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416 Pages of Pucci


On Wednesday evening, at its recently christened Madison Avenue flagship, Pucci invited friends such as Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele, Karla Otto, and Bibhu Mohapatra to fete the new edition of Taschen’s Emilio Pucci. The lushly illustrated tome—initially released as an oversize, limited-run epic covered in vintage fabric—has been given new life as a 416-page coffee-table book. Four different covers are available in Pucci’s signature acid-hued, kaleidoscopic prints, each of which was plucked from the archives. “We all believe that at a moment when the world is becoming bigger, it’s nice to make sure that people can understand where you come from,” offered Laudomia Pucci—Emilio’s daughter and the house’s vice president. caught up with the book’s author (and Financial Times fashion editor), Vanessa Friedman. In between inscribing copies, she dished on what she believes makes Pucci so timeless. “It’s really about an attitude, as opposed to a particular style,” she said. “It’s not about a silhouette. It’s about a way of existing in your clothes, and a freedom that your clothes give you to move and feel good about yourself.”

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The International Woolmark Prize’s U.S. Finalists Revealed


The International Woolmark Prize is a pretty prestigious honor—the American winner, who will be chosen at an event in New York on July 9, will take home a cool $100,000 and go on to compete for another $100,000 at the international event in Milan next February. This year’s U.S. nominees were announced today, and as far as we can see, they’ve each got some stiff competition. Creatures of the Wind (above, center), Altuzarra (above, left), Giulietta, Wes Gordon, WHIT, Timo Weiland, Bibhu Mohapatra (above, right), Ohne Titel, Daniel Vosovic, and Tucker by Gaby Basora are all up for the prize. Last year, Sophie Theallet earned the U.S. award, but Christian Wijnants took home the international honor.

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Bibhu Bags It


The time comes in every ready-to-wear designer’s career when it makes sense to expand into accessories. And the time is now for Bibhu Mohapatra. “I always wanted to do handbags because it provides a new kind of canvas to display my artistry,” the designer told So Mohapatra teamed up with the London-based label, Bracher Emden, who gave him free reign to create a capsule collection. The inspiration for the bags was the Luna Moth, a rare creature that Mohapatra spotted while he was upstate in Cooperstown this summer designing costumes for Aida. All three variations feature suede cutouts and printed patchwork motifs taken directly from the clothing that will appear at the Spring 2013 show tomorrow. The capsule will be available for purchase through Bracher Emden, and on Mohapatra’s soon-to-be e-commerce platform, which will also house some of the accessories from his past shows. Here, has a first look before the bags hit the runway. Catch Bibhu Mohapatra’s Spring 2013 show, tomorrow, September 12 at 9 a.m.

Théallet Trumps The Woolmark Prize Competition


“This is a proud day for me,” said Sophie Théallet (pictured) at yesterday’s announcement for the U.S. winner of the International Woolmark Prize, held at the Crosby Street Hotel, which drew nominees including Prabal Gurung, Naeem Khan, and Bibhu Mohapatra. The contest, which was revived this year after lying dormant since 2008, boasts impressive alum including then-unknown 1954 recipients Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld. The winnings? $100,000 and a slot in the global competition held in London next February. (Théallet stands to collect an additional $100,000 towards a runway show plus luxury retail partners, including Harvey Nichols and Bergdorf Goodman.)

“This was an opportunity to give CFDA members a global platform,” said Steven Kolb, who spearheaded the project stateside along with co-judges Narciso Rodriguez, Sally Singer, and Linda Fargo (all came out for the affair). “It’s an important time in American fashion; twenty years ago we wouldn’t have even been invited to participate.” As for Théallet, winning was a full circle of sorts. “My grandfather had a knitwear factory in the South of France so this award is dear to my heart,” the former Alaïa apprentice told For the competition, Théallet crafted a demure ensemble that read one part cropped sweater, one part corseted frock as an homage to her mother, who would pair her grandfather’s knits with sexy underpinnings. “To me, knitwear is about love,” she added. “It’s what you wrap yourself in, cuddle with, or wear like a boyfriend’s sweater. It’s something we all fall in love with.”

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Out Of The Incubator, Into The World


“Congrats, grads!” one partygoer said last night to a group of inaugural CFDA Incubator designers, including Prabal Gurung, Bibhu Mohapatra, and Waris Ahluwalia (pictured, right), standing in a circle in the penthouse of the Mondrian Soho. “Where are your cap and gowns?”

Stylish as they are, the designers eschewed traditional graduation garb and decided to sport the clothes of their choosing for last night’s party, fêting the end of the designers’ stint in the first-ever round of the CFDA Incubator program. They didn’t, however, skip out on the sentiments surrounding the end of an era. “Can you believe it has been two years?” the CFDA’s Lisa Smilor asked the crowd as she began her commencement speech, with CFDA CEO Steven Kolb (pictured, left) standing next to her. She was answered with a resounding no. “Tonight, everyone is a little teary—it’s emotional. But it’s not the end, it’s just the beginning of the next chapter. Mark my words, we look forward to continuing to watch you, support you, and applaud all of the success we know you are going to have.”

After Smilor’s heartfelt speech, the designers mused over the next chapter. “I’m definitely a little sad,” said Gurung, who just got back from a month of traveling in his native Nepal. “But I’m also feeling very ready to move on.” Mohapatra, for his part, shared similar emotions but admitted, “I moved into my new studio space, and at first it was scary because it was too big. I’m getting used to it now, though,” he said as he glanced toward the wall, which was showcasing the results of his and the rest of the Incubator designers’ photo project with the School of Visual Arts. For the assignment, every designer partnered with one of the school’s Masters in Photography Studies, Fashion Photography, students to create a brand campaign, in consultation with Trey Laird of the renowned creative agency Laird + Partners. Below, has an exclusive first look at some of the photos.

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