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July 28 2014

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27 posts tagged "L’Wren Scott"

Diana Vreeland Lights Up Paris Once More

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There are few people who could warrant a breakfast of Champagne and caviar, but Diana Vreeland is one of them. Yesterday, in collaboration with Barneys, Lisa Immordino Vreeland’s (pictured, center) film about her legendary grandmother-in-law, Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel, made its Paris debut. And given the editor’s relationship with the city (she was born here, after all), it was a significant screening, with the likes of Grace Coddington, L’Wren Scott, Michele Lamy, Olivier Rousteing (pictured, right), and Patrick Demarchelier all turning out to Paris’ Pagoda Theater for the event. “Mrs. Vreeland was such a dramatic personage that if anybody was cinematic, it’s her,” said Valerie Steele, who was seeing the film for the first time. “She totally worshiped Paris and the whole world of Paris fashion. I think she would be delighted to be here. And for all we know, maybe she is.”

Mrs. Vreeland’s presence was felt. “I remember when she was the editor of Vogue in the sixties, she moved the entire offices to adjoining suites at Le Crillon,” Vreeland’s grandson Alex recalled. “They took out all the beds and it looked like something from a James Bond movie because you’d open the door and see all these women running around or typing letters.” After the film had ended, viewers were given red gift boxes cleverly filled with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and a bottle of scotch. The editor notoriously enjoyed the unorthodox combination for lunch every day. The box also contained a notecard with one of Vreeland’s most famous quotes: “Fashion must be the most intoxicating release from the banality of the world.” Certainly, her words provided a poignant reminder at the end of a very long, albeit intoxicating, fashion month.

Photo: Courtesy Photo

L’Wren Loves…

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“I was researching wartime propaganda, and, at the same time, thinking about my own positive propaganda and the message I wanted to send out,” designer L’Wren Scott tells Style.com of the inspiration behind her debut Resort collection. “I decided to have fun with the prints and I gave them playful names such as the ones featured in this video.” The designer gave each of the colorful, custom-crafted prints (some of them inspired by the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the American election) quirky titles like Bromance, The Bomb, and L’Wren Loves. Here, check out the prints and the full looks in this video, taken during Scott’s presentation at the Crosby Street Hotel, debuting exclusively on Style.com.

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