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15 posts tagged "Christian Cota"

Stam Is (Sort Of) The New Nathan Bogle

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The apocalyptic storm that hit just as Rag & Bone’s party to celebrate its Intermix launch began was no impediment for the crowd that packed the Ace Hotel’s sofa-strewn lobby. “I’m so surprised,” said the label’s taller designing half, Marcus Wainwright. “I thought it would be just me and David [Neville] with the people who work here.” The event’s hostess, Jessica Stam, it turns out, is now more than just a friend of the house. “We’ve been designing some clothes together,” said Neville. Stam, however, corrected the statement a hair. “It’s more of a collaboration, really,” she said. At any rate, the newest designing model might just be called on to fill in when Neville takes his paternity leave after wife Gucci Westman has their second baby, due in two weeks. (Though, according to Wainwright, company policy only allows a single week off.) The trio stayed mum on the details of the Stam & Bone pieces, which will make their debut for Spring 2010. “Everyone’s here hoping we’d get to see a little bit,” said Lauren Santo Domingo, who showed off her hand-painted Christian Cota dress and new Chanel bucket bag. “Stam’s got great style. Everyone loves to see what she’s wearing.”

Photo: Clint Spaulding / Patrick McMullan

Blasblog: A Vogue Staple Goes Backstage

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Friday was a busy day for Lauren Santo Domingo. Not only was the Vogue contributing editor easing her way into the beginning of the Fall 2009 collections, but she also consulted on not one, but two designer offerings: Bibhu Mohapatra’s show and Christian Cota’s presentation. “Bibhu’s collection was inspired by samurai armor and Amelia Earhart, and dedicated to costumers looking for craftsmanship and architectural lines,” Santo Domingo explained. “Whereas Cota was more
about rebirth, and doing something fun, irreverent, and up for a good time.” The reason these designers look for this advice is because Lauren is her own best client. “What I know is how a woman wants to wear clothing,” Santo Domingo said of her skill set. And according to Cota, decisiveness is a very important quality. “She knows what she wants in a second, and she means what she says,” the designer, who credited his more youthful feel to her help, said at his presentation. “And nearly every time, she’s right.”

Photo: Chance Yeh / PatrickMcMullan.com

Christian Cota: In Good Company

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Last year’s Fashion Group International Rising Star Award winner has been having a rather good time of it lately. Just to pluck an example out of thin air, at random: He designed Michelle Obama’s inauguration
gown. Nice work if you can get it, sure, but all the buzz attending Jason Wu has raised expectations precariously high for the designer who just nabbed this year’s Rising Star—one Christian Cota. A Mexico City native with a pointillist eye for detail and a painterly way with color and drape, Cota is more than ready to rise to the Wu challenge. This season he’s getting a little help with the finishing touches from Lauren Santo Domingo, who is styling the Fall/Winter ’09 collection Cota presents this evening at the Metropolitan Pavilion. “I think you’ll see a new edge to Christian’s always impeccable uptown polish,” notes Santo Domingo. The edge she’s talking about is literal as well as figurative—in keeping with Cota’s geologic inspiration, which led him to fixate on minerals, crystals, and meteorites, the new clothes put a feminine spin on rugged angularity. Will the First Lady bite? Santo Domingo seems to think she should. “As a designer,” she says, “Christian’s talent is that he knows what a woman wants to wear.” Are you listening, Michelle?

Illustration: Courtesy of Christian Cota

Cota Catches A Rising Star

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“We really needed this,” said Christian Cota, the Manhattan-based, Mexican-born designer of elegant eveningwear, after receiving Fashion Group’s Rising Star Award for women’s apparel at the Rainbow Room today. (Carlos Campos and Sergio Davila were co-winners in the menswear category.) “This award is a real barometer of success,” said FGI president Margaret Hayes as she opened the ceremonies. Certainly the presence of past recipients Phillip Lim and Jason Wu—now household names—seem to bear her statement out. The crowd cheered at the mention of Wu’s name. The designer, who seems to be taking his newfound fame in stride, smiled warmly in response. “I’m used to being behind the scenes,” he modestly said over lunch. What price glory? The designer has to focus more of his energy on crowd control and security at his upcoming show. Keynote speaker Tory Burch, no stranger to the spotlight, admitted to being involved in every aspect of her business from design to the comfort of the couches in her boutiques. What’s the secret to her success at a tumultuous time? “Focus and a narrowed vision,” she said.

christian cota, a la mode

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Christian Cota took inspiration this season from the French Impressionists, so perhaps it’s only fitting that on Wednesday, the designer could be found partying Parisian-style. Yaz Hernández hosted a dinner on Cota’s behalf at midtown’s Brasserie Cognac, drawing celebrants such as Cornelia Guest, Jana Pasquel, and Denise Rich, as well as one fresh-faced Belen Hudson, who turned out to be the granddaughter of Plácido Domingo. “I’m working in fashion,” Hudson explained, going on to elaborate that she’d recently graduated from high school and had moved to New York to wedge a toe in the door of the industry. Cota, however, isn’t Hudson’s boss. “No,” Hudson said, “I’m working for a showroom. I love Christian’s dresses, though…”

Photo: Courtesy of Christan Cota