August 27 2014

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Editor Obsessions: Rainbow’s Cheap Fashion Thrills


RAINBOW1-sizedEvery day,’s editors reveal their current obsessions—and where to buy them. Check out today’s pick, below.

While it’s taken me this long to admit, today I’m going on the record to publicly declare my love for Rainbow. Yes, I’m referring to the budget-friendly retail chain that has been my go-to destination for cheap fashion thrills since I first discovered its stores in the mid-’90s. Like most girls in this industry, I regularly rock a high-low mix, and can’t resist the intoxicating pull of a sales rack, of which there is a profusion at my local Rainbow in Williamsburg. While the hip neighborhood shows every other sign of corporate gentrification, high-street mainstays like Zara and H&M have generally been slow to make the Brooklyn crossover.

Aside from its bargain-bin prices, what’s terrific about Rainbow is it’s constantly turning over its stock and introducing new merchandise that taps into of-the-moment trends. Some of the selection is great, a lot of it is a tad tacky—but it’s coming across that perfect little vintage-y crocheted top for $5 (resembling one you might find for exponentially more at, say, Reformation) that makes the hunt totally worth it. This summer, my roommate and I have been stopping by Rainbow every Friday after work in search of fresh weekend outfits, and we rarely leave empty-handed. Recent hauls have included fun belts, printed suspender dresses, and versatile lace bandeau bras—I’ve got one in every shade of the, well, rainbow now—that I layer underneath my designer pieces. For me, there’s no greater satisfaction than telling someone interested in my look: “Can you believe I got it at Rainbow?”

Photo: Jonathan Percy / Flickr

Beyoncé and Sky Ferreira Favorited Label, Obesity + Speed, Draws a Crowd in Brooklyn


OBESITY + SPEED Premiere of "It's Showtime"“It’s just like Urban Outfitters but cooler,” said one partygoer at the buzzy Space Ninety 8 in Williamsburg last night. The Urban-owned and -operated space is a new concept store featuring much of the retailer’s signature merchandise assortment, in addition to a first floor available for various pop-up shops, a third-floor bar and restaurant, and a rooftop lounge. In short, it was the hippest new space for Obesity + Speed, the downtown label favorited by the likes of Beyoncé, Sky Ferreira, and Kesha, to showcase its latest campaign video. The short, titled It’s Showtime, is a three-minute ode to the subway guerilla dance group by the same name.

“I love subway dancers,” Pamela Love told us. “They’re fearless, and just trying to make a buck. Two things I totally appreciate.” But would Love ever consider joining in on the show? “Absolutely not. I prefer to watch.” Leigh Lezark took a similar position on the issue of subway performers—they’re cool, but she plans to stick to the turntables. After music sets from Greg K. (pictured, left), Vashtie (pictured, center), ASTR, and a surprise performance from subway dancer Malik himself, even the shyest of wallflowers was dancing.

Based on the crew of black-clad downtowners and Brooklynites who turned out for the fete, Obesity + Speed knows how to get the cool kids talking. And it doesn’t hurt that Beyoncé’s instantly iconic ski mask from her On the Run tour is an original Obesity + Speed. Or that the brand’s founder, Lyz Olko, also moonlights as director of nightlife for The Jane and The Westway. But despite the hype, Olko keeps things in perspective. “Tonight isn’t about the money or if what you’re doing is the coolest thing,” she said. “It’s about doing what you love and doing your best at it.”

Photos: Madison McGaw/

Say “I Do” to Catbird’s Engagement Ring Debut



If your ring game is the envy of others, you already shop at Catbird. For the past decade, the Brooklyn-based jewelry brand and store has been the borough’s go-to for bohemian baubles. And thanks to Girls like Lena Dunham and Jemima Kirke donning Catbird’s designs, the label is slowly gaining mass national appeal.

Considering Catbird’s biggest claim to fame is its knuckle ring, it’s no wonder that the label’s devotees stack their finger accouterments with masterful skill. “It’s like New York living. After a certain point, you just sort of have to put things on the ceiling,” general manager Leigh Plessner told If “building up” (as Plessner calls it) doesn’t come as organically to you as it does to experienced jewelry mixers, Catbird breaks down the science with its fun how-to, aka Anatomy of a Stack.

Catbird ladies might want to start dropping hints to their special someone, because today the brand launches its own line of engagement rings. With the design studio now a stone’s throw away from the shop, the addition seems a natural progression for owner Rony Vardi. “We’ve wanted to do this for a really long time,” Vardi said. The Swans collection, as it’s been dubbed, offers semi-customizable white, rose, and standard gold bands that come with rose-cut diamond centers flanked by rubies or white or black diamonds. In keeping with the “casual luxury” of Catbird’s effortlessly cool aesthetic, the rings are “classic and simple enough that they can go with everything, but they still feel really super-special,” explained Vardi. Plus, the stones are set with a slight bezel lift, which makes these rings ideal for layering. When it comes stacking on The Swans, don’t forget to say I do.

Priced between $1,350 and $5,600, The Swans collection goes on sale today, and debuts here, exclusively on

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Alexander Wang Is Brooklyn-Bound


Alexander WangFor the first time in recent memory, a major New York designer is moving his show from Manhattan to Brooklyn. On February 8, Alexander Wang, who usually shows at Pier 94, will invite editors to the Brooklyn Navy Yard to view his Fall ’14 collection. “We found this incredible space, and it corresponds very well to this season’s creative concept,” the designer told WWD. No doubt there will be a bit of moaning on showgoers’ parts about having to trek off the island (get ready to pay those extra Uber fees!), but the new locale is a bold move nonetheless. And here we thought designers leaving Lincoln Center was a big change.

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