13 posts tagged "John Varvatos"
Capes have swooped back into the fashion spotlight since Hedi Slimane put them on the runway at his Saint Laurent debut last October. Stella McCartney, Chloé’s Clare Waight Keller, and Riccardo Tisci at Givenchy all showed daytime versions at their pre-fall presentations, while Louis Vuitton’s Julie de Libran opted for a floor-dusting evening number. Even menswear designers have gotten in on the act—see: Hardy Amies, John Varvatos, and Les Hommes. And if Tommy Ton’s recent snaps from Milan and Paris are any indication, we’re betting that cloaks will be the outerwear of choice at the Fall collections when they kick off in New York early next month.
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The New York-based womenswear and accessories line Rubin Chapelle has found a second home in Malibu. On Wednesday, co-designers Sonja Rubin and Kip Chapelle will open the doors of their first West Coast store in the Malibu Country Mart, next to neighbors like John Varvatos, Ralph Lauren, and Earnest Sewn. The label’s fans (including left coasters like Kate Beckinsale and Scarlett Johansson) will find sleek eveningwear on offer, as well as a newer collection of easy silk basics.
“The concept here was to bring a taste of New York to California,” Chapelle says. The duo brought the same “gallery feeling” of their Meatpacking District store using a stark minimal layout and a pared-down white and gray color scheme. (The store was designed by New York architect Annabelle Selldorf, who has created retail flagships in the U.S. and abroad for Abercrombie & Fitch and Gant, and redesigned one of Barneys New York’s women’s floors.) It will have more than just a gallery feeling; one of the walls in the 1,500-square-foot space is reserved to showcase art from various global contributors. Chapelle is keeping mum on who those might be, but for the first gallery display, he’ll present a series of his own portraits featuring various models, followed by an untitled collection of nature photographs taken by the co-designers.
For their next store location, the two have set their sights on another beachy city: Miami.
Rubin & Chapelle, 23410 Civic Center Way, D3, Malibu, Calif., 90265.
Expect the fashion set to turn out to see a Brahms performance tonight. Just maybe not the Brahms you’re thinking of. This Brahms is an unsigned poppy, electronic trio out of Brooklyn—one that in very short order, less than a year after forming, has opened for some very top-bill (and wildly disparate) acts as Passion Pit, Nas, and Damian Marley. And tonight at Mercury Lounge, they’ll headline their first New York show. (Click below to listen to the band’s “Subtext Is Deadly.”)
The rapid rise has something to do with the indie rock past of singer and keyboardist Cale Parks, who previously put in time with the band Aloha. But it’s bassist Eric Lyle Lodwick’s (left) side gig as a model that’s doing more to turn heads in Brahms’ direction. Lodwick has opened shows for John Varvatos and Lanvin and fronted campaigns for Marc by Marc Jacobs, Topman, and Diesel. And if that helps turn heads in Brahms’ direction, he says, all to the good. “There are so many different things an artist has to be today. It’s no longer simply playing music,” Lodwick explains. “With the Internet, and there being more bands than ever, a musician has to be ‘everything entertainment.’ Modeling aids that need, and
I was born to entertain.”
Embracing his double life has given Lodwick and Brahms the opportunity to play big shows not usually offered to such a young band—thanks to boosts from fashion brands like Levi’s, which sponsored a Brahms performance at Austin’s South by Southwest festival. “We see the crossover and like playing fashion stuff,” Lodwick adds. Good thing, as next up is a gig at Fashion’s Night Out, alongside Savoir Adore and Bear Hands.
Brahms plays tonight at Mercury Lounge, 217 E. Houston Street, NYC, www.mercuryloungenyc.com.