15 posts tagged "Christian Cota"
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.”
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?
“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.