16 posts tagged "Kate Young"
It’s been over ten years since Irene Albright first opened the doors to the Albright Fashion Library—the more than 15,000-dress-, 7,000 shoe-strong collection of contemporary couture, ready-to-wear, and accessories now housed in a massive 7,000-square-foot loft at 62 Cooper Square. “Irene was working with KCD and saw that people were running around chasing clothes, and she just decided to start buying [important pieces],” recalled the Library’s creative director, Patricia Black. “Eventually, people would come to her saying, ‘Oh, do you still have that sweater? Can I borrow it?’”
Today, after a decade functioning as a sort of dream closet for fashion insiders, the Library is feting its history, as well as the incredible individuals who have pulled from its continually evolving archive, with Albright Goes to School, an exhibition in partnership with the Fashion Institute of Technology and MAC Cosmetics that opens this evening at the Museum at FIT.
“I wanted to celebrate Irene, the Library, the stylists—the people who were working on the inside—the shakers and tastemakers,” said Black. “Without them, we wouldn’t have what we have in terms of this colossal space just packed from floor to ceiling with clothes.”
The show—a first look debuts here—features individual looks that ten stylists (June Ambrose, Paul Cavaco, Catherine George, Tom Broecker, Freddie Leiba, Lori Goldstein, Kathryn Neale, Mary Alice Stephenson, Kate Young, and Patti Wilson) created using iconic wares from the Library. A Tom Ford goat hair jacket layers over a Comme des Garçons tank in Goldstien’s look; Balmain is mixed with Givenchy and the artist’s own choker and face mask in Leiba’s; and Patti Wilson utilizes a Lanvin body harness to sex up an otherwise high glamour Yves Saint Laurent and J.W. Anderson combo.
There’s a rich history to the institution, and Black, Museum at FIT director and chief curator Valerie Steele, and set designer Stefan Beckman were tasked with expressing that through a tight narrative. “There are some incredible stylists who pulled these outfits, but they each have their own different story,” related Beckman, who described the installation as a “gritty fire escape urban idea.”
Steele added that the Museum’s interest in the exhibition stemmed, in part, from a desire to champion stylists. “People tend to think, Oh, designers make fashion. So it was important to be able to bring in stylists and show that they also have a really important role in putting looks together.”
The ten ensembles will be on display through March 31. The show marks the beginning of a greater collaboration between FIT and the Albright Fashion Library. “Irene is such an eclectic collector of everything from fashion to art to houses to people. So who knows what she’s going to start collecting next and where we’re going to take that,” suggested Black. “[But] I’m excited about the beginnings of seeing how we get to work and inspire the new generation of kids who dream of becoming the next designer, visual director, creative director, fashion editor, stylist, or costume designer. I’m hoping that we can lend a little bit of light to them in this moment.”
The results are in. Today, The Hollywood Reporter released its third annual list of Hollywood’s 25 Most Powerful Stylists. The winners include big names we’ve been hearing a lot about of late—Kate Young, who’s been whipping up a buzz with her new Target collection (and who styles Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz, and Natalie Portman), came in at number four. Elizabeth Stewart, who chronicled her experience styling Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Chastain, Julia Roberts, and Cody Horn for the Golden Globes for Style.com, came in at number five. And Rachel Zoe, who styled Anne Hathaway and Jennifer Lawrence in their much-talked-about Oscar gowns, slid in at number three. Petra Flannery, who styles Emma Stone, Zoe Saldana, and Megan Fox, was this year’s runner-up. And the big winner is (drumroll, please) Leslie Fremar, who styles discerning stars like Julianne Moore, Charlize Theron, and Jennifer Connelly. A surprise on the list was designer (and Mick Jagger’s girlfriend) L’Wren Scott, who came in at number sixteen for dressing Nicole Kidman.
It’s no secret that stylist Kate Young knows her way around a red carpet. In the past, Young’s vintage-leaning, high-glam moments have typically been reserved for bright-faced ingenues and megawatt stars such as Natalie Portman and Michelle Williams. But thanks to Target, that’s no longer the case. This Spring, Young debuts her first capsule collection for the retailer, joining the ranks of Jason Wu, Prabal Gurung, and Missoni, each of whom designed hysteria-inducing collections for Target in the past. Young is the first stylist to collaborate with the megashop. “I wanted to bring some of the magic that you see on the red carpet to real women,” Young told Style.com at a preview today. “The main focus was to create something affordable and accessible.”
To wit, Young translated her quintessential gamine chic into a streamlined array of thirty after-eight ensembles. Priced between $29.99 and $89.99, the wares ranged from flirty party frocks and sophisticated separates to evening clutches and costume jewelry. “I am always drawn to the drama of Old Hollywood,” Young said, citing a black-and-white floor-grazing gown as a favorite. Contemporary looks included an Alaïa-inspired dress made of tech jersey, a satin peplum cocktail number, and a tuxedo jumpsuit, which paid homage to Valentino and Saint Laurent. (“I can’t wait to wear it for day with a white button-down beneath,” she revealed.) There were also plenty of Young’s hallmarks: sweet shifts with Peter Pan collars, polka-dot bodysuits, and whimsical blossom prints.
With awards season in full swing, we might even see some of the looks sooner than the store drop date on April 14. “Maybe I’ll put my clients in one of the looks,” Young mused. “It’s not about the money. Wearing a designer collaboration for Target is something everybody does. If the design is good, that’s all that matters.”
Giovanna Randall went into labor with her first child the day she presented her debut Resort collection for Honor. That, if anything, is a testament to the designer’s hardworking nature. Inspired by Roy Lichtenstein’s midcentury pop art, Randall layered a custom horizon print over gradated polka dots and showed the graphic combination on the lineup’s standout piece: a cotton organza spaghetti-strap shift with a translucent overlay that appeared to float over the body (pictured). It particularly stood out in the Kate Young-styled lookbook, themed “the Honor woman takes a staycation,” shot in the lush Carroll Gardens backyard of Randall’s personal interior designer, Fawn Galli. Staying true to form, the designer focused her attention on the rich, high-quality fabrics she was working with. A knife-pleat, A-line skirt in a creamy shade of key lime was cut from a coated silk so substantial, the skirt actually stood up on its own when placed on the studio floor. Referencing her quirky Lichtenstein-esque pattern and subtle tailoring details like laser-cut illusion double collars, Randall told Style.com, “These clothes are a reminder that both beauty and oddity surround us at every turn.”