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August 29 2014

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9 posts tagged "Hannah Bronfman"

VERA: Changing the World, One Corset at a Time

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Corsets, cell phones, fashion, and microfinance might seem like they’d make for strange bedfellows, but those things are all coming together for a good cause at tonight’s launch event for VERA, a new phone application (created by mobile-intelligence firm Validas) that targets wireless waste (unused minutes and data on your cellular bill) and donates that money to the Seven Bar Foundation—a group that aims to empower women in need around the globe with targeted business investments. Sounds complicated, but basically it’s an innovative way to give back and become a mini-philanthropist, if you will. In the past, Seven Bar has raised funds and awareness for its mission with unique lingerie runway shows. And tonight—at the United Nations, of all places—the organization will be hosting one such extravaganza. “If we’re going to launch this, we’re going to do it in true Seven Bar style,” the foundation’s founder, Renata Black, told Style.com.

Black and the team behind VERA recruited several fashion designers—Erin Fetherston, Zang Toi, Guy Laroche artistic director Marcel Marongiu, and Sarah Shotton of Agent Provocateur—to create corsets for the occasion. (Mary Alice Stephenson is the master of ceremonies, and Tennessee Thomas, Hannah Bronfman, Kelly Rutherford, and Jennifer Creel are among the expected attendees.) Why corsets? you might ask. “They’re traditionally associated with restriction, but we’ve asked the designers to reimagine them as inner armor for outer empowerment,” Black explained. The designers gave Style.com an exclusive sneak peek at the custom corsets that will parade down this evening’s runway. “I’m known for my feminine aesthetic and that comes through in the draped chiffon, embellishments, and sweet bow gathering in the back. It’s romantic and modern,” said Fetherston. Meanwhile, Toi looked to Robert Indiana’s iconic LOVE sculpture for corset inspiration, and Shotton did a quintessentially Agent Provocateur (read: sexy) take on the undergarment. To top it all off, Imitation of Christ designer Tara Subkoff will give a live performance at tonight’s event. Known to dabble in all forms of film and theatrics, Subkoff will make her own corset on the spot, and promises that the result will be imaginative. Corsets for change—why not?

Photo: Jonathan Alpeyrie

On Our Radar: Maggy Frances

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It comes as no surprise that Manhattan native Maggy Frances Schultz ended up in the fashion industry. After all, her mother was the executive head of product development and design at the Gap in the late eighties and early nineties and her father is a co-founder of Urban Outfitters. The NYU grad launched her own line, Maggy Frances, just last week. The focus is fun, tailored separates including silk patterned blouses and wool blazers. One of our favorites is the jacquard minidresses (pictured). Schultz cleverly named the pieces after girls that she grew up with in NYC, her pal Hannah Bronfman included. For now, the line is available exclusively on the just-launched MaggyFrances.com and by private appointment. With the cool fall weather upon us and holiday parties just around the corner, Maggy’s bound to become your go-to girl.

Photo: Courtesy of Maggy Frances

The Cult Of Cavalli

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“I love women and they love me,” Roberto Cavalli told Style.com last night, surrounded by a throng of female admirers at his newly renovated Madison Avenue flagship store. They had flocked uptown to the Italian couturier’s shop to kick off the annual Casita Maria gala honoring Cavalli this November.

The shop—outfitted in new crystal-dusted flooring, tufted python ottomans, and chocolate ponyhair rugs—quickly filled with the likes of China Machado, Hannah Bronfman, Melissa George, Denise Rich, and Michelle Harper. Never mind the Indian summer; when Mr. Cavalli throws a party, the dress code calls for two things: leopard and fur. “Russian women love to dress,” quipped soprano Anna Netrebko, the star of the Metropolitan Opera’s Anna Bolena, who arrived swathed in an aqua animal-print number and a matching mink bolero. “All that fur and bling, we love it.”

The designer, who recently celebrated 40 years in business, revealed no plans to hang his bedazzled coat (ahem, jeans) anytime soon. And why should he? His Spring ’12 gold sequined collection was jaw-dropping. “This is my life,” he said. “I started working in fashion because I love femininity, and to me the most important thing is to make women feel more beautiful.” Mr. Cavalli, mission accomplished.

Cat Eyes

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With this indecisive fall weather, sunglasses can easily become a forgotten mishap. That is, unless you’re sporting a pair from Bulgari’s new Le Gemme line. The jewelry company threw a fête at the Soho branch of Ilori to celebrate the haute joaillerie sunglasses, and considering the price tags—styles reached upward to $44,000 with rose gold, colored gems, and diamonds—the collection wasn’t the kind to be carelessly misplaced.

“I’ve worn one of the black sunglasses with the little flowers on the side out in Cannes,” Kirsten Dunst said. The Melancholia actress pulled off the retro fifties- and sixties-inspired cat-eye shape with aplomb, encased for the evening in polished glass cases with walls of real foliage and climbing roses as backdrop. She had more trouble on the Pasadena, California, shoot for the fragrance Bulgari Jasmin Noir. “It was a stuffed lion, so not the easiest co-star,” Dunst said. “There was a real lion, but he was kept separate. It was the same lion as the Narnia film The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.” Notable felines seemed to be a theme for the night. Hannah Bronfman, Jessica Joffe, and Ten lingerie’s Daphne Javitch were among the admirers of the blinged accessories. Bronfman, though, had clothing in mind. “I’ve just been working on the upcoming collection,” she said of her collaboration with Organic by John Patrick, due out next spring.

Photo: David X. Prutting / BFAnyc.com