CFDA Amps Up Commitment to Sustainability with New Committee
Following in the footsteps of the annual CFDA/Lexus Eco-Fashion Challenge (now in its third year), the CFDA has taken another step towards making fashion more sustainable. Today, the CFDA has announced the creation of the first-ever sustainability committee.
VPL Fall 2011: Rubber Extras and a Whole Lotta Latex
Victoria Bartlett's sporty urban armor has always maintained a devoted following among the fashion flock, and it's interesting to observe how she never ventures far from the sports-bra-and-knickers look that's earned her accolades. If it isn't broke, after all... There were plenty of wrapped, draped, and architecturally folded looks at today's Pier 59 show to keep Barlett's fans happy--and, perhaps, win her a few new followers as well. Cast in a palette of pale grey, light sand, and deep khaki, the fuzzy knits, paneled leggings, and diagonally-twisted dresses clung to the model's forms in a way that looked body-conscious but never cheaply sexy. The "interplay of aggressive and soft" for which the designer was aiming came through via clear focus on the shoulder; zipped-up wool jackets, bandage dresses, and even soft cardigans were accented with tucks and peaks at the upper arm. Bartlett had cited a number of artists as her inspiration, from Piero Manzoni to Man Ray to Joseph Beuys, and many of these looks would qualify as bona fide works of art themselves. This was particularly true of the closing numbers--convex, wire-supported shrugs, peplum belts, and vests emphasized the torso's angles and curves, while nude-hued latex bodysuits and tanks almost disappeared into the body.
Last Night's Other Parties: Creatures of Comfort and Style.com
We didn't make it to the Dazed party at Don Hill's last night (although we heard a bunch of people got arrested, so maybe that's a good thing), but we did manage to stop by the Creatures of Comfort New York store launch on Mulberry Street and Style.com's 10th anniversary bash, which was taking place just a couple of blocks away. Creatures of Comfort, a Los Angeles-based brick and mortar store, label, and online shopping destination for Rachel Comey and VPL-lovers across the country, is opening up shop in New York. Owner Jade Lai hosted a party in her expansive new space last night, and tons of our favorite designers were there: Tiffany Tuttle, Comey, Peter Jensen, Victoria Bartlett, Daphne Javitch, and plenty more. And of course Lai around, not only touting her new storefront, but also her INCREDIBLE in-house collection, which both Leah and I melted over. It's gently priced--in the $150-$350 range--and everything is a mix and match of silk cropped blouses, tie-waist dresses, and loose blazers. Most was made from a delicate crepe, with some cotton mixed in. And the color palette? Seafoam, terra cotta, white, periwinkle...everything we want for spring. After fawning over the clothes, we chatted with our Carroll Gardens contingency--Izzy from RackedNY, Adele from Epaulet, and Jen from Bird. South Brooklyn is the best. But soon it was time to head to Lafayette for Style.com's 10th anniversary party.
Barneys' Trunk-a-Palooza: Meet Alex Wang, Richard Chai & the Rag & Bone Boys
Barneys is throwing a bash, and everyone's invited. Designers like Shipley & Halmost and Phillip Lim don't usually have trunk shows at stores like Ba
The SS 2010 Collaboration I'm Dying to Get My Hands On: LD Tuttle for VPL
Los Angeles-based Tiffany Tuttle has been designing shoes to accompany Victoria Bartlett's VPL collection for a few seasons now. Yet at the VPL Spring