45 posts tagged "Marni"
No matter how much you think that fashion folk eat or don’t, one thing is for sure: They love a macaroon. Loïc Prigent famously captured Marc Jacobs basing Louis Vuitton’s Polka Dot Fleurs handbag on them. Monique Lhuillier based an entire collection on Ladurée’s pastels. And I’ve witnessed several instances of the sandwiched meringue sweets being pounced on by chicsters when they’ve been brought out at an event. Marni is the latest label to join in on the patisserie party, collaborating with Ladurée on a limited-edition box, patterned with polka dots and a little flower brooch, filled with gold-covered chocolate macaroons. Or for the Marni fan who can’t live without color—we’re guessing it’s a sizable group—there’s the option of creating a customized selection of flavors. They come in boxes of eight or 18 and go on sale starting December 1 at Ladurée outposts in Paris, London, Tokyo, Dublin, and Zurich.
One look at the sunglasses on the Spring runways and it’s clear: Gone are the days of the no-nonsense shades. Dries Van Noten and Marni, never ones to disappoint with eyewear, delivered fantastic plastic versions, building solidly on ground they’ve covered in the past. Meanwhile, the boys from Proenza Schouler ditched the neo-hippie orbs that inspired many a knockoff in favor of a more geometric blackout to counterbalance their stellar surf-inspired collection.
Spotted at Chanel: lace-trim aviators, perfect for, perhaps, a stylish Sicilian widow, or any girl-about-town, for that matter. Then there were chem-lab-meets-club-kid at Prada, with thick, clear frames and lime-green lenses. Alexander Wang‘s sci-fi cat-eye already has a fan club, including Lady Gaga. Looks like Spring may shape up to be a season where we’ll dress around our sunglasses. What do you think about the new eyewear? Are you a circle or a square?
It seems like just yesterday that I railed against the murky statement of the kitten heel that I saw on midtown tourists all summer long. But, if yesterday in Milan is any evidence, the look may have legs.
Yes, there were some tiny little heels at Marni, including a pair inspired by those navy rubber sandals from Chinatown. But not all was on the down low. Sling-back sandal boots—a seemingly new element to this persistent hybrid—and Mary Jane sandals both had high platforms.
The kitten caboodle continued at Missoni with these braided strappy, straight-outta-Ibiza sandals. Somehow with these, one must ask, why not just make them flat? Even a haute hippie doesn’t really want to mince around on a wee heel.
Dolce & Gabbana’s masculine-feminine journey meant flat velvet slippers and lace-up oxfords and their polar opposite: femme-fatale heels inset with fishnet leather to look like naughty ankle socks. The only kittens here were, of course, the corseted sex kittens who closed the show.
“The East Village doesn’t need another vintage store,” says Marco Querci, who tonight opens new boutique Change of Season. Instead, Querci and his partner Clinton Curtis created a whole new retail beast: the curated outlet. As anyone who’s spent a draining day at Woodbury Commons can attest, saving money on clothes can be a major investment in time and energy. “I love to go to Century 21,” says Querci. “But I need to go at eight in the morning and then take a day off to rest.” Querci, an accessories designer who worked for Lanvin and now wields his trade at Banana Republic, has a long fashion career and connections in his native Italy, where most COS stock is bought. “It’s more experimental and dressy,” says Querci of their ethos. “And no denim. Even if it’s Acne for Lanvin.” Their roster is a fashion person’s dream: Marni, Martin Margiela, Rick Owens, Balenciaga, Vivienne Westwood Red Label, Dries Van Noten—all 50 to 70 percent off full price. They’ll also carry jewelry and artisanal shoes. And their location might just come with a built-in clientele. Agyness Deyn lives nearby.
Change of Season, 341 E. Ninth Street, NYC, (212) 420-7770
Last Thursday night, Angelenos gathered in Venice for a pre-opening party to celebrate the U.S. debut of the avant-garde footwear salon Mona Moore. Known in Montreal and online (Cate Blanchett is a fan) as the place to score shoes right off the runway, the well-edited boutique features labels such as Ann Demeulemeester, Pierre Hardy, Dries Van Noten, Lanvin, and Marni. “It’s been a long time coming,” said co-owner Lisa Dashiell Bush, who hosted the party with her partner Anna Maria Varriano and Rose Apodaca, whose A+R shop sits across the street on Abbot Kinney. “We’re excited to see who our clients are when we open tomorrow.” As for hot sellers, from the reactions of partygoers like Tracee Ellis Ross and designer Raven Kaufmann, we’re betting on Phi’s $1,095 black leather booties.
Mona Moore, 1112 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, Calif., (310) 452-4070; monamoore.com