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19 posts tagged "Jessica Alba"

Narciso Rodriguez Picks Up The Tab

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Narciso Rodriguez hearts Bottletop

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.

Photo: Courtesy Photo

The Recent Rush of Plush Velvet

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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.

CLICK FOR A SLIDESHOW of our favorite velvet looks.

Alba Accessorizes —Toasting Narciso Rodriguez’s New Collection At Barneys

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Barneys invited editors to Fred’s yesterday to celebrate its exclusive launch of Narciso Rodriguez’s accessories with the designer and his longtime pal Jessica Alba. Wearing a strappy, form-fitting dress from his Resort collection, she waxed nostalgic about the many occasions she’s donned her friend’s design. “The thing that’s crazy about his clothes,” she said, “is every time I zip it up it fits like a glove. Whether I’m at a studio or at home, I’m like, ‘oh, ok, it was made for me, awesome.’ I feel sexy, sophisticated, tough —everything that I want to feel as a woman.” And how does she like the new bags and shoes? “They’re so rad. I mean, why did he just give this to us now?” That’s where Rodriguez jumped in. “Finding the right partners, it takes a hand to make that shoe,” he said, gesturing at Alba’s pointy-toed pump with folded suede detail. “We got together a really great team to do it right. You know I like to do things once or not do it all. We previewed to Jessica early on and she was grabbing everything. That’s always a good indication.” So is the fact that after the lobster salad lunch, several editors headed down to the store’s new shoe floor before going back to the office.

Photo: Neil Rasmus / BFAnyc.com

Lucky In L.A.

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“Bloggers have changed the fashion industry.” So opined Lucky editor in chief Brandon Holley, and that’s the guiding wisdom behind her magazine’s FABB Fashion and Beauty Blogger conference. The third annual conference took place yesterday, but for the first time, Holley chose L.A. as its home. “There’s a really neat intersection between fashion, bloggers, and celebrity; L.A. is kind of the center,” she explained. Proving her point were the the panelists set to speak: L.A.-based bloggers including WhoWhatWear’s Katherine Power and HelloGiggles’ Sophia Rossi; online-savvy celebrities like Jessica Alba (pictured), Cat Deeley, and Elizabeth Banks; fashion businesspeople like J Brand’s Jeff Rudes; and Hollywood insiders such as Mad Men costume designer Janie Bryant and Easy A screenwriter Will Gluck.

How did the day’s speakers see the change that blogs have wrought? Celebrity stylist-turned-A.L.C. designer Andrea Lieberman suggested that they’ve brought the stars down-to-earth—and in so doing, made them relatable to millions. Casual shots of celebrities on their off-hours, tirelessly chronicled by celeb-focused blogs, have “as much of an impact on fashion and style and image as the red carpet does.”
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On Our Radar: Matt Bernson

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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.

 

 

Photo: Courtesy of Matt Bernson