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On Our Radar: SVILU’s Fall 2013


Peter Som alums Marina Polo and Britt Cosgrove launched their contemporary label SVILU (short for sviluppo, which means “growth” or “development” in Italian) for Spring ’13. The designers are following up their praiseworthy debut with a sophomore collection that evokes prep-school uniforms and Ivy League campuses. The duo went the extra mile and actually shot the lookbook at Yale University’s Peabody Museum of Natural History (those taxidermied grizzly bears seen in the background (above) really make the tartan plaid jumper dresses and varsity jackets pop). Polo, who attended Central Saint Martins and apprenticed at Lesage in Paris, and Cosgrove, who previously worked in VIP public relations for brands such as Prada and Hogan, are focused on making approachable, everyday pieces “that will take you anywhere.” Canvas pants with clever tuxedo details have “as many pockets as we can sneak in,” said Cosgrove at a preview this week. The entire collection is made here in New York City from sustainable materials, including recycled wools and cottons. It’s difficult to argue with environmentally friendly fashion. It’s also difficult to argue with an adorable logo like the SVILU porcupine. “We really wanted a fun but badass mascot to stand behind,” they said.

SVILU is currently sold at specialty boutiques. The Fall collection retails for $110 to $850. Visit SVILU’s Web site for more information.

Photo:Courtesy of SVILU

Peter Som Cancels Fall '13 Show


It was announced today that Peter Som has canceled his Fall ’13 womenswear show, which was slated for February 8 at Milk Studios in New York. A representative for the company confirmed that Som is designing a Fall ’13 collection, but it has not yet been determined how or when he will present it.

Som, who launched his line in 2001, is known for his punchy prints and feminine approach to sportswear. He formerly designed for Bill Blass (from 2007 to 2008) and, for five seasons, consulted on Tommy Hilfiger’s women’s range. Som broke off the partnership before Spring ’13. We have reached out for further information, but Som has yet to comment on his decision to forgo fashion week.

Photo: Marcus Tondo/

New York Welcomes A New Wang


While it takes a cranked party to drown out the sound of World Trade Center construction, such was the scene at last night’s W Hotel Downtown soirée for Chinese designer Uma Wang (pictured, right), who turned heads this past fashion week in Milan, where her namesake label made its Italian debut. Hosts Meredith Melling Burke and W Hotels global fashion director Jenne Lombardo (pictured, left) took it to eleven, with help from guests like Peter Som, Alejandro Ingelmo, and Kate Foley. Wang, who is here for a month as part of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund China exchange program (a new initiative targeted at expanding opportunities for CFDA designers in China and vice versa for Chinese designers like Wang), kept a noticeably low profile. “I was so happy to come to New York, but I had no idea what to expect,” she said. “I’m just following the schedule.”

She’s right on time for a breakthrough. Wang’s design vibes combine the almost-goth moodiness of Rick Owens with the sharp utility of that other Wang, Alexander. Or, as she puts it: “I only wear black, unless I’m wearing white.” On that note, Lombardo said, “Look at her, she’s wearing all these black layers with long hair and a nose ring—it’s so right-on. She’s more New York than all of us!”

Photo: Joe Schildhorn /

Exclusive: The Do-Good Fashions From Project Paz’s Gala and Benefit


Using hand-sewn Mexican fabrics supplied by Museo Textil De Oaxaca, the designers behind 12 different lines, including Eddie Borgo, Wes Gordon, Thakoon, and Michael Bastian, have each created limited-edition pieces for tonight’s Project Paz gala and silent auction in New York, which will raise money to promote peace in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. “It was important to me to get involved because the level of violence that occurs in Cuidad Juárez is truly inhuman,” Peter Som tells Of the design assignment, Som says, “There weren’t any guidelines —the fabric was a beautiful canvas for me to create with.” What he made was a dress using fabric from the town of Pinotepa de Don Luis, with touches of his spring rose print.

Of his design, Phillip Lim says, “I think all too often society is very dismissive of technique and artisanal history —they take what they want and discard things very quickly —so I wanted this piece to respect tradition. I tried to do this by having the biker jacket embrace the Rebozo —it almost has it in its arms.” Here, has the exclusive first look at the designs, photographed by Ruven Afanador. The pieces are available during and after the event on L-Atitude.

Photos: Ruven Afanador

Looking For The Local Hot Spots?
Just Text Your Concierges


Welcome to the future, St. Regis Hotel—and by the future, of course, we mean the App Store. New York’s storied hotel is the latest to debut its own PDA application, which will allow guests of the hotel (and those who wish they were) to find calendar listings and a directory of favorite places to shop, eat, drink, and sightsee in the Big Apple. (Guests will also be able to text with the staff—Champagne and hand towels, stat!) To curate the app, however, they went farther than the St. Regis’ own concierge and solicited tips from New York notables, including plenty from the fashion world. Below, a few of their picks, from a risotto not to miss from Barneys’ Simon Doonan to Met Costume Institute curator Harold Koda’s favorite shop.

“For a little risotto primavera, I am loving Il Cantinori (32 E. 10 Street, NYC, on 10th street. The crowd is fashiony but not too fashiony.”—Simon Doonan

The Neue Galerie(1048 Fifth Avenue, NYC, “houses an amazing selection of Wiener Werkst&228;tte’s work. It’s a perfect amount of culture and art that leaves you invigorated to design and create. Treat yourself to the café for some Hungarian goulash.”—Alexis Bittar

Ted Muehling’s shop on Howard Street (27 Howard Street, NYC,, near my second favorite, De Vera on Crosby. Both have the idiosyncrasy of discerning collectors as well as the refined aesthetic of true creators.”—Harold Koda

“I love Narnia Vintage (161 Rivington Street, NYC) on the Lower East Side—they stock beautiful, very unique designer pieces.”—Jason Wu

“My favorite classic is at Park Avenue and 53rd Street. You have Philip Johnson’s Seagram Building, across the street is the old-school elegance of the NY Racquet Club by McKim, Mead, and White, and then catty corner you have the Lever House.”—Peter Som

Photo: Courtesy of the St. Regis