Frank Tell Fall 2011: The Apes of Wrath
Frank Tell's presentation got off to a late start; after over 45 minutes of waiting outside Lincoln Center's Box venue, guests were corralled into the space, where they circled what appeared to be a large sandbox in the center of the room. As a woodsy, smoky scent wafted through the premises (a fragrance collab between Tell, artist Lisa Kirk, parfumeur Patricia Choux, and Ulrich Lang New York Fragrances, as it happens), guests watched a video of a frizzy-haired, fur-suited Meghan Collison wandering across an arctic tundra. Then, out came the clothes: a conceptual, directional mix of savage fur, crystallized lace, and beautiful, raw-hem alligator jackets. Tell also worked in a handful of his signature wild knits in shades of mossy green and icy gray, each one woven with a variety of gnarled, tangled, twisted yarns. Meanwhile, asymmetrical lace and chiffon frocks added a darkly romantic note to the overall aesthetic. NOTE: We just heard from Hector Meza, Tell's business partner, who informed us that due to the high volume of guests in attendance, the collection was shown in two separate presentations. To clarify, we attended the second of the two showings, hence the 45-minute-long wait.
Last Night's Party: Mandy Coon, Frank Tell, Mara Hoffman, and More Celebrate with W Hotels
In a city known for tourism, chic boutique hotels are a dime a dozen. Still, how many of them boast their very own Global Fashion Director? Last night, we hit the W Hotel in Times Square to toast the company’s new crop of Fashion Next designers. And for a hotel so well known for their contemporary aesthetic, the program seems to be a total no-brainer. “W’s passion is design,” explained Eva Ziegler, the hotel’s Global Brand Leader. “And this is just an extension of our point of view. We want to give these emerging designers a global platform.” This year’s crop of honorees—Mara Hoffman, Frank Tell, Mandy Coon, Tess Giberson, and Michael Angel—were in full celebration mode.
Shopping Site Desquval Launches With Exclusives From H. Fredriksson, Frank Tell, Lorick, and More
In the startup world, fashion/tech is a hotspot these days, and that's mostly because A. fashion people were slow to embrace technology until recently B. tech people don't always get fashion and were afraid of it until recently and C. Gilt Groupe proved that a fashion/tech company could be successful. So it's no surprise that Google recently launched Boutiques.com, that FashionStake is aiming to bring fashion investing to the masses, or that Style Trek wants its users to give designers direct feedback in a "Facebook-meets-Net-a-Porter" fashion. In the same vein as Style Trek, the recently-launched Desquval--not to be confused with Barcelona streetwear label Desigual--is using social networking to connect shoppers directly with the designers whose clothes they're purchasing.
Fashion News Roundup: Abbey's Golden, New Yorkers Are Stylish & You Can Own a Pair of Warhol Shoes
Golden Goddess: Abbey Lee turned a sublime shade of gold for i-D's latest issue. If this doesn't get you in the mood for the summer, then we don't kno