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July 28 2014

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7 posts tagged "Kelly Klein"

horsing around at hermes

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Kelly Klein took a break from signing copies of her new book, Horse, last night at the Hermès store on Madison Avenue to flex her fingers. She had on a pair of fingerless, knitted woolen hand warmers, reminiscent of the gloves jockeys wear. “I wore the gloves because I thought they were kind of a sexy, horsey addition to my outfit, to my Hermès dress,” she said. The book, a collection of fashion images and vintage photography, is of equine proportions—so massive, in fact, that some guests had to have their copies carried up the stairs and out to the car for them. “I said, ‘You know, Kelly, I really think the size is so spectacular, let’s use that space in the design,’” said the book’s creative director, Sam Shahid. “You really feel like you’re riding that horse.”


Well-wishers included Tory Burch and Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer. “I always went to the Hampton Classic,” said the latter. “And I rode for a very, very short period of time, but not the way Kelly does!” Calvin Klein reminded us that at one time he himself had joined Kelly in her equestrian pastime, but suffered that terrible fall. “I was in a cast for about seven months on my back,” he recalled. “I just gave up riding. I thought, ‘I’m not going to push my luck.’ So that was that.”

Photo: Nick Hunt/PatrickMcMullan.com

lisa marie fernandez, bikini queen

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My reaction to hearing that a cool stylist has whipped up a little collection is the polar opposite to the eye-rolling exasperation triggered by the latest pop tart doing, say, T-shirts. So I was thrilled this week to run into Lisa Marie Fernandez, who told me she has a new line of swimwear. Unwittingly, Fernandez has been researching a bathing suit collection all her life. She’s studied girls on beaches all over the world—Vietnam, Bali, India, St. Bart’s—and claims to be able to pinpoint nationality by bikini alone. Her own closet hold over 300 bikinis, tankinis, maillots, and what have you, ranging from $25 nothings to $700 somethings that naturally don’t get wet. (This is a girl who has her tailor refit her swimwear!) Her collection, however, called Lisa Marie Fernandez, harkens back to the suits she and her business partner/childhood friend Kristi Zoldi wore as girls in the eighties. Crafted from a luxurious neoprene-like material—that’s never been used for swim before—they’re clean-lined, with some styles color-blocked and zippered like scuba suits. It’s a sexy, strong, athletic look that’s very Ursula Andress-as-Bond girl. The different styles are named after friends who would actually wear them, e.g., the KK scuba suit-like halter bikini for surfing Kelly Klein; the Genevieve with a higher-cut bottom preferred by Genevieve Jones; and the Leigh (above), a zippered black bustier bikini loved by Leigh Lezark. Fernandez has been showing them all week to the likes of Barneys and Kirna Zabête. Best of all, these are made to use. “They look better wet,” says Fernandez.

Photo: Courtesy of Lisa Marie Fernandez