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Suzanne Rae Fall 2013

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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

Photos: Chris Gabello

Shop The Look: We Love The Nineties

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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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Fit To A Tee

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There is something to be said for a good ole-fashioned T-shirt—finding one with the perfect fit is rarely as easy as it should be. On that simple notion, a few T-shirt-loving guys in California, including Ashton Kutcher, Ryan Donahue, and Matt Rowe, set out to create a line, called Pickwick & Weller, of timeless knitwear staples for men and women.

“I was working as a graphic designer in San Francisco for ten or 15 years, and I started to notice this trend in the last five years where all of my friends (all in creative fields) were wearing refined T-shirts and perfect denim as their work uniform,” Donahue tells Style.com of the project, which kicked off in early 2012. “I decided to play with this idea of ‘modern workwear,’ and Ashton, who I met through a friend, really resonated with that idea—he is a casual guy who is known for wearing that look.”

With a little help from their fashion insider friends, including Steven Alan (“he’s one of my go-to people in NYC—he’s an adviser to us”) and Warby Parker co-founder Dave Gilboa (who is an investor/adviser for the brand), they got to work building their online-only label of luxury basics (just launched this week at www.pickwickweller.com), named after the classic Charles Dickens novel The Pickwick Papers. At no cost, they will ship you the items you want to try in various size, color, and style options (they have three women’s cuts and two men’s at the moment), and you have five days to decide what you like and don’t like. “We feel like we are offering a modern workwear brand of high-end basics, on the level of Alexander Wang and Theory, but at a J.Crew price point (prices start at around $45 and top off at around $60).” Here, Style.com has a first look at the goods. Ashton’s favorite? The Henley, a.k.a. the Afred (pictured), of course.

Photo: Courtesy of Pickwick & Weller

Designers Celebrate Christmas In July With eBay

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“I’m a total eBay-phile,” said Chris Benz (pictured) at last night’s midtown cocktail party to fête the behemoth retailer’s latest buzzy collaboration, the eBay Holiday Collective. Benz, along with Billy Reid, Jonathan Adler, Steven Alan, Fallon’s Dana Lorenz, Ruffian’s Brian Wolk and Claude Morais, and Tibi’s Amy Smilovic, were on hand to present their limited-edition capsule collections for the megabrand, which ranges from silk twill pajamas to canvas travel accessories. “I wanted to give the eBay customer a real sense of what I do,” said Lorenz, who used crystals and gold-plated pyramids to recreate her signature chunky necklaces. “It’s a punk-princess look.”

Although the seven designers turned out to tout their own lines, each admitted to routinely trolling the site for vintage duds and mid-century finds. “I have a serious paint-by-numbers collection,” revealed Wolk, whose Spring 2009 print was informed by the kitschy tableaux of the forties and fifties. Some even scour the site for transportation vehicles. (Reid recently acquired a 24-foot pontoon boat from the e-tailer, which he docks at his Florence, Alabama, home.)

“I went through a serious eBay addiction, so I’m happy to get a few shekels back,” quipped Adler, who created silver studded frames for the collection. The interior design magnate’s tip to scoring big online? “Misspelling. If you’re in the market for Bulgari, spell it with a ‘v.’ It’s amazing what you’ll find.” The Holiday Collective, which ranges from $50 to $100, will be available on eBay starting November 12.

Photo: Billy Farrell / BFAnyc.com

Clare Vivier Unpacks Her Bags On Sunset Boulevard

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Considered a hometown hero of sorts among L.A. designers, Clare Vivier has made an impactful impression with her unfussy brand of simple, chic handbags. Since launching her eponymous collection in 2008, the designer has finally found a lasting home for her wares in the shape of her first stand-alone flagship in L.A.’s Silver Lake. “It was our time to create this whole atmosphere that really tells the story of the brand,” Vivier says of the new store (opening today) that tells said story—and speaks to her steady growth. Her range of made-in-L.A. handbags have resonated because of their functionality and, more importantly, because they’ve been an apt antidote to the saturation of luxury label overload. “It was that perfect timing when people were inundated and done with the designer It bag. It felt very special, made in California, and they were good-looking pieces but not at a luxury market price.” (The clutches come in at around $150 each.)

The 750-square-foot space (pictured) was designed by L.A. architect Barbara Bestor to bring a taste of Paris to the east side of L.A.—a point of reference that often informs Vivier’s unfettered aesthetic. The built-out white walls showcase the best-selling candy-colored fold-over clutches, totes, and select items from Steven Alan (a frequent collaborator). The store houses Vivier’s first foray into footwear, a sleek sandal from Italy that comes just in time for summer, and a men’s accessory collaboration with Steven Alan again come fall. “I’m always thinking about the working girl,” Vivier said of her decision to expand into extended accessory categories. And while she might eschew other luxury whims, the designer’s flagship will debut a new monogramming program that will allow for customization and made-to-order designs.

Clare Vivier, 3339 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A. (323)-665-2476.

Photo: Thierry Vivier