August 31 2014

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Pulling A Kramer


Alex Kramer was a staple in the society pages during the mid-aughts, swanning around charity galas in beautiful gowns. But these days you’re likelier to find Kramer scrutinizing fabrics in a makeshift home atelier, working on her new eponymous clothing line, which touches down exclusively on the sixth floor of Barneys today. Her debut Spring collection, ranging from $250 to $1,100, features refined basics like sleek knit sheaths with lambskin paneling and sporty cigarette trousers. “I hate to use the word ‘useful,’ but it’s stuff you want to wear every day,” Kramer, who previously worked as head of visuals for and designed a capsule collection for Carlos Miele before launching her own line, told at a showroom preview.

For Fall (which will be sold to other retailers in addition to Barneys), Kramer and co-designer Brian Stanziale (who hails from Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, and Coach) articulated the well-received leather-detailed T-shirts and expanded offerings with on-trend, croc-embossed cardigans as well as practical outerwear. Noteworthy here was a cashmere-blend coat with a detachable silver fox fur collar. “I didn’t really buy anything this year, so this second collection was really about the pieces I personally want and need,” said Kramer.

Photo: Courtesy of Alex Kramer