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As it turns out, window-shopping is a surprisingly productive use of one’s time. Just ask Paris-based jewelry designer Annelise Michelson, best known for her sharp-toothed ear cuffs, embellished chain-link necklaces, and sculptural rings worn by the likes of Alison Mosshart and Alexa Chung. During her last trip to New York, the designer took an unexpected stroll past Bowery boutique Dagny + Barstow. “I saw it on my way to brunch and I really liked the windows,” she recalls. Moments later, she found herself inside, browsing wares from other up-and-coming French designers like Devastee and Vanessa Dee with the boutique’s co-owner, Emily Titelman. The conversation that ensued resulted in Dagny picking up her collection.
The designer’s downtown New York debut (she also sells uptown at Fivestory and online at www.paire.us) will kick off with an in-store party tomorrow night, where looks from Michelson’s “Timeless” and “Carnivore” collections will be displayed in a special installation. Come March, the store will stock her spring range, which, Michelson says, is a departure from her usual hard-edged aesthetic. “Last season, it was about leather-embroidered chain. But for spring, it’s really tropical and neon. Almost toxic,” she explains, adding, “My mother is South African, so the flowers and colors of Cape Town were on my mind.”
As for her time in the Big Apple, the designer is not sure what surprises it might bring. But she’s found herself inspired by the city’s savvy women. “They have their style, they play with their look and they’re having fun. This is what fashion’s all about! Being feminine and a little bit audacious.” Just like Michelson’s jewelry.
Annelise Michelson is available at Dagny + Barstow, 264 Bowery, NYC, (212) 675-2346.
“I was actually never really a video game or comic book kind of guy—I always just loved clothes,” Phillip Lim tells Style.com. But things have changed for the designer, who looked to neo-noir comic book heroines in V for Vendetta and Sin City for inspiration for his Fall 2012 collection, and he has just come out with his very own comic book (with the help of illustrator Jan Duursema, of Star Wars fame, and her prolific co-writer John Ostrander). “The idea of dual lives and a heroine with an inner strength was where it all started,” he says, citing Alexa Chung, Lissy Trullie, and Oh Land as some of his real-life leading ladies. “I am surrounded by these heroines every day, all around me, so it seemed fitting to make the city in my head come alive.” Will we be seeing the theme continue into Spring 2013? “The spirit of the character exists in every collection I do—it is very much the spirit of the Phillip Lim woman,” he says.
Style.com got the exclusive first look at the full book, called Kill the Night, before it debuts on Fashion’s Night Out (he will be on hand at his NYC boutique to sign copies for customers who buy something at the event). For those who aren’t in New York, visit the designer’s Web site (31philliplim.com) to sign up and get a printed copy. Our favorite part? Every superheroine look in the book is shoppable.
Ready, set, FNO: September 6th marks the fourth annual Fashion’s Night out, the no holds barred evening of shopping that kicks off the spring shows during New York Fashion Week. The definitive guide to the action, www.fashionsnightout.com goes live today, detailing the goings-on near you—whether that means Manhattan or one of the more than 500 participating U.S. and international cities.
In NYC, boutiques will celebrate with extended hours, the better to lap up snacks, drinks, and celebrity sightings. Alexa Chung will spin at Moschino; Solange Knowles, at DVF. MAC’s Soho store may have the event to beat, with a live performance by Azealia Banks. Some stores will even debut new products: Balenciaga will unveil the Pumpkin collection, an accessories collaboration with Vogue creative director Grace Coddington featuring her beloved cat, Pumpkin; Chloé will release its new Alice bag. Over at Stella McCartney, you can even design your own handbag.
If Fashion’s Night Out alone won’t get you out of the house, maybe Bergdorf Goodman’s 111th birthday will—the retailer is taking advantage of the timing to celebrate its centennial-plus, with guests including Rachel Zoe and Thakoon Panichgul. At Saks, the focus is on designers, with appearances from Max and Lubov Azria, Oscar de la Renta (who will launch his new fragrance), Suno’s Erin Beatty and Max Osterweis (who have collaborated with Minx to create special nail designs) and Kimberly Ovitz (who’s teamed up with Rihanna’s tattoo artist, Josh Lord, to create custom body art for partygoers), among others.
The streets will teem; will the registers ring? That remains to be seen, though the outlook is hopeful. But those who prefer to avoid the crowds can splurge in comfort, too: Again this year, there’ll be plenty of deals accessible right from their apartments, with special offers and savings online.