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Going Once, Going Twice


Like most designers, Erin Fetherston is currently focusing her energy on Resort, all while prepping for the upcoming round of Spring shows. But that hasn’t stopped her from planning a special charity auction to celebrate the launch of her revamped Web site, which features behind-the-scenes photos and inspiration boards from past collections. “I was recently going through my vintage collection and it seemed like there was such a great opportunity to give the pieces I love another life,” Fetherston told Starting at noon today, fans of the designer can start bidding on 12 vintage pieces straight from Fetherston’s closet, including a Lanvin maxi skirt, a sheer floral Sonia Rykiel number, and a mint green Chanel gown. Also on sale is an embellished light blue Pearl Ingham minidress from the sixties (pictured) that the designer wore to the Whitney Art Party last year. Proceeds from the auction will benefit Charity Water. The auction ends June 12 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.



Photo: Courtesy Photo


Venus Rising


After the fluorescence of Frieze, last night’s cloistered and barely candlelit opening of Venus Over Manhattan was a shock to the art system. The new gallery at 980 Madison Avenue is the latest passion of Adam Lindemann, and if it seems strange for an art writer and collector to turn dealer at age 50, well, strangeness is part of the aim. “I was fascinated with the novel À Rebours,” Lindemann said, referencing Joris-Karl Huysmans’ decadent classic. “It means ‘against the grain,’ and it’s about a debauched nineteenth-century aristocrat who destroys his life with drugs and art.” (It also gave him the title of his inaugural exhibition.) He was offering a modulated version of excess: a late, 10 p.m. start time (the better to coexist with Sotheby’s contemporary evening sale, one of the big events of the auction house’s year) and a different drink from the usual gallery-opening Champagne. “Have you tried the absinthe yet?” he asked the crowd, which included Linda Evangelista, Rita Ackermann, Hope Atherton, Charlotte Kidd, and Richard Kern.

Elise Øverland had not. “I can’t do hallucinogenics,” murmured the designer (pictured), just back from sabbatical in India. “It’s trippy enough just being in the dark,” added art world impresario Yvonne Force Villareal. “I think this is my first candlelit art opening, and I love the mystery, the feeling that anything could happen.” Erin Fetherston felt it, too. “It’s been so long since I did anything spontaneous,” she said. “I love it. My friends said let’s go to this art thing, and now I’m in a haunted house.”

“Isn’t it so weird here and wonderful?” sighed curator Stacy Engman. “I hardly know what time it is or where I am, but it could only be New York.”

Photo: Steve Eichner

Designers On Holiday


Light the barbecue, slice the watermelons, and get out your obligatory patriotic T-shirt. Fourth of July is fast approaching this weekend and summer is finally in full swing. Now that Resort appointments are (almost) over, designers, too, can finally kick back and breathe easy. (At least for a few minutes—another fashion week is just around the corner.) Here, checks in with some of our favorite designers to see what they are indulging in this summer.

“My greatest summer indulgence is doing a summer house with my closest group of friends—it’s so worth it. Fun, dinner, stories, sharing ideas and goals, celebrating success, and picking each other up through failures, with my groups of friends whom I have known for more than 12 years, is amazing.” —Prabal Gurung

“I wish I had more time to read; I have a long list of suggestions that my friends have given me—right now I’m actually reading an architecture book. But when I’m off duty, I want to be on a beach somewhere with my family. ” —Maria Cornejo

“In the summer, I look forward to spending the days in my garden in the country, my chickens, my fish, the afternoon swim, and the evenings with friends—especially over an elaborate meal that I cook with bottles of chilled rosé. The undiluted natural beauty of the Columbia County countryside, the smell of the plants, blossoms, and shrubs, they all recharge me.” —Bibhu Mohapatra

“I just like to be outside. I skateboard a lot and I love to surf—I usually short board these days. ” —Yigal Azrouël (left)

“Reading my Kindle on the beach—there is nothing more relaxing then a good book with the sand between your toes. I’m spending this Fourth of July at my Shelter Island home. I love hosting a barbecue and watching the fireworks with my closest family and friends. It makes me feel like an American via New Zealand!” —Rebecca Taylor

“Lately, I have really been obsessed with playing Scrabble. It sounds so nerdy, but my boyfriend and I play Scrabble at sunset on my rooftop and have cocktails. I would say that’s a very indulgent summer evening.” —Erin Fetherston

“I’m going to the Turks and Caicos this summer. Usually, we go to Europe but I’m so busy right now we decided this would be the easiest. I have never been to the Caribbean so this should be fun. I usually travel with a giant stack of magazines but I got a BlackBerry Playbook, so this will keep things a little more efficient.” —Chris Benz

“Long bike rides, Magnum ice cream bars, and tanning! I use Maui Babe and it makes the perfect tan.” —Rebecca Minkoff

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Meet The Muse: Erin Fetherston


Girl-about-town Natalie Joos spends her days casting for shows like ADAM and Yigal Azrouël 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 who share her secondhand obsession. In a new partnership with, Tales of Endearment’s subjects discuss their shoots right here on Style File.

When Erin Fetherston isn’t in something from her namesake collection, she’s almost always wearing vintage. “I love finding a piece that has been made at home, like sweaters that have been hand-knit,” the platinum blonde tells “I always want to know the story behind the clothes.” Now, in her latest Tales of Endearment story, Natalie Joos brings us the backstory behind the New York-based designer’s fantastical wardrobe, complete with separate closets for new clothes and vintage. “It’s like a magical cave,” Joos says of Fetherston’s walk-ins. “I imagine Erin in the middle of her princess’ wardrobe waving a wand that springs a new dress on her thin frame every morning. It’s an amusing thought. But not so far-fetched.” Erin spoke to about playing dress-up and her favorite vintage haunts around the globe.

You always look really feminine. Is that how would you describe your style?
Yes, it’s definitely on the feminine side. I am totally a dress girl. My style is really a reflection of all the different influences I have had over my lifetime. I am from California and I have that California ease. However, I studied in Paris and I have always loved fantasy and had a vivid imagination.

How does vintage play into your look?
I grew up in the Bay Area and there was always an amazing vintage scene in Berkeley and San Francisco. Actually, vintage was more accessible than being able to go see high, directional fashion at the time. I love going to vintage stores because you can see so many different styles and ideas all at once—it has a great variety. If you are only shopping at a current clothing store, it’s dominated by a trend or a season.

What about your designs—how are those influenced by vintage?
At the beginning, I will play extensive dress-up games in my closet to see what I’m feeling. I will pull out new and old and vintage and it is a great tool to help try on ideas for size. To me, there’s something amazing about working in 3-D, rather than just 2-D. When it comes to making my own collection, I like to design from scratch. I’m not interested in making something that looks vintage. I don’t see the point.

Any vintage stores in particular you like to frequent? I hear you like to stop by Shareen Vintage on 17th Street.
Shareen, both in New York and Los Angeles, is truly my favorite. There are a few really good ones on Haight Street in San Francisco. In general, I like going to Haight Street, but it seems more and more picked over these days. Ten years ago it was amazing. In Paris, I would go to the auction house and got lots of haute couture that way. New World Order on Avenue B here in New York—it’s more designer, but they have lots of vintage YSL. I am more of a cheap thrill when it comes to vintage. I love getting something for $40 because it takes the fun out of it when the price tag on a vintage piece is insane.

Do you collect any specific types of vintage pieces?
It’s mostly dresses that I look for. I am always excited when I find an Albert Nipon dress—I have a few. What’s really crazy is I will find a “vintage sister” and you meet the twin to the one you already own. It’s always so mind-blowing. I also love all the long, seventies chiffon hostess dresses I have. You can never wear them anywhere and they are only appropriate for when you are hosting a dinner party at your apartment. For me, I will buy even if I am not going to wear it. If it’s informative or inspirational, I will buy it.

What are your rules for mixing vintage and contemporary pieces?
I am not so into rules. If you are going to buy a vintage dress, it’s worth getting the hem adjusted and that’s an easy, quick fix to make it fresh. If you pair it with modern accessories and a bag, the whole look is elevated.

Finish the thought: What’s old is new again when…
the new generation doesn’t have firsthand memory of it. Does that make sense? When the kids don’t know it came before, then it’s new again.

For more from Erin’s shoot, visit Tales of Endearment.

Photos: Natalie Joos

Royal Wedding: The Backlash?


The world’s been anxiously counting down to the Royal Wedding (caps, please) of Kate Middleton and Prince William, dissecting every detail from the hen night (that’s bachelorette party, to you or me) to the going-away dress (apparently it’s what she’ll wear to leave her reception and head off to her honeymoon). But a quick canvass of the style world suggests that not every fashion insider will be waking up to watch. Jefferson Hack put it bluntly: “I am actually going to be away that weekend, and I personally don’t give a shit about the wedding!” he told us at the launch of Dazed Live earlier this month. “And you can print that.” He’s not the only one. checked in with a roster of designers to find out more.

Will you be watching the Royal Wedding?

“I could care less. I’m going to blank it out as much as I can. I have been blanking on the whole thing from the start and I will continue to do so. I actually wake up pretty early; I am usually up by 4:30 a.m., but I am not going to turn it on. I think marriage is a wonderful thing and it’s a great declaration of love and commitment, but it’s boring.” —Steven Kolb, executive director, CFDA

“No, probably not. What time is it at? I will probably be asleep. I definitely will be asleep.” —Pamela Love

“I’m going to be a jazz fest in New Orleans, so I probably won’t be thinking too much about it, to be honest. I’m going to be watching the Avett Brothers. Maybe I’ll TiVo it and check it out afterwards.” —Billy Reid

“When Lady Di was married, I was really young and I was in London in the middle of it, in August. Everything was crazy during that time in London. You would find like the cup with her picture and a wedding phrase, so that was my experience. This new royal wedding, I have not followed so much. I don’t know…I wish them the best.” —Sophie Théallet

“I definitely want to see it, but I don’t know if I’ll watch it live. I’m sure the coverage will be so thorough. We realized the day we have to move is the day of the wedding.” —Erin Fetherston

“I’ll check out the photos online, but I haven’t been keeping up with all of the People coverage of it.” —Marcia Patmos

“That’s a good question. I’m excited because I think I didn’t get to watch the last one; I missed it for some reason. I remember my mother was really into it and wanting to watch it. I have to figure it out.” —Eddie Borgo

Of everyone we surveyed, only one person was truly enthused: Prabal Gurung. “Yes! Of course,” he told “I am going to watch. I remember late Princess Diana’s wedding. And I come from Nepal—there’s a monarchy, and I went to a British Catholic school for ten years, so I am very aware of that world. I’m excited.” Of course, he’s built a business on gowns fit for a princess.

Photo: Photo: Indigo / Getty Images