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Frank Tell’s Post-Apocalyptic Playlist


What is it about fashion and classical music this season? First the streetwise optical line Illesteva showed its new collection on a full string section [], and now the young designer Frank Tell is getting in on the action, too. (He is showing at Lincoln Center, home to some of New York’s finest classical venues.) To complement his eerie, post-apocalypse-inspired new collection, Tell commissioned the up-and-coming composer Timo Andres to create a score for keyboard and violin, which Andres and another musician will perform live at the Tuesday evening presentation. Andres is no stranger to the fashion world: The famously music-obsessed Karl Lagerfeld chose a piece from his debut album to play at Chanel’s Fall ’10 Haute Couture show. But Tell chose to collaborate directly with the Yale graduate on a piece tailored to his own line. “I wanted to concentrate on creating an atmosphere that tells the story of the collection,” Tell told “When designing Fall 2011, I was very inspired by post-apocalyptic films, from Planet of the Apes to Chris Marker’s La Jetée. Being an extremely visual person, I found it best to communicate with Timo by showing him images of my inspirations, particularly photographs of the Navajo ‘God Slayer’ fur mask rituals. Timo composed a hypnotic piece that represents the collection beautifully.” Click above to listen to an exclusive clip of Andres’ composition for the show, plus an exclusive Fall ’11 preview sketch from Tell.

Fall Accessories, Set To Drums Or Strings


Pamela Love’s presentation last night was a feast for the ears, as well as the eyes. As she had last season, Love recruited pal Hisham Bharoocha to pound out a psychedelic drumbeat, live; this time, Bharoocha’s drumming made for a particularly fitting accompaniment to the new jewelry Love showed. Forgoing last season’s exploration of dimension and scale, Love turned her eye to color, working rainbow-hued raw crystals into her pieces. The stalagmite-esque settings were shown with long, featherweight white dresses Love created with Frank Tell—dresses that once again raised the question, when is Pamela Love going to start designing clothes?

Down the hall at MAC & Milk, there was more music, of a very different kind. Eyewear brand Illesteva staged its first-ever presentation this season, and in lieu of models, branch honchos Daniel Silberman and Jus Ske decided to put their new sunglasses on the players in a 17-piece string orchestra. “We like to show our glasses on regular people,” Silberman noted. “Just artists, doing their thing.” Their “thing,” in this case, involved playing a number of classical tunes, as well as one setting—for strings—of a Tupac track. No doubt the party Illesteva is throwing tonight at Milk, to celebrate the launch of its collaboration with André Saraiva and Annabelle Dexter-Jones, will get a slightly more danceable soundtrack.

Photos: David X Prutting/ (Pamela Love); Courtesy of Illesteva (Illesteva)

The W Hotels Scout Out The Next Big Things


For any budding fashion line, finding funding is nothing short of a godsend. “It was the best Christmas gift,” Mara Hoffman raved about being selected for the W Hotels’ Fashion Next program. “I found out in December right before everybody headed off for the holidays.” Along with fellow colleagues Tess Giberson, Mandy Coon, Frank Tell, and Michael Angel, Hoffman toasted their selection in a penthouse last night at the W’s Times Square location. There was much to celebrate: The lucky few won a coveted sponsorship of their Fall 2011 show at the Box in Lincoln Center.

Going two seasons strong, W’s fashion director, Amanda Ross (above, with the designers), once again spearheaded the effort. “We wanted a group where each designer had their own sense of style—it’s a mix of sophisticated and bohemian—but were at similar points in their careers,” Ross explained. Young labels hoping to win Ross’ eye for the next installation will have to catch her hop-scotching around town for New York fashion week. Aside from styling for her friend of 20 years, Gregory Parkinson, she’ll be fitting in “as many shows as she can.” “I just hope there isn’t a snowstorm,” Ross said, half-jokingly. “Otherwise we’ll all have a tough time planning what to wear.”

A slushy winter or not, it appears New York is still the place to be. “I’ve been coming here off and on for the last 12 years,” said Texas native Mandy Coon. “As a young designer, it’s the most comfortable because the community here is open to new ideas.” Would she ever decamp to a designer-luring European city, like London or Paris? “I wouldn’t,” Coon declared. “For me, it’s all about this city. There’s a lot of momentum here.”

Photo: Billy Farrell /

Forever Young


Fashion insiders have been whispering the name Raphael Young to each other for a few seasons now. No wonder—the Seoul-born, Paris-based shoe designer, who worked at Yves Saint Laurent prior to launching his eponymous label two years ago, creates elegant, futuristic footwear that inspires cultlike devotion. French devotees—and lucky international editors—can get their fill when Young’s collection of bags and shoes for Le Tanneur arrives in stores just in time for Paris fashion week. But New York is getting a dose of Young, too: He’s designed a special pair for Frank Tell’s Fall collection. It hits the runway tonight, and he’s giving a sneak preview.

Photo: Courtesy of Raphael Young

Frank Tell, Birthday Boy


Frank Tell may have only turned 23 yesterday, but the young designer had wisdom to spare. “I worked all day and I actually can’t stay out that late because I’m working on my pre-fall collection,” the Scorpio designer said at Macao last night. Aside from making the rest of us reassess what exactly we were doing at 23, Tell’s birthday celebration also brought together a close-knit group of 15 or so, including gender-bendy model Martin Cohn and stylist Natasha Royt, for dinner and conversation. Jewelry designer Pamela Love, one of Tell’s studio mates, was mid-move and couldn’t make the party. With her business expanding (and star rising), Love found more spacious digs just two blocks away. Considering the other studios mates are Julia Restoin-Roitfeld and casting director Natalie Joos, we’re betting the space will be snapped up as quickly as Tell’s birthday churros. Macao’s chocolate dipping sauce not included.

Photo: David Gómez-Villamediana