5 posts tagged "Sting"
Every fourth summer, the nations of this earth steep themselves in the sport we in the U.S. like to call soccer. (Most Americans blithely continue upon our own preferred summertime business: outdoor drinking, barbecues.) Local fütbol fans have long had to content themselves with the stray Irish pub to catch the coverage, but Nike is giving them a stadium-sized outlet for their fervor. The label is set to open its latest STADIUM outpost on the Bowery in New York City, and the multipurpose shop/community center will be airing key World Cup matches for the public. Sting and Trudie Styler were among the guests at the private opening of the space, which was designed by Rafael de Cárdenas. “I was here all night with my assistants, laying down tape,” de Cárdenas noted, referring to the graphic design on the floor in the front room, executed in various colors of gaffer tape. “I based the design on a soccer ball, and then extrapolated,” de Cárdenas added by way explanation. “Ask me how many colors gaffer tape comes in. Go ahead, ask.” Answer: lots. Conveniently, that’s also the number of uses Nike intends for the NYC STADIUM, which will remain open for a year and host exhibitions, house the duds for the company’s Bridge Runners club, and air other major sporting events once the World Cup ends.
Nike STADIUM NYC opens May 20 at 276 Bowery, NYC, www.nikestadiums.com.
Porcelain: so delicate and refined a material—and an aesthetic suggestion—it’s actually surprising that Olivia Ma Corwin and Kai Ma Wilson (pictured) are the first designers to name a clothing label after it. But the hard/soft duality the sisters have established with their debut womenswear collection couldn’t be a better fit for the name. “The concept of the label came from the idea of china dolls, as a reference to our Chinese background. But it also references the idea of fragility paired with a hardness,” Corwin said. Case in point: the sleek black lace minidress she herself was wearing to Porcelain’s launch party last night at Hotel Griffou. “It’s elegance with an edge,” she went on. “We strategically lined the dress in certain areas and left it exposed in others. It’s definitely for our more adventurous wearer.” That selectively daring customer should also appreciate the discreetly burlesque tone set by many of Porcelain’s other standout looks—anyone obsessed with Diane Kruger’s ensembles in Inglourious Basterds will find plenty to love. There to appreciate Porcelain’s “individually universal” approach was a dynamic crowd: Arden Wohl and Amy Sacco, designers Max Osterweis and Brian Atwood, and an impressive smattering of the young and social, along with their de facto queen, Ann Dexter-Jones. Even Sting, whose wife Trudie Styler co-hosted the event, made a surprising cameo. “They are some of our biggest supporters,” Corwin said of the couple. “Trudie already wears Porcelain all the time. A year ago, Porcelain was just a concept. Now, Sting is here celebrating with us. Not a bad way to launch a line!”