August 28 2014

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Noticed: Ladies Who Love Ladies Love Carolina


President Obama recently voiced his support for them. So did Joe Biden. New York’s mayor and governor both attended them. Same-sex weddings are—dare one say it?—on track to being the events of the summer. We couldn’t help but notice that two high-profile brides selected one high-profile designer for their happy days. When New York City Council speaker Christine Quinn (the current frontrunner to be New York’s next mayor) wed longtime girlfriend Kim Catullo earlier this month at a wedding attended by New York’s political elite (including Hizzoner and Cuomo), she (pictured, left) wore a gown by Carolina Herrera. (Her wife wore a Ralph Lauren tux.) And this weekend, when Cynthia Nixon (pictured, right) married girlfriend Christine Marinoni, Nixon, too, wore a gown custom-made by Herrera. Does the designer have the lock on the lesbian market? It’s too soon to tell, but with two big gets in the month of May alone, the outlook is bright. Herrera’s last high-profile bride, on the other hand, preferred men, albeit undead ones: Bella Swan.

Photos: Gary Gershoff (Nixon); Jamie McCarthy (Quinn)

Red Gets The Green Light At Bridal Week


The just-wrapped Spring ’13 Bridal Market Week in New York was a much more colorful one than usual. It was Vera Wang who led the charge, finding herself in a full-on love affair with red, a color that’s actually traditional for Hindu brides. The designer sent dresses down the runway in shades from bright scarlet to deep burgundy, with not a white gown in sight. Romona Keveza also flirted with crimson, sending out a full-skirted red number with intricate flower details as her final look. Oscar de la Renta experimented with color as well, with a fire engine red Spanish-style gown complete with a towering headpiece.

But traditional brides have no cause for concern. White still holds court. White dresses were plentiful in Temperley London’s Ophelia bridal collection, from simple ethereal gowns to lavish, embellished pieces in Chantilly lace, crinkled chiffon, and light georgette. Monique Lhuillier, who has plans to open up her first store in June, showed a similar aesthetic, translating “fantasy” and “dreamlike” inspirations into elegant dresses dusted with sequins and draped with tulle. And Marchesa’s Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig offered white in their signature Hollywood glamour, with a lineup of lavish silk and organza gowns decorated with hand-embroidered beads. Jenny Packham also had ladies of the silver screen in mind, referencing 1930′s cinema sirens like Vivien Leigh and Bette Davis in her collection of free-flowing, empire-waist dresses in simple crepes and antique lace. Those elements lent heritage appeal to the gowns, which looked as if they had been delicately preserved and passed down for generations. Carolina Herrera walked the line between timeless and trendy, showing classic, intricately detailed numbers along with more modern looks featuring peplum waists and pantsuits, which also made an appearance at Oscar de la Renta, who paired his with a dare-to-bare crop top for the more fashion-forward bride.

CLICK FOR A SLIDESHOW to see which of the week’s dresses (and pants) made our “I Do” list.



Photo: Courtesy of Vera Wang


Look Better (Almost) Naked


“Wearing a bikini is the most naked we ever are in public, so I wanted to create a palette of classic silhouettes that make it easy for women to enjoy that experience,” says swimwear designer Matthew Zink. “I think the swimwear market was missing a brand for the ultimate bikini lover. There didn’t seem to be a provocative swimwear outlet for the gal that wanted a simple approach to feeling sexy.”

Zink certainly knows a thing or two about designing for the almost-naked body—he spent five years at the helm of Victoria’s Secret as the lingerie powerhouse’s design director. During that time, he fell in love with swimwear and eventually departed to launch his line, Charlie by Matthew Zink, in July 2010. “I had so many girl friends that couldn’t seem to find a classic, simple, sexy bikini, so I wanted to create a brand that celebrated the golden era of swimwear that represented the joyful sexuality of the seventies and eighties,” Zink (who also had stints working under Stefano Pilati and Carolina Herrera) tells, naming the likes of Jerry Hall, Stephanie Seymour, Gianni Versace, and Roy Halston as muses and mentors for his work. “I want to capture that effervescent glamour of these icons of the past.”

Cher, in particular, was his icon of choice for his latest retro collection of swimwear and cover-ups. “I tried to imagine Cher bursting into the Rainbow Room with its arresting rainbow-lighted, oval-shaped ceiling and countless palm plants reaching high above the tables filled with guests that seem to go on forever.” In swimwear terms, that translated into barely-there bikinis in varying bright shades of blue and green, offered in zigzag and dot prints, and cover-ups to match. And it appears retailers like what they see—the line is already available on Net-a-Porter, but Zink’s latest collection ($190 to $375) has also been snatched up by the likes of Barneys (hitting stores later this month),, and the Webster. Coming soon to Charlie by Matthew Zink: shoes.

Photo: Courtesy of Charlie by Matthew Zink

A Decor Diva Perfects The Imperfect


“Perfect is boring,” Deborah Needleman told last night at the launch party for her new book The Perfectly Imperfect Home: How to Decorate and Live Well. “When I looked at all the houses I loved, they were all extremely personal, sometimes even chaotic and messy, but that’s what I found interesting and chic.” The fête, which drew decorators and designers including Reed Krakoff, Muriel Brandolini, and Nina Griscom, was held at the CH Carolina Herrera boutique, where the designer toasted the WSJ. magazine editor’s second tome—a manifesto of styling tips and how-tos on lived-in chic—a look which the author all but trademarked during her years as founding editor of ultra-hip glossy Domino.

“Decorating needs to have a little glamour but there also needs to be a little bit of ugly and quirk,” said Needleman. “It can’t be matchy-matchy—just like in fashion.” Pointing to her Nicholas Kirkwood platforms, she added, “I wore these because they’re comfortable. We suffer, but too much.” The book is chock-full of Needleman-isms, including terms like “jollifiers” and “cozification,” illustrated by Virginia Johnson’s whimsical watercolors. (Case in point? Outfitting your nest in “neutral” stripes and leopard or adding animal figurines because “they make people happy.”)

Meanwhile, hostess Carolina Herrera, fresh from unveiling her pre-fall collection, was wary to reveal her own decor philosophy. “My husband and I don’t buy things, we inherit them,” demurred Mrs. Herrera, who cited an 18th-century heirloom chair in her “framboise-hued” sitting room as a favorite piece. “It’s important to have a mixture of eras but I prefer simplicity. No excess and nothing fussy.” A golden rule? “Don’t hire a decorator. If you’re going to have a house, do it yourself.”

Photo: Alexander Porter /

Manolo’s Moment


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