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April 19 2014

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Byronesque.com Brings Its Vintage Treasures Offline

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Byronesque.com//Offline

Last year, Gill Linton launched Byronesque.com, a comprehensive Web site that, backed by Andrew Rosen and the late Marvin Traub, offers high-end vintage wares and sharp editorials. The online platform boasts a veritable treasure trove of rare, authenticated vintage designs, like an azure Jean Paul Gaultier frock, an asymmetrical Yohji Yamamoto dress, and a bevy of Thierry Mugler and Alaïa. And while it all looks spectacular in one’s browser, Linton felt she should create an IRL experience with the digital destination’s best stock.

Enter the site’s first brick-and-mortar venture, Byronesque.com//Offline, an exhibition and boutique housed in the dilapidated annex of the James A. Farley Post Office in New York City. Offline is complete with video installations, melancholic wall art by Craig Ward, and a vault of approximately forty impeccably dressed mannequins. Yesterday evening, insiders gathered to fete the project, which was punctuated with a live Polaroid photography session by the inimitable Michèle Lamy. “It’s difficult to [decide] what is mainstream or not…but being here feels real, and what they are trying to do is very important,” Lamy said of the site.

Byronesque.com//Offline

“There’s so much potential in vintage fashion,” said Linton. “It’s made better, there’s a story behind it, and there’s a history behind it. The way I merchandise the store is through storytelling—there’s a curve of Vivienne Westwood from Pirate to Seditionaries, for example—but it’s not that it has to be a linear progression. It’s about the energy of stuff.”

The stuff on display includes a 1984 John Galliano men’s kimono coat from his graduate Central Saint Martins collection, Les Incroyables (not for sale); a burlap Alexander McQueen look from F/W ’02; a 1986 Azzedine Alaïa leather zip dress; and a Katharine Hamnett allover marijuana-leaf-print bodysuit.

Glenn O’Brien lent his support by co-hosting the affair. “Everybody mixes vintage in,” he said, “I can’t tell you how long I’ve had this Kilgour, French, & Stanbury coat; it must be twenty years since I bought it at Barneys. Vintage is kind of where the next ideas come from. You can be a step ahead by wearing something that’s so out that it’s just about ready to come back.”

Byronesque.com//Offline will open to the public on December 12 and run through the 15th. Located at the James A. Farley Post Office on Eighth Avenue at West 31st Street, the show will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Photos: Courtesy Photos/div>

paris fashion week: saluting marvin traub

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When it comes to second acts, Marvin Traub has a tale or two to tell. And so it was that over lunch at the Ritz with publisher Prosper Assouline that the idea was born to create a book around Traub’s post- Bloomingdale’s career, which includes never-before-published fashion mementos from his years as CEO of the department store. To fête the release of Traub’s new book, Like No Other Career (fashion fans will recognize the riff on the famous shopping slogan), the United States Ambassador to France, Craig Roberts Stapleton, welcomed longtime friends to his residence in Paris on Thursday night. That the publisher and author chose to launch it during Paris fashion week reflects Traub’s long love affair with France, starting from his days in the 95th Infantry during World War II, to his love for fashion and starring role in introducing French designers to America. Highlights of the book include sketches by Yves Saint Laurent, Jean Paul Gaultier, Karl Lagerfeld, and Sonia Rykiel, as well as chapters on Traub’s current activities—which includes such adventures as developing new talents such as Matthew Williamson and André 3000—the future of retail, and bringing Bloomingdale’s to Dubai. Inès de la Fressange swept through for the booksigning, and commented “Right now I am hosting a cocktail for 400 down the street (at the Roger Vivier boutique) but I couldn’t let this event pass without stopping by to see Marvin. He is a real ally for French fashion—and friendship is the best cocktail there is!”