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April 19 2014

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41 posts tagged "Marchesa"

Proenza Schouler: From The Armory To Art Central?

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Another addition to the constantly evolving fashion week schedule: We hear that Proenza Schouler will not be showing at the Park Avenue Armory, where the label has presented its last three collections. Instead, it seems that the design duo may be heading to a space in West Chelsea, a neighborhood that seems every season to be a showing ground for more designers. Already confirmed in various venues there for Fall 2009 are Marchesa, Thakoon, and Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti.

Photo: Marcio Madeira

Eddie Borgo Loves Triangles

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His name may not be printed on any of the invitations, but you can expect to see plenty of Eddie Borgo’s work at New York fashion week this season. The up-and-coming jewelry designer—who will make his retail debut in March at Barneys—is collaborating with at least three designers for Fall 2009: Jen Kao, Camilla Stærk, and hotly tipped newcomer Joseph Altuzarra. (There may be more—one big name in particular—in the offing.) Borgo, who has collaborated with Marchesa and 3.1 Phillip Lim in past seasons, likes to wrap his boldly geometric aesthetic around other designers’ ideas. “As often as not, seeing what someone else is working on provides an outlet for ideas I already have,” he explained from his midtown studio, while some other designers’ works open up wholly new areas of inspiration. Borgo’s Fall 2009 commissions illustrate the various cases in point. Stærk showed him some vintage bracelets that belonged to her grandmother that Borgo is riffing on for her presentation; Kao’s collection, meanwhile, synched perfectly with his ongoing obsession with triangles. “Joseph [Altuzarra] called me from Cairo recently,” he says with a laugh. “He was like, you have to come! You’ll love it here! There are triangles everywhere.” Borgo also mines ideas from the street—one in particular, in fact. “I love walking down St. Marks Place and seeing all that cheap street jewelry,” he says. “I always feel like my work is about finding a way to take the feeling of that stuff, the rock edge, and translate it into something high-end.” A few tough-chic standouts that do the trick: black latex-wrapped chains, a set of bent nail pieces, and a new group of necklaces Borgo describes as “almost like clothing.” Soon, you may well be seeing his name on a fashion show invite.

Photo: Paul Maffi

Love at First Sight: Egyptian Gold Tube Bracelet

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What: Treasures from the tomb

Why: I’m into ‘da Nile. Egyptomania is a trend that surfaced at Resort (Marchesa) and reached critical mass during the Spring collections.

Where: $65, available at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Shop and www.metmuseum.org.

blasblog: stripping down for charity

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Noot Seear, the Canadian model and a child of international social worker parents, has come up with a novel approach to fundraising. “No more slideshows and sit-down dinners,” she said at Milk Studios last night, where she was hosting a Be Bare fashion show and auction. “Plus, I think this will help get the boys involved.” And why would the boys be so interested? Because the highest bidder got the clothes—literally—off the backs of the models. Not that the ladies were entirely denied an opportunity to have some fun—there were a couple of male models in the show, too, which featured looks from designers such as Vivienne Westwood, Alexander Wang, Elise Øverland, and Marchesa. Such, ahem, naked ambition definitely begat a certain debate: Are you here for the philanthropy, in the form of Rose Charities, a volunteer-based organization that tackles poverty both in the U.S. and in countries like Cambodia, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam? Or are you here for the ladies? For Brendan Shanahan, the former Rangers wingman, it was the former—or at least that’s what he told us. “I explained to my children as I put them to bed that Daddy was going to raise money for a great organization,” he grinned. The fashion photographer Magnus Unnar was more candid: “I’m here for the booze and the babes.” Regardless of the intentions, the end result—like when Seear stripped out of her first look and down to her Kiki de Montparnasse knickers to the tune of $2,500—was more money for those in need. “And that’s all that matters,” the hostess smiled.

living the glamorous life (at least in your dreams)

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Women don’t often find themselves in the market for a dress with extra helpings of dazzle. Prom, wedding, second wedding—that’s probably about it, unless you’re one of those red-carpet regulars or society swans. But when the occasion demands a full indulgence of fantasy, Marchesa is the go-to brand. Yesterday’s presentation by Marchesa showed off yet more dreamy dress confections—hand-embroidered, lace-frothed, gold-glazed numbers that scream big event. According to Georgina Chapman, the dresses aren’t, however, designed with any particular big events in mind. “I don’t get that far,” she explained. “It’s more like each dress is a fantasy about what I want to be wearing.” Like, every day? Is life with Harvey Weinstein really that glamorous? “Yeah, right,” the designer said with a laugh, pointing to a vignette of long goddess dresses gold-embroidered and dappled with bugle beads. “That one’s for going to the grocery store, and the one next to it, that’s for walking the dog…” In your dreams, Chapman. And ours.

Photo: Marcio Madeira