25 posts tagged "Chris Benz"
With the wind of Marc Levin’s HBO documentary Schmatta: Rags to Riches to Rags, which aired Monday, at their backs, supporters of NYC’s shrinking Garment District gathered today at noon for a Save the Garment Center rally. There was a sizable turnout for the event at the corner of 39th Street and Seventh Avenue, which was organized by a mix of city officials and led by designers Nanette Lepore and Yeohlee Teng. The crowd spanned the entire northeast side of the block reaching to 40th Street. “The Garment Center is the lifeblood of New York City…and we need to preserve it,” said Lepore, standing on a small stage, to the assembled fashion students, designers, and Garment District workers. “The city has already lost enough of what keeps us unique,” she added.
Designer and CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg turned up to lend her considerable support, as did Michael Kors, Victoria Bartlett, Maria Cornejo, Rag & Bone’s Marcus Wainwright and Chris Benz. “I produce my entire collection here,” said Benz. “For a young designer, the quantities for production lots overseas are enormous. They ask for 1,000 pieces at a time.” Erin Fetherston, who was part of the cause but was out of town filming a broadcast for her line with QVC, had similar thoughts. “The Garment District is so important to New York and New York fashion,” said Fetherston, before the rally. “Big American brands and young designers alike all have access to the same great resources for making clothing.” Or as one of the posters cheekily but effectively summarized, “It’s Sew N.Y.”
Phillip Lim, Behnaz Sarafpour, Chris Benz, Band of Outsiders, Costello Tagliapietra, and Erin Fetherston are some of the 28 designers taking legal action against bankrupt Chicago boutique Jake. They may not get their money back, but they’re loving their newfound community. That’s sweet, but we imagine they’d really love a non-bouncing check. [WWD]
Mike Albo visits affordable work gear emporium Syms and finds purses Lauren Conrad could have designed. If she was drunk and wielding a crayon. [NYT]
Juergen Teller and Marc Jacobs, eleven years and still going strong. The photog revisits the hits from his decade-plus collaboration with Jacobs, from the “hardcore” Dakota Fanning ads to—his personal favorite—shots of a naked Charlotte Rampling. [The Moment]
Included in the Telegraph‘s “ten anti-trends for winter” must-buy classics are the top, the skirt, and the trousers. Why, yes, we were planning on incorporating those somewhere in our fall wardrobe. Thanks! [Telegraph]
Read here for updates on Daisy Lowe and her sawdust toilet. Oh, yeah, and her new jewelry for Swarovski. [W Editors’ Blog]
In Los Angeles for a little summer vacay, Chris Benz descended upon West Hollywood boutique Beckley last night for a trunk show featuring his Fall ’09 collection. “I definitely see someone from L.A. gravitating toward some of the lighter silks in the line,” said Benz. But it’s not all work for the newly minted member of the CFDA. With BFF Eva Amurri in tow, Benz couldn’t help but mention how excited he was for his upcoming Disneyland visit, just one of many SoCal faves on the agenda. Asked if it was his first time there, Benz replied, “Oh God no. It’ll definitely be a highlight of this trip, though.”
JCPenney comes to the Manhattan Mall. Prices are low, customer service is award-winning, and goods will be replenished around the clock. Take that, recession! But, are you willing to shop in Herald Square? [WWD]
And yet…most stores are going empty. Turns out JCPenney’s big opening is an anomaly: From “chain outlets to family-run shops,” businesses “have started to disappear.” Sigh. [NYT]