24 posts tagged "Anna Sui"
Designers from Anna Sui to Yigal Azrouël mobilized for yesterday’s Garment District rally, where protesters called for rezoning that would protect and, hopefully, create more manufacturing jobs. As per the demonstrators’ posters, supporting the fashion industry is “sew New York.” [WWD]
Susan Posen, a.k.a. Mom of Zac, stepped down from her role as acting CEO of her son’s company yesterday, a move that coincides with Susan Davidson’s recent hire. Insert “leaving to spend more time with her family” joke here. [WWD]
Tamara Mellon wore Dolce & Gabbana (and, one imagines, Jimmy Choos) to pick up her OBE today from the Queen. Can we expect a Union Jack heel from the newly minted Officer of the Order of the British Empire? Or, better yet, Her Majesty in stilettos? [Grazia]
And finally, your dress-like-a-Jersey Shore-star update: Snooki’s slippers are available for pre-order, but J-WOWW’s Filthy Couture line has been shut down. We’re calling that a lose-win kind of situation. [NY Mag and Radar]
If James Coviello ever decides to hang up his fashion hat, it’s comforting to know he’s got a bright future as an antiques dealer waiting as a very viable plan B. The designer—who got into millinery when pal Anna Sui needed some headgear for a Steven Meisel shoot she was styling, followed it up with stints at Oscar, Calvin, and Todd Oldham, and launched a full apparel collection of his own in 2000—has an expansive collection of antiques, just the sort that come in handy when you’re opening your own store. His Orchard Street shop, which opened last night, recalls a bustling ladies’ emporium of the nineteenth century. Dresses hang on cast-iron brackets, chapeaux sit in sliding-glass case doors, and the entire scene is lit with brass gas lamp fixtures. Even the 23-karat gold-leaf storefront sign was sourced through a guy in New Jersey who still executes the process as it was done over 100 years ago. Sui, on hand to host, took a moment to pick out a French porcelain vase for herself. Interested customers can do the same. In addition to his ready-to-wear collection, Coviello will be offering lifestyle items, too: French soaps, vintage letterpress stationery and carved graphite pencils, and home decor like the exquisite taxidermy-and-floral-arrangement bell jars that he designs.
70 Orchard St., NYC, www.jamescoviello.com.
Schmatta: Rags to Riches to Rags, Marc Levin’s history of the Garment District, airs tonight on HBO. After tracing the origins of the New York City rag trade back to immigrant-staffed sweatshops like the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, Levin proceeds to track the rise of the Garment District—those mid-century decades when approximately 95 percent of the clothing sold in the United States was made domestically, making it the number one employer in New York City. Times, needless to say, have changed. Today, close to 95 percent of the clothing sold in the United States is made abroad, making the Garment District so much a shadow of its former self that a fight to save it from extinction is currently being waged. Schmatta tracks that devolution, as well. In so doing, the film raises important questions about how the fashion industry infrastructure we currently take for granted will be forced to adapt in the post-recession, post-Inconvenient Truth era. Here, Levin talks to Style.com about fashion as microcosm, his own rag trade genealogy, and the fact that he’s not trying to be Michael Moore.
You’ve got a lengthy filmmaking résumé, and nothing on it indicates an interest in fashion. What made you want to tell this story?
It was a curveball, actually. I went to Sheila Nevins at HBO with an idea for a documentary about hedge funds, and while we were sitting there, brainstorming, she brought up the fact that her blouse was made in China, her pants in Bangladesh, and so on. She thought there was a story there, and she suggested I go check out the Garment Center. I said, “You want me to do something on the schmatta business?” And she said, “Schmatta. Great title.” That’s how things get done, sometimes. Continue Reading “Rags Time: Marc Levin On HBO Doc Schmatta” »