3 posts tagged "Frank Muytjens"
Congrats to Dutch model Doutzen Kroes (pictured), who wed her longtime boyfriend Sunnery James in her hometown of Eastermar, the Netherlands, this weekend. The pregnant bride wore Pronovias, a Spanish label. The Angel and her new husband are honeymooning on Madagascar, so no hope of seeing her at the Victoria’s Secret show this Wednesday. [Page Six]
Peter Copping is on a roll at Nina Ricci: After debuting his new line of Barneys-exclusive dresses, he’s set to launch the brand’s return to advertising with a new campaign (with Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin) and, eventually, bridal and lingerie. [Fashionologie]
Can’t get enough of J.Crew’s Spring 2011 men’s collection? Then check out the behind-the-scenes shots creative director Frank Muytjens snapped over at T. [The Moment]
Moleskine and, uh, Pac-Man: two great tastes that taste great together? [Racked]
And in case you missed it this weekend, Eric Wilson’s assessment of the current State of Love (Courtney, that is) is well worth a read—and, no, not just because we’re mentioned in the opening line. [NYT]
This morning, J.Crew opened the doors at its latest Men’s Shop on a northerly stretch of Madison Avenue. The store is the latest in J.Crew’s experiments with curated-to-the-hilt menswear boutiques, following on the heels of its Tribeca Liquor Store and Soho Suit Shop. Some of its just-so stock—like a wide selection of obscure Japanese menswear magazines and atmospheric Smiths 7″ records—seem a little out of place on the Upper East Side (though given that many of those Tokyo-based publications have made a fetish of the preppy lifestyle, perhaps it’s just a case of things coming full circle).
The label’s nattier clothing and accessories options, on the other hand, feel like a much more natural fit. The Fall ’10 J.Crew collection was one of the strongest yet, and it’s bolstered here by uptown-only exclusives. Those include luggage and accessories from Swaine Adeney Brigg (including a flask-handled umbrella—who said anything about water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink?), shoes from England’s Crockett & Jones, vintage Levi’s, and a cashmere version (here for the first time) of the best-selling Ludlow suit. (Menswear creative director Frank Muytjens was wearing the jacket as he toured goggle-eyed editors around the space today.) The inspiration for the two-story space, with its knotty pine walls and moldings, was a centuries-old farm in the Swiss Alps. I got more “cabin in the woods” than “chalet on the slopes,” but maybe I’m just more of a downtown guy, more familiar with the liquor stores (and Liquor Store) of the world. Uptown, they know from ski retreats.
Six designers’ fashion week just got a little brighter. GQ and Levi’s announced the nominees this morning for the third annual Best New Designer in America award. To the winner: bragging rights and—here’s where we get in on the action, too—a limited-edition menswear capsule collection with Levi’s, to be sold in Bloomingdale’s nationwide. This year’s nominees include CFDA award winners and relative newcomers alike: Richard Chai, Billy Reid, J.Crew’s Frank Muytjens, Burkman Bros’ Ben and Doug Burkman, Caulfield Preparatory’s Vincent Flumiani, and Unis’ Eunice Lee are all in the running for the prize, which will be judged by a panel of editors, retailers, and Levi’s executives and celebrated with an event during NYFW.
Were these all dyed-in-the-wool Levi’s wearers? “I’m an old-timer,” Billy Reid laughed when we caught him on the phone at his Alabama studio. “Working with Levi’s would just be awesome, man—a dream situation. I’ve still got a pair from high school. I think they’ve got more patches than blue jeans left on them. I need to lose about 15 pounds to get into them, but…” Eunice Lee—the first woman nominated in the history of the prize—has been a longtime fan, too. “If you look at pictures of me since my Parsons days, I’ve had Levi’s on for all of my life,” she said, noting that she prefers vintage men’s styles.
Of course, before they get to design their own, they’ve got to show their own Fall collections to the judging panel. Reid’s Fall looks draw on turn-of-the-century American workwear, and are produced largely, for the first time, here in the states. And as for Lee, she’s been thinking of midcentury sportsmen—in particular, climbers from the sixties. “Climbers back then didn’t have the North Face and all that stuff,” she said. “It was about your cotton waxed jacket and heavier twills and things like that. Colors were dustier, more cotton-based, as opposed to super-crazy neon colors. It’s sportswear,” she added with a laugh, “in the original sense.” May the best man—or woman—win.