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April 17 2014

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301 posts tagged "Marc Jacobs"

To Do This Weekend: Subterranean Shopping At Orchard Street’s Ale Et Ange

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Shops may still be shuttering in other parts of Manhattan, but the tiny slice of the Lower East Side south of Delancey and east of Allen is defying the economic slump, as empty storefronts blink to life with some of the best new places to eat, party, shop, and gallery-hop. Everyone from Bill Murray to Hamish Bowles has been spotted at chicster subterranean boîte B.East since it opened last October. And Brown, the bustling eatery on Hester, still packs them in for baked eggs and café au lait. Tucker’s Gaby Basora opened a studio-cum-shop on Essex and newcomer boutique Bloodline carries immaculately curated objets for the home, vintage furniture, and gifts. A recent rumor has it that even Marc Jacobs wants in on the action, and was eyeing (and by “eyeing” we mean “making an offer on”) a storefront on the corner of Hester and Orchard streets. The space eventually went to Project No. 8 owners Brian Janusiak and Elizabeth Beer, who will open their annex later this month, stocking mostly menswear. Jacobs may have missed his chance at the space, but one of his former employees has managed to score a spot across the street, at 37C Orchard. The catch? You’ve got to find the floral-painted metal basement hatch door in the sidewalk and descend the stairs—hold onto the rail, they’re steep—to enter Ale et Ange. “We get a lot of confused neighborhood Chinese men peeking in, mistaking us for their secret gambling club. It happens at least once a day,” says owner Osore Oyagha. No illicit gaming here. It’s a gem of a shop dressed up as an elegantly ramshackle flat, complete with Turkish rugs, stacks of old books and jazz records, and a vintage kitchen setup, along with racks of the namesake label designed by Oyagha and his partner, Eloise Simonet. The clothes are slim, sixties-inspired, and work anywhere from a night at B.East to a day at the office.

Ale et Ange, 37C Orchard St., basement level, (212) 219-3670.

Photo: Johnny Buenaventura

Blasblog From Venice: And So It Begins

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Rev up the water taxis, the Biennale has officially begun. First up last night was a group show called Unconditional Love, near the Arsenale grounds. Olympia Scarry’s installation—a person laying under a sheet, feet poking out, with lights running on either side of the body—attracted the likes of Patrick Demarchelier, Natalia Vodianova and Justin Portman, Olya and Charles Thompson, Russian Vogue‘s Aliona Doletskaya, and Dasha Zhukova. Scarry’s sister Fiona and their father were there, too. “I don’t know why she didn’t ask me to lay under the sheet,” he joked. Also on display at the show was artist Dasha Fursey’s tribute to Vodianova: a sketch of the model that was illuminated and then aged, and was aptly called Dorian Gray. Across town, the English artist Steve McQueen had a show as well, which many people tried to squeeze in between dinners at Harry’s Bar (obviously), Do Forni, and Cipriani’s. But for those who really wanted to stay out late, Stefano Tonchi, David Maupin, and Brian Phillips hosted a welcome party at the Bauer Hotel, deejayed by Terence Koh. That’s where Jefferson Hack, Neville Wakefield, and Diana Widmaier Picasso eased into the Venetian lifestyle. Carine Roitfeld, Marc Jacobs, and Cecilia Dean are due to arrive tomorrow—and they said no one would come this year because of the recession. “Oh, I don’t believe that,” Yvonne Force Villareal said. “I love Venice. It’s my favorite city in the world and it’s always fun here.” She wasn’t kidding. Perhaps for the first time in my entire life, I was one of the first to leave a party—in the wee hours—as other revelers continued to file in.

Photo: Derek Blasberg

Wu In Drag, Refaeli In An L.B.B., And More…

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For their CFDA portraits, this year’s nominees modeled their own designs. Translation? Marc Jacobs in bunny ears and Jason Wu in a dress. [WWD]

Sports Illustrated cover girl Bar Refaeli designed a (very) little black bikini, available at Victoria’s Secret. Supermodel body and famous boyfriend not included. [WWD]

Lindsay Lohan is making a play to serve as Ungaro’s newest “creative consultant,” but designer Estaban Cortezar wants nothing to do with her. Kinda can’t blame him. [NY Post]

File under Too Good to Be True: Winona Ryder and Christian Slater are slated to return to the big screen in a Heathers sequel. Get out your croquet sets. [Perez Hilton]

Photo: Craig McDean

Christian Lacroix Goes For Broke, Marc’s B-Day Party, And More…

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Christian Lacroix has filed for the American equivalent of Chapter 11 to protect itself against creditors owed an estimated $14 million. Surely loyal Lacroix fans can pick up a few couture frocks to help defray costs. [WWD]

Marc Jacobs’ 30th b-day party for fiancé Lorenzo Martone featured Madonna, Jesus at the turntables, and a cake in the shape of a bear. W has the pics. [Editors’ Blog]

Trovata’s copyright case against Forever 21 ended in a mistrial yesterday, but founder John Whitledge plans to re-attack. Do you think the fight over knockoffs is worth it, or is it a waste of time? [WWD]

Photo: Photo: Marcio Madeira

Business In The Back, Party In The Front

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The asymmetric hemline—short in front, long in back—is shaping up to be a favorite red carpet silhouette tonight. So far we’ve spotted Bee Shaffer in navy Nina Ricci, Jessica Biel in a voluminous red number, and Victoria Beckham in a Marc Jacobs gown that boasts both a miniskirt and a train.

Photo: Sherly Rabbani and Josephine Solimene