September 3 2014

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At Barneys, a Slam Dunk for Russell Westbrook


BARNEYS NEW YORK Hosts a Private Dinner in Honor of RUSSELL WESTBROOK and the Westbrook XO Barneys New York Limited Edition CollectionEven for an NBA pro like Russell Westbrook (pictured, right), the eighth floor of the Barneys New York flagship store last night was harder to navigate than a well-defended basketball court. Legions of fans, from adoring 12-year-old girls to designers like Thakoon Panichgul, turned out to support the Oklahoma City Thunder point guard and his new clothing and accessories collaboration with Barneys.

“My husband and I are very weirdly sporty—we are like Sporty Spice,” admitted Simon Doonan, creative ambassador-at-large for the retailer. “I said to [Russell] that I was his biggest fan, and then I realized I was probably his littlest fan—we had a good laugh about that,” he added, as he looked up at the towering 6’9″ Thunder star Kevin Durant and 6’8″ Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried (pictured, left), who were both standing nearby.

He was right about that. Moments later, Durant tapped Westbrook on the shoulder and asked his teammate, “Man, how do I get some of this?” Pulling at Westbrook’s leather jersey shirt (made in collaboration with Marcelo Burlon), Durant said, “I want what you have, like this one.” No discounts for teammates, apparently. He was given directions toward the right clothing rack and the cash register.

Afterward, Westbrook and co. headed to Bill’s Food & Drink to continue the celebrations over dinner. “Yeah, my friends like the line a lot,” the 25-year-old first-time designer told “You might not see them wearing it on the courts just yet, but obviously, they’ll be walking into the arena in it, for sure.” Will he be taking time out of his day job to check out the design competition on the runways during New York fashion week next month? “I’ll be around at the shows—I definitely want to see Public School.”

BARNEYS NEW YORK Hosts a Cocktail Party in Honor of RUSSELL WESTBROOK and the Westbrook XO Barneys New York Limited Edition Collection

Photos: Joe Schildhorn /

Alessandra Rich Looks West for Her Net-a-Porter Capsule


alessandra-rich-sizedIn case you had any doubts, fashion is still heading West. After debuting at Chanel’s Métiers d’Art show in Dallas and picking up speed at the Cannes Film Festival, Western-inspired fringe, suede, and desert boots are still at the top of our wish list. It’s a trend that can quickly look costume-y—or worse, watered down—which is why Alessandra Rich’s new capsule collection for Net-a-Porter feels like a breath of fresh air.

Instead of trying her hand at ten-gallon hats and clunky cowboy boots, Rich infused her trademark aesthetic with subtle, seventies-inflected Western nods. Her signature curve-hugging dresses, fluttery ruffles, and miles of French lace were teamed with snap-front shirts, silk head scarves, studded leather belts, and pale blue chambray accents. While other designers are aiming for a rugged, androgynous vibe, Rich is focused on the femme fatale in floor-sweeping skirts and Victorian blouses. That’s a role we wouldn’t mind playing.

A first look at the collection premieres exclusively here on

The Alessandra Rich capsule collection will be available exclusively at in July.

Photo: Courtesy of Alessandra Rich