3 posts tagged "Chinti and Parker"
Baby, what’s your sign? Even if you aren’t an astrology junkie, we can all agree that star-and-moon motifs have a universal appeal this season. Maybe it began with the fuzzy Saint Laurent cardigan from Fall ’13, which turned up on off-duty models and actresses alike, or perhaps it was Gravity, the blockbuster film set in the stunning Milky Way Galaxy. Slip on a pair of star-studded heels for a ladylike take on the trend, or opt for a glint-y clutch for a night on the town. However, if you’re into horoscopes, you can always just wear a zodiac charm and let destiny take care of the rest. Shop our favorite cosmos-inspired pieces by Khai Khai, Jimmy Choo, and more, below.
1. Khai Khai diamond moon and star earrings in 18-karat rose gold, $1,225, available at bloomingdales.com.
2. Chinti and Parker moon intarsia cashmere sweater, $327, available at
3. Jimmy Choo The Candy printed acrylic clutch, $995, available at net-a-porter.com.
4. Kate Spade New York Lela pump, $328, available at piperlime.com.
5. Brooke Gregson Aquarius 14-karat-gold diamond necklace, $2,970, available at net-a-porter.com.
“Not many retailers are willing to disrupt their business,” said Nordstrom’s director of creative projects, Olivia Kim. “But Nordstrom is, and to me, that’s what makes this job so fun and exciting.”
Kim, the former VP of creative at Opening Ceremony, has now graduated to her second full-fledged pop-in installation at the behemoth department store, where she injects equal parts cuteness, quirk, and novelty. Aptly titled 4U: Brite Lites_Gift City, the pop-in, as Kim put it, is “Santa’s Workshop for the twenty-second century.”
“I wanted the design to be cold, austere, and metallic, but referential to holiday,” she said. To help bring her vision to life, Kim solicited the help of her dear friend Rafael de Cárdenas of Rafael de Cárdenas Ltd. / Architecture at Large. “He and I have this incredibly in-tune sense of environment,” she proclaimed. It’s a creative partnership that goes back to her time in New York.
As for the concept behind the staggering high-low product selection, Kim considered, “What do you get someone who has everything?” She wanted to offer those hard-to-find discoveries—and she’s succeeded. The democratically priced range of gifts includes Keith Haring skis by Bomber Ski, charity RxArt’s collaborative gifts designed by notable artists like Ryan McGinley, Vanessa Arizaga jewelry, tomes from Abrams Books, Illesteva eyewear, black-out Bamford Rolexes, Chinti and Parker knits, and much more.
Brite Lites_Gift City is the next step in an overarching plan for Nordstrom, where Kim has worked since early 2013. She aims to educate, engage, and inspire Nordstrom’s large customer base by introducing plenty of buzz-worthy merchandise. “I want to be able to create something sexy, and I want people to get excited about shopping again,” she explained.
But are customers responding in kind? “Yes,” Kim confirmed with confidence. “It’s exciting for us as a brand to be able to say we’ve got a customer who is interested in niche products and young designers. I’m here to take risks. I’m here to push something new and adventurous in front of the company, and in front of our customers.”
4U: Brite Lites_Gift City will be open at twelve Nordstrom locations nationwide beginning November 15. Merchandise will also be available online at www.nordstrom.com.
Since it was launched by cousins Anna Singh and Rachael Wood back in 2009, London-based Chinti and Parker has offered ethically produced staples with a playful, and often quirky, appeal. This season, the brand teamed up with Patternity—a creative group founded by Anna Murray and Grace Winteringham that, as it’s name would suggest, specializes in patterns—to create a high-impact twenty-eight-piece capsule of black, white, and mint knit maxi dresses and separates. “Our signature patterns are usually more feminine, and have a bit of a sense of humor, while Patternity’s are more graphic and monochrome. We’ve never done anything like that before,” said Wood of the capsule, noting she met the Patternity team through a mutual friend at one of the group’s exhibitions. “It’s always good to collaborate, to see where different styles can take you creatively,” she added, noting that for its next joint venture Chinti will be working with London’s Liberty department store on a “quintessentially English” line.
Inspired by architecture, the merino wool and cashmere collection mixes polka dots big and small with diamonds, stripes, grids, and enlarged, blocked shapes. Wood admits that the retro-pop-tinged ensembles, like a triangle intarsia sweater paired with checked pants, make for “a pretty radical look, but I think that’s the best way to wear it. People are less afraid of patterns these days.” However, that’s not to say that those looking for something a little more classic can’t appreciate the range. “A very tailored trouser, or a simple black denim with a boot, looks great with something that is a little more trend-led on top,” Wood suggested.
To showcase their creations, the designers—who also revealed that they’ll be launching menswear this year—asked Zoe Hitchen to direct a hypnotizing film. The short juxtaposes the patterned wares with the geometric buildings that inspired them. Catch its debut, above, exclusively on Style.com.
A limited selection of the Chinti and Parker Meets Patternity collection is available now on the brand’s Web site. The full line will hit stores such as Selfridges and Net-a-Porter next week. Prices range from $145 to $800.