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July 26 2014

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15 posts tagged "Simon Spurr"

Mirror, Mirror, On The (Shop) Wall

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Tribeca’s first “mirrored cave/performance space” touches down just in time for New York fashion week. It’s the new pop-up shop from Nicola Formichetti, the Mugler creative director revealed last night at BOFFO’s annual benefit. The New York nonprofit runs the Building Fashion program, which connects designers (those without retail spaces of their own) with architects and provides funds and space for temporary, week-long stores. (Last year, the project brought Richard Chai, Waris Ahluwalia, Siki Im, Simon Spurr, Heather Huey, and Supima to a secluded space in West Chelsea; this year, Patrik Ervell, the Lake & Stars, Irene Neuwirth, and Ohne Titel, along with Formichetti, will set up shop in Tribeca.) BOFFO’s designers past and present crowded the benefit last night, which honored fashion’s favorite stylish architect, Peter Marino. “This year is just another example of how much architecture and fashion can achieve together in collaboration,” Spilios Gianakopoulos, the chair of Building Fashion, said of the new participants. “Looking at the proposals [from architects], it’s just overwhelming what can be done with a lot of creative vision. We had over 300 total proposals for all five designers”—including, he added, 120 for Formichetti.

What will you find there? “All of the designers I collaborate with,” the designer revealed. “It’s a kind of shop/museum kind of thing. Stuff from Japan, special pieces, panda bears…” And, it should go without saying, Mugler as well. Of course, the “performance space” designation beggars the question of whether Mugler’s biggest fan, Lady Gaga, will put in an appearance. No word from Formichetti, though he did let slip that he’s off to the heartland today to shoot her latest video. “Nebraska,” he revealed. “Where’s that?”

Photos: Clint Spaulding / Patrick McMullan

Simon Spurr Takes To The Sea

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New York menswear designer Simon Spurr has the traditional bona fides all lined up: a recent CFDA Award nomination, a growing international business, and a superstar (that’d be Justin Timberlake) who’s made Spurr the quasi-official label of his latest red-carpet tour. But his most recent accolade is an odder kind. The Simon Spurr sailing team is cleaning up tidily this Caribbean regatta season, scoring victories at Antigua sailing week, Les Voiles des Saint Barth, and the Pineapple Cup. “Almost everything we strive for in our brand exemplifies what it takes to be a winner on the race course—precision, planning, world-class craftsmanship,” Spurr said. Above, the Genuine Risk in picturesque action, enough to incite jealousy among the city-bound (especially now that the temperatures are climbing toward a hundred). Just a thought from a landlocked fashion editor: floating runway show, Spring 2012?

Photos: Courtesy of Simon Spurr

Simon Spurr’s Wearable History

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Simon Spurr founded his namesake label in 2006, delivering his first collection—then, largely composed of denim—to Bergdorf Goodman that same year. The line has grown significantly since then, splitting off into two separate collections (Simon Spurr and Spurr), growing in breadth and reach (it’s now known as much for Savile Row-inspired tailoring as for its selvage jeans), and picking up accolades along the way. In 2011, Spurr was nominated for the CFDA’s Menswear Designer of the Year award.

But it all started with three pairs of jeans. “Good design should be timeless,” the designer tells Style.com. “I think sometimes fashion moves too quickly, and brands are built by showing consistency. The company launched with three pairs of rigid jeans, and they’re still in the collection today.” Not only that, they’re still in Spurr’s own closet today. His own, five-year-old pair has, he says, “traveled with me throughout the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, seen in the new millennium in Australia, and served as an everyday pair of jeans in New York City.” Now, to celebrate his label’s fifth anniversary, he’s offering a limited edition of 200 signed-and-numbered pairs inspired by his own—with signs of wear, rips, tears, and repairs all included. (You can’t go through the Atlas Mountains without getting a little roughed up, however rigid you begin.) The pairs go on sale today on MrPorter.com, where they’ll retail for $495. Later this summer, they’ll head to Bergdorf Goodman’s men’s store, too.

Looking forward to the next five years, Spurr is sanguine about the prospects of further expansion. He promises greater domestic and international distribution, stand-alone retail stores, and eventually, the launch of womenswear.

Photos: Courtesy of Simon Spurr

A Year Of Meisel, A Farewell To Don Hill’s, A Last Chance To Bid For Japan, A Look At Kate Hudson’s Heart, And More…

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The next edition of everyone’s favorite calendar that almost no one actually receives—that’d be the racy Pirelli calendar, naturally—is reportedly now in the works. The photog of choice for the 2012 edition? Sources says it’s Steven Meisel. [Fashionologie]

A fond farewell to Don Hill’s, the legendary and then resurgent club that briefly became a fashion-world hub when Nur Khan and Paul Sevigny took it over from eponymous founder Don Hill. (Hill passed away at the end of last month.) Its next act: condos. Sigh. [Gawker]

Give Blake Lively credit for resourcefulness. When celebrity photographer Patrick McMullan stepped on her train at last night’s Time 100 gala and ripped it off, she raced to the bathroom, where she managed to repair it with a couple safety pins and a smile. And here we thought only Kate Moss had the superhuman ability to bounce back from a train-wreck like this one! [NY Mag]

As part of the CFDA’s effort to raise funds for Japan, the organization solicited designers and industry insiders to donate one-of-a-kind experiences—from a week’s stay at DVF’s Bahamas manse to a meeting with Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen—for a charitable auction. If you’re still interested in bidding, today’s your last day; the sale ends tomorrow at 2 p.m. [CharityBuzz]

The latest designer to partner up with Chrome Hearts, the rock-inspired jewelry label that’s a favorite of Karl Lagerfeld’s and that has collaborated with Rick Owens, Comme des Garçons, and Chanel, is…Kate Hudson? That’s a ring from her new CH + KH collection, left. [WWD]

And worth a read today: Daily Front Row’s long Q&A with Simon Spurr CEO Tommy Fazio, who pays tribute to his two mentors in the menswear industry: Calvin Klein and Donna Karan. [Daily Front Row]

Photo: Courtesy Photo

Menswear: What’s Now, What’s New, And What’s Next

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The womenswear shows may grab the biggest slice of attention at New York fashion week, but let’s not forget about the menswear designers slated to show over the next few days. Gilt Manual hasn’t. In anticipation of the shows to come, the site checked in with a number of experts, from designers to writers to creative directors, about the current and future state of American men’s fashion. Included among the eminent interviewees is the ever-quotable Tim Blanks (“Clothes are what I wear; fashion is what I want”). Want to see more menswear? Consider this a little reminder that Tim, along with yours truly, will be reviewing all the Fall ’11 menswear shows right here on Style.com.

Pictured, from left: Spring 2011 looks from Michael Bastian, Duckie Brown, and Simon Spurr.

Photo: Monica Feudi / GoRunway.com (Bastian and Duckie Brown);
Yannis Vlamos / GoRunway.com (Spurr)