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Indre Rockefeller Talks Her New Gig at Delpozo and Leaving Moda Operandi

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Indre Rockefeller

News broke yesterday afternoon that Indre Rockefeller, one of the first original employees of e-tailer Moda Operandi, is leaving her current post as the GMM and trunk show creative director at the online retailer and joining Madrid-based luxury brand Delpozo as its U.S. president. Rockefeller, who was formerly the assistant to Anna Wintour and has a business degree from Stanford, was one of designer Josep Font’s earliest supporters when he took the creative helm and helped relaunch the historic Spanish house in 2012. “It’s really an organic extension of a long-term relationship,” she told Style.com of the new gig. “I’ve been working with Delpozo on the retail side for the last year and a half, so it came about quite naturally.” Moda Operandi was the range’s first international stockist and one of its biggest supporters. Rockefeller is a personal fan, too, frequently wearing Font’s impeccably crafted looks and even donning a Delpozo gown to last year’s Met gala.

Following the launch of its first stateside store in Miami last January, Delpozo, which shows its collections in New York, is planning a U.S. expansion. Rockefeller, with her vast industry connections, will help facilitate this. “I think that the quality and the craftsmanship and the design are there, and it’s time to take that and turn Delpozo into a globally recognized brand,” she explained. “It’s exciting for New York to have a couture-level brand showing. I think it’s different from what I’ve seen.”

Rockefeller is the fourth key player to leave Moda Operandi since it was launched by Lauren Santo Domingo in 2010. The e-tailer’s cofounder and CEO, Áslaug Magnúsdóttir, exited last May. Fashion director Roopal Patel decamped in 2012, and creative director Taylor Tomasi Hill resigned last fall. “I think it’s a coincidence,” Rockefeller said of the quartet of departures. “I had a wonderful relationship with Moda Operandi, and it’s definitely going to be a nostalgic departure, so for me, it’s really about an opportunity that presented itself that I couldn’t say no to,” she offered. “What excited me about Delpozo is that not only do I feel personally connected to them, but I’ve been there since the beginning. I think they’re really poised for success, and I believe in Josep as a creative director. All the ingredients are all there—it’s just about taking it to the next level, and that’s a really exciting time to grow with the brand.” So will we be getting a Delpozo boutique here in New York anytime soon? ” I would love to see a Delpozo store in New York. I think it would work really well here,” Rockefeller told us. Fingers crossed.

Photo: Adam Katz Sinding / Le 21 eme

Marco de Vincenzo Talks LVMH, Independence, and Commercial Success

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Marco de Vincenzo

Marco de Vincenzo: If you don’t know his name, you’d better learn it fast. The Italian up-and-comer, who has worked with Karl Lagerfeld and Silvia Venturini Fendi on the Fendi collection since 2000, recently secured financial backing from LVMH. LVMH has proven to be a strong supporter of fashion’s new guard—what with the creation its Young Fashion Designer Prize as well as its investment in Nicholas Kirkwood and J.W. Anderson—and bought a minority stake of De Vincenzo’s eponymous brand last month. Ever quick to the draw, Moda Operandi’s Indre Rockefeller has already scooped up the designer’s tactile, kaleidoscopic Fall ’14, and is offering it for pre-sale via an online trunk show, which runs through March 20. “I think he is an innovator,” Rockefeller told Style.com. “There are a number of designers who are doing beautiful things, but whenever I see Marco’s collections, it feels like he’s marching to the beat of his own drum,” she explained. “When you look at his use of color, texture, and print, it almost feels like he’s operating in another dimension. His Fall collection popped right off the runway, and for our purposes, it will pop right off the page as well.” That’s some high praise from a major retailer. “This was a very special season for me,” relayed De Vincenzo, who describes his woman as daring, classical, and hypnotic. “The timetable for a trunk show of this level is perfect because it’s so close to the show—the energy is still there,” he said of the Moda Operandi event. Here, De Vincenzo speaks with Style.com about LVMH, working with Silvia and Karl, and his plans for the future.

How has your role at Fendi influenced your design aesthetic? And what have you learned from Silvia and Karl?

When I started working at Fendi, I was a young boy. I owe all I know about this job to the opportunity I’ve had to observe and work with those two very important people—Silvia and Karl. I learned what it means to be free and to constantly want to reach my own goals and to create new ones. Working on bags together with Silvia gave me the opportunity to completely understand the balance that transforms a beautiful object into a big commercial success. I consider myself very lucky to have built my knowledge in such a context.

Did your role as a consultant at Fendi help facilitate LVMH’s investment in your brand?

Of course. Through Fendi, LVMH has had the time and opportunity to get to know me both as a creative and as a person. I love my job more than anything, and because of that, I dedicate most of my time to it. I believe that this dedication has been understood and appreciated.

Why did you feel it was the right move to sell a minority stake of your business to LVMH?

Being an independent designer is not easy. You can be noticed and arouse interest in people, but there’s a moment when you can’t satisfy what the fashion industry expects from season to season by yourself. You need to create and experiment, and you need money to do so. Furthermore, if you don’t have enough resources and a good team working with you, it’s hard to guarantee high quality concerning production and distribution. LVMH is giving me the possibility to grow.

Marco de Vincenzo

We’ve seen big fashion companies investing in several emerging and independent designers in the last couple of years. What are your thoughts on this? And how do you think it will affect the fashion industry and help it evolve?

I think that all this can facilitate a real generational turnover—not only via hiring talented designers to reshape established brands, but also by helping new names. It’s very natural to invest in the future of fashion because nothing lasts forever, and innovation is essential in every creative field.

What are your plans now that LVMH has invested?

From now on the game will become more serious. This does not mean that my last years of work were a game, but it’s true that more resources, together with a strong, pure, and creative vision, can make miracles. My business is becoming more definite.

Can you tell us about your aesthetic? What excites and inspires you?

I leave instinct to guide me without any limits. My aesthetic varies—it’s a harmony between very different themes. Optical illusions, kinetic art, and visual and tactile 3-D concepts are some of my starting points, together with the idea of being well dressed, and typically Italian.

What would you like to see change in the fashion industry?

Unfortunately, I know a lot of very talented designers who had to give up their projects because they were alone and were not accepted by the fashion industry. This must be avoided. A substantial project always needs a group of different [supporters and creatives] to be built. In my opinion, it’s very important to have a good team working together.

Photo: Getty Images; Courtesy of Moda Operandi

Michael Angel is Fit to Print

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Michael Angel's New Prints

After taking a break from the backbreaking seasonal cycle for the past year and a half, Michael Angel is reentering the fashion conversation with a new capsule collection for Moda Operandi, which launches Monday. Known best for his innovative digital prints (that’s right, even before the likes of Mary Katrantzou and Peter Pilotto made photo-realistic patterns a must-have), Angel “felt stuck before taking the break. There was so much digital print around me, and I thought, Am I going to go nuts or am I going to evolve the medium?” he told Style.com. “I’ve been able to reexamine why I started designing in the first place, and that reason was to showcase my art, or print. Now I can focus on the prints—which can go on anything, not just clothes, really—and be more adventurous with them. I’m finally doing it for myself, the way I want to do it.”

Angel worked closely with Moda Operandi’s director of ready-to-wear, Indre Rockefeller (she also consulted with several other labels that will be rolling out trunk shows on the site later in the week, including Stella Jean, Del Toro, and La Petite Caravane), to get a sense of the M.O. customer. The new prints were inspired by the human-rights movements of the sixties and seventies, so Angel introduced a vibrant tartan check to capture the rebellious spirit, and mashed it up with kaleidoscopic florals, stained-glass windows, and a ruffle motif that had three-dimensional appeal. The patterns are showcased on straightforward silhouettes such as cap-sleeve shift dresses, curve-hugging pencil skirts, and on-trend strapless crop tops. The unexpected standout was a stark white column gown that was actually lined with one of the prints so it had a subtle opacity to it—just a hint of pattern. While the ready-to-wear will sell at a designer price point ($595 to $2,200), Angel is also debuting a line of printed T-shirts and scarves that will go for less than $250. Continue Reading “Michael Angel is Fit to Print” »

Haute Click Couture

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In November, one of the world’s biggest haute couture collectors, Daphne Guinness, explained to the Telegraph that it was a “dying” art form. Don’t tell that to the team behind Modewalk.com, a new luxury e-commerce site launching next week.

“Drawing on a rich history of craftsmanship traditions, haute couture epitomizes the peak of fashion as an art form,” the group behind the site, Henri Deshays, Beatrice Pang, and Indre Rockefeller, told Style.com via e-mail. “We would like to use the Internet to enable modern clients from around the world to rediscover the genuine workmanship of this magical universe.”

Modewalk is opening up its virtual doors with a carefully selected roster of Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture designers, including Alexis Mabille, On Aura Tout Vu, Alexandre Vauthier, and Christophe Josse, as well as ready-to-wear and accessory items by French designers (Paris is their “launch” city) you might not be familiar with. But they haven’t reduced buying an $80,000 coat to the mere click of a button: “ModeWalk unveils the beautiful creative process and creates an emotional connection between the brands and our users,” they said, offering the “crème de la crème of the Paris shopping experience.”

Translation: Through the site, shoppers around the globe can book in-person appointments with designers, get runway show tickets, and access private sales.

ModeWalk.com launches January 23.

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