13 posts tagged "Jessica Joffe"
“It’s a huge thing for a designer. Huge,” said Figue designer Stephanie von Watzdorf. She was referring to the opening of her first store—on Elizabeth Street in Nolita, no less—and she couldn’t be more thrilled. “Nolita has always had an independent, cool vibe. It’s perfect,” she offered at the boutique’s unveiling last night, which drew the likes of Waris Ahluwalia, Steven Alan, and Jessica Joffe. Indeed, it’s a “perfect” fit for her collection of luxe, bohemian ready-to-wear and accessories, which is inspired by her extensive global travels. And the guests that came to congratulate von Watzdorf, who was born in France to a German father and Russian mother, seemed to have traveled from near and far for the celebration—everyone praised the store in a different language.
The space itself is designed with whitewashed Moorish arches so the racks of handmade Bolivian fringed sweaters, batik tunics, and displays of Indonesian jewelry really stand out. Making the interior feel like an exotic market was part of the plan. “I like the idea of coming into a space and not knowing what it is, but you’re taken away for that moment,” said the designer. “It’s like a little discovery, a little journey.” Discovering one of Figue’s embellished military jackets, like the one von Watzdorf wore last night, is a journey many will enjoy taking.
Figue is now open at 268 Elizabeth Street in New York City.
Mercedes-Benz Berlin Fashion Week is under way in the German capital. All week, reporter Hili Perlson will be sending back dispatches from the scene.
Day two of Berlin’s fashion week saw a change in direction, with many of the labels sending more mature and subtle creations down the runway, compared to the previous day. Black and white combinations ruled the palette, often with a minty pastel green or a bright tangerine for contrast.
Hugo by Hugo Boss (pictured) transformed an ice skating rink into a catwalk. White carpet replaced the ice, much to the chagrin of guests—including Kate Bosworth, Jessica Joffe, and China Chow—hoping for a break from the heat wave. The womenswear included A-line dresses with a below-the-knee cut, worn with geometric tops that gave the silhouette a futuristic look. Asymmetric shoulders made a big return at Hugo, accentuated with thin strips in a reflective metallic material. On the menswear front, standout pieces were a two-tone suit in black and white, with electric blue and red that melted on the border, and a playful suit jacket/blouson combination.
The collection of rising star Michael Sontag (a favorite of Vogue Germany editor in chief Christiane Arp) showed a strong development of the designer’s aesthetic, which is characterized by a special ability to do very feminine cuts without going über-femme. Extra fabric lining the contours on pants created a trompe l’oeil effect of round skirts and transformed tops into light sculptured capes. The show’s highlight was a wide charcoal overcoat in rich natural silk.
Romanian designer Irina Schrotter closed the day. This season, Schrotter, whose career spans two decades, entrusted her label to young avant-garde designer Lucian Broscatean, who gave the line his signature smart elegance. High-slit dresses in sand, nude, sheer white, and pale pink made up the core of the collection, matched with pieces in tangerine and bronze. The accessories drew inspiration from the art of Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei, giving the clean looks a crafty touch.
Wining And Dining With Tom Ford, Street Chic With Jimmy Choo, How To Buy The Dress Off Rosie’s Back, And More…
Last night’s hot ticket was Tom Ford’s talk at New York’s 92nd Street Y, where the outspoken designer sounded off on fashion, film, and the lessons he’s picked up from the industry. Those awaiting his next film will have to wait a few years while he focuses on ready-to-wear, and those looking for a job, polish up your conversation. While on stage, Tom Ford (pictured) said former Gucci creative director Dawn Mello taught him to “only hire people you want to have dinner with.” [@fashionologie]
One more fashion brand is taking it to the streets. Jimmy Choo is launching its own Web site, Choo 24:7 Stylemakers, on which visitors can share tagged photos of themselves in their Jimmys. They’ll keep company with street-style shots by photographer Eddie—a.k.a. Mr. Newton—of editors and celebrities the footwear label has tapped as ambassadors, including Caroline Issa and Jessica Joffe. [WWD]
Passe isn’t passé. To celebrate its 135th birthday, Hermès is bringing back its Passe-Guide bag, with four exclusive styles based on the original to be auctioned online at Christie’s on May 14. For the look-but-don’t-buy set, the handmade bags, originally designed by Henri d’Origny, will be available for viewing through May 27 at London’s Burlington Gardens. [Vogue Italia]
What’s hers can be yours. The red Antonio Berardi dress that Rosie Huntington-Whiteley wore to the New York premiere of Transformers: Dark of the Moon last June is hitting the auction block: The model is donating her gown to the British Heart Foundation’s Tunnel of Love auction, which takes place later this year. [Telegraph]
French It girl Lou Doillon has been turning more and more heads lately, but she’s been a muse to designer Vanessa Bruno for years. Doillon stars once again in the latest of Bruno’s short films, Miracle, which she created with director Stéphanie Di Giusto to spotlight her Spring 2011 collection. Bruno opened her first store in L.A. last summer, and it looks like the city’s summery vibe has rubbed off on the Paris-based designer. Joining Doillon on screen is the label’s new U.S. ambassador, the Los Angeles-based model and girl-about-town Jessica Joffe, and the spot was shot on a gorgeous beach—though, admittedly, in Cuba, not L.A.