52 posts tagged "Narciso Rodriguez"
From Michelle Obama wearing his jacquard coat on Monday at the 57th Presidential Inauguration to the debut of his latest menswear collection in Paris last Sunday, Thom Browne’s name is on everyone’s lips. And it looks like we won’t stop talking about him anytime soon. Today, WWD revealed that Browne will be awarded Pratt’s Fashion Visionary Award during a ceremony at the Top of the Standard on April 25. And he’s in good company, considering Narciso Rodriguez, Diane von Furstenberg, and Catherine Malandrino are all former honorees. The event will also serve as a stage for Pratt’s senior fashion students to reveal their collections—who knows, maybe a future MObama favorite will be in the bunch.
New models’ careers are often made on the runways, but posing for pre-fall lookbooks can really build up a girl’s momentum. Several fresh faces in particular have been making waves this season. First up is Tilda Lindstam, whose star continues to rise. Casting directors’ favorite Swede-of-the-moment walked down the runway at Oscar de la Renta and Calvin Klein, and also appeared in lookbooks for A-list labels like Givenchy, Acne and Prabal Gurung. Meanwhile, pouty French beauty Marine Deleeuw, one of Spring’s top ten catwalk rookies, showed off her editorial chops at Cßline, Lanvin, Narciso Rodriguez, Rag & Bone, Donna Karan, and Barbara Bui. Another up-and-comer who’s made an impact over the past several weeks is redhead Magdalena Jasek. She recently scored the Louis Vuitton Spring campaign, walked in Calvin Klein’s show, and turned up on the pages of lookbooks for Cßline, Thakoon Addition, and Escada. Finally, we can’t get enough of Valery Kaufman. The model debuted at Alexander Wang’s Spring ’12 show, logged an impressive number of Spring ’13 runways, and really hit her stride during pre-fall, posing for 3.1 Phillip Lim, Narciso Rodriguez, and Carven. Be sure to keep an eye out for these ladies on the Fall ’13 catwalks—the shows start February 7.
From filmy bra tops to opera coats with the rumpled appeal of bed sheets, there was a delectable boudoir influence at the Spring shows. Channeling Helmut Newton by way of Lillian Bassman, Jason Wu’s slim leather harnesses and corsetry details had editors tweeting “Fifty Shades of Wu.” Still, the overall message was more lady than vamp. Satin slips that hugged the figure in all the right places turned up at Narciso Rodriguez, Rochas, Céline, and Valentino. A handful of times, the spaghetti straps on those numbers fell off the models’ shoulders, but then they’d push them back up again with such come-hither nonchalance, the incidents seemed to have been planned all along. Silky robes at Miu Miu and the Row, and meant-to-be-seen bralettes from Victoria Beckham and Jonathan Saunders rounded out Spring’s lingerie chest.
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It’s hard not to imagine things are looking good right now at Narciso Rodriguez. The designer is coming off his most lauded collection in seasons, and his first collection of accessories, launched to fanfare for Fall, is now hitting stores. Now, while the iron is hot, he’s undertaking to enter e-commerce, too. “E-commerce was the logical next extension for the company when we thought to redesign our Web site,” Rodriguez says. “It is the best way to directly connect with our customer.”
He is currently undertaking a wholesale redesign of his Web site, which will soon include full shop-online capabilities. In the meantime, though, those farther than a stone’s throw from his bricks-and-mortar retailers, can still get their fix. Until click-to-buy functionality is in place, Rodriguez has put up ready-to-wear (from pre-Fall 2012), shoes, and bags for purchase via an online personal-shopping service. Hit the button and a Rodriguez employee inside the atelier will contact you to complete the purchase. No muss, no fuss (and, we might add, not so dissimilar from the old vendeuses of the couture). Rodriguez’s shoes got the full Barneys fanfare when they launched, but his bags are worth a second look, too: Case in point, the black calf top-handle one here ($3,200, available at NarcisoRodriguez.com).