4 posts tagged "Ikram"
Realize it or not, you already know Myriam Schaefer. She’s the invisible hand behind the It bag that started a decade-long frenzy, the Lariat, created alongside Nicolas Ghesquière for Balenciaga in 1998. Since then, Schaefer’s created many others, including a luxe entry forthcoming from Giorgio Armani this fall. Recently, however, she has quietly gone about building her own signature line of bags, which she says was probably inevitable all along. By her own account a “hysterical, compulsive, and obsessive” collector of accessories, including bags, jewelry, shoes, and glasses, the designer started by mining her private stash, which includes a fifties-era Hermès bag. “The essence of French chic lies in great accessories,” she observes. “You can wear jeans, a T-shirt, and sneakers, and then throw on a great bag or jewelry, and you’re done. Overdressing is just suffocating—if I had to be fashionable every day, I’d be dead.” Her solution: a line of bags that are “a little fashionable, and a lot practical,” based on impeccable sourcing (the leather comes from cows who are fed chemical-free grass) and an Italian manufacturer who does things the old-fashioned way. The rest is spare, save for the odd metal closure, a well-placed stripe, an optional shoulder strap, and yellow leather lining inside (a trick borrowed from eighteenth-century purses, to boost visibility). Granted, the result is pricey, around €3,000 a pop, but then again, it’s unlikely they’ll ever go out of style. It’s already tough to get a hold of one—there’s a wait list for her bags at top retailers like Ikram and Jeffreys.
Buried at the bottom of Suzy Menkes’ article on Goyard is this plum revelation: Daphne Guinness (pictured) has snapped up the entire Isabella Blow wardrobe that was slated to hit the auction block at Christie’s! They say money can’t buy you taste, but it sure can help you express it. [IHT]
WWD rounds up the most recent Coco Chanel portrayers for a side-by-side comparison. The biggest surprise? We kinda like Shirley MacLaine! [WWD]
Scouts in Chicago bring you the latest on the windows at Ikram: They’re now showing Rodarte alongside CdG and Alaïa. MObama-ologists are furiously at work determining what, if anything, this means for the FLOTUS’ future outfit choices. [Racked]
SHOWstudio’s Nick Knight, Jimmy Choo’s Tamara Mellon, and Jaeger and Aquascutum’s Harold Tillman were all recognized by her Highness the Queen of England at her birthday honors. Knight and Mellon received OBEs; Tillman received a CBE. [Vogue U.K.]
And Maryna Linchuk is extending her résumé: She’s got a part in Sofia Coppola’s upcoming Somewhere, where she plays a seductress. A stretch, we’re sure. [Fashionologie]
If you missed the news just before the holidays, Tracey Ross announced that she was closing her trailblazing Los Angeles boutique on New Year’s Eve, after 18 years of selling high-end fashion with her particular SoCal slant to a dedicated, celeb- studded clientele. There’s been a lot of bad news on the fashion front between Thanksgiving and now, so we’ll remind you that in November, retail doyenne Linda Dresner also announced that she would close her famed Park Avenue boutique. It opened in 1983. Though Dresner is keeping her original shop in Birmingham, Michigan, both she and Ross cited department-store desperation in the form of early sales and deep discounts as a major factor in their demise. How can the little guy (or gal, as the case may be) compete with 70 percent off at Neiman Marcus? Apparently, not very well. But these specialty stores don’t merely offer just another cash register to buy a dress. What fans of Dresner, ranging from Jackie O to Carine Roitfeld, loved was her eye—one that enabled her to support designers like Tom Binns and Rick Owens early on. In a recent interview with WWD, Dresner decried the lack of creativity in retailing. There are, of course, great specialty stores still standing in both New York (Opening Ceremony, Jeffrey) and Los Angeles (Opening Ceremony, Satine, Mameg), as well as San Francisco’s Susan and Chicago’s Ikram. And Milan Vukmirovic’s soon-to-open Miami boutique The Webster is the source of much buzz. But it wouldn’t be surprising to hear of yet another closing in the near future. Is the ever-worsening economy spelling the end of the boutique with a finely honed point of view? Tell us what you think.