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Vince Goes Big In Soho

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Vince's New Mercer Street Store

Is it just us, or has Vince—the contemporary range known for its bunny-soft cashmere wares—worked up some serious mojo? The beloved basics brand began to gain steam in January, when it appointed Doo-Ri Chung as its creative director. In May, the label hired Karin Gregersen, formerly of Chloé, to direct the label’s sales, marketing, product development, and creative initiatives as its new president. And now, it seems things are in full swing. Just last night, Vince hosted the launch of its new 3,000-square-foot flagship on Mercer Street, and the fete attracted all the right girls-about-town. Alexandra Richards, Harley Viera Newton, and Leigh Lezark turned up to check out the space and dance to tunes from the Dolls’ deejay Mia Moretti and violinist Margot.

With its exposed white brick, 22-foot-high ceilings, skylight, and pale hardwood floors, the boutique boasts a welcoming layout. “It’s very modern and very clean, but it’s also warm, comfortable, and inviting,” said Vince CEO Jill Granoff. For the first time, Vince’s men’s and women’s collections are presented on separate sprawling floors, but it was the shoe display case—which was filled with enticing pointed, pony-hair mules, riding boots, and high-tops—that seemed to get the most attention. The kicks will have to move over soon, though: Gregersen told Style.com that the label will be launching handbags next year. “We’re building more of a global lifestyle brand,” said Gregersen. “We’re continuing to work on our existing products and launching new extensions.” Granoff chimed in to note that dresses and outerwear for all occasions are a new focus, and that they’re working to further develop the menswear offering.

Indeed, the slick Soho flagship makes a smart addition to the label’s three other Manhattan (and twenty U.S.) outposts. But more retail spaces are nigh—Vince is looking to take the international market by storm and is opening its first stand-alone store in Tokyo next week.

Vince’s flagship is located at 89 Mercer Street in New York.

Photo: Courtesy of Vince

Flowers Optional

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At tonight’s Fashion for Action benefit for Housing Works, the New York-based charity that runs secondhand shops to raise money to advocate for the homeless and those living with HIV/AIDS, there’ll be plenty of fashion on offer—more than $1 million worth of donated clothing and beauty products from labels like Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry, and Michael Kors. But as Housing Works’ shops are known to be some of the city’s best stores for thrifting your apartment a great new decor piece, too, the nonprofit also commissioned a few one-of-a-kind home goods. Designers Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen of Elizabeth and James, Doo-Ri Chung of Doo.Ri, and jeweler Kenneth Jay Lane are among those who’ve decked out vases in Swarovski Elements crystals. The vases, on auction from December 6 to 20 at Shophousingworks.com, will be on display at tonight’s event; Style.com has the exclusive first look.


Photos: Courtesy of Fashion for Action

The Gucci Murderess Would Rather Stay In Prison Than Work, Hailee Steinfeld Out At Miu Miu, Doo-Ri Designs For Macy’s, And More…

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Patrizia Reggiani, the woman who murdered her ex-husband, Gucci heir Maurizio Gucci, has been in prison for 29 years, and it looks like she would like it to stay that way. She reportedly declined an Italian court’s offer of day release because she would have to get a job as part of the deal. She told judges she would “rather cry in a Rolls than be happy on a bicycle.” [Vogue U.K.]

Miu Miu has swapped out its 13-year-old campaign star Hailee Steinfeld. In her place, they have picked 34-year-old model Guinevere Van Seenus for Resort 2012. [Telegraph]

Macy’s is giving Target a run for its money in the designer collaboration department. Giambattista Valli’s collection is set to bow next week. Up next: Doo.Ri for Impulse, in stores February 15. [WWD]

What’s on the minds of British men these days? Wool flat caps. The Telegraph reports that flat cap sales are up by 75 percent so far this fall at Marks & Spencer. The reason for the surge in flat cap popularity “remains unclear.” [Telegraph]

Everything’s Bigger In Texas, Even The Deconstructed Disco Ball

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Decades‘ Cameron Silver knows a thing or two about wealthy women in fabulous dresses. The vintage couturier was in the thick of them last night at the tenth anniversary bash of Dallas’ designer mecca Forty Five Ten. He reports from the front lines, below.

The traditional tenth anniversary gift is tin or aluminum. For the tenth anniversary of their Dallas store Forty Five Ten, Brian Bolke and Shelly Musselman (pictured) kept to the glittery spirit, if not the letter, of the law. Bolke and Musselman hosted the gala in a gold lamé tux jacket from Dsquared², and a mirrored Margiela gown, respectively. Musselman said what we were all thinking: “In our heart of hearts, don’t we all really want to be a deconstructed disco ball at the end of day?” Well, maybe what some of us were thinking. She paused and added oracularly: “It sees everything.” As for Bolke, he let his Moschino tee do the talking: “Shop.”

But shop they did, of high-end European labels and exclusive tenth anniversary items by attendees Doo-Ri Chung, Narciso Rodriguez, and Koi Suwannagate. (Carry a designer for a decade or so and you’re bound to rack up a few favors.) DJ Lucy Wrubel’s silver Moschino mini, embossed with the phrase “Fashion Must Go On,” certainly inspired the hundreds of loyal clients to drop their Centurion cards, at least when they weren’t juggling flutes of Dom Pérignon or pork hors d’oeuvres three ways (taco, tempura, and slider—this may be fashion, but it’s still Texas).

At 10 p.m., Raven Kauffman (in vintage Mila Schön), Suzanne Wilson (in DVF), and I headed to Kenny Goss and George Michael’s Highland Park home for more Champagne and a viewing of their amazing British art collection, including works by Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst, and an amazing Angus Fairhurst gorilla displayed by the pool. The party continued, and close to midnight, the last guest arrived: the pizza boy. The famished crowd went wild. McQueen-clad Houston social Becca Cason Thrash confessed, “It’s Domino’s, and it’s divine!”

Photo: Daniel Driensky

Devi’s Special Night

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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.