5 posts tagged "Mayor Bloomberg"
What do Paul Newman, Colin Powell, Mayor Bloomberg, and Jimmy Fallon have in common? They all entrust the same man to make their suits: Martin Greenfield. The designer has been in the bespoke business since he mended an SS officer’s shirt in a concentration camp during WWII. Flash-forward 60-something years, and this tailoring veteran is still at it, working the floor of his family-operated factory in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn (let’s call him the “original Bushwick hipster”), making made-to-measure pieces for cool labels including Band of Outsiders and Rag & Bone. “I need to touch every piece and make sure everything—the buttonholes, the lapels, the shoulders—is perfect,” Greenfield told Style.com at a dinner in New York earlier this week, celebrating the launch of his latest womenswear collaboration with Edition 01, an online boutique that curates limited-edition capsule collections.
Though womenswear is completely uncharted territory for Greenfield, he dove right into the project. “Women don’t have the opportunity to buy quality clothing like they did before everything was done by machine,” he said. “Men only have a few pieces, a few silhouettes. So there tends to be more attention to detail and fabric.” Greenfield turned his exacting eye to crafting four jackets, each of which was named after a different muse. Two of the most eye-catching styles are the crisp, white Emmanuelle [Alt] (pictured)—an ultra-slim jacket with one button, and the Sofia [Coppola] in heathered gray, which has a slightly slouchier fit. The blazers ($850 to $1,000) premiere today on Edition 01 and Lyst.com.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has the power to decree this day “Burberry Day”; apparently, he can import the English weather, too. “Yeah, it’s not quite as sunny and summery as we’d hoped it would be,” admitted Burberry creative director Christopher Bailey, as he stood on the roof of the Palace Hotel, shrouded in fog. Preparations for this evening’s party celebrating the label’s new New York City headquarters were under way—One Night Only frontman and sometime Burberry model George Craig was sound-checking his guitar, for example—and across the street, the brand-new, skyscraping Burberry sign was visible through the gloom. “We’re going to have a proper countdown before we light it up tonight,” explained Bailey. “Sort of like New Year’s. Only different.” Perhaps, it was suggested, said countdown could be a feature of an annual Burberry Day celebration, involving the wearing of trenchcoats, and…”And what?” asked Bailey, with a laugh. “A bit of cold and rain? I don’t think people in the city would like that much.” On the other hand, now New Yorkers know that if they want to complain about the weather, they can just call 311.
The mayor has spoken: “Fashion week has found a new home practically tailored (pardon the pun) to its needs,” said Michael Bloomberg at a press conference earlier this afternoon in the Ballroom at the Grand Hyatt. The move from Bryant Park to Lincoln Center’s 87,000-square-foot Damrosch Park will take place in 2010, which means we’ve got three more seasons at BP. “I love the idea of fashion being tied to culture,” said CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg. Mayor Bloomberg might deny being a fashion plate, but he’s no stranger to the industry. In addition to noting fashion’s crucial relationship to the city in a slew of statistics—175,00 jobs, $1.6 billion in annual tax revenue—he also introduced DVF as a “personal friend.” And when a reporter asked about fashion trends, he retorted: “I will call Mizrahi this afternoon and ask him.”