20 posts tagged "Stella Tennant"
“I think true minimalism came and had its moment,” Reed Krakoff (left, with wife Delphine) explained last night at his new Madison Avenue flagship. Surprising words from a designer whose silhouettes are renowned for their streamlined fluidity, and one who had Stella Tennant—that androgynous avatar of nineties restraint—open his Spring 2011 runway show. (She’ll host the designer’s Saks debut next week, too.) “I’m calling what I do now a warm minimalism. It has minimalist roots—but it’s really more about New York style, pared down,” he clarified. Fitting, then, that the occasion was a benefit fête for the Director’s Council of the Museum of the City of New York. “There’s a renewed acceptance of romance and femininity”—and certainly, the uptown set shopping over cocktails, including Zani Gugelmann, Tara Rockefeller, and Celerie Kemble, looked plenty accepting indeed.
Fall was in the air and the temperatures were cooling, but, Krakoff said, “I’m excited that everyone else also seems to be going lighter and brighter again. Things are warming up.” That would appear to apply to the brand’s expansion plans, too. The new RK flagship on Madison is up and running, as is Tokyo’s, and stores are being planned worldwide. “It’s pretty systematic,” he said modestly. “I create a unified concept and apply it to everything. The clothing will inform the shoes; the shoes will inform the bags.” he explains. And, now, the jewelry, too; you’ll be able to purchase his newest runway baubles, made with Christian Astuguevielle, at his New York and Tokyo stores next season.
MObama hosted a party for this year’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards at the White House, honoring the year’s best in design (though the fashion design award winners, Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte, didn’t attend.) The FLOTUS wore Isabel Toledo for the occasion. [WWD]
Balenciaga’s Fall campaign is out, and the multi-girl spreads star reigning catwalk queens Freja Beha Erichsen, Mirte Maas, and Valerija Kelava, but also gorgeous-as-ever Stella Tennant and Karen Elson (pictured). Who’s your favorite? [Fashionologie]
Taylor Momsen fired her stylist. Now she’s got nobody but herself to blame for those raccoon eyes. [NY Mag]
Alexander Wang is known for his downtown-NYC cool, so when he began the trunk-show circuit—heading first to Canada’s Holt Renfrew—he boxed it up and brought it along with him. Or, we should say, tented it up. Wang’s been traveling with a custom-made tent, complete with fluorescent lights, TV screens, and inflatable furniture to replicate his Tribeca studio. [WWD]
A new Web site, SixItemsOrLess.com, encourages users to wear a combination of only six items every day for 31 days. We’re all for getting back to basics, but this is one fad diet we’ll be passing on. [NYT]
A.P.C. founder Jean Touitou always has some new project cooking, and so it piqued our interest to discover him huddled with photographer Bruce Weber yesterday afternoon. Were the two planning a follow-up edition to A.P.C.’ s three-part, M&M-designed Fall catalog, which features Weber’s shots of, among others, Stella Tennant and Gia Coppola in the throes of stylish autumn languor? “No, we shoot the new ad campaign tomorrow,” said Touitou. “That’s all.” Indeed, a question about the catalog elicited barely more than a shrug, and an observation that A.P.C. had first cast Stella Tennant in a campaign back when she was 17. Not that he wasn’t chatty—it’s just that Touitou prefers to focus on the future. And A.P.C.’s future, he revealed, now includes a perfume. Unisex, 100 percent natural, and called A.P.C. Sustain, the scent emerged from his accidental encounter with Lisa Eisner’s aromatherapist on a recent trip to L.A. Rebuffed by the lady when he asked if A.P.C. could bottle one of her better-smelling oils, Touitou found himself immersed in a perfume development process rather more intimate than he’d expected. “It was like seeing a psychiatrist,” he explained. “She was making me talk about myself, my memories… Finally, I mention that when I was young and romantic, I used to put dead flowers in my guitar case. That became the brief, as they say. Wood, velvet, jasmine, roses…” A sample of Sustain that Touitou happened to have on hand proved accurate to his description. But what’s with the name? “It’s like the sustain pedal you step on when you play guitar, to make a note last. All the experts hate it, so I’m happy.”