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September 1 2014

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EXCLUSIVE: Dree Hemingway Goes Back to Idaho for Cole Haan

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It would be hard to find someone better than Dree Hemingway to represent the essence of iconic Americana. So it’s easy to see, then, why Cole Haan tapped the model, actress, and great-granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway to front its latest campaign, act as global ambassador, and collaborate with the house’s creative director, Walker MacWilliam, on a Fall ’15 premium collection dubbed Cole Haan for Dree Hemingway.

Set in Hemingway’s hometown of Sun Valley, Idaho, the Glen Luchford-lensed ads and corresponding film (the latter of which debuts exclusively here) projects the vintage American vibe that Hemingway embraces in her own wardrobe. “I wanted the images to be more about the essence of what Cole Haan is,” offered Hemingway during a chat at New York’s Soho House this weekend. “I think we’re moved to dress a certain way because of the mood of the images we see, not just because of the pieces or products that are featured, and I wanted to give people that inspiration,” she continued. “It’s a little 1950s-meets-modern, and there’s a hint of Katharine Hepburn’s masculine take on femininity. That’s my style.” Hemingway is also a pretty fearless horsewoman, and made the impromptu decision to jump onto a chestnut steed sans saddle during the shoot. “I was just walking around with the horses and I thought, I’ll just bareback it. Why not?

When asked about her forthcoming collection for the brand, Hemingway said that she hopes to create timeless wares that are in line with Cole Haan’s heritage. “I want to make something that people can throw on every day and that they’ll wear and keep for life. I don’t want to do trendy pieces. I want to design something that you’re going to want to pass down.”

At the end of the short, the model is pictured standing in the middle of a country road, walking off into the distance with a Cole Haan bag in hand. Just where is she heading? “Who knows?” Hemingway laughed. “Maybe the McDonald’s down the road!” Jokes aside, after chatting with Hemingway about her work with the brand, it’s clear that she and Cole Haan are going places.

Cole Haan x Jen & Oli’s Electro Metropolis

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The latest Cole Haan x Jen & Oli collection hits stores tomorrow (it’s also available online now), and in order to showcase their new spring wares, Jen Brill and Olivia Kim enlisted artist Jo Ratcliffe to create a futuristic short film. Set to a toe-tapping electro score by artist-cum-musician-cum-DJ Brian Degraw, the video explores a techno-pop fantasy land tailor-made for Brill and Kim’s playfully hued sandals and peep-toe platforms. As Brill puts it, the artists “created the city of [their] dreams—modern in every way, [with] eye candy for miles.” Watch the short (and listen to its catchy track) in its exclusive debut (above) and take a peek at Jen & Oli’s new collection (below).

Don Hill’s Lights Up For The Night

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The invitation for yesterday’s late-night fête hosted by Cole Haan read: “For one night only at Don Hill’s.” It’s no surprise that such a tagline would draw a cast of nightlife veterans along with Brad Goreski, Hilary Rhoda, and even David Schwimmer to the venerable nightspot that shuttered its doors last April. Known for its graffiti-splashed walls, gritty live performances, and raucous parties, the Greenwich Street haunt reopened its doors yesterday promising one last dance party. By midnight, the bash was in full swing with Omaha-based band Icky Blossoms rocking the stage for a head-banging set, causing Goreski to quip, “Every time I step into Don Hill’s I feel like a hipster. There’s always some weird band playing here.” Tucked away in the DJ booth were Ben Pundole and girlfriend Chelsea Leyland, the latter who waxed nostalgic about being back at the old Soho boite. “I used to come here a lot but this is my first time deejaying here, so I’m really excited,” she told Style.com. As for her fashion week detox plans? “I’m going to get a massage tomorrow and drink as many green juices as I can.” Unfortunately, Leyland only got a chance to spin two songs—by 1 a.m., cops shut the party down due to music complaints, spurring the crowd to quickly filter out the door and head to the next party. Guess when it comes to Don Hill’s, some things never change.

Photo: BFAnyc.com

On Our Radar: Jen Brill & Olivia Kim for Cole Haan

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Fashion loves a guest star. The latest industry types dropping in for a cameo appearance are Jen Brill (downtown mainstay, creative consultant, Chanel ambassador) and Olivia Kim (Opening Ceremony’s guru of creative), who were tapped by Cole Haan for a capsule collection of heels. We especially like the two-tone peep-toes above, though a multicolored cage heel and a tasseled bootie are in the mix, too. The shoes ($528-$548) hit Cole Haan and Opening Ceremony stores September 10.

Photo: Courtesy of Cole Haan

Who Is Theophilus London?

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Fashion editors, stylists, and photographers might recognize Theophilus London as that guy who popped up front-row at the men’s shows in Paris this summer. (“That was kind of funny, actually. I got the Kanye treatment at the Lanvin show in France because he couldn’t come at the last minute, so I stepped in as the black rapper kid,” London explains to Style.com.) In Cannes, too, the young, relatively unknown (at the time) hip-hop star made sure people were taking note of him. Last week, Jay-Z and Usher even stopped by his Central Park performance to check out London’s vocal chops for themselves. (“Solange was at dinner with Beyoncé and Jay the night before, I guess, and he said he was going to go check out her friend Theophilus’ show—kind of cool.”) Even when he’s not on stage, breaking into one of his songs from his first solo album (released last month), Timez Are Weird These Days, the lanky Trinidad native has a commanding presence.

London’s explosive self-confidence is partly startling and off-putting, but it’s working. As he quickly picks up steam and his fan base multiplies, he has brands and designers knocking on his door to partner up with him. He has proclaimed he doesn’t like fashion, and yet he appears in photoshoots wearing Lanvin and he personally customizes the buttons of his suits. Here, Style.com discovers who Theophilus London really is.

You started rapping and performing at a pretty young age. What inspired you to do that?
Yeah, when I was about 12 or 13 I did my first lyrics. Two of my cousins were hanging out rapping and making words sound cool—lots of swagger. I did like two lines and then stopped and they were like, “No, you should keep going.” After that, I would bang beats against tables and chairs at school and I just never stopped.

Who do you count as personal music icons?
Definitely Prince, James Brown, Biggie Smalls—the list could go on forever, seriously. Kanye West for sure. Me and Kanye e-mail very often about fashion. We just acknowledge what’s next, what’s new, you know? And Mark Ronson—I’m going to his wedding next month.

You have been quoted in an interview saying you aren’t really into fashion, but I don’t believe that. Do you honestly not like fashion, at all?
I have tons of taste and I just got an eye for shit. I will walk into a store and come out with the best five shirts there. In high school, I always dressed to impress the girls. Brooklyn, where I grew up, is a competitive burg—there’s always a pretty boy around the corner there and you gotta look better than him. I love to shop; I’m just not like a fashion guru, though. I didn’t grow up drawing runway models and deciding what they should wear. Also, I couldn’t dress someone else up. Wait, actually, this year I just started [dressing] the band. Continue Reading “Who Is Theophilus London?” »