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July 26 2014

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7 posts tagged "Mr Porter"

Net-a-Porter Embraces Google Glass

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DVF Google Glass

It’s happening. Fashion is fully embracing wearable tech. Today, Net-a-Porter and Mr Porter announced that, come June 23, they will be selling a range of DVF-designed Google Glasses on their websites for $1,700 a pop. If you’ll remember, von Furstenberg sent a gaggle of Google Glasses down her Spring ’13 runway, and at her Resort presentation today, she was sporting the latest style. (She’s pictured here with Style.com’s Nicole Phelps.)

Net-a-Porter’s luxury his-and-hers shopping platforms are the first third-party retailers to sell the high-fashion face computers. “We are thrilled to offer Glass to our tech-savvy customers who are true leaders and innovators in style and lifestyle,” said Net-a-Porter founder Natalie Massenet. Will loyal customers actually add Google’s smart frames to their shopping carts along with their Kenzo frocks and Kirkwood heels? Only time will tell.

DVF x Google
DVF x Google

Photo: Marina Larroude; Courtesy of Net-a-Porter

Evening Edition: Acne Tries A Tux

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Acne’s roots are in casual sportswear and jeans, but over the course of several seasons, the Swedish label has been refining its tailoring. Now a new capsule collection, developed with (and to be sold exclusively on) MrPorter.com, pushes it farther than it has ever gone before: for the first time, into a developed collection of full-on eveningwear. The new capsule, which includes tuxedo jackets and trousers, jacquard trousers and cummerbunds, bib-front shirts, an evening overcoat, bowties, and shoes, launches November 13. (The company, undeterred by New York’s nor’easter, is celebrating with a dinner this evening.) “I like the tuxedo, it’s a feminine uniform for men,” Acne’s Jonny Johansson tells Style.com. “Let’s think of it as a classic little black dress for men. If I could, I would use the word ‘elegant’ to describe the man’s tuxedo—everything becomes elegant in a way.” Even—in a twist harking back to those casual roots—a tuxedo T-shirt, also on offer.

Photos: Courtesy of Mr. Porter and Acne

Letter From London:
The Men’s Collections, Day 1

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After a royal kickoff, London Collections: Men (its official, if slightly wordy name) began in earnest this morning.

The first show on the schedule belonged to Lou Dalton, the brassy woman-in-menswear (like her sister-in-arms Martine Rose) who is a promising part of the young London scene. Her futuristic take on tailoring (left)—jackets with inset mesh panels, shirts in classic fabrics like seersucker that billowed like deflated humps behind their wearers, and boxy shorts, worn with trainers and high socks—seemed almost sci-fi, but it had an appealingly dystopic twang. Alexa Chung, who dipped backstage after the show to offer her congratulations, seemed to appreciate it.

And now, as the Pythons used to say, for something completely different. (This is England, after all.) Hackett’s show at the English Opera House drew inspiration from the past, specifically the thirties of Gatsby. That sort of vertigo-inducing 180 from the future to the past and the experimental to the traditional characterized the day and may well characterize the full schedule of collections here in London. In the afternoon, Savile Row opened its many doors, while not far away, Rose made her mark—literally—with outerwear and shirts in neoprene stamped with impressions of her own hands. Continue Reading “Letter From London:
The Men’s Collections, Day 1″ »

Hello, Cyber Monday

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Assuming you survived Thanksgiving excess and the Black Friday dash, today offers a new opportunity to overindulge: Cyber Monday, Black Friday’s online sister sale. E-tailers are slashing prices on end-of-season fall merchandise, with discounts climbing to 50 percent at many major stores, including Net-a-Porter and Mr Porter, where you’ll find goods from Dolce & Gabbana (above left), Oscar de la Renta, Marni (top right), Missoni, Balmain, and Valentino (above right) at half off. The Canadian retailer Ssense.com is slashing prices by up to 50 percent on A.P.C., Mulberry, Rag & Bone, and outré options from Hussein Chalayan and Maison Martin Margiela. In menswear, L.A.’s South Willard has begun its fall sale, cutting prices on Band of Outsiders, Stephan Schneider, and Margaret Howell, and over in London, LN-CC and Asos are both offering 20 percent discounts for Cyber Monday—good until midnight tonight. Happy shopping.

Photos: Yannis Vlamos / GoRunway.com (Dolce & Gabbana); Courtesy of Net-A-Porter (Marni, Valentino)

Rowdy With A Chance Of Meatballs

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Never one to shy away from a spectacle, Band of Outsiders’ Scott Sternberg decided it was time to go camp—and back to camp. Together with his new retail partners Net-a-Porter and Mr Porter, the designer hosted a screening of the legendary cult classic Meatballs under the stars at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. “We really wanted to do something that was indicative of summer. And what’s more L.A.—and what’s more us—than summer camp, and meatballs, and dead people six feet under?” the designer deadpanned. “As always, we’re amused by the notion of a fashion party with a meatball theme. And the cool thing about these guys is they are too.” Thick in the throes of designing Fall ’12, the moonlit screening was the perfect reprieve pre-fashion week, where Sternberg will be presenting his womenswear collection for Boy and Girl underneath the High Line.

Soon-to-be Spider-man Andrew Garfield (left, with Sternberg) arrived stealthily on a moped and blended well in the hipster-heavy crowd, including Wren’s Melissa Coker, Sarah Silverman, and Rilo Kiley’s Jenny Lewis. Chatting with Net-a-Porter’s Holli Rogers and Tracy Taylor, Nicole Richie mused that though it was her first time meeting the Band designer, her inclination to menswear made them fast friends. “Joel wears Band of Outsiders all the time,” Richie said of her husband (and date for the night), “and I constantly find myself borrowing his stuff.” The end result? “I just started buying the line now on my own and I have to say I’ve been a huge fan ever since.”

Photo: Courtesy of Net-A-Porter