In several short years, the Lower East Side has gone from a garment district to an underground hotspot to an actual hotspot and now, basically, to shit. On weekends, the streets are so crowded, it feels like Times Square. The bar-to-litter ratio is one to one. And the fashion, once so inspirational, has melted into the madness of rehab jeans and rehashed trends. Aside from occasional glimmers at Annex and Foley + Corinna, the whole place has gone stale. But Karl Lagerfeld still uses Rivington and Delancey as his default spot for impromptu photo shoots at 3 am, and Gemma Ward's announced it as her new haunt in Paris Vogue. Then last week, we got an email from designer Sam Shipley, saying he was scouting a new apartment near Pixie Mart. And today? Charlotte Ronson debuted her new campaign in WWD, starring Annabelle Dexter Jones and Donald Cumming, the lead singer of The Virgins. Last season's shots were done in Central Park, but this season the images come from The Lower East Side, not far from Charlotte's Mulberry St. store. Which leads to the question: Is the neighborhood getting another shot of trend infusions, or has it just finally hit the mainstream?
Oscar de la Renta Pre Fall 2012: Back to the Upper East Side
In the past year or so "Pre Fall" has become a real "season," a collection that is promoted and pitched to editors in addition to market editors for coverage. Granted "pre fall"--the deliveries that hits stores before fall (so like, in the summer? around June? it still confuses me)--obviously isn't as important or as hyped as the spring and fall collections, but it's still gaining traction. Case in point, Oscar de la Renta, who does everything in grand fashion, showed his pre fall collection on the runway yesterday at his usual space on 583 Park Ave. It was fitting that de la Renta returned to the Upper East Side to present this collection, because the clothes were tailor made for those posh ladies who lunch, his mainstay clientele.