87 posts tagged "Jil Sander"
Fresh off a plane from L.A., where he was the man of the hour at a Tod’s luncheon to benefit Couture Cares last week, Derek Lam co-hosted a ladies’ lunch at Christie’s today. After perusing casefuls of jewels to be auctioned off later this spring, Lydia Fenet, BJ Topol-Blum, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, and other uptown types adjourned to a second-floor boardroom to watch an abridged version of Lam’s Fall collection, accessorized with yet more baubles from the upcoming sale. We sat next to the designer’s partner, Jan Hendrik-Schlottmann, who gave us an update on Lam’s new store, which, contrary to the taxi ads you might’ve spotted around town, is not yet open. The delay, he explained, is due to pods—designed by Sanaa, the Japanese firm behind the New Museum, and built in Las Vegas—that are the main architectural feature of the store. Believe it or not, the weather has been too awful to ship them across the country. As if those giant pods aren’t temptation enough to make the trek down to Crosby Street (the store is adjacent to Jil Sander and across the street from the still-under-construction Mondrian Hotel), he also said that they’ve hired the sales staff from Linda Dresner, the fabulous Madison Avenue boutique that closed its doors earlier this year. We’ll be expecting some special one-on-one attention when we use the generous gift card we were delighted to find next to our place card.
As WWD pointed out yesterday, eco-chic hasn’t fallen prey to the recession. Yes, green fashion stays viable by being partly a marketing kick. (Last year one publicist told me point-blank that she had her client do a couple organic cotton tops just to get into every magazine’s now-inevitable Green Issue.) But keeping the trend alive surely has some merit, and considering that fabric manufacturing, especially cotton, can pollute heavily, it must make a difference that companies like Loomstate, Koi Suwannagate, and even Jil Sander and Yves Saint Laurent are offering stylish sustainable options. The article also mentioned that the French customer in particular is fed up with how quickly clothing falls apart, another reminder that the most eco-chic clothes are the ones you don’t toss in a season. As Earth Day looms and green press reaches critical mass, there are a few other things worth mentioning, like Yoox.com’s new initiative Yooxygen, which will, among other things, offset the carbon footprint of its courier services. Yooxygen’s main focus is, of course, shopping. Set to launch on Earth Day is an exclusively eco-friendly boutique (dubbed by Yoox CEO Federico Marchetti as ECO-mmerce) with product like Ilaria Venturini Fendi’s recycled material accessories line Carmina Campus, vegan Stella McCartney accessories, and organic tees from Katherine Hamnett, a.k.a. Henry Holland’s spiritual mother. Meanwhile, HBO asked Natalie Chanin of Alabama Chanin to do some “up-cycled” T-shirts—essentially reworking old T-shirts from shows like Flight of the Conchords and Sex and the City with Chanin’s homey-chic signature hand-stitching and appliqué. They’ll be sold at the HBO store in New York and at www.hbo.com/store. And finally, T-shirt line Alternative Apparel (which has some of the best colors I’ve seen lately) has created a magazine called Think Earth with contributions from eco-minded celebs like Adrian Grenier and Leonardo DiCaprio posse member Lukas Haas. You can download the magazine at www.alternativeapparel.com starting April 14, and they’ll be celebrating the issue next week with a party at the Sunset Marquis. Hey, just because you’re green doesn’t mean you can’t be fabulous.
Last night, news broke that Jil Sander is assuming a design consultancy role at Uniqlo, the mega Japanese retailer with the Pantone separates. We are, of course, hugely excited for Sander’s reign, but the German designer has never seemed like a collaborative type of gal. (She left her eponymous label due to conflict with her label’s owner, Patrizio Bertelli. Twice.) Would it be cynical of us to presume that Sander’s decision to join the brand is a case of following the money? Does this mark a new recession trend? Could Olivier Theyskens’ next gig be at Zara? (Can’t you just see the gowns?) What do you think, Style Filers? Let us know.
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