4 posts tagged "Celerie Kemble"
“I think true minimalism came and had its moment,” Reed Krakoff (left, with wife Delphine) explained last night at his new Madison Avenue flagship. Surprising words from a designer whose silhouettes are renowned for their streamlined fluidity, and one who had Stella Tennant—that androgynous avatar of nineties restraint—open his Spring 2011 runway show. (She’ll host the designer’s Saks debut next week, too.) “I’m calling what I do now a warm minimalism. It has minimalist roots—but it’s really more about New York style, pared down,” he clarified. Fitting, then, that the occasion was a benefit fête for the Director’s Council of the Museum of the City of New York. “There’s a renewed acceptance of romance and femininity”—and certainly, the uptown set shopping over cocktails, including Zani Gugelmann, Tara Rockefeller, and Celerie Kemble, looked plenty accepting indeed.
Fall was in the air and the temperatures were cooling, but, Krakoff said, “I’m excited that everyone else also seems to be going lighter and brighter again. Things are warming up.” That would appear to apply to the brand’s expansion plans, too. The new RK flagship on Madison is up and running, as is Tokyo’s, and stores are being planned worldwide. “It’s pretty systematic,” he said modestly. “I create a unified concept and apply it to everything. The clothing will inform the shoes; the shoes will inform the bags.” he explains. And, now, the jewelry, too; you’ll be able to purchase his newest runway baubles, made with Christian Astuguevielle, at his New York and Tokyo stores next season.
At last night’s party for less-than-a-year-old bespoke label The Gentlemen’s League at Noho boutique Début, fans old and new came through to check out the über-personalized canvas bags hand-decorated by portraitist and graphic designer Adam Razak. An old fan was spotted with a heavily embellished carryall covered in fauna (which, at $10,000, Razak later told us, was the line’s priciest creation to date), while new fans contemplated what they would choose for their own bags—medieval weaponry, a portrait of a loved one (popular among the League’s L.A. clientele), or, perhaps, just a simple monogram? Razak and partner Seth Stevens work out of a studio in Chelsea, and the beauty of their bags is that they can be whatever the wearer wants them to be. Starting at $2,500, prices are calculated by hours worked, and bags are delivered, after a series of one-on-one meetings with the designers, in two weeks to a month. Zaldy and Celerie Kemble both have Gentlemen’s totes—which says something about the line’s reach—and last night’s party generated plenty of buzz. For now the designs are rendered in shades of black, indelible ink (the bags are sprayed with a protective layer to ensure nothing budges), but Razak hasn’t ruled out the possibility of color in the future. “We have to give them something to look forward to,” the new businessman said sagely.