August 21 2014

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On Our Radar: Matt Bernson


Since launching his namesake accessories label in 2005, New York-based designer Matt Bernson has racked up an impressive following—Gisele Bündchen, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Jessica Alba included. They and the rest of his growing fan base will be happy to hear that his chic, affordable line of shoes and bags is now available at the label’s first flagship, a 2,200-square-foot shop now open in Tribeca. Bernson and Joshua Pulver, Kate Spade’s architect of choice, decorated the space with custom and vintage furnishings and filled it with pieces from the new collection, which range from the puff leather T-strap Matteo heel to the downtown-cool Gitanes smoking slipper in pastel patent leather. Bernson even dabbled in the season’s sporty trend with the thin-stacked Shelby wedge made of perforated leather (pictured).

Matt Bernson is now open at 20 Harrison St., NYC, (212) 941-7634. Prices range from $134 to $218.



Photo: Courtesy of Matt Bernson


Fashionable Reads—Real And Otherwise


Summer reading? Fashion folks aren’t necessarily known for their book smarts (you’re more likely to catch them cracking the latest issue of i-D than Finnegans Wake), but they sure know how to fake it in style. Olympia Le-Tan’s whimsical clutches, which are made to look like famous novels such as Moby-Dick and Lolita, have been a smash success both on the red carpet and in the streets. The Kate Spade label picked up on the bags’ popularity and created its own editions. And at Zero + Maria Cornejo, the designer put her spin on the trend by printing library shelves on a draped silk dress. There are, of course, a few rogue intellectuals in the bunch. Top model Frida Gustavsson can often be found backstage thumbing through a highbrow paperback. Daphne Guinness, naturally, was toting Harold Bloom’s The Anxiety of Influence at the Couture shows. And while vacationing in Mexico recently, Naomi Campbell got her Kabbalah fix by skimming the Zohar—even if it was upside-down.

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Westward Bound


L.A.-based stylists Emily Current and Meritt Elliott are responsible for dressing some of Hollywood’s most on-the-rise stars—their client Emma Roberts in particular has been turning heads lately—but it’s really the notion of East meets West that has them busy these days.

“We were inspired by the notion of adventure and the idea of Kate Spade New York, an iconic East Coast brand, traveling westward,” Current said, referencing the unlikely compatibility of the pair’s whimsical, more casual Americana aesthetic (demonstrated in the Current/Elliott line they also design) with the New York mainstay’s playful yet ladylike charm. Hence the name of the capsule collection: Westward.

The duo’s West Coast girl isn’t a by-the-pool lounger, though. “We kept in mind the ideal shapes, sizes, and elements that suit a stylish, working girl,” Meritt echoed of the bags that range from oversized clutches with a hidden cross-body strap to their “2nd” bag, big enough to fit your laptop and a second pair of shoes. Working closely with Kate Spade’s creative director Deborah Lloyd, they conspired to provide the perfect antidote to the woman who never knows where her day will take her. Judging by the new ad campaign, debuting exclusively here, wherever she’s off to, she’ll be scaling new heights.

The collection launches this August at Kate Spade stores, Bloomingdale’s, and online. In celebration of the collaboration, Kate Spade New York has made a generous donation to the Phase One Foundation, an organization that supports cancer research and awareness. It’s a cause that’s sadly close to home: Elliott’s husband passed away nearly two years ago from brain cancer.

Photo: Courtesy of Kate Spade New York

Olsen On Olsen, Kate Spade Gets Current/Elliott, Tom Ford’s Fall Campaign Revealed, And More…


At last, power bags from two of the biggest powerhouses in fashion right now: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. They are debuting their first handbag collection from The Row this week at Barneys, and it’s full of sleek silhouettes and sophistication, just like we expected. Here, the twins interviewed each other about their inspirations and style philosophy. [The Window]

Also in handbag news: Kate Spade is hitting the road and going westward with stylists Emily Current and Meritt Elliott. The West Coast duo behind Current/Elliott denim has created a capsule collection of six handbags for Spade, set to launch in August for $245 to $1,295. [WWD]

From angel to night temptress? Looks like that’s the transformation Victoria’s Secret model Candice Swanepoel underwent for Tom Ford’s highly anticipated Fall 2011 ad campaign, shot by Mert & Marcus. In the ads, Swanepoel wears rich purple and black numbers and some fierce eye makeup. [Huffington Post]

There’s a new Baby Spice! Posh and Becks had their first daughter, Harper Seven Beckham, yesterday at Cedars-Sinai hospital. We expect she will be the best-dressed babe on the celebrity baby circuit. [Vogue.U.K.]

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To Mom, Love


Mother’s Day is right around the corner. With 48 hours to go,’s writers and editors fill you in on what they’re gifting—and what they hope to get—come Sunday.

“The only thing my mom enjoys more than walking into John Derian when she visits me in New York is walking out and saying, ‘I love it, but it’s so expensive.’ My sister and I have decided to treat her to a decoupage letter tray ($165, She’ll tell us it’s too extravagant for her, but the painted lily is right up her street. And for me? My little boy Nikolas is a shoe man. He’s tried all of mine on and he likes the high ones the best. I love this pair of Givenchy sandal booties ($740,, but they’ll definitely break his piggy bank budget. I’ll settle for a pedicure from Jin Soon.” —Nicole Phelps, executive editor

“With the weather finally warming up, I’m in need of a new pair of sunglasses. I’ve seen a lot of cool girls spotting mirrored shades and I can’t wait to get my hands on some. Hopefully, my lovely husband is reading this, so Gloria will ‘surprise’ me with this Tom Ford pair ($340, at Sunday’s lunch! My mom will be in Brazil, so Gloria and I will Skype her in the morning. Gloria will be doing a little singing—her latest trick. And for next time she comes to visit, I’ll get her the best skin moisturizer I’ve tried in years: Clé de Peau’s Gentle Protection Emulsion ($130,, recommended by our beauty editor, Celia. I’m sure Mom will love it, too.” —Marina Larroude, senior market editor Continue Reading “To Mom, Love” »