28 posts tagged "Net-a-Porter"
It might be freezing here in New York (actually, it’s 9 degrees below freezing, to be exact), but Resort’s wares are already trickling into stores. And to celebrate the season, Net-a-porter.com is launching a special capsule that will appeal to beachgoers and chilly city dwellers alike. The e-tailer has tapped Scottish wunderkind Christopher Kane to create a primary-colored capsule, which will hit the Web Friday, December 13. Priced between $420 and $1,435, the collection boasts a palette of marigold, cerulean, cherry, and white, and comprises frocks with lace cutouts, easy embellished sweaters, an intricate lace-covered bomber, and an appliquéd blouse and T-shirt. Also in the mix is a pair of tapered-ankle sweatpants. However, seeing as this is Christopher Kane—the king of luxe London quirk—the latter aren’t just any old joggers. Their calves are wrapped in black floral filigree, making them a covetable wardrobe staple, whatever the weather. Take a first look at the lineup here, exclusively on Style.com.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens on Friday night, and with it, more tie-ins than arrows in Katniss Everdeen’s quiver. There’s makeup from Cover Girl, nail polish from China Glaze, even subs from Subway—may the sandwiches be ever in your flavor! But the alliance that’s captured our attention around here is the one between the film’s costume designer, Trish Summerville, and Net-a-Porter. On Thursday, the Web site will begin selling Capitol Couture, a nineteen-piece ready-to-wear collection, plus accessories and jewelry, designed by Summerville. In the mix are a leather jacket and pants inspired by Cinna (a.k.a. Lenny Kravitz); an emerald green dress modeled after one worn by Johanna, the tribute from the Lumber District (played by Jena Malone); logo tees; and, of course, versions of Katniss’ chariot and mockingjay dresses. This isn’t Summerville’s first retail partnership; as the costume designer on The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo she created a tie-in collection for the fast-fashion chain H&M. But, as she puts it, the Net-a-Porter partnership “breaks new ground” in terms of quality and price point. The jacquard-trimmed twill jumpsuit here ($415) is a subtle riff on the uniforms worn in the Quarter Quell. For those of you who haven’t read the books, that’s the 75th annual Hunger Games competition around which most of the action in the second part of the trilogy takes place. Summerville is currently at work on Gone Girl with Dragon Tattoo director David Fincher. The bad news for fans of Gillian Flynn’s page-turner? “It’s a completely contemporary film,” says the costume designer. “I don’t see a ready-to-wear collection coming out of it.”
Denmark-born, East London-based jewelry designer Maria Black is a self-proclaimed minimalist. “It’s very hard to grow up in Scandinavia and not be a minimalist,” said the 36-year-old talent, laughing. Indeed, Black, who opened her first boutique in Copenhagen this year, is drawn to clean, geometric shapes and crisp lines. But don’t mistake minimal for simple. Having served as the apprentice to master jewelers for four years before winning a prestigious design grant (which came with a personal congratulations from the Queen of Denmark) and launching her line in 2010, Black’s precision borders on obsessive. She crafts the prototypes for each of her gold or gunmetal pieces—like tribal-inspired full-fingered rings, textural ear cuffs, and, her favorite, the delicate Monocle necklace (above)—herself before sending them off to be handmade in Thailand. “Every piece has to be touched by a human hand,” she offered.
Having garnered a following that includes Rihanna, Helena Christensen, Scarlett Johansson, and Coco Sumner, Black has steadily grown her label over the past three years. The designer launched with her unfussy Roll On range and has since expanded to offer three additional divisions—Cascade, Electric Avenue, and her latest, Diamond Cut, which, as its name would suggest, is sprinkled with lots of the sparkly stuff. Each collection offers its own unique aesthetic, but maintains the sharp geometry and versatility that Black has made her own. With her designs available on Net-a-Porter as of this month (Black says the site has already had a significant impact on her sales), the jeweler is poised to become a cult favorite. Keep an eye out for a men’s line and a selection of elaborate runway pieces, which will hit the catwalk during a yet-to-be-revealed Scandinavian label’s Spring ’14 show.
Maria Black’s jewelry is available on Net-a-Porter.com, on the designer’s Web site, and at other select retailers. Prices range from $100 to about $1,566.
Anyone pondering the future of couture needs to check out what Net-a-Porter is cooking up for fall. On Wednesday, Net-a-Porter’s fashion director, Holli Rogers, invited a handful of editors to the Palais de Tokyo to catch a glimpse of how the e-tailer is moving the needle: Come September, the site will be selling one-off couture-inspired creations by contemporary artists George Condo, Terence Koh, Vik Muniz, Marina Abramovic, and Mickalene Thomas. Dubbed Art Capsul, the project was curated by Stacy Engman, an art-world veteran and fashion devotee, who approached the artists about creating garments inspired by the tradition of haute couture. “I wanted the artists to use their artwork to conceive a garment from beginning to end,” said Engman. “The process in fashion and in art is very similar in that both artists and designers are striving to create visual experiences that did not exist before. But this project is about contemporary art, and that is about the future. It’s just that this is art that can be worn.” No fashion designer is affiliated with this project.
As it turns out, Abramovic had been mulling the idea for a couple of decades: Her “jumpsuit of the century” is actually a set of seven jumpsuits in various colors, inspired by the planets. (Mars is blue; Mercury, red; Venus, white; etc.) She strategically incorporated magnets into the wares for their energetic properties. Koh dreamed up a coat covered in 20,000 pearls of different sizes, while Condo delivered a cheeky little topper with fur trim and pom-pom ties. “The whole point was to challenge people’s ideas about what we’re doing,” explained Rogers. “It’s art, it’s fashion, and you can wear it if it suits you.” Not to mention your wallet: These pieces are slated to be sold at “art-world prices.” And while the price tags for these one-of-a-kind wares aren’t yet confirmed, we have a feeling that Dolce & Gabbana’s Fall ’13 Lava dress, which is set to retail on Net-a-Porter this month for about $48,873, might just seem like a steal in comparison.