3 posts tagged "Claire Distenfeld"
Shoppers can always count on Upper East Side boutique Fivestory for Claire Distenfeld’s reliably unexpected buys and singular tastes. Paige Novick is a friend and fan (the designer launched her fine jewelry collection, Phyne, at Fivestory last fall), which makes her the perfect partner for Fivestory’s first fine jewelry collaboration, Arc en Ciel. “Claire and I were enamored with the idea of incorporating traditional gemstones such as emerald, ruby, and sapphire with unconventional shapes,” Novick said of the five styles in the collection that earned its name from the rainbow effect that the multicolored ear cuffs took when layered on Distenfeld’s lobes. “Knowing how much Claire embraced color inspired me to push past my default parameters, which was ultimately very liberating,” she said. The pieces are designed around a refreshingly spring-worthy palette, while Novick’s own Phyne line focuses on finishes and shapes rather than color.
Distenfeld, too, feels that the partnership expresses their individual appreciation of design, and that a contrasting but still complementary seriousness and whimsy coexist. “I have a philosophy in life that everything should balance two extremes,” Distenfeld told Style.com. “[Novick's] pieces are both extremely complex in their geometry and pattern, but at the same time carry elements of simplicity and minimalism.” That duality compelled Distenfeld to lend her hand to the delicate ear pieces with her own wisps of elementary notions, like vivid hues and shapes. From collaboration to conception, the two married their singular vision and inimitable aesthetics through the prism of a rainbow lens, delivering an excitingly refreshing point of view.
Arc en Ciel ranges from $370 to $2,370. The line is available for preorder now on paigenovick.com, and will launch exclusively at Fivestory on May 1.
Fringe, in every length, style, and color, has been adding a playful kick to the Spring ’14 collections. It surfaced early in NYC, namely at 3.1 Phillip Lim and Ralph Rucci. The former showed fringe on punctuated-block tops in Neapolitan hues, while the latter offered an evening gown tiered in fiber-optic strands that radiated with synthetic rainbow phosphorescence (“eyelashes,” Rucci called the textile).
At Rodarte, Kate and Laura Mulleavy paid homage to their beloved Los Angeles, attaching long tassels to trash-fab grommeted belts and heavy leather skirts. Proenza Schouler‘s Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez whipped up a lattice-patterned overcoat in shredded fabric—scraps of which were dip-dyed crimson red, and Marc Jacobs enhanced his collection’s Victorian vibe via bunches of fluid thread (above, center). Meanwhile, Francisco Costa—who celebrated ten years at the helm of Calvin Klein—also implemented fringe on a number of sporty silhouettes (above, left), breathing a reinvigorated rawness into his famed streamlined aesthetic.
The trend has been spotted out of the gate in London, too. Sister by Sibling used drapery tassels on netted skirts (above, right), while Holly Fulton employed wispy stranding on topcoats at her seventies-influenced outing. Of the fringe effect, New York’s Fivestory owner Claire Distenfeld told Style.com, “Amazing elements from the past are back in full force, including fringe. As a romantic, I’m ready to embrace it.”
Design was never far from the heart of 28-year-old newcomer Rosie Assoulin. “I did terribly in school my whole life,” explained the Brooklyn native during a preview of her debut collection. “But this world came out of it. I retreated into this intimate space of design.”
Assoulin, who put in a brief stint at FIT (she dropped out after four months), got most of her fashion training while interning with Oscar de la Renta, in New York, and Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz, in Paris. “Every single thing goes through their hands,” she recalled. “They’re so passionate. They don’t change for other people. They really do what works for them. And you can’t touch that.”
Although Assoulin was constantly sketching her own designs during the aforementioned apprenticeships, it wasn’t until she was back from Lanvin, taking care of a new child and working in event planning, that launching her vision felt right. “My friends Claire [Distenfeld] and Leandra [Medine] had been pushing me to do it for years, but it always seemed very scary,” expressed Assoulin. “And it is scary. But it started to be scarier not to do it.” Continue Reading “Everything’s Coming Up Rosie” »