40 posts tagged "Carolina Herrera"
On the heels of last weekend’s Puerto Rican Day Parade and the recent nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court, it’s a good time to celebrate all things Latin. We’ve rounded up our favorites, from classics like Bustelo’s café con leche to Carolina Herrera ruffle gowns, and included a few up-and-coming designers in the mix as well, including Sofia Maldonado, an artist whose preferred canvas is a skateboard deck.
Mark your calendars. On September 10, the first night of Spring 2010 Fashion Week, stores across the five boroughs of New York (and around the world) will stay open until 11 p.m. and lure customers with designer, model, and celebrity appearances; fashion shows; and other unique happenings. Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced plans for the citywide initiative to jumpstart retail sales, which has been dubbed Fashion’s Night Out, at a press conference this afternoon with a who’s who of New York designers and retail heavyweights arrayed behind him. Vogue, the Council of Fashion Designers of America, and NYC & Company, which is the city’s official marketing and tourism organization, are sponsoring the evening. “Even in good times, retail employees aren’t bringing home paychecks to support a middle-class standard of living,” said Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union president Stuart Appelbaum, who shared the dais with Bloomberg, Vera Wang, and Terry Lundgren of Macy’s, among others. “This initiative not only serves consumers, but helps provide a needed boost to New York’s retail industry at a time when it’s needed most.” New York City causes stand to benefit as well. Forty percent of the proceeds from a Fashion’s Night Out T-shirt that will be available in August will go to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, while donations of gently used and newly purchased clothes will go to HIV/AIDS charities. To register for Fashion’s Night Out updates, visit www.fashionsnightout.com. But from the looks of the fashion types in attendance, you can depend on the participation of Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, Tory Burch, Phillip Lim, Coach, and many other designers. One hundred and twelve days and counting…
Carolina Herrera wore a black silk cloque organza blouse with an ivory silk faille skirt of her own design to ABT’s spring gala, which she sponsored, but anyone who pays attention knows that she’s usually found in a white shirt, the crisper the better. We recently spotted her in one of her signature button-downs, monogrammed with “C de H” a few inches below her left shoulder. When we asked where she got it, Herrera explained that Gap designer Patrick Robinson had sent her a stack of 12 earlier this spring, and that she’d enlisted an embroiderer to do her initials—six in red and six in navy blue. “I was in heaven when Patrick sent me the shirts,” Herrera told us. “They fit perfectly, I love them, and I wear one almost every day.” You can turn your own $44 Gap shirt into a one-of-a-kind at your local stitch shop; our neighborhood favorite is Jonathan Embroidery Plus in New York’s Garment District. Remember, though, they’ll charge you extra for the “de.”
One of the perks of my job is participating in Thesis Week at Parsons. It’s amazing not only to see the students’ creativity—but also their own getups. Yesterday, a panel of industry “judges” including Carolina Herrera, Vogue‘s Meredith Melling Burke, and John Bartlett gathered to see about a dozen collections (out of about 170). We saw accomplished hand-painted and draped dresses, fluoro swimwear, and a goat-fur coat, but everyone left talking about Julia Blum’s lingerie line called Ardor. The designer (who sported an Amy Winehouse-style beehive pinned with flowers) was inspired by Nabokov’s Lolita. Her workmanship was fine, and the conceptions daring—we chose one of the tamer looks for Style File.