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August 28 2014

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A Maje Moment For Alexa Chung

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While most Manhattanites stayed in last night to watch the live vice presidential debate, a crowd still turned out to Hotel Americano to toast Maje’s newest campaign girl, Alexa Chung. In case there is any question of American patriotism here, the brand’s founder and designer Judith Milgrom put an end to that debate. “We want to become the most American, French brand,” said Milgrom, who opened the first New York Maje store last October and followed with a series of small stores throughout the city. The focus last night, however, was on one of Britain’s most stylish exports. “I just love the way Alexa looks in the clothes, especially what she’s wearing tonight,” said Milgrom of Chung’s silk top.

Milgrom and her muse certainly seem in sync. “I went into the studio with a sketch of a green miniskirt—and they already had one,” Chung said, in between chatting with her pals like Dev Hynes, Hilary Rhoda, and DJ Alix Browne. Though Chung’s own clothing line has been postponed, there’s no shortage of upcoming projects en queue. On her forthcoming book, she said, “[It's] mainly my style icons. The rest is top secret.” As she watched the evening’s performers, Chicago-based Wild Belle, she said one thing she won’t be doing is putting out an album. “God, no. I can’t sing at all,” she admitted. While the sibling duo continued their act, guests streamed in, coming from another French affair, the Krug House party, happening a little further downtown at a multi-story private town house on West 15th Street. The cause for celebration was, quite simply, fashion’s favorite beverage: Champagne. By 10 p.m., the partygoers (including Byrdie Bell, Genevieve Jones, and the night’s performer MNDR) had guzzled up most of the bubbly and then, it was over.

Photo: Will Ragozzino / BFAnyc.com

Phillip Lim And His Superheroes

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“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.

Photos: Courtesy of 3.1 Phillip Lim

Chung Change

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Alexa Chung already has a lot of jobs on her résumé these days, including model, British Fashion Council ambassador, television host, and British Vogue contributing editor, and soon she might be adding “designer” to the list. Though she has collaborated on design projects with labels like Madewell, the British style star confirmed this morning that she is looking to launch her own clothing line. In the latest issue of Numéro magazine, Chung reportedly said she has “nothing to lose” by starting her own label. “In this current era of celebrity no one believes you actually design the stuff anyway, even though I sketch everything myself,” she explains. “So if it sucks I can say I had nothing to do with it, and if it’s really good I can say ‘Here are the drawings, it’s all my own work!’ ” Chung hasn’t revealed any details about the line yet, but we’re expecting to see the usual Chung signatures—plenty of floral prints, vintage-inspired numbers, and lots of layering pieces.

Photo: Danny Martindale / Getty Images

Shoppers, Gird Thyselves: Fashion’s Night Out Approaches

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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.

Photo: Fashionsnightout.com

Maje Modeling News For Alexa Chung, And More Of Today’s Top Stories

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Alexa Chung’s status as an It girl just went up even more. The French contemporary brand Maje has tapped the Brit as the face of its Fall Glen Luchford-lensed black-and-white advertising campaign. Chung was photographed sixties-style, in the early morning at the Porte des Lilas Métro stop in Paris. [WWD]

Are redheads the new cult phenomenon (again)? In the modeling industry, some might say yes. Disney Pixar’s new animated film Brave, featuring main character Princess Merida and her long fiery locks, has sparked a second coming of appreciation for red-haired models Karen Elson, Lily Cole, and more. [Modelinia]

Tory Burch is going even more digital. The designer is set to unveil the redesign of her Tory Blog, a first since its launch in 2009. She will also introduce the first Tory Daily iPad and iPhone app, which are aimed at integrating commerce and content—both apps will be updated daily and feature perks for fans that include free shipping and access to exclusive events. [WWD]

Girls star Lena Dunham says she doesn’t read reviews of her show, but that tweets are more her thing. “I love seeing the real-time reactions of people who aren’t critics, who are just experiencing the show at home,” says Dunham. Note to those tweeters: Keep them coming. Dunham says that fans’ tweets can sometimes influence the show’s direction. [Page Six]

 

 

 

Photo: Courtesy of Maje