Angela Lindvall—who’s balanced modeling with a steadfast commitment to environmental issues and awareness—recently signed on as the new face of John Hardy and the collaborator for its new sustainable jewelry collection, Hijau (“green” in Balinese). “My mission,” she says by phone from her farm in upstate New York, “was to take environmentalism to a new level—not the green-and-brown crunchy [style], more fluorescent pink graffiti—to really engage people in an inviting way.” Hence Hijau’s sparkling pink and orange stones and sliced-bamboo designs, a nod to Bali’s abundant bamboo crop. (A percentage of the profits from the new line goes to Forest Ethics, a nonprofit fighting deforestation worldwide.) Lindvall recently visited Bali with John Hardy creative director and designer Guy Bedarida, to see the new production facilities and meet the Balinese artisans working on the line. Below, she reminisces about her trip with Style.com. Continue Reading “Angela Lindvall’s Photo Diary From Bali” »
H.Stern’s collaborations with architects and other designers over the years have been a real success story for the jewelry company, from the Campana brothers’ pieces to Diane von Furstenberg’s line with the brand. For Fall, they’re partnering with Oscar Niemeyer, Brazil’s most renowned architect, the man behind the plan of Brasilia, the Brazilian capital, and the U.N. headquarters in New York. H.Stern designers took inspiration from Niemeyer’s drawings to create the clean lines of the new collection—the simple landscape (bottom) became my favorite piece, a pair of zigzag diamond earrings in 18K white gold (top). They snake over the entire ear for an unexpected (and, admittedly, pricey) glamour.
The Oscar Niemeyer collection hits stores this Fall. For more information, visit www.hstern.net.
It’s not quite The Real Housewives of Osaka. The latest Reality Show isn’t even a show at all—it’s a new magazine out of Tokyo, created and edited by fashion writer (and Style.com contributor) Tiffany Godoy and Tomoyuki Yonezu. For the first issue (actually 5 separate small magazines wrapped together in a giant poster), Godoy approached style icons who’ve caught the eyes of Japan’s rabid street-style photogs—everyone from acknowledged celebrities, like Japanese supermodel Ai Tominaga (above) and DJ/scenester Mademoiselle Yulia (below) to the hairstylist-in-training Nirei twins—and had them style themselves in a combination of their own clothes and the runway styles of one designer of their choice. (Tominaga chose Japan’s own Yohji Yamamoto; Mademoiselle Yulia, Balmain.) The magazine, Godoy says, aims to be “a window between Europe and Asia,” but Tominaga, for her part, is a hometown loyalist. “I want Japan to refine what ‘Japanese’ is,” she says in her interview. “Look inside. I don’t mean look back, but look at themselves, look around.” Fellow Japanese may be looking around, but odds are all eyes were on Tominaga herself tonight at the magazine’s launch party in Tokyo, where she took to the decks as a special guest DJ. Those farther afield will soon be able to get their hands on The Reality Show’s first issue at Colette and online at Restir. Continue Reading “A Reality Show To Get Excited About” »
Tory Burch has opened her largest store to date—in Seoul. South Korea, brace for Reva fever in 5, 4, 3, 2… [WWD]
Jean Paul Gaultier, Paul Smith, Giorgio Armani, and Vivienne Westwood are among the designers who have signed up to costume Snow White and the Seven Designers, a pantomime show that hits London this October. The seven designers of the title—Dapper, Snappy, Snazzy, Natty, Classy, Dizzy, and Taupey—will fight, according to Vogue U.K., “ugly interiors.” Taupey to the rescue! [Vogue U.K.]
Diane von Furstenberg may be headed to Vienna for this year’s Life Ball, but she’s bringing a touch of NYC with her. She’s arranged for Radio City’s Rockettes to perform at the fête, clad in DVF rompers from her recent Resort collection (pictured). [WWD]
More intrigue at T: New editor in chief Sally Singer is said to be bringing in her own fashion director, a perceived slight to longtime T staffer (and former editor in chief candidate) Anne Christensen. [Gatecrasher]
And thank God for Twitter, without which we might never know that Stefano Gabbana is now riding around town on a brand-new leopard-print Vespa. [@giampaolosgura via Refinery29]
On the terrace of his West Village penthouse last night, designer Adam Lippes was wearing a white V-neck. Hey, it’s his place, he can wear what he wants—especially if it helps highlight the series of artist T-shirts he just did for the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Lippes collaborated with four of the Whitney’s Biennal artists—Matthew Brannon, Phoebe Washburn, Ellen Harvey, and E.V. Day, the last of whom stretched a fishnet stocking diagonally across the front of her T-shirt and sprayed it stencil-style with red paint—on two designs for men and two for women, and made a thousand of each; the shirts go on sale (for 36 hours) tomorrow at Gilt Groupe, which teamed up with Lippes last night to throw a laid-back launch party. A chunk of the profits will benefit the museum.
Made in L.A. and hand-numbered in New York, the shirts have a bicoastal pedigree. The idea is that they be as contemporary as the institution they benefit, Lippes said. “The Whitney as a museum is pretty progressive,” he pointed out. “You know, they were the first major institution to collect living artists instead of dead artists—who would have thought?”