45 posts tagged "J.Crew"
The winners and runners-up of the Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund are once again getting an added boost with the accolade: capsule collections debuting this spring at J.Crew. Last week, the retailer hosted a dinner to toast Joseph Altuzarra, this year’s winner, as well as Pamela Love and Creatures of the Wind’s Shane Gabier and Chris Peters, all of whom will see their wares sold at www.jcrew.com, at the chain’s Fifth Avenue store, and by phone. Altuzarra’s seven-piece Saint-Tropezienne-inspired collection goes on sale tomorrow, with Breton-stripe sweaters and dresses, pencil skirts, and suede espadrilles among the offerings. Pamela Love and Creatures of the Wind each created three pieces; they’ll go on sale on May 17 and June 14, respectively, though they’ll be available for preorder by phone tomorrow as well
Pictured, top left: Altuzarra for J.Crew Manon back-pleat pencil skirt in denim, $168, and Corinne suede espadrilles, $345.
Pictured, top right: Creatures of the Wind for J.Crew sleeveless zip dress in Liberty-print chambray, $350.
Pictured, bottom: Pamela Love for J.Crew Lorimer jean jacket with pins, $295.
“I wanted to challenge the standard formula for luxury,” says Kristine Johannes, the designer behind Rauwolf clutches. “So much of the industry seems to have settled into a comfort zone of simple designs in exotic skins. I wanted to create something different and unexpected, focusing on innovation and use of unusual materials.”
That’s exactly what she’s done, using Plexiglas and mirrors to make her highly architectural, geometric-shaped collection of bags, first launched for Spring ’12. “Plexiglas is not a material traditionally considered as luxurious, but it’s very versatile and can be cut and molded into architectural shapes and interesting forms,” Johannes, who has a background working with couturier John Anthony, as well as at J.Crew and Devi Kroell, tells Style.com. “It works well with the geometric angles and the futuristic look I am inspired by. I was also drawn to the way Plexiglas reflects light when combined with mirrors.” For Fall, she’s continued to work those materials into a collection of eye-catching, Deco-esque shapes that could easily lend themselves to a geometry lesson. Although Johannes is wisely taking the development process of her line slowly (they are currently only sold on her Web site), her bags ($1,300 to $2,200) are sure to land in the arms of editors and the red-carpet set soon enough. Rauwolf is one to watch.
Giorgio Armani Reveals Revamped Flagship, Miranda Kerr On The Aussie Runways, Jenna Lyons’ Look-Alike, And More…-------
Giorgio Armani has just unveiled his newly renovated Madison Avenue flagship store. The facelift of the 17-year-old store, which took three months of work, is part of his new vision for capturing market share in North America. [WWD]
Miranda Kerr is skipping New York fashion week, opting instead to walk the runway in Sydney. The supermodel showed off designs by Dion Lee, Josh Goot, and Kirrily Johnston at retailer David Jones’ show. [Huff Po]
Editors at the J.Crew presentation did a double take yesterday when they spotted Jenna Lyons’ doppelgänger. Lyons, who has appeared in the J.Crew campaigns before, says it wasn’t intentional, however. [Page Six]
Although the E network pulled its rebroadcast of the Fashion Police episode in which Joan Rivers makes snarky comments about Whitney Houston (the episode originally aired the day before Houston died), the fashion critic says she has no regrets about what she said. “When she’s alive, she’s fair game. It’s part of being a celebrity,” Rivers tells WWD. [WWD]
Madonna Designs For An Older Material Girl, Terry Richardson’s Mom & Dad, Audrey Hepburn’s Oscar Dress On The Chopping Block, And More…-------
Truth or Dare? It’s true, that’s the name of Madonna’s new lifestyle brand launching in 2012. The Truth or Dare by Madonna line, aimed at an older customer (women ages 27 to 50) than the junior market targeted for Material Girl, will debut with a fragrance, followed by accessories. [WWD]
Photographer Terry Richardson’s parents divorced when he was 4, but for a short time, he’s bringing them back together. On November 11, his photo exhibition Mom & Dad, featuring Richardson family photos, opens at Half Gallery in New York. [Hint]
J.Crew has joined forces with Tourneau to create “a limited-edition watch based on a cache of sketches from the brand’s archives and some details requested by the retailer.” The watch will be sold in the J.Crew men’s stores and online for $425. [WWD]
At the end of the month, the lace gown that Audrey Hepburn wore to accept her Best Actress Oscar for Roman Holiday will go up for auction. The dress was made from a costume created for Hepburn by Edith Head. [Telegraph]
The unbridled enthusiasm of J.Crew CEO Mickey Drexler for the purveyors of goods he admires is well-documented. New York designer Nili Lotan (above) witnessed it firsthand when Drexler came down to her airy but unassuming Tribeca store-cum-studio a few months ago at the suggestion of mutual friends. “I loved his energy and spontaneity,” says Lotan. “He came in and was like, ‘Wow! Wow!’ for an hour.”
“Wow” led to a deal, and Lotan is now the latest designer to stock her wares—like slouchy, stripey linen sweaters ($218) and maxi shirtdresses ($235, left)—on jcrew.com and a few of its brick-and-mortar stores, as the newest addition to the retailer’s In Good Company program. The sweaters and dresses are said to be on point for selling out, and the four other pieces in this first delivery—two colors of cropped jeans with a bias-cut fly ($260), a washed-cotton military jacket ($555), and a creamy-hued loose-weave knit ($218)—are also moving quite quickly. The team at J.Crew has already reordered for summer and picked their merch for Fall. Though Lotan’s barely been on the site and in stores for two weeks, it’s all starting to make Drexler’s very direct question to Lotan at the time—”How come nobody knows about you?”—a moot point. To ensure that mootness, however, Drexler’s team also put together a feature on the Israeli-born designer, who got her education in solid American sportswear at Nautica and Ralph Lauren before starting to peddle her coolly tailored take on utilitarian chic in 2003.
For her part, Lotan is ready for a potential upgrade from cult to household-name status by relaunching a much sturdier Web site and e-commerce platform to go live at the end of the month. “It’s very exciting,” she says of her new partnership. “I wasn’t under the radar because I was shy or because I thought I didn’t deserve it, I just wanted it to take its time to get there when it needed to get there.”
Nili Lotan is available at Lotan’s own shop, 188 Duane Street, NYC, 212-219-8794, and at www.j.crew.com.