to not sit down.

Sara: I saw about 1489567345 girls in crop tops today and while I couldn’t–ever– I envied their nearer-to-nudity while I dreamt of taking off my already light dress… Alyssa–can we talk about the fact that you saw KARLIE today? (I am a social media creeper. Cool.)

Alyssa: I don’t know if I’m allowed to geek out this hard but pretty much every time I see Karlie Kloss on the runway my heart skips a beat. She walks like a panther. It’s so GOOD. She brings life to the clothes. I’m all about her.

Sara: I’ve heard people say she has an insane walk and I need to see it to understand it. Fingers crossed. ALSO, re. Karlie–she totes ‘grammed herself doing pilates this morning. Girl #werqs. I saw Lynn Yaeger at Suno, which by the way, might have been my favorite show yet. So that was my fangirl moment of the day.

Alyssa: Speaking of fanning out, I got to see Chris Gelinas at the CG presentation this morning. I pretty much adore him, and I adore his collection, and I really enjoy the thought and process that goes into creating the materials for the pieces. One of my favorite pieces from his presentation was a really gorgeous short sleeve jacket made of a nylon tweed with silk organza overlay, hand frayed, and with a machine embroidered graphic pattern. It’s so complex but it’s not fussy. The collection is actually pretty nonchalant for all its details. And I got three hugs out of him — a really lovely start to the day.

Sara: Fun fact: I was in this tiny, crowded room when he won his MADE for Peroni award last year and it was adorable. Yay CG. New designers are the shit. Also, while there weren’t any moms or babies in my life today, I did get a REALLY cool gold temporary tattoo (haha, that sentence) at the tents today.

Alyssa: Flash tats!

Emily:  I’ve seen those everywhere! Been meaning to get one after seeing it on Beyoncé’s Instagram. Today I snagged two gift bags with various beauty products. By the end of fashion week I’m hoping to have enough shampoo / conditioner to last me a year.

Alyssa: You’re more likely to get dry shampoo in those bags, because who has time to wash her hair, amiright?

Sara: Emily: jeal. Alyssa: I hit up a braid bar today and am now lying down in a tank top and a ridiculously fancy updo. Showers are for squares. I will probably fall asleep with it…soon.

Alyssa: Yeah right, girl! We have trend stories to do 🙂

Art Basel Art Overload? The Shopping Worth Stopping for in Miami

Between Art Miami, NADA, Pulse, Design Miami… the list goes on… there’ll be a point this week when all we want is some breathing room, a cocktail, and a little retail therapy. Fortunately, part of the Art Basel festivities include designer collaborations and Miami-centric beauty. Here’s what’s worth hitting while you’re in town:

Our Lady Linda

The Gap and Visionaire are collaborating for the second time (11 years later) on a limited-edition series of 45 t-shirts. One features the lovely Linda Evangelista (the super of all supers, in my  book). The tees will be available at Gap in Miami and NYC, and at – where else – The Webster.

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Piamita x The Webster

What better boutique than The Webster for Miami’s best fashion (a little less Hervé and a little more Proenza)? Coinciding with Art Basel Miami Beach, The Webster’s collaboration with loungewear brand Piamita hits the store with flamingo-laden silk separates. Perfect to wear in the day, for dinner, or to bed, this set will take you anywhere. 1220 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

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NARS Loves Miami

If you’re heading to Miami from NYC, chances are you had to dig into the depths of your closet to find something less black and more … exuberant. If the thought of a shocking pink dress is too painful to bear, you might be able to work in a splash of Miami heat across the face a little better. Cue: NARS Loves Miami, a collection of the best-selling colors from the beach in one very convenient box-set. Available at Saks Fifth Avenue Bal Harbour.

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SUNO’s Capsule Collection at The Webster

The Webster will be the only place to find this SUNO capsule collection – eight tropical-fresh pieces full of bright colors and prints (flamingo-mascot-inclusive). The Webster’ll host a party to kick off the capsule.  Available from December 5.

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Colette Art Drive-Thru at Alchemist

For a completely different shopping experience, roll on over to Herzog & Meuron’s parking structure (5th floor). Place your order and let girls on roller skates deliver your selections right to the car window – think André “Art Smoke” e-cigs, a Rolex by Bamford, Delfina Delettrez jewels, a Darcel beach towel, and a Moncler/Pharrell collab, among many, many other things.

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Happy shopping.

The BlackList: Weekly Events Dec. 2-8

Gallery hopping, film screening, concert-going, and partying: like always, we have what’s coming up, and this week, we’re going to Miami.

Monday, December 2

London: Marc Jacobs celebrates Kate Moss’ Playboy cover and the magazine’s 60th anniversary at the London store, 24-25 Mount Street, at 3 p.m.

Art Drive-Thru/Miami: Today through December 8, colette Paris heads to Miami with Alchemist, setting up an old school drive through (girls on roller skates and all) on level 5 of Herzog & Meuron’s parking structure. Order up a signed and numbered print , a beach towel, or a Rolex. Just don’t expect dollar menu pricing.

Paper Dreams/Miami: The Standard commissioned Luis Pons, a Miami designer, to float a paper and bamboo boat off the spa’s Lido Dock, offering some much needed calm for fair-goers. The smooth sailing installation pushes off with a cocktail reception from 5-7 p.m., remaining open through December 8.

Tuesday, December 3

Curiouser and curiouser/NYC: Maison Kitsuné hosts Le Cabinet de Curiosités of Thomas Erber at The Avant/Garde Diaries Project Space. The event’s fourth installment showcases California brand Parabellum, and touches down in NYC after making its way from colette in Paris, Brown’s in London, and Andreas Murkudis in Berlin. After this evening’s RSVP-only cocktails to celebrate the launch, the exhibition will be open at 372 Broome St. and Kitsune (1170 Broadway) through December 23, from 12:00 – 8:30 p.m.

NYC: BAM hosts Bodycast, a theatricalization of the “artist talk” with artist Suzanne Bocanegra and actor Fances McDormand, through December 7. Tickets $20

Wednesday, December 4

Sample sale/London: A sample sale worth the airfare – Nicholas Kirkwood will be 75% off today and tomorrow at 26 South Molton Lane, London.

Invite only/Miami: MoMA’s Chief Curator at Large and MoMA PS1’s Director Klaus Biesenbach is honored tonight by MEDIUM with the Curatorial Excellence Award. 7 – 9 p.m., The Standard Spa, Miami Beach.

BlackBook at Art Basel/Miami: BlackBook is excited to co-host our Art Basel event with LACMA and React to Film at the Delano, Miami Beach. There’ll be cocktails and a showing of three artist films celebrating the work of David Hockney, John Baldessari, and Ed Ruschka. RSVP@reactofilm.com

After the party it’s the after party/Miami: Interview and OHWOW get their party on to celebrate Art Basel Miami Beach on the rooftop of the Boulan, 2000 Collins Ave. RSVP interview@oh-wow.com

Sing it/Miami: André Sariava brings The Standard East’s karaoke club to The Rec Room at The Gale in Miami, 1685 Collins Ave. Open through December 7, from 11 p.m. until late early morning.

NYC: Women in Music will host a celebration (of what other than women in music) at Le Poisson Rouge with DJs Jackie Smiley, Cherie Lily, and Shannonigans. 7 p.m. Tickets $10

NYC: Nitehawk Cinema hosts a one night only screening of a newly restored Sidewalk Stories, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $15

NYC: Ozu and His Afterlives begins at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, showing films influenced by and of Yasujiro Ozu. Screenings through December 12.

NYC: Alvin Ailey’s American Dance Theatre company premieres Chroma, with choreography by Wayne McGregor, and sounds of orchestrations of The White Stripes. Performances begin today through January 2.

Thursday: December 5

Shopping break/Miami: SUNO celebrates the launch of their line for Miami’s prime shopping destination The Webster, 1220 Collins Avenue, from 3-5 p.m. RSVP to suno@bpcm.com

Invite only/Miami: Spike Jonze celebrates HER with a private dinner at The Standard, Miami Beach. 9:30 p.m.

NYC: To celebrate the anniversary of the end of prohibition, The Village Voice hosts a holiday spirits tasting event from 7:30-10:30 p.m. at Studio Square, 35-44 37th Street in Long Island City. Tickets from $50

Friday, December 6

Boozy brunch/invite only/Miami: Creative Time throws their second annual champagne brunch from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. at The Standard Miami Beach.

Confessional/Miami: Glenn O’Brien celebrates the release of Penance, his latest book, with a live confessional at The Newsstand at The Standard Spa, Miami. From 5-7 p.m.

Win, Lose, or Draw/Miami: Let Ryan McGinness teach you how to draw. On the heels of his new sketchbook, the artist is hosting a drawing class at the Lido Lounge at the Standard Miami Beach.

Saturday, December 7

NYC: Nitehawk Cinema gets its Old West brunch on with an 11:30 a.m. screening of McCabe & Mrs. Miller, introduced with a live performance by Julie Christie and Warren Beatty. Tickets $16

NYC: Hop over to Milk Gallery for a book signing of Richard Corman’s Madonna from 4-6 p.m. 450 West 15th Street. RSVP here.

Sunday, December 8

NYC: The Museum of the Moving Image hosts a screening of The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford with an introduction by the book’s author Ron Hansen. 7 p.m. Tickets $15

Resort 2013 Roundup: Printspiration, Metallics, More

Resort season has always been my favorite season for fashion because it’s that in-between stage when designers can unapologetically churn out a look that channels the love child of spring and fall. Think long-sleeved mini dresses, shorts with loose knits, slacks with tanks, lightweight suits, etc. And prints! Designers really get down with prints here. Case in point: these gratifying graphics by PreenMarc Jacobs and Suno. Read on for a few more trend takeaways.

Front Slits

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Obviously traumatized by Angelina Jolie’s right leg fiasco at the Oscars, NAHMA.L.C. and Reed Krakoff all took a subtler approach to skin-baring slits.

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From slithery silk onesies to sleeveless florals to what can only be described as "lab chic,"  Theyskens’ TheoryThakoon and Band of Outsiders all jumped on the jumpsuit train this season.

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Perhaps in homage to the late and great Donna Summer, Oscar de la Renta, Michael Kors and Belstaff debuted disco-friendly looks that were heavy on the metals.

Photos: Style.com

Breaking it Down: The Spring Trends from #NYFW

It took eight full days for New York Fashion Week to sweep us into spring submission, now the only thing we want to pull out of our closets are the shoes and fabrics of tomorrow – or was it of yesterday? The ‘90s were a big influence on the collections. So what cropped up over and over (aside from crop tops)?

Gleaming lamé made an appearance or three. At Proenza Schouler, pleated skirts revealed the shiny silver and gold materials interspersed between black, white, and the palest cream. 

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Joseph Altuzarra cut liquid skirts and dresses out of lamé as well, and slits up-to-there allowed the fabric to flow as it pleased.

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One of the Thakoon dresses had lamé thread and flower appliques strewn over the whole number.

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Lamé wasn’t the only thing shining on the runways; other sparkling threads made appearances as well: at Richard Chai, light-catching navy paillettes had a similar effect. Wes Gordon did it with a silver skirt that looked like blown up and loosely woven chainmail.

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Suno embroidered its African collection with gold thread.

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It’s probably because we all just want to look cool that designers are re-upping the bomber jacket. The jackets appear in collections from Jonathan Simkhai, Richard Chai, Victoria Beckham and Peter Som… the list goes on.

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Ginghams, plaids, and checks of all colors and sizes graced the runways, too, harkening again to the good old ‘90s. In watercolors, blown up just shy of recognition, and as delicate graph paper pattern, Tess Giberson, Derek Lam, Richard Chai, Suno, and Araks all took part. 

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A Look at Fashion Week So Far

The spring 2014 shows are here, and a few varied trends are beginning to emerge. 

The collection at Cushnie et Ochs was primarily white and black, though grey and purple also held their own. Jason Wu’s collection graduated similarly, from metallic to white, to a pale and deepening blue, to taupe-y tan then black. Helmut Lang was another vision in white, black, and shocks of pink. As with the spring that passed, across the board it seems that spring 2014 will be full of options in back and white. 
 
In stark contrast to the minimalistic colors, some designers showed brights, pastels and plenty of prints. Newcomer Chris Gelinas who hails from such houses as Theyskens’ Theory and Balenciaga, added alpaca fur to an orange viscose pea coat, contrasting natural with synthetic over silk georgette prints inspired by sun bleaching.   
 
Suno, with its boxy silhouette, stayed true to character, offering florals in purple and pink, digitized plaids, and even a zebra – not zebra print, but images of the animal itself – in color. 
 
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Among all the fashion, some good news for the core fusion studios of the world: crop tops don’t seem to be going anywhere. Richard Chai, Suno, Peter Som, BCBG, and Rag & Bone all showed off the midriff.
 
At Rag & Bone, crop tops were paired with tearaway pants in what else but black and white. If we couldn’t get enough of tearaways in fifth grade, does that mean we’re too old to wear them now? Here’s hoping the answer is no. Rag & Bone continued with the sporty themes, showing tennis sweaters, referee-referential stripes, polo shirts, and drawstring pants. 
 
The easiest, most interesting DIY nail of fashion week so far came courtesy of editorial manicurist Jin Soon Choi, whose Obsidian polish was simply swiped on sans base or top coat, then artily wiped away with a makeup sponge. There’s no waiting for your nails to dry before texting with this mani – the imperfections are what made it so perfect to contrast against the preppy models at Tess Giberson, and also what makes it so perfect for the girl on the go. 
 
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There’s more to come, so stay tuned!
 
Main photo courtesy of Arden Wray

Shop Alex Wang’s SS11 Collection Early

Designers from Yigal Azrouel to Christopher Bailey are pushing back against the traditional seasonal model, putting clothes up for grabs as soon as they’ve hit runways. Now Opening Ceremony is joining the struggle: while not abandoning standard delivery dates altogether, the boutique is allowing shoppers to stock up on SS11 collections early this year. “In just five days, OpeningCeremony.us will have the exclusive pleasure of offering select looks from some of our favorite French and American designers, available for purchase online for a limited time,” OC’s blog reads. Which designers can you score in the pre-sale?

Alexander Wang, for one. It looks as though two handbags, two pants, and two dresses from his SS11 collection will be on sale early. So if you’re hankering for a sheer, paint-splattered maxi dress courtesy of the fashion wunderkind, hit OC’s sale Monday, October 25 at noon – it’ll only be on sale for a week. Other designer wares to grace OC’s virtual racks: pieces from Charles Anastase, Cacharel, Jean Paul Gaultier, Jeremy Scott x Adidas, and Suno. If the Suno includes the Loeffler Randall customized wedges they showed at during SS11 – and which subsequently caused an outbreak of blog hysteria – expect these to go faster than you can say “run, don’t walk.”