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April 19 2014

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20 posts tagged "Brian Atwood"

The Lowdown On Lochte

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We knew the closing ceremony wouldn’t be the last we would see of Ryan Lochte for a while—the Olympic gold medalist and designer hopeful has turned up at New York fashion week (surprise, surprise). The swimmer wasted no time getting his week started and made an appearance at Brian Atwood’s Four Seasons bash last night. In between posing for photos with the Hilton sisters and Kim Kardashian, he told Style.com about his plans for the week and gave us the lowdown on his clothing line we’ve heard mention of. “I am the correspondent for E! tomorrow and the next day—that will be different because usually I get asked the questions, but now I’m asking them,” he said. “I get to interview Anna Wintour, yeah.” Does he have questions prepped for her? “I have a couple lined up. The main one I really want to ask her: How did you come up with Fashion’s Night Out?”

But what we really wanted to know was what this Lochte clothing line is going to look like. “I am talking with a design team and hopefully we will get things running in the next year. It will be men’s apparel and accessories,” he announced. “One of my sponsors is Ralph Lauren so I have been working with them—they know something about fashion for sure. I definitely want to go for the clean, slick look. I want to put a little edge to it.” Will there be a lady Lochte line to follow? “Maybe women’s down the line, after I get a better grasp of men’s.” Until then, expect to see him at runway shows and parties during the next few days—he’s here until Saturday.

Photo: David X. Prutting / BFAnyc.com

Manolo’s Moment

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The Manolo moment has been in full effect these past few months, with the master designer’s signature pointy-toe pumps capturing editors and buyers alike. But Blahnik is no slave to trends and passing moments, and in recognition of that fact, he’ll receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at Footwear News‘ 25th annual FN Achievement Awards in New York tonight. Friend Carolina Herrera will present Blahnik with his award at the Museum of Modern Art. He takes the evening’s highest honor, but Blahnik is by no means the only winner tonight. Below, all of the 2011 FNAA honorees, including Nicholas Kirkwood, Burak Uyan, Rachel Zoe, Brian Atwood, and more.

Designer of the Year: Nicholas Kirkwood
Launches of the Year: Brian Atwood for B Brian Atwood; Rachel Zoe
Vivian Infantino Award for Emerging Talent: Burak Uyan

Company of the Year: Steve Madden
Retailer of the Year: Mindy Grossman, CEO, for HSN
Independent Retailer of the Year: Ron White
Brands of the Year: Vince Camuto; Angel Martinez and Connie Rishwain for Ugg Australia
Marketer of the Year: Adidas

Icon Award for Social Impact: Kenneth Cole
Lifetime Achievement Award: Manolo Blahnik
Hall of Fame: Patricia Field; Jim and Larry Tarica of Jimlar Corp.

Photo: Dave M. Bennett / Getty Images

Beatz And Bubbly

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Dom Pierre Pérignon famously said, “Come quickly, I am drinking the stars!” Guests invited to the Dom Pérignon Luminous launch party last night heeded the founder’s words closely—they came quickly and drank even faster. By midnight, a Soho loft on Wooster Street, marked with graffiti and decked with bottles of glow-in-the-dark Pérignon bottles, was brimming with a mix of hoteliers (André Balazs), actresses (Leighton Meester and Bai Ling), designers (Brian Atwood), photographers (Mick Rock), and ballers (Carmelo Anthony). The only thing missing? Bubbly.

In less than two hours, guests had downed over 220 bottles of Dom. “I don’t drink often,” DJ Swizz Beatz told Style.com. “But when you see a bottle of this stuff, you know it’s impressive—it’s all class.” While guests awaited for the emergency supply of Champagne to arrive (and occasionally picked up the display bottles hoping they might be full), Swizz Beatz manned the turntables and scantily clad dancers kept them entertained. When the cases finally arrived, Swizz Beatz took a break from deejaying to toast with Anthony upstairs in the VIP area. When he paused to stop by the bar, the DJ had fashion on his mind. “I have been talking to Riccardo at Givenchy, and we are thinking about doing some insane accessories,” he said.

Photo: David X. Prutting / BFAnyc.com

Anne Hathaway: Hostess With The Mostest?

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It wasn’t just Anne Hathaway’s caffeinated performance as this year’s Oscars co-host—a peppy, giggly turn that smirking pundits are already suggesting was amped up to balance James Franco’s lethargic cool-guy bit, borrowed, it seemed, from Pineapple Express—that caught viewers’ attention last night. It was also her ricocheting costume changes: seven in all during the course of the show.

Anne began the night in a crystal-embellished white gown from Givenchy Haute Couture (left). From there, she went for a one-button Lanvin tuxedo, with Swarovski-embellished Brian Atwood pumps (below left). Vivienne Westwood Couture is responsible for the greenish-gray strapless number—overtones of Black Swan, we thought—that came up next (below right).



From there, it was a hop and a jump—make that a shake, which she demonstrated onstage—to a beaded, fringed one-shoulder Oscar de la Renta gown (below left). Then on to a winey Atelier Versace gown with embroidered bodice that she later wore to Vanity Fair‘s epic after-party (below right).



The longtime Armani girl wore a shimmering, off-the-shoulder Armani Privé in deep blue next (below left), and ended the night (or the telecast, at least), in a smoky, crystal-studded Tom Ford, with high neck and long sleeves (below right).



Which of Hathaway’s looks—including the red, asymmetrical Valentino Haute Couture that she selected for the red carpet—did you like best?

Photos: Michael Caulfield / Wireimage; Kevin Winter / Getty Images; Gabriel Bouys / AFP / Getty Images

Shoe In

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According to reports, Blake Lively walked away from a Christian Louboutin sample sale recently with 40 pairs in tow. She came clean at last night’s 24th Annual Footwear News Achievement Awards. “Like any addict, the first step is admitting the problem,” Lively, in Prabal Gurung and black and white Louboutin booties, said. “I’ve ordered so many pairs that I should be institutionalized!” That being the case, who better to present the designer with this year’s Person of the Year award? (And why Person of the Year versus Designer of the Year, an award which went to Brian Atwood? Louboutin himself wasn’t entirely sure. “I was in the car today actually thinking about [it],” he said. “I had to think deeply, which rarely happens to me.” Person or designer, when it comes to process, Louboutin keeps it simple. “For me, it always starts with a pen and a piece of paper.” It ends, if last night was any indication, with red soles clacking everywhere.)

Among the Louboutin-clad army last night was Jessica Alba, on hand to present Blake Mycoskie of TOMS Shoes with the Brand of the Year award. (She deemed her studded black CL pumps “hardcore.”) Her footwear fixation, she revealed, seems to run in the family. “She is obsessed with shoes,” Alba, in a natty D&G suit, said of her daughter, Honor. “It’s a little bit of a problem. She tries to wear her plastic high heels out and we’re like, ‘No.’ She can wear them in the house and that’s it.”

Honor would have been in like-minded company last night. There wasn’t a pair of kitten heels, much less flats, in the house, all of which suited Atwood just fine. “I do try and make it comfortable, but I like them high,” Atwood, who celebrated afterward with an intimate fête at Jimmy at the James Hotel, said. “Everything is lifted and it puts a little strut in your step,” he explained. Olivia Palermo, who accompanied Emerging Talent Award winner Charlotte Dellal (and was wearing her shoes), was in the same camp. “The higher the better!”

Photo: A. Scott/BFAnyc.com