July 25 2014

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Everything’s Bigger In Texas, Even The Deconstructed Disco Ball


Decades‘ Cameron Silver knows a thing or two about wealthy women in fabulous dresses. The vintage couturier was in the thick of them last night at the tenth anniversary bash of Dallas’ designer mecca Forty Five Ten. He reports from the front lines, below.

The traditional tenth anniversary gift is tin or aluminum. For the tenth anniversary of their Dallas store Forty Five Ten, Brian Bolke and Shelly Musselman (pictured) kept to the glittery spirit, if not the letter, of the law. Bolke and Musselman hosted the gala in a gold lamé tux jacket from Dsquared², and a mirrored Margiela gown, respectively. Musselman said what we were all thinking: “In our heart of hearts, don’t we all really want to be a deconstructed disco ball at the end of day?” Well, maybe what some of us were thinking. She paused and added oracularly: “It sees everything.” As for Bolke, he let his Moschino tee do the talking: “Shop.”

But shop they did, of high-end European labels and exclusive tenth anniversary items by attendees Doo-Ri Chung, Narciso Rodriguez, and Koi Suwannagate. (Carry a designer for a decade or so and you’re bound to rack up a few favors.) DJ Lucy Wrubel’s silver Moschino mini, embossed with the phrase “Fashion Must Go On,” certainly inspired the hundreds of loyal clients to drop their Centurion cards, at least when they weren’t juggling flutes of Dom Pérignon or pork hors d’oeuvres three ways (taco, tempura, and slider—this may be fashion, but it’s still Texas).

At 10 p.m., Raven Kauffman (in vintage Mila Schön), Suzanne Wilson (in DVF), and I headed to Kenny Goss and George Michael’s Highland Park home for more Champagne and a viewing of their amazing British art collection, including works by Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst, and an amazing Angus Fairhurst gorilla displayed by the pool. The party continued, and close to midnight, the last guest arrived: the pizza boy. The famished crowd went wild. McQueen-clad Houston social Becca Cason Thrash confessed, “It’s Domino’s, and it’s divine!”

Photo: Daniel Driensky

Donatella Reborn, Juicy Air, And More…


Koi Suwannagate is heading to Anthropologie, which is fast becoming this season’s serious high-low contender. Suwannagate’s offerings will register on the higher end of high, with prices stopping just shy of $300. If her gorgeous detailing comes through, we think it’ll be worth it. [WWD]

For Donatella Versace, whose company just underwent a major reshuffling (read: layoffs), the recession is no big thing: “Die and born again, die and born again….It’s the story of my life.” [NYT]

Ralph Lauren‘s Olympic designs include a newsboy cap, a “shawl-collar sweater with antique buttons,” and plaid for the men. Is this for the pheasant-shooting competition? [HuffPo]

Juicy Couture will soon be invading your air space. The mega-brand is set to open four airport shops starting in December, which means you’ll never have an excuse for wearing a mismatched tracksuit again.

Photo: Sherly Rabbani and Josephine Solimene

It’s Getting Easier Dressing Green


As WWD pointed out yesterday, eco-chic hasn’t fallen prey to the recession. Yes, green fashion stays viable by being partly a marketing kick. (Last year one publicist told me point-blank that she had her client do a couple organic cotton tops just to get into every magazine’s now-inevitable Green Issue.) But keeping the trend alive surely has some merit, and considering that fabric manufacturing, especially cotton, can pollute heavily, it must make a difference that companies like Loomstate, Koi Suwannagate, and even Jil Sander and Yves Saint Laurent are offering stylish sustainable options. The article also mentioned that the French customer in particular is fed up with how quickly clothing falls apart, another reminder that the most eco-chic clothes are the ones you don’t toss in a season. As Earth Day looms and green press reaches critical mass, there are a few other things worth mentioning, like’s new initiative Yooxygen, which will, among other things, offset the carbon footprint of its courier services. Yooxygen’s main focus is, of course, shopping. Set to launch on Earth Day is an exclusively eco-friendly boutique (dubbed by Yoox CEO Federico Marchetti as ECO-mmerce) with product like Ilaria Venturini Fendi’s recycled material accessories line Carmina Campus, vegan Stella McCartney accessories, and organic tees from Katherine Hamnett, a.k.a. Henry Holland’s spiritual mother. Meanwhile, HBO asked Natalie Chanin of Alabama Chanin to do some “up-cycled” T-shirts—essentially reworking old T-shirts from shows like Flight of the Conchords and Sex and the City with Chanin’s homey-chic signature hand-stitching and appliqué. They’ll be sold at the HBO store in New York and at And finally, T-shirt line Alternative Apparel (which has some of the best colors I’ve seen lately) has created a magazine called Think Earth with contributions from eco-minded celebs like Adrian Grenier and Leonardo DiCaprio posse member Lukas Haas. You can download the magazine at starting April 14, and they’ll be celebrating the issue next week with a party at the Sunset Marquis. Hey, just because you’re green doesn’t mean you can’t be fabulous.

Koi on Koi at Koi


More than a few designers have elected to show their collections privately this season, Koi Suwannagate among them. But for Suwannagate, the decision is less a concession than a return to her roots, as she explained over dinner at-where else?-Koi. “There’s been a pressure to expand,” she said. “I was gratified to be a CFDA/Vogue finalist two years ago, but with that exposure came this
sense of, OK, I should do ready-to-wear, I should work with new fabrics, I should spend more time on my business and less time cutting and beading things myself. This economy,” she added, “has given me a good excuse to come back to my roots.” With that in mind, Suwannagate has scaled down her Fall ’09 collection, which was inspired in part by artist Sophia Taeber, and has worked exclusively in cashmere. She wore two of her new pieces to dinner-a pair of cashmere pants with a tailored, almost legging-like fit, and a flower-embellished hand-knit cape-and was eager to show off the detail in each. “That’s the beautiful thing about a private presentation,” Suwannagate noted. “People can touch the clothes, study their subtleties. And I can talk them through the fact that we make our clothes for production in-house, the same way other designers make samples. I think that right now, that information is essential to buyers. They want to understand why the clothes cost as much as they do. I’m not sure you get that on the runway.”

Photo: Courtesy of Koi Suwannagate

Fluff Pieces On The Spring Catwalks


The current climate may have consumers reaching for the classic and unadorned, but a number of designers are making a case for fashion escapism come spring. September saw a flurry of marabou-trimmed frocks on the runways (click for slideshow). At his prehistoric-themed show, Christopher Kane played geometric leather skirts against fuzzy feather tunics. Francesco Scognamiglio and Koi Suwannagate both laid on the plumes for unique takes on the peplum waist. And for a grand evening—or a walk down the aisle—who wouldn’t dream of making an entrance in L’Wren Scott’s strapless siren gown with wispy train? Click here to see more Spring plumage.




Photo: Marcio Madeira