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Prada Brings the Harlem Renaissance to Milan

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This Thursday, on the evening of its Fall ’14 show, Prada will fete the latest installment of its Iconoclasts series—a project, launched in 2009, that has seen the likes of Katie Grand, Alex White, Olivier Rizzo, and Carine Roitfeld reimagine Prada boutiques in the fashion capitals. This time around, the house has tapped W magazine’s Edward Enninful to share his vision, and he’s chosen to style the brand’s Via Montenapoleone men’s and women’s boutiques in the image of the Harlem Renaissance. At the women’s shop, Enninful will install a series of black and white mannequins, clad in Spring ’14 and archival Prada looks, and pose them as if they were guests at a swanky Jazz Age era club. (The ambience will be topped off with a glitzy Art Deco bar.) Meanwhile, the men’s store will feature game tables and a blues trio. “The event is meant as a celebration of Miuccia Prada’s incredible work. Hopefully people will leave the event with a smile on their face,” Enninful told Style.com. “It is a very joyful moment, and I hope that people will be inspired by the men’s and women’s collections, the installations in each store, and the culturally inclusive direction of this moment in the Iconoclasts series.” To give us a better sense of what to expect, the editor sent us an inspiration image: Palmer Hayden’s painting We Four in Paris, above.

Photo: Palmer Jayden’s We Four in Paris , courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

JC Penney Teams Up With Georgina Chapman

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The latest evidence of JC Penney’s aspirations to raising its fashion profile: A new campaign lensed by Craig McDean, styled by Alex White, and starring runway regulars Lily Donaldson, Chanel Iman, and Jac Jagaciak. The occasion: The retailer’s new Pearl by Georgina Chapman line. The collection, which will be available online this weekend and will hit nearly 530 JC Penney stores on March 1, aims to provide a similar red carpet romance as Chapman’s Marchesa at an accessible price point. “I’m very specific in my vision,” said Chapman, who was in rainy L.A. preparing for the Oscars when she spoke to Style.com. “Craig’s photographs are extraordinary and I’ve always wanted to work with him. He’s capable of doing anything and really captured the high-fashion sensibility of the line.” Chapman asserted that her “specific vision” applied to the creation of the range, too. Explaining that she hadn’t considered doing a high-street collaboration before JC Penney approached her, the designer stressed that she made no sacrifices and included luxe details like corseting, organza ruffles, and Chantilly lace in her first installment of the eveningwear line, which will range from $50 to $250 per piece.

“Pearl skews a little bit younger [than Marchesa],” said Chapman, noting that she designed it with her three stepdaughters in mind. (“They’re a little young for Marchesa.”) Stores will introduce around 15 new Pearl styles each month, and in some locations, the range will be housed in special, chandelier-adorned boutiques within JC Penney. Chapman has signed a multiyear contract with the retailer, and said that the project’s longer-term commitment was part of what attracted her. The fact that the partnership has a charitable aspect also made it a draw: JC Penney will be inviting customers to round up their Pearl purchases to the nearest dollar to benefit Chapman’s charity, the Pearl Fund, which helps girls to obtain scholarships. When asked how she felt the partnership would affect the Marchesa line (which she designs with Keren Craig), Chapman offered, “I don’t think it will. It’s a completely different attitude and price point. It’s easier. The clothes are grab-and-go. And they won’t break the bank.” Take a peek at Pearl’s new campaign images, which debut here on Style.com.

Photo: Craig McDean

Roses for Ricci

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Rose petals were strewn across the runway at Peter Copping’s flirty Spring ’13 Nina Ricci show. So it makes sense that the designer would incorporate the romantic flower into his Spring film. Created by an all-star cast (shot by Inez & Vinoodh, styled by Alex White, and starring Arizona Muse), the moody short features Muse running through a flurry of falling petals, toward a giant metal fan. “The petals obviously create an extremely feminine mood, but the fact that we see them disintegrate, and also the mechanics of the wind machine, gives the film an added dimension,” Copping told Style.com. He added that working with Inez & Vinoodh was “inspiring. I love the way they offset the Ricci femininity,” he said. Take an exclusive look at Nina Ricci’s new film, which debuts exclusively on Style.com, above.

What’s Hers Is Yours: Alex White’s Yard Sale

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With over 20 years in fashion—16 of them as the fashion and style director of W—Alex White has amassed enough fashion to fill a house. More than one house, actually, as she explained to Style.com, which is part of the impetus behind the almost-everything-must-go yard sale she’s throwing in Amagansett, New York, this weekend, where she’ll offer up pieces from Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Prada, YSL, and Marc Jacobs that she’s deaccessioning from her own closet. The other motivation: a good cause. Proceeds from the sale will go to the Ideal School for special-needs children, where her own daughter India (left, with White) is enrolled. White checked in with Style.com to offer a preview of what you’ll find, a few pieces you won’t, and what she’s working on now.

Alex White and the Ideal School’s fashion yard sale takes place this Saturday, July 14th, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Miss Amelia’s Cottage, Main Street, Amagansett, NY.

What inspired you to clean house?
I finally ran out of space to store clothes, even with a storage space in Manhattan, storage in East Hampton, and now a town house with a basement and lots of rooms…Clearly I had become a fashion hoarder and I needed to make a serious edit. All the editing of collections with designers that I do as part of my professional consulting goes out the window when it comes to my own closet.

How did you choose the Ideal School as the beneficiary?
I became involved with the Ideal School when my developmentally delayed daughter India joined two years ago. India, who is on a feeding tube and has global delays, is able to be in a classroom alongside children, some of whom may have similar issues and some who are regular developing kids. This experience has taught India so much, to be with her peers. She is now able to count to 40, knows her ABCs, and is learning to read. The children and all the wonderful teachers encourage and bring out her full potential; it is very moving. Continue Reading “What’s Hers Is Yours: Alex White’s Yard Sale” »

A Peek Backstage At Marc, The Men You’ll Meet On Man Day, And More…

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Talk about multitasking: Juergen Teller’s new campaign for Marc Jacobs—starring Masha Kirsanova and Caroline Brasch Nielsen—was shot backstage at Jacobs’ Spring ’11 show (left). [Fashionologie]

The womenswear winners of London’s NewGen sponsorships were announced earlier this week, and now the prize is spotlighting the men: J.W. Anderson, Christopher Shannon, and James Long will show their menswear on the runway during LFW’s Man Day, while Lou Dalton, Katie Eary, Omar Kashoura, and knit wits Sibling will have their presentations supported. (Men’s designer Christopher Raeburn, who was listed among the winners yesterday, will also have his installation underwritten.) [Vogue U.K.]

It’s time (again) for Diane von Furstenberg to clear some space on her mantel: The indefatigable designer will receive amfAR’s Award of Courage—alongside President Bill Clinton and Elizabeth Taylor—at the AIDS research nonprofit’s silver anniversary gala next year. [WWD]

Leandra Medine, better known as the voice of Man Repeller, is the high priestess of high-waisted pants—and shoulder pads, schlumpy layers, and all of the other “girls get it, guys don’t” fashion choices out there. Men may be repelled, but the Times wasn’t; Medine got the full profile treatment today. [NYT]

And here’s more from Ford: The latest glimpses of TF’s womenswear come courtesy of W, which shot a few looks, styled by Alex White and shot by Inez and Vinoodh, on Lara Stone. [W]

Photo: Juergen Teller