48 posts tagged "Bottega Veneta"
Vintage stores in New York are as overhunted as endangered species, but as RelicNY.com founder Janel Molton discovered while interning at WWD‘s West Coast office in 2005, Los Angeles is a shopping anomaly. “I found this amazing vintage Tod’s bag for $30 and I couldn’t believe it. The salesperson told me they don’t have a market for it,” the New Jersey native said of her L.A. vintage epiphany. “So I just kept accumulating pieces because there is so much production with all these movie studios, and they all have wardrobes that they need to dispose of.”
That’s turned out to be more than one girl’s wardrobe could take, so following a return to New York—and a stint in fashion PR—Molton launched her online vintage shop to hawk her plunder. On last perusal, it included an acid green Bottega Veneta dress ($395), a high-waisted cashmere Alaïa skirt ($300), plus a few even rarer finds, like a covetable light yellow, sequined Halston dress from the seventies ($2,000). (Most of the items are a typical Hollywood size 4, but anyone gun-shy about buying before trying can make an appointment to visit Molton’s Williamsburg showroom, pictured. If your must-have dress doesn’t fit, well, there are always accessories…) Now Molton is ready to celebrate with an official launch party at a Tribeca loft this evening, then it’s off to L.A. for another shopping trip to replenish stock. Where to? Like any proper fashion arbiter, Molton won’t give up her sources—but her finds, luckily, are just a mouse click away.
RelicNY.com showroom is available by appointment only at 160 Grand St., 3A, Brooklyn; to make an appointment, call (917) 743-0434 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who made our Top Ten list for Spring? Designers with a point of view: Nicolas Ghesquière at Balenciaga, who went back to his haute street roots. Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel, who made fashion fun again, and sent out some fabulously crafty clothes in the process. Celine‘s Phoebe Philo, for her fearless new brand of contemporary minimalism. And even though they didn’t quite crack our top ten, there are plenty more who deserve shout-outs this season: Alexander McQueen, Bottega Veneta‘s Tomas Maier, the young Londoner Christopher Kane, and the even younger Londoner Mary Katrantzou. We could go on, but what would be the point of a Top Ten list if we did that? To see who made our cut, check out our editors’ picks.
[The Top Ten Collections, Style.com]
This season’s runway tracks were a schizophrenic medley, veering from hardcore rap and opera to techno and old-school country—occasionally, all in a single show. Here, a selection of Milan’s music to watch clothes by.
Breakout Track: Brenda Lee’s All Alone Am I
The Final Note: Lee’s plaintive and sweet fifties-era croonings were mixed up with rap and classical tunes. Well, you wouldn’t expect a single musical message from Prada, would you?
Breakout Track: Puccini’s Oh Mio Babbino Caro from the 1918 opera Gianni Schicchi
The Final Note:Uplifting and emotional Italian drama that could move you to tears. A moving way to take in the romantic, gauzy parade.
Breakout Track: Jerry Garcia’s Love Scene Improvisations from Zabriskie Point
The Final Note: Garcia’s twangy, free-form guitar came from the NSFW scene from the 1970′s Antonioni film, shown on screens during the runway proceedings. The result? An aptly arty, earthy, and cultish backdrop to Raf Simons’ rough-hewn intellectualism.
Breakout Track: Pianist Maxence Cyrin’s version of Don’t You Want Me?
The Final Note: Eighties pop merged with classical piano. A high-low mix that’s so appropriate for modern wares made with old-school artisanship.
Dolce & Gabbana
Breakout Track: Grace Jones’ remake of Rita Hayworth classic Amado Mio
The Final Note: Neo-Latin romance with an avant-garde edge. Right on point, boys.
Breakout Track:The Gossip’s Heavy Cross
The Final Note: A energetic yet tough pop hit from the band’s latest album. In other words, a soundtrack made for the Gucci girl’s direct, turbo-charged look.
Yesterday in Milan, there was a kind of study in opposites. Bottega Veneta’s (ultrachic) casual walk in the park versus Gucci’s stomp in a vaguely futuristic cityscape.
First, Bottega Veneta. As the Lord of Low-Key Luxe, Tomas Maier has never gone ridiculously Ricci-esque in his footwear. But we take these gently crafty wedges and nearly horizontal platforms as further evidence that we might not be using words like “sick” and “killer” to talk about shoes all that much in seasons to come. (See Exhibit A: Marc Jacobs Spring 2010.) Our own Sarah Mower praised their “sophisticated take on country-peasant craftsmanship.” Hear, hear.
An espadrille might work for the Gucci girl when she’s in hippie mode, but she most certainly wasn’t yesterday. For Spring’s modern motorcycle mama, Frida Giannini did killer—no other word for it— platform sandals, either race-car sleek or with little sporty embellishments. And for the girl who considers herself a latter-day Barbarella: a strap-happy, knee-high sandal boot.
The recession has almost everyone in fashion scaling back and downsizing, but not Bergdorf Goodman—at least not tonight. The Fifth Avenue department store has just unveiled what it’s calling an unprecedented store-wide installation featuring the world of Bottega Veneta. It’s the first time that all of the Italian luxury goods label’s products—which range from handbags, jewelry, and clothes to furniture, dishes, and desktop accessories—have been shown outside of its own stores, and to celebrate Bergdorf’s is hosting a cocktail party for creative director Tomas Maier. A private dinner hosted by Julianne Moore will follow. For Maier, luxury means quality, service, beauty, and timelessness. The last really counts when you’re investing in a handcrafted 18K yellow gold link necklace like this one (price on request). In honor of the occasion, we asked the designer to talk about timelessness.
What’s your favorite timeless book? Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann
Movie? The Bicycle Thief
Vacation? Above the Pacific in Big Sur
Restaurant in the world? Four Seasons Grill Room
Outfit for him? For her? For him, a tailored suit. For her, a beautifully designed dress.
Piece of jewelry? A handcrafted gold chain
Flower? A tulip
View? The horizon over water
Photograph? An image by Irving Penn