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April 19 2014

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25 posts tagged "L’Wren Scott"

After Years Of Search, A Jean Worthy To Share The High-Design Racks

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Kirna Zabête is one of New York City’s premier retail destinations, carrying a coveted mix of Givenchy, Balenciaga, Alaïa, and Proenza Schouler. You can count on finding covetable designer labels there. But until now, there’s one thing you couldn’t get there: jeans. That changes with the first denim addition to the store’s designer roster: Mother, a line spearheaded by Lela Tillem (formerly of Citizens of Humanity) and Tim Kaeding (formerly of Seven for All Mankind), which launched for Spring ’11.

Several years ago, Kirna Zabête co-founders Sarah Easley and Beth Buccini realized the need to include a denim line in their store; even the most Balmain or L’Wren Scott-loving customer wants a good pair of jeans. But with the buyers’ exacting standards, it took years to find a label that measured up. “We do special clothes, not jeans,” Easley explained. But Mother fit the bill, especially at their reasonable price point—they retail between $155 and $242. “You don’t want to go to the park in $500 jeans,” she added. “We like to cross merchandise. You could wear these to the beach with your Alexander Wang T-shirt or pair them with your new Alaïa jacket when you travel.”

The skinny Wilder jeans ($205) and the wide-leg Lookers ($196) are now among the high-end offerings. And as Easley—who is, in fact, a mom—notes, they’re “great for someone 25, someone 45, and everyone in between.”

On sale now at Kirna Zabête, 96 Greene St., NYC, and at Kirnazabete.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Mother

L’Wren Scott Introduces Lula, Her First Full-Sized Bag

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For L’Wren Scott, the old saying is true. Mother knows best—at least where handbags are concerned.

The stylist-turned-designer debuts her first full-sized handbag, the Lula, this week, a ladylike structured bag inspired, she tells Style.com, by the bag her mother carried when she was a girl. “I didn’t really base it around anything other than my mom’s handbag that she always carried,” she says. “She had this very structured bag that you always heard open and close when she was coming or going. That was a specific feeling for me.”

It’s not quite the Proustian madeleine, but it did make an impression. When Scott set out to design the bag—after the success of the mini pochette she debuted last season—she wanted to make a functional, comfortable carry-all. “You had to be able to carry it on your arm, or it could fit on your shoulder, even if you were wearing shoulder pads,” she explains. “When you sit down, you hear it sit down on the table, [too]. When it opens and closes, you hear the whoosh—I love the sound of a bag.”

Available exclusively at Barneys, the Lula comes in three sizes—a small, a large, and a weekender—in calfskin, python, and crocodile. (Prices range from $2,300 for the small up to $20,500 for the large in croc.) The Italian-made bags sport gunmetal hardware (the hardest part to perfect, Scott says) and come in purple, black, and a rich brown called Bordeaux, as well as a special mauve python skin. Each features compartments for iPads and cell phones (and, exotic-skin versions come with a smaller pochette inside). But whatever you pack, Scott promises one thing.

“It closes!” she laughs. “You can fit everything in it—and it still closes. It’s deceiving, because you can fit so much in it, even the small one. That’s super-exciting for a girl.” Just like Mom always knew.

Photo: Courtesy of L’Wren Scott

What The Kids Chose

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This weekend, the Kids’ Choice Awards and the Academy of Country Music Awards offered two takes on event dressing: young, short, and bright for the kids, glammed-out for the twang set.

At Friday’s Kids’ Choice Awards, the length of choice was mini. Miranda Cosgrove (above left) was the latest young Hollywood coup for Miu Miu; the iCarly starlet, whose show won for Favorite TV Show, wore a shocking pink, strapless gown by the label. Paris Hilton (above center) chose a macramé-inspired, high-necked option from Opening Ceremony. And Heidi Klum (above right), not to let a few youngsters show her up, went short in glittering Gucci.

At last night’s ACM Awards, the vibe was glitzier (the show was in Vegas, after all). There were plenty of people who could’ve toned down the spangle, but also several who did glamour right: Nicole Kidman (below right) in fur-accented L’Wren Scott, for one, and the evening’s big winner, Entertainer of the Year Taylor Swift (below left), in butter yellow Elie Saab Couture.

Photos: Kids’ Choice Awards: Christopher Polk (Cosgrove), Steve Granitz (Klum), Jeffrey Mayer (Hilton); Country Music Awards: Jon Kopaloff / FilmMagic/ Gettyimages

On Our Radar: L’Wren Scott Footwear

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Over the course of a few hit-parade seasons, L’Wren Scott has become the designer to beat for show stopping, body-hugging dresses, reason #1 she’s become a mainstay of the celebrity red carpet. But the footwear she shows along with them has never been available—until now. Two styles have just hit the floor at Barneys, the exclusive retailer for Scott’s Fall ’10 footwear collection, the first to be sold at retail. There’s an ultra-dramatic cutout over-the-knee lace boot that may require a substantial investment of time to get on and off: it’s all laces, no hidden zips to speed things along. (In other words: B.Y.O. Rolling Stone to help.) For those without an extra hour to spare in the morning, it comes in a sleek little lace-up bootie, too, in gray and black.

Over-the-knee boot, $2,725, and cut-out ankle boot, $1,675, available now at barneys.com.

Photo: Courtesy of L’Wren Scott

Girl Power, All Grown Up

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“I’m the token man,” Salman Rushdie half-joked at last night’s Women: Inspiration & Enterprise cocktail party. It’s true, he was entirely outnumbered. The celebratory rooftop fête (with a short set by Estelle) capped off a day-long symposium hosted by Donna Karan, Sarah Brown, and Arianna Huffington (pictured), that featured a formidable showing of the fairer sex—notable panel speakers included Queen Rania of Jordan, Jimmy Choo’s Tamara Mellon, Nora Ephron, and Christy Turlington Burns. Rushdie, for his part, seemed to be enjoying the ratio just fine. “He loves women!” writer pal Kathy Frette, who stepped in to emcee a panel last minute, chimed in. “I’ve known for Salman for 25 years. We have a group of women that get together, and he’s the only male invited.”

Proceeds from the inaugural symposium went to benefit the White Ribbon Alliance, which aims to bring international awareness to maternal health issues worldwide. That’s something co-host (and mother) Karan is passionate about; the designer curated a runway show for the cocktail that featured white dresses (meant to symbolize purity and rebirth) donated by the likes of Stella McCartney, L’Wren Scott, and Marchesa. For those feeling for some relatively guilt-free shopping, pieces will go for auction on CharityBuzz.com. Coming off a hectic fashion week, you would think Karan would have runway fatigue, but the designer was amped from the day’s speakers. “The symposium was amazing. I mean, the stories you heard were just incredible,” she said. “How can you not believe in change in the world when you get such an amazing group of women together?”

Photo: Joe Schildhorn / Billy Farrell Agency