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Net-a-Porter’s True Originals


Marina Abramovic's jumpsuits for Net-a-PorterAnyone pondering the future of couture needs to check out what Net-a-Porter is cooking up for fall. On Wednesday, Net-a-Porter’s fashion director, Holli Rogers, invited a handful of editors to the Palais de Tokyo to catch a glimpse of how the e-tailer is moving the needle: Come September, the site will be selling one-off couture-inspired creations by contemporary artists George Condo, Terence Koh, Vik Muniz, Marina Abramovic, and Mickalene Thomas. Dubbed Art Capsul, the project was curated by Stacy Engman, an art-world veteran and fashion devotee, who approached the artists about creating garments inspired by the tradition of haute couture. “I wanted the artists to use their artwork to conceive a garment from beginning to end,” said Engman. “The process in fashion and in art is very similar in that both artists and designers are striving to create visual experiences that did not exist before. But this project is about contemporary art, and that is about the future. It’s just that this is art that can be worn.” No fashion designer is affiliated with this project.

As it turns out, Abramovic had been mulling the idea for a couple of decades: Her “jumpsuit of the century” is actually a set of seven jumpsuits in various colors, inspired by the planets. (Mars is blue; Mercury, red; Venus, white; etc.) She strategically incorporated magnets into the wares for their energetic properties. Koh dreamed up a coat covered in 20,000 pearls of different sizes, while Condo delivered a cheeky little topper with fur trim and pom-pom ties. “The whole point was to challenge people’s ideas about what we’re doing,” explained Rogers. “It’s art, it’s fashion, and you can wear it if it suits you.” Not to mention your wallet: These pieces are slated to be sold at “art-world prices.” And while the price tags for these one-of-a-kind wares aren’t yet confirmed, we have a feeling that Dolce & Gabbana’s Fall ’13 Lava dress, which is set to retail on Net-a-Porter this month for about $48,873, might just seem like a steal in comparison.

Photo: Courtesy of Net-a-porter

Gummy Bears, Mascara, And Berocca:
Your Complete NYFW Survival Kit


This week, the fashion pack descends en masse: New York fashion week begins officially on Wednesday (though many of us have shows and appointments as early as today). And how do the professionals prepare for a week-plus of no sleep, free Champagne, ten-show days, and endless nights? According to our expert panel—model Tao Okamoto, makeup maven Pat McGrath, street-style blogger Tommy Ton, Net-a-Porter buyer Holli Rogers, stylist Giovanna Battaglia, and more—with vitamins, gummy bears, mascara, kombucha, and jaunts to Turks and Caicos. (No, really.) Click here to check out their complete NYFW-prep regimens. And be thankful that however much you’re carting around over the course of the week, it’s gotta be less than Pat McGrath is: She and her 50 (!) assistants do the shows with up to 75 bags and up to 1,500 pairs of false eyelashes.

Photo: Courtesy Photo

A Day In The Life Of: Holli Rogers, Net-a-Porter’s Buying Director


As luxury fashion has begun to embrace clicks over bricks, Net-a-Porter has become one of the industry’s most important retailers. What that means for buying director Holli Rogers is a month of extra busy days, where meetings and buying appointments fill in the gaps between shows. Let’s just say there isn’t much time for leisurely lunches at Café de Flore. Here’s what Holli did yesterday.
October 7, 2009

8 a.m. I thought about going for a run around the Tuileries but realized I had too many orders to review. I got off to a late start after the Fendi party last night. Pixie Lott performed; she’s got such a great voice. Prince was in the house. Sadly, he didn’t sing.

9 a.m. A quick agenda meeting with our online editor Mo White to discuss new trends for spring.

9:30 a.m. The RM by Roland Mouret show is about to take place at the lovely Musée de l’Homme. Those stairs are treacherous in heels, but Roland is worth it. We watched Christian Louboutin leaving on his scooter, dodging traffic. Not only do we love his shoes, but also his love of life.

10:30 a.m. A walk-through with the Oscar de la Renta crew. It’s always great to see the team in Europe and hang out in their fabulous apartment overlooking the Eiffel Tower. Seeing Karl [Monge, VP of international sales] in his bow tie is always a good start to the day!
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