August 28 2014

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Designer Diary: Jen Kao’s Postcard From The London Olympics


Though her September fashion week show in New York is just around the corner, designer Jen Kao (pictured, above) set some time aside to jet to London with her family for the Games. In between tennis matches, gymnastic finals, and a trip to the countryside to take in some of England’s most iconic sights (including the set location for Downtown Abbey, Highclere), Kao documented her trip and shared it with Here, Kao’s dispatch from London town.

If it sounds insane that I raced to the Olympics four weeks out from my Spring 2013 show, it’s because it is. But there are few things I find as awe-inspiring as this rare, positive global human spirit and phenomenal performance of athleticism. Day one was full-on tennis at Wimbledon. Tennis is a personal favorite, having played on my high school team (I admittedly had a moment of nostalgia for my first un-pleated jersey tennis skirt). The next morning, I subconsciously dressed to support Team U.S.A. Gymnastics, à la Comme des Garçons x Matt Groening. At North Greenwich Arena, I cheered for the phenomenal McKayla Maroney in the women’s vault finals. In between various games, I spent a little time running around Regent Street and Piccadilly with my mother. We had some fun snapping shots of the fantastic Yayoi Kusama x Louis Vuitton boutique window displays and I managed a little run-by shopping at Dover Street Market—so much Comme, so little time. We also took a break from the Olympics one day and headed to the countryside to check out landmark stops like Windsor Castle, Highclere (the set location for Downtown Abbey and the home of the late great Earl of Carnarvon, who discovered King Tutankhamun’s tomb and was allegedly killed by the Curse of King Tut), Stonehenge, Bath, and Oxford. Though this diary ends here, my fanfare at the Games will continue for a few more days. Go Team U.S.A.!

At Wimbledon to support the sister duo Venus and Serena Williams.

Watching the gymnastics finals at North Greenwich Arena.

Kao in front of the Yayoi Kusuma x Louis Vuitton window display.

The designer and her family took a break from the Games for the day and headed to the countryside.

Photos: Jen Kao

Tod’s Touches Up A Classic, Jimmy Takes On Johns, Prada Presents The Turner Prize, And More…


Tod’s driving mocs—at 30 or so—are tried-and-true fashion classics, but Tod’s Group chairman Diego Della Valle is lending his support (and around $25 million) to an even more time-honored favorite: The Roman Colosseum. The brand will fully fund the landmark’s entire renovation. [Elle via Refinery29]

And speaking of accessories, Serena Williams wasn’t happy with the state of hers, recently. Having cut her foot on broken glass and been consigned to a cast for the duration of Art Basel, Williams made the best of things, by bedazzling it with Swarovski crystals. [Page Six]

And in slightly less shiny footwear news: Jimmy Choo has announced that it will re-enter the men’s footwear market. The brand had previously produced a men’s collection, but discontinued it in 2002; the men’s offerings from its recent H&M collaboration convinced CEO Joshua Schulman to give men’s footwear another try. [L.A. Times via Racked]

Miuccia Prada (above), who’s a longtime patron of the arts, was in London last night to present Susan Philipsz with the latest Turner Prize. The award comes with [Pounds]25,000. No word on whether Prada’s throwing in a few pairs of shoes, too. [Vogue U.K.]

Photo: Monica Feudi /

Serena Williams: “If Things Don’t Work Out, I Can Always Go Into Nails”


Even in a room full of high-maintenance female editors, Serena Williams (above) was still probably among the most fashion-obsessed at the Nike 360 women’s fitness event last week. Back in the states from Roland Garros (earlier than she would have liked), Williams was there to talk about her new women’s Air Max Trainer One, a remake of the original Trainer One from 1987. Her edict for Nike’s designers? Let’s make a shoe that’s fashion. The resulting sneaker is mostly black—a nod to New York fashion, and the night matches of the U.S. Open—with a little nod to the tennis ball in flashes of acid green. (It also boasts a lightweight DiamondFLX sole that enables natural movement and mesh insets to keep your dainty dogs from overheating.) As if Williams’ star power wasn’t supernova enough, John McEnroe—the inspiration for the original cross-trainer—was on hand to emcee. The evening suggested his talk-show-host skills were severely underrated during his stint on TV. Below, a few choice bits (and one of our longtime questions, answered!) from the Williams/McEnroe match—of wits, of course.

McEnroe: [I wonder] if you could give my 14-year-old daughter, Anna, some advice. She’s got this thing about doing her nails. But I saw you talking about it on TV at the French [Open] and that gives me hope. Is this normal? Is this OK?
Williams: [Laughs.] When I was 14, I did my nails twice a day. Your daughter is fine. Maybe she’ll have a nail career. Like for me, if things don’t work out, I can always go do nails.

McEnroe: I know you love to wear jewelry when you play and I know it’s often quite large. Does that ever get in the way?
Williams: It does get in the way. One time I was at the net—one of the few times I come up to the net—and I hit a volley and my earring hit me in the eye and I couldn’t see. I eventually had to take them off. Now I practice in my jewelry before I play. You know, you’re on the court, you’re grunting, you’re sweating. It’s not your best look. So I just try to accessorize a bit.

Photo: Courtesy of Nike

Ralph Lauren And Richard Branson Celebrate Wimbledon


The first sight that greeted us at Ralph Lauren’s annual Wimbledon party at London’s Kensington Roof Gardens was model David Gandy, i.e., the face of Dolce & Gabbana and owner of those abs. Gandy didn’t seem bothered about the news of Jesus Luz walking exclusively for Dolce: “We’re all cool. I have a long-term relationship with the company—and I am very loyal,” he grinned. “But I am doing other things, too. I’m going to be writing a monthly column on motoring for a new magazine called Fash-ism coming out next month.” Sounds like a must-read. Also in attendance were former Destiny’s Child Kelly Rowland, royals like the Duchess of York and Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice, and, of course, top seeds Ana Ivanovic and the Williams sisters. Serena Williams looked particularly stunning in gold harem pants from Ralph Lauren’s Spring collection—”aren’t these the coolest things you have seen?”—and a gold bangle stretched across her bicep. Sir Richard Branson hosted: “Listen, we have tennis, gardens, freezing weather, and strawberries and cream,” he said. “That pretty much sums up a perfect English summer party.”

Photo: Courtesy of Ralph Lauren

Blasblog: Another Tennis Phenom Eyes Fashion


Monday night’s Billie Jean King Cup kept my attention for a variety of reasons. Most notably there was the surprise appearance by President Bill Clinton, who, before hitting up an art party later that night, made a speech in praise of King—one of tennis’ most decorated players and a fighter for women’s and LGBT rights throughout her career&8212;and then there was the on-court cameo from ice-skating legend Nancy Kerrigan. But what struck me most were the outfits. As the JumboTron at Madison Square Garden flashed back to King in sixties, seventies, and eighties attire, it reminded me how far women’s court looks have come. In bright, light, and chic tennis duds, the four players fighting for Monday night’s $400,000 final prize—Venus Williams, Serena Williams (the night’s big winner), Ana Ivanovic, and Jelena Jankovic—bore no resemblance to previous era’s players. After the match I caught up with Jankovic, who agreed that tennis fashion has come a long way. “More girls are paying attention to their on-court look,” she explained. “Femininity is coming to the sport. We all want to look nice, and play nice, too.” Like the Williams sisters and Maria Sharapova before her, Jankovic is taking her fashion affection seriously. On Sunday, the DKNY store shut down for two hours so Jankovic could stock up on “lots and lots of dresses—minidresses and long, elegant ones,” as she put it, and she’s recently signed on to do a line with China-based sportswear company ANTA. Continue Reading “Blasblog: Another Tennis Phenom Eyes Fashion” »