20 posts tagged "Neiman Marcus"
Call it an early birthday party. Just hours shy of ringing in his 29th, Zac Posen took a break from back-to-back sales appointments, a client brunch and trunk show at Neiman’s in Beverly Hills, to hold an impromptu fête and fashion show at Bar Marmont. In between showing off the Spring 2010 collection—applause was especially heavy for look 36—Posen caught up with his L.A.-based friends like Rosson Crow (pictured at left with Posen), the Like’s Tennessee Thomas, and Zoe Saldana, who wore the designer’s sculpted Lily Pad Lotus print dress.
Teen phenom Lily Collins took a spin on the designer’s arm right as L.A. mainstay Anthony Kiedis walked in and headed straight to a table where the motley crew of Fred Durst, David Spade, and Ron Burkle were holding court. Even though Posen was headed straight back to his Tribeca studio over the weekend, he did make time for at least a little pleasure on his business trip out west. When pressed, he finally admitted, “I actually went to the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the [Grauman’s] Chinese Theater earlier today. I had to see how small Judy Garland’s feet were.”
If you’re a fashion person of a certain age, you probably had a Helmut Lang flashback at Rad Hourani’s show. The young Canadian designer had sewn straps inside jackets and vests à la vintage Lang, which he showed shrugged off shoulders and flapping like tailored black angel wings. “I’ve never done it before but I loved it when Helmut did it,” said Hourani. “I think everyone should do it. It’s such an easy, comfortable thing.” For Spring, Hourani continued his unmistakable unisex, monochromatic, clean-and-lean look. And as such, he’s quite pointedly not concerned with change, another reason he feels a connection to our favorite ex-designer Austrian. “Someone said to me, ‘Did you know that Helmut always stuck to this thing and was criticized for not changing enough?’ ” Hourani said. “And I was like, ‘That was genius.’ ” Still, new for Spring was the addition of silver in a trim of chains, steel zips, and an almost robotic silver wool. Currently, Hourani’s biggest retailer is Holt Renfrew, who is considering adding it for men’s, while Seven is his only stockist in New York. But at Monday’s show were some new retail faces from Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman/Neiman Marcus, and Colette. No decisions were made but as Neiman’s Roopal Patel said, “We’re here. We’re interested.”
Angelenos are notorious for going to bed early, but on September 10—Fashion’s Night Out—there are more than a few reasons to stay up late.
3.1 Phillip Lim
631 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, (310)-358-1988.
The SoCal native is releasing five new designs based on pieces from his archive. These signature classics, which have been re-created in new fabrications and embellishments to suit the fall season, will be available in a limited size run from 6 to 11 p.m.
8100 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, (323) 651-4129.
The multi-store retail complex is hosting more than 35 special events from 7 to 11 p.m., including a denim-destroying workshop with Paige Gellar of Paige Premium Denim, photo ops with the Cobrasnake, and a pop-up candy shop from Rory Beca, who has created a limited-edition dress with a jersey top and silk voile cotton candy-print skirt.
9700 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, (310) 550-5900.
Nathan’s hot dogs and Factors New York cheesecake will bring a bit of Manhattan to Beverly Hills, where from 6 to 9 p.m., there will be a jazz band, runway shows, special gifts with purchase, and a trend presentation with Vogue‘s Lisa Love.
Rock & Republic
103 S. Robertson Blvd., L.A., (310) 285-0486.
From 6 to 11 p.m., the Robertson Boulevard boutique will feature giveaways and makeovers, along with special items like $178 limited-edition leggings with gunmetal studding for sale. CEO/creative director Michael Ball will be spinning the tunes.
TOMS Shoes and Trovata
3025 Olympic Blvd., C, Santa Monica, (310) 566.3170.
TOMS Shoes founder Blake Mycoskie and Trovata’s John Whitledge have teamed up for a Family Reunion party from 6 to 11 p.m. at TOMS’ Santa Monica headquarters. Groups of guests are being asked to dress up as an iconic family from decades past and the best “family” will win a $1,000 shopping spree from TOMS and Trovata. TOMS will sell its newest lace-up silhouette, the Cordones, while Trovata will have fall/winter items for sale.
Bavarian fashion is much better represented by eveningwear designers Johnny Talbot (an American expat) and Adrian Runhof than Sacha Baron Cohen’s Bruno. The Munich-based duo, in town to show Resort (they sell at Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue), told me that they’re weathering the recession pretty well. “We are the least expensive brand on the most expensive floor—and that’s a good position to be in,” Talbot explained. What they call “the Gubelmann effect” isn’t hurting, either. The blonde candle maven is a fan and has been spreading the word.
Being indecisive, I tend to avoid any form of stressful shopping, whether it’s a YSL sample sale or even a boutique with a pushy owner. But my interest was piqued yesterday when I found an e-mail from Neiman Marcus in my inbox touting its Midday Dash, an exclusive two-hour online sale with prices slashed in half. I clicked only to find that the sale had ended, but I did manage to see that a lot of the merch, like a Tory Burch bag marked down from $450 to $225, had actually sold out. The ticking clock seemed to have worked its marketing magic. Of course, creating a sense of urgency isn’t a new retail trick; anyone who’s watched QVC knows that. But it seems to be working its way into the higher end, particularly online, where it’s easier to reach customers for something as blink-and-miss as a two-hour sale. Online sample saler Gilt.com, which keeps all of its sales to 36 hours, has become a hit with designer-obsessed and shopping-as-sport types. Every Gilt page has the sale’s expiration date clearly marked at the top, but Gilt Groupe’s manager of marketing and communications, Amanda Graber, reports that 30 percent of its traffic comes in the first hour of a sale, while 50 percent is in the first three. All of its sales start at noon, making it easy for shoppers to work it into their daily routines. Meanwhile, WWD reports that Net-a-Porter’s soon-to-launch bargain site theoutnet.com will feature regular pop-up sales. I’m predicting it’ll capitalize on the ticking-clock effect, too. During These Times, the thrill of a bargain is pretty satisfying, so is scoring it like you’re shopping on 24 even better? Tell us what you think. Do sales with expiration dates put you in shopping mode?