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July 29 2014

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2 posts tagged "The Mercer"

New Lingerie Line CV Will Amp Up Your Sexual Resume

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Christina Viviani“The name comes from the idea that we all have a sexual résumé,” explained Christina Viviani, the designer behind Curriculum Vitae, a new lingerie line launching this Thursday at Barneys, with arrivals at Colette, 10 Corso Como, Moda Operandi, and more to follow. The Detroit-raised designer spent ten years polishing her skills at Donna Karan and Adrienne Vittadini before moving into the realm of intimates last year. “No one was really doing a cooler, younger version of Kiki,” she explained. “I’m dressing for myself and designing for myself—for the downtown girl.”

The line is made up of New York-manufactured below-14th basics: street-influenced racer tanks in black silk with matching silk boxers; simple mesh bikini bottoms; and sheer, white-lace onesies with materials sourced from Italy and Japan. An exclusive first look at the collection, which is priced between $30 and $400 debuts here. “We use a lot of rose-gold hardware, bodysuits with a snap, sleep sets with cutouts on the back…They’re kind of luxury-quality essentials,” noted Viviani of the clean, Bowery-with-a-hint-of-vamp wares. They’re for a girl “with more of an edge—she’s wearing [the line] with her Alexander Wang, with Proenza,” said the designer.

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That’s not to say the pieces don’t hold classic appeal. “I’m really inspired by a lot of vintage references and the way construction was made back then. I want to take that and make it modern,” said Viviani, who grew up watching black-and-white favorites (“The movie Pillow Talk with Doris Day was a really big thing”) with her grandparents before moving to New York to study at FIT at 17.

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CV also has a lifestyle component: Viviani traveled the world meeting with high-end sex toy artisans before curating a collection of globally sourced and personally designed sex accessories. “That was really fun—and a big learning curve,” said Viviani, who touched down in Berlin, L.A., Las Vegas, and San Francisco on the way. “Meeting different people and learning the art behind sensuality—you go into these conventions at 9 a.m. and it’s like, be awake!” CV will sell toys on its site, as well as discreet (you could hardly tell what they were if you didn’t look twice) pleasure kits in the rooms of the Chateau Marmont, Standard Hotels, and the Mercer, among others. “Three condoms, lube, and a vibrator…that’s all you really need in a hotel room. Let’s be honest,” she joked.

“I think I’m just excited for it to launch and kind of understand the customer more and see the reaction,” mused Viviani. “It’s kind of like being an artist and showing your work in a gallery for the first time.”

Photos: David Roemer; Courtesy of Photos

Hello, IRO

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Those of Lower Manhattan love their leather jackets. And now, thanks to the new IRO boutique, there’s one more place they can find them. The Paris-based streetwear label, which celebrated the launch of its first New York City flagship last night over cocktails, offers, for lack of a better descriptor, a damn near perfect Perfecto. “It was what originally made us famous,” cofounder Arik Bitton told Style.com.

Of course, leather jackets aren’t all IRO offers. Just ask Coco Rocha. “This place has everything a model’s wardrobe should have. If you don’t have it, come here and get it!” gushed the catwalker, who attended the opening with her husband, James Conran. When pressed as to her energy level post-Met Gala, Rocha laughed. “We were debating going to the after-party, but then we were like, No, we’re going home. We made some Bolognese and went to bed.”

With Harley Viera-Newton on the decks, guests such as Eniko Mihalik and Adrian Grenier perused IRO’s his and hers wares and minimalist, well-lit space. Following cocktail hour, the label hosted an intimate dinner at the Crosby Street Hotel’s private dining room—where Viera-Newton and Leigh Lezark played cat’s cradle, Mia Moretti chatted convivially with friends, and the brand’s other cofounder Laurent Bitton (yes, they’re brothers) offered an idyllic New York reprise: “When I’m here, the best thing to do is stay in Soho, go to The Mercer, and have a coffee.”

Photo: Dean Neville/BFAnyc.com