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July 29 2014

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26 posts tagged "Alberta Ferretti"

Joanna Sykes Crosses The Pond

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The folks behind the British Fashion Council’s NEWGEN sponsorship may well be the world’s best fashion talent-spotters: A few of the designers they’ve plucked out of obscurity and given a platform at London fashion week include Alexander McQueen, Matthew Williamson, Christopher Kane, and Gareth Pugh. This season, there’s a new name to know. Joanna Sykes is the mind behind the brand Sykes, and next month, she’ll be presenting her fourth collection at LFW, thanks to NEWGEN. “A presentation is a better showcase for my line than a catwalk, since my work is really more about detail—fit and finish—than it is about coming up with a new silhouette proposition every season,” explains Sykes, who cut her teeth post-Central Saint Martins working for Alberta Ferretti. “The brand came out of my love for super-refined basics,” she adds. “Iconic pieces you always wear, but want given a twist now and then.” While Sykes is readying her Spring ’10 collection—and rounding up the “character” models she’ll be putting the pieces on at Somerset House—folks in the U.K. can check out her work on the racks at Matches. As well as stocking Sykes’ eponymous line, the U.K. boutique has hired the designer to head up its store label, Freda (that’s a Freda L.B.D. above). Fall ’09, delivering now-ish, marks Sykes’ first season at the Freda helm—and Matches owners Tom and Ruth Chapman are so pleased with the results, they’ve decided that as of next season, they’ll commence selling the line to other stores, too, including those stateside. Start saving your shillings.

Photo: Courtesy of Sykes

The Tailor On Giambattista Valli’s Speed Dial

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Yesterday may have been the unofficial start of summer, but there’s still another month of New York benefits before the party set packs up and ships itself off to the Hamptons for the duration. That means you’re going to need more dresses. If you blew what was left of your clothing budget on that
Alexander Wang shorts suit and you’ve called in your last favor from your friends in PR, it might be time to re-evaluate what you have in your closet. By that we mean take an old frock to the tailor for a makeover, and by that we mean Cititailor’s Ilya Kandov and Natalya Kogan. The go-to needle workers of everyone from Alberta Ferretti to Giambattista Valli, Kandov and Kogan can do more, much more, than fix a hem and let out a seam. Having plied their trade at Bergdorf Goodman before launching their own business two and a half years ago, the Russian natives know dresses from the inside out. Need something altered from a size four to a size eight? Done. Size ten? No problem. Want your favorite L.B.D. in white or shocking pink? They can do that too. In other words, when you get tired of those tennis-ball shoulders in your spangled Balmain, Cititailor is where you should take it.
Cititailor, 5 E. 59th St., sixth floor, (212) 759-6004.

Photo: Sherly Rabbani and Josephine Solimene

Cannes Watch: Devon Aoki

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Devon Aoki, a Lagerfeld muse-turned-actress (her new project, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead, is in post-production), looked every inch the leading lady in Alberta Ferretti and Chopard jewels at the Spring Fever premiere in Cannes last night. Makeup colors and soft pastels, like lilac, were big news for Spring and Resort. What do you think of lavender—does it work better for fragrances or fashion?

 

 

Photo: Simon James / FilmMagic

 

Sound Meets Vision: The Music of Milan Fashion Week

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Hard beats and powerful female voices—Tina Turner, Grace Jones—characterized the catwalk tunes this season. These strong sounds helped models put their best feet firmly forward. Here’s what we heard on the runways this week.

Blugirl

The Mood: Girly voices to sweet tunes
The Specifics: Feist, “1234″

Blumarine

The Mood: Melted-chocolate smooth tunes, transporting us back to the eighties
The Specifics: Grace Jones, “Sunrise Sunset”

Alberta Ferretti

The Mood: A meander through three versions of the same powerful nineties disco beat
The Specifics: “Your Love” by Florence and the Machine, Frankie
Kuckles, and Candi Station

Dolce & Gabanna

The Mood: An explosion of hard-beat grit
The Specifics: U2, “Get On Your Boots”

Salvatore Ferragamo

The Mood: A trip through haunting, melodic, and sophisticated sounds
The Specifics: Bat for Lashes, “A Forest”

Burberry Prorsum

The Mood: Earthy, almost acoustic tunes beautiful in their simplicity
The Specifics: Adele, “Hometown Glory”

C’N'C Costume National

The Mood: French pop eighties-style with a jumpy beat
The Specifics: Vive la Fête, “Nuit Blanche”

Missoni

The Mood: Retro-feel music moving from slouchy to stringy
The Specifics: Q-Tip, “Move”

Roberto Cavalli

The Mood: Squelchy techno
The Specifics: Franz Ferdinand, “Ulysses”

Giorgio Armani

The Mood: Strong and powerful classics
The Specifics: Grace Jones, “Sunset Sunrise”

Brioni

The mood: High-drama music tunes
The Specifics: Juno Reactor, “Rotorblade”

Luisa Beccaria

The Mood: Light tea-party tunes
The Specifics: René Aubry, “Désordre”

Gianfranco Ferré

The Mood: Postmodern smooth
The Specifics: Circlesquare, “Hey You Guys”

Photo: Amazon.com

Designers De-Stress Close to Home

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When the fashion week flurry dies down and designers can partake in some R&R, where do they head? While our first guess might involve Learjets and palm fronds, it seems that just getting out of town is the priority—no private plane necessary. We polled some of Milan’s leading ladies of design for their-post show detox plans, and their answers are definitely not jet-set. Angela Missoni, for example, travels for an hour before resting her work-weary legs on the vine-leafed terrace of Borducan, a restaurant and hotel near her hometown of Varese. Blumarine‘s Anna Molinari takes off in her sports car to Forte dei Marmi, a seaside town frozen in the 1950′s, while Alberta Ferretti prefers hitting the slopes of Cortina. For Veronica Etro, her wonderfully restored family estate in Piacenza, just outside of Milan, is the perfect place to decompress.