10 posts tagged "Lily Kwong"
The sweatshirt enjoyed a new renaissance a few years back, when designers like Isabel Marant and Dries Van Noten rescued it from the bottom of the dresser drawer and sent the slubby staple marching down the runways. But they weren’t the only ones to revive the look. Inspired by her own favorite sweatshirt, Aiko designer Cynthia Mittweg built her entire label on tweaks and twists on the theme. After founding her line quietly in Spring 2010, Mittweg built up her presence in stores like Barneys Co-Op, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks, and Shopbop, all of which she counts among her stockists.
Like her inspiration, Norma Kamali, Mittweg focuses on affordable materials and casual chic. But she’s grown her line from a sweatshirt range into a full-scale contemporary collection, with knits, silks (newly introduced for Fall 2011), skins, fur, and more. (Not bad for a woman with no formal design training; Mittweg honed her chops designing her own pieces for the stage while fronting an experimental band, Ich Bin Aiko, the line’s namesake.) Sweatshirts still figure into the new Resort collection, but so do silk palazzo pants, sweaters knit with the names of vacations spots like St. Bart’s, ikat skirts, and pintucked sweaters. “I like to call her a beautiful mess—her house isn’t tidy,” the designer tells Style.com of the woman she has in mind. Her new model, social fixture Lily Kwong, may be more beautiful than messy, but the point stands.
Honor’s first retail store debuted quietly a month and a half ago, but the year-old New York womenswear label picked the perfect spring evening for its opening fête. “It was actually planned as a pop-up shop,” designer Giovanna Randall explained yesterday. “But then when all the fixtures came in, it looked so beautiful, it just felt right to stay.” Located on a cobblestoned Meatpacking District street (“My first job in New York was in Meatpacking,” Randall added), the two-floor long rectangular space was light-filled and airy. The Spring collection lined the glossy ivory walls, and down a flight of steps there was a very chic library of sorts: Arty tomes ranging from Henri Rousseau to portraits of Catherine Deneuve were stacked neatly, there, perhaps, for boyfriends waiting out a lady’s spree.
The ladies were in full force last night—owing, perhaps, to the coterie of It girls who hosted the party (with Randall, center, above), including Lily Kwong, Lesley M.M. Blume, and Arden Wohl, and the one—Alexandra Richards, fresh off a plane from Turks and Caicos—who did deejay duties. (Randall reported that she showed up straight from the airport, still wearing her bikini.) The charity connection—Honor made a donation to New Yorkers for Children for the fête—added to the jovial mood, too. But most of all, perhaps, the warm weather gave the evening its happy buzz. “Finally! We’re so overdue for this,” co-host Kwong said, noting all the ladies in bold pink, garden florals, and white frocks. “But look at me, I’m still wearing black.” With a trip to Tulum, Mexico, on the horizon, Kwong would be wearing her own sunny pieces soon enough. Meanwhile, for some, the season meant turning over a new leaf—for the wardrobe, that is. “It’s time for spring cleaning,” Ten Underwear designer Daphne Javitch noted. “I’m super-organized. I just re-did my closet and I spent all weekend folding.”
Honor NYC is now open at 68 Gansevoort Street, NYC, (212) 225-2233.