August 21 2014

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American Made, By Martha Stewart


“Whenever Martha calls, I listen,” J.Crew CEO Mickey Drexler said at the inaugural American Made fair celebrating local food, fashion, and design at Grand Central’s Vanderbilt Hall yesterday morning. Drexler, along with Calvin Klein, Tory Burch, and Ralph Rucci, joined Martha Stewart (pictured) on a “Makers of American Fashion” panel discussion that kicked off the two-day affair, where they tackled topics like inspiration, business, and tricks of the trade. “Today is about recognizing the innovative spirit that’s happening across the United States,” Stewart told the audience, which included countless Martha fans.

Despite the rush-hour crowd, Stewart transformed the midtown landmark into a multimedia expo featuring dozens of American artisans from Manhattan childrenswear designer Makié to Connecticut-based accessories company Mystic Knotwork, allowing shoppers—and some confused commuters—to sample the goods and even craft their own gifts. Tips bestowed from the panel? “The most important thing is to know what you’re good at,” Klein advised. “From the very beginning, I had a vision of minimalism and purity.” (Not quite the case with his first fragrance, Obsession, which he launched with a scintillating ad in 1985. “It looked like an orgy in print,” Klein mused.) Burch, meanwhile, credited her years in fashion PR and “learning on the job” as essential stepping stones. Ever the queen of crafts, Stewart peppered the discussion with instructional demos such as tie-dyeing using Sharpie pens (just add rubbing alcohol) and teaching Drexler how to properly fold a T-shirt. “I learned it on Japanese TV,” beamed the DIY maven.

Around 11 a.m., the crowd dispersed to sample Fair Trade coffee and Petrossian caviar (leave it to Martha to serve Beluga before noon). Longtime friend Klein raved about the host after the panel. “Martha is the quintessential American woman,” he told “From gardening to tie-dye, that’s who she is and she does it in a way that’s so endearing.” As for her off-duty persona? “She’s exactly the same person on camera and off camera,” he insisted. “To be successful in this business, you have to be who you are. Otherwise it’s not going to go well.”

Photo: Fernando Leon / Getty Images

Ralph Rucci To Join The Ranks Of De La Renta And Lagerfeld, 49 Years Of MJ, Elisa Sednaoui’s New Film, And More…


Following in the footsteps of Diane von Furstenberg, Oscar de la Renta, Karl Lagerfeld, and Tom Ford, designer Ralph Rucci will be receiving the André Leon Talley lifetime achievement award at Savannah College of Art and Design next month. In addition, Rucci’s designs will be on display in an exhibition at the school’s gallery. [WWD]

In honor of Marc Jacobs’ 49th birthday today, Huff Po dug through the archives and created a slideshow of some of his major moments. Click the link to check out images of the designer with some of his muses and leading ladies over the years. [Huff Po]

Here’s music’s latest odd couple: Axl Rose and Lana Del Rey. The New York Daily News reports that the two were spotted together in Los Angeles over the weekend, and last month, Del Rey attended two back-to-back GNR shows (not to mention, she’s got a song entitled “Axl Rose Husband”). [NYDN]

In LifeStyle Mirror’s feature story today, Elisa Sednaoui reveals that her latest project is a documentary, entitled Kullu Tamam (“Everything Is Good” in Arabic). The film, which Sednaoui co-directed and produced, “focuses on how villagers in southern Egypt have been coping with the uprisings in the Middle East.” [Lifestyle Mirror]

Michael Bastian’s Barneys Collection, Ralph Rucci Cancels His Runway Show, DVF’s Spring Campaign, And More…


CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year Michael Bastian has collaborated with Barneys on a fully outfitted suit collection. The line will feature slim, modern tailoring ideal for an emerging market of young professionals who want to avoid an “anonymous baggy ‘going to work’ suit.” Pieces, available online and in Barneys stores, will be priced 20 percent lower than Bastian’s namesake line. [Michael Bastian]

Ralph Rucci is opting for private showroom meetings rather than a runway show this season. His sister and communications director, Rosina Rucci, stated that his time slot, conflicting with the Tommy Hilfiger show, was not a factor in the decision. Chado Ralph Rucci was scheduled to show on February 12. [WWD]

Diane von Furstenberg’s new Spring ’12 campaign recollects work by Surrealist artists Salvador Dalí and Magritte. The campaign places models in desert landscapes, obscured by a mirror covering the face. Von Furstenberg is known to be a collector of the late Dali’s art. [Telegraph]

The Hyères International Festival of Fashion and Photography has announced its ten fashion design candidates for the 27th annual competition. From April 27-30, the global group of designers from Estonia to Argentina will showcase their work to a panel of judges, presided over by Yohji Yamamoto. Hyères is known for embracing emerging avant-garde talent—last year’s jury consisted of Raf Simons, Christopher Kane, Proenza Schouler, and’s Tim Blanks.

Photo: Courtesy of Diane von Furstenberg

Ralph Rucci: The Film, A Princeling Of Leon, Going Gaga On eBay, And More…


February’s set to bring out whole new sides of Chado’s Ralph Rucci. The couturier (one of the only Americans ever to show at Paris Couture) is the subject of a new coffee-table book celebrating his 30 years in business and a new documentary film, to be screened at New York fashion week, by director and former curator Christian Leigh. “If he wants to work on one dress for 16 weeks, he won’t compromise,” Leigh said of his tireless subject. [NYT]

The Wall Street Journal takes on the phenomenon of pre-fall, which is gaining ground in celebrity dressing. Attention, celebs and stylists: We’ve got it all right here. [WSJ]

Is there about to be a Prince of Leon? Sources say that Kings of Leon frontman Caleb Followill and his wife, model Lily Aldridge, are expecting their first child—and that she’s three months along, meaning she would have walked the Victoria’s Secret runway show pregnant. [E!]

If the Lady’s a tramp, she’s an expensive one. A nude sketch of one Lady Gaga (above) by Tony Bennett (her duet partner on a new version of “The Lady Is a Tramp”) sold for $30,000 on eBay, as part of Vanity Fair‘s auction of items from its January 2012 issue. The entire sale raised $46,261 for Exploring the Arts and Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation. [Vanity Fair]

Illustration: © 2011 BENEDETTO/BENNETT,

Where To Stay In Parrot Cay, A Few Of Brian Atwood’s Favorite Things, And More…


Still waiting on that invite to Donna Karan’s Parrot Cay home? Here’s what you’re missing (pictured)—plus peeks inside the digs of Jenna Lyons, Ralph Rucci, and more American fashion designers. [WWD]

Or maybe you’re looking to get on Brian Atwood’s good side? Give him a Muji pen—or a pair of Naked & Famous jeans, Tom Ford specs, or any other of his ten must-have products. [GQ]

After the weekend’s none-too-favorable New York Times Magazine profile of M.I.A., the singer has posted the “truff”—an audio file of her interview with writer Lynn Hirschberg, plus a new song for good measure. [NEET Recordings]

Lily Cole finished up her end-of-year exams at Cambridge and looked “relieved,” reports British Vogue. Phew! [Vogue U.K.]

And sad news from the weekend: Sculptor and feminist icon Louise Bourgeois passed away on Monday at the age of 98. [NYT]

Photo: Courtesy of Assouline