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21 posts tagged "Hilary Rhoda"

Glasto, By Way Of Herald Square


High/low collaborations have become as ubiquitous as celebrity “designed” lines. But Macy’s latest foray in the designer-meets-mass retailer sphere is left-field enough to get our attention. The department store approached the Italian-born, London-based talent Kinder Aggugini (left)—a growing presence in London, but still a relative unknown, internationally speaking—for a capsule collection. “I was 100 percent terrified of the idea at first,” Aggugini admitted at the line’s preview atop the Gramercy Park Hotel last night. “I went and did some research and there were some awful collaboration lines out there—all this polyester. But then I saw how Alber did it for H&M and thought, ‘That’s it. It’s not about creating something cheaper. It’s about creating a new product altogether.’ “

“I was inspired by these British girls who would go to rock ‘n’ roll gigs and Glastonbury in their mother’s old couture dresses that they’d cut into these short minis,” the designer explained. The Versace and Vivienne Westwood alum, who’s known for unconventional prints and tailored little jackets, set out to emphasize natural fibers, including silk chiffons, cottons, and merino wools. For the collection, he imported the spirit—and a few key prints, like his signature polka dots—from his main line. Standout pieces include a black silk chiffon romper ($88), a dip-dyed silk floral frock ($88), and a remarkably well-constructed linen military jacket with metallic tweed trim ($128). The range tops out at $300, with prices starting as low as $50.

Aggugini will have to wait until February 15 to see if the Brit style will translate to American shoppers; the collection will be in Macy’s stores and online for eight weeks before another, yet-to-be-announced designer capsule collection will roll out for the next two months. (Karl Lagerfeld’s buzzy collaboration is slated for September.) But early indicators are good: Preview guests Hilary Rhoda and Parsons’ Simon Collins gave their approval. As Collins pointed out, “The difference between designs from a London designer and what a woman in America might wear aren’t so great. Fashion’s all quite global these days.”

Photo: Ryan McCune / PatrickMcMullan

The Models Hit The Hamptons, Victoria Beckham Takes The Wheel, And More…


Looking for the models this Fourth of July? Try the Hamptons. Ginta Lapina (left), Hilary Rhoda, Tiiu Kuik, and Eniko Mihalik will all be on Long Island, while Doutzen heads for Holland and Alexandra Richards home to Connecticut. (Pity poor Jacquelyn Jablonski—she’ll be working Couture in Paris.) [Modelinia]

Victoria Beckham knows a thing or two (or three) about luxury, so we guess from that vantage point, her new appointment as a “creative design executive” for Range Rover makes sense. [WWD]

Get your sneak peek at the costumes from the new season of Mad Men—and a peek beneath them. No surprise here: Sultry secretary Joan Holloway stays on message all the way down to her lacy, jewel-toned slip. [Racked]

Rumored yesterday, confirmed today. Anne Christensen has resigned her post at T; new EIC Sally Singer is officially on the hunt for her replacement. [WWD]

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Mary-Kate And Ashley Olsen Support Art—Even When They Don’t Win It


On Friday night, it was Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen vs. Amy Sacco vs. Mary Alice Stephenson in a bidding war to the finish. The prize: Dan Colen’s One of Everything, a hotly contested lot at Free Arts NYC’s annual benefit auction. It had all the potential for a social throw-down of epic proportions—except that (we like to think, for the cause of party peace) a mysterious fourth bidder ended up taking the cake. Ah, well. The Row designers were hosts as well as bidders for the evening, and drew guests like Hilary Rhoda, Jason Wu, John Varvatos, and even third sister Elizabeth Olsen (namesake of Elizabeth and James). More than a few came away with a new acquisition, like Evan Yurman (whose company, David Yurman, co-sponsored with Vanity Fair) and benefit committee member Stephenson, who snagged a stencil-scrawled photo by Luca Babini. “This is New York, the cultural capital of the world, and 400,000 kids don’t have access to after-school art programs,” she said. The attending culturati did what they could to remedy that: The evening raised $550,000, and the hostesses Olsen donated enough between them to fund two days of after-school programming.

Photo: Will Ragozzino / Patrick McMullan

A Model Moment At David Yurman


There was so very much to ogle at last night’s party on the roof deck of David Yurman’s Tribeca headquarters. First, the panoramic views of the Hudson, doused in end-of-day sunlight, and second, Yurman’s signature bling, glinting on guests and arrayed in display cases. (In case the glare from either view was too bright, an assistant was on hand with loaner shades.) Third, a gaggle of models, including Hilary Rhoda, who was camped out on a white banquette in the corner; Selita Ebanks; and Du Juan, the face of Yurman’s Fall 2008 campaign. (That’s not even mentioning PYTs Byrdie Bell and Leigh Lezark.) The jeweler’s next poseur, Dominican stunner Arlenis Sosa, glowing in coral pink Hervé Léger and plenty of gratis gems, was all business, staying on message for her new employer. “I think this one’s my favorite,” she said, picking out a particularly shiny bangle from the stack on her wrist. Sosa, who follows the likes of Kate Moss and Natalia Vodianova as David Yurman’s new face, eyed current campaign girl Anna Selezneva’s larger-than-life Yurman ads. “Anna’s pictures look so pretty,” she gushed. “But mine will be better. I love Anna, so I can say that.”

Photo: Billy Farrell / Patrick McMullan

500 Days of Summer-Loving


At long last, June’s storm clouds have parted, the beach towels have been spread, and we even detect love in the air. The timing couldn’t have been better for last night’s Cinema Society screening of 500 Days of Summer, a whip-smart romantic comedy (yes, we just used “whip-smart” and “romantic comedy” in the same phrase). The title refers not to the season but to a blue-eyed heartbreaker played by Zooey Deschanel, and the chunk of time that a young man (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) spends helplessly hung up on her. Some guests at the Tribeca Grand screening (which was co-hosted by Brooks Brothers and Cotton Inc.) were thinking more of the fun-in-the-sun summer connotation, however. Jason Wu was fretting he’d lose the glow he just got in Turks and Caicos, while Hilary Rhoda was lamenting her failure to apply sunscreen (“I wasn’t paying attention!”) for tennis in Westchester earlier in the day. Deschanel, slated to introduce the screening, had to cancel last minute to take a film role in Ireland. But supporting cast member Geoffrey Arend was there with fiancée (and Mad Men bombshell) Christina Hendricks. The couple was very much in the spirit of things. “We’re here in New York planning our wedding,” Hendricks said. “What’s more romantic than that?”

Photo:Billy Farrell/Patrick McMullan