46 posts tagged "Barneys New York"
New York-based designer Gabby Sabharwal sings the same tune as most women when it comes to shopping for swimwear: “I find it stressful—the fitting rooms have those weird lights, there’s always those annoying stickers in the suits, and I could never find anything that fit me correctly,” she tells Style.com. “The ones that did fit would be too skimpy. I thought, ‘I can’t be in front of my dad or my boyfriend’s family in this.’ “
Her solution was to found her own collection of printed swimsuit separates, Giejo, to address these concerns. All her tops and bottoms are sold individually, for mix-and-match effect. “Girls today mix high and low, and with my swimwear you can do the same,” the designer says. “The biggest thing is you don’t want to see yourself on the beach and have other girls in the exact same thing—this way that won’t happen.”
Giejo is Sabharwal’s first foray into the world of design, after years of working as a fashion publicist. Despite her lack of formal design training, she found her work experience was on her side. “Working in PR, I was always nervous that I wouldn’t be taken seriously because I didn’t have a full design background, but everyone and all of the designers were so encouraging and wanted to help make it happen,” she says. Tucker’s Gaby Basora was particularly encouraging. So were retailers. The debut Giejo collection hits stores, including New York’s Creatures of Comfort and L.A.’s Madison boutiques, in late February, and an exclusive collection for Barneys New York, made up of Aztec and floral prints, arrives on the retailer’s shelves in late spring—just in time for beach weather.
Checking out all of the new, covet-worthy accessories on the Spring runways, I’ve already replaced quite a few items on my lengthy must-have list (Prada’s Tin Lizzie engine heels, hello). But I’m still harboring a fetish with the chic handcuffs from the Louis Vuitton and Givenchy Fall collections. Unfortunately, I can’t afford to get my hands on those big-ticket extras without ending up in a real pair of police handcuffs. Enter Andrea Lieberman’s reasonably priced line of jewelry ($95-$495) for her label A.L.C. After starting small for Resort with simple tennis bracelets and pendant necklaces, Lieberman is ramping up her offerings for Spring, showing pieces like a sleek double bondage bracelet in polished brass, above, that screws open at the side (no locks or keys here). “I used a lot of bondage elements and softened them to be more feminine,” she told Style.com. Another standout was the silver cuff with linked shark mouths chomping on ceramic Swarovski pearls. “Like a lot of pieces in the collection,” Lieberman said, “it’s lovely from afar and a little bit dangerous up close.”
A.L.C. jewelry can be purchased in late October at Barneys.
Alexandre Mattiussi, the young French menswear designer behind Ami—that is, “friend”—launched his first collection at Barneys New York last night. The casual, affordable line, which now hangs in the retailer’s Co-Op stores, drew an appreciative crowd of editors, bloggers, and the occasional actor. (That’d be Bryan Greenberg, who was overheard to recall that the fifth-floor surroundings looked familiar…because his character on How to Make It In America had been fired from them on the show’s first season.)
Barneys is fêting its new acquisition with the pomp you’d accord to a new chum, and so before it sends Mattiussi out on a national tour—”it’s my Lady Gaga tour!” he exclaimed—it threw him a cozy dinner at Le Bilboquet on the Upper East Side. Old friends and new came to celebrate, including Barneys’ Mark Lee, Dennis Freedman, and Amanda Brooks, Matt Kliegman and Carlos Quirarte, designer couple Alexander Olch and Jennifer Murray, and Joseph Altuzarra, who’d known Mattiussi ever since the two worked at Givenchy years ago. (“He’s exactly the same,” Altuzarra reported.) The designer’s next stops: Chicago, San Francisco, and L.A., all for the first time. Before that? A surprise birthday cake, courtesy of his new pals. Five days ago, l’ami turned 31.
Keith Richards, Christian Louboutin, Gavin Rossdale, and Diane von Furstenberg—those are a few of the boldfaced names Patti Hansen called upon to customize one of her Hung On U cross-body bags, to be auctioned off on CharityBuzz.com to benefit the Epidermolysis Bullosa Medical Research Foundation tomorrow night.
“I just called my friends, family, and husband, we kept it small, and I told them do whatever you want with the bags,” says Hansen, who runs the line with Molly Madden and Debi Koppel. “I wish I was more daring with my design after seeing all of theirs. That’s the thing about such talented artists, they can do just do it so fearlessly.”
The rock star wife and her daughters, Alexandra and Theodora Richards, will be on hand at Barneys New York Thursday night (and Barneys in Los Angeles on Monday) to celebrate the bags and give guests an in-person look at the auction bags. In case you were wondering what Keith’s bag looks like, Style.com has the exclusive first look (above). And what does the rock star like to tote around? “He has a soft, black leather bag and he keeps his art supplies in it right now,” Hansen says.
The Charity Buzz auction launches tomorrow at 7 p.m. and runs through October 12.
Tonight, Barneys New York creative ambassador at large Simon Doonan kicks off his weekend Fashion in Film festival with a fête at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), where Qui Êtes-Vous, Polly Maggoo? will be screening. Before the festival, hosted by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and MAD, Doonan took a few minutes to talk with Style.com about the “twisted and kinky” film preferences of fashion insiders and muse over Liberace, the movie.
How did the idea for this film festival come about?
The folks at Vanity Fair called me and said they wanted to do a fashion film festival and I jumped right in. The most interesting thing about film and fashion people is that fashion people take their inspiration from film all the time, but from very unexpected places.
How so, exactly?
It’s not from Funny Face or Breakfast at Tiffany’s like one might expect, but more obscure, twisted, kinky, and strange movies. Fashion people are a little more perverse and they are always looking for something haunting that comes from a Rothmeyer or a movie like Qui Êtes-Vous, Polly Maggoo? or something like that.
How did you pick Maggoo and the other films like X, Y, and Zee and Hearts and Craft?
I came up with a huge list and then we worked our way through it. We included new things, like the Hermès and the Rick Owens documentary, but also some classics. I think today, with the whole red-carpet scene, people forget real fashion is strange and unusual and intriguing. This movie [Maggoo] captures that notion of the strange world of fashion. It’s often counterintuitive. I always say, “Don’t look to fashion for normalcy and healthy role models.” William Klein did a great job of capturing that masochistic and mysterious side of fashion. The opening scene, girls are wearing these aluminum outfits and the girls are saying, “It cuts, ouch!” That movie, to me, shows the strangeness and the beauty of fashion. At the end of the day, everything else is just clothes. Which is fine, but that’s not my idea of fashion.
What’s your favorite fashion film of all time?
Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! It’s funny but fantastically stylish. When you see it you will see how many Italian Vogue shoots and Guess ads and editorials over the years have been influenced by this movie. It’s lots of bad girls and girls with too much eyeliner. Also, a film like Grey Gardens had so much influence.
Any upcoming fashion films on your radar right now you are excited about?
I heard they are making a movie of the life of Liberace. I think that could result in a whole new wave of bedazzling—definitely. When Faye Dunaway wore that whole look in Bonnie and Clyde, that look was just cusping and then women saw her look so amazing in it and then everyone started wearing it. There’s been a lot of austerity with a military influence in fashion these days. I could see the bravado of Liberace having a huge impact. Chinchilla capes for men, hello!
Fashion week is in full force. What are you most excited for?
Very excited about our Carine Roitfeld party. I get to do karaoke and I’m such a show-off, so I can’t wait! But seriously, don’t miss X, Y, and Zee with Liz Taylor. It’s extremely hilarious from a style point of view. It’s like Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf but with crazy caftans, it’s just hilarious.
For more information on the festival, click here.