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Wren Dives In With The Lake & Stars


Wren x The Lake & Stars

Wren designer Melissa Coker has been a fan of The Lake & Stars’ luxe lingerie since the New York-based brand launched, in 2007. “I remember I asked my mom for some of their stuff for Christmas,” she recalled. So when Wren became friends with the intimates line’s founders, Nikki Dekker and Maayan Zilberman, through mutual pals five years ago, a collaboration was inevitable. “We’d always say, ‘Oh wouldn’t it be great to see this or that [Wren] print on their pieces,’” offered Coker. And for Resort ’13, the trio has finally made it happen, with a vintage-inspired swimwear capsule, which debuts exclusively here. Consisting of eighteen pieces, the range marks Wren’s first foray into swim, and will include cover-ups, beach accessories, and one- and two-piece maillots—the latter of which come with pinup-style high-waisted bottoms, as well as standard briefs. Each piece merges The Lake & Stars signatures (like crisscross backs and oversize mesh detailing) with updated versions of hardware, trims, and prints from Wren’s past collections. “My favorite is the red-and-hot-pink Lava Leopard print (below),” said Coker. A tie-dye pattern, as well a black-and-white ikat print, will also be on offer.

The L.A.-based Coker—who admits that she’s a “one-piece person in theory but a two-piece person in practice”—said that the collection was, in part, spurred by the fact that she can never quite find what she’s looking for when shopping for swimwear. “I don’t want, like, a fringe string bikini,” she laughed. “I want something colorful, out of the ordinary, sophisticated, and fun. I think the collaboration embodies all these things—the suits look special.” Coker reports that the friends don’t have any immediate plans for a future capsule, but, she hints, “There could potentially be an evolution. Never say never.”

Priced between $116 and $226, the Wren x The Lake & Stars swimwear capsule will be available at and Creatures of Comfort later this fall.

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Meet The CFDA Incubator Class Of 2014


Today, the CFDA Incubator welcomes its newest group of initiates: Antonio Azzuolo, Arielle Shapiro of Ari Dein, Doug and Ben Burkman of Burkman Bros, Christian Cota, Emanuela Duca, Rick Hendry and Marc Daniels of Isaora, Luis Fernandez of Number: Lab, Reece Solomon of Reece Hudson, Timo Weiland and Alan Eckstein of Timo Weiland, and Maayan Zilberman and Nikki Dekker of The Lake & Stars. The selection committee of industry leaders, including’s executive editor, Nicole Phelps, carefully picked this group of ten young designers to follow in the footsteps of the inaugural dozen designers who kicked off the program in February 2010. We have watched the careers of current all-stars in the Incubator, like Prabal Gurung and Bibhu Mohapatra, flourish during their short time in the “fashion frat,” and here, we check in with the newest pledge “class II” before they move into 209 West 38th Street.

a. a. Antonio Azzuolo
This marks designer Antonio Azzuolo‘s second time in an Incubator program. After graduating from Ryerson University, the Montreal native took part in the Canadian version. “There are programs like the Incubator all over the world and I always wondered why the States didn’t have one,” he says. Following the program, he lived in Paris for ten years, where he honed his skills at labels like Kenzo and Hermès. Now, with his own menswear label, the designer is heavily focused on the concept of duality. “Being a twin [sibling], I have always had aspects of feminity and masculinity in my work,” the designer says. For Spring ’12, however, expect to see opposing French and Japanese cultural influences at play.

Ari Dein
“I’ve been decorating my space in the Incubator for about six months now,” lingerie designer Arielle Shapiro tells us. “In my mind, that is.” Now that it’s a reality, however, she has an antique mirror, an old yellow Chippendale chair, and a vintage suitcase on hand to fill what will become her home-away-from-home. For Shapiro, her surroundings have always played a crucial role in her design process. Most recently, her innerwear and swimwear Invisible Cities collection was inspired by a trip to Rome. Eventually, Shapiro’s hoping to parlay that interest in architecture and interior design by developing her budding brand into a full lifestyle collection to include “more swim and ready-to-wear, bedding, and home.”

Burkman Bros
You might recognize the Burkman Bros name thanks to Kanye West, who wore Doug and Ben Burkman’s woven bracelets at Coachella this year. From rappers to rugged men, their casual menswear line has since found a steady stream of followers. For Spring 2012, the globetrotting brothers were feeling Hawaiian after a trip to the islands. “We learned how to surf and found a lot of inspiration in the Hawaiian culture, particularly in relation to how we like to use prints and color,” says Doug. As for the Incubator, Ben says, “Working in a proper office space should be interesting…To have that divide between work and our home should be nice.”

Christian Cota
“The whole environment will be like going back to school,” says designer Christian Cota, who realized the wealth of benefits that comes from being a part of the Incubator program after talking to some of his friends in the current crop. “Obviously, with Diane von Furstenberg as the CFDA president, you have a tremendous support system helping you out,” Cota, who has received several honorable accolades in the past few years, like Fashion Group International’s Rising Star Award and a CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund nomination, says. “I’m at the point with my business where we are really expanding, and having their help to do it is key.” For Spring ’12, look out for a strong showing of polished signature Cota looks, like mixing structure with softer fabrics, and a plethora of prints.

Emanuela Duca
“My work represents my life experience,” says jewelry designer Emanuela Duca. “The rough surfaces, it’s what comes from the Roman culture, and the slick part, that’s my life in Manhattan.” Born and raised in Rome, the New York transplant has managed to find a beautiful balancing point between the two cultures in her work. Her structural collection of textural jewelry has a niche retail market, selling in galleries around the world, but Duca, like Isaora designer Ricky Hendry, wants to expand her business to reach a wider clientele with the help of the Incubator program. Continue Reading “Meet The CFDA Incubator Class Of 2014″ »

Karl, Kidman, Elbaz, Et Al. Design The Latest Japan Tees, And More…


Uniqlo is the latest company to get the creative juices flowing for Japan. The retailer has tapped friends and collaborators like Karl Lagerfeld, Lady Gaga, Nicola Formichetti, Nicole Kidman, and Alber Elbaz to design a new series of tees to benefit the Japanese Red Cross. That’s Lagerfeld’s (left), which retails for a mere $19.99. It’s the most affordable Kaiser you’re going to get until his Macy’s collection finally hits stores. [WWD]

Speaking of Formichetti, the stylist and Mugler creative director has just been announced as one of the designers for BOFFO’s new season of Building Fashion, which allows those without freestanding stores to create pop-up retail spaces. Last season, Waris Ahluwalia, Richard Chai, and Siki Im created their own shops at BOFFO’s west Chelsea space; this season, Formichetti, Irene Neuwirth, Patrik Ervell, Ohne Titel, and The Lake & Stars will make their (temporary) mark in Tribeca. [Boffo]

It’s hard to miss Topshop’s towering Soho flagship, but it’s easy to miss its latest addition—a secret shop inside, where collaboration collections from Meadham Kirchhoff, Pamela Love, and Ann-Sofie Back will be on offer. Happy hunting. [Racked]

And today in collaborations: Christopher Kane x London taxis? Odd but true—the London-based designer has adapted a starry print from his Resort ’11 collection to “wrap” London’s iconic black cabs. [Vogue U.K.]

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Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation Announces Its 2011 Grant Winners


Stick around at a fashion week after party long enough, and it becomes very clear: Wine fuels this business. But no vintner has been more influential than Ecco Domani, the winery that’s given generously to the industry, in the form of its Fashion Foundation awards, for a decade. This morning, Ecco Domani announced the 2011 winners of the $25,000 grants, which will help to fund their New York fashion week presentations. They are: For womenswear, Bibhu Mohapatra, Mandy Coon (a Spring 2011 Mandy Coon look is pictured, left), Marcia Patmos for M. Patmos, and Maayan Zilberman and Nikki Dekker for The Lake & Stars; for menswear, Kyle Fitzgibbons for Native Son; for accessories, Pamela Love; and for sustainable design, Tara St. James for Study NY.

Photo: Yannis Vlamos /