New York is unreasonably cold right now. Like impending-blizzard-freeze-your-Rag & Bone-covered-butt-off cold. This is exactly why we, and fashionistas nowhere near New York, are praising the fashion gods (more like IMG & various PR people) for the glorious amount of New York fashion week shows livestreaming this week. We wrangled 89 shows (89!) and presentations to tune into over the course of the next week...with even more coming in! The best part? You won't be judged for taking in these shows in your pjs over some popcorn or pizza or half a bottle of wine... See any shows we missed? Let us know!
New York-based French designer Sophie Theallet took home the International Woolmark Prize for the U.S. earlier this week for her design using Woolmark's fine Australian Merino wool, beating out fierce competitors like Bibhu Mohapatra, Slinky Vagabond, Kaufman Franco, M. Patmos, Naeem Khan, Number:Lab, Prabal Gurung, Ruffian and VPL Designs. The prestigious prize--which Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent won in the 1950s--is back after a long hiatus. As the recipient of the U.S. regional prize, Theallet takes home $100,000 and goes on to compete in the international final for another $100,000. It sounds like a lot of money but it's much needed help for an independent luxury designer like Theallet. We chatted with the designer about her win, what it will mean for her business, and the unexpected inspiration behind her prize-winning design.
There's no question Sophie Theallet knows how to make a woman look beautiful. Her distinctly female approach to creating figure-flattering frocks has won over fans like Michelle Obama and Victoria's Secret Angel Lindsey Ellingson (who was sitting front row at yesterday's show) as well as nods from the CFDA.