17 posts tagged "Club Monaco"
If your Thanksgiving plans include flying, driving, cooking, sipping, and perhaps even some party-hopping, putting together a decent outfit might feel daunting. But while the holidays are certainly a time to relax and indulge, you needn’t sacrifice style in favor of sloppy sweats. Instead, choose cozy separates—such as knit leggings, fuzzy sweaters, and flat booties—for a look that’s pulled-together yet comfortable. You’ll feel perfectly chic for the big feast, but we must warn you: Grabbing seconds (or thirds) will be almost too easy. Shop these holiday-ready pieces by Fendi, Miu Miu, and more, below.
1. J.Crew cashmere infinity scarf, $258, available at jcrew.com.
2. Club Monaco Sienna angora hat, $69.50, available at www.clubmonaco.com.
3. Donna Karan stretch-knit cashmere leggings, $550, available at net-a-porter.com.
4. Fendi angora-and-wool-blend sweater, $2,200, available atnet-a-porter.com.
5. Miu Miu leopard-print calf-hair ankle boots, $990, available at net-a-porter.com.
South African-born, New York-based milliner Albertus Swanepoel has been creating hats for such brands as Proenza Schouler, Jason Wu, Alexander Wang, Marc by Marc Jacobs, and Club Monaco since 2004. So today, a few fellow CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund alums—many of whom have sent his custom toppers down their catwalks—have made a little something for him. The hatter will open his very first exhibition, A Milliner’s Story, this evening at downtown boutique Odin, and his wares will rest on bespoke hat forms by the likes of Suno (above, bottom left), Band of Outsiders, Richard Chai (above, bottom right), and more. For instance, Cushnie et Ochs designers Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs turned out a noggin made from black snakeskin (above, top left), and Irene Neuwirth created a pink face adorned with semiprecious stones (above, top right). “I didn’t really give them any direction, and I was very impressed with [the designers'] craftsmanship and technical skills,” Swanepoel told Style.com. “Those things are very important to me.” Continue Reading “Albertus Swanepoel and Co. Put Their Heads Together” »
‘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.”