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April 20 2014

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Required Reading: Parsons The New School for Design Releases Its First Book

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Mazdack Rassi, Simon CollinsNostalgic Parsons designers rubbed elbows among alumni old and new at Milk Studios last night in celebration of the design school’s first book. One would think that all those featured in The School of Fashion: 30 Parsons Designers were star pupils, but Anna Sui wasn’t one of them. Inside the crowded room, the designer confessed to her less-than-scholarly ways. “Being 18 and living in New York City with no parental guidance, I wasn’t a good student,” confessed Sui. But it was a fun time, she admitted.

Working her way around the room, Behnaz Sarafpour correctly named all of the designers whose sketches hung along the walls—including her own, drawn on a cocktail napkin. Sarafpour later reunited with fellow alum Reed Krakoff who, like her, once interned with Narciso Rodriguez. The two stood in front of a wall of black-and-white portraits opposite Proust questionnaires that asked designers Alexander Wang, Derek Lam, and Jason Wu the following: “What fictional character do you most identify with?” and “Who are your heroes in real life?” For Chris Benz, who was in attendance, the answers included Tom Sawyer and Martha Stewart, respectively.

“When I realized there hadn’t been a book written, I figured it’d be crazy not to,” said Simon Collins, the school’s dean of fashion, who hosted the event along with Milk’s Mazdack Rassi. The new tome includes thirty designer-dedicated chapters with a host of vibrant illustrations, photographs, and introspective quotes taken from exclusive interviews conducted over the past year. Part of the proceeds from sales will benefit scholarships for Parsons students.

While upping the school’s fashion cred ranks high on Collins’ to-do list, the dean was quick to boast that crafting the book was good for all involved. “I mean, the designers loved it,” offered Collins. “They can show their mums.”

The School of Fashion: 30 Parsons Designers is published by Assouline. Available at select bookstores or online at assouline.com.

Photo: Lola Haze/BFAnyc.com 

EXCLUSIVE: Preview Narciso Rodriguez Costumes for Stephen Petronio’s New Dance

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narcisoblogYou only turn 30 once. Choreographer Stephen Petronio is celebrating the 30th anniversary season of his dance company this week at the Joyce Theater with a new dance, Locomotor, and two very special collaborators. Clams Casino, the hip-hop producer, has contributed an original score, and designer Narciso Rodriguez has created the costumes. Petronio and Rodriguez are longtime fans of each other, but despite their affinities, they haven’t worked together before. A chance meeting at Cindy Sherman’s Christmas party last year precipitated the new partnership. “Locomotor,” explained Petronio, “is about moving forward and backward in time to arrive at some very enlivened present.” Rodriguez approached that idea literally. “I was thinking about a collection I did in 2006 where the pieces were different colors in the front and the back,” he said. “I want you to see the dancers move, to be aware of their body, movement, and grace. I don’t want the costumes to take away from that.” Not a chance, Narciso. Here, an exclusive preview of the costumes.

The Stephen Petronio Company anniversary performances begin tonight and continue through April 13. Click here for tickets.

It’s Not Complicated: Gauchère Debuts Fall ’14

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Gauchère

Marie-Christine Statz is living the dream of many a young designer. When she started her own label, Gauchère, two years ago, it took only one collection for Le Bon Marché to come knocking. One year later, the 31-year-old German-born, Paris-based designer is presenting a second capsule collection for the Parisian specialty store. And although she’s clearly struck a chord in Paris, Statz attributes much of Gauchère’s appeal to time she spent at two American brands: Narciso Rodriguez, where she was an intern, and Diane von Furstenberg.

“At Narciso Rodriguez, I learned about a very graphic aesthetic and minimalism, which I love. The company is small, so I got to be involved in lots of aspects of the creative process,” the designer explained. “From Von Furstenberg, I learned about prints and not to be afraid of mixing colors. Now I have them in every collection.” From both, she notes, she gleaned much about a certain attitude toward dressing. “Clothes have to be easy, uncomplicated. You need to be able to just put it on and go anywhere without fussing.”

For Fall, the designer is channeling a menswear vibe through wide shoulders, V-shapes, and an exploration of checks in fragmented layers of gray brightened with accents in blue or sunflower. “It’s about how things might be connected or disconnected, with a lot of hand-stitched tailoring and detail,” Statz said of her raw-cut silk shirt, chunky knitwear, embossed leather dresses, and coats with laser cutouts. One signature piece really stood out: a detached lapel that can be layered, scarf-like, over the shoulders of a minimalist coat. That’s an easy accent we can really appreciate.

Photo: Courtesy Photo

A Midway Fall ’14 Model Report

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Ola Rudnicka and Imaan Hammam

We’ve just passed the midway point of fashion month with the Milan shows well under way, and there have been plenty of memorable modeling moments thus far, particularly for newcomers. In general, the top-tier, A-list catwalkers have been more selective with their schedules, leaving room for fresh faces to ascend the ranks. Perhaps the easiest way to break down our favorite rookies is by hair color. By and large, it’s been the season of the platinum blond, with familiar faces Julia Nobis, Ashleigh Good, Juliana Schurig, Sasha Luss, and Devon Windsor making a strong case for bleached tresses (reminiscent of Khaleesi from Game of Thrones). Several new models have been riding Fall’s peroxide wave, too. First is ethereal Polish beauty Ola Rudnicka, who debuted at Prada’s Spring show and landed a spot in the label’s latest campaign. She’s turned up on just about every major runway in each city so far. Rudnicka kicked things off on a high note in New York, walking Jason Wu, Michael Kors, Proenza Schouler, and Marc Jacobs. She went on to do Burberry and Christopher Kane in London, and continued to take Milan by storm, bookending No. 21 on Tuesday in addition to walking Max Mara and Moschino yesterday. Another noteworthy newcomer rocking a flaxen mane is Harleth Kuusik (who currently stars in Proenza Schouler’s Spring ads). In New York, she did turns at Rag & Bone, Victoria Beckham, and Proenza Schouler, then followed those up with J.W. Anderson and Erdem in London. We plan to see a lot more of both Rudnicka and Kuusik next week.

Waleska Gorczevski and Sophie Touchet

Next up is the fiery-tressed group of redheads led by sophomores such as Lera Tribel and Nika Cole (who can forget her teased-out, lamp-shade ’do from Schiaparelli’s Couture show?). They are joined by Quebec native Sophie Touchet, who made an early impact at Thakoon, 3.1 Phillip Lim, MBMJ (a.k.a. Marc by Marc Jacobs), and Burberry Prorsum, then moved on to open Alberta Ferretti and walk in Fendi yesterday. Finally, we’ve got a mixed bag of brunettes, ranging from Dutch stunner Imaan Hammam (she won the genetic lottery with a Moroccan mother and a father from Egypt, and her exotic looks have helped earn her key spots in top-tier casts including Prada, Proenza Schouler, Narciso Rodriguez, and Fendi) to fierce-looking Ronja Furrer (that strong jawline gave her an edge at Altuzarra, Alexander Wang, Christopher Kane, and more). And how about this season’s most buzzed-about newcomer? Waleska Gorczevski has a hell of a name and a hell of a presence. During NYFW, the Brazilian model was the first girl out at Marc Jacobs. She also opened Yigal Azrouël and bookended Victoria Beckham, and has continued to rack up an impressive show list including Calvin Klein Collection, Hugo Boss, Proenza Schouler, Christopher Kane, and Fendi. No doubt Paris will take to her serene, slightly quirky appeal.

Aside from Fall’s freshman class of catwalkers, we’ve witnessed plenty of noteworthy cameos by old-school veterans, too. For example, Alexander Wang’s finale featured the likes of Angela Lindvall, Bridget Hall, Candice Swanepoel, Caroline Trentini, Anne V., Hilary Rhoda, and Jacquetta Wheeler. Meanwhile, Karen Elson has been going at full throttle this year, and she continued to dazzle at Tom Ford, Donna Karan, and Diane von Furstenberg. On the other hand, we’ve got Karolina Kurkova, who surprised us by opening Cushnie et Ochs and turning up at Christopher Kane (where she was easily the most experienced model in the lineup). Other highlights included: Kirsten Owen opening and closing Mary Katrantzou; Mini Anden at Proenza Schouler; Liberty Ross and Stella Tennant at Tom Ford; and the triple threat of Carolyn Murphy, Frankie Rayder, and Liisa Winkler at Michael Kors. Last but not least was the brilliant cast at Burberry Prorsum, which featured Edie Campbell in addition to her two younger sisters, Olympia and Jean. Mark our words, those Campbell girls are stars in the making. And speaking of stars, you can’t deny that Kendall Jenner was a total natural on the runways at Marc Jacobs and Giles.

Photos: Indigitalimages.com

Narciso Rodriguez Picks Up The Tab

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Narciso Rodriguez hearts Bottletop

Who knew soda tabs could be so luxurious? Although, we suppose when Narciso Rodriguez is involved, almost anything can enter into the realm of chic. Today marks the release of an ongoing collaboration between Rodriguez and Bottletop—an organization launched in 2002 by Cameron Saul and his father, Roger, who founded British brand Mulberry. A charitable foundation that works to support health education in Africa, Brazil, and parts of the U.K., Bottletop raises its funds by selling surprisingly appealing handbags crafted from up-cycled aluminum ring pulls and other environmentally friendly luxury materials. Why bottle tops, you ask? While on a trip to Brazil, the foundation’s codirector, Oliver Wayman, stumbled upon a satchel comprising bottle tabs and crochet—and he thought it was the perfect design. Furthermore, the handbags are produced in the organization’s atelier in Salvador, Brazil, which gives back to the community by teaching and hiring local residents.

But back to the collaboration at hand. Dubbed Narciso Rodriguez (heart) Bottletop, the new project, which is appropriately also backed by PepsiCo, offers two styles: the Jessica clutch ($982), named for Jessica Alba, who introduced Rodriguez to the initiative, and the Candice handbag ($2,062) —dedicated to Candice Swanepoel, who fronts the collab’s campaign. The ads debut exclusively here. Both styles incorporate Bottletop’s signature metal tabs and crocheted black or blush napa leather. “I love Brazil—I had a home there for many years, and I was excited to do this because I know it will help the community,” Rodriguez told Style.com when asked why he decided to get on board. “This will make a lasting difference. Residents are learning not only skills, but also about business, and they in turn are giving back to their communities and teaching others. I love when people come up with these great ideas for finding ways to have an impact.”

The bags will be sold at retailers including Jeffrey in New York and Harrods in London, and 100 percent of the proceeds will go toward fostering health education via the Bottletop Foundation. For more information, visit bottletop.org.

Photo: Courtesy Photo