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5 posts tagged "Lynn Yaeger"

Lynn Yaeger and Yoox.com’s Rare Discovery Is a Vintage Addict’s Kryptonite

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If, like me, you are a Japanese design devotee, get ready to empty your savings account. Lynn Yaeger, acclaimed fashion journalist, New York eccentric, and aggressive wearer of Comme des Garçons, was recently appointed as the curator of vintage clothing at Yoox.com. The release of her first shoppable selection happened to coincide with Yoox’s 10th anniversary of launching in Japan. And what better way to celebrate than with a range of hard-to-find items designed by Japanese fashion demigods like Issey Miyake, Comme des Garçons’ Rei Kawakubo, Kansai Yamamoto, Kenzo Takada, Yohji Yamamoto, and Junya Watanabe? “These clothes are revolutionary in their conception and execution,” Yaeger told The Independent of the collection, which she’s titled “Mezurashi Hakken,” or “Rare Discovery” in English. “They are beyond season, they never date. Clothes that look a little strange on the hanger can be wonderful on the body. For this collection, each piece had to be a unique, interesting example of each designer’s contribution, and they have to be wearable,” added Yaeger, who reportedly scoured the world to hunt down these pivotal pieces. Judging by the number of garments that are heartbreakingly marked SOLD, it would seem that Yaeger’s debut Yoox effort is going pretty well. With that in mind, I advise you to shop quickly—these vintage treasures won’t last.

Photo: Via Yoox.com

Lynn Yaeger’s Odds, Ends, and Little Friends

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lynn yeagerLast night, journalist Lynn Yaeger celebrated the launch of A Life Adorned: Lavish Accessories, an antique accessories exhibition at New York’s Doyle & Doyle shop. A curious collector of Bécassine dolls, Georgian rings (her stockpiled jewelry remains secret, mostly for fear of burglars), and reindeer sweaters, Yaeger seemed the perfect cocurator for the show, which is part of the store’s ongoing Vault series. But she was hard-pressed to pick her favorite vintage treasures. “I love all our little friends,” said Yaeger rather diplomatically at yesterday’s press preview. Although, she later conceded, “The magnifying glass with the little diamond handle is very fetching.”

Together with the shop’s owners Elizabeth and Irene Pamela Doyle, Yaeger amassed quite a selection of ornate perfume bottles, jewel-encrusted pillboxes, sterling-silver telephone dialers, and other luxurious finds dating from the Victorian era to the seventies. While a few items are up for sale, the purpose of the largely privately owned selection is to engage and inspire. And for Yaeger, the joy was in playing detective. For instance, she was trying to determine the reason for a hidden mirror inside a Victorian parasol handle. Why is it there if women didn’t use makeup? “Not sure!” Yaeger admitted. Sometimes, the mystery’s half the fun.

A Life Adorned: Lavish Accessories opens today and runs until February 14 at the Doyle & Doyle shop, located at 412 West 13th Street in New York.

Photo: Courtesy photo

Rick Owens Has It All, Except a Rock-Crystal Toilet

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In the latest issue of WSJ. magazine, Style.com/Print star Rick Owens gives Lynn Yaeger a tour of his unorthodox home on Paris’ Place du Palais Bourbon. Having lain empty for twenty years before Owens and wife, Michèle Lamy, moved in, in 2004, the building, which doubles as an atelier, is the former French Socialist Party headquarters. An embodiment of the rough-hewn looks he sends down the runway, Owens’ abode is quintessentially Rick, complete with raw concrete floors, a wall fresco by his step-daughter Scarlett Rouge, a few pieces from his own furniture line, and a black boom box, which was a gift from Cher. When asked about his interior-design philosophy, Owens replied, “How do we make all things around us beautiful? Every switch plate, every sneaker, I want all the everyday stuff to be great. I would like a rock-crystal toilet!”

Photos: Francois Halard for WSJ

Ringing In The Chinese New Year

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Yes, Lane Crawford took advantage of the overlap of Chinese New Year and New York fashion week to introduce itself to New Yorkers with a new year’s bash—complete with ceremonial red envelopes handed out by owner and president Jennifer Woo—but the store isn’t interested in your run-of-the-mill East-meets-West scenario. Fashion director Sarah Rutson, whose own gushing (and well-deserved) fan base on street-style sites continues to grow, has been busy orchestrating the brand’s 160th anniversary project and she wanted something new. “I thought about asking designers to do a China-inspired collection,” she told us last night. “But then I thought I didn’t want the same old references. So I looked at what sells best, and we’re known for emerging designers. So it’s more about introductions. The customer wants to know who all these fashion people are.” That thought translated to tapping friend Christopher Bailey at Burberry to send over 20 trenches for Rutson’s friends, who include Simon Doonan and Lynn Yaeger, to customize with free rein. (Not exactly emerging designers, but fashion people par excellence.) The final projects will be presented at Lane Crawford stores, along with a bit of info on each collaborator come April. The power of a Lane Crawford introduction hasn’t been lost on one attendee. “They flew me out to Hong Kong and China a few months ago just to introduce me,” Jason Wu (pictured, with Woo) said. “You just don’t find that every day.”

Photo: Courtesy of Lane Crawford

How To Buy Vintage: A Screaming Mimi’s Lesson

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Occasionally the best party anecdotes come post-interview, preferably when your pals of nearly three decades are on hand to toast something big. Luckily, Screaming Mimi’s founder, Laura Wills, celebrating her store’s 30th anniversary with a dinner on Tuesday night at Manhattan’s Broadway East, had friends like co-host Kim Hastreiter handy. “I don’t shop anywhere on the East or the West Coast,” Wills explained of her thrifting strategy. “I would rather get in the car and drive for 11 hours than be with the masses.” Nestled among guests like Isabel and Ruben Toledo, Patricia Field, DJ-ing duo Harley Viera Newton and Cassie Coane, and Lynn Yaeger, Hastreiter more or less backed up that assertion, relating a memorable story of rummaging for would-be treasures upstate. “There were people selling stuff on their lawn, kinda funky,” she recalled. “And there was this goat. They had a live goat tied to a tree.” Said goat happened to be lying on a brocade coat espied by Wills, who, after some effort, pried the animal off and purchased it for $3. Predictably, the garment later found a new home. After all, Screaming Mimi’s is frequented by more than a few big-name fashionistas in search of inspiration. Hastreiter went on: “Two months later, Laura calls me and says, ‘Guess who just bought the coat with the goat?’ ” We won’t name-drop, but the lucky owners happened to be a very famous design duo.

Photo: Courtesy of Screaming Mimi’s