22 posts tagged "Steven Alan"
Clare Vivier has become our go-to girl for oversize clutches and luxe duffels, and after a series of successful collaborations (not to mention opening her first New York store last fall), her accessories empire continues to grow. Up next for the Los Angeles-based designer is an eyewear collection with friend and stockist Steven Alan. “I’ve never done sunglasses before, but I’m really interested in getting into more accessories categories, so I was thrilled when Steven asked me,” Vivier told Style.com. “I think his aesthetic works really well with ours. The sunglasses are a true reflection of both brands.”
Each pair is named after a French town Vivier frequents during her annual summer vacations. There’s the Calais, a square, wayfarer shape; the Cap Ferrat, a retro oval style; the Nice, an oversize round pair; and the St. Gilles, a funky take on aviators. “We did some red and blue, which is a classic combination for me, and there are some pink and purple ones, too,” Vivier said of the bright designs. “We actually call the Nice style ‘the Lizzie’ around the office. Our graphic designer, Lizzie, had this great pair of big, round vintage sunglasses we wanted to re-create,” she explained. “As vintage collectors, we all drew inspiration from our own pieces.”
The sunglasses could certainly pass for vintage finds. They are unserious and quirky, combining L.A. style with a touch of French gamine. “I think what’s great about our collection is that any girl can wear them. They’re really timeless, and I think they’re a refreshing option for everyday, casual wear.”
Vivier always has a few projects on her plate, and just wrapped a holiday collaboration with JeanStories.com that will include a denim clutch, tote, and smaller items. “Jane [Herman Bishop], Florence [Kane], and I went to the Cone denim mill in North Carolina to pick out the denim ourselves, which was great,” Vivier said. She’s also opening a store in Santa Monica and expanding into footwear, which makes us wonder: How does she possibly find time for these French vacations?
The Fall ’14 Ready-to-Wear collections are under way in New York, and will be followed by the shows in London, Milan, and Paris. Before the new clothes hit the runway, we’ve asked some of the most anticipated names to offer a sneak peek. Per usual, it’s a busy time for all—designers and fashion followers alike—so we’re continuing our split-second previews: tweet-length at 140 characters or less. Our entire collection of Fall ’14 previews is available here.
WHO: Steven Alan
WHERE: New York
WHEN: Wednesday, February 12
WHAT: “Fall was inspired by East Coast winters—rocky Atlantic coasts, Andrew Wyeth’s paintings and wife Betsy, and feelings of the wind and the sea.” —Steven Alan. The designer sent us a Fall ’14 detail shot, above.
“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.