15 posts tagged "Kate Young"
London’s Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos threw a little dinner party at the James here in New York last night before heading home today to prep their first-ever Resort collection for the brand. In advance of a round of appointments with editors and buyers earlier this week, the designing duo spent a few days in Miami soaking up the sun, and reports about their trip had the crowd in the new hotel’s penthouse, which included Hanneli Mustaparta (wearing the label, left), Kate Young, and Olivia Chantecaille, clamoring for one thing: bathing suits. Pilotto and De Vos promised they’ll be back in New York to show Resort, but as to whether or not they’ll come armed with bikinis in their signature digital prints, we’ll just have to wait until June.
Kate Young is on a streak. The stylist was just named one of the top five stylists in Hollywood by the Hollywood Reporter, and topped off the coup by sending her client, Natalie Portman, to the Academy Awards in plum-colored Rodarte—and watching her walk off with the big prize. (Evening’s Best Dressed, of course, though she happened to nab the Oscar, too.) The multitasking stylist, who divides her time between celebrity work, editorials, and consulting for the likes of Jason Wu, has just added another line to her résumé: designer. Young partnered with knitwear designer Lynne Hiriak of Cardigan, whom she met while both were consulting for Derek Lam, to create a line of mom’s and kid’s knits. (Young has two sons.)
For adults, Young (left, with Hiriak) tweaked a favorite Cardigan sweatshirt for a loose, cropped fit (below left), and drawstring sweatpants with elasticized cuffs. (The inspiration, Young said by phone, was a mix of runway favorites—like the covetable sweats from Isabel Marant and Dries Van Noten—and the pieces she’d always wanted, but never found, for herself.) For babies, there’s a buttoned onesie (below right), a mini sweatshirt, and a pair of little sweatpants to match mom’s (though the kid’s version comes with a kangaroo pocket). They’re all made of merino wool, which Young loves for kids not only for its antibacterial properties, but also because it’s a naturally wicking fabric—a good thing, she says with a laugh, when baby pukes or pees. That’s baby-friendly. More mom-friendly are the stylish, jewel-tone colors the pieces come in, a far cry from pink-for-girls, blue-for-boys. Young and Hiriak opted for charcoal, navy, gray, mustard, and purple—that last, come to think of it, not far from the hue of a certain in-the-news Rodarte gown.
Cardigan by Kate Young is available now at cardigannewyork.com.
Jack Vartanian hadn’t been thinking of snakes, per se, when he began working on his Spring ’11 jewelry collection, the designer explained last night at an unveiling dinner at Le Charlot on the Upper East Side. But when he happened on a Brazilian rock, striated with epidote, which he turned into a chunky, faceted cocktail ring (above left), the combination of colors got him thinking. The stone resembled nothing so much as an abstracted python skin, and from it, the 25-piece Python collection was born. (Only part of it was on display last night, due to a customs snafu—snakes on a plane, indeed.) The pieces pick up on the theme of serpents—they’re prevalent in his native Brazil, Vartanian explained, where they symbolize the cycle of nature, birth and rebirth—in sapphire, black quartz, and that epidote stone. Snake heads became rings twining around fingers (above right), cuffs, earrings, and pendants, and the faceted cocktail ring found expression as a pair of dangling earrings, too. They were met with a hiss of approval by dinner guests like Zani Gugelmann, Bettina Prentice, and co-hostess Kate Young. But Vartanian’s best spokesperson has always been his wife, the gorgeous Brazilian model Cassia Avila. She sparkled in the new collection, looking every bit the serpentine beauty herself.