Those in the Know Go to Prova-------
Vogue alum and new Ecco Domani Fashion Fund winner Irini Arakas has been quietly making gorgeous scarves and jewelry for her label, Prova, for a few seasons now, but at yesterday’s NYFW presentation—her first—it was clear how far she’s come. It was also clear who’s been behind her for most of that journey. The evening was a who’s who of editors and buyers: Sally Singer and a cab’s worth (at least) of Vogue girls, Colette’s Sarah Lerfel, Barneys New York’s Julie Gilhart, Ikram Goldman (who listed Prova’s scarves as a fall must-have in our Buyers’ Guide), and on and on filled Drive-In Studios to see the latest. So, no promises, but I’d bet we’ll be seeing more of Arakas’ whimsical jewelry—I especially liked the thick necklaces hung with beads representing the see-no-evil, speak-no-evil, hear-no-evil monkeys (monkeys being top of mind for Arakas after a recent trip to Costa Rica, land of the howlers) and the first Prova earrings, dangling clusters of stars. And, of course, those scarves, in beautiful silks and chiffons. Fall be damned, a Pop-ish tulip print and a more abstract pink floral one summoned spring breezes. Arakas herself designed a few other textiles, one covered in woodcut-style clipper ships, the image borrowed and tweaked from a Scandinavian children’s book. Styled on models in Zero + Maria Cornejo dresses and to-die-for YSL heels, even the kids’-book print looked properly grown-up. And bonus points to Arakas for crafting a few papier-mâché mannequins to stand alongside her real-life waifs.