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April 19 2014

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12 posts tagged "Costello Tagliapietra"

Ikram Expands, Kate Moss Gleeks Out, And More…

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Her influence on American fashion—via one customer in Washington in particular—is already outsized, and now it looks like her store may be, too. Chicago retailer Ikram Goldman is said to be shopping for a new, larger space in the Windy City. Will there be a private salon for you-know-who? [WWD]

There’s been no shortage of Maison Martin Margiela retrospectives, but the latest sounds like it should be a good one: Somerset House in London will display 20 years of MMM’s wares (including those from the time when there actually was a Margiela in the Maison). [Telegraph via Racked]

Just so you know: Kate Moss is “obsessed” with Glee. But would she approve of Lea Michele’s outfit? [Styleite]

Haider Ackermann revealed that he’ll debut some men’s looks alongside the womenswear he’ll show in Florence at Pitti W. [WWD]

And if you’ve been waiting for Costello Tagliapietra’s collection to drop at Uniqlo, the wait is almost over: The slinky dresses from the bearish duo hit the racks tomorrow. [Stylelist]

Photo: Richard Young / Startraks Photo

Designers Against Jake, Juergen And Marc Forever, And More…

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Phillip Lim, Behnaz Sarafpour, Chris Benz, Band of Outsiders, Costello Tagliapietra, and Erin Fetherston are some of the 28 designers taking legal action against bankrupt Chicago boutique Jake. They may not get their money back, but they’re loving their newfound community. That’s sweet, but we imagine they’d really love a non-bouncing check. [WWD]

Mike Albo visits affordable work gear emporium Syms and finds purses Lauren Conrad could have designed. If she was drunk and wielding a crayon. [NYT]

Juergen Teller and Marc Jacobs, eleven years and still going strong. The photog revisits the hits from his decade-plus collaboration with Jacobs, from the “hardcore” Dakota Fanning ads to—his personal favorite—shots of a naked Charlotte Rampling. [The Moment]

Included in the Telegraph‘s “ten anti-trends for winter” must-buy classics are the top, the skirt, and the trousers. Why, yes, we were planning on incorporating those somewhere in our fall wardrobe. Thanks! [Telegraph]

Read here for updates on Daisy Lowe and her sawdust toilet. Oh, yeah, and her new jewelry for Swarovski. [W Editors’ Blog]

Photo: Courtesy of Marc Jacobs

Barbie Blows Up: Top Fashion Brass Take on the Doll

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Barbie may be turning 50 this year, but she doesn’t look a day over, well, teenage fashion-model age, to be exact. As part of Mattel’s global birthday celebration, she made her runway debut in Bryant Park. And while there’s speculation that Ken is still in the closet, everyone’s outed themselves when it comes to their love for Barbie. Fifty designers —Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Anna Sui, Rachel
Roy, and Brian Reyes, to name a few—created looks for the show. Backstage was calm compared to the mayhem front of house, packed with little girls in pink T-shirts, tulle tutus, and Uggs waiting anxiously with their mothers for the show to start. Front-row turnout included Diane von Furstenberg, Annie Leibovitz, Simon Doonan, and Heidi Klum. Robert Verdi was overheard pondering, “How many Kens can fit in here?”

The show started with a video montage of Barbie in all her incarnations (she’s had over 100 careers) set to Hole’s “Doll Parts.” Totally fitting, but kind of ironic since it’s difficult to imagine Courtney Love ever playing with any kind of doll. While some of the looks were pure fantasy like Bob Mackie’s incredible gold-beaded gown with marabou-feather trim and Marchesa’s lavender tulle confection, others could easily transcend the toy-store shelf to the city sidewalk. Costello Tagliapietra’s jersey dress in rust had a Lauren Hutton circa American Gigolo vibe; Derek Lam’s black-and-orange floral-print silk coat and dress will be perfect when the weather warms up in a month or two.

And while still chic, it seemed that some designers had crafted a few new occupations for Barbie as well: Rosa Chá’s Bondage Barbie, Jeremy Scott’s Vegas Cocktail Waitress, Catherine Malandrino’s American Flag Barbie (Can you work as an American Flag? How much does that pay?). While none are for sale, some will be on display at Bloomingdale’s. But the party doesn’t stop in Bryant Park. The world’s largest Barbie store is opening in Shanghai early March, complete with a spa and a bridal service that offers a $15,000 Vera Wang gown. Buy it, and Mattel will throw in a doll specially created to resemble you in said gown. Following will be the life-size Malibu Barbie Dreamhouse, in Malibu, decorated by Jonathan Adler. “I am so excited about this. When I was a kid, I ripped the heads off my sister’s Barbies. This is my way of making amends.”

Photo: TIimothy A. Clary / AFP / Getty Images

At Costello Tagliapetra, This Bud’s for You

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The Proenza Schouler after-party is BYOB. The coffee at the tents is Mickey D. Car service is out, the C train is in. We’re all finding ways to embrace the recession economy. But perhaps no one in the fashion industry has taken quite so happily to the task of making lemonade out of the proverbial lemons as Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra. The duo’s show Friday was sponsored by Budweiser, and contrary to what you’d expect, Costello and Tagliapietra sold Bud on the idea, rather than the other way around. “Weren’t we all getting kind of sick of Champagne?” mused Tagliapietra before his show at the Altman Building. “I mean, wouldn’t it be nice to come to a fashion show and have a beer, for a change?” Backstage, hair stylists and makeup artists were living that dream, as interns clad in Budweiser T-shirts raced around Costello Tagliapietra’s racks of Swarovski-studded Fall ’09 apparel. (Swarovski was another sponsor of the show.) According to Tagliapietra, there’s no reason the new anti-luxury can’t work alongside the old luxurious luxury; designers just have to get inventive. For example: The fabric and crystal necklaces that Costello and Tagliapietra made for their show will indeed be offered for sale, “on a couture basis,” Tagliapietra explained. “And if you order one, maybe we’ll send you a free beer,” he added. Only while supplies last.

Photo: Marcio Madeira

Philip Crangi’s Collab Problem

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Is there such a thing as a healthy addiction? Philip Crangi may have discovered one: The jewelry designer is, by all appearances, addicted to collaborations. The past few seasons have seen Crangi go on a creative spree, working with Vera Wang, Costello Tagliapietra, Shipley & Halmos, and, as part of his 2008 CFDA/Vogue nominee duties, the Gap. Now Crangi has added buzzmeister Jason Wu to the mix. “I like to think of it as Cartier du Congo,” says Crangi of the rhinestone-paved necklaces and earrings he’s conjured for Wu’s Fall ’09 show. “It’s kind of tribal, but it’s elegant.” Crangi is also taking his tribal fixation in a more abstract direction this season as he continues his collaboration with Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos. His necklaces, earrings, and belts for their show feature long, spindly pieces of metal “almost like spears,” as Crangi puts it, hung off of thin fiber-optic wire. “It’s like the idea of a necklace or a crude drawing of one, more than an actual necklace,” says Crangi of his design, which lies long and square and askew across the chest. “It’s an interesting concept to play with,” he adds. “You know, that’s why I like to collaborate so much, and
with so many different people—working with other designers allows me to experiment with new ideas. And it’s good to stay in that habit.” In other words, no intervention required.

Photo: Courtesy of Philip Crangi