FashionFeed: Zac is Back, Hermes Returns

● After presenting his mainline collection in Paris for the past two seasons, designer Zac Posen will show at Lincoln Center on September 11. [Style] ● The Hermes semi-annual sample sale returns to Soiffer Haskins on September 22 through 25. [Racked NY] ● Enter to win a VIP trip for two to Los Angeles for the American Music Awards when you purchase a Swag Like Us tee from Neiman Marcus. [NMdaily]

● Next spring’s Costume Institute exhibition at the The Metropolitan Museum of Art will celebrate the work of fashion designers Miuccia Prada and Elsa Schiaparelli. We can’t wait to see what that means for the annual Met Ball. [WWD] ● Behold the latest eyewear collection from Linda Farrow, in collaboration with lingerie aficionados Agent Provocateur. Highsnobette] ● Ever the digital age supporter, designer Prabal Gurung has revealed a new online-only campaign. [Fashionista]

FashionFeed: Alexander Wang on eBay, Zac Posen on Rent the Runway

● On June 17, Alexander Wang will debut a new collection of small leather goods available for purchase exclusively on eBay’s flash-sales hub, Fashion Vault. [Style] ● To kick off the new Z Spoke by Zac Posen offerings on Rent the Runway, the popular luxury rental portal is giving away three handbags from the designer’s diffusion line. [Racked] ● We’re loving these handmade leather sunnies by Berlin-based label Sic Gloria. [WBE]

● Tom Ford’s new beauty line was semi-inspired by a bad cucumber incident. [Styleite] ● Since fashion models apparently love to BBM, the industry anticipates the launch of iMobile, which is iPhone’s answer to the popular BlackBerry service. [Fashion Copious] ● Peep the latest offerings from top independent designers Thread Show LA this Sunday, June 12 from 11am-6pm. This year the show will feature cool new perks like a pop-up nail salon and a man cave for the dudes. [Thread]

Zac Posen Confirms: Spring Is for Brunch, Bloody Marys

When I arrived late to a brunch at Le Caprice yesterday, gentlemanly host Zac Posen interrupted his meal mid-bite to graciously welcome me to his affair. I was already riding high with anxiety—arriving late only to discover that the room was filled with the most recognizable faces in the fashion and journalism worlds. But his warm welcome, combined with the fact that I was about to enjoy some mid-day cocktails courtesy of Belvedere Bloody Mary, put me immediately at ease.

image I’ve always had an issue with Bloody Marys, the issue being that I’ve never particularly liked them. (Even though I’ve never actually ordered one, only accepted the pre-made concotions that come with pre fixe brunch menus.) With guests like Leigh Lezark, Dani Stahl, Kate Lanphear, Derek Blasberg, Gordin Nicol, Ann and Pat Cleveland, Jessica White, Marjorie Gubelman, Zani Guggleman, Masha Orloff, Stephanie La Cava, Poppy de Villeneuve, Michelle Harper, and Mia Rosing in attendance, I new that I was not about to imbibe a weak or watery concoction. In fact, Zac himself designed the special menu, including his own favorite brunch offerings to be especially paired with bespoke Bloody Mary cocktails. Indeed, these Bloodys were like no other: the classic variety on offer was made with pitch-perfect spice thanks to the incredible, award winning flavor with which the vodka is infused. It brought pep to the Pineapple Mary, the dynamic Very Mary, and the Bloody Veggie.


Mind you, I had to immediately head back to work — therefore I imbibed freely. Zac’s menu, which featured eggs, steak tartare, a duck salad, and a shrimp burger, was about as big of a hit as his designs. People table-hopped like mad, chatting about the news that Zac will be designing Josephine de la Baume’s wedding dress for her upcoming nuptials (she’ll marry Mark Ronson later this year). Zac also decorated the menus with sketches of Le Caprice’s chic servers. On the back of each menu he inscribed, “Being a New Yorker, born and bred, brunch is a part of my vocabulary. It’s where business deals are built.” A few weeks ago, he hosted a similar brunch with Belvedere Blood Mary at the Le Caprice in London.

Anticipating the spring weather, the meal got me incredibly excited for my next Bloody Mary (now I know I’ll have to order it with Belvedere Bloody Mary vodka), which, unfortunately won’t be happening again during the workweek. The Zac Posen Belvedere Bloody Mary menu will be available at Le Caprice New York starting this Saturday through June 26th.

Favorite Bloody Mary Cocktail Recipes: Belvedere Bloody Mary Classic 1.5oz Belvedere Bloody Mary 3 Drops Tabasco 0.5oz Lemon Juice 2 Bar Spoons Worcester Sauce 4oz Tomato Juice

Belvedere Pineapple Mary 1.5oz Belvedere Bloody Mary 3oz Fresh Pineapple Juice 0.75oz Fresh Lime Juice 2 Bar Spoons Simple Syrup 2 Dashes Orange Bitters 1/8 Bar Spoon Smoke Paprika (Hot)

Target to Re-Release Looks from Past Designer Collaborations

Good news: Target is bringing back 34 looks from their GO International Designer Collection, meaning collaborations with the likes of Rodarte, Zac Posen, and Proenza Schouler! Bad News: Although it features 17 designer collaborations, and yes, some from our favorites, we can’t help but feel there’s still something to be desired. For one, they’re all dresses, which means we’ll have to stick to eBay for that Jean Paul Gaultier moto jacket, Mulberry crossbody, and McQ Alexander McQueen anything.

Maybe we’re just bitter that we never got a chance to nab those items when they were originally released. After all, the looks available from the chosen collaborators are still a fraction of the price of their main lines, so that’s nice. And some of the dresses we had our eyes on from Rodarte, Thakoon, and Behnaz Sarafpour are listed, so that’s also nice. I guess this just means we’ll have to elbow our way in-store and stalk the online shop for those specific pieces when they return on March 13th.

After McQueen & Rodarte, Hot Moms Finally Get a Target Collection

After William Rast’s recent unsuccessful collaboration with Target, we’re ready for another big name to drop that inspires mania more akin the Zac Posen and Lanvin collections. However, the next designer slated to team up with Target is Calypso St. Barth, which you might not be familiar with unless you’re over 40 and perpetually on a beach vacation – seemingly the only type of woman who can afford the clothes.

Known for their high-priced gauzy ikat tunics, the Target line will range from $1.99 to $79.99 and include home decor, such as “candles, pillows, and glassware.” Keeping in line with Target’s hit-or-miss history with designer collaborations, we’re tentatively penning this as a miss, but we won’t know for sure until images of the collection are released. The line is due to be available in stores and online May 1st, just enough time to plan a St. Barthes getaway to show off your new billowy beachwear.

On Trend: Minnie Mouse Chic

From her red-and-white polka dot mini dress, black stockings, and over-sized yellow pumps, Minnie Mouse has become the most famous style icon in animation. Originally designed in 1920s flapper-style, the fashion-forward Disney character has been a trendsetter for nearly a century (and not just as a Halloween costume for tots and tweens). In 2008, Minnie took on NYC Fashion Week as part of Zac Posen’s memorable ready-to-wear collection, where models walked down the runway with black pom-poms in their hair like mouse ears. More recently, Mickey’s better half has made an appearance in Forever 21’s 2010 holiday collection as “Minnie Muse.”

Minnie Muse is a line of loose-fit, lightweight-knit long and short sleeve tees, tanks, hoodies, and cardigans each displaying a different Minnie Mouse image, from graffiti and airbrushed versions to rhinestone-embellished graphics. Another line of Minnie-inspired tops, Purple Cloth’s Holiday 2010 “Mini-Minnie” collection features screenprinted crewneck T-shirts.

Henry Holland’s New Line

Diffusion lines are no longer just for big-name designers and internationally recognized fashion houses. In fact, lower-priced lines are fast becoming as essential for budding designers as independently run e-commerce sites. Zac Posen launched his, Z Spoke, just last year, while Alexander Wang has not one but two lower-priced brand extensions. Vena Cava is following suit with a t-shirt-centric line for FW10 called Viva Vena. Rad Hourani has had the same idea too. Now, news has it London-based designer and sometimes television host Henry Holland is expanding his namesake brand in the same way. reports that come fall 2010 Holland will unleash a lower-priced collection called H! by Henry Holland. The only catch: so far it will be sold solely at UK department store Debenhams (which keeps in the same vein as Z Spoke, which is available exclusively at Saks). “The line offers floral leggings, cropped denim jackets, and this ‘Bagazine’ pop-art clutch, which he gave as a gift to every front-row fashionista at his fall 2010 show in London,” says Elle, which describing the line as decidedly “younger” (although, how much younger remains unclear). Whether or not this means feverish House of Holland fans will be disappointed in the designer’s attempt at appeasing a more budget-conscious crowd remains to be seen. But, given the fact that everyone from Madonna to the Olsens have recently signed on for tween fashion lines, it wouldn’t be the first time twenty-and-thirty-somethings find themselves shopping the juniors section.

Where Celebs Go Out: Mena Suvari, Selma Blair, Olivia Palermo

Mena Suvari at the Zac Posen for Target shopping party: “Sushi at Nobu.” ● Ginnifer Goodwin:Candle 79 here. Madeleine Bistro in L.A.” ● Selma Blair: “I love the Savoy and I love Minetta Tavern.” ● Zac Posen: “My favorite restaurant Kai, just closed in New York. And I’m very saddened about Takashimaya. I love Casa Lever has the best steak and great pasta. It’s really good Italian.”

Patricia Field:Il Buco, around the corner from my house. Agnanti is a Greek restaurant out in Astoria. There are some very good Japanese restaurants that I love on East 43rd Street, between 2nd and 3rd. There’s a great saki bar there called Sakagura. Next door, there’s a really good Japanese barbecue, and across the street, one of the best sushi restaurants in the city.” ● Joe Zee: “Minetta Tavern. But my old standby restaurant for the last 15 years is Bar Pitti. ● Olivia Palermo:Indochine.” ● Theodora Richards: “At the moment, it’s Sant Ambroeus, down on the west side. The mille-feuilles—I don’t know how to pronounce the French word for a thousand leaves—but the dessert, this pastry thing, is phenomenal, my new favorite.” ● Alek Wek: “Let’s say like Nobu downtown in Tribeca or Schillers, on the Lower East Side.” ● Kate Gosselin: @ the Discovery Channel’s 2010-11 Upfront reception. “I’m afraid if I tell because it’ll ruin my spots, and then I can’t go there anymore because the paparazzi will get me! I’m just kidding. You caught me off guard. In New York, I love Le Colonial

Zac Posen Pops Up & Uniqlo’s Latest Collab

Zac Posen’s lower-priced collaboration for Target may not be hitting stores until Sunday, but the preview pop-up that Target launched in Manhattan yesterday has already been picked clean. In far less than the 24 hours it was slated to be open the store sold of nearly all of its small sizes. Of the sale yesterday Racked NY said, “Don’t bother. What was great is gone; what’s left isn’t so great.” Or, in other words: “many froofy party dresses that feel like they should cost $25 but cost $80. A red leather motorcycle jacket that would almost be cute if it wasn’t $200.” The fact that Posen’s collection is a bit higher-priced than many parallel collabs has been a point of contention for some shoppers since price points were released. But, if the sales in NYC yesterday are any indication, if you’re still looking to land styles from the line you’d best get to shopping early.

Uniqlo is following in Target’s footsteps, continuing to roll out more and more designer collaborations. Hot on the heels of Jil Sander’s second diffusion collection for the retailer is a new line from design duo Costello Tagliapietra. The line, which hits stores May 20, “consists of dresses in 14 uniquely designed styles in a range of spring colors from grey to rose to mustard yellow and cornflower blue and will feature soft, draped fabrics including silk and slub jersey,” says Nitrolicious (who scored a sneak peek – pictured here). And, Posen haters will be relieved to know that the price point is far easier to swallow: it ranges from $29.50 to $39.50.