24 posts tagged "Jenna Lyons"
Last night at the Jane hotel’s rooftop bar, the likes of Parker Posey, Jenna Lyons, and Glenn O’Brien joined social entrepreneur Peter Thum to fete the debut of his brave new label, Liberty United. Thum works with local governments to source confiscated or bought-back firearms and melted-down bullet casings, which he then hands over to artists and jewelers to turn into covetable, and politically conscious, accessories. A portion of the proceeds from the collections will be donated to initiatives seeking to reduce gun-related violence in the U.S.
Thum tapped Giles & Brother’s Philip and Courtney Crangi to design Liberty United’s first lineup, which comprised a series of necklaces, rings, and bracelets in the form of brass, steel, and sterling-silver nails. The wares are each stamped with the serial number of a permanently impounded and decommissioned weapon and can be engraved with up to eight characters of your choosing. “It’s our signature,” Philip Crangi told Style.com of the spike motif, “but it’s a brand-new model.” Showing off a tray of brass bracelets, he added, “We made these out of smelted bullet shells.”
It was Thum’s wife, actress Cara Buono, who pushed for Liberty United on American turf, after witnessing her husband’s success with Fonderie 47, a similar project that he launched in Africa. “[Thum] doesn’t do this for glamour,” said Courtney Crangi. “He does it because of his heart.”
Guests were eager to purchase and personalize their jewelry. Earlier in the evening, Philip surprised Courtney with a cuff imprinted with “MOMMY,” and Prabal Gurung chose the initials “G.U.P.” for his bracelet. While that monogram stood for “Grace Under Pressure,” it could just as easily have been read as a fitting, mission-centric message: Guns Used Peacefully.
Giles & Brother for Liberty United can now be ordered online, at www.libertyunited.com. Prices start at $85.
Last night, Giles & Brother’s kinfolk duo, Philip and Courtney Crangi, unveiled their latest project—a collaboration produced for e-tailer JewelMint—at the still-going-strong Nolita haunt, ACME. Normally reserved for the sort of night-owl revelry nonconductive to accessory display, the restaurant’s downstairs was transformed into a mellow, intimate catacomb—a fitting setting for the Crangis to debut their new Kunstkammer-worthy creations.
“There’s a little tribal influence, and there’s an artisanal finish, mixed with a bit of an equestrian reference,” Philip, Giles & Brother’s creative lead, told Style.com (Courtney runs the management side of the business). Indeed, the designer’s motley mix of inspirations came across in hammered serpentine-spike cuffs, metal-cast horse-bit bracelets, and arrowhead-dripped necklaces—an example of which was spotted yesterday evening on Jenna Lyons, who paired it with pearls. “I stole it from Courtney,” said Lyons, “I’m not giving it back.”
JewelMint is an e-commerce site that provides its members with monthly jewelry picks tailored to their specific tastes. The Giles & Brother partnership marks the kickoff of the company’s “Studio Series,” conceived to mix accessible prices with fashion’s top-tier names. “They have an amazing ability to bring jewelry to a really broad audience,” said Phillip. The collection launched yesterday, and prices range from $30 to $90.
Mickey Drexler Is Everywhere At The J.Crew Headquarters, Three Finnish Designers Win Top Honors At The Hyères Festival, Fern Mallis Gets the Pratt Lifetime Achievement Award, And More…
At J.Crew’s office, out of sight isn’t out of mind. CEO Mickey Drexler installed a P.A. system to share thoughts, insights, and occasionally, Bruce Springsteen tracks with the entire staff—even when he’s not around. “”He…checks in from holiday,” Jenna Lyons tells the Observer. “He’s like: ‘Hey, I’m in Saint-Tropez; it’s gorgeous here! Anyway, I’m having lunch at Club 55 and you should see all these people wearing white! We should do more white, it’s summer, do we have enough white?’ It’s hilarious—I love it.” [Observer]
Finnish design trio Siiri Raasakka, Tiia Siren, and Elina Laitinen have been awarded the L’Oréal Professional Jury Grand Prix for the 27th Hyères Festival at the Villa Noailles. The young designers, chosen by a jury that included Yohji Yamamoto, Olivier Saillard, and more, will receive a €15,000 grant and a chance to show their collections during Spring 2013 Paris fashion week. [Paris Vogue]
Former CFDA executive director and senior vice president of IMG Fashion Fern Mallis has been honored with the Pratt Institute’s Fashion Industry Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was presented to the fashion veteran last week by Calvin Klein, who described her as a “referee” to designers. [WWD]
The U.K. may have found its next top model. Harper Beckham, daughter of Victoria and David, may be only 9 months old, but she’s already got her first offer in hand. Personalized baby gift company My1stYears.com has sent an open letter addressed to Harper herself requesting her modeling services. [Telegraph]
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]
Lady Gaga and her sister are discussing launching their own “relatively normal and wearable” line of clothing. They have the classic styles of Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, and Katharine Hepburn in mind as inspirations, but we can be sure it will come with a twist of Gaga. [Grazia Daily]
Fashion’s newest, oldest pop star: 90-year-old Iris Apfel. “I’m a geriatric starlet, my dear, don’t you know,” she tells The New York Times. She has long been in the fashion mix, but Apfel has recently become the centerpiece of a fashion advertising campaign, a coffee-table book, and several museum exhibitions. [NYT]
Alexa Chung is joining Heidi Klum on Lifetime. The Lagerfeld muse will host a show, reportedly called 24-Hour Catwalk, where designers will compete against each other. A familiar concept, no? [Page Six]
J.Crew is expanding sales to the U.K. Jenna Lyons says that the focus has been on U.S. expansion, but they are set to launch a “Brit-accessible e-commerce site” and hope to launch stores across the pond soon. [Vogue U.K.]