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Esteban Cortazar Is Back With a “Show Now, Wear Now” Concept

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Esteban Cortazar caused a sensation when he landed on the New York catwalks back in 2002. His very first collection was snapped up by Bloomingdale’s, and he found himself face-to-face with Oprah, the youngest designer ever, at 18, to stage a fashion show. Fast-forward twelve years (which included a brief stint at Emanuel Ungaro) and Cortazar is angling for the headlines again. This time the news is the manner in which he’s presenting his expanded eponymous range.

For two seasons, he distributed his collection strictly through Net-a-Porter. Now, with new investors, London’s MH Luxe, behind him, he’s got Barneys and The Webster signed on, too. Those stores have already previewed his Spring collection (normally seen in September and October) and placed orders that he’s currently in the midst of producing. Come Paris fashion week, he’ll present the collection to the press, and, as he puts it, “the first drops will start right after [the show] at the beginning of October. When all the communications start happening, the client can know she can have it right away.” (The collection, which ranges from a molded saddle leather top to a soft T-shirt with a good yard of fringe circling the hem and includes more traditional tailoring, is designed to be trans-seasonal.)

Fashion has been griping for years about the lag time between runway shows and store deliveries. “Why not do something that speaks to the future?” Cortazar asks. “It doesn’t make sense anymore to show a collection that won’t be in stores for six months—the momentum and the desire dissipate. Everyone likes to see everything instantly now, but [up until now] no one’s been able to buy instantly.” Will other designers follow Cortazar’s lead? If they do, the trickle-down effect could be huge for traditional fashion magazines, which need production time of their own to turn around new issues. But he reports that buyers “are responding in a really positive way.”

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The Empire Strikes Back

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Robert Farbers Empire Diner

You may not have eaten there, but you’ve definitely seen the Empire Diner—that lovely hunk of metal stationed on the corner of 22nd Street and 10th Avenue in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood. The 1940s eatery made a cameo in Manhattan, and even appeared in a vintage Heinz Ketchup ad. Perhaps more impressive, though, is the fact that in its heyday, the retro diner, which served as the backdrop for Robert Farbers’ iconic 1970s Bloomingdale’s campaign (above), was a favorite grub hub for everyone from Madonna to Steven Spielberg to Barbra Streisand. After a tumultuous half decade (due to some complicated lease negotiations, it closed in 2010, briefly reopened as a horribly touristy joint dubbed the Highliner, and then closed again), Empire has risen once more under the direction of executive chef Amanda Freitag. According to WWD, the new menu offers old-school favorites (think pancakes and milkshakes) as well as more highbrow bites, like gravlax with caviar. Between the food and the history, it sounds like the new Empire has achieved the perfect balance of flash and nostalgia to attract the area’s lofty gallery set.

Photo: Robert Farber

On Our Radar: Rebecca Minkoff Jewelry

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Designer Rebecca Minkoff has come a long way since she launched her Morning After bag in 2005. Less than a decade later, her namesake label has developed into a complete lifestyle brand—not to mention gaining her a supportive cult following of Minkettes. So it comes as no surprise that Minkoff is continuing to expand. Her first jewelry collection, inspired by the downtown girl who easily transforms from “desk to dinner” mode, hits stores including Bloomingdale’s and RebeccaMinkoff.com on Monday. With 52 styles ($48-$498) from metal bangles to Art Deco earrings and cute pendants, Minkoff’s got something to offer for every occasion. Plus, the pavé horn necklace (pictured, $498) that showed up on Leandra Medine at the CFDA Awards is also in the mix. We’ll take one of each.

Photo: Courtesy of Rebecca Minkoff

Where To Go On FNO

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It’s that time of year again: Fashion’s Night Out is just around the corner. It seems like every store and e-commerce site on earth has activities planned—find them all at www.fashionsnightout.com—but as for us, we’ve got our itineraries set. Below, a few New York favorites. See you there.

Bergdorf Goodman
BG has an all-star lineup of fashion folks making appearances at the store throughout the night, including Michael Kors, Oscar de la Renta, and Glenn O’Brien. But we’re most excited about the designer dog show, with Joseph Altuzarra, James Mischka and Mark Badgely, and Reem Acra all hitting the runways with their pets, judged by Marchesa’s Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig.

Bloomingdale’s
Alexander Wang, GQ‘s Best New Menswear Designer of the Year, and the runners up, including Michael Bastian and Patrik Ervell, will be on hand to debut the capsule Dockers pieces they designed.

Bruce Weber
Legendary lensman Bruce Weber, Nan Bush, and friends will be on hand at The Standard Hotel Biergarten, where Weber is debuting limited-edition new underthings from his Weberbilt collection and serving vegan cookies from 6 to 9 p.m.

Chanel
At the 57th Street store, you can design your own monogrammed Chanel bag in the label’s very first handbag studio.

D&G
Dolce & Gabbana celebrates Fashion’s Night Out with personalized T-shirts featuring guests’ portraits shot by celebrity and backstage photographer Roxanne Lowit.

Kirna ZabĂȘte
Get there fast-exclusive designs from Altuzarra, Prabal Gurung, Peter Som, and Thakoon will be on sale at this high-end downtown shop. Did we mention a Proenza bag for $300?

Macy’s Herald Square
Three words: Anna Dello Russo. (OK, two more: Karolina Kurkova.)

Manolo Blahnik
Manolo, milkshakes, and SJP. That’s what’s on the docket at the designer’s 54th Street store, where Blahnik and Sarah Jessica Parker will be debuting their shoe collaboration. There will also be Manolo milkshake trucks stationed around the city throughout the day and night.

Marc Jacobs
The designer is hosting a carnival-themed block party on Bleecker Street. At Bookmarc, photographer David Armstrong will be signing copies of his new book, 615 Jefferson Avenue, and for those inclined to be in front of the lens, there will a photo booth in place. Plus, there’s a Spin-to-Win wheel.

Opening Ceremony at the Ace Hotel
This Argentine-inspired carnival, with live dancers (outfitted by Alexander Wang, Proenza Schouler, and Suno) and games, is sure to draw the usual hip OC gang. And an unusual addition: Miss Piggy, who will make a special appearance to unveil the new Muppets x OC collection, set to bow November 23.

Stella McCartney
Alexa Chung, Jen Brill, and Elettra Wiedemann will be manning the turntables at the designer’s Meatpacking district store. Where the cool girls go, a chic crowd is likely to follow. Sip on eco mojitos (how very Stella) and pick up her limited-edition FNO charm bracelet (above).

Photo: Courtesy Photos

Alexander Wang Is GQ‘s Best New Menswear Designer In America

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It seems Wang can do no wrong. Alexander Wang, who dipped a toe in the waters of menswear with his T collection for men, was named the winner of GQ‘s annual Best New Menswear Designer in America award, which comes with a mentorship with Dockers, Bloomingdale’s, and the magazine’s editors, and the opportunity to design a piece for a limited-edition Dockers capsule collection. All six nominated labels (T by Alexander Wang, Gant by Michael Bastian, Patrik Ervell, Warriors of Radness, Miller’s Oath, and Riviera Club) were fêted at a bash, in New York last night where—before the winner was even announced—GQ creative director Jim Moore took a moment to single out Wang as someone he envisioned growing in the men’s business. “He was doing T-shirts and hoodies, and when we approached him, he said, ‘Don’t you think it’s a little bit early on?’ ” Moore recalled. “I said no, I think you have the potential to be a great American menswear designer. It pushed him to expand his categories.” Alexander Wang and Dockers in the same sentence—sounds like an expansion to us.

Photo: Ryan McCune / PatrickMcMullan.com