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Fifteen Years of Curve


It’s been fifteen years since Nevena Borissova’s indie-boutique-turned-cult-retail-sensation Curve opened its doors on L.A.’s Robertson Boulevard. “I was only 23 years old when it started, and I had no idea what I was doing,” recalls Borissova, who notes that her international clientele are the sort to buy “style over fashion. Robertson wasn’t cool at all…we were the first, and we’re kind of the last, because now I call all the stores pop-ups—opening and closing within a year.”

To celebrate the anniversary, Curve teamed with six designers—each of which has a very different aesthetic—to create a limited-edition capsule collection. “I wanted [the collection] to sit well on an editor’s page,” said Borissova. Available now, the lineup—which features everything from a sapphire-studded Pamela Love cage ring to silver Jenni Kayne D’Orsay flats—blends high-fashion pieces with relatively attainable ones. Yes, the Viktor & Rolf jumpsuit is $4,000 (Rihanna already bought one), but the Mary Katrantzou scarf lands at a more accessible $595—a decision spurred by the aforementioned pop star. “One of Mary’s leather tops from Spring ’13 was, like, $5,000. Rihanna also bought it, so I was like, how can the normal person have something from Katrantzou?”

Curve has another milestone in the works: Borissova, who already has posts in Miami, New York, San Francisco, and, of course, L.A., will open a new location on New York’s Bond Street this summer.

Photo: Courtesy of Curve

Donna Karan Hearts Haiti


Donna Karan has a special place in her heart for Haiti. After an earthquake devastated the country in 2010, Karan focused the efforts of Urban Zen—a foundation she founded in 2007 that aims to raise awareness, inspire change, preserve culture, and empower children—on Haiti. “In my travels throughout Haiti, I realized that the solution for rebuilding the country could be found in the inherent creativity of the people,” Karan told This concept is at the core of her latest project, Fashion for Haiti: One Million Hearts. In partnership with eBay and the CFDA, Karan’s Urban Zen enlisted almost 150 CFDA designers to adorn and customize papier-mâché hearts—each of which was crafted by Haitian artist Magali Dresse.

Prabal Gurung jumped at the chance to help and designed hearts using fabric from his Fall ’13 collection. “[My Fall] inspiration was female empowerment, which I felt was appropriate to this cause,” said Gurung. Maria Cornejo wanted to make something “warm and textured,” and covered her hearts in red pony skin and stretch leather. Meanwhile, Pamela Love explained that her heart is meant to represent the third eye. Along with brands like Calvin Klein, Band of Outsiders, Oscar de la Renta, and Narciso Rodriguez (just to name a few), Karan created a slew of hearts, too. One series captures the youthful spirit of DKNY, one is for Urban Zen (“They represent my nomadic side,” said Karan), and one is for the Donna Karan line—we have to say, these are particularly adorable. “These are an expression of the feminine,” Karan told us. “They’re a beautiful, sensual woman’s heart.” All of the one-off objets d’hearts will be put up for auction on eBay, from April 22 through May 2. All proceeds will benefit Urban Zen’s Artisan program, which is dedicated to creating jobs and vocational education, as well as highlighting the creativity of Haiti’s artisans.

Photos: Courtesy of Urban Zen

Can’t Beat the Real Thing


Despite last night’s spontaneous blizzard, designers and fashion fixtures headed to Finale NYC to fête the launch of eBay and the CFDA’s 2013 You Can’t Fake Fashion tote collection. Marking the pair’s third collaborative effort to fight counterfeits and support authentic design, the new range features 90 one-of-a-kind canvas tote bags that have been customized by designers like Prabal Gurung (above, center), Pamela Love, Band of Outsiders’ Scott Sternberg (above, right), and Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy (above, left). The designer-embellished bags are available for purchase via eBay auction through March 25 for a starting price of $100. The initiative is also offering a new standard tote for a “buy it now” price of $50. Proceeds will go toward combating fakes.

“As artists, we work so hard to create something, and then it gets knocked off,” said Rebecca Minkoff. “This is a great platform to ensure authenticity.” Carly Cushnie of Cushnie et Ochs concurs, and suggested that there’s security in knowing her and her design partner Michelle Ochs’ work is protected. “The CFDA has a voice that brings everyone together to preserve design integrity,” she said.

In addition to the likes of CFDA CEO Steven Kolb, Jeffrey Costello, Robert Tagliapietra, and Rebecca Taylor, Ruffian’s Brian Wolk and Claude Morais turned up to rally for the cause. And, according to Morais, they have a particularly special relationship with eBay. “We’re always using the site as a reference point. Right now it’s all about the 1920s and the hunt for the perfect embroidered dress.” We’re sensing a Jazz Age vibe for the team’s Spring ’14.

Photo: Courtesy of You Can’t Fake Fashion

The 2013 CFDA Award Nominees and Honorees


The CFDA and Swarovski partnered to reveal the 2013 CFDA Award nominations tonight at an event hosted by CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg and Nadja Swarovski. The nominees for the June 3 event are below, and like last year, the awards will be broadcast on the day following the event. Congratulations to all the nominees and honorees—with an especial nod to our very own Tim Blanks, winner of this year’s Eugenia Sheppard Media Award. If we do say so ourselves, well deserved.

Alexander Wang
Marc Jacobs
Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernadez for Proenza Schouler

Steven Cox and Daniel Silver for Duckie Brown
Michael Bastian
Thom Browne

Phillip Lim for 3.1 Phillip Lim
Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez for Proenza Schouler
Alexander Wang

Shane Gabier and Chris Peters for Creatures of the Wind
Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs for Cushnie et Ochs
Erin Beatty and Max Osterweis for Suno

Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne for Public School
Tim Coppens
Todd Snyder

Irene Neuwirth
Jennifer Meyer
Pamela Love

Vera Wang

Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy

Tim Blanks of

Oscar de la Renta

Colleen Atwood

Pamela Loves Parties


Pamela Love’s approach to Fall ’13 was, as she succinctly put it, “No show, just a party.” Last night, the jewelry designer was at Milk Studios, her usual fashion-week venue—but she wasn’t posted in one of the white-walled studios. This time around, she was in the underground concert space, hosting a closing night of sorts for MADE fashion week. (This side of the Atlantic, at least: The emerging-designer-friendly platform will have its inaugural season in Paris later this month, at the Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild.)

Not that Love has been a slouch this show season: She did the accessories for Mara Hoffman, Creatures of the Wind, and Monique Lhuillier. Her Valentine’s Day basement party provided a warm-up of sorts for the back-in-action blues band VietNam, which has a new album out and is about to start touring. Fun fact: The band’s label, Mexican Summer, is run by Andres Santo Domingo and Keith Abrahamsson—gents who are both married to high-powered fashion pros.

“I definitely felt a little bit of emptiness in my heart this season, because I love doing presentations,” said Love, whose jewelry showcases tend to be the opposite of generic. “But I wanted to keep it more private this time around. And presentations are a lot of work.”

Photo: Carly Otness/