August 27 2014

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Tim Hamilton’s Womenswear Debut: No Boys Allowed


Disregard the name. According to Tim Hamilton, it’s giving people the wrong impression. “People hear ‘Tim Hamilton,’ and they immediately think all-American, they think casual, they think sportswear,” muses the designer, restraining a sigh. “You can’t really control how you’re perceived, but honestly, that’s really not who I am.” Indeed, Hamilton has come a long way from his days in the trenches at Ralph Lauren and J.Crew: Not only has he steered his eponymous menswear brand on an ever more directional path since launching it in 2006, but now, as he debuts womenswear, Hamilton finds himself beating back those all-American sportswear expectations yet again. Fashion is, after all, riding a wave of interest in the unisex—witness Chloë Sevigny‘s new line for Opening Ceremony, or Stefano Pilati’s Edition Unisex designs for YSL—and Hamilton’s female fans may have anticipated, and perhaps even hoped, that the designer would jump on that bandwagon. But instead of riffing on his duds for men, or for that matter, conceding to the recession economy’s utilitarian mood, the womenswear he’s unveiling for Fall ’09 is both unapologetically luxe and exultantly feminine. “That’s one reason I wanted to show in Paris,” Hamilton explains. “My reputation doesn’t precede me here, quite so much. Although obviously,” he adds, “there’s still that whole name thing to contend with.” This evening, Hamilton will present his first womenswear collection at Galerie Ghislaine Hussenot in Le Marais; here, he tells about fashion fantasy, Iowan fabulosity, and the fastest way to a fashion editor’s heart.

Can I be frank? Your menswear is something I already like to shop, and it seems so adaptable to a womenswear aesthetic—I was a little disappointed when I found out you were going in a completely new direction with this line.
I get that whole thing, of going to the boy’s department, shopping men’s vintage, borrowing from your boyfriend’s closet. I really do. But I also feel like that’s more interesting than just, you know, buying something from a designer who does womenswear versions of his men’s stuff. It’s like, you want the cuts to be a little off.

You didn’t even toy with the idea of doing something unisex-y? That’s having such a moment.
It honestly never even occurred to me to do a woman’s collection that way. Not to sound like a snob or anything, but that wouldn’t have been a challenge. I wanted to think about women on their own terms—they shop differently, the trends move at a different pace, you have more freedom to be experimental. Designing a woman’s collection is like creating a world. Whereas with the men’s stuff, you know, I’ve kind of hit my mark, and so each new season comes down to establishing a few key shapes and then polishing up the details. There’s more of a premium on consistency. And I was ready for fantasy. Continue Reading “Tim Hamilton’s Womenswear Debut: No Boys Allowed” »

Michelle’s Club: Members Only


When Michelle Obama finds something she likes, she sticks with it. See her back-to-back choices of Jason Wu for The Big Night and the Vogue cover shoot, and the Web site-crashing J.Crew outfits she wore on Leno and again for the Vogue feature spread. There’s something comforting about her continued patronage of designers that work for her; it denotes a fashion savvy, not to mention a keen sense of self (the woman could be wearing this instant Christopher Kane if she wanted to, but it seems she hasn’t let any of that fashion icon stuff go to her head). So her choice of Narciso Rodriguez for last night’s unofficial State of the Union address (she wore him on The Other Big Night, remember?) felt like a homecoming of sorts. No Tom Binns
here: The best accessories Mrs. Obama paired with the high-waisted plum silk number were definitely her arms—Madonna, eat your heart out.

Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Recessionista: Jenna Lyons Is Sharpie Sighted


What: An art-world version of a beloved real-world staple: the Sharpie marker re-created by brand-subverting artist Tom Sachs.

Why: Because even though it’s more than you’re used to spending on a permanent marker, it’s far less than you’d spend on art. “[It’s] the closest that most of us will get to the art world, with a practical application. And it’s cool,” says J.Crew creative director Jenna Lyons, who is well versed on affordable luxury.

Where: $12, .

j.crew opens at 79th and madison


As part of its ongoing upward spiral, J.Crew today quietly opened a Women’s Collection store at Madison Avenue and 79th Street. And despite the gloomy economic forecast, shoppers were piling in to the uptown-meets-downtown space, conceived of down to the last Serge Mouille light fixture by creative director Jenna Lyons Mazeau. The draw? All the usual J.Crew goodies—their staple tees, jeans, and cashmeres—as well as the higher-end Collection pieces and select vintage and one-of-a-kind items, like hand-painted blouses and $10 18-karat gold vermeil bobby pins. As other retailers may want to note, while consumers may be balking at four-figure frocks, the allure of reasonably priced, tastefully merchandized classics is apparently evergreen.

Photo: Courtesy of J.Crew

beyond the pink and green whale belt


The Fall J.Crew accessories catalog arrives in mailboxes this week. As usual, the preppy retailer has done an excellent job of making Muffy look cool—mixing, for example, a puffy vest, pencil skirt, slouchy leather gloves, a metallic tote, and satin slingbacks in one improbable but editorially appealing ensemble. My favorite accessory? The beat-up looking leather boots on page 15.