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July 30 2014

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13 posts tagged "Stefano Tonchi"

Blasblog: Flower Power

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As he himself will tell you, when Carlos Mota put together his first book, Flowers: Chic & Cheap, he was hoping that some of his decoration-loving friends would be willing to host a few fêtes for the tome. Well, he got what he asked for: Since the tome came out in May, Mota has done parties uptown and downtown and even across the ocean. “In the end, I think I’ll be promoting this thing for longer than it took me to put it together,” he joked. “Not that I’m complaining. You know me: I love a good party.” And apparently, a good party loves him. Last night, John Demsey (pictured, left, with Mota) hosted a sit-down dinner for Mota in his Upper East Side town house, bringing the likes of Marjorie Gubelmann, Stefano Tonchi, Cynthia Rowley, Anne McNally, Rachel Roy, Adam Lippes, and Cornelia Guest. Dinner was served at three tables on the second floor, with each seat bearing its own personalized arrangement. Many people, including Tonchi, mistook them for artificial. “But he does amazing fake arrangements,” W‘s new editor in chief protested. This one, at least, was more chic than cheap.

Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris

More Changeups In Fashion Land, Au Revoir To Louise, And More…

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The designer merry-go-round keeps on spinning. Much-missed Olivier Theyskens will design a capsule collection for Theory, and Christophe Lemaire, formerly of Lacoste, will take over for the departing Jean Paul Gaultier (pictured) at Hermès. [WWD; NYT]

Changes are brewing in the world of menswear, too. Daiki Suzuki, the Japanese-born designer of Engineered Garments, will step down as creative director of the Americana label Woolrich Woolen Mills; the blogger-adored Mark McNairy will take over there. [WWD]

Louise, we hardly knew ye. Louise J. Esterhazy, the alter ego of John Fairchild, will retire her society column in W under Stefano Tonchi’s new editorship. “Louise,” over the years, brought us such salty musings as “You could reply that’s frivolous in this troubled world, but do you really think dressing like an existential nun with suicidal thoughts is going to solve Bosnia?” [Page Six]

Helmut Lang alum and knitwear designer Tobias Wong of Wong Wong is teaming up with Happy Socks for a series of World Cup styles. Just another reason to get in the mood for the World Cup. [Racked]

And you’ve already seen Louis Vuitton’s London opening bacchanal through the eyes of Derek Blasberg; now see it through the eyes—er, eye—of monocular cartoon correspondent Darcel, of the great blog Darcel Disappoints. Keep your eye peeled for a cartoonified Peter Marino, too. [Nowness]

Photo: Kim Weston Arnold

Deacon To Ungaro, Hamm And Hall To W, Ronson Takes The Wheel, And More…

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As expected, Giles Deacon (pictured) has been named creative director at Emanuel Ungaro. Let’s just pretend the Lindsay years never happened. [Vogue U.K.]

August will be Stefano Tonchi’s first issue at W. For his first cover? A twofer, Jon Hamm and Rebecca Hall (co-stars in the new Ben Affleck movie The Town). W: the new, edgy indie? [WWD]

Alana Zimmer: total Charlotte. Sessilee‘s a Samantha. If you’ve ever been curious (and frankly, we didn’t know we were until we read the article), Modelinia rounded up a few of its favorite catwalkers to find out which Sex girl they identify with most. [Modelinia]

Charlotte Ronson, licensed driver. Slow news day? [WSJ]

And a great little clip from the vaults: Yves Saint Laurent on What’s My Line. [Styleite]

Photo: Richard Young / Startraks Photo

Awards Worth A Couple Thousand Words, At Least

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“The art of telling a story cannot be done better than it is with a picture,” said lensman Mark Seliger (pictured) last night at the International Center of Photography’s 26th annual Infinity Awards. His tablemates—Ingrid Sischy, Craig McDean, and Calvin Klein (that last no stranger to telling a fashion story, often sans clothes, in the medium)—would likely agree. When Seliger first moved to New York, he went on, he volunteered at the Center in exchange for darkroom time, and the debt runs deep. “Giving back to the ICP is important because the act of documenting what is going on—which is so crazy—is so important!” Rising star Alexi Lubomirski agreed, adding that photography has an immediacy that other mediums lack. As a “frustrated artist,” he finds that “when you paint a painting, it takes three months before you know if it’s good or not. With photography, it is instantaneous! Though,” he went on to add ruefully, “that can be a bad thing…”

The awards this year passed over fashion-centric photogs, but the style set was still well represented—not only by Klein, McDean, and Sischy, but designers Jay Kos, Gaby Basora, and W‘s Stefano Tonchi, too. The awards themselves were presented to, among others, Luc Sante, for his writings on photography; to photojournalist Reza for his gritty wartime captures in Afghanistan; to artist Lorna Simpson; and to Raphaël Dallaporta, who nabbed the Young Photographer Award. Duly collected, it was time for a stylish exit. In the words of Danielle Levitt, who’s shot for The New York Times Magazine, Arena Homme Plus, and Details, “This was amazing! Now it’s time I beat some people to my cab.”

Photo: Stephanie Badini

Toledo, Meet Topeka

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Top editors including W‘s Stefano Tonchi, Vogue‘s Sally Singer, and Kim Hastreiter of Paper magazine joined Isabel Toledo and the top brass from Payless ShoeSource at Casa Lever today for a lunch to fête the designer’s collaboration with the global chain. Toledo has created seven shoe styles—all vegan and all, she promises, comfortable to walk in—along with two bags. We’re particularly fond of the rubber-soled wedge ghillie on the gal on the left of this Ruben Toledo watercolor. Thanking CEO LuAnn Via and CMO Eran Cohen, who were in town from the company’s headquarters in Topeka, Kansas, Toledo said, “I’m very well oiled in the special and the unique, and you’re top at getting product to the masses.” With 4,200 locations in 19 countries (Russia will make 20 later this year), plenty of people are going to become better acquainted with Toledo’s special brand of uniqueness when the shoes arrive in September.

Illustration: Ruben Toledo