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September 1 2014

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3 posts tagged "Joanna Newsom"

Wren, A Songbird! Joanna Newsom Lends A String

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The fans of Melissa Coker’s L.A.-based collection Wren aren’t limited to the West Coast, but when you’ve got California scenery like she does to draw on, it’d be a crime not to use it. So for her Fall ’13 video, she packed up collaborators Sarah Sophie Flicker and Maxmilla Lukacs and headed to Malibu. “I love the contrast of the whimsy of the clothes with the ethereal setting of the mountains and outdoors,” Coker said. Whimsy is just the right word for the video’s star, the adored singer/songwriter and harpist Joanna Newsom. Newsom, harp in tow, performed a cover of Sandy Denny’s folksy, 1971 sea shanty “The North Star Grassman and the Ravens.” “Aesthetically, her songs are really inspiring to me—they’re really bold strokes that feel sort of theatrical and they’re interested in story,” Newsom said of Denny’s melancholy track and creative collaboration it inspired. “The fashion and design that I’m interested in also has to do with story, very strong statements that have some sort of narrative to them, that they aren’t just interested in the now.” Coker and co. invited Style.com to take a look at the shoot in progress; the video debuts early next year.

Photos: Lauren Dukoff/Courtesy of Wren

Irene Neuwirth Debuts Diamonds With Michelle Williams, Busy Philipps, And A Few Famous Friend-Loves

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Irene Neuwirth is known for her colorful, slightly bohemian jewels, but every girl—even those who live, like she does, on the beach in Venice—need to go full-throttle upscale now and again. So when Barneys, one of her earliest supporters, came knocking with a request for a diamond collection, Neuwirth obliged. The Barneys pieces represent her first foray into fine jewelry, a move the designer describes as a natural next step. “I’ve been designing jewelry for ten years,” she explained last night at a private bash at the retailer’s Madison Avenue flagship. “All of my clients who had been collecting pieces over and over, I felt they needed something different and a little bit finer. I feel like there was a hole in the market for something youthful.” The collection mixes diamonds with Neuwirth’s old favorite stones, like chrysophase, Rose of France, and Peruvian opal. Prices start at $15,000 and go up to $200,000—the Weinstein range, you might say. And there was Harvey, schmoozing in the corner.

The California connection may have helped account for his presence and all of the star power collected at Barneys’ eighth-floor penthouse. Michelle Williams (in orange and black striped Prada) and Lake Bell also stopped by, and the evening was hosted by Cougar Town‘s Busy Philipps and musician Joanna Newsom, who had her boyfriend, Andy Samberg, in tow. Philipps (above, with Neuwirth and Williams) has been a big Neuwirth supporter: The actress wore Neuwirth’s pieces to this year’s Oscars and Golden Globes. “I’ve known Irene a relatively short time,” Philipps admitted, but “it’s been a love affair that’s blossomed to its full potential very quickly. We fell into instant friend-love.” Williams, her longtime friend—devotees may remember they both starred on Dawson’s Creek—was sitting beside her. “I wasn’t jealous,” she deadpanned.

Photo: Joe Schildhorn / BFAnyc.com

Standing around with the rodarte sisters

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Rodarte sisters Laura and Kate Mulleavy would like their fans to take a stand. Literally: The duo’s show at the Gagosian Gallery yesterday was a cheap seat-free zone, and with most of the chairs taken up by A-listers like Natalie Portman, Kim Gordon, and Diane von Furstenberg, the majority of attendees found themselves peering over one another’s shoulders at the clothes from the standing section. And last night, at Rodarte’s Joanna Newsom-hosted, Moët-sponsored after-party, the standing around went social. Tiny Doyers Street in Chinatown has probably never seen a block party like the one that cropped up spontaneously outside Apotheke, as guests such as Olivier Zahm, André, Sabine Heller, Natasha Royt, Pamela Love, and Frank Tell eschewed the door in favor of the meet-and-greet on the street. As the party began to wind down, the Mulleavys could be found outside, as well—though, after the race to finish their collection in time for that afternoon’s show, it was fair to wonder how the sisters were still standing, period. “We started work on a few of the pieces in July,” Laura explained, “but honestly, pretty much everything got done in August. It was a sprint.” Now, at last, time to sit down.

Photo: Amy Sussman/Getty Images