19 posts tagged "Jessica Alba"
Who knew soda tabs could be so luxurious? Although, we suppose when Narciso Rodriguez is involved, almost anything can enter into the realm of chic. Today marks the release of an ongoing collaboration between Rodriguez and Bottletop—an organization launched in 2002 by Cameron Saul and his father, Roger, who founded British brand Mulberry. A charitable foundation that works to support health education in Africa, Brazil, and parts of the U.K., Bottletop raises its funds by selling surprisingly appealing handbags crafted from up-cycled aluminum ring pulls and other environmentally friendly luxury materials. Why bottle tops, you ask? While on a trip to Brazil, the foundation’s codirector, Oliver Wayman, stumbled upon a satchel comprising bottle tabs and crochet—and he thought it was the perfect design. Furthermore, the handbags are produced in the organization’s atelier in Salvador, Brazil, which gives back to the community by teaching and hiring local residents.
But back to the collaboration at hand. Dubbed Narciso Rodriguez (heart) Bottletop, the new project, which is appropriately also backed by PepsiCo, offers two styles: the Jessica clutch ($982), named for Jessica Alba, who introduced Rodriguez to the initiative, and the Candice handbag ($2,062) —dedicated to Candice Swanepoel, who fronts the collab’s campaign. The ads debut exclusively here. Both styles incorporate Bottletop’s signature metal tabs and crocheted black or blush napa leather. “I love Brazil—I had a home there for many years, and I was excited to do this because I know it will help the community,” Rodriguez told Style.com when asked why he decided to get on board. “This will make a lasting difference. Residents are learning not only skills, but also about business, and they in turn are giving back to their communities and teaching others. I love when people come up with these great ideas for finding ways to have an impact.”
The bags will be sold at retailers including Jeffrey in New York and Harrods in London, and 100 percent of the proceeds will go toward fostering health education via the Bottletop Foundation. For more information, visit bottletop.org.
Nothing adds a royal touch quite like velvet, and we’ve noticed plenty of it in the recent pre-fall, Haute Couture, and even menswear collections. At Alexander McQueen, Sarah Burton whipped up an ecclesiastical draped robe in cardinal red, while Stella McCartney, Rochas’ Marco Zanini, and Peter Copping at Nina Ricci were among the designers who incorporated the fabric into eveningwear. Christopher Kane, for his part, took the material in a more casual direction with a cool biker jacket. Velvet is getting play in the real world, too. Jessica Alba turned up to the Dior Haute Couture show this week wearing a sumptuous black topcoat, while Joséphine de la Baume gave off a witchy vibe in a crushed-velvet number at the Amy Winehouse Foundation Ball.
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Since launching his namesake accessories label in 2005, New York-based designer Matt Bernson has racked up an impressive following—Gisele Bündchen, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Jessica Alba included. They and the rest of his growing fan base will be happy to hear that his chic, affordable line of shoes and bags is now available at the label’s first flagship, a 2,200-square-foot shop now open in Tribeca. Bernson and Joshua Pulver, Kate Spade’s architect of choice, decorated the space with custom and vintage furnishings and filled it with pieces from the new collection, which range from the puff leather T-strap Matteo heel to the downtown-cool Gitanes smoking slipper in pastel patent leather. Bernson even dabbled in the season’s sporty trend with the thin-stacked Shelby wedge made of perforated leather (pictured).
Matt Bernson is now open at 20 Harrison St., NYC, (212) 941-7634. Prices range from $134 to $218.