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L.A. might’ve lost its official fashion week earlier this year, but that doesn’t mean the city is entirely bereft of fashion shows. They’re just sprouting up in unlikely places—for instance, the shopping mecca The Grove. Tomorrow night, Barneys Co-Op labels Trovata, Petro Zillia, Genetic Denim, Ever, and Twelfth Street Cynthia Vincent will kick off the new Fashion @ The Grove series with a catwalk presentation of their Spring collections. “There is an unbelievable amount of talent here on the West Coast,” says designer Michelle Mason, who will show her Mason collection (pictured at left). “I’m excited that all who enjoy fashion will have the opportunity to experience this show.” She means it when she says “all.” The runway show and designer meet-and-greet start at 9 p.m. along The Grove’s Bow Street, and it’s open to the public. Even better, Barneys will stay open late for a post-show shopping event in case you see something you simply must have.
“Maybe I’m channeling my upcoming holiday,” Erdem Moralioglu told us, describing his Resort collection of slim column dresses with kimono sleeves and cocktail frocks with butterfly embroideries. The London-based designer stopped by Style.com’s offices today in advance of his Barneys trunk show, and will head to Japan for vacation next. Here’s a sneak peek at his cruise collection, shot on Trish Goff. Fans of his luscious prints can meet him in person—and place pre-orders—at the department store tomorrow between 1 and 6 p.m.
Watch out. There’s a predatory theme running through Risto Bimbiloski’s Fall 2009 collection: The Paris-based designer has seized inspiration this season from all manner of preying things—working up prints based on raptors’ beady eyes, giving his fabrics the high-gloss finish of venomous insects’ shells, and cutting dresses fit for femmes fatales. “I’m not a designer who looks to a muse,” explains Bimbiloski, who day-jobs as the head knitwear designer at Louis Vuitton menswear. Last season the Macedonia native found himself with his head—almost literally—in the stars, building his collection around the idea of a hypernova and developing prints from images taken from the Hubble telescope. That cosmic collection earned him fans such as Angela Lindvall and accounts with Barneys New York and Opening Ceremony, so perhaps it’s only right that the designer is sizing up new quarry. In September, Bimbiloski will be making his runway debut with a show at New York fashion week. Like we said: Watch out.
It’s not often that the shiny Gossip Girl world of the Upper East Side welcomes old, ragged T-shirts, recycling, and bake sales, but that’s exactly what’s happening tomorrow at Barneys on Madison. In exchange for your holey Flaming Lips tee from 1996, you’ll get 20 percent off the organic wares from Loomstate and Loomstate for Barneys Green. (The old tees will be reworked into new Loomstate T-shirts.) That means an easy little belted shirtdress for $158 or an artfully slouchy cardi for $142. Not bad. If you’re there between 2 and 4 p.m., there will be Loomstate artists to hand-paint your new T-shirts. And once the sustainable shopping’s done, you can escalate one floor up to Fred’s for an organic bake sale. Will they have those cupcakes baked into an ice cream cone that you loved in the fourth grade? Doubtful, but as a fan of Fred’s, I’m going to bet that the treats are still delicious. And attention, West Coast Style Filers, the whole thing happens again next Saturday, April 25, in Beverly Hills.
Admit it, fashion and art collabs were starting to make your eyes glaze over just a smidge. But Richard Chai’s joint effort with artist Ben Jones, the object of celebration (along with Chai’s menswear debut) last night on Barneys’ fifth floor, is proof that the conceit still has some life. “It’s not my first [collaboration], but it’s the first one I like,” Jones explained of the stripey tee with a logolike embroidery that renders his dog into Day-Glo abstraction. The mustachioed artist held court in a little cluster of gallerists including Deitch Projects directors Kathy Grayson and Nicola Vassell, the proud mama who linked Chai and Jones. “I love it,” said Vassell. “There aren’t enough of these. Artists are really eager to do this kind of project, and fashion provides the best kinship.” As for other candidates she might like to see cozy up to the fashion world: Aurel Schmidt and Terence Koh. Though isn’t Koh, a wearer of Gareth Pugh and self-described “Naomi Campbell of the art world,” a living and breathing fashion/art hybrid? “True,” replied Vassell. “But I would love to see that in actual product.” There could have been another collab born last night as the room was thick with designers out to support Chai: Phillip Lim, Robert Geller and wife Ana Lerario, Albertus Swanepoel, and Alejandro Ingelmo. We’ll be watching.