August 21 2014

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Melissa Arrives In Soho


“Plastic fantastic” was the theme at Melissa’s Soho flagship store opening last night, where the Brazilian shoe label fêted its arrival stateside, drawing the likes of Marc Jacobs, Lorenzo Martone, and Alessandra Ambrosio. Dubbed Galeria Melissa, the Greene Street shop opened its doors with a riot of acid tones thanks to the São Paulo-based label’s spring collection and psychedelic multimedia installations by art collective Assume Vivid Astro Focus (AVAF). “They wanted a color explosion, which is basically what I do,” said AVAF founder and Brazilian artist Eli Sudbrack, whose latest project was conceiving Gaga’s Workshop at Barneys. Referring to the jelly sandals, he said, “They’re like performance art that people can wear on the street.” Party guest Ryan McNamara openly coveted the warriorlike styles from Gareth Pugh, exclaiming, “I just did a piece that was all about Greek gladiators—I wish I had these!”

Recently re-energized by collaborations with Vivienne Westwood, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Jason Wu, the 40-year-old purveyor of candy-colored togs could be considered the ne plus ultra in plastic footwear, forgoing animal leathers for sustainable synthetics. “I love the idea of a plastic shoe,” said Wu, who dashed to the fête between fittings. “It’s not only pretty to look at, it’s extremely functional when it rains.”

The unlikeliest fan? Perennially glamorous Dita Von Teese, who arrived in a floor-grazing lace number that nearly hid her Vivienne Westwood for Melissa round-toe pumps. “I was in Brazil doing a show and discovered this beautiful store with all these amazing shoes,” Von Teese told, naming the ballet slippers as favorites. (“They’re really comfortable!”) If it’s hard to imagine the burlesque beauty traipsing about in rubber flats, she admitted to donning them only in the afternoon. As the queen of cabaret put it, “I wear them when I know I’ll be dancing a lot.”

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Couture Lingerie To Hit The Catwalk, Anya Hindmarch’s Thatcher Tribute, Famed Marilyn Monroe Photographer Eve Arnold Dies, And More…


Glamour girl Zahia Dehar is set to launch a line of couture lingerie during Paris fashion week. Dehar, who has fronted V and been featured in Vanity Fair Italy, enlisted couture specialists for her debut collection, including corset maker François Tamarin, flower maker Bruno Legeron, and embroider Jean-Pierre Ollier. [WWD]

Lorenzo Martone and Ryan Brown announced last year they were closing down their Arc NY Talent PR company, but it remained unclear how they would split their A-list clients. Brown is keeping Alessandro Ambrosio, Irina Shayk, and Julie Henderson, and Martone will take Nicole Trunfio, Julie Ordon, and Jeisa Chiminazzo, and he will reportedly be focusing on fashion and art-related projects. [Page Six]

In celebration of The Iron Lady‘s U.K. release today, Anya Hindmarch has decorated her Pont Street store windows Margaret Thatcher-style, complete with brooches, pearls, and Thatcher wigs. “I am a lifelong fan of Margaret Thatcher and had the great honour of meeting her and making her handbags,” Hindmarch told British Vogue. [Vogue U.K.]

Eve Arnold, who photographed the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Jacqueline Kennedy, Margaret Thatcher, and Malcolm X, died in London at age 99 on Wednesday. Some of her most famous images of Monroe are featured in her book Marilyn Monroe: An Appreciation. [The Hollywood Reporter]

The Virtual Vacation


As anyone who’s currently seated at a desk in the city knows, no one’s seated at a desk in the city. The entire world—well, the entire fashion world, at least—is on vacation this week, and judging by the updates from fashion’s favorite Twitterers, life’s a beach. Marc Jacobs made news when he was spotted on the sand at St. Bart’s in the company of former boyfriend Lorenzo Martone (left), but he’s hardly the only one enjoying some sun. Nicola Formichetti is down in Miami, tweet queen @Bergdorfs is sunbathing in Barbados, and Coco Rocha is relaxing in St. Thomas. If you—like me—are stuck in 30-degree temperatures up north, here’s your chance to live vicariously. A few of their choice snapshots are below. No SPF required—though, as my colleague at Beauty Counter would tell you, even in winter, it never hurts.

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Lorenzo Martone And Ryan Brown Part Ways, Swarovski’s New Scholarship Program, Franca Sozzani On Things She Hates, And More…


Lorenzo Martone and his business partner Ryan Brown are shutting down their model management agency ARC New York at the end of this year. Reportedly, they are still sorting out who will keep A-list clients like Alessandra Ambrosio, Irina Shayk, and Julie Henderson. [Page Six]

Swarovski has unveiled a new scholarship program for two Central Saint Martins students. The first to receive the scholarship awards are Scarlett Tull and Stephanie Bila. [Vogue U.K.]

In January, Jason Wu will be receiving the Future of Fashion Award at the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund dinner. The event will also recognize the 82 designers, personalities, and executives honored during the organization’s 75th anniversary. [WWD]

Meetings and fashionistas—both are things that Vogue Italia editor Franca Sozzani hates. Sozzani, the cover star of Industrie magazine’s latest issue, says in the article, “I never do meetings. Never. If people are responsible and creative, they don’t need to have a teacher.” [Telegraph]

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Talk Supe At Hakaan’s After-Party


When Naomi Campbell swept into Le Montana last night for ANDAM winner Hakaan Yildirim’s after-party, she pursed her lips and gently shook her head at an intrepid reporter’s tape recorder in a gesture at least as old as Garbo. But no matter. The stonewalling supermodel’s presence itself spoke volumes. It may not have been the party of the night—an honor reserved for a veteran, not a relative rookie—but it was a required stop for the girls who made the show a hit both on the runway and in the front row. That includes Eva Herzigova, Anja Rubik, Alessandra Ambrosio, and Natalia Vodianova (who came by early with Jefferson Hack), as well as fashion folk like Giambattista Valli, Charlotte Dellal, and Hidetoshi Nakata. Also taking in the dark, smoky scene were visiting New Yorkers Thakoon Panichgul, Lorenzo Martone, and Suno duo Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty.

Campbell commandeered the best downstairs booth with a perfect view of the dance floor, where she sat with boyfriend, Vladislav Doronin, and Bar Refaeli, the latter keeping an eye on beau Leonardo DiCaprio. (Though Leo, with baseball cap pulled low, wasn’t so much dancing as swaying with the shoulder-to-shoulder crowd.) For his part, Yildirim (above, with Arizona Muse and Lindsey Wixson) pronounced himself “happy but just very tired.” That wasn’t entirely the case with the line’s creative director (and photographer), Mert Alas, who played the host. “I liked it, but I’m never happy,” said Alas, half in jest. “You know when you have a perfect vision of how it should be? So I hate it all.”

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