August 28 2014

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On Our Radar: Lady Grey Jewelry


New York-based jewelry designers Jill Martinelli and Sabine Le Guyader started their Lady Grey line back in 2009 after setting up a studio in Brooklyn two years prior, where they produced one-of-a-kind sculptural works of art. Today marks a different kind of beginning for the brand, which is currently sold at retail stores like Curve and Selfridges, with the launch of their new online store. The e-commerce site ( will offer the label’s baubles (with prices starting at $175 and topping off at $600) in exclusive styles and colorways, as well as pieces from the archives. Each month the store will be re-merchandised by guest curators including Chairlift front woman Caroline Polachek, Cushnie et Ochs designers Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs, and more. First up is their good friend Solange Knowles: “She knows how to pile on Lady Grey better than anyone,” said Martinelli. Starting today, customers can shop the Fall 2012 collection, entitled Darklands, which was inspired by the experimental accessorizing of the late seventies and early eighties—more specifically, the ladies of post-punk movements, like Lizzy Mercier Descloux. The pieces include trizoid cuffs and spear necklaces with Lady Grey’s signature crushed stones in oxidized silver and gold. Our favorites are the architectural rings. We’ll take one for each finger.

Photo: Courtesy of Lady Grey

Shoppers, Gird Thyselves: Fashion’s Night Out Approaches


Ready, set, FNO: September 6th marks the fourth annual Fashion’s Night out, the no holds barred evening of shopping that kicks off the spring shows during New York Fashion Week. The definitive guide to the action, goes live today, detailing the goings-on near you—whether that means Manhattan or one of the more than 500 participating U.S. and international cities.

In NYC, boutiques will celebrate with extended hours, the better to lap up snacks, drinks, and celebrity sightings. Alexa Chung will spin at Moschino; Solange Knowles, at DVF. MAC’s Soho store may have the event to beat, with a live performance by Azealia Banks. Some stores will even debut new products: Balenciaga will unveil the Pumpkin collection, an accessories collaboration with Vogue creative director Grace Coddington featuring her beloved cat, Pumpkin; Chloé will release its new Alice bag. Over at Stella McCartney, you can even design your own handbag.

If Fashion’s Night Out alone won’t get you out of the house, maybe Bergdorf Goodman’s 111th birthday will—the retailer is taking advantage of the timing to celebrate its centennial-plus, with guests including Rachel Zoe and Thakoon Panichgul. At Saks, the focus is on designers, with appearances from Max and Lubov Azria, Oscar de la Renta (who will launch his new fragrance), Suno’s Erin Beatty and Max Osterweis (who have collaborated with Minx to create special nail designs) and Kimberly Ovitz (who’s teamed up with Rihanna’s tattoo artist, Josh Lord, to create custom body art for partygoers), among others.

The streets will teem; will the registers ring? That remains to be seen, though the outlook is hopeful. But those who prefer to avoid the crowds can splurge in comfort, too: Again this year, there’ll be plenty of deals accessible right from their apartments, with special offers and savings online.


Beyoncé’s Birthday Gift for Solange, Klum Does Costume Jewelry for QVC, And More…


Twenty-five for 25—that’s the Beyoncé way of giving. The singer, who headlined at Glastonbury this weekend, sent her sister 25 pairs of designer shoes for her 25th birthday Friday. Where do we sign up? [Page Six]

Heidi Klum has jumped back into the jewelry business. After a Van Cleef & Arpels lawsuit put the kibosh on her first QVC fine jewelry collection, the model and television host has teamed up with QVC once again to create Wildlife by Heidi Klum, a costume jewelry collection launching in September. [WWD]

Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci isn’t letting the images of his Fall ad campaign, featuring his panther skirts and sweaters, out of the cage just yet. He has, however, revealed that the Mert and Marcus-photographed campaign will star Naomi Campbell and Natalia Vodianova. [Elle]

Speaking of Givenchy, Tisci confidante Carine Roitfeld will be front-row at the Couture shows next week, apparently impersonating a client for an upcoming story in W magazine. [WWD]

Photo: Samir Hussein / Getty Images

E-mail Chains Of The Stars: A Investigation (UPDATED!)


Update: Solange weighed in via Twitter to fill in the missing link in the chain. The friend who sent her “Stillness Is the Move” cover to Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor is Ethan Silverman, who co-founded Terrible Records with Taylor and runs Silverhawk Management with Molly Hawkins. We’ve added him below.

One day, Solange Knowles was Beyoncé’s radio-friendly little sister. And then, practically overnight, she became a cool-kid sensation, headlining one of the biggest parties of fashion week, the Opening Ceremony/Ace Hotel opening party, where she was backed by indie favorites the Dirty Projectors. That’s no accident: Solange shot to the top of the Pitchfork charts with an inspired cover of the Projectors’ “Stillness Is the Move.” How did Solange and the band come together? A new interview with New York magazine has the answer, which involves a complicated trail of e-mails that brings together the music, fashion, and general art-weirdo (we’re looking at you, Björk) worlds. Our crack team has assembled this helpful infographic to explain.

In the words of Knowles:

“I sent it [her recording of the song] to one friend, who sent it to [Grizzly Bear’s] Chris Taylor, and he sent it to some of my friends in Chairlift, and one of my friends in Chairlift sent it to one of the guys in Dirty Projectors, and one of the guys in Dirty Projectors somehow sent it to Bjööööörk. And if you write that, you have to make it sing like I just did. And a good friend of mine, [designer] Jeremy Scott, sent me a message saying that Björk sent it to him. So I pretty much did cartwheels for ten hours straight.”

Case closed.

Photos: Seth Browarnik/ (Solange, Chairlift): Courtesy Press Here Publicity (Chris Taylor); CAMERA PRESS / Retna Ltd. (Dirty Projectors); Dave Allocca/ (Bjork); NICK HUNT / (Jeremy Scott)

Blasblog From Barcelona: Oscar And Co. Jet In For Mango


Oscar de la Renta knows a thing or two about presentation. And I’m not just talking about the perfect pintucked cocktail blouse here. The designer, who’s in Barcelona to present the Mango Fashion Award to a designer today, was the guest of honor at a party hosted by the city’s mayor last night. Having trained in Madrid with no less a Spanish legend than Cristobal Balenciaga, de la Renta chose the venue himself, and, naturally, the Venetian palazzo-style government building set high on a hill was stunning. “This is an amazing moment, no?” the designer said as the sun set over the city. The interior was just as thrilling, with ornate fixtures and antiquities lining the walls—”like the inside of a wedding cake,” somebody said. At dinner there was a place setting reserved for a Mr. Rafael Nadal next to Oscar’s very excited fledging designer son Moises. (The de la Rentas’ appreciation of tennis is well documented; they have center-court seats at the U.S. Open every year.) When he was a no-show, de la Renta fils was disappointed, but only until he was he told that this was a different Nadal than the player currently ranked No. 1. In the end, Leigh Lezark wound up taking his seat. “Not a bad replacement,” Moises said. The night finished with a performance from a traditional Spanish guitarist and a very spirited singer and flamenco dancer. “Now, that’s a diva,” said Solange Knowles. More on Mango’s $350,000 prize winner and Knowles’ performance later.



Photo: Derek Blasberg