3 posts tagged "Kate King"
“I felt like the neighborhood was lacking in stores that you just want to hang out in and see what the other girls are wearing,” said PR veteran Winnie Beattie (pictured, left) last night at the opening party for her new Nolita boutique, Warm. A self-described “urban hippie,” Beattie grew up in Hawaii and met her husband, Rob Magnotta, while surfing in Montauk, so she wanted to create a personal, sunny environment for her store. Inside, you’ll find hard-to-find labels like Yvonne Sporre and Roseanna, as well as more recognizable ones such as Vanessa Bruno and Jérôme Dreyfuss, along with kids’ clothes and home goods.”[It's] dirty French girl meets SoCal,” she said of the aesthetic.
Indeed, the small space feels like a tropical oasis, with the help of fragrant Coqui Coqui candles and oils as well as the fruity shave ice (and Champagne) that was served to guests at last night’s fête. Street-style favorite Hanne Gaby Odiele, who lives down the block from Warm, hosted the gathering and was expectedly dressed-to-the-nines in a Proenza Schouler jacket and Balenciaga hot shorts (Warm sent her some merchandise to wear but alas, her sub-sample-size frame was too small for it). Odiele invited along a slew of her catwalk friends, which made for some premium model gawking, with the likes of Kasia Struss, Julia Nobis, Kate King, Andie Arthur, and adorable couple Sheila Marquez and Christian Brylle all in attendance. “We’ll definitely be spending a lot of time in here,” Odiele, who was hanging out on the couches in the back with her model clan, told Style.com. In anticipation of that, Beattie reported she’s got in-store manicure sessions and more parties in the backyard planned for the near future.
Warm, 181 Mott St., NYC.
After winning a large chunk of change from the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, Prabal Gurung decided it only seemed natural to launch a pre-fall collection.
“You have to do all four seasons at this point,” he says of his first pre-fall collection, debuting exclusively here on Style.com in this video made during his lookbook shoot with photographer Dan Martensen, who has worked with the likes of i-D, The New York Times, and The Last Magazine. “It’s a huge opportunity to introduce new categories and more sportswear pieces—it’s an incredibly important season.”
Here, Gurung’s girls Alana Zimmer, Hanne Gaby Odiele, Kate King, and Ming Xi (all have walked in his shows) model his latest efforts. “With this collection, I developed a particular print that I had taken a picture of. I had this printmaker in London that I was working with and it looks like a kaleidoscope,” Gurung tells Style.com, in between meticulously pintucking Zimmer’s dress and picking out the perfect pair of Linda Farrow shades with his longtime stylist, Tiina Laakkonen, as Rihanna blasts from the stereo in the background. “We worked to develop the image more and more and more. I didn’t want it to have the same floral idea of my Spring collection—if you look, it’s pretty from afar, but up close, it’s a little hard.” The kaleidoscope print appears throughout the collection, on featherweight T-shirts (his first), Lurex and cashmere jacquard knits, and multiple silk wool or silk georgette pieces in rich green and jet black.
A pre-fall collection isn’t the only new addition to his growing list of accomplishments—Gurung has been hard at work with his new duties as chief designer for ICB, a label that hasn’t been sold in the States for nearly a decade. “The design integrity, aesthetic, and what I believe in will be the same,” he says of his vision for the new ICB collection. “Obviously I come from the American couture background, but there’s also a side of me that lives in the East Village, you know? It will reflect that a little bit more, but not in an obvious East Village way; this will have more grit.”
Fashion week whipped through New York, and now it’s off to Europe. But the runway styles are only some of the stars—also making their names were the handful of fresh-faced models who took key shows by storm. The clear frontrunners for this title of top newcomer are Emily Baker and Kate King. Both have long faces, razor-sharp cheekbones, and piercing eyes. And both are naturals on the runway, poised like they’ve been doing this for years. Baker—a 16-year-old from New Zealand who bears a striking resemblance to Iselin Steiro—walked Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang, Altuzarra, and Rag & Bone (to name just a few). And we’re getting a cool-girl, Ruby Aldridge vibe from King, who stunned at Diane von Furstenberg and Tommy Hilfiger. Other girls who caused a stir include Sui He, the Wenzhou, China, native with an elegant profile who opened Ralph Lauren (the first Asian model to do so in recent years), and Codie Young, an Aussie with dreamy eyes à la Gemma Ward, who did turns at Rodarte and Calvin Klein Collection. Stay tuned to see what happens in Europe.