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‘Tis the season for post-holiday discounts. But while you’re shopping the sales in Midtown, or returning that sweater from Aunt Sally that didn’t quite tickle your fancy, we suggest taking a peek at Barneys’ new vintage boutique. Launched in November, the well-kept secret stocks hard-to-find items like vintage Birkin, Kelly, and Chanel bags and eighties and ninties gold jewelry from YSL (a giant Egyptian-style gold necklace was our pick), Chanel (like kitschy gold bag-shaped earrings, belts, and bracelets) and Givenchy (a pair of gold disk clip-ons was particularly appealing). Tucked away in a quiet corner on the Madison Avenue flagship’s main floor, Barneys’ treasure-trove of vintage wares is basically a nineties Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele shoot come to life (left). And there’s a healthy price range, too, starting around $250 for earrings and skyrocketing above $20k for a gently (or in some cases, never) used Hermès bag.
Barneys’ Vintage Boutique is located in their New York flagship at 660 Madison Avenue, NYC. (212) 826-8900
Two years after starting his namesake line, 27-year-old up-and-comer Jonathan Simkhai is hitting his stride. His Spring ’13 collection, which put a Venice Beach twist on urban essentials, earned attention from key buyers (he’s currently carried at Barneys, Louis Boston and Matches in London) and helped him grab the attention of the CFDA (in October, Simkhai was accepted into the Fashion Incubator program). At last week’s 12-12-12 concert, Kristen Stewart was snapped in a sporty neon green look from Simkhai’s pre-fall lineup. Just days before K. Stew wore his graphic button-up shirt and checkered track shorts, Simkhai was busy dressing models in those same pieces at the historic Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street, where he shot his new pre-fall lookbook. “I loved the contrast of showing luxury pieces in an unpretentious setting with history,” Simkhai told Style.com on set. “My customer is equally at home in a dive bar or out at an event. She’s laid-back, fun, and has a rebellious streak.” Simkhai’s previous collection was inspired by surfer and skater culture, but the designer shifted to a punk-rock vibe for pre-fall, decorating his mood board with black-and-white pictures of bands like The Clash. Accordingly, chartreuse-colored jacquard separates were printed with a micro-checkerboard pattern reminiscent of classic Vans, while flirty leather skirts and flared dresses had feminine bits of organza peeking out from under the hemlines. Novelty sweatshirts and varsity jackets rounded out the offerings—they’re just the kind of nonchalant items a girl like Stewart would wear from her morning errands to an afternoon press conference.
Since launching in 2009, R13 has been dedicated to refining rock-star staples like the artfully distressed pair of jeans (cut from premium Japanese denim and treated with specialty Turkish washes) or ultrasoft, cashmere-blend T-shirts. In keeping with their elevated classics, the label recently introduced equally luxe outerwear ($895 to $3,650) for Fall, which just hit high-end stores like Barneys and Bergdorf Goodman this week. Covetable leather motorcycle jackets come in full-on pony hair or with shaggy shearling trim (pictured), and have authentic biker details like twin track zippers. R13′s designer, who prefers to remain anonymous and let the product speak for itself, told Style.com, “The language of ‘cool’ is a very narrow one and we challenge ourselves to be fresh and innovative and still maintain a consistent message. I think our customer is looking for things that are new and distinctive and that would get them excited.” Trust us, average leather jackets, these are not.
Young London-based designer Sophie Hulme’s structured leather carryalls, with their unmistakable gold armored hardware, are the envy of every in-the-know fashion girl who doesn’t already have one. Presenting her second ready-to-wear collection under her namesake label (originally launched with the bags in 2007) in Paris last month, Hulme carried over the signature bags, playing on the theme with different textures and colors while continuing with her winning shape.
Her Spring 2013 collection was conceived around the simple beauty of the pineapple. “The skin of a pineapple has a mathematical symmetry to it, which translates perfectly into the Bauhaus-style patterns I wanted to create,” Hulme, a British Fashion Award 2012 nominee, tells Style.com. Fabrics based on this seamless geometry abound in Hulme’s collection of sweet skirts and clean trenches toughened with masculine metals. In a Where’s Waldo-style riddle, pineapples pop up everywhere from the gold cover of slick iPad cases to the playful charms that come with each piece in the collection. A closer look at a pencil skirt of brightly printed florals even reveals a background of hidden green pineapples beyond the red herring. Infinitely wearable with a cheery dose of Brit wit, Sophie Hulme’s ready-to-wear, with its growing list of heavyweight stockists (Barneys, Opening Ceremony, and Colette included), takes pride of place alongside her leather mainstays.