51 posts tagged "Alexa Chung"
Brevity, the soul of wit. It was a shared fascination with all things brief that drew together Joseph Altuzarra and photographer-filmmaker Simon Cave. “He loves trailers!” Altuzarra said last night at the party e-tailer MyTheresa.com threw in his honor. “And I love trailers, which is the weird thing—I think it’s a really interesting format. He has a certain affinity for narrative in a short format that I really responded to.” Until the nascent genre of short fashion films grows into full-length fashion features, the two are well matched. On the walls of the Chelsea Arts Tower, Cave’s video “trailer” starring Lithuanian model Agne Konciute and teasing Altuzarra’s slinky Fall collection—which just launched on MyTheresa—ran on a continuous loop. “It was more about exaggerating this idea of the glamazon,” Altuzarra explained, “and having this woman be very much put on a pedestal, with something iconic about her.” Around the room, new icons—in the form of MyTheresa’s newly named brand ambassadors—mingled: Alexa Chung here, Harley Viera Newton there, Leigh Lezark off yonder. It was enough to turn any man’s head, and sex appeal is, after all, a label specialty. “A man who can be so sweet and who can design clothes so extravagantly seductive,” marveled MyTheresa’s buying director, Justin O’Shea, “you don’t meet those every day.”
Judge a man by the company he keeps, and an e-tail boutique by the shoppers it attracts. That, at least, is the reigning logic at Mytheresa, which this week rolls out a new portrait series of its favorite fans. The collection of snaps begins with English clotheshorse Alexa Chung, who models her favorites of the site’s current wares, from Acne to Valentino. The portraits appear here, on Style.com, along with a look behind the scenes at Chung’s shoot, below. The series will continue in the coming weeks with camera-friendly faces such as Harper’s Bazaar‘s Laura Brown, who’s no stranger to the online video, as the host of Bazaar‘s The Look Web show, and London-based deejay Mimi Xu.
Solace does not leap willingly to mind when one thinks of Soho’s more trod corners. But the arrival of Japan-based brand Pas de Calais’ American flagship may mark the start of a new associative era. Set at the juncture of Wooster and Broome, the store is the brand’s first international location.
The all-white retail space is a logical extension of Pas de Calais’ sensibilities. White wires suspended above are intended to evoke a loom, an homage to the brand’s original textiles, and a sculpture made from vintage windows anchors the far end of the shop. One part clean Japanese minimalism, one part unmistakable earthy Gallic romance, the result is a timeless, rustic luxury.
At last night’s opening fete, the brand’s designer, Yukari Suda, and president, Tsukasa Kobayashi, were joined by Alexa Chung, who deejayed the celebration. Donning a gauzy, embroidered Pas de Calais frock, Chung told Style.com, “I like French things and Japanese things, so a hybrid is pretty much my dream. It’s so simple, and I love the tomboyish way they’ve styled the outfits. Everything’s very loose and easy to wear.”
As guests sipped sparkling sake (imported for the occasion), models stood on rough-hewn wooden cubes, wearing the brand’s Spring line of slouchy linen blazers, color-blocked knits, and printed silk dresses. After an hour and a half, they turned on their leather T-strap wedges, disappeared, and reemerged in Borsalino hats and Pas de Calais’ boyish autumn earth tones. When not admiring the clothes, partygoers marveled at a sculpture of three thousand whirling, transparent white leaves. It would seem that one corner of Soho just got slightly more serene.
Pas de Calais is located at 482 Broome Street in New York.
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.