41 posts tagged "Pamela Love"
Steven Kolb was at breakfast this morning at the place he called “the best store in the city”: ABC Carpet and Home. As of now, the furniture and housewares landmark will offer a curated selection of sustainable pieces by CFDA designers, including those who have won the annual CFDA/Lexus Eco-Fashion Challenge, which awards $25,000 prizes to selected designers whose businesses are at least 30 percent sustainable. “Fashion is about change, and these designers are at the forefront of this idea that eco-fashion doesn’t have to be branded independently,” Kolb said today, toasting the 2011 and 2012 winners: Marcia Patmos, John Bartlett, Johnson Hartig of Libertine, Pamela Love, Melissa Joy Manning, and Victoria Bartlett of VPL. Their collections were on display alongside those of Diane von Furstenberg, Donna Karan, and Loomstate’s Rogan Gregory and Scott Mackinlay Hahn.
Sustainability tends to flow in and out of the fashion conversation—”People don’t realize that we manufacture in New York City with stones that are sourced ethically, because it’s not really part of our branding,” Love said, “but I started my jewelry line in my house in Brooklyn because I didn’t realize there was any other way to do things”—but the CFDA is hoping to bring it to the fore. For that, Patmos said, “The shop is really great because it makes the whole thing tangible.” She was so excited at winning the award, she added, that she’d wanted to jump up and down. “But I was at my desk when Steven called me with the news, so I had to contain myself.”
Like it or not, the holiday season is officially upon us. If Black Friday and Cyber Monday haven’t already prompted you to start tackling your gift-giving shopping list, now is the time. Our Holiday Shopping Guide offers 100 perfect gifts from feathered Roger Vivier pumps to a Prada chess set, but it couldn’t hurt to throw one more idea into the mix. Rose gold is having a moment: jewelry designers like Eddie Borgo and Jennifer Fisher are plugging the trend with their latest collections. Shop five of our favorite pieces that would make perfect stocking stuffers, below.
1. Jennifer Fisher earrings, $315, available at www.barneys.com
2. Dannijo necklace, $220, available at www.ssense.com
3. House of Harlow bracelet, $79, available at www.thetrendboutique.com
4. Eddie Borgo cuff, $875, available at www.netaporter.com
5. Pamela Love ring, $530, available at www.forwardforward.com
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The nineties got its fair share of love at the Spring shows, thanks to designers like Phillip Lim, Dries Van Noten, and Olivier Theyskens. But spare a thought for Alice Roi, who has a better claim to nineties appreciation than most. Roi’s name has been absent from fashion pages for a few years, but her namesake line, launched in 2000, generated plenty of buzz, won celebrity fans (Liv Tyler notably among them), and earned her a CFDA Award nomination. For seven years, Roi’s collections referenced her own nineties coming of age, until the arrival of her first child gave her a reason to take a break. But for Spring ’13, Roi is back—and as for her inspirations, not much has changed.
“I was thinking a lot about myself in high school,” the New York native told Style.com. “It’s about emulating hip-hop stars with oversize shirts and pants.” The boxy cut of blouses and baggy trousers did nod in that direction, though the hip-hop emulation is hardly literal. Her “suped-up sweat suit”? Silk pants and a pocket tank. Thrown into the mix, too, were silk slip skirts and dresses, accented with contrasting leather whipstitches to keep things elegant. “I wanted to embody the nineties silhouette without losing the femininity,” she said. Perhaps that explains the look of the shoes: block-heel pumps with metal charms, courtesy of jewelry designer Pamela Love. (They’ll be available by special order.) As for the full collection, it debuts at Louis Boston, as well as on Roi’s e-commerce site, launching this Spring. Her video tour of the collection appears exclusively on Style.com, below.
The winners and runners-up of the Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund are once again getting an added boost with the accolade: capsule collections debuting this spring at J.Crew. Last week, the retailer hosted a dinner to toast Joseph Altuzarra, this year’s winner, as well as Pamela Love and Creatures of the Wind’s Shane Gabier and Chris Peters, all of whom will see their wares sold at www.jcrew.com, at the chain’s Fifth Avenue store, and by phone. Altuzarra’s seven-piece Saint-Tropezienne-inspired collection goes on sale tomorrow, with Breton-stripe sweaters and dresses, pencil skirts, and suede espadrilles among the offerings. Pamela Love and Creatures of the Wind each created three pieces; they’ll go on sale on May 17 and June 14, respectively, though they’ll be available for preorder by phone tomorrow as well
Pictured, top left: Altuzarra for J.Crew Manon back-pleat pencil skirt in denim, $168, and Corinne suede espadrilles, $345.
Pictured, top right: Creatures of the Wind for J.Crew sleeveless zip dress in Liberty-print chambray, $350.
Pictured, bottom: Pamela Love for J.Crew Lorimer jean jacket with pins, $295.
Pamela Love’s bold designs have always jibed with an individualistic, downtown kind of aesthetic, so it was on an intriguing note that she looked to factories as a starting point. “I was plowing through books on the Industrial Revolution—I must have read about six or seven of them,” the designer said. “I thought there was an interesting irony, comparing factories to how I actually produce my jewelry, which is in limited runs.” You could see the industrial weightiness in her sturdy arm and neck cuffs, but otherwise the inspiration wasn’t taken so literally. Pieces were accented with turquoise, jasper, and malachite, and there was a warmth to the metals, courtesy of an antiquing process with the silver. The entire effect was slightly tribal and that was helped along by the show’s styling.
More noteworthy were the geometric shapes, which, in a couple standout necklaces, tumbled together to form a sort of deconstructed Rubik’s Cube. The designs felt modern but also had retro flavor. “I also looked to the Art Deco and Bauhaus eras for visual references,” Love explained. Whatever the era, the pieces had versatility. They had the wow factor to hold their own at a black-tie gala, yet weren’t too precious to wear over a simple white T-shirt.