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Balenciaga Devotees, Meet Your Mecca



Monumental. There’s really no better word for the new Balenciaga flagship at 148 Mercer Street, in Soho. With its triple-height ceiling, curving skylight (a clin d’oeil at Cristóbal’s sculptural volumes), and green Verde Ramegiatto marble walls (an echo of Alexander Wang’s debut collection for the label), the 4,120-square-foot, two-floor store resembles a museum or a cathedral nave. The objects of worship: Wang’s ready-to-wear, leather goods, shoes, jewelry, and eyewear, each of which will be housed within its own distinct space. But if it’s grand, it’s intimate as well, with the ready-to-wear tucked away in the far reaches of the basement level. A low-slung couch and chairs upholstered in caviar embroidery, another nod to Wang’s first show for the house, lend the room the look and feel of a VIP salon. Wang worked with his friend of ten years, interior designer Ryan Korban, on the project, as well as its brother store across the street, which will sell the brand’s menswear. (Korban also designed the Alexander Wang boutique a few blocks south, on Grand Street.) “It’s thrilling to have created a new home in Soho, a neighborhood everyone in the world crosses,” Wang said from Paris last week. “From here, we’ll focus on a new statement in Tokyo next year; this is just the beginning, and I’m looking forward.” Above, an exclusive image of the new flagship. Wang will christen the store tomorrow night with a cocktail party. Both shops open to the public on Friday, November 22.

Photo: Courtesy of Balenciaga

Jumping for Joie


On a much-buzzed-about corridor of Melrose Avenue, where labels like Marc by Marc Jacobs, Diane von Furstenberg and Helmut Lang have all opened boutiques, a retail resurgence has begun. This Tuesday, Joie’s L.A. flagship joins the fray. The label is undertaking a major rollout—in addition to L.A., a Soho shop has just opened in New York, with a Meatpacking District branch and a San Francisco outpost on the way. Still, says creative director Serge Azria, “each store embodies the true feel of the brand: effortlessly chic yet casual.” Who do you call for that? Ryan Korban, the designer whose credits include Alexander Wang’s store and showroom and New York’s Edon Manor. Korban’s vision translated into a Parisian apartment that’s been sun-kissed by SoCal—an apartment, that is, that’s 1,640 square feet large, with herringbone floors and washed gray moldings. “L.A. has always been a big part of the Joie environment—even before we opened on the West Coast,” Korban explained. “Because it is such a large part of the brand, it has always come through in the design, even when we were doing New York stores.” Although New Yorkers are famously wary of all things L.A, we haven’t heard any complaints.

Joie is now open at 8414 Melrose Ave., L.A., (323) 330-1255.

Photo: Courtesy of Joie

Diesel Black Gold Moves Into Soho


“It’s very Diesel, but a lot sleeker,” says interior decorator extraordinaire Ryan Korban of the new Diesel Black Gold store he’s designed with Renzo Rosso, which is set to be unveiled tonight with a private party following the brand’s runway show this afternoon. “I wanted to take a lot of elements from a luxury store but edit it down so it still feels airy, young, and open. It was very important to the Diesel team that it still feel young and not stuffy.”

And the results of Korban’s work are just that—the Greene Street “contemporary showcase boutique” (the brand’s first), part of several new initiatives the brand is rolling out as it refocuses its attention on womenswear, is sleeker and more open than most of Diesel’s “vintage-y” shops. The look is more grown-up, just like the latest Diesel Black Gold pre-fall collection, thanks to Korban’s use of more premium materials and a luxe black, taupe, and brown color palette. Key design elements of the shop (under 3,000 square feet) include the matte black floors, wall-to-wall gray carpeting, and taupe and brown suede walls.

“The normal Diesel experience is very high-energy, but this gives you a chance to really experience each shoe and each piece of clothing,” says Korban. Here, has an exclusive first look inside the shop.

Diesel Black Gold, 68 Greene St., NYC.

Photos: Evan Sung

A Home Away From Home For Alexander Wang—Not To Mention His Many Fans


Yesterday couldn’t have been more ideal for Alexander Wang to introduce his first flagship store to the world. With a bright and clear weather report, a rather heavenly sunlight streamed through the massive windows into the 3,500-square-foot space, and it was warm enough for a few fans to gather on Grand Street and gawk as the designer chatted with journalists.

Wang was, of course, inspired by the airy nature of the Yohji Yamamato store that previously occupied the space, and he had a couple other favorites to inspire him as well. “I respond to a store like Barneys where it’s very breathy and you have these sophisticated installations, but there’s still humor,” he said. “And the old Helmut Lang store on Greene Street was pretty iconic to me. I just loved the gallery feel of it.”

In fact, like Lang’s store, the front area here, which has a ceiling-high black metal cage and marble display cubes, is reserved for installations, exclusives, and special collabs. Currently the cage is covered in baby’s breath (yes, baby’s breath, get into it), the so-wrong-it’s-right idea of florist Jeff Leatham, who worked with Wang for the opening. Inside is the Betony Vernon jewelry that came down the runway a few days ago.

Designed by architect Robin Kramer, the chilly white marble interior is warmed up by touches of glowy antique brass, inlaid in those marble cubes and long tables. And there’s an inviting carpeted square of relaxation in the center, dominated by the by-now world- (or at least blog-) famous black fox fur hammock. (The black leather lawn chair there might not be as sexy, but it’s also quite cool.) “I knew I wanted it to feel like our living room, just a place where people can hang out,” said Wang. “I don’t want it to be such a strict retail environment. I want people to feel like they’re coming to my apartment to shop.” In a way, they are, since decorator Ryan Korban is the aesthetic force behind the store as well as Wang’s home and showroom. And in that vein, Wang also personally chose the playlist for the first week, a mix of the Pharcyde, vintage Dr. Dre, Dru Hill, and Die Antwoord.

With all of his lines and accessories on display, including a capsule of five black leather pieces made expressly for the opening, consider it a full immersion in Wang world. As for those fans, since Wang’s studio and apartment are both minutes away, and his brother lives right upstairs, they can expect to see him there pretty frequently.

Alexander Wang is now open at 103 Grand St., NYC.

Photos: Courtesy of Alexander Wang

From Paris To The White House?


Guilty Brotherhood is not kidding around. The brand, which was founded in Paris two years ago, recently moved its headquarters to a West Village townhouse ahead of its Spring ’10 launch in the United States, and designer Kevork Kiledjian and creative director Fanny Bourdette-Donon have recruited an A-list team to help assure that Guilty Brotherhood makes a splash. It interior designer Ryan Korban is spiffing up the townhouse, for example, and last week, photographer Greg Kadel, stylist Edward Enninful, and model Abbey Lee gathered in Los Angeles to shoot the Spring campaign. Back in Paris, meanwhile, a first show for the brand is tentatively planned for October 2010, and Jean Nouvel is designing the multi-story flagship, which is scheduled to open in 2011. Long story short, expect to be hearing plenty about Guilty Brotherhood in the new year—and seeing plenty of stars amping up their sex appeal in the line’s unapologetically va-va-voom designs. (Lookers such as Kate Moss and Doutzen Kroes are already fans.) Given that Ikram was one of the first stateside retailers to pick up Guilty Brotherhood, perhaps the First Lady will be bringing sexy back to the White House, too? Perhaps not, but there’s no harm in hoping.

Photo: Courtesy of Guilty Brotherhood