9 posts tagged "Lydia Hearst"
“You can’t send ten jumpers down the runway,” said Markus Lupfer last week, while breakfasting on eggs and soldiers at New York’s Cafe Cluny. The German-born designer was explaining that he hasn’t shown in three years, investing the time, energy, and expense that used to go toward the catwalk back into the collection. The result? His business has taken off. His clothes are in 150 stores, including Net-a-Porter, Harvey Nichols, and Shopbop.com, and he has the production capability to do both pre-fall and Resort. “The sales I used to do in a year, I now get three times that in a single season,” he said. But the London designer isn’t forsaking the runway entirely. His long-view plan is actually quite interesting for a small operation: to focus on building sales for five, perhaps up to ten, years and return to showing as a big operation.
During this past London fashion week, Lupfer’s alternative for his collection (inspired by the film White Mischief) was a party-slash-presentation hosted by Lydia Hearst, who just happened to show up at his studio for a lookbook casting in August, among other non-heiress models. “At first I didn’t even know who she was, when she came in,” admits Lupfer. “But everything looked great on her, so we decided to throw a party.” They did so in laid-back manner, with Alexa Chung and her boyfriend, Alex Turner, deejaying plus a surprise birthday cake for Hearst. Lupfer’s latest news is his debut men’s collection, exclusive to Harvey Nichols this season. The designer reports it’s doing well among guys and—no surprise—female clients, too. Looking at his slouchy leopard sweatshirt, we can understand why.
Odd Molly co-founder Per Holknekt named his handmade and organic women’s label after a skater girl he met while living in California in the eighties. So it makes sense that the Swedish label’s first U.S. store debuts in the Golden State (L.A.’s Robertson Boulevard to be exact), where it all started. Friday night’s opening soirée, hosted by Helena Christensen, drew Heidi Klum, Kelly Osbourne, Kate Mara, Lake Bell, Mena Suvari, Tara Subkoff, Lydia Hearst, and Malin Akerman, among others, who sipped Champagne while Little Joy’s Fabrizio Moretti and Binki Shapiro manned the decks. “I love the way they mix fabrics, colors, and patterns—I like when it’s loose,” mused Christensen (pictured, with Holknekt and Klum). She knows what she’s talking about: For three years, she was the face of the line. Now she’s their photographer: She just shot Daisy Lowe for the label at the Chelsea Hotel.
The flagship boutique, which features indoor chain-link fencing, an antique chandelier, and clothing suspended from the ceiling, lives up to its odd moniker, but the fabulous attendees found plenty to love. “I’ve already ordered a piece,” said Heidi Klum, pointing to a denim jumpsuit on the wall. “The line reminds me of clothes you’d love as a kid,” added designer Tara Subkoff, who’s preparing to relaunch her own Imitation of Christ line. “It’s a little bohemian and fun.” Odd Molly’s got a launch in the works, too: its first menswear collection, which Holknekt says will be “nothing too extravagant, just good-looking clothing for guys who don’t want to look like they tried.”
Karl Lagerfeld used to sleep in a boxing ring. So not surprised. [WWD]
Rumor du jour: Jeffrey Monteiro is heading to Bill Blass. We’re cool with it as long as he keeps designing his own line. [WWD]
It’s not Jason Wu for Target, but Wu’s decision, announced today, to design a capsule collection for TSE is probably just the beginning of Wu’s cross-market domination—Wu-mination, if you will. The line will be on view during New York fashion week in February. [WWD]
Lorenzo Martone is one half of ARC NY, a new “boutique talent p.r. agency for catwalkers.” Lydia Hearst and Alessandra Ambrosio are already signed up, and we’d be surprised if more of Martone’s high-profile crew don’t join, too. [Page Six]
Speaking of Lorenzo, Marc Jacobs has admitted to being a little awed and impressed by his Louis Vuitton customers: “There’s this huge cult following of almost crazy people at Vuitton who just want whatever they buy to be exclusive.” Don’t get him wrong—he’s not complaining. [Times U.K.]
The Times investigates “the steady infiltration of 19th-century haberdashery into the 21st-century wardrobe,” which is a nifty way of saying guys are dressing like Civil War re-enactors. Muskets are going to be huge. [NYT]
Buy Luella to save Luella. At 50 percent off, this is a slogan we can get behind. [Fashionista]
Olivier Zahm is bringing his particular brand of photography to New York. His show—the editor’s first—opens December 1 at the Half Gallery. Don’t bring your mom (unless you’re a Roitfeld). [BlackBook]
Put down that bamboo. It may be toxic. The eco fabric gets a dressing down in the Wall Street Journal, which means we may have to go back to wearing hemp. [WSJ]