9 posts tagged "LN-CC"
Assuming you survived Thanksgiving excess and the Black Friday dash, today offers a new opportunity to overindulge: Cyber Monday, Black Friday’s online sister sale. E-tailers are slashing prices on end-of-season fall merchandise, with discounts climbing to 50 percent at many major stores, including Net-a-Porter and Mr Porter, where you’ll find goods from Dolce & Gabbana (above left), Oscar de la Renta, Marni (top right), Missoni, Balmain, and Valentino (above right) at half off. The Canadian retailer Ssense.com is slashing prices by up to 50 percent on A.P.C., Mulberry, Rag & Bone, and outré options from Hussein Chalayan and Maison Martin Margiela. In menswear, L.A.’s South Willard has begun its fall sale, cutting prices on Band of Outsiders, Stephan Schneider, and Margaret Howell, and over in London, LN-CC and Asos are both offering 20 percent discounts for Cyber Monday—good until midnight tonight. Happy shopping.
In advance of Issey Miyake’s Fall 2011 womenswear show, the label announced that said collection would be creative director Dai Fujiwara’s last. (They did it in elegant, haute Japanese fashion: by mailed letter. Really, who does such things anymore? I was tempted to reply with a thank-you note.) Fujiwara’s odd, cerebral collections for the label over his five-year tenure have been an outré highlight of the Paris collections. It’ll be sad indeed to see Fujiwara decamp, a sentiment only punched up by the recent delivery of his Spring ’11 menswear to London’s high-concept LN-CC boutique.
The inspiration for the season, we’ll all recall (or maybe we need a refresher) was trout. As in—well, as in trout. Not exactly overfished waters of inspiration, sartorially speaking. In fact, odd enough to give you pause. But in practice, the results are strangely compelling. (And, really, no stranger than, say, bananas.) Call me crazy—my coworkers did, when I emailed around a link—but I can’t stop thinking about this fishhook-printed shirt. It’s vibrantly-hued, fab pieces like these that’ll make Fujiwara hard to replace; that talent for can’t-explain-it-but-want-it is in short supply. What’s next for the designer? Time will tell. One guess: Gone fishin’?
As the creative director and buyer for the online menswear retailer Oki-Ni, John Skelton was well aware that more than a few women were shopping for dude’s duds on his site. Now he’s applying that unisex sensibility to his new store. LN-CC—which stands for Late Night Chameleon Cafe—launches online early next week with a mix of fashion-forward menswear from the likes of Raf Simons and Rick Owens, cult Japanese brands including Wacko Maria, and up-and-comers such as specs-maker Illesteva. Ladies’ goods include clothing from Preen and jewelry from Lara Bohinc and Mawi. So far, so good—and Skelton has gone unisex one better by asking several of the menswear brands he’s stocking to make versions of their apparel and accessories in women’s sizes and fits. (A few of the women’s labels at LN-CC will be returning the favor.) “We didn’t want to get into anything girly,” Skelton explains. “There’s a certain sensibility at work here, that a certain kind of woman appreciates, and we’re staying true to that.”
Meanwhile, the LN-CC e-commerce site is only the tip of the iceberg. Skelton and partner Dan Mitchell are knee-deep in construction on the 5,000-square-foot Late Night Chameleon Cafe store in East London, an appointment-only space that is being designed in collaboration with set designer Gary Card and which will host a library curated by Donlon Books owner Conor Donlon and a wide-ranging selection of music titles. The shop is due to open in October. “We really felt strongly that we didn’t want this to be a place people just wandered in and out of,” Skelton explains, when asked about the decision to make Late Night Chameleon Cafe open only by appointment. “We want this to be a destination, a place people come to with a sense of purpose, and where they spend some time, and engage.”
A selection from LN-CC’s wares, styled by John Skelton: jacket by Rick Owens, shirt by Damir Doma, trousers by SILENT by Damir Doma, necklace by Lara Bohinc.