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August 30 2014

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20 posts tagged "Saks Fifth Avenue"

Model Slash: Swimwear Designer Tori Praver

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They’ve got the face, the body, a portfolio full of ad campaigns and editorials shot by top photographers in the industry, and a runway roster to match. But with our new “Model-Slash” feature, Style.com profiles girls whose ambitions and drive extend beyond the catwalk.

Life is a beach for IMG model Tori Praver (pictured), who was discovered at age 12 while shopping with her mom at a local grocery store in Maui, then went on to appear in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues in 2007-2009 (and other publications including Elle, Marie Claire, and Glamour). In 2008, the blonde bombshell parlayed her experience modeling swimsuits into designing them when she launched her own namesake swimwear line, which has doubled in sales every year since. This Saturday, Praver will present her new Resort ’13 collection during Miami Swim Week (which officially kicks off Thursday) with a cocktail party at Laure Heriard Dubreuil’s The Webster. “I love the feeling of being in Miami at this time. Everyone is so excited to show their suits and there is such a good summer vibe everywhere,” Praver, who is showing for her fourth time at Swim Week, told Style.com. She continued, “It’s my chance to show new designs to every major swim buyer and editor in the industry at one time—and it only happens once a year.”

Growing up surfing in Hawaii, Praver had “literally drawers and drawers of bikinis, and always saw herself designing them down the road.” To get things going, however, she needed an extra push. “I was on a Sports Illustrated shoot and told the editor, ‘Well, one day I want to have my own swimwear line,’ and the editor responded, ‘Why wait? You should start it now,’ ” Praver explained. “So I did, and somehow the stars aligned.” No kidding—Praver just so happened to meet the owner of a swimwear factory while vacationing, then before she knew it, she was drawing silhouettes in her down time and churning out samples. “The whole thing has definitely been learn-as-I-go, and I made a lot of mistakes, but it was just for fun and not my main source of income. I never expected it to become a job in and of itself,” Praver said. At this point, it appears Praver’s bathing suit business has, in fact, eclipsed her modeling career—the line is now sold at top retailers like Barneys, Saks Fifth Avenue, The Webster, and Intermix.

Each piece (sold separately) is double-lined, seamless, and often features Praver’s signature, flattering micro-ruching. “The best part is actually seeing girls and, believe it or not, sometimes their moms and even grandmothers at the beach in my suits,” she says. In the future, she plans to introduce a small capsule of ready-to-wear (cover-ups, mostly) and continue to grow her brand organically. And when she’s not on business in New York, Praver makes sure she gets plenty of beach time—let’s call it research? “The L.A. area is definitely more laid-back. That’s where I’m doing most of the actual designing, meeting with my factory, maybe surfing, and definitely a lot of yoga,” says Praver, who considers Venice Beach home (where she lives with her fiancé, pro surfer Danny Fuller, who recently snagged the new Chanel Allure Homme Sport fragrance campaign).

Photo: Courtesy of Tori Praver

KBL’s Beach-Ready Frames

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“Design starts from pencil to paper—we aren’t interested in vintage frame copies,” Kara Mendelsohn of KBL Eyewear explains. “We want to do something that is present and based on what’s happening now.”

That has been the mantra of the KBL founders, (Mendelsohn, her husband Adam, and Dave Barton—all with backgrounds at labels like Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Thakoon, and Oliver Peoples), since they started the innovative eyewear label in 2009. Since launching with wire-frame sunglasses, KBL has added plastic frames, optical, and hand-finished matte patina, (picking up a host of celebrity fans along the way, including Emma Stone, Julianne Moore, and Blake Lively). Today, they rolled out their Janette Beckman-lensed campaign, featuring their six latest styles, on their newly revamped Web site www.kbleyewear.com.

“The color inspiration mainly came from the beach and sea glass,” Mendelsohn tells Style.com of their Spring 2012 collection, made up of bicolored stainless steel and hand-finished matte patina and acetate frames in crystal, gray, beige, and emerald. “We also are introducing a new technique on some frames, sanding them by hand to give it the authentic look of driftwood.” One of our favorite frames is the rounded Higher Incentive in matte driftwood. KBL’s affordable shades (around $175 for sunglasses and $200 for optical) are available at Barneys, Saks Fifth Avenue, Kirna Zabëte, and their Spring ’12 collection is for sale on their site now. Coming up next from KBL, expect a collection made with materials that “have never been used that will enable us to continue to do unique shapes.”

Photo: Courtesy of KBL Eyewear

Window Watching

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The crowd at Saks Fifth Avenue’s holiday window unveiling last night was, for the most, the Champagne-swilling uptowners and socials you’d expect, but this time, the drink was hot chocolate, the hors d’oeuvres were iced cookies, and the plus-ones were under-10s. “When I was a little kid, that was my holiday treat, to go see all the windows,” Brooke Shields (left, with daughter Rowan) remembered before the big reveal. “Now that we have two daughters, we take them, too. It’s tradition.” The family-minded affair shut down Fifth Avenue briefly and included a soulful (naturally) rendition of “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” by Patti LaBelle, as well as fashion’s current fascination: a light show on the storied flagship’s Fifth Avenue facade.

As for the windows, they each had the fixings of a storybook scene, but the featured dresses—ten one-of-a-kind frocks by Alexander McQueen, Calvin Klein, Jason Wu, Kaufman Franco, Marc Jacobs, Marchesa, Sophie Theallet, Nina Ricci, Oscar de la Renta, and Proenza Schouler—were decidedly adult. “They told me my window was inspired by the sea, so my dress is an homage to Jacques Cousteau,” Théallet explained of her light turquoise draped one-shoulder creation.”It’s his 100th anniversary, but we’re also related. I’m his niece.”

Shields, too, had extended family on the mind: The actress is flying to Florida for the holiday weekend to see hers. “Since my dad passed away, we all try to make sure we get together. My stepmom is having a big birthday and my half-sisters and sisters and I are all heading down there,” she said. “She’s trying to get us not to get her presents, but that’s not going to happen. We’re going to get her presents!”

Photo: Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images

The Once And Future Stella

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Fashion is having a love affair with the nineties, and the tryst isn’t only in design. Everywhere you look—in editorials, luxury campaigns, and on the runways—familiar faces abound: There’s Kristen McMenamy, Naomi Campbell, and, taking hosting duties last night at Saks, Stella Tennant. “I’m definitely busier now than I was,” Tennant admitted at the celebratory cocktail fête to launch Krakoff’s collection at the store. “It’s worked out better, actually. My kids are that much older and I feel like I can be away from them a bit more,” the mother of four said.

Admittedly, the 39-year-old has had a steady career of campaign hits, even posing for Burberry while seven months pregnant. But she’s been on a hot streak as of late, and Krakoff in particular has been a big supporter: He tapped Tennant to open his Spring ’11 show. “It’s nice that we’re representing people hitting their forties,” Tennant went on. “I like that fashion would be eclectic with age, or with ethnicity, style, and shape.” (Though, for the record, she’s still whippet-thin.) The balanced viewpoint wasn’t lost on Krakoff, who chose the Scottish stunner for his Fall 2010 lookbook shoot, too. “I like the idea of a woman who has a family, traveled, had a real life,” the designer explained. “I really identify with that.”

Photo: Billy Farrell / Billy Farrell Agency

Elie Tahari Lives Large, Menswear Bulks Up, Ladies Shop Online, And More…

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It’s a big day, quite literally, for Elie Tahari: The designer opened a new 2,250-square-foot shop in Saks Fifth Avenue, the largest on the retailer’s fourth floor. “I thought Ron [Frasch, Saks’ president and CMO] was going to give me my own zip code,” Tahari said. [WWD]

And it’s about to be a big week for menswear. According to a rough count, there are 42 men’s presentations and shows scheduled for New York fashion week (not counting coed presentations), making this season the largest for menswear in memory. [WWD]

What do girls want? To shop online for designer clothes. Nothing too strange about that. What is strange is that designers and their reps don’t seem to understand why. [NYT]

Racked applies itself to some heavy-hitting investigative journalism and discovers that the mysterious @FashionWeekNYC Twitterer is…some guy named Nathan Stobezki. Case closed, probably. [Racked]

Good news from fashion’s revolving doors: Vogue‘s Ethel Park has been named T‘s new senior fashion director. [NYT]

Bad news from fashion’s revolving doors: Chloé CEO Ralph Toledano has left the company; designer Hannah MacGibbon is said to be “devastated.” ]Fashionologie]

Photo: Andrew Thomas