Harpers Bazaar’s effusive executive editor Laura Brown, host of our fave YouTube series "The Look" dishes on touring Karl Lagerfeld's bathroom with the Kaiser himself, her life slogan (it's a good one), and whether she'd ever want to do her own show.
Being the wife of a Barneys New York executive certainly has its perks--like, say, snagging your well-connected husband's 'plus one' invite to industry insider events that most people only dream of attending. Sharon Socol--wife of Howard Socol, who served as Barneys’s CEO from 2001 to 2008--used that exclusive access to her advantage and then some. Toting a 35mm loaded with black and white film, Socol, an avid photographer since age seven, snapped behind-the-scenes photos of fashion shows, parties, and some of the industry's most legendary characters. Recently, she compiled those photos into a book titled Plus One: An Outsider’s Photographic Journey Into the World of Fashion--the release of which garnered a crowd of fashion's elite last night on Barneys's 9th floor.
Sunday afternoons usually aren’t the best time to rouse fashion industry professionals out of bed for an event--especially when it’s below freezing out--but when it’s Donna Karan’s name on the invitation, they flock in droves. And that’s just what happened on Sunday at the premiere of Haven’t We Met Before, Karan’s new hosiery commercial conceived and directed by Anjelica Huston, starring Felicity Jones and Smash’s Jack Davenport.
Alexis Bittar has taken his colorful outlook on jewelry to Bloomingdale’s for an exclusive collaboration with the department store.
We already know that Padma Lakshmi’s a jack-of-all-trades. The former model hosts Bravo TV show Top Chef, writes cook books, does a ton of charity work, hangs out with cool people in the front row of fashion shows, has a fine jewelry line, and now, she’s designed a line of costume jewelry for HSN.
Lulu Guinness, she of the quirky, embellished bags, is finally hitting the high street. Later this month, the designer will officially launch LULU by Lulu Guinness, a diffusion line exclusively sold at JC Penney. We chatted with her about English fashion and everyone's favorite English fashion-wearer, Kate Middleton. Read on.
He may not be a household name, but renowned architect Peter Marino has played a key role in shaping the image of some of the world's top luxury brands, designing stores for the most elite names in the business. He’s the man behind any Louis Vuitton, Dior, or Chanel boutique that you’ve ever visited. So it makes perfect sense that the Financial Times invited Marino to speak at the dinner portion of last week’s FT Business of Luxury Summit at the Plaza Hotel. There, clad in his signature all-leather duds, he sat down in discussion with the paper’s fashion editor Vanessa Freidman to speak about the notable artwork he’s commissioned for his bespoke boutiques. “I think luxury brands want people to equate anything exquisite in life with their product,” Marino said of the reasoning behind his design hallmark.
Who stood out in fashion this year? From the most buzzed about model to the hotspot no one saw coming to the coolest new French brand, read on for who we think made the biggest splash in the fashion industry in 2012.
It seems that every year, Karl Lagerfeld becomes more outspoken. In fact, in 2012 it seemed that news wasn’t news until The Kaiser had weighed in--and weigh in he did. Read on for Lagerfeld's most memorable quotes of the year--from his rather sensible take on Alexander Wang's Balenciaga appointment to waxing poetic on "famous beauty" Choupette. Photos: Getty
n Friday, French perfumer Frederic Malle cut through the evening’s fog to make an appearance at his longtime home, Barneys New York. “I see Barneys as sort of my second wife,” he told us of the store. And just like any good husband, Malle has done something special for his better half: He’s retooled the bottles of some of his most famous fragrances to include his abstract sketches on their labels.
Deepak Chopra, the writer and controversial physician, isn’t the first name that comes to mind when it comes to fashion. But like any good thinking man, Chopra has broadened his horizons and teamed up with Rachel Roy on a collaboration of jewelry to benefit his Urban Yogi Initiative. Chopra told us how this unlikely collaboration came about.
Organizer Angelo Carusone turned his now 660,000 signatures-strong petition asking Macy's to 'dump Trump' into an actual protest outside the retailer's 34th St. flagship store yesterday.
Last night Glamour magazine celebrated their annual Women of the Year Awards at New York’s famed Carnegie Hall. The evening honored courageous women and celebrities like Jenna Lyons, Missy Franklin, and Selena Gomez for their charity and progressive leadership. It was full of surprises too.
You may not know costume designer Christiane Hultquist, or Christian Joy as she's called in musical circles, by name--but you've probably seen her outlandish designs at one point or another. After all, they're rather hard to miss. Hultquist is the woman behind all of Karen O's most dramatic costumes, and has also outfitted a slew of other cool-kid music acts including Oh Land, Santigold, and Klaxons. Her DIY costumes, and signature homemade, crafty aesthetic have become famous on the stage--and now, thanks to her retrospective exhibit "Do Androids Dream of Electric Shrimp?" which recently opened at Williamsburg’s Picture Farm Gallery, fans finally have the opportunity to see her work up-close and personal.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Lena Dunham, Pakistani activist and filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Olympic gold medalists Missy Franklin and Gabby Douglas, Annie Leibovitz. These were just a few of the impressive names honored at last night's Glamour Women of the Year awards. But the honoree we were most looking forward to seeing at Carnegie Hall was J.Crew President Jenna Lyons.
Last night, VS. Magazine hosted the launch of a new fashion-themed video at the Soho Grand with Erin Wasson, who stars in the short film. Directed by 25-year-old advertising industry alum Jenna Elizabeth, the video--called "The Heimlich Maneuver"-- shows Wasson administering CPR to a fellow model who chokes on a piece of Georg Jensen silver jewelry. (Watch it here--creepy.) “There’s something about saying ‘I can afford to eat this’ that is funny," Elizabeth explained of the concept. "I like the sense of humor in literally having your stomach pumped for jewelry.”
"I think they could be a little bit more well groomed-—if you know what well groomed is, you just take a look in the mirror. Their hair doesn't look
Early last week we told you that Iris Apfel and Tavi Gevinson would be sitting down at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to discuss what it means to be
Barneys New York held their annual Beauty Breakfast last week in partnership with Harper’s Bazaar to celebrate some of the cosmetic industry’s rising talents. Bazaar's EIC Glenda Bailey, Simon Doonan and a slew of beauty industry stars set their alarms early to head to the Barneys flagship to hash out beauty routines, skin care regimens and give advice to the beauty editors eagerly gathered. Despite the presence of the effervescent and always entertaining Simon Doonan, the beauty gurus who sat on the panel discussion with Bazaar’s beauty director, Alexandra Parnass, were the real stars.
When Persol announced they’d be celebrating a second run of their "Persol Magnificent Obsessions" exhibition series--which honors classic film-making--at the Museum of Moving Image in Astoria, Queens, we knew it’d be worth the schlep. (Especially since we figured a party mixing film buffs, fashion industry insiders, prosecco, and Terry Richardson as DJ was bound to be a hell of a good time.) So we got on the chartered bus and headed over the Triboro Bridge.
Last night, Persol fêted their annual ‘Magnificent Obsessions’ exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens with costume designer Arianne Phillips as one of its honorees. Mention Phillips’s name to anyone in the music or film industries and you’ll immediately notice a twinkle in their eye—the woman is legendary. She’s worked as Madonna’s personal costumer for 15 years on top of an additionally long list of film credits. Most recently, she did the costumes for Madge’s current MDNA Tour which marks their fifth touring collaboration. At the exhibit, which opens today through August 14th, you’ll find an entire section devoted to Phillips’s costumes for the Madonna-directed film, W.E, which focuses on the Duchess of Windsor’s controversial life. Dutifully holding court beside her exhibited creations, we chatted with Phillips about what it’s been like to work with the queen of pop for over a decade. Fashionista: How does it feel to see your work exhibited like this?
Twenty-somethings opening happening boutiques in NYC are becoming a thing. A few months ago, 26-year-old Claire Distenfeld opened up her luxury retail space, Fivestory, and then just last week we trekked over to the Meatpacking district to celebrate the opening of 25-year-old FIT grad Philip Salem's first store, OWEN. The party, which was hosted by Hanneli Mustaparta and attended by some of New York's finest, was the perfect way to fete the the new store, which has been over a year--and much toil--in the making.
Each year the Metropolitan Museum of Art hosts sit-down conversations with the fashion elite in celebration of the Costume Institute’s exhibit. Previous line-ups have drawn large crowds, and we're expecting the same from this year's presentation, which features a pretty unique combination of personalities (and accessories). On Sunday June 17, New Yorker writer Judith Thurman--who wrote an incredible article about "Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations" and who also wrote the introduction to the book which accompanies the exhibit--will moderate a discussion between Iris Apfel and Tavi Gevinson. Called "Good Taste/Bad Taste: The Evolution of Contemporary Chic," the museum couldn't have picked two more appropriate ladies to hash out that topic. While both participants are well known for their fondness for layering, their seventy-four year age gap is sure to account for more than a few differences in opinion (or maybe not, since Tavi is such an old soul).