301 posts tagged "Marc Jacobs"
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.
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]
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]
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]