50 posts tagged "Reed Krakoff"
Vanessa Traina is a busy bee. Somewhere between styling Joseph Altuzarra’s Spring ’14 runway and preparing to head to the shows in Paris, Traina’s found time to serve as the executive creative director of THE LINE—a luxury e-tailer that launches today and features a tightly edited selection of clothing, beauty products, and home goods. Handpicked by Traina, the site’s stock includes what the stylist calls “quintessentials”—that is, pieces that are clean, simple, and, above all, timeless. “With all of the fast fashion today, we felt the need to strip down and get back to the basics,” Traina said. “We are not aiming to bring you the hottest trend of the season; we are presenting items that are elevated yet familiar.”
One not-so-familiar brand is Protagonist (above), which, designed by Kate Wendelborn is launching exclusively with THE LINE. Protagonist captures THE LINE’s minimalist focus: brushed wool pullovers, crisp white blouses, and boxy tunics (in shades of black, white, and blush) look current yet trend-proof.
Other brands featured include Reed Krakoff, Rodin Olio Lusso (best known for its cult-favorite beauty oil), interiors range Andrianna Shamaris, J.W. Anderson, Assouline, and Vince, among others. “We are very excited about the brands that we have on board,” Traina said. “We essentially wanted to create the perfect, seasonless wardrobe—those items that you can throw on no matter the day, time, or season.”
There’s no shortage of Reed Krakoff in the headlines today. As the designer prepares to show his Spring ’14 collection this afternoon, yesterday news broke that Krakoff had officially acquired the majority share in his eponymous company from parent brand Coach Inc. In WWD, he called the move “simultaneously a new beginning and a culmination of something.” The price of independence? A reported $50 million—which makes us all the keener to see what he’ll send down the catwalk today.
Will the snakeskin motif ever go out of style? We don’t anticipate it happening anytime soon, especially since designers have been getting extra creative with their scaly wares. Cobalt hues and metallic finishes bring a modern edge to traditional snake prints, and on-trend shapes like slouchy sweatshirts, knee-length skirts, and oversize clutches make them essential additions to your fall wardrobe. Shop our favorite blue reptilian pieces by Kenzo, Stella McCartney, and more, below.
1. Reed Krakoff Alligator-Print Crepe and Fine-Knit Sweater, $1,190, available at net-a-porter.com
2. Kenzo Blue Reptile-Print Round Sunglasses, $275, available at ssense.com
3. Stella McCartney Oversize Patchwork Clutch, $1,055, available at saksfifthavenue.com
4. Derek Lam Fia Ankle-Strap Sandals, $795, available at shopbop.com
5. Diane von Furstenberg Paulina Python-Jacquard Skirt, $285, available at net-a-porter.com
After announcing his 2014 departure from Coach earlier this year, Reed Krakoff (or, if we’re going to be specific, a business group led by Krakoff) is buying his namesake label from Coach Inc., according to WWD. Earlier this month, Bloomberg reported that Coach—which recently hired Loewe’s Stuart Vevers to replace Krakoff as executive creative director—was trying to unload the Krakoff label and would cut the designer’s bonus by a cool $3 million if an agreement to sell the brand wasn’t reached by July 29 (yesterday). He appears to have slid in just under the deadline. The sale is expected to be finalized a few months before Krakoff officially leaves Coach next year.