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Ten Looks, One Show: The Industry’s Top Stylists Honor the Albright Fashion Library


FIT x MAC Fashion Library

It’s been over ten years since Irene Albright first opened the doors to the Albright Fashion Library—the more than 15,000-dress-, 7,000 shoe-strong collection of contemporary couture, ready-to-wear, and accessories now housed in a massive 7,000-square-foot loft at 62 Cooper Square. “Irene was working with KCD and saw that people were running around chasing clothes, and she just decided to start buying [important pieces],” recalled the Library’s creative director, Patricia Black. “Eventually, people would come to her saying, ‘Oh, do you still have that sweater? Can I borrow it?’”

Today, after a decade functioning as a sort of dream closet for fashion insiders, the Library is feting its history, as well as the incredible individuals who have pulled from its continually evolving archive, with Albright Goes to School, an exhibition in partnership with the Fashion Institute of Technology and MAC Cosmetics that opens this evening at the Museum at FIT.

“I wanted to celebrate Irene, the Library, the stylists—the people who were working on the inside—the shakers and tastemakers,” said Black. “Without them, we wouldn’t have what we have in terms of this colossal space just packed from floor to ceiling with clothes.”


The show—a first look debuts here—features individual looks that ten stylists (June Ambrose, Paul Cavaco, Catherine George, Tom Broecker, Freddie Leiba, Lori Goldstein, Kathryn Neale, Mary Alice Stephenson, Kate Young, and Patti Wilson) created using iconic wares from the Library. A Tom Ford goat hair jacket layers over a Comme des Garçons tank in Goldstien’s look; Balmain is mixed with Givenchy and the artist’s own choker and face mask in Leiba’s; and Patti Wilson utilizes a Lanvin body harness to sex up an otherwise high glamour Yves Saint Laurent and J.W. Anderson combo.

There’s a rich history to the institution, and Black, Museum at FIT director and chief curator Valerie Steele, and set designer Stefan Beckman were tasked with expressing that through a tight narrative. “There are some incredible stylists who pulled these outfits, but they each have their own different story,” related Beckman, who described the installation as a “gritty fire escape urban idea.”

Steele added that the Museum’s interest in the exhibition stemmed, in part, from a desire to champion stylists. “People tend to think, Oh, designers make fashion. So it was important to be able to bring in stylists and show that they also have a really important role in putting looks together.”

The ten ensembles will be on display through March 31. The show marks the beginning of a greater collaboration between FIT and the Albright Fashion Library. “Irene is such an eclectic collector of everything from fashion to art to houses to people. So who knows what she’s going to start collecting next and where we’re going to take that,” suggested Black. “[But] I’m excited about the beginnings of seeing how we get to work and inspire the new generation of kids who dream of becoming the next designer, visual director, creative director, fashion editor, stylist, or costume designer. I’m hoping that we can lend a little bit of light to them in this moment.”

Photos: George Chinsee  

Philipp Plein Continues the Trend of Diverse Casting


Philipp Plein's Spring '14 Campaign

Earlier this week, the Spring ’14 Givenchy ad campaign debuted on, inciting a storm of clicks and commentary for its all-women-of-color cast. It turns out, Givenchy is not the only label to take that step this season. Swiss label Philipp Plein has just released its own Spring campaign, shot by Francesco Carrozzini and styled by Patti Wilson, featuring a cast of black models. As the saying goes, two’s a coincidence, but three’s a trend—time will tell if diversity on the page continues. For Plein in particular, at least, it’s more than a passing fancy: The designer cast his Spring ’14 show in Milan with exclusively black models.

Photo: Francesco Carrozzini

Alexander Wang’s Stripped Spring ’13


Today, Alexander Wang released teaser images of his Steven Klein-lensed, Pascal Dangin-directed Spring ’13 campaign (above). Styled by Patti Wilson and starring Malgosia Bela (who, having also appeared in Miu Miu’s Spring ads, is painted primitively with white), the preview photographs are clean and minimal. So minimal, in fact, that as far as we can tell, they don’t include any clothes. They do, however, capture the severe urban-warrior feel of Wang’s futuristic Spring offerings. The full campaign will premiere in spring issues of CR Fashion Book, Love, and Interview magazine.

Photo: Courtesy of Alexander Wang

Blasblog: Guinness and Klein for Vogue Italia, Part Due!


When Daphne Guinness told me she was a frequent house guest at Steven Klein’s Bridgehampton farm this summer, and when she showed up on his arm at the ACRIA event last month, I figured she might have a few tricks up her handsewn sleeve. After all, the last time she and Klein spent large amounts of time together, it culminated in the September 2008 cover and 26-page story in Vogue Italia‘s couture supplement. This is why, when word trickled down that she and Klein had again mixed friendship with business, I picked up the phone and tracked down the quirky Brit in Maui to get the scoop. (The fashion personality, who recently added parfumeur to her lengthy résumé, is there currently working on yet another project with an unnamed photographer.) “Yes, we’ve created something new,” she confirmed about Klein. “But something different; something darker and moodier. A new side of me.” Guinness stayed light on the details but did divulge that the images Klein snapped in July will make up another 20-plus-page editorial for Vogue Italia‘s September issue, and that Patti Wilson and François Nars were respectively on styling and makeup duty. She also coyly revealed that the storyboards were based on a sixties-era cult French film, though she wouldn’t say which one. “Half the fun is figuring it out,” she said. She was, however, somewhat more forthcoming on her esteem for Klein. “He just understands me,” she explained. “This sort of thing is so easy when you’re working with people you love, and who have the same frame of references. I adore him, and he’s such a sweet, kind person.” She added, nearly forgetting, “Oh, yeah, and he’s a brilliant photographer!”

Photo: Billy Farrell / Patrick McMullan