15 posts tagged "Club Monaco"
‘Tis the season. Christmas looms, which means that Christmas windows have arrived: There are serpenti twining around Bulgari on 5th Avenue, and over at Bergdorf Goodman, the Jazz Age—this year’s theme, by window-meisters Linda Fargo and David Hoey—is in full effect. Farther downtown, the minds at Club Monaco used the seasonal-window excuse to invite in a guest of sorts: the English vintage home goods e-tailer Fox & Flyte. The online store’s scouts scoured Massachusetts’ famed Brimfield Antique Show for pieces with decanters, glassware, silver, and furniture to create sets with Club Monaco’s own clothing, which debuted this week at the retailer’s Lower Fifth store. It’s a rare trip offline for F&F, but it’s all for sale: Small accessories begin at $75, going up to $3,000 for the largest pieces. May all your antique servingware be bright.
“We all must wear a top, pants, and shoes, but we never need to wear jewels,” designer Lisa “Lele” Sadoughi tells Style.com. “We want to wear jewels, so why not make it memorable?” And that’s just what she’s doing with her debut namesake collection of jewelry this season. Sadoughi, however, is by no means new to the business—she started creating custom private-label pieces while at Ippolita for retailers like Neiman Marcus, Club Monaco, and Anthropologie and in 2006 launched J.Crew’s jewelry line (not to mention, she’s currently the jewelry design director at Tory Burch). “After starting the J.Crew jewelry collection and directing the line for five years, I was more than ready to make my own mark in the world of costume jewelry. I love standout jewelry that is big in personality, scale, and color,” she says.
Her Spring offerings are exactly that—this season she’s reinterpreted the Egyptian revival in the 1920′s using bold colors and strong geometric shapes. “I looked back into the beginning of costume jewelry in the 1920′s, when we started to make jewels that were art-inspired, and not necessarily reproductions of precious gems,” she explained during a market appointment. “I am fascinated with the Egyptian revival in the Art Deco period, when King Tut’s tomb was discovered.” She’s done more direct references, like the scarab statement necklace (above) and sundial earrings in Aegean blue, as well as more classic items like her slider bracelets (below), offered in a variety of hand-cut rock crystal shades. The slider bracelets are sure to be an instant hit (our market director, Marina Larroude, was already eager to bring them to Europe to wear at the shows), and all of the pieces come in at under $500. Her collection premieres here on Style.com and is available to preorder on www.lelesadoughi.com until retail store buyers snatch up her goods. Watch this space.
Ernest Alexander’s rugged yet sophisticated accessories appeal to the kind of customer who is a man’s man, but with their attention to craftsmanship and use of heritage materials, Alexander’s bags have also developed a strong following among the fairer sex. Now the designer’s female fans will no longer need to borrow from their boyfriends’ closets. Alexander has just launched his debut women’s collection, which will be carried exclusively in Club Monaco stores throughout August (he has done three custom men’s collaborations with the retailer before) and available on his site beginning August 15. Most of the styles (with prices starting at $195 and topping off at $525), including cross-body satchels, messenger bags, and weekenders, are reinterpreted versions of his men’s best sellers. “The silhouettes are definitely more feminine and the colors are a bit richer,” Alexander told Style.com. “We thinned the leather slightly to make the bags more lightweight and added woman-centric detailing like extra pockets in the lining and solid brass feet on our Jane messenger.” Last month, Alexander opened his first standalone store at 98 Thompson Street in Soho, which has “brought the collections to life and shows off our aesthetic in a cohesive setting,” according to Alexander. After expanding into men’s ready-to-wear for Fall ’11, Alexander sees the women’s line as a little sister that will eventually follow suit—”bags first, then slowly [we'll] add clothes season by season.”
There’s a heat wave in NYC, and the only places I want to be are inside with the AC on or by the pool. Being the sun worshipper that I am, I would take the second option in a heartbeat. But what to wear by the pool? I take my cues from Lisa Marie Fernandez‘s Resort collection. Last week, when I stopped by to see it, I was surprised by all of the new silhouettes and fabrics that expand upon what she has previously done. Fernandez built her name in the swim market with her neoprene, surf-inspired pieces. This time around, she changed her look completely. The must-have item is the terry-cloth poncho, which comes in colors ranging from earth tones to neon orange. Sadly, we have to wait until November to get our hands on it, but for now, here are two great lightweight options from Lemlem ($200, available at Lemlem.com) and Club Monaco ($98, available at ClubMonaco.com) that will keep you cool right now.
Last week’s unseasonably cool temperatures reminded us that it’s always the right time to be on the lookout for a lightweight leather jacket, even if it’s June. No matter what the weather, a sleek motorcycle jacket proves to be the perfect topper, and model-off-duty Daphne Groeneveld further proves this point. From Sandro to Rebecca Minkoff, we’ve picked four of our favorites to set your sights on, and with their under $1,000 price tags, your hands on, too.
From top left to right: Rebecca Minkoff jacket, $698, available at www.rebeccaminkoff.com; Sandro Veinarde jacket, $577, available at www.us.sandro-paris.com; Monika Chiang moto jacket, $845, similar styles available at www.monikachiang.com; Club Monaco Christy moto jacket, $595, available at www.clubmonaco.com.