43 posts tagged "Manolo Blahnik"
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Courtney Love reprised Gaga’s “Bad Romance” at Givenchy’s after-party last night (above). Let’s go to the video, shall we? [Vimeo via @THEMISSHAPES]
When Gisele tells you to keep going, you keep going. The Brazilian supe was having such a good time at Paris Vogue‘s 90th anniversary bash that she whispered to DJ Nick Cohen that he should keep spinning. Two hours after he was supposed to stop, he was still going. What can we say, Gisele’s a convincing gal. Can’t we get her working on world peace? [NY Post]
Stella McCartney’s back for another fast-fashion collaboration! Only problem: It’s Australia-only. The lucky masses down under can avail themselves of Stella’s Target collection at the end of the month. [Racked via Fashionista]
Don’t think of Oscar de la Renta for shoes? You may soon. ODLR is bringing on two new hires to grow his footwear business, whose collective career history—at Manolo Blahnik, Pierre Hardy, and Christian Louboutin—suggest they know a thing or two about covetable styles. [WWD]
“Everyone involved in this was my A-list first choice,” Bronwyn Cosgrave declared of the panel of judges she assembled to select the five short-listed semifinalists for the first Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize at London’s Dorchester Hotel. That sentiment, one hopes, extends to said semifinalists, too. But Cosgrave could be forgiven for a little enthusiasm for the judging side of the table: It included Daphne Guinness, Manolo Blahnik, Giles Deacon, milliner Stephen Jones, Yasmin LeBon, Vanity Fair‘s Elizabeth Saltzman Walker, and ES fashion director Gianluca Longo. Despite the varied group, “it was a remarkably smooth decision process,” Blahnik said. “We saw the number of applications and hung our heads. But it turns out that we were largely unified despite our different personal aesthetics.” His co-panelist Guinness (pictured above with her fellow jurors) agreed heartily. “I take refuge in the arts,” she said. “It was wonderful to have us all agree so easily, so that I could realize that I am not crazy and my values are shared.”
The semifinalists are the English knitwear designer Louise Goldin; the Greek-born, London-based Mary Katrantzou; Hermione de Paula, who created a surprisingly dainty collection called “I Heart Elizabeth Berkley”; the sculptural footwear designer Chau Har Lee; and Thomas Tait, from Canada. The unifying factor—maybe the only one—is a commitment to craftsmanship and a preference for the conceptual (even, occasionally, at the expense of commercial viability).
But Guinness, for one, was all in favor. “Craftmanship needs to return,” she declared. “I am always overjoyed to see students who love to stitch their own seams. We need better things, not more. We should not pollute the world with meaningless, unused things when we can make and support things of rare and precious beauty.” As the only international fashion prize set to roam to a different fashion capital each year—at the site, not by coincidence, of a Dorchester Collection hotel; next year’s will be in New York—the award should do just that. The winner, to be announced in November, takes home a £25,000 prize and a free event at any of the Dorchester Collection’s properties.
The Decadestwo pop-up at Soho’s Kiki de Montparnasse is quickly becoming a New York tradition among bargain hunters in the high-stakes game of keeping up appearances. For the past several seasons, Christos Garkinos has packed up more new-with-tags Chanel purses than one man should rightfully possess and installed them—along with a trove of designer consignment ready-to-wear and shoes, much of it donated by his celebrity clients at his home base in L.A.—in the second-floor space of the Soho erotica emporium. (Don’t call it a sex shop, please.) The getting’s as good as ever at the current sale, which opens its doors to the public tomorrow, and strikes an elegiac note: This time around, there’s a special emphasis on pieces by the late Alexander McQueen. Selections include a tiered gown from McQueen’s final collection, a lurid kimono once worn by Janet Jackson, and this diamond-patterned beauty from McQueen’s Spring ’09 collection. Though it’s priced at a fraction of retail cost—$890—it still may be steep for some. They can wait until the sale’s final day, when a collection of Louboutins and Manolos hit the floor for a mere $150.
Decadestwo pop-up shop runs Thursday, March 18, through Sunday, March 21, at Kiki de Montparnasse, 79 Greene St., NYC, www.kikidemontparnasse.com.