August 30 2014

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7 posts tagged "Devi Kroell"

On Our Radar: Rauwolf Clutches


“I wanted to challenge the standard formula for luxury,” says Kristine Johannes, the designer behind Rauwolf clutches. “So much of the industry seems to have settled into a comfort zone of simple designs in exotic skins. I wanted to create something different and unexpected, focusing on innovation and use of unusual materials.”

That’s exactly what she’s done, using Plexiglas and mirrors to make her highly architectural, geometric-shaped collection of bags, first launched for Spring ’12. “Plexiglas is not a material traditionally considered as luxurious, but it’s very versatile and can be cut and molded into architectural shapes and interesting forms,” Johannes, who has a background working with couturier John Anthony, as well as at J.Crew and Devi Kroell, tells “It works well with the geometric angles and the futuristic look I am inspired by. I was also drawn to the way Plexiglas reflects light when combined with mirrors.” For Fall, she’s continued to work those materials into a collection of eye-catching, Deco-esque shapes that could easily lend themselves to a geometry lesson. Although Johannes is wisely taking the development process of her line slowly (they are currently only sold on her Web site), her bags ($1,300 to $2,200) are sure to land in the arms of editors and the red-carpet set soon enough. Rauwolf is one to watch.

Photo: Courtesy of Rauwolf

On Our Radar: Beatrixe


Emerging designers have a way of starting expensive and working their way down, but the young label Beatrixe is wisely pursuing the opposite course. The label, founded by longtime friends and co-designers Axel Burla and Begum Tuna for Fall 2010, is steadfastly contemporary. The vast majority of their collections retail for under $500, with only leather jackets creeping slightly above that mark.

This despite their background in designer ready-to-wear. The two met working for Devi Kroell, when Kroell helmed her namesake label. “We have known each other for 15 or 20 years,” Burla, a Parsons grad, said. “We just started working on this line in our spare time.” What began as a side project grew into a full-scale collection when Tanya Bas joined as business partner. The Beatrixe aesthetic, Burla says, is “a celebration of modern femininity,” with an emphasis on the feminine: Shapes are sleek and sinuous, often embellished by frills.

For Spring ’11, currently in coveted boutiques like L.A.’s Satine and San Francisco’s Welcome Stranger, the duo looked to midcentury attire, emphasizing the waist with tailored jackets and fitted skirts and borrowing from the Abstract Expressionist painting of the time for prints. “It was a time of big change,” Burla explained. “We were just focused on creating a very romantic look using a neutral color palette and really good fabrics, so the result is something that might seem like a luxury.”

Photo: Courtesy of Beatrixe

Stripes—Out? Moss To Marry? And More…


Pour a little out, Detroit: The White Stripes are no more. Jack and Meg White announced yesterday that their two-piece, color-coordinated garage rock ensemble is breaking up. Forget mourning black—clearly the shades to wear here are red and white. [Pitchfork]

Is the Moss to be a missus? Rumors are swirling—from no particularly reputable sources, admittedly—that Jamie Hince has proposed to Kate Moss. But is there a glimmer of truth? Kate’s agents have issued the telltale “no comment.” [Vogue U.K.]

Band of Outsiders’ Scott Sternberg is the latest designer to fill in Fashionista’s pre-fashion week mad libs, and confirms what we’ve always known: We love Scott Sternberg. A sample: “All day, I dreamed about James Franco cookies and wish for a spooning session with James Franco world peace.” Us, too! [Fashionista]

Speaking of fashion week, this one sees the return of industry vet Devi Kroell, who departed her namesake label next year. She’ll debut a new line of outerwear, bags, and accessories called Dax Gabler on February 16. [WWD]

Photo: Courtesy of Chanel

America’s Next Top Model, Italian-Style; Naomi Campbell To Take The Stand?; Devi Without Devi; And More…


Sad news from Devi Kroell: She’s leaving the line that bears her name. [WWD]

The incentive to smize just got a lot bigger. Contestants on the next season of America’s Next Top Model—which, 14 cycles in, is somehow still on—will compete for a cover of Vogue Italia instead of the usual Seventeen. Practice with Tyra, ladies! [NY Post]

Let the outfit-counting begin. Sex and the City 2 doesn’t come out until next week, but the watchers have already gotten a hold of all of SJP’s outfits from the film—and out of 41 outfits, five are Halston. We’ve consulted our staff mathematicians, and this works out to 12.19 percent. Which, incidentally, might just be SJP’s share in Halston. (We kid, of course—she’s probably got more.) [Racked]

Naomi Campbell may be called to testify in the war crimes trial of former Liberian president Charles Taylor, who allegedly gave her a small fortune in raw diamonds during a visit to Nelson Mandela’s South African estate. We’re 100 percent sure (those trusty staff mathematicians again!) that this is the wrong question to ask, but…what will she wear? [Vogue U.K.]

And speaking of warlords, one is apparently making a posthumous appearance in an ad campaign for a Sicilian clothing label. A bus stop ad depicts Adolf Hitler shilling clothing, albeit somewhat inadvertently. (“Change Your Style—Don’t Follow Your Leader.”) We would have thought this was more obvious than obvious, but apparently it bears repeating: No. No, no, no, no, no. [Gawker]

Photo: Martin Roe / Retna

Devi’s Special Night


Devi Kroell greeted fellow Fashion Funders Doo-Ri Chung, Erin Fetherston, and Monique Péan at a party celebrating her new store last night. Surrounded by displays of her signature snakeskin hobo bags and knee-high flat boots, she mentioned that she’s graduating to a full-on runway show in February after three seasons of presentations. And that wasn’t her only news. Contrary to reports that the demand for expensive exotic-skin bags has gone extinct , the designer said that business at 717 Madison and the boutique she opened in the Las Vegas Forum Shops last week is better than expected. “If it’s special enough, women are willing to buy.” As for special, the strapless sequin dress Kroell wore for the occasion is look number 2 from her Spring collection; it arrives at the end of January, but the store will happily add your name to the waiting list today.