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July 29 2014

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6 posts tagged "Mayor Bloomberg"

News Flash: Mayor Bloomberg Does Not Wear Jimmy Choos

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Tamara Mellon, Mayor BloombergTo say that Jimmy Choo founder Tamara Mellon’s new book, In My Shoes, is dishy would be an understatement. Friends and colleagues such as Ann Dexter-Jones, Alina Cho, and Wendi Murdoch gathered at the Four Seasons Grill Room last night to toast the tome, and Mellon’s candid remarks about her new memoir definitely made everyone eager to pick up a copy. In a way, In My Shoes represents her closure on what was not the most amicable of departures from the company she had built. Mellon told Style.com, “I was surprised at how cathartic writing this book was. It was about closing one chapter and starting a new one.”

Catharsis aside, Mellon confided that the most exciting part about last evening’s fete was getting introduced to the crowd by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. While the mayor spoke about Mellon’s business acumen, he couldn’t personally attest to the quality of her shoes: “I’ve never worn her shoes, and I’m very unlikely to. And if I do, I’m certainly not going to tell anybody. But they are wonderful. How do I know? I asked [my partner] Diana.” Later in the evening, Mellon offered, “That was such an honor. I really feel welcome to New York now!” However, considering how quickly guests snatched up copies of her book, and how many women were wearing Jimmy Choo shoes, it seems like the Big Apple would have welcomed her with or without the mayor’s approval.

Photo: Leandro Justen/BFANYC.com

Orange You Glad

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“It’s the greatest Canadian export since Justin Bieber,” Mayor Bloomberg said of the Joe Fresh brand at its Fifth Avenue flagship launch party last night. Certainly, the chic-on-a-shoestring clothing line (think Uniqlo, with Zara’s eye on trends), with orange as its trademark color, will add some zest to NYC. Guests like Jessica Stam (pictured, right) and Tommy Ton carried felt totes in signature Joe Fresh tangelo and ate teensy macarons made of same. The juiciest slice of orange, though, belonged to the line’s designer, Joe Mimran (pictured, center): a jaunty scarf made just for himself. “It’s very limited edition,” he joked. So were (but seriously) the store-specific Joe Fresh Video Series installations directed by Ellen von Unwerth, Deborah Turbeville (below), and Sue de Beer. “I’m an art collector, and New York is the place to be for art,” said Mimran. “In coming here, we want to support the scene.”

And make a scene, too. Fifth Avenue is a long way from aisle five at the supermarket, where Joe Fresh—owned by Canadian grocery chain Loblaws—was born. Then again, Loblaws is owned by the Weston family, which also owns luxury department stores Selfridges and Holt Renfrew. Talk about a high-low mix. “Of course I wear Joe Fresh,” said Loblaw executive chairman Galen Weston, Jr., who was sporting a $70 cashmere sweater under a considerably more expensive suit. “We’re proud of the brand, and to see it open on Fifth Ave is a dream.” A tangerine dream, indeed.

Photo: Andrew H. Walker / Getty Images

Martin Greenfield Blazes Into Womenswear

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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.

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Christopher Bailey Brings The London Weather With Him

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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.

 

 

 

Photo: Courtesy of Burberry

 

Jason Wu Remembers His Carefree Days

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Carolina Herrera, Peter Som, Olivia Chantecaille, and 600 other dinner guests did their part for New York fashion last night, at a Fashion Institute of Technology benefit at Cipriani honoring Saks CEO Stephen Sadove. Acknowledging that the industry keeps 175,000 or so of his constituents employed, Mayor Bloomberg presented the award and at least one trademark quip: “This is an evening I like to call Saks in the City.” These are tough times for retailers, but Sadove took it a step further at the podium. “We’re in an environment where it’s chic to bash luxury,” he said. No doubt the $700,000 the event raised for scholarships and student services will help Michael Kors and Calvin Klein’s alma mater continue to inject talent into the industry. But all the talk about money made recent Parsons grad Jason Wu, for one, a wee bit nostalgic for his student years. “I could just design something and not have to worry about it—not have to market it, sell it, just create,” he sighed. “Carefree days.”

Photo: Jimi Celeste / PatrickMcMullan.com