After a slight hiccup following its announcement earlier this week, Rick Owens’ new Web site is up and running. Owens’ collections for men and women, including his lower-priced DRKSHDW and Lilies lines and a selection of furs, will be available through e-commerce, shipping globally. The site also has an archive of Owens’ show photos, links to the labels’ various Instagram feeds, and a selection of the eternally quotable Owens’ favorite interviews—excerpted or distilled down to their key questions and answers. (Isn’t that what the Internet is for—reading shorter?) In that spirit, Style.com put a mere two questions to Owens, which he was kind enough to respond to via e-mail, with his usual all-caps zeal.
Why was it important to you to launch an online store?
IT’S IMPORTANT FOR EVERYONE TO LAUNCH AN ONLINE STORE. IT’S EVOLUTION.
Fair enough. Do you shop online?
I GET ALL MY BOOKS ON AMAZON. I LOVE BOOKSTORES BUT DON’T WANT TO CARRY A BAG OF BOOKS HOME.
We here at Style.com are anxiously awaiting the arrival of Rei Kawakubo’s New York Dover Street Market, which will open its doors on Saturday. But according to WWD , the Big Apple is in for yet another dose of Japanese retail bliss. Isetan, Japan’s largest, and possibly coolest, department store, is opening a pop-up in Soho. The shop will bow at 47 Greene Street and is slated to run from February 6 to 13—launching just in time for fashion week. Isetan comes to us by way of the Cool Japan campaign, an effort by the Japanese government to help brands get global exposure. Kansai Yamamoto (i.e., the designer who created David Bowie’s famous striped jumpsuit), Mint Designs, N. Hoolywood, and Yohji Yamamoto are just some of the labels that will be available. All we have to say is, Arigato.
Acne Studios is heading to Downtown L.A. Tomorrow, the Swedish brand will open its largest store in the world (and its second stateside location) in the city’s Eastern Columbia Building—a thirteen-story 1930s art-deco landmark with a deep blue and decorative gold facade. “It started with the building, to be honest,” creative director Jonny Johansson told Style.com of his decision to decamp to an unexpected part of the city rather than one of its high-gloss shopping locales. “We can afford to not do what people think has to be done,” he continued. “And we always work with the concept of the space—we like to find somewhere historic and interesting, and then do something contemporary inside.”
The 5,000-square-foot, single-level space was based on Johansson’s own vision. “I tried to not learn the history of the building,” he said. “I just wanted it to speak to me.” The result is a futuristic interior with exposed columns and structural details that fit Johansson’s concept of modernity. The formatted rows of merchandise are expansive, as the store houses Acne’s men’s and women’s ready-to-wear and denim, as well as bags, accessories, and footwear. Though sleek and structural, the design actually embraces Johansson’s desire for privacy. “When you walk through the store, you see columns that create these private areas,” he said, referring to the mazelike floor plan. “I like to stay a little bit more private when I shop, and I think this structure allows for that.” Meanwhile, the flagship’s adjoining ilcaffè coffee shops—one of Johansson’s favorite spots back home—will offer customers a true taste of Stockholm.
Shifting the paradigm of what downtown means to the L.A. fashionscape, Acne’s L.A. flagship seems to be a beacon of what’s to come. Rumors of Aesop and A.P.C.’s arrival are swirling, and the new Ace Hotel down the street is receiving the finishing touches for an early 2014 bow. But at present, local shoppers have plenty to be excited about: In addition to the new store, Johansson has designed a limited-edition scarf (above) that boasts a print of the brand’s new SoCal home. Naturally, it’s available exclusively in L.A.
Acne Studios opens this Wednesday in the Eastern Columbia Building, 855 South Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014.
Although “festive dressing” doesn’t typically appear in our sartorial repertoire, we’re guilty of making exceptions for truly great finds. It would be wrong not to add a jingle-bell pump or tinsel-covered clutch to your party ensemble. Ditto for the perfect crimson circle skirt or timeless fir-green lace blouse. Our tip for staying chic throughout the holiday season? Maintain a touch of irony; anything too precious runs the risk of looking like a Christmas ornament. Shop our favorite festive pieces by Charlotte Olympia, Valentino, Tibi, and more, below.
1. Henri Bendel crystal-spike stud earrings, $48, available at henribendel.com.
2. Kotur Margo bell-embellished clutch, $450, available at net-a-porter.com.
3. Tibi pleated silk faille skirt, $525, available at net-a-porter.com.
4. Valentino Chantilly-lace blouse, $1,980, available at mytheresa.com.
5. Charlotte Olympia Jingle Bell Dolly velvet platform pumps, $945, available at net-a-porter.com.
It might be freezing here in New York (actually, it’s 9 degrees below freezing, to be exact), but Resort’s wares are already trickling into stores. And to celebrate the season, Net-a-porter.com is launching a special capsule that will appeal to beachgoers and chilly city dwellers alike. The e-tailer has tapped Scottish wunderkind Christopher Kane to create a primary-colored capsule, which will hit the Web Friday, December 13. Priced between $420 and $1,435, the collection boasts a palette of marigold, cerulean, cherry, and white, and comprises frocks with lace cutouts, easy embellished sweaters, an intricate lace-covered bomber, and an appliquéd blouse and T-shirt. Also in the mix is a pair of tapered-ankle sweatpants. However, seeing as this is Christopher Kane—the king of luxe London quirk—the latter aren’t just any old joggers. Their calves are wrapped in black floral filigree, making them a covetable wardrobe staple, whatever the weather. Take a first look at the lineup here, exclusively on Style.com.