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13 posts tagged "John Varvatos"

Capes: Coming Around Again

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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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Rubin Chapelle Hits The Beach

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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.

Photo: Courtesy of Rubin Chapelle

How He Made It In America

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HBO’s fashion drama How to Make It in America returns to the air for its second season October 2—with a difference. “We are loaded,” star Bryan Greenberg said at last night’s New York premiere of Friends With Benefits. “We made it now.”

Well, almost. Season one found Greenberg’s character, Ben, and his business partner, Cam (Victor Rasuk), struggling to launch their denim line. John Varvatos appeared in a cameo to offer some direction. This season, Greenberg revealed, the line is on the brink of massive success, and the on-screen and real-life fashion worlds collide once again. Though the focus is more on “street fashion” this time around, Isaac Mizrahi will guest.

Though he might play an aspiring fashion entrepreneur on television, Greenberg admits he’s still raising his style profile. “I’m starting to get into it, but I’m from the Midwest and it’s not naturally my thing,” he said. “I am a more jeans and T-shirt guy, but my producer told me I needed to step my fashion game up—direct quote—so I’m trying.” Trying in Dior Homme, we should add.

Photos: Jemal Countess / Getty Images

John Varvatos Rocks Melrose

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Awards season may be over, but the spring charity circuit is in full swing. John Varvatos went big this year with his eighth annual Stuart House benefit, which serves the special needs of child victims of sexual abuse and their families. “With each year we’ve been doing this, we’ve managed to make it bigger and better. It used to be this small thing with up-and-coming artists, and now we’ve got so many people who are here to help and perform that we’ve managed to shut down Melrose,” Varvatos said on Sunday, motioning to the cordoned-off L.A. street that served as the afternoon’s backdrop. Along with co-hosts Patrick Dempsey and his wife, Avon’s Jillian Dempsey (not to mention a handful of Patrick’s Grey’s Anatomy cast mates), Mick Rock manned the portrait booth, K.D. Lang performed an outdoor concert for the crowd, and Shepard Fairey took to the DJ booth for an impromptu afternoon set.

At her inaugural event for the cause—what she called her “first date” with Varvatos—Zoe Saldana (left, with the designer) was eager to show support. “It’s so important to lend your voice and participate in any cause that aids children who are victims,” she said. But it was also an afternoon off for the star, who has been enjoying a bit of downtime since her jam-packed 2010. “I’m just happy to be relaxing. Last year was such a beautiful and rich year, but I’m still recovering.” And taking the year off meant she got to forgo the red carpet and engage as spectator instead. “I was happy to see my stylist Petra Flannery, who was styling all these amazing girls for the red carpet, and they were stunning. As a girl, that just made me so happy.”

Photo: Chelsea Lauren / WireImage

From Lanvin To The Mercury Lounge

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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.


Photo: Courtesy of Brahms