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August 21 2014

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2 posts tagged "Morgan Yakus"

On Our Radar: Rae Jones For No.6

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Morgan Yakus and Karin Bereson of the New York boutique No.6 are constantly searching for new talent, and when they spotted Rae Jones’ assistant wearing a pair of casual ankle booties by the up-and-coming footwear designer at a fashion show in Paris, they found it. What sets Jones’ wares apart is their total functionality. After working at WGSN, a trend forecasting and analysis Web site, for nearly ten years, Jones felt “the market is lacking a certain level of footwear that will neither break the bank nor cripple your feet—shoes that make people look but don’t steal the show,” she told me. “I tend to focus on mid-heights and flats and think this area is one of the hardest to get right as shoes can err on the dowdy or sensible side, and that’s something I’m obviously keen to avoid.” There’s nothing frowsy about the two Jones designs (around $250 each) No.6 will begin selling exclusively this week: the Redwood boot (the style first spotted on Jones’ assistant) and the Derwent flatform. Both were customized for the boutique and are the kinds of casually stylish shoes that you can wear day after day without worrying about getting them repaired constantly or breaking your ankle. My favorites are pictured, above.

No.6 Store, 6 Centre Market Place, NYC, (212)-226-5759.

Photos: Courtesy of Rae Jones

No. 6 Turns 5

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Kim Gordon is shaping up to be fashion week’s unofficial hostess with the mostest: The alt-rock legend has been receiving friends and fans at fêtes throughout the week (when, that is, she’s not catching the shows). There’s been her new Sportmax collaboration, with its attendant gathering, and then there was the fifth anniversary of No. 6, Morgan Yakus and Karin Bereson’s ultra-cool downtown boutique. The week is wearing on, but Rogan Gregory, Anna Sheffield, and Beastie Boy Mike D appeared to be handling the week’s umpteenth event in stride. Ever the gracious host, Gordon signed copies of the latest No. 6 portfolio, in which her newest series, The Noise Paintings, are featured. She took for her source material a lyric from Fleetwood Mac’s “Rhiannon” (“She is like a cat in the dark, and then she is the darkness”) and divided it into 14 single-word paintings on canvas paper. (No. 6 has also printed them onto silk T-shirts, sold at the shop.) Strange bedfellows, the art rocker and the moon child? “I always go back to Stevie Nicks,” Gordon said. And not just her. “I used a Richard Hell lyric for another series, and another one from Kurt Vile, who I can’t stop listening to.” At this party, she didn’t have to: Vile was on hand for an acoustic set.

Photo: Elizabeth Lippman