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13 posts tagged "John Varvatos"

JV Turns Ten, Lara Stone Goes To Court, The Southeast Is In The Pink, And More…


John Varvatos celebrates his tenth anniversary in business this year, and, in typical rocker style, is cranking it up to 11: He’ll unveil a new, Sgt. Pepper-inspired ad campaign, throw a massive party in his Bowery (formerly CBGB) store, and release a limited-edition rock star necessity—a new pair of shades (pictured). [WWD]

Lara Stone gets litigious: The model of the moment is suing French Playboy for allegedly publishing nude photos of her without permission. Scandale! [Fashionologie]

What your retailer knows about you: more than you might expect. Stores and online shops keep detailed records about customer preferences both personally and regionally, and their data can be used to shape buys and merchandising. Did you know that southeasterners are more likely to buy pink than other U.S. citizens, while West Coasters prefer green? More of the data can be found in The Wall Street Journal‘s handy new charts. Buy carefully—Big (shopping) Brother is watching. [WSJ]

Are the kids of the Jersey Shore going classy? The stars rang the bell at the New York Stock Exchange and flashed nary a hint of cleavage. Jenni “JWoww” Farley, the designer of her own Filthy Couture line, even wore a suit. Woww indeed. [Racked]

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Mary-Kate And Ashley Olsen Support Art—Even When They Don’t Win It


On Friday night, it was Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen vs. Amy Sacco vs. Mary Alice Stephenson in a bidding war to the finish. The prize: Dan Colen’s One of Everything, a hotly contested lot at Free Arts NYC’s annual benefit auction. It had all the potential for a social throw-down of epic proportions—except that (we like to think, for the cause of party peace) a mysterious fourth bidder ended up taking the cake. Ah, well. The Row designers were hosts as well as bidders for the evening, and drew guests like Hilary Rhoda, Jason Wu, John Varvatos, and even third sister Elizabeth Olsen (namesake of Elizabeth and James). More than a few came away with a new acquisition, like Evan Yurman (whose company, David Yurman, co-sponsored with Vanity Fair) and benefit committee member Stephenson, who snagged a stencil-scrawled photo by Luca Babini. “This is New York, the cultural capital of the world, and 400,000 kids don’t have access to after-school art programs,” she said. The attending culturati did what they could to remedy that: The evening raised $550,000, and the hostesses Olsen donated enough between them to fund two days of after-school programming.

Photo: Will Ragozzino / Patrick McMullan

Want Ewan McGregor At Your Fashion Show? Call Iggy


Only a Roman Polanski flick could turn the focus of New York City nightlife from clothes to film on the final night of fashion week. As the Calvin Klein party raged in the Meatpacking District and the glasses were raised in the Bryant Park tents one last time, a select few took in Polanski’s new thriller, The Ghost Writer, at the Cinema Society and Screenvision showing at the Crosby Street Hotel. Stars Pierce Brosnan and Ewan McGregor then took the party upstairs to mingle with Brooke Shields, Julian Schnabel, and U2′s The Edge. With Shields making front-row appearances this week, we wondered—did any of the others make it to the shows?

None had, but they all were well attired, thanks to friends in high places. “I wish I’d gone to the shows!” said Brosnan’s wife, Keely Shaye Smith. “My friend Carmen Marc Valvo made the dress I’m wearing tonight. I saw photos from his Fall 2010 show—his collection is stunning! You can tell him I said that.” Duly reported. Meanwhile, McGregor confessed, “I’m not very involved in fashion, but I do love clothes. I wear a lot of Neil Barrett, because we’re friends—his clothing fits me well, and I’m loyal to him. I also met Lars Nilsson in Berlin and really like his work. But I’ve only been to one fashion show in my life, John Varvatos in 2007, and that was to watch Iggy Pop perform.”

Photo: Amanda Schwab / Startraks Photo

Terry Tumbles, Big Names For Big Brands, And More…


Ubiquitous lensman (and thumbs-up popularizer) Terry Richardson has a Tumblr, Terry’s Diary. Was he inspired by friend and fellow nudity appreciator Olivier Zahm’s Purple Diary? Either way: Mothers, lock up your bloggers.

The rumors swirling around Louis Vuitton tend to concentrate on who’s repping the brand in front of the camera (remember Madgegate?), but the latest centers on a guy who may work behind the scenes: Former Prime Minister Tony Blair, who is reportedly in final negotiations with the brand for a consulting role. [Huffington Post]

Meanwhile, two other brands are angling for big names, too: Bottega Veneta has tapped Nan Goldin to lens its Spring 2010 campaign, and Chanel is said to be in talks with Martin Scorsese to direct a new video promo. Word has it that the short will be shot in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, but we’re guessing those mean streets will look a little more glamorous than those in, say, Mean Streets. [WWD]

John Varvatos continues his push to mega-brand status with a full accessories line for his lower-priced John Varvatos USA label, launching for Fall 2010. Expect belts, bags, small leather goods, and many, many rock ‘n’ roll references.

Photo: RD / Dziekan / Retna Digital

camp freddy rocks out for john varvatos


Los Angeles sweated through a heat wave last week, but it didn’t last quite long enough for the John Varvatos store opening in Malibu on Saturday afternoon—an abrupt change in the weather meant that the party went on during heavy rainfall. That didn’t stop several hundred guests from coming out to celebrate and take in the performance by supergroup Camp Freddy (a.k.a. Dave Navarro, Donovan Leitch, and Matt Sorum). “We’re friends with John and Malibu residents, so it was a no-brainer,” said Cindy Crawford of the event, which benefited the Malibu Legacy Park Project. Other guests seated on Persian rugs in the big white tent were Ione Skye, Ben Lee, Perry Farrell, Lance Bass, and Kirsty Hume. “The clothes have enough of an edge and we have a lot of credibility with musicians,” said Varvatos. “Those guys all know that I’m a rock ‘n’ roll junkie and that I’m super-passionate about it.”

Photo: Angela Weiss/Getty Images