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For Father’s Day, Two Second-Generation Designers Remember Growing Up With Dad

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Following your father into the family business isn’t a given these days, as it once was. But for fashion-world progeny, a lifetime spent in the studio and at the show can lead to a fashion career of his or her very own. In honor of Father’s Day, Style.com checked in with two second-generation designers to hear about the good old days and the lessons they’ve learned—and given—dear old Dad.


Ally Hilfiger debuted her shirtdress-based line, Nahm, with co-designer Nary Manivong in February, but her schooling in the business began years ago at her father Tommy’s headquarters “I used to go to Bring Your Daughter to Work Day with him when I was little and I would sit in all of his design meetings,” Hilfiger tells Style.com. “They would always give me flats to color in with design markers and that’s when I started my color sense.” Those play days at the office became official work days when she signed on to intern with dad, joining him in business and design meetings, trips to factories in Hong Kong, and sample shopping. “Whenever I was asked for my opinion, I would give it, and he valued my opinion very much,” she explains. She’s not slow to share her opinion on his line, either, along with her sister and stepmom. “We’re like, ‘Dad, you have to make those heels a little higher,’ ” Hilfiger laughs.


Like Hilfiger, Moises de la Renta spent his childhood at his dad Oscar’s design studio, toiling in tulle and the rich fabrics that define the de la Renta name. “My father’s office was like Santa’s Workshop,” he tells Style.com from London, where he’s currently traveling. “The most wonderful fabric and colors everywhere—colored pencils, watercolor pencils, and there was an in-house chef. It was like our own secret club because in those days it was a small, tight knit group of people and it was like a family, we all ate together… people were cool, man.” Like Hilfiger, he’s also moved from youthful internships in fashion—at ODLR and at Phat Farm—into his own clothing and accessories line, MDLR. Don Oscar has offered guidance over the years, as well as plenty of style tips to his son. The most valuable? “How to wear a suit well,” Moises says, “and to keep one’s hands manicured.”

Photos: Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images (Hilfigers); PatrickMcMullan.com (De la Rentas)

Soho’s Hot New Chinese Import (Some Assembly Required)

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There was a little bit of confusion last night at the opening party for Shanghai-based retailer JNBY’s new Soho shop. Finding it wasn’t the issue—it’s prime Soho territory, after all—but figuring out the clothes occasionally was. “I thought this was a tank top, but when I got it home, I realized it was a dress,” laughed Sophomore’s Chrissie Miller, one of the evening’s three JNBY-clad DJs, of her mini black tank. Lissy Trullie (pictured), who performed with her band, liked her JNBY outfit, too, though she also shared the confusion. “It’s very, very comfortable,” she said of her fringed black dress and jersey-and-leather moto jacket. “I love the jacket…which I think I put on the right way. It’s cool and slim to the arms, so it’s good for playing.” Puzzling or not, Cassie Coane, who also did a turn at the decks, put her finger on the label’s appeal: “It’s comfortable, plain, and looks good on anyone.”

Rapper Asher Roth and designers Anna Sheffield, Catherine Holstein, and Moises de la Renta were among those who came by for a look—though admittedly, there wasn’t a ton to look at. (The clothes were relegated to a single rack in the largely raw space.) But that should be remedied before this Saturday’s public opening. Good thing, too, as everyone seems to have summer plans in sight already. Trullie’s next album will be out at the end of the summer, and Miller is heading out to Montauk once warm weather sets in. “I’m not supposed to say this, but we might do a pop-up shop,” she told us. “We’re also going to do another video lookbook soon. And this time, it’s going to be scripted.”

JNBY opens this Saturday at 75 Greene St., NYC.

Photo: David X Prutting/Patrick McMullan

Sweet As Mango

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If the sudden spring weather has you thinking fling, Moises de la Renta is all for it. “New York has that whole masculine vibe in fashion, but with Mango I wanted to go back to something more classic and very romantic,” the young designer said this afternoon about his Spring collaboration with the Spanish retailer. Debuting the collection’s eight T-shirts at a presentation at the Crosby Hotel, the avowed New York kid took a turn away from your commonplace drapey and destroyed tees. Instead, inspired by a trip with his girlfriend to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, the junior de la Renta (his father is Oscar) was thinking flowers. One tee featured crystal-studded flowers and tulle accents, while a black number balanced gold chain-link hardware with pink petals and a sweet ribbon bow. Prices are far lower than the maison level—they range from $49.90 to $69.90—but MDLR, as he’s occasionally known, hasn’t lost the lofty dreams. “I would love to make my own line one of the big labels,” de la Renta mused.”But I also appreciate the intimate feel. My father’s line is run like a family.”

Photo: Courtesy of Mango

The Winter Wonderland Ball’s Greenhouse Effect

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Perhaps it was the late-arriving chill or the lush setting, but some at the New York Botanical Garden’s annual Winter Wonderland Ball were already plotting their escape from the city. Yigal Azrouël was looking forward to his Costa Rica surfing trip in a week and a half, while Brian Reyes was longing for London, which he visited recently for his line’s debuts at Harvey Nichols and Matches. Reyes will settle for that other famously rainy city, Seattle, come Christmas. For the moment there was plenty of New York to look at. The black-tie event, sponsored by Saks Fifth Avenue, brought out old-school glamour—as in plissé bodices, estate jewelry, metallic lamé, tuxedos, and plenty of décolleté. “We have to make sure we sit up straight,” Vena Cava’s Lisa Mayock laughed. “We don’t want any wardrobe malfunctions!” Formalwear didn’t impede this set for long. Post-dessert, a raucous crowd led by Christian Cota and Moises de la Renta took to the dance floor. What with the verdant hothouse surrounds, it was just the kind of warming everyone could support.

Photo: Sherly Rabbani and Josephine Solimene

Moises’ Youth Group, Boys In Skirts, And More…

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Moises de la Renta, Oscar‘s designer son, might be inking a deal with Mango, the Spanish fast fashion brand. The bonus behind the deal? He and his father won’t have to worry about fighting over clients. [WWD]

The New York Times has discovered Rent the Runway, and they’ve visited the office. As you might expect, the twentysomething founders wear cocktail dresses to work. [NYT]

Hmm, wonder where Marc Jacobs would stand on the “can a boy wear a skirt to school” debate? Survey says… [NYT]

Technically savvy, social network-loving, British luxury brand aficionados, there’s now a Web site just for you: Burberry’s Art of the Trench. Sign yourself and your coat up today. [Racked]

Prepare for a red-carpet death match. Gwyneth Paltrow and Nicole Kidman have signed on as costars in The Danish Girl, with Kidman playing a post-op transsexual and Paltrow her supportive wife. We know press junkets are a long way off, but we’re looking forward to the Valentino and L’Wren Scott showdowns. [EW]