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While the rest of the city was braving subzero temperatures last night, the crew in the downstairs den at Acme in New York was hot for model Ashley Smith and her first collection for California-based lifestyle brand RVCA. “You know, I’ve gained a lot of respect for designers,” Smith told Style.com. “I had no idea how time-consuming and research-oriented designing a collection would be…luckily I had this amazing team behind me.”
Her debut collection (below), which is the first of six, is full of playful separates: flouncy skirts, letterman cardigans, and cropped sweaters. “I designed the clothes around what I would want to wear and what my friends would want to wear,” said Smith, who turned up to the event wearing her designs. “And it plays on the idea of opposites—being this tomboy in Texas and the girl I am today in New York.”
According to Smith, the project came together organically over drinks at the Mercer Hotel following an introduction by photographer Mike Piscatelli. “When it happens, it just happens,” offered RVCA founder PM Tenore. “We like to work with different people of varying subcultures—whether it’s artists, designers, surfers, or skaters—and branch out. RVCA is really a platform for talented people like Ashley Smith or Erin [Wasson, a former collaborator] to showcase their passion and hard work…there’s no formula otherwise.”
The two brought together a coterie of cool kids, including model Kyleigh Kuhn, Andrej Pejic, and Man Repeller’s Leandra Medine, as well as artists like Ryan McGinness. “It’s very fun,” Kuhn said of the designs. “Ashley has such a personality here in the downtown New York scene, and she’s breathing this new life and energy into RVCA’s women’s brand, which is exciting.”
So what can fans expect to see next from Smith? “I just finished my designs for the second collection, which is just as good as the first, if not better,” she said. “I was inspired by seventies denim…I just love denim!”
Priced between $16 and $315, Ashley Smith x RVCA will be available on RVCA’s Web site starting in August.
Soho got a French infusion last night with the official opening party for Vanessa Bruno’s Greene Street pop-up shop. After opening several retail locations in her native France, then in London, then Los Angeles, and a few spots in Asia, the designer now has her sights set on New York. She plans on eventually opening a permanent New York flagship, but a fashion-week pop-up is a good place to start. And when she saw the space that was available—an open 1,300-square-foot loft—she simply couldn’t resist. “You cannot find anything like this in Paris. And you can do a lot with a place like this,” Bruno told Style.com. Indeed, she did do a lot with it—the pop-up features her Spring ’13 collection, a Ladurée Macaron counter, Diptyque candles, and wall-sized blowups of this season’s ad campaign starring Stella Tennant. It was a nice pause française for guests like Natalie Joos, Tallulah Harlech, and Zani Gugelmann in the midst of New York fashion week. Said Leandra Medine, “I am really happy about Paris relocating to New York—getting to Soho is way cheaper than Le Marais.”
The Vanessa Bruno pop-up shop is located at 131 Greene Street and is open through February 26.
According to Stuart Weitzman, earning a lifetime achievement award could be considered a nudge toward an exodus from the industry. “Twenty-six years ago they gave me my first award, which was Man of the Year,” recalled the designer who took home the Lifetime Achievement Award at last night’s 26th Annual Footwear News Achievement Awards held at the Museum of Modern Art. “Now I think they’re trying to retire me.” Despite his jests, the 71-year-old designer (above) shows no signs of slowing down. Selling two million pairs of shoes each year, Weitzman continues to outfit well-heeled women across the globe in his signature 50/50 boots and demure heels. He counts Angelina Jolie, Beyoncé (who even sent in a congratulatory video tribute for Weitzman), and Kate Middleton as fans. Most recently, the latter turned up at London’s Olympic Games in his Corkswoon wedge, turning the stacked style into an instant hit. “She didn’t change her shoes for nine days,” he said. “It was a big deal.”
Among the flurry of footwear fanatics on hand were Miranda Kerr, Tali Lennox, and pop star-turned-designer Fergie, who paired a turquoise Pucci dress with her own Holly pumps. “I love a platform because my husband is so much taller than I am,” the singer admitted. “He’s always leaning over to kiss me.” Even presenter Victor Cruz revealed he’s a “heels guy” and prefers his lady friends in Christian Louboutin or Charlotte Olympia. “I know my stuff,” beamed the New York Giants’ wide receiver. Among the winners of the evening, Charlotte Dellal and Tabitha Simmons (left, with Kerr) took home trophies for Designer of the Year and Style Influencer of the Year respectively, while Rebecca Minkoff earned praise for using Instagram photos in her first print ad campaign (which debuted, by the way, in Style.com/Print). “It was another way that we could connect to our customer and make her feel empowered,” explained Minkoff who, hours earlier, uploaded sandal options for the evening and let her 114k followers decide. No stranger to posting sartorial selfies, Man Repeller’s Leandra Medine lamented over the cons of public forum sharing. “Shoe porn instigates the most heated conversations,” the blogger told Style.com. “The reactions are funny. Amid all the ‘OMG, I love your shoes!’ There’s always the ‘Girl, shave your legs! Why aren’t your toes pedicured!’ It can get pretty hostile.”
It’s been quite a week for Grey Area: The buzzy artist-edition site launched a new collection of products, “Americana,” on election night, and has sold more than 1,500 of Sebastian Errazuriz’s inspired “MANHATTAN BLACKOUT” and “I STILL LOVE NY” T-shirts since last weekend, with profits going to Hurricane Sandy relief.
On top of that, cofounders Manish Vora and Kyle DeWoody unveiled a new batch of artist-made goods created in tandem with the designers at Helmut Lang last night at the brand’s Mercer Street shop.
Artists include Cat Stevens—”not that Cat Stevens,” Vora clarified—and Michelle Lopez, and the latest partnership has resulted in a glossy version of Shelter Serra’s rubber Rolex-inspired bracelet, which has become a bit of a calling card for the site and artist alike.
Serra revealed at the intimate dinner that followed at La Esquina—and drew the likes of bloggers Elin Kling and Leandra Medine, and Hilary Rhoda, fresh off the Victoria’s Secret runway the night before—that early on he’d been approached by Amazon.com and turned them down.
He’s been intrigued by what Helmut Lang CEO Andrew Rosen, who cohosted the dinner, referred to in a toast as “the Grey Area thing.” He wasn’t the first, and no doubt won’t be the last.
Little Lagerfeld and mini Man Repeller? Oh yes. As a celebration of The Coveteur‘s new 2.0 version rollout today, the Web site created a short film featuring some of fashion’s biggest personalities (and some of the site’s past subjects), including Anna Dello Russo, Lagerfeld, Susie Bubble, Bryan Boy, and Style.com’s Tommy Ton. “We spent so much time on casting and styling—we wanted it to be spot on,” Erin Kleinberg, the site’s cofounder and creative director, tells Style.com. As for the new and improved Coveteur, it’s got twice as many photos, has enabled visitors to create their own closet, and has a new integrated shopping experience allowing you to shop the closets of Rachel Zoe, Leandra Medine, Tommy Hilfiger, and more, directly on the site. Coming soon on The Coveteur, an inside glimpse into Hugh Hefner’s closet. “That was sort of a dream come true,” admits Kleinberg. “We love pajama dressing around here—it’s sort of an everyday occurrence at this office.” And the editors at the Style.com office are especially happy to hear they’ve got the Olsen sisters high on their To Be Coveted wishlist.
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