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10 posts tagged "Kate Lanphear"

Neuwirth’s Night In

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Last night, to celebrate Irene Neuwirth’s 2013 CFDA Fashion Award nomination for the Swarovski Accessories prize—her second consecutive nod in the category —Barneys New York CEO Mark Lee threw her a party. And when Mark Lee throws you a party, you know you’ve made it. “Barneys was my first account, about ten years ago—it’s the perfect home,” Neuwirth told Style.com. Speaking of perfect homes, Lee hosted the soiree in his swank Chelsea penthouse, replete with views due west to the Hudson and a luxe, quirky charm.

Neuwirth’s work, too, exudes opulence—yet with a bohemian spritz that’s often rare in the fine-jewelry business. Hyper-vivid color is her signature, from asymmetric starburst emerald earrings to chunky labradorite-and-rose-gold-disk rings to lapis-studded bangles—all trimmed with diamonds. “I love Mexican fire opals,” laughed the designer when pressed as to her favorite gemstone. “When you think of fine jewelry, you think of pieces that can be passed down forever, which I still want for my collection—but in a more colorful, creative, and artistic way,” she added.

“She’s way high up on the totem,” said Lee. “She’s built something really significant. We love Irene.” Given the fete’s friendly feel, not to mention the turnout (Allison Williams, Stefano Tonchi, Kate Lanphear, and Wes Gordon were all in attendance), we’d say Lee’s sentiment is the general consensus.

Photo: Billy Farrell/ BFAnyc.com

Today in Secondhand News: Kate Lanphear to T

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In which we track the way that certain fashion news stories are recycled around the Web.

Today’s secondhand news actually began back in November, when Kate Lanphear left her post as the style director of Elle. Since then, rumors have spun about Lanphear applying for a job at The Wall Street Journal, then potentially heading to a start-up magazine called Editorialist (we’re still not 100 percent clear on what that is—all that exists is a dormant Web site). Early on, Fashionista (who deserves props for breaking Lanphear’s Elle departure) suggested that Lanphear might head to T Magazine based on a lighthearted shrimp-related tweet and Instagram that the magazine’s new editor in chief, Deborah Needleman, posted in September:


Then, this morning, freelance journalist Jim Shi tweeted the news that Kate Lanphear was joining the T team:


Providing quasi-confirmation, the news was instantly re-tweeted by T Magazine and then, because Twitter is seemingly the new press release, reported by Refinery29:


Not to be outdone, Fashionista and The Cut jumped on the bandwagon shortly thereafter:


So who’s the winner of today’s secondhand news sweepstakes? Is it Fashionista for predicting the move way back in November? Or Jim Shi for successfully spreading his Twitter handle across the Internet? Actually, the winner is Kate Lanphear. A representative for The New York Times just confirmed via e-mail (not Twitter) that Lanphear is indeed heading to T as style director. Needleman has made several new hires (for instance, she brought Joe McKenna on as fashion director at large) since taking over for Sally Singer in September.

Photo: Astrid Stawiarz/ Stringer via Getty Images

Alison Mosshart: Killin’ It For Eddie Borgo

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Eddie Borgo first met the Kills front woman, Alison Mosshart, through another one of his friends and muses—Kate Lanphear. “She came to a dinner I hosted in Paris, as a guest of Kate’s,” he says. When he saw Mosshart on stage, he was sold on the thoroughly modern-day punk woman. “I was completely taken when I first saw her perform. She is a poet, a writer, a performer, an artist, an intellectual, and a musician,” he tells Style.com. “She is a bona fide rock ‘n’ roll star.” And now, she is a bona fide Borgo girl, too.

Mosshart, whose book Dream & Drive with her band mate Jamie Hince just came out last week, is the newest in a lineup of fashion rock stars who have fronted the designer’s ad campaigns. “I’d loved all his previous collections, their inspirations, and what they stood for. It was wonderful shooting the campaign, learning how meaningful all the pieces were to him, watching his creative mind spin, hearing about his ideas and processes,” she tells Style.com. “I think of his jewelry as sculptures designed with one final angle in mind, us, the moves we make, the turns we take, the rambling bliss of the body in human traffic.” Style.com debuts the Fall 2012 campaign, lensed by Paul Maffi, exclusively here on Style.com.

Photos: Courtesy of Eddie Borgo

Borgo Magic

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In keeping with the tradition of using his famous stylish fans as his models (Vanessa Traina, Lauren Santo Domingo, and Kate Lanphear, to name a few), Eddie Borgo brought on V‘s Cecilia Dean to star in his latest ad campaign. “Cecilia was a natural progression for us; she exemplifies all those mysterious, sexy elements of a woman with effortless style,” Borgo tells Style.com. “I was so nervous, at first, to ask for her participation, but so thrilled when she accepted at a friend’s dinner party in Paris.” The collection was inspired by magic and the occult, referencing the work of British occultist Austin Osman Spare and Robert Mapplethorpe’s projects outside of photography. “The connection between the two artists was their ability to create imagery that was simultaneously strong as it was elegant and refined,” explains Borgo. His translation of the two artists’ work came in the form of geometric shapes, like stars and pentagrams, which he then covered in white powder “to evoke the feeling of lace.”

For the shoot, he enlisted his go-to team: stylist Keegan Singh and photographer Paul Maffi. Here, catch Dean in action in this Style.com exclusive video along with a shot from the campaign.

Photo: Paul Maffi

Tommy Ton’s Best-Dressed Of 2011

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Tommy Ton picked out his favorite people and off-runway fashion statements to photograph this year. Check out Tommy Ton’s year in photos here and see our breakdown of who’s who, below.

Ursina Gysi (Most Sought-After Subject): Stylist.

Ulyana Sergeenko (Best Runway-to-Reality Moment): Designer of her namesake clothing line and haute couture customer.

Natalie Joos (Best Signature Pose): Casting director, girl-about-town, and the blogger behind TalesofEndearment.com. See her ongoing collaboration with Style.com here.

Kate Lanphear (Most Lethal Accessories): Elle style director.

Elena Perminova (Most Lethal Accessories): Model and It-girl.

Hanneli Mustaparta (Best Reason to Hit The Gym): Blogger and model.

Lauren Santo Domingo (Best Post-Baby Comeback): Moda Operandi co-founder and Vogue contributing editor.

Hanne Gabby Odiele (Best-Dressed Model-Off-Duty): Model.

Elisa Nalin (Best Sense of Color): Stylist and designer.

Liz Cabral (The One to Watch): Flare fashion director.

Shala Monroque (Most Worth Waiting For): Fashion and art party fixture, dating Larry Gagosian, close friend of Miuccia Prada’s, and creative director at Garage magazine.

Photo: Tommy Ton