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July 30 2014

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12 posts tagged "Lena Dunham"

Say “I Do” to Catbird’s Engagement Ring Debut

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Catbird

If your ring game is the envy of others, you already shop at Catbird. For the past decade, the Brooklyn-based jewelry brand and store has been the borough’s go-to for bohemian baubles. And thanks to Girls like Lena Dunham and Jemima Kirke donning Catbird’s designs, the label is slowly gaining mass national appeal.

Considering Catbird’s biggest claim to fame is its knuckle ring, it’s no wonder that the label’s devotees stack their finger accouterments with masterful skill. “It’s like New York living. After a certain point, you just sort of have to put things on the ceiling,” general manager Leigh Plessner told Style.com. If “building up” (as Plessner calls it) doesn’t come as organically to you as it does to experienced jewelry mixers, Catbird breaks down the science with its fun how-to, aka Anatomy of a Stack.

Catbird ladies might want to start dropping hints to their special someone, because today the brand launches its own line of engagement rings. With the design studio now a stone’s throw away from the shop, the addition seems a natural progression for owner Rony Vardi. “We’ve wanted to do this for a really long time,” Vardi said. The Swans collection, as it’s been dubbed, offers semi-customizable white, rose, and standard gold bands that come with rose-cut diamond centers flanked by rubies or white or black diamonds. In keeping with the “casual luxury” of Catbird’s effortlessly cool aesthetic, the rings are “classic and simple enough that they can go with everything, but they still feel really super-special,” explained Vardi. Plus, the stones are set with a slight bezel lift, which makes these rings ideal for layering. When it comes stacking on The Swans, don’t forget to say I do.

Priced between $1,350 and $5,600, The Swans collection goes on sale today, and debuts here, exclusively on Style.com.

Photo: Courtesy Photo

With an Assist From Lena Dunham, Isa Arfen Has Arrived

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YASMIN SEWELL AND SERAFINA SAMAFor an up-and-coming label like Isa Arfen, dressing the biggest television star of the moment is a game-changer. So when Lena Dunham appeared last week wearing the “eye” shift dress on the red carpet in Hollywood for the Television Academy’s “An Evening With Girls,” designer Serafina Sama said it was her “second dream come true.”

Her first dream? “Working with The Shop at Bluebird.”

Despite being on the scene just shy of two years, Sama (Isa Arfen is an anagram of her full name) has become known for her use of texture, color, and volume. The digitized eye was her first experimentation with print, and she knew from the onset who she wanted to collaborate with: “Marcela Gutiérrez was my fellow classmate at Central Saint Martins, and she had such a talent for print she moved from fashion to illustration. She is really gifted at portraiture, with a focus on the eye, so it was natural for us to work on that and draw it out.”

Sama created two eye pieces—culottes (£420) and a skirt (£635)—exclusive to The Shop at Bluebird, one of London’s most underappreciated retail concept stores (but perhaps not for long, as its online launch begins next week). “I not only love their edit of designers,” said Sama, “but also the way they curate furniture and art. I can easily lose hours in the shop, wandering around.”

Last night at Bluebird, Charlotte Dellal, Yasmin Sewell, and more turned up for a preview of Isa Arfen’s AW 2014 collection. Sama explained how Dunham’s eye dress came to be: “It was originally a little cropped top, but Lena thought it was too short for her, so I basically made it into a dress in two days, sent it out, and crossed my fingers.” Dreams, apparently, come true sometimes. Twice.

Photo: Courtesy Photo

Who’s the Boss? Jenna Lyons, That’s Who.

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Jenna Lyons in Girls

Season three of Girls debuts on HBO on January 12, and the marathon of hype, frenzy, and promotion is well under way. Girls‘ latest trailer, which was released this weekend, treats us to a cameo from none other than Jenna Lyons. The J. Crew president and creative director has apparently snagged a role as Lena Dunham’s snarky, impeccably dressed boss. Funnily enough, Lyons follows in the footsteps of J.Crew CEO Mickey Drexler, who made a guest appearance on Breaking Bad in August. Looks like TV stardom is just part of J.Crew’s corporate culture.

Betty Halbreich Doesn’t Watch Girls, Embraces Panty Girdles

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Lena Dunham and Betty Halbreich

Lena Dunham—the outspoken Girls creator with a singular and oft outré aesthetic—has a fashion-forward new project in the works: an HBO comedy based on the life of 85-year-old Bergdorf Goodman personal shopper Betty Halbreich. During the New Yorker festival, The Telegraph was privy to a convo between the two ladies, in which Halbreich, who’s worked with Bergdorf since 1978, admits that she’s never watched Girls and that she was wearing a “panty girdle.” The style maven also commented on Dunham’s Emmys look: “That blue eye shadow…made your eyes tear,” she said, to which Dunham lightheartedly replied, “I know. The Emmys weren’t my finest hour.” Who knows—perhaps Dunham could get more than just TV material from the seasoned sartorial adviser.

Photo: Bryan Bedder / Getty Images 

You’ve Got Mail From Miranda July

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Miranda JulyWriter, filmmaker, and performance artist Miranda July has never shied away from inviting the public into her world. Childhood injuries, sexual proclivities, insecurities about aging—no detail or eccentricity is off limits. Oftentimes, July encourages the audience to take part in the (over?)-exposure. For instance, her seven-year Web project, “Learning to Love You More,” culminated with more than 8,000 people submitting responses to online assignments like: “Take a picture of your parents kissing.”

In fact, much of July’s work hinges on interrogating the outer limits of breaking down the boundaries between “me” and “you,” and what it means to be close to someone in the Internet era. Her latest work, “We Think Alone,” adds a new angle to the intimacy project. Here, she invites such friends as Lena Dunham and Sheila Heti, as well as newfound acquaintances Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Lee Smolin, among others, to contribute a series of their personal e-mails to be read—without context—by whoever would like to receive them each week.

“I made a list of 20 different kinds of e-mails— an e-mail about money, an angry e-mail, one to your mom. Then I sent the list to 10 different notable people whom I admire,” explained July of her process. “I was quite nervous—just asking people to do it seemed sort of presumptuous—but the first person to send hers to me, the artist Catherine Opie, sent all 20 at once and filled me with confidence. It was a lot more nuanced than I had imagined.” Continue Reading “You’ve Got Mail From Miranda July” »