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Paper Mag’s Kim Hastreiter Records a Rap Song to Celebrate Spring Cheer


Every spring for the past ten years, Paper cofounder, editor, and publisher Kim Hastreiter devotes a page in the magazine to “reasons to be cheerful,” a roundup of zeitgeist moments from fashion and pop culture meant to provide a spring awakening after a long winter. The annual column is inspired by Ian Dury and the Blockheads’ 1979 song of the same name, and although Hastreiter thought herself witty for the throwback reference, it turns out that for the past decade the joke has been on her: “I asked everyone in the office if they got the reference, and all I got were blank stares. Everybody at Paper was born after 1979! Nobody knew what I was talking about!”

So for this year’s addition, Hastreiter went for something a younger generation might understand more easily: a rap. “Fashion can be so, so serious,” she told us. “I hate the fashion mentality ‘one day you’re in, one day you’re out.’ Fashion isn’t one thing. How can someone be a genius one season and not the next? I just wanted to squeeze in as many things as possible to make people smile.” And squeeze them in she did: Despite the unforeseen recording challenge of “just having to speak so quickly,” Hastreiter’s rap contains references to Jeremy Scott’s Moschino debut, Erykah Badu’s Givenchy campaign, and Chanel’s supermarket runway spectacular—all things that have certainly been making us smile lately.

Today, debuts the song and video from Paper‘s spring issue. Sadly, Hastreiter refused to comment if there would be more raps in her future. But who knows? “I love the power of the Internet. Anyone can do anything. Even I can make a rap song and put it out. The Internet gives power to the people.”

Wine for Breakfast with Ecco Domani


Nine thirty may seem a little early for a wine tasting. But winemaker Ecco Domani had to serve a little something (specifically, its new Blue Moscato) to toast the winners of its 2013 Fashion Foundation awards. Yesterday morning, the likes of fashion consultant Julie Gilhart, Neiman Marcus’ Ken Downing, and Paper‘s Kim Hastreiter (all of whom helped select this year’s honorees) gathered at the Museum of Arts and Design to fete TOME (designed by Ryan Lobo and Ramon Martin), Ian Velardi, Deborah Pagani, and Susan Woo. Each of the emerging brands and designers took home a $25,000 grant to fund their upcoming Fall presentations at New York fashion week. “There was an exceptional group this year,” said judge Sally Singer, who cited women’s wear label TOME as particularly impressive. “These prizes are intended to support and reward emerging talent, and this really was a new-wave kind of year.”

This year’s designers join the ranks of previous winners like Proenza Schouler, Alexander Wang, Zac Posen, and Prabal Gurung. The latter attended today’s breakfast as a guest speaker. “When you look at the people who have won in the past, it’s not only a huge boost of confidence, it confirms working this hard has been worth it,” said Woo, winner of the Sustainable Design category. Menswear winner Ian Velardi, who will show his collection for the first time at New York fashion week, echoed the sentiment, saying, “This is probably one of the greatest accomplishments in my life, let alone my career.” How does Gurung feel the award affected his career trajectory? “It changed the landscape of my business early on by simply getting people to notice who I was,” the designer told The EDFF alum, who debuts his capsule collection for Target next week, did not leave without offering the rookies some sage advice: “Have the vision of where you want to go but don’t lose sight of where you are. Be present and dare to dream.”

Photos: Andy Kropa/ Getty Images

Ecco Domani’s 2013 Winners Announced


Winemaker Ecco Domani’s Fashion Foundation Awards—an initiative that aims to support New York’s up-and-coming talents—has helped jump-start the careers of Prabal Gurung, Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy, Alexander Wang, and Derek Lam, just to name a few. Today, the foundation’s 2013 winners, each of whom will be given a $25,000 grant to help them present their collections at New York Fashion Week, were announced. A panel that includes Vogue‘s Sally Singer, consultant Julie Gilhart, Neiman Marcus’ Ken Downing, and Paper magazine editor in chief Kim Hastreiter (among others), selected honorees in four categories: Tome, a New York-based label launched in 2011 by Australian designers Ryan Lobo and Ramon Martin, won the womenswear category (left: a look from their Spring ’13 collection). Ian Velardi won for menswear, Susan Woo was honored for sustainable design, and Deborah Pagani won for her line of accessories inspired by Art Deco and rock ’n’ roll. The awardees will be toasted during a luncheon on January 30.

Photo: Courtesy of Tome

Street Lady


Catherine Malandrino’s pretty cocktail dresses and polished separates seem an unlikely backdrop for an installation by street-inspired artist Curtis Kulig, but that’s the just kind of pairing you’ll find at the designer’s Soho store. After a renovation of the boutique, Malandrino gave Kulig free rein to create—in this case, artwork is on a variety of media including Plexiglas and freestanding sculptures, and will debut via a cocktail party tonight.

The French designer first came across Kulig’s work in the office of Paper magazine’s Kim Hastreiter. “She had these skateboards and I just loved this one by Curtis that said ‘Love Me,’ ” the designer tells “Then a few months later I happened to meet Curtis at an event through a friend.” The two became friends, and the installation sprung from a few conversations the two had a couple months ago. “I love this idea of the boutique, which started 12 years ago, having different chapters in its life,” she says. As Malandrino’s first retail store, the Soho location holds special meaning. And as for how her ladylike customer might react to Kulig’s bold work, the designer is quick to point out: “My customer is polished and likes refinement, but she’s also very audacious.”

The Love Oui series is on display April 20 to 27 at Catherine Malandrino, 468 Broome St., NYC.

Photo: Courtesy of Catherine Malandrino

Toledo’s New Tome


Last night, a host of industry veterans, including Steven Kolb, Fern Mallis, and Paper‘s Mickey Boardman, gathered at the W Times Square to congratulate Isabel Toledo on her new tome, Roots of Style: Weaving Together Life, Love, and Fashion. “I wanted to inspire young designers to do things their way and hold onto their own voice,” the Cuban-American designer told of the book (featuring illustrations by her husband, Ruben), which is part memoir and part manual to the world of fashion. “These days you need renegades in fashion; otherwise there’s no spark.”

Paper‘s Kim Hastreiter recalled her first encounter with the couple in 1984. (“l met Ruben when he was a sales boy at Parachute in New York.”) According to Hastreiter, “Isabel and Ruben work together in creating fashion; she comes up with the ideas and he draws them—they’re like one person.” Adding, “Isabel is an outsider. Even though she’s not on the cover of Vogue every month, she’s the one that’s going to be in history books.”

Still, Mr. Toledo admitted to not always being the ultimate confident spouse. “The first show was terrifying,” he revealed. “I wanted to cancel three seconds before but Isabel said, ‘No, let’s go for it.’ “Ever the artiste, he played host by sketching impromptu caricatures into lucky guests’ book dust jackets, causing Hastreiter to cry out, “You’re like one of those portrait guys in Central Park!” To which Toledo quipped, “That’s where I got my training.”

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