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Isabel Marant told us she was planning her first New York store way back in March of last year at her Fall 2009 show, and local fans of the French designer’s casual-cool sensibility have been waiting with credit cards at the ready ever since. We couldn’t get an official count on just how many pairs of her fringed and cuffed pirate boots will be waiting when the charming Mr. Hatman window signs (see below) disguising the construction site within come down and the doors finally open at 469 Broome Street this weekend. But on a transatlantic phone call, Marant did tell us that she’s planning to stock the label’s strongest pieces. No doubt her followers will like the sound of that.
Who did you work with on the project?
A French architect named Nicolas Andre. He did my three shops in Paris; it’s been quite a long time that we’ve been working together.
Will the new shop feel like the stores in Paris?
No, not at all. I quite hate doing the same store over and over again. I like to work around the space I’ve found, and generally I choose a space because it has a soul that I like. In Soho, I fell in love with this building on the corner of Broome and Greene; it represents what I had in my head about New York, the huge spaces. We have columns and a really great ceiling with embossed metal panels. As the space was really big, we constructed a kind of wooden cabin. It’s quite hard to explain, but it’s between a sculpture and a tree house. It’s a space within a space.
That sounds similar to what your husband, Jérôme [Dreyfuss, the bag designer], did in his store next door.
No, it’s very different. Of course, we love the same things and we have the same inspirations, living together for 15 years now. Of course there are similarities between us. But we never speak together about what we’re doing [at work] because we have really separate [design] universes. Neither of us was quite used to having such huge spaces, because in Paris it’s very rare to have this kind of space. We both had the same idea of reducing the space, having a smaller space within a big space. Yes, we share the same architect, but we really worked separately with Nicolas.
Despite a TV show that never quite caught on in the U.S. and a faint lingering of what-is-it-she-does-again, Alexa Chung has become a veritable style icon. (Just ask the customers—celebs included—eager to snap up Mulberry’s Alexa bag, or Chanel, which named her a brand ambassador.) As a result of the attention, she’s mostly traded her schoolgirl smocks and so-nerdy-they’re-cool shoes for sleek runway ensembles. But the look she adopted for a quick shopping trip in Silver Lake made us remember the dressed-down Alexa that originally caught our eye. The Isabel Marant tunic doesn’t quite go with the floppy leopard hat, white manicure, and, er, sensible sandals, but that’s precisely what we love about the pairing. What do you think? Is Alexa Chung a true fashion guru, or is it all bollocks?
Jérôme Dreyfuss is, in his words, living the dream. His dream: He designs for a living, his handbag business is growing at a healthy pace, but it’s not growing so fast that he doesn’t have time to indulge in other, more domestic pleasures. Now New Yorkers are going to get a taste of the good life, Dreyfuss-style. Next week, the designer’s first U.S. store opens in Soho, and he’s made his space into a mini-recapitulation of the weekend retreat he shares with his wife, Isabel Marant. “I loved the space the moment I saw it, but it looked like it was made for Martin Margiela,” Dreyfuss noted, as construction workers joined together wooden beams for the cabin-style hutch where bags will be displayed. “I had to make it more personal to me,” he adds. “So I thought, why not like our place in the country?” Alongside his coveted bags and the interior trees brought in to give the shop some of the atmosphere of nature, shoppers will find a capsule collection of leather jackets, Dreyfuss’ first foray into apparel design since he started his handbag line. “My intention is to keep it small,” he notes. “I don’t like to chase success too much, or even the idea of getting too big. But then again, I never would have thought I’d wind up with a shop of my own in New York City, either.”
Jérôme Dreyfuss opens next week at 473 Broome Street, (212) 334-6920, www.jerome-dreyfuss.com.
You may not know Jade Lai, but if you’ve ever shopped at her L.A. boutique Creatures of Comfort, it probably feels like you do. The shop, tucked away on a strip of Melrose Boulevard in West Hollywood, overflows with pieces that reflect Lai’s taste for the funky yet timeless, which she skims from the collections of brands such as Alexander Wang, VPL, and Isabel Marant. Now Creatures customers can get even more intimate with Lai’s sense of style: This season, she’s introduced a capsule collection of Creatures of Comfort-brand jerseys, and for fall ’10, she’s expanding the line to include items like structured knit jumpsuits, polka-dot woolen skirts, and a little bow-front blouse she likes to call “Jade’s shirt.” “My friends call it that, because every time I wear that shirt I get complimented on it,” Lai explains. “So, obviously, I wear it all the time.” Eventually, she adds, she’d like to collaborate with other designers on special pieces and shoes and bags, “and, down the line, maybe do things like pencils and water bottles—I’m open to whatever.” In the meantime, the fall ’10 Creatures of Comfort collection will be sold at Steven Alan, the L.A. and online Creatures of Comfort stores, and, perhaps, at the New York City outpost Lai says she’s hoping to open later this year.
The English are coming, the English are coming! Oh—no, wait, it’s the French. Racked reports there are signs of life at Isabel Marant’s (pictured) long-awaited Soho store: A French stick-figure drawing announces progress. [Racked]
And while Marant’s going resolutely 2-D, Burberry’s getting the Avatar treatment—the label is live-casting its upcoming London fashion week show in 3-D. [Fashionologie]
Christie’s will hold a special auction for Earth Day this April, with profits to be divided among four environmental charities. Here’s your chance to snap up a Maya Lin, an Olafur Eliasson, or a special date with Hugh Jackman, all for a good cause! (One guess which one we’re gunning for.) [WWD]
The Times reviews the history of werewolves/wolfmen, perhaps the progenitors of the grizzled beardo look currently in vogue. Team Edward, meh—give us Team Lon Chaney! [NYT]
And if you’ve ever wondered whether models need to look good, have name recognition, and dress stylishly to book jobs, take it from Storm Models founder (and Kate Moss discoverer) Sarah Doukas: They do. [Models Off Duty]