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April 21 2014

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13 posts tagged "Alejandro Ingelmo"

New York Welcomes A New Wang

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While it takes a cranked party to drown out the sound of World Trade Center construction, such was the scene at last night’s W Hotel Downtown soirée for Chinese designer Uma Wang (pictured, right), who turned heads this past fashion week in Milan, where her namesake label made its Italian debut. Hosts Meredith Melling Burke and W Hotels global fashion director Jenne Lombardo (pictured, left) took it to eleven, with help from guests like Peter Som, Alejandro Ingelmo, and Kate Foley. Wang, who is here for a month as part of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund China exchange program (a new initiative targeted at expanding opportunities for CFDA designers in China and vice versa for Chinese designers like Wang), kept a noticeably low profile. “I was so happy to come to New York, but I had no idea what to expect,” she said. “I’m just following the schedule.”

She’s right on time for a breakthrough. Wang’s design vibes combine the almost-goth moodiness of Rick Owens with the sharp utility of that other Wang, Alexander. Or, as she puts it: “I only wear black, unless I’m wearing white.” On that note, Lombardo said, “Look at her, she’s wearing all these black layers with long hair and a nose ring—it’s so right-on. She’s more New York than all of us!”

Photo: Joe Schildhorn / BFAnyc.com

Saturday Night At Milk Studios: Alejandro Ingelmo And Ostwald Helgason

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I would like to offer a big thanks to Milk Studios for making our lives easier during NYFW. I was able to see four presentations last night, all of which were on the same floor, one room next to the other (and, on such a chilly Saturday night, it was nice not to be running around the city). First stop: shoe designer Alejandro Ingelmo’s first “real” presentation, where his men’s fur-lined high-tops were the talk of night. The female editors in the room were calling for a women’s version of the shoe. Don’t worry, ladies, it’s coming soon.

After stops at Dean Quinn and Anndra Neen, the ultimate surprise of the night came from the London-based design duo Susanne Ostwald and Ingvar Helgason of Ostwald Helgason. Their latest collection (pictured above) was filled with pieces I want to wear now. The animal-print sweatshirts, ruffled miniskirts, cocktail dresses with interesting volume in the back, parkas, and printed coats would all be perfect pieces for the runway shows. This is definitely a brand to watch—it’s one of my favorite collections of the season so far and I am ready to add my name into the wait list for the clothes already.

Photo: Marina Larroude

Exclusive: The Do-Good Fashions From Project Paz’s Gala and Benefit

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Using hand-sewn Mexican fabrics supplied by Museo Textil De Oaxaca, the designers behind 12 different lines, including Eddie Borgo, Wes Gordon, Thakoon, and Michael Bastian, have each created limited-edition pieces for tonight’s Project Paz gala and silent auction in New York, which will raise money to promote peace in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. “It was important to me to get involved because the level of violence that occurs in Cuidad Juárez is truly inhuman,” Peter Som tells Style.com. Of the design assignment, Som says, “There weren’t any guidelines —the fabric was a beautiful canvas for me to create with.” What he made was a dress using fabric from the town of Pinotepa de Don Luis, with touches of his spring rose print.

Of his design, Phillip Lim says, “I think all too often society is very dismissive of technique and artisanal history —they take what they want and discard things very quickly —so I wanted this piece to respect tradition. I tried to do this by having the biker jacket embrace the Rebozo —it almost has it in its arms.” Here, Style.com has the exclusive first look at the designs, photographed by Ruven Afanador. The pieces are available during and after the event on L-Atitude.

Photos: Ruven Afanador

Call His Name: Alejandro

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“It’s my first real presentation, outside of my showroom, so I wanted to keep it really simple and precise,” shoe designer and fourth-generation cobbler Alejandro Ingelmo said at his Milk Studios presentation. “For me, less is more.” Not necessarily what you’d expect to hear from someone whose client roster includes Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, and Britney Spears. (For those maximalists, at least, he obliged with the occasional Swarovski Elements-crystal embellishment.)

Nor was Ingelmo’s simple really all that simple. He showed towering leather platform sandals and sharply angled ankle boots in black, nude, silver, and gold—not exactly hop-on-the-subway fare. But he’s conscious of comfort; he’s a runner himself and often spotted in New Balances when he’s not wearing his own leather high-tops—so he’s done thick-strap flat sandals, too.

You’ll have to wait for spring to snatch up the new version of his best-selling Thriller, a gravity-defying platform that’s a blend of sexy straps and futuristic metallic leather. If you need to get your Ingelmo fix now, you can check out the Helmut Lang and Chris Benz Spring shows, both of which feature AI collabs. Or you can just head down to his recently opened boutique on Wooster in Soho.

Photo: Courtesy of Alejandro Ingelmo

Alejandro Ingelmo Heads Online

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These shoes—towering heels notwithstanding—were made for walking. So when Alejandro Ingelmo, the New York-based footwear designer (and CFDA Swarovski Award nominee for accessories) set out to make a short film about his work, he didn’t want get bogged down in plotting or character development. He just showed his wares doing what his wares do best: strutting on the pavement.

The video, premiering here on Style.com, will soon go live on Ingelmo’s relaunched Web site. That’s not the site’s only draw. With it, Ingelmo is launching e-commerce, offering his most celebrated styles, including his heels to those who can’t hoof it to his Wooster Street store. “E-commerce was something I wanted to do for a long time, but I felt it needed to be interactive and personal,” Ingelmo told Style.com. “The timing is right now as we have seen an increase amount of demand in places where we do not have distribution.” Keep reading for the exclusive video.

Photo: Courtesy of Alejandro Ingelmo