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After fourteen years in their cozy, pink Greene Street store, Kirna Zabête‘s Beth Buccini and Sarah Easley have packed up shop and moved to 477 Broome Street. “We’ve always had the same mission, to sell the most important designers of today and tomorrow, and we just didn’t have space for all of them,” said Easley. “And we were 26 years old when we first moved into that space,” added Buccini. “We’ve grown up, and our tastes have evolved.”
But they haven’t grown up too much—and thank goodness for that. Since it first opened in 1999, Kirna Zabête—its name is derived from the owners’ nicknames—has been known not only for offering a diverse selection of established brands (like Balenciaga, Lanvin, Givenchy, and the like) and hot up-and-comers (Anthony Vaccarello and Wes Gordon among them) but also for its quirky, playful sensibility. This carries over to the new 10,000-square-foot space, which, designed by Steven Gambrel, is what Easley describes as “glamorous Dr. Seuss, but chic.” Having opened on June 20, the Broome Street boutique, which boasts Dorothy Draper-esque black-and-white floors and bright fuchsia pillars, just received its finishing touches (like the six 5-foot-tall chandeliers) this week. As shoppers walk in, they’re confronted with the proprietresses’ favorite bit—a wall of clever phrases, like “Always be yourself, unless you can be a unicorn, then always be a unicorn,” in neon lights. “When you are buying really expensive clothes, you should feel good about it. You should be having a great time,” said Buccini. “So we did our warm, wacky wall of neon lights—the phrases are just funny things that register with us.” Also on their wordy wall is a phonetic spelling of the store’s name. Apparently, after almost a decade and a half of dressing tastemakers worldwide, the pronunciation still gets butchered on a daily basis. “We’ve heard it all,” said Buccini with a laugh. Continue Reading “Kirna Zabête Grows Up, and Out” »
For our latest Shopping Guide, senior market editor Marina Larroude asked a fresh round of style insiders for their ultimate summer picks. This season, designers Eugenie Niarchos, Sara Battaglia, and Jen Kao, stylist Catherine Baba, models Caroline Brasch Nielsen and Alexandra Richards, editors Victoria Young (of Love), Julia Sarr-Jamois (of Wonderland), and Miroslava Duma, and consultant Ramya Giangola fill us in on the Tom Ford cat-eyes, Dries Van Noten kimonos, crochet bikinis, and Louis Vuitton fans they can’t do without—plus a few occasionally surprising details about themselves.
Who drinks almond milk and vodka when the thermostat climbs? Who counts Nancy Reagan as an early style icon? Read on for more.
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Above, left to right: Victoria Young, Caroline Brasch Nielsen, Julia Sarr-Jamois, Catherine Baba, and Caroline Sieber, all shot by Tommy Ton.
The shows that opened Milan fashion week today were by the big names—Gucci and Alberta Ferretti among them—but at the private cocktail party hosted by Franca Sozzani for Vogue Italia‘s Vogue Talents Corner, the up-and-comers had a chance to shine. Fourteen designers, selected by the editors of various international editions of the magazines, got a chance to spotlight their work, and select pieces will go on sale at the e-tail Web site www.thecorner.com.
New York-based Jen Kao was model-pretty next to her printed collection, alongside Serbian shoe designer Burak Uyan, who’s showing fur booties this season. Giovanna Battaglia was on hand to cheer for her younger sister Sara, whose namesake collection of handbags—a quiet hit among street-style photogs and select European boutiques—was being presented for the first time. Giovanna had her favorite pieces, like a small black leather evening bag with gold embroidery, but said she doesn’t give her sister any advice on the business. “Giovanna, you work with clothes, and I’ll do the bags!” Sara joked.
A new name to me was Caterina Gatta, a Central Saint Martins grad who makes her one-off pieces from vintage fabrics from other labels, like Versace, YSL, and Givenchy. A simple T-shirt dress in an archival Versace print like the one above was a total must-have.