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48 posts tagged "Reed Krakoff"

The Bag Of The Season—If You Can Get To It In Time


Cocktail parties are a dime a dozen this time of year. The limited-edition Standard clutch that was the cause célèbre at Reed Krakoff’s Madison Avenue get-together is decidedly not. In fact, only 15 of the envelope-style clutches have been made in exotic ayer skin (that’s watersnake, to you and me), in a range of colors from racing green to denim blue to metallic copper. That makes it just about the most exclusive item you could put on your holiday wish list this year. But may we suggest that your Secret Santa acts fast? Last night’s Vanessa Traina-hosted soirée, which was followed by a small dinner at Indochine, attracted a quartet of editors in chief, along with plenty of top stylists and bloggers. And you know how the fashion set likes its arm candy. (Santa, if you’re reading this, I’ll take mine in matte white.) The hand-numbered clutches are available exclusively at Krakoff’s Madison Avenue boutique.

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A Decor Diva Perfects The Imperfect


“Perfect is boring,” Deborah Needleman told last night at the launch party for her new book The Perfectly Imperfect Home: How to Decorate and Live Well. “When I looked at all the houses I loved, they were all extremely personal, sometimes even chaotic and messy, but that’s what I found interesting and chic.” The fête, which drew decorators and designers including Reed Krakoff, Muriel Brandolini, and Nina Griscom, was held at the CH Carolina Herrera boutique, where the designer toasted the WSJ. magazine editor’s second tome—a manifesto of styling tips and how-tos on lived-in chic—a look which the author all but trademarked during her years as founding editor of ultra-hip glossy Domino.

“Decorating needs to have a little glamour but there also needs to be a little bit of ugly and quirk,” said Needleman. “It can’t be matchy-matchy—just like in fashion.” Pointing to her Nicholas Kirkwood platforms, she added, “I wore these because they’re comfortable. We suffer, but too much.” The book is chock-full of Needleman-isms, including terms like “jollifiers” and “cozification,” illustrated by Virginia Johnson’s whimsical watercolors. (Case in point? Outfitting your nest in “neutral” stripes and leopard or adding animal figurines because “they make people happy.”)

Meanwhile, hostess Carolina Herrera, fresh from unveiling her pre-fall collection, was wary to reveal her own decor philosophy. “My husband and I don’t buy things, we inherit them,” demurred Mrs. Herrera, who cited an 18th-century heirloom chair in her “framboise-hued” sitting room as a favorite piece. “It’s important to have a mixture of eras but I prefer simplicity. No excess and nothing fussy.” A golden rule? “Don’t hire a decorator. If you’re going to have a house, do it yourself.”

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Reed Krakoff Visits Paris, Hopes To Stay


Reed Krakoff and his French wife Delphine love Paris. “I visit as often as I can,” he says. “I travel for inspiration because it’s my job, but even if I wasn’t working, I’d still be traveling.” He mentioned wanting to open a permanent Paris store one day. In the meantime, the designer (left, with Virginie Mouzat) and his brand’s new president, Valérie Hermann, created a showroom on three levels of the Galerie Karsten Greve in the Marais to introduce Parisians to his new collection. “I’ve kind of done everything in reverse,” Krakoff muses. “After 25 years designing for others, I really wanted to do my own thing and use all my experience to do it well.” Among those there to take it in: Sarah Lerfel, who buys Krakoff for Colette; Olympia Le-Tan and her illustrator papa Pierre Le-Tan, who has done projects for Krakoff at Coach; jewelry designer Harumi Klossowski, Balthus’ daughter; Comme des Garçons’ Adrian Joffe; fashion publishers Olivier Zahm of Purple and Ezra Petronio from Self Service; and Alexis Mabille, who didn’t let the fact of his impending haute couture show keep him away.

Photo: Courtesy of Reed Krakoff

The Latest Gwyneth Rumor, Kate’s Coat, Cindy On The New Status Quo, And More…


Is Gwyneth taking on yet another project: face of Coach? Page Six gossips are in a tizzy after spotting the actress/singer/cookbook authoress/rumored food magazine founder-to-be leaving the brand’s New York headquarters with Reed Krakoff. [Page Six]

Forget Kate Middleton’s dress for a minute. Here’s her new coat—of arms, naturally. The Middleton family crest is decorated with acorns (representing the Middleton children) and a chevron (inspired by the family’s love of skiing); Kate will use it until her wedding, at which point her crest will be merged with William’s. [People]

Cindy Crawford was once the biggest Super of them all; now, she says, she feels like an outsider. “I just saw the CoverGirl commercial with Taylor Swift and I thought, ‘Wow, it is so hard for models to get a job these days,’ ” she told an interviewer. “You have to sing and act, too. There doesn’t seem to be as much work specifically just for models. And I also think when I was modeling, size 6 was a normal size and now it’s like 2 or 0.” [Fashionologie]

And Todd Selby’s latest house tour brings him all the way to New Zealand, checking out the sunny, spacious Auckland digs of designer Karen Walker and Mikhail Gherman. Vacation, anyone? [The Selby]

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Natasha Ties The Knot, Hannah Stays The Course, At Home With Reed Krakoff, And More…


It’s wedding bells for Natasha Poly: The Russian supe married businessman Peter Bakker in Saint-Tropez. The dress? Thank a few friends in high places—it’s Givenchy (left). [Vogue Italia]

The rumors were flying earlier this year, but apparently Hannah MacGibbon is at Chloé to stay—for another season, at least. Her contract has been renewed, and label CEO Geoffroy de la Bourdonnaye told WWD, “Hannah is still with us, that’s all I can say.” [WWD]The New Yorker looks in on Reed Krakoff, appraising not only his upstart, eponymous fashion line—”I’m the oldest young designer,” Krakoff jokes—but also his enviable collection of art and design. Take it from design guru Jonathan Adler: “This is some next-level shit.” [TNY]

And the latest fashion issue of T hit stands this weekend, bringing with it the latest news from Cate Blanchett. Consider it confirmed: The woman can do no wrong. [T]