47 posts tagged "Marni"
“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
Six thousand applications later, Ford Models and V Magazine‘s V A Model Search contest has yielded a winner: one Lea Groesland from Norway. Finally, Siri Tollerød will have someone to speak to in her own tongue! If past winner Amanda Laine’s success is anything to go by (she booked Prada, Marni, and Balenciaga her first season out), Lea will be a household name by October 2009.
Marni‘s pre-fall muse is as wide-eyed and winsome as they come. She’s also a little chilly. Lucky for her she’s got a nifty Marni coat to snuggle into while she traverses a snowy, rocky terrain in search of love. Sounds like your average promo video, right? Kind of. At its showroom in Milan yesterday, Marni gave Style.com an exclusive look at its Winter Edition wares; we also caught a charming stop-motion animated short from filmmaker Rohan Wadham. Check back here for all the pre-fall looks, and click for the clip of Marni’s unusual muse.
If you weren’t among the devoted who queued up for the polka-dot-heavy Comme des Garçons capsule collection for H&M, you can still get the look: A flurry of spots are headed to stores come spring (click for slideshow). “People are investing in key pieces now,” says Adam Lippes, who featured the print in his latest ADAM collection. “Polka dots are classic, but they’ve been given a fresh twist.” There were cheery retro circles of all sizes at Michael Kors, Marni’s Consuelo Castiglioni turned the pattern into lace skirts, and Giles Deacon offered smudged spots on shift dresses. It’s time to get happy, designers seem to be saying. We’re inclined to agree—here’s to optimism in ’09. Click here to get your dot on.