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Vintage Shopping Just Got a Whole Lot Easier

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Loved and Found

Current/Elliott is taking the guesswork (and legwork) out of scouring flea markets and antique shops. Loved and Found, a new editorial concept that launches today, makes a vintage score as easy as the click of a mouse. For the launch, Current/Elliott CEO and creative director Serge Azria teamed up with Taylor Tomasi Hill and her husband, Chase Hill, to curate their own special capsule of pieces. A first look at their selection debuts exclusively here.

“We wanted to curate a unique shopping experience for our customers, a platform to share our passion for denim and all things vintage,” Azria told Style.com. “I automatically thought of Taylor—she has the ability to know what’s cool before it’s cool. As both a tastemaker and style influencer, I trust her eye, as well as Chase’s, to find covetable items both new and old.”

Loved and Found

“Serge has a distinctive eye, and I know what he’s looking to offer the Current/Elliott customer,” Tomasi Hill said. “The goal was to find loved items at attainable prices so anyone and everyone can find something special.” Tomasi Hill, whose résumé includes accessories director at Marie Claire; creative director of Moda Operandi; and, most recently, working on her floral company, TTH Blooms, has been honing her vintage skills since she was a teenager. “I started back in college at the Salvation Army stores all over Brooklyn,” she said. “I got pretty addicted to searching for the needle in the haystack, and once I found that gem, I wore it out.”

The Hills have traveled to upstate New York, Pennsylvania, and Las Vegas to find pieces like a Navajo rug, a chipped Boston Terrier statue, and a bronze walrus paperweight (all pictured above), but they will soon head to Dallas, Rhode Island, and California to continue their search.

Tomasi Hill’s number one tip for successful vintage shopping? “Always have someone whose taste you respect to bounce your possible purchases off of,” she said. “My husband and I know we work well when it comes to decorating with vintage finds. We’ve only disagreed on two items in our home. I bought a florists sink after he said no, and I had it brought to New York without even thinking if it would fit in our tiny elevator. After hours of trying, we finally got the sink in the house, and it’s my favorite piece. He bought a boat painting I despise, and every time I catch a glimpse out of the corner of my eye, I just laugh and think, I have my sink.

Loved and Found launches today on currentelliott.com/loved-and-found.

Photos: Courtesy Photos

Indre Rockefeller Talks Her New Gig at Delpozo and Leaving Moda Operandi

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Indre Rockefeller

News broke yesterday afternoon that Indre Rockefeller, one of the first original employees of e-tailer Moda Operandi, is leaving her current post as the GMM and trunk show creative director at the online retailer and joining Madrid-based luxury brand Delpozo as its U.S. president. Rockefeller, who was formerly the assistant to Anna Wintour and has a business degree from Stanford, was one of designer Josep Font’s earliest supporters when he took the creative helm and helped relaunch the historic Spanish house in 2012. “It’s really an organic extension of a long-term relationship,” she told Style.com of the new gig. “I’ve been working with Delpozo on the retail side for the last year and a half, so it came about quite naturally.” Moda Operandi was the range’s first international stockist and one of its biggest supporters. Rockefeller is a personal fan, too, frequently wearing Font’s impeccably crafted looks and even donning a Delpozo gown to last year’s Met gala.

Following the launch of its first stateside store in Miami last January, Delpozo, which shows its collections in New York, is planning a U.S. expansion. Rockefeller, with her vast industry connections, will help facilitate this. “I think that the quality and the craftsmanship and the design are there, and it’s time to take that and turn Delpozo into a globally recognized brand,” she explained. “It’s exciting for New York to have a couture-level brand showing. I think it’s different from what I’ve seen.”

Rockefeller is the fourth key player to leave Moda Operandi since it was launched by Lauren Santo Domingo in 2010. The e-tailer’s cofounder and CEO, Áslaug Magnúsdóttir, exited last May. Fashion director Roopal Patel decamped in 2012, and creative director Taylor Tomasi Hill resigned last fall. “I think it’s a coincidence,” Rockefeller said of the quartet of departures. “I had a wonderful relationship with Moda Operandi, and it’s definitely going to be a nostalgic departure, so for me, it’s really about an opportunity that presented itself that I couldn’t say no to,” she offered. “What excited me about Delpozo is that not only do I feel personally connected to them, but I’ve been there since the beginning. I think they’re really poised for success, and I believe in Josep as a creative director. All the ingredients are all there—it’s just about taking it to the next level, and that’s a really exciting time to grow with the brand.” So will we be getting a Delpozo boutique here in New York anytime soon? ” I would love to see a Delpozo store in New York. I think it would work really well here,” Rockefeller told us. Fingers crossed.

Photo: Adam Katz Sinding / Le 21 eme

At Pratt, an Award for Thom Browne, and a Stage for New Talents

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Little-known fact: Pratt Institute boasts America’s longest-running fashion-education program. With alums such as Betsey Johnson and Jeremy Scott, Pratt reps a unique vanguard in the world of design—and last night, at its 114th annual senior fashion show, some talented new names were added to its stable.

Pratt headlines its yearly runways with the bestowal of its Visionary Award—an accolade honoring fashion-world luminaries, who needn’t be directly linked to the school. Last night’s recipient? The singular Thom Browne. “It’s overwhelming,” Browne told Style.com, “when you get to do what you do, and have an important institution, with such a strong reputation in the world of design, recognize it, it’s…it’s humbling.” Presenting the award, Hamish Bowles teased his friend. Referring to Browne’s growth over the aughts, he said, “Thom became something of a performance piece himself, a one-man Gilbert & George, in his stiff, tailored buttoned-up suits with the odd proportions.” Expect to see the designer in exactly this silhouette at the Costume Institute’s upcoming Met Ball—though likely with a punk twist. “I’m going with Taylor Tomasi Hill,” Browne revealed with a smile.

After the ceremony, it was on to the show, where front-rowers, including Fern Mallis, Bill Cunningham, and Bibhu Mohapatra, were treated to a lineup heavy on digital prints, washed-out pastels, a lot of white, and ultra-long silhouettes. Two designers stood out in particular: Raya Kassisieh (above, left), with her sometimes soft, sometimes sharp Brave New World brides (“It’s kind of like nouveau Mugler,” whispered Patrick McMullan), and Madeline Gruen (above, right), with her indigo colonial toile prints and glittering embroideries that blended humor with notes of Alexander McQueen and Liberace. Gruen won the night’s other big prize—a $25,000 grant funded by the Liz Claiborne Art Ortenberg Foundation.

Photos: Patrick McMullan

First Look: Westward Leaning Wintermute

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Since launching in March, do-good eyewear line Westward Leaning’s neon-coated, reflective sunglasses have been seen everywhere. Taylor Tomasi Hill sported an orange pair of her own in our Comme feature and style stars like Kate Bosworth and Natalie Portman have been snapped wearing them. The San Francisco-based label, however, is taking things down a notch with its latest Wintermute collection. “I love science-fiction, especially cyberpunk novels like Neuromancer, and have always wanted to design a pair of glasses that was inspired by this genre,” the label’s cofounder and CEO Robert Denning tells Style.com of the more understated sunglasses in matte gray and black. “To me, the aesthetic of cyberpunk can be summed up with a color: muted neon—think of the movie Blade Runner.” The collection ($150 each) launches on WestwardLeaning.com today, and Style.com has the exclusive first look, above.

Photo: Courtesy of Westward Leaning

Footwear News

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Just when we thought the sneaker trend was on its way out, another pair made it onto our radar. This time it’s the work of Tibi designer Amy Smilovic, who created a street-chic capsule collection for bloggers and It girls like Elin Kling, Miroslava Duma, Caroline Issa, Taylor Tomasi Hill, and Poppy Delevingne. Smilovic used iconic styles from Converse and Vans as her canvas and infused them with Tibi’s signature prints. Think black and white daisies, pastel florals, and bright optical patterns (pictured). But Kling, Duma, et al. are not the only ones who are lucky enough to rock these sneakers. Starting today, the collection will be available on Tibi.com, where you can personalize a pair complete with your own initials. At just $125 each, you may even want to buy two.

Photos: Courtesy of Tibi