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September 3 2014

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The W Hotels Scout Out The Next Big Things

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For any budding fashion line, finding funding is nothing short of a godsend. “It was the best Christmas gift,” Mara Hoffman raved about being selected for the W Hotels’ Fashion Next program. “I found out in December right before everybody headed off for the holidays.” Along with fellow colleagues Tess Giberson, Mandy Coon, Frank Tell, and Michael Angel, Hoffman toasted their selection in a penthouse last night at the W’s Times Square location. There was much to celebrate: The lucky few won a coveted sponsorship of their Fall 2011 show at the Box in Lincoln Center.

Going two seasons strong, W’s fashion director, Amanda Ross (above, with the designers), once again spearheaded the effort. “We wanted a group where each designer had their own sense of style—it’s a mix of sophisticated and bohemian—but were at similar points in their careers,” Ross explained. Young labels hoping to win Ross’ eye for the next installation will have to catch her hop-scotching around town for New York fashion week. Aside from styling for her friend of 20 years, Gregory Parkinson, she’ll be fitting in “as many shows as she can.” “I just hope there isn’t a snowstorm,” Ross said, half-jokingly. “Otherwise we’ll all have a tough time planning what to wear.”

A slushy winter or not, it appears New York is still the place to be. “I’ve been coming here off and on for the last 12 years,” said Texas native Mandy Coon. “As a young designer, it’s the most comfortable because the community here is open to new ideas.” Would she ever decamp to a designer-luring European city, like London or Paris? “I wouldn’t,” Coon declared. “For me, it’s all about this city. There’s a lot of momentum here.”

Photo: Billy Farrell / BFAnyc.com

A Playlist From A Fashion-World Power Player

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The XX. Gossip. Miike Snow. If that sounds like a rundown of the runway music for the last few fashion seasons, it’s no coincidence—those bands, and several more, were all selected for a new compilation by Michelangelo L’Acqua (pictured), who spent the better part of his career helping designers cherry-pick the tunes for their shows, stores, ads, and events. Tom Ford tapped L’Acqua in 1999 to be the music director for Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent, and he’s since scored shows for Chanel, Jil Sander, and 6267. The W Hotels recently snagged L’Acqua to be their global music director in the chain’s new fashion-forward push (one that also involved the selection of its first global fashion director, Amanda Ross), and at last week’s Miami Winter Music Conference, it unveiled Symmetry, the first CD L’Acqua curated for the hotels. In addition to the artists mentioned above, it includes tracks from Daniel Merriweather, Sebastien Tellier, and Bebel Gilberto, and is on sale at W Hotel shops and online.

Photo: Seth Browarnik / Red Eye Productions

The New Right Hand At Diane, Scenes From The Crash, And More…

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It’s a changing of the guard at DVF: Longtime creative director Nathan Jenden (pictured, with Diane) is stepping down to focus on his own line, and Yves Mispelaere—formerly of Chloé and Gucci—is taking the reins. [WWD]

Collab-happy Comme des Garçons is at it again. The brand is working with Moncler in Japan to launch a pop-up store at CDG’s revolving storefront in Aoyama, selling both labels’ designs and select co-branded items. In usually cryptic Comme fashion, a spokeswoman wouldn’t comment on what exactly would be offered. So…Tokyo road trip? [WWD]

The New York Times takes the temperature of Zac Posen, who’s toned down the theatrics of his shows and lifestyle to focus on his collections. It’s the latest in a long line of What the Recession Means to Me pieces, but it’s worth a read for the gossip and the good advice. (For example: Don’t try to style Zac with the Count from Sesame Street. It’s just a coincidence that they kind of look and dress alike.) [NYT]

Gawker’s story yesterday about fashion week’s attempted teenage crashers has every PR person in town on high alert. But these guys have snuck in before. Fashionista has a shot of Remy Renzullo sitting front-row at Derek Lam—right next to Suzy Menkes. Oops. [Fashionista]

The W Hotels chain has named a fashion director, stylist Amanda Ross. She’ll “associate [the W] with the right designers,” meaning we’re not sure exactly what. Discount rates for all? [WSJ]

Photo: Marcio Madeira

Banana Republic Launches Something Old, Something New

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At Banana Republic’s refurbished and relaunched Soho flagship last night, the digs were new, but the look of the clothes was decidedly older. “We’ve been relooking at our heritage and old sportswear and we have a lot in our archives that we’re going to rework,” creative director Simon Kneen said. While going vintage is nothing new—the retailer recently featured a Mad Men campaign, after all—the airy, bi-level space turned out quite the mix of pieces inspired by eras past, from little eighties-esque downtown leather jackets to shawl-collar college sweaters fit for a fifties collegian.

Dressed in head-to-toe BR, Weeds star Mary-Louise Parker said she appreciates the retailer’s wallet-friendly price points now but confessed her own past style was more limited. “I went to drama school and we only really wore vintage clothes; we couldn’t afford Banana Republic,” the actress explained before heading upstairs for boyfriend Charlie Mars’ performance. With a crowd that included Amy Sacco, Amanda Ross, and Vanity Fair‘s Alexis Morgan Bryan looking on, Mars performed a few of his own songs before launching into a rendition of “Stand By Me” in honor of Banana Republic’s One + All program, a new national effort to link Banana Republic customers with volunteer opportunities.