August 20 2014

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Shop The Look: Tinsel Time


‘Tis the season of the holiday party. Naturally, that means you’ll need looks that are fun and festive. And what’s more festive than a splash of sequins? From now through January 1, you have our permission to overdose on sparkle, and some of our favorite designers, like 3.1 Phillip Lim, Comme des Garcons, and Sophia Webster, came up with shimmering winter wares that will serve you well this year and beyond. See our roundup below.

1. Theyskens’ Theory top, $747, available at
2. Rachel Antonoff dress, $523, available at
3. 3.1 Phillip Lim track pants, $1,500, available at
4. Sophia Webster sandals, $535, available at
5. Comme des Garcons pouch, $122, available at
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Photo: Courtesy Photo

From India, With Love And Sparkle


“Embellishment was extraordinarily intimidating,” says New York-based designer Rachel Antonoff, whose namesake label, sold at retailers like Barneys and Steven Alan, has for several seasons skewed more cute than glam. (“I design for myself in my daydreams,” she jokes, “so it’s me—but a little bit taller.”) But she took a new step in a more elevated direction for Fall when, on the recommendation of friend and fellow designer Timo Weiland, she enlisted the help of Milaaya Embroideries, a Mumbai-based fair trade sewing co-op whose client list includes big name designers such as Balmain, Lanvin, Marni, and Givenchy. “I loved all the fabric people in New York, but this was just a really special environment,” says Antonoff, who equates Milaaya’s New York headquarters (they also have offices in Milan and Paris) with “a candy land of embellishment swatches.”

The result is a brightly colored, checkered embroidery that adorns select pieces of Antonoff’s Fall ’12 collection. Dubbed by the young designer as “the chiclet,” after the gum, the playful pattern of glass beads and cotton threads can be found on chic, collared dresses (the Jack combo dress, pictured) and simple T-shirts with festive sleeves. This foray into embellishment has already garnered “best-selling” potential from a slew of interested buyers, and the designer plans to continue the experiment in seasons to come. That is, if she can overcome her new problem. “Now I have to figure out how to avoid going embellishment crazy,” she says. “It’s like chocolate, once you have a little taste you have to learn how to scale back.”




Photo: Thomas Iannaccone


Fashion Week, Turned Up To 11


Every New York fashion week is filled with its fair share of memorable performances, both at shows and at the host of after-parties. This week should be no exception. On Thursday night, the Citizens Band, spearheaded by Karen Elson and Sarah Sophie Flicker, is set to turn Milk Studios into a sexy boudoir for their burlesque-style performance in Erickson Beamon’s “Deca-Dance” presentation. (They will, of course, be wearing Erickson Beamon pieces.) Following the cabaret show, Lissy Trullie, Cleo Le-Tan (sister of designer Olympia Le-Tan), Venus XX, and rap group Wu-Tang Clan are each doing a set at Milk for the MADE and Lexus Launch Event. If that’s not enough to make your night, the Kills’ Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince (a.k.a. Mr. Moss) will be rocking out at the Standard’s Boom Boom Room—we’re told it’s their last performance for a long time before they go back to the studio to work on their next album. On Friday night, the Ting Tings and Santigold (who fronted Alexander Wang’s T ad campaign for Fall ’11) will be on hand to put on a show (Ting Tings) and DJ (Santigold) at The Box for a Glamour party. The following day, has learned that actress and singer Alia Shawkat, familiar to many from her starring role in the much-missed sitcom Arrested Development, will be singing during Rachel Antonoff’s presentation at Drive In Studios.

Photo: David X. Prutting/

Tie-Dyeing: It’s A Good Thing; DVF Flies South; And More…


Do not adjust your set—that really is Jack and Lazaro of Proenza Schouler teaching Martha how to tie-dye on The Martha Stewart Show today. (But if you’d rather leave the DIY to the professionals, you’ll be glad to know that PS is offering a tie-dyed racer-back tank, pictured, for a limited time on its Web site.) [Martha Stewart]

The surest sign that spring is here: The shirts are off outside of Hollister. [Racked]

From their parlor to yours: Parlor showroom—which reps lines like Timo Weiland, Rachel Antonoff, and Samantha Pleet—is taking its show on the road, driving an RV cross-country to sell Fall 2010 directly to consumers. Well, when retail’s down… [Fashionista]

And DVF adds a new continent to her worldwide empire. The designer opened her first South American store in Brasília’s new Iguatemí Mall, and André Leon Talley curated an exhibition of Diane-iana (but of course) for the occasion. [WWD]

Photo: Courtesy of Proenza Schouler

Rachel Antonoff Shows Off


When designer Rachel Antonoff ticks off the list of inspirations for her Spring collection—Judy Garland, Fanny Brice, Pippin—it’s pretty clear she’s got a theater background. Don’t be fooled, however: This girl’s no drama geek. The collection—a sweet mix of forties-inspired frocks, tap shorts, and tops was shown tableau style at the Henry Street Settlement Playhouse. The concept was a dress rehearsal for an imaginary production titled Magic to Do, and she called on some theatrical pals to help bring to life her themes. On hand to model was BFF Alia Shawkat, better known as Maeby from Arrested Development, as well as New York City Ballet dancers. Tulle ballerina dresses and floral-print playsuits were accessorized with Albertus Swanepoel’s pastel headpieces and custom Liberty-print toe shoes. Antonoff hung up her own shoes years ago, but she still takes ballet class with Sarah Sophie Flicker.

Photo: Alex John Beck