August 29 2014

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The Winery’s Winners


The early bird catches the worm—that saying was certainly appropriate this morning when, before rush hour, a crowd of industry insiders flocked to the Museum of Arts and Design for breakfast to fête the winners of the 11th annual Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation awards. The birds? Designers Tim Coppens, Sunhee Moon’s Sunhee Huang, Titania Inglis, Eighteenth’s Alexa Galler, Haus Alkire’s Julie Haus and Jason Alkire, Correll Correll’s Vera and Daphne Correll, and Dezso’s Sara Beltran. The proverbial worm? $25,000 grants to fund their Fall presentations at New York fashion week, starting next Thursday.

“This is not something I would typically do on a Wednesday morning,” mused Coppens, who launched his menswear collection in April. “I was surprised to win, but it feels really good.” The judges, including former Barneys fashion director Julie Gilhart, Gilt Man’s Josh Peskowitz, and Paper‘s Kim Hastreiter, were all on hand to congratulate the recipients. “We all know how hard it is to get a solid footing in this business,” Peskowitz told “This industry requires new people to be able to put forth new ideas, and having this award ensures that process continues.” Meanwhile, retail guru Gilhart bestowed some words of wisdom to the newly coronated designers. “Show up and bring something different to the table,” she advised. Adding, “This is not an award that is about lights, camera, action—it takes time.”

That is certainly true for industry veteran Huang, who has been working on her collection for the past 15 years. “I started crying when I heard the news,” Huang admitted. “I tried to launch the line several times, but it was difficult financially. This is the third time and I feel like it’s the start of my career.”

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Exclusive: The Do-Good Fashions From Project Paz’s Gala and Benefit


Using hand-sewn Mexican fabrics supplied by Museo Textil De Oaxaca, the designers behind 12 different lines, including Eddie Borgo, Wes Gordon, Thakoon, and Michael Bastian, have each created limited-edition pieces for tonight’s Project Paz gala and silent auction in New York, which will raise money to promote peace in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. “It was important to me to get involved because the level of violence that occurs in Cuidad Juárez is truly inhuman,” Peter Som tells Of the design assignment, Som says, “There weren’t any guidelines —the fabric was a beautiful canvas for me to create with.” What he made was a dress using fabric from the town of Pinotepa de Don Luis, with touches of his spring rose print.

Of his design, Phillip Lim says, “I think all too often society is very dismissive of technique and artisanal history —they take what they want and discard things very quickly —so I wanted this piece to respect tradition. I tried to do this by having the biker jacket embrace the Rebozo —it almost has it in its arms.” Here, has the exclusive first look at the designs, photographed by Ruven Afanador. The pieces are available during and after the event on L-Atitude.

Photos: Ruven Afanador

Sara Beltrán Wants to Be Your BFF


Clunky metal bangles, meet the challenger to your throne—one that stylish girls may remember from that great fashion institution, summer camp. Yes, embroidered bracelets, the kind we used to call friendship bracelets, are having a bit of a moment. (It girl Alexa Chung’s been rocking a wrist-full lately.) The good news? You don’t have to knot them yourself anymore. Stylist-turned-designer Sara Beltrán’s got you covered, with her new collection, Dezso.
Beltrán weaves her bracelets in electric hues of cotton and finishes each off with gold- and silver-cast embellishments: shark’s teeth, seashells, leaves, and her line’s totem, sea horses. All play nicely off spring’s surfer-hippie vibe, without making you look like you live on a VW bus. The friendship bracelets generated most of the buzz at Beltrán’s trunk show at the Crosby Street Hotel yesterday, but the Texan designer, who recently moved to Jaipur, India, has a full jewelry collection as well, with bangles, rings, necklaces, and cuff links. She’s been making the most of Jaipur’s resources, working with 18K gold, fossils that date back 65 million years, raw diamonds, and red sapphires. Each piece has her signature sea horse worked into the design, sometimes carved on the back or as the clasp for a chain. “It’s funny,” Beltrán says, “I grew up in the desert, now I live in the desert—but everything I design is about the sea.” As they say, absence makes the heart grow fonder.

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—Laurie Trott

Photo: Courtesy of Sara Beltrán