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5 posts tagged "Daphne Javitch"

Ten x A Détacher x Brigitte Lacombe: Knicker Knack

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The Cannes Film Festival is the site of much power-brokering and networking. But for Ten lingerie designer Daphne Javitch, it was the airport afterward where the magic happened. On her way home from attending the festival with her friend Michelle Williams, Javitch spotted a hero of hers in passport control: the French photographer Brigitte Lacombe, who over the course of decades has shot celebrities and politicians, and undertaken long-term collaborations with Miuccia Prada, David Mamet, and Martin Scorsese.

Behold the power of the fandom. “She was so striking-looking and so direct and wonderful in her approach to me, I said, ‘Let’s speak when we are both back in New York at some point,’ ” Lacombe recalled by phone from—again—Cannes. The two kept in touch, and while Williams was filming My Week With Marilyn, Javitch suggested that her old friend and her new one get together. “When you do a project with no assignment, something you do on your own for the pleasure of doing it, because you’re taken with the idea or with someone, for the beauty of it, to just do it—every time I did a project like that, something good usually comes of it,” Lacombe said. The results of the Williams-as-Monroe sitting eventually went far and wide: One of Lacombe’s photos became the film’s poster. Another ended up on the cover of German Vogue. Javitch and Lacombe went on to work together on a variety of projects, like the series of covers the latter shot for New York magazine’s Fall Fashion issue in 2011.

So when, between her design consulting and the occasional styling gig, Javitch embarked on Ten’s first-ever collaboration, on two styles of Italian cotton underwear and two bras with Mona Kowalska of the New York label A Détacher, Lacombe was a natural—if not a given—to call on for help. And she obliged, shooting the two women wearing their creations in her studio, another assignment-free project with a happy ending: It debuts here on Style.com. “I was stunned when you wrote that she was willing to do it,” Kowalska admitted at a preview in her Mott Street shop. “There’s been a lot of hand-shaking,” Javitch confirmed with a smile. Of the trembling, rather than the power-brokering, variety.

The Ten x A Détacher knickers, $45, and bras, $60, are available today at A Détacher, 262 Mott Street, NYC, (212) 625-3380, adetacher.com. For more information, visit tenundies.com.

Photos: Brigitte Lacombe

Elle‘s Belles

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Ever the digital artist, Nicola Formichetti’s latest project is a series of short films, featuring It girl muses like Rinko Kikuchi, Daphne Javitch, Michelle Harper, and Alexis Krauss. The videos, directed by Tim Richardson, were made for ELLE.com to go with the mag’s March issue ten-page story “Empire State of Mind.” Here, watch this seductive unreleased video of Krauss, the songstress of Sleigh Bells, sporting studded leather and an armful of bangles.

Meet The Muse: Daphne Javitch

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Girl-about-town Natalie Joos spends her days casting for shows like Zac Posen and Karen Walker and editorials for the likes of Mario Sorrenti and Mariano Vivanco, but her passion is vintage clothing. Joos’ blog, Tales of Endearment spotlights her “Muses,” impeccably styled girls and guys who share her secondhand obsession. In a new partnership with Style.com, Tales of Endearment’s subjects discuss their shoots right here on Style File.

When Natalie Joos asked her latest muse, TEN underwear designer Daphne Javitch, to sum up her personal style, Javitch only needed two words: “chic muppet.” If you’re trying to picture exactly what that looks like, you aren’t the only one. The “chic” part of that equation, however, is clear. Javitch, a New York native, counts Jane Birkin, Goldie Hawn, and Lee Radziwill as style inspirations, and she’s got a large collection of vintage pieces, with several Stephen Sprouse (her favorite designer) numbers in the mix. The “muppet” element, we’re guessing, comes from her tenure as a costume designer before launching TEN (which can be found on the racks at Opening Ceremony). “I like clothing with a narrative, and not too serious,” she tells Joos. Here, she explains her look and what’s on her Christmas wish list with Style.com.

How does your work as a designer influence your personal style?
My work and my personal style are totally intertwined. TEN is inspired by my spirit and style icons like Romy Schneider, Diane Keaton, Jane Birkin, Goldie Hawn, and Lee Radziwill—smart, playful, and straightforward women. The imagery, narratives, and ideas that inspire my personal style flow directly into my work.

What’s next for TEN?
We recently released our first bra and are adding two new bottoms this spring. I’m customizing the Spring ’12 colors now.

Do you collect any type of vintage items in particular?
I collect vintage nightgowns. I like to wear them as dresses in the summer with bright undies showing through. I also collect small purses—teeny-tiny ones because I think they’re funny and they cheer up any outfit.
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The It Girls Were Honor-Bound

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Honor’s first retail store debuted quietly a month and a half ago, but the year-old New York womenswear label picked the perfect spring evening for its opening fête. “It was actually planned as a pop-up shop,” designer Giovanna Randall explained yesterday. “But then when all the fixtures came in, it looked so beautiful, it just felt right to stay.” Located on a cobblestoned Meatpacking District street (“My first job in New York was in Meatpacking,” Randall added), the two-floor long rectangular space was light-filled and airy. The Spring collection lined the glossy ivory walls, and down a flight of steps there was a very chic library of sorts: Arty tomes ranging from Henri Rousseau to portraits of Catherine Deneuve were stacked neatly, there, perhaps, for boyfriends waiting out a lady’s spree.

The ladies were in full force last night—owing, perhaps, to the coterie of It girls who hosted the party (with Randall, center, above), including Lily Kwong, Lesley M.M. Blume, and Arden Wohl, and the one—Alexandra Richards, fresh off a plane from Turks and Caicos—who did deejay duties. (Randall reported that she showed up straight from the airport, still wearing her bikini.) The charity connection—Honor made a donation to New Yorkers for Children for the fête—added to the jovial mood, too. But most of all, perhaps, the warm weather gave the evening its happy buzz. “Finally! We’re so overdue for this,” co-host Kwong said, noting all the ladies in bold pink, garden florals, and white frocks. “But look at me, I’m still wearing black.” With a trip to Tulum, Mexico, on the horizon, Kwong would be wearing her own sunny pieces soon enough. Meanwhile, for some, the season meant turning over a new leaf—for the wardrobe, that is. “It’s time for spring cleaning,” Ten Underwear designer Daphne Javitch noted. “I’m super-organized. I just re-did my closet and I spent all weekend folding.”

Honor NYC is now open at 68 Gansevoort Street, NYC, (212) 225-2233.

Photo: Joe Schildhorn / BFAnyc.com

A Perfect TEN

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Sunday night is not the usual time for a panty party, but Daphne Javitch just couldn’t resist launching her new line of underwear, called TEN, on 10/10/10. The date seemed auspicious—and judging by the crowd assembled at Opening Ceremony last night, it was. The cotton-spandex undies, like much else we’ve been seeing lately, are inspired by seventies-era under-things; they come (for now) in one style and three colors. “Two basic,” Javitch explained, referring to the white and navy pairs, “and one whoa“—meaning traffic-cone orange. Tennis-ball yellow is coming soon; eventually, there’ll be a bra, and perhaps men’s briefs, too. “I’m not in any rush to add styles,” the designer noted. “The whole idea is just, this the perfect, easy pair of underwear you can wear all the time. But,” she added, “if you wind up meeting someone, you’re still going to feel good about what you’ve got on.” Sunday night knickers, in other words, that work on Saturdays, too.

Photos: Courtesy of Opening Ceremony