September 1 2014

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Tipping Our Hats to Chiara de Blasio


Bill de Blasio, Chiara de Blasio, Dante de Blasio, and Chirlane McCray

New Year’s Day marked the swearing in of New York’s new mayor, Bill de Blasio. But as we watched the ceremony, it was his individualistic daughter, Chiara, who caught our eyes. While on the campaign trail, Chiara attracted more than her fair share of media attention with her whimsical floral headbands—and on election night, she broke out a bohemian-meets-punk ensemble comprising black and white Dr. Martens-esque creepers and a rouge velvet dress. Yesterday, New York’s first daughter donned a spunky velvet leopard-print Nanette Lepore jacket (her mother, Chirlane McCray, too, wore a look by the designer, opting for her rich-hued Wonderland dress), flat black lace-up boots and—the best part—a noir cone hat that vaguely resembled a wizard’s topper. An unlikely accessory choice? Perhaps. But we love the fact that Chiara has a distinct personal style—and owns it.

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FIT For The Fashion World


“These are the future Donna, Calvin, and Ralphs,” said Kate Betts in a video that played at the Fashion Institute of Technology’s 2012 graduate student runway show last night. Betts’ description of the design students went hand in hand with the show and its outright, optimistic title, “The Future of Fashion,” which drew a packed house of FIT faculty and fashion notables, including Dennis Basso, Josie Natori, and Rebecca Minkoff. Also on hand to support the students were some of the school’s famous alumni, designers Nanette Lepore and Calvin Klein. “It is such a pleasure to give back,” said Klein, who recently donated to the school a generous $2 million gift. FIT president Dr. Joyce Brown said the gift would sustain the school for the next decade.

“I was so struck in awe of the students and their ability to sew,” said Natori, who, along with nine other designers, served as an FIT mentor and critic throughout the spring semester. Standouts included Critic Award winner Mimi Prober and Jordan Randolph, whose black wool dress (pictured) with lace detail caught the eye of industry vets and their company CEOs. As for these students’ future in fashion, it’s looking quite bright.



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Alessandra Ambrosio X Melissa, The 3-Year-Old Chanel Show Star, And More…


Alessandra Ambrosio has designed a collection of shoes, including a ballet flat and a fifties-inspired pump, for Brazilian footwear label Melissa. The pregnant supermodel is the first in a series of celebrities set to design styles for Melissa. [Vogue U.K.]

You know all the fuss about underage models? That didn’t stop Karl Lagerfeld from enlisting male model Brad Kroenig’s 3-year-old son to walk in the Chanel show yesterday. The little model sported a tweed blazer, cords, and a quilted black Chanel purse. [NYT]

Nanette Lepore will be the guest on Project Runway All Stars tomorrow night. The designer has revealed that the winning designs will be sold in her boutiques and online with a special hangtag. [WWD]

Ryan Reynolds and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley have reunited for their second Marks & Spencer Autograph ad campaign. The duo was photographed around London and at swanky hotels for the shoot. [Telegraph]

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DVF, Kors, Cornejo, And More Rally For Garment Center


With the wind of Marc Levin’s HBO documentary Schmatta: Rags to Riches to Rags, which aired Monday, at their backs, supporters of NYC’s shrinking Garment District gathered today at noon for a Save the Garment Center rally. There was a sizable turnout for the event at the corner of 39th Street and Seventh Avenue, which was organized by a mix of city officials and led by designers Nanette Lepore and Yeohlee Teng. The crowd spanned the entire northeast side of the block reaching to 40th Street. “The Garment Center is the lifeblood of New York City…and we need to preserve it,” said Lepore, standing on a small stage, to the assembled fashion students, designers, and Garment District workers. “The city has already lost enough of what keeps us unique,” she added.

Designer and CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg turned up to lend her considerable support, as did Michael Kors, Victoria Bartlett, Maria Cornejo, Rag & Bone’s Marcus Wainwright and Chris Benz. “I produce my entire collection here,” said Benz. “For a young designer, the quantities for production lots overseas are enormous. They ask for 1,000 pieces at a time.” Erin Fetherston, who was part of the cause but was out of town filming a broadcast for her line with QVC, had similar thoughts. “The Garment District is so important to New York and New York fashion,” said Fetherston, before the rally. “Big American brands and young designers alike all have access to the same great resources for making clothing.” Or as one of the posters cheekily but effectively summarized, “It’s Sew N.Y.”

Photo: Courtesy of Save The Garment Center