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Thomas Erber Brings His Cabinet de Curiosités to Soho

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Masaya Kuroki, Thomas Erber, Gildas Loaëc

Tucked in The Avant/Garde Diaries Project Space in Soho is Le Cabinet de Curiosités of Thomas Erber—a compilation of limited-edition goods curated by Mr. Erber, a journalist and consultant. Le Cabinet de Curiosités (or CDC) is an annual collaborative affair whereby Erber brings together approximately fifty independent artists, brands, and designers, and gives them carte blanche to create (and, of course, sell) items that are alluring and exclusive.

New York is his fourth installment (Colette in Paris, Browns in London, and Andreas Murkudis in Berlin were CDC’s previous venues), with Bangkok as its next. And last night’s launch was hosted by one of the CDC’s very first permanent guests, Parisian label Maison Kitsuné, who produced a special black flight jacket with shearling. “It’s a very American style that’s perfect for New York,” Maison Kitsuné creative director and co-founder Masaya Kuroki (co-founder Gildas Loaëc was also in attendance), who’s been friends with Erber for fifteen years, said of the topper. “Thomas has style, and he’s sharp,” added Kuroki. “He has his modern eye but still appreciates all the old traditional things, which is so Maison Kitsuné.”

Le Cabinet de Curiosites of Thomas ErberThe designer’s sentiments were echoed by second-time participant, House of Waris founder Waris Ahluwalia: “Mr. Erber is great. He really pulls it all together,” Ahluwalia said. “It’s nice to be in the company with other artists, and CDC is always a great show of mixed media, of everything from jewelry to caviar.”

Notable items on offer include a French caviar-leather rolling case by Want Les Essentiels de la Vie, a rare copper-encased Marquis de Montesquiou Armagnac, twelve unique Vulcain timepieces, and a Moulinette x Højmark bicycle with graphic details etched into its steel frame.

“I have seen many young entrepreneurs and brand founders who put a lot of heart and soul into their [products], and on the opposite, I have seen many artists who are dealing with their own career as entrepreneurs,” Erber said. “My role is to define the limit between both and to curate them with authentic enthusiasm and sincerity.”

Le Cabinet de Curiosités of Thomas Erber is open through December 23 at 372 Broome Street, in New York.

Photo: Courtesy Photo

London Parties For Fashion Week, With Dinner, Drinks, And A Few Well-Placed Torsos

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You don’t get to much shopping in the course of a busy day of London fashion-week shows. But last night, two of the city’s marquee boutiques found another way to welcome fashion weekers to town: Over in Chelsea, Joseph was hosting dinner at the store’s Joe’s Café, and back in the center of town, Browns had set up shop in the Royal Academy vaults to celebrate the store’s launch of Club Monaco in the U.K.

First, dinner. Joseph served up a nicely British repast of beet carpaccio and sea bream, one partaken of by Charles Anastase, Pat McGrath, Tamara Mellon, and Katie Hillier, as well as acclaimed chef and British-cuisine cheerleader Mark Hix. Meanwhile, over at Browns, where the likes of Tracey Emin and Sophia Hesketh could be found, Hix’s team of mixologists from his pop-up Speak Easy were treating guests to high-class cocktails, including a dangerous dark-cherry-flavored concoction. The spirit at Browns was a bit more Frenchified: The party’s host was Lou Doillon (left), and Le Baron’s André Saraiva had hopped the Channel to deejay. Or perhaps the mood was more transcontinental, what with Club Monaco being an American-owned brand, and the after-party going down at London’s recently opened outpost of the Box. Welcome to the global village.

Best to down another cherry cocktail, stop thinking about geography, and start looking at the art decorating the scene. The Royal Academy vaults had never before been opened to a private event, and the sculpture-strewn space may have been the real star of last night’s party. Vaguely creepy and seriously cool was the general verdict, and designer Saloni Lodha, who had presented her collection the previous day, was already making plans to relocate her show to the Royal Academy next season. “You think they’d let me do it?” she mused, staring up at a bank of muscular stone torsos hanging off one wall. “I mean, I don’t even know how Browns managed to pull this off. I didn’t even know this was down here!” As Doillon might have noted, après moi, le deluge.

Photo: Joe Schildhorn/BFAnyc.com

Ask The Experts: Favorites Of London Fashion Week

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London fashion week is drawing to a close, and the fashion set is headed for Milan tomorrow, where Gucci opens the week. But as we’ve scooted around town for the innumerable parties, shows, presentations, and teas (this is London, after all), we’ve been asking everyone along to name their picks. Below, a few of London’s finest sound off on what they liked.

“I thought Peter Pilotto was outstanding.” —Jefferson Hack (He was cautious to add, “But it’s not over yet—a lot more could happen.”)

“The bags at Topshop were amazing, and it had a lot of tasseled dresses and swimsuits. I really, really liked it.” —Julia Restoin-Roitfeld

“I saw Erdem, which was beautiful. The whole setting was perfect for it and what a perfect day for it! I [also] liked Roksanda [Illincic]. The colors were beautiful and also the fabrics she used were so soft.” —Browns’ Mrs. B

“I’ve loved a lot of things, actually. Meadham Kirchhoff, I thought was amazing. I thought they really honed their aesthetic—[there was] some continuity of what they did last season but better, I think. Also, I really, really loved Holly Fulton, Erdem, Louise Gray, Richard Nicoll…the list goes on, to be honest!” —Style Bubble’s Susie Lau

“My absolute favorite, hands down, has been Meadham Kirchhoff (left), without a doubt! It was so excellently executed, so beautifully layered. The colors were amazing. They basically did what Courtney Love should have done back in the nineties!” —Browns buyer Erin Mullaney

Photo: Marcus Tondo / GoRunway.com

If Only All Ambassadors Dressed Like This

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Browns has been an English institution for four decades now. Mrs. B isn’t one to let an occasion like that go under-celebrated. For the store’s 40th anniversary, the pioneering retailer—who brought Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, and Sonia Rykiel to England and was an early booster of Hussein Chalayan and Marios Schwab—put together an exhibition, opening tomorrow, of 40 Browns “ambassadors” in finery pulled from its archives. Paolo Roversi shot Marc Jacobs in Halston (above), Eva Herzigova in Mark Fast, and Ann Demeulemeester in her own collection (both below), among many others. And as for Mrs. B herself? The lady chose Marni for her close-up (bottom, left). Continue Reading “If Only All Ambassadors Dressed Like This” »

Globe-Trotting For Less

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There’s nothing new about England’s storied Globe-Trotter—the company’s been creating luggage since 1897—but it is having a bit of a moment at present. (J.Crew recently started stocking its cases, and Marni’s Consuelo Castiglioni customized one for Browns’ 40th anniversary collection.) What’s been good enough for explorer Sir Edmund Hillary (who took a Globe-Trotter on his Everest expedition) and Queen Elizabeth II (who toted a Trotter along on her honeymoon—rawr!) is certainly good enough for me; it’s the unapologetically high prices that stand in the way. Luckily, when Terence Conran announced he’s shutting the doors of his 59th Street flagship in Manhattan and moving his operation to ABC Carpet in Union Square, he docked prices across his inventory. The Globe-Trotter Centenary air case (pictured) dropped from $1,000 to $272.50; a trolley case that hovered close to $1,700 retail is now $421.25. Now the only question is, where am I off to? And Liz II, you coming with?