20 posts tagged "Steven Alan"
“It’s a huge thing for a designer. Huge,” said Figue designer Stephanie von Watzdorf. She was referring to the opening of her first store—on Elizabeth Street in Nolita, no less—and she couldn’t be more thrilled. “Nolita has always had an independent, cool vibe. It’s perfect,” she offered at the boutique’s unveiling last night, which drew the likes of Waris Ahluwalia, Steven Alan, and Jessica Joffe. Indeed, it’s a “perfect” fit for her collection of luxe, bohemian ready-to-wear and accessories, which is inspired by her extensive global travels. And the guests that came to congratulate von Watzdorf, who was born in France to a German father and Russian mother, seemed to have traveled from near and far for the celebration—everyone praised the store in a different language.
The space itself is designed with whitewashed Moorish arches so the racks of handmade Bolivian fringed sweaters, batik tunics, and displays of Indonesian jewelry really stand out. Making the interior feel like an exotic market was part of the plan. “I like the idea of coming into a space and not knowing what it is, but you’re taken away for that moment,” said the designer. “It’s like a little discovery, a little journey.” Discovering one of Figue’s embellished military jackets, like the one von Watzdorf wore last night, is a journey many will enjoy taking.
Figue is now open at 268 Elizabeth Street in New York City.
“We’re not your typical company,” explained Nana Spears, the creative director of four-person Brooklyn-based art collective Fort Makers. Since 2008, the group—which includes Spears’ jewelry designer cousin Elizabeth Whitcomb, as well as painter Naomi Clark and her husband, woodworker Noah Spencer—has been bridging the gap between art and design. This year alone, the crew launched a capsule collection of hand-painted dresses for Anthropologie, showcased a series of outdoor public artworks in Richmond, Virginia, and—in two weeks—will showcase their third project for MoMA PS 1′s Warm Up series. Perhaps most exciting, however, is Free Space, their art-installation-cum-pop-up shop that opens tomorrow in New York at Pier 19. Set inside a former—and soon-to-be demolished—Victoria’s Secret store, the space has been transformed into a vivid abstract painting, courtesy of Clark. “We try to work in spaces that we find challenging and inspiring,” Spears told Style.com. On offer inside will be expressive painted silk scarves and dresses ($320) that correspond with the interior, as well as painted leather Baggu totes and pouches (from $50) and maple-wood cutting boards crafted by Spencer (from $45). “Our products are pieces of art that we think you can use—that way, you can enjoy the art a step further,” said Spears.
The Bauhaus-minded collective, whose clothes and home wares are also available at Steven Alan, Totokaelo in Seattle, and Tomorrowland in Tokyo, hopes that shoppers will experience the same freedom inside the space as they did while making it. “I hope people are inspired. And I hope it makes them want to create something,” said Spears. “I think that’s the biggest compliment of all.”
Free Space will be open from tomorrow, August 14, through August 28 at Pier 17 on Fulton Street in New York City.
“It’s me, with Steven’s girl in mind—really thinking about what would appeal to her,” said Daryl Kerrigan of her capsule collection for Steven Alan, which launched last night at the retailer-cum-designer’s Chelsea Annex. Kerrigan, who rose to industry fame in the early nineties thanks to her cult denim range, soundly mixes her downtown sensibilities with Alan’s smart, relaxed aesthetic. Prime examples of the seamless fusion are Daryl K for Steven Alan’s zipped tops and dresses in matte-iridescent blends, slouchy blazers, and, of course, jeans. “The jeans!” said Alan when questioned as to his favorite pieces. “The color, the fit—that’s what she’s known for.”
Another highlight is the collection’s abstract littoral print, the result of a collaboration with sub-14th Street nightlife fixture and artist, Spencer Sweeney. “I call it surf-punk,” said Kerrigan. Thanks to its pop-bright brush strokes and deep cyan skies, the print evokes a sunny summer’s day—which, quite frankly, we could use right now. But at least Daryl K for Steven Alan provides a little light at the end of New York’s seemingly endless winter.
The Daryl K for Steven Alan is available now at Steven Alan stores and on stevenalan.com.
Label: Suzanne Rae, designed by Suzanne Rae Pelaez
Need to Know: Now in her sixth season, Suzanne Rae Pelaez pulled inspiration from the quiet simplicity of religious clothing for her Fall ’13. The result was a calm, easy collection filled with drop-waist dresses, fluid pants, oversize vests, and paneled column gowns in black, white, dusty rose, bark and rust. A matching gray-green wool top-and-shorts combo was especially sweet, and knits by Lindsay Degen, which included everything from soft, slim sweaters and skirts to turbans and snoods (Pelaez’s updated take on nuns’ habits), brought texture and warmth to the wearable range.
She Says: “I turned to the robes of missionary monks, priests, and nuns. Their clothing was so beautiful. The linear geometry, the lines, the silhouettes, the layers, the modesty that they carry—I wanted to capture that and turn it into something you could wear every day.”
Where to Find It: Steven Alan, Henrik Vibskov, and Joinery in New York; Tomorrowland in Japan
In fashion years, when something is two decades old, it’s officially “vintage,” meaning that Marc Jacobs’ now-infamous 1992 grunge collection for Perry Ellis (i.e., the collection that made flannel shirts and ripped jeans a look) is officially ripe for reinterpretation. Coincidentally (or perhaps not), Phillip Lim and Dries Van Noten both turned out fresh takes on layered plaids and florals for Spring 2013, inspiring us to lace up some combat boots (we’ll take a heeled version these days) and cue up some Mudhoney. Shop our grungy gets from Alexander Wang, Ksubi, Rag & Bone, and more, below.
1. Rag & Bone jacket, $795, available at www.net-a-porter.com
2. Ksubi jeans, $292, available at www.ksubi.com
3. Eugenia Kim hat, $143, available at www.forwardforward.com
4. Alexander Wang boots, $825, available at www.net-a-porter.com
5. Steven Alan shirt, $198, available at www.stevenalan.com
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