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July 10 2014

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10 posts tagged "Monique Pean"

Good Or Bad, They’re Bringing Sexy Back

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Nobody forgets their first time. But not everybody feels compelled to recall it in print. Credit where credit’s due, then, to the contributors to the latest issue of Dossier, Skye Parrott and Katherine Krause’s glossy biannual, which rounded up a cast of characters—from Alexis Bittar and Cynthia Rowley to Miranda July and arty nouveau-pornographer Richard Kern—to muse, in pictures and text, on their first forays in the bedroom. (One brave soul even conducted a phone interview with his deflowerer, who estimated that they’d last spoken their junior year of college.) Was anything too raw to see the light of day? “We have a policy of printing everything we like,” Parrott said with a laugh at the packed launch party last night, which drew Rogan Gregory, Monique Péan, Timo Weiland, and Suno’s Max Osterweis to the New Museum.

Cobbled together in updated-zine style—with help from Buero’s Alex Wiederin, the magazine’s recently appointed creative consultant, who co-founded Another Magazine and revamped Ten and Vogue Hommes International—it’s a testament of sorts to letting it all hang out. And letting it all hang out is exactly what Andrej Pejic does in an editorial shot by Collier Schorr (who, Parrott says, is planning to use some of the images in an upcoming show). The androgynous beauty, shot in various states of undress, is in good company among the magazine’s cover girls. The previous issues have featured Freja Beha Erichsen and Daria Werbowy, and while the three aren’t the strangest of bedfellows, Pejic is definitely a departure of sorts. “We had Freja and Daria,” Parrott said of the decision. “As far as models go, how could you go bigger than that?” As any of the issue’s contributors could tell you, there’s a first time for everything.

Photo: Courtesy of Dossier

The Green Scene

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About those real, cherry-pit buttons that Behnaz Sarafpour has been using in her collection: “It’s not from me baking cherry pies in the summer,” the designer said with a laugh at last night’s CFDA & Lexus Hybrid Living Eco Fashion Challenge. “We found someone professional who gets the pits, cleans them, and turns them into buttons.”

It may not be the work of her own hands, but it is environmentally friendly, one reason among many that Sarafpour found herself up for a $25,000 award from the CFDA and Lexus last night, alongside Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra of Costello Tagliapietra, Marcia Patmos of M. Patmos, Maria Cornejo, Monique Péan, John Patrick of Organic, Mary Ping of Slow and Steady Wins the Race, and Justin Giunta of Subversive. The criteria: Collections had to be at least 25 percent organic and, of course, 100 percent stylish. Péan, for example, uses recycled gold and sustainable buffalo horn; Costello Tagliapietra create the dyes that color their collection in an ecologically friendly way; and Cornejo emphasizes sustainable manufacturing practices and the use of fabrics like cupro, which are typically discarded during the production of cotton.

Péan, Costello Tagliapietra, and Zero + Maria Cornejo won the day, but Cornejo was quick to note eco-friendliness is a work in progress. “We are trying, and it’s an ongoing process. Every season we try to bring more and more of that into the collection,” she said. “We have gotten creative within those parameters of 25 percent organic. 100 percent is hard, but this we can do.” Robert Tagliapietra (pictured, with Jeffrey Costello) agreed with the Chilean-born designer’s do-what-you-can ethic. “For us, it’s always been about introducing things that felt organic to the brand,” he said. “We are not using organic as a branding tool—just as something you should be doing.”

Photo: Last Night’s Party/Courtesy of Lexus

On Our Radar: Monique Péan Bracelets

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Talk about an heirloom—Monique Péan’s bracelets are made of fossilized woolly mammoth tusks that are 25,000 years old. Scarce materials like mammoth tusk make them pricey, but they also keep the jewelry on the ethical up-and-up, something that Péan, a CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund runner-up and Ecco Domani award winner, stresses in all her work. (She uses recycled gold and conflict- and- devastation-free diamonds in other pieces in her fine-jewelry line.) But aspirational or no, I love these chunky, etched bangles (and the idea, to be honest, of jewelry made from the fossilized remains of a critter that could have been a neighbor of Neanderthal man). I’m not the only one, either. Michelle Obama has been one of Péan’s biggest supporters; she recently wore these to greet President Obama on his 49th birthday earlier this week.
Monique Péan bracelets, $4,480 to $7,420, are available at Ikram, Jeffrey New York, and TwistOnline.com.

Photos: Courtesy of Monique Péan

The Gap Pops Up, Pucci Pops (Even Without Prints), Rankin Shoots Graduate Fashion Week, And More…

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Get your CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winners and runners-up—for less! Gap unveils its limited-edition designs with Monique Péan, Sophie Theallet, and Patrik Ervell at its pop-up space on 54th Street today. [WWD]

Meet Rike Feurstein, German lawyer-turned-milliner-to-the-stars. Rihanna’s a fan. [NYT]

The Wall Street Journal wonders, is Pucci Pucci without the prints? Short answer: yes. (When it looks like Peter Dundas’ Fall 2010 collection, pictured, we’ve got no complaints.) [WSJ]

The plus-sized model trendlet hits menswear. The new issue of Fantastic Man features designs on “gentlemen of quite marvelous shape,” in the words of its editors. [Jezebel via Racked]

And Dazed & Confused co-founder Rankin shoots the best new work from England’s Graduate Fashion Week, styled by Katie Shillingford. [Vogue U.K.]

Photo: Marcio Madeira / FirstView.com

Devi’s Special Night

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Devi Kroell greeted fellow Fashion Funders Doo-Ri Chung, Erin Fetherston, and Monique Péan at a party celebrating her new store last night. Surrounded by displays of her signature snakeskin hobo bags and knee-high flat boots, she mentioned that she’s graduating to a full-on runway show in February after three seasons of presentations. And that wasn’t her only news. Contrary to reports that the demand for expensive exotic-skin bags has gone extinct , the designer said that business at 717 Madison and the boutique she opened in the Las Vegas Forum Shops last week is better than expected. “If it’s special enough, women are willing to buy.” As for special, the strapless sequin dress Kroell wore for the occasion is look number 2 from her Spring collection; it arrives at the end of January, but the store will happily add your name to the waiting list today.