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April 21 2014

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41 posts tagged "The Row"

Designers Take a Chance on Pants for Evening

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With gala season kicking off in earnest this week, we’ve been contemplating alternatives to predictable strapless cocktail frocks and princess gowns. Don’t get us wrong: We’ve got nothing against a nice dress, but the elegantly tailored evening trousers we saw in the Fall collections look so much more modern. Alexander Wang featured sharp slacks on his New York runway and at his Balenciaga debut, and we noticed similar styles at Narciso Rodriguez and The Row. Draped camisole and bustier tops accompanied by long trains that float behind slim pants have been in the air since Haider Ackermann’s Spring ’11 show. Raf Simons nailed that look at his first Haute Couture presentation for Christian Dior last July, and we’ve witnessed its popularity rise with designers like Jason Wu, Mary Katrantzou, Juan Carlos Obando, and Vera Wang in the months since.

CLICK FOR A SLIDESHOW of our favorite evening pants.

Eye on the Prize

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There are only 12, and fittingly, they launched on 12/12/12. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s latest project, a dozen crocodile The Row backpacks decorated by Damien Hirst, had the Internet roaring even before they were released last night at Paola Russo’s new Hollywood concept shop Just One Eye. The preliminary buzz was, in part, caused by the big names involved. But really, the chatter revolved around the sacs’ alleged $55,000 price tags. “Damien [Hirst] uses the most iconic pieces and he used our iconic backpack,” said Mary-Kate Olsen, noting that she and Ashley gave Hirst full reign in the design process. “We just supplied a canvas for him and he did what he does best,” Ashley added.

The likes of Erin Wasson, Stavros Niarchos, and Co’s Stephanie Danan and Justin Kern turned out to the boutique to celebrate the launch. And the store proved to be a fitting backdrop for the occasion. “The Row was the first one to follow Just One Eye,” Russo said. Ashley Olsen offered, “I love the concept behind the store. The whole experience is very personal.” Though talk of the backpacks’ price was off the table, the suggested retail value didn’t deter potential patrons of the arts—an eager buyer gingerly toted her new pack around the party.

Photo: Courtesy of Just One Eye

Get the Look: Zoe Saldana, All Star

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Zoe Saldana has a talent for rocking runway looks on the red carpet (the pastel brocade Prabal Gurung pantsuit she wore to the designer’s Fall 2012 show and the Givenchy Couture white dress she donned at the 2012 SAG Awards come to mind). But the actress has a knack for putting together laid-back (but no less chic) everyday outfits, too. She was recently snapped in L.A. wearing Diane von Furstenberg cargo pants, a classic white T-shirt, and a Gentsco baseball cap. Get her look with the essentials below.


From top left, below:
1.The Row T-shirt, $260, available at www.netaporter.com
2. Gents Co. baseball cap, $48, available at www.gentsco.com
3. Alexander Wang ‘Pelican’ clutch, $750, available at www.alexanderwang.com
4. Rag & Bone jeans, $330, available at www.rag-bone.com
5. Franco Sarto bootie, $79.95, available at www.dsw.com
6. Michael Kors ‘Tristan’ aviators, $135, available at www.shop.nordstrom.com

Photo: Courtesy of Gents Co.

Lots To See, Just One Eye

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Just One Eye is not your typical e-tailer. For starters, their brick-and-mortar flagship stands in the mazelike Hollywood compound where Howard Hughes used to live, work, and seduce movie stars. But really, it’s their product selection that makes them so extraordinary. Where else could you find a Warhol-signed Rolling Stones necktie tee, some Carlo Bugatti chairs, and a range of antique fine jewelry alongside looks from Rodarte, Proenza Schouler, Olympia Le-Tan, and Maiyet? Since opening the store last spring, co-founder Paola Russo (formerly of Maxfield) has focused on mixing fashion and art. And we mean big-time art. Ed Ruscha has been collaborating in various ways since the shop’s launch. Work by Murakami, among others, hangs on the walls at headquarters. And today, the shop is launching the first in an ongoing series of artist/designer collaborations, debuting a limited-edition range of Damien Hirst-decorated backpacks from The Row.

According to Russo, Just One Eye’s interest in commissioning these projects comes from the store’s mandate to create “specialness.” “Our vision,” she explains, “is to make and sell things that will last. We don’t want to be involved with mass-produced fads,” she says. “Real luxury is something that is timeless and exceptional.” Naturally, true luxury comes with a hair-raising price tag. Or, in the case of the backpacks, which ring in at a cool $55,000, a gasp-worthy one. But it helps to know that some of that cash will go to a good cause. A portion of the proceeds from the bags will be donated to UNICEF; ditto Just One Eye’s next, more cost-democratic collaboration, which will see Nate Lowman teaming up with Converse. “He’s painting 25 pairs,” says Russo. “So the question for the people who buy these shoes will be, you know, do you wear them, or keep them as art?” A question many of us have posed about our shoes. But not typically of our sneakers.

Visit Just One Eye at justoneeye.com.

Move Over, Silk PJs

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From filmy bra tops to opera coats with the rumpled appeal of bed sheets, there was a delectable boudoir influence at the Spring shows. Channeling Helmut Newton by way of Lillian Bassman, Jason Wu’s slim leather harnesses and corsetry details had editors tweeting “Fifty Shades of Wu.” Still, the overall message was more lady than vamp. Satin slips that hugged the figure in all the right places turned up at Narciso Rodriguez, Rochas, Céline, and Valentino. A handful of times, the spaghetti straps on those numbers fell off the models’ shoulders, but then they’d push them back up again with such come-hither nonchalance, the incidents seemed to have been planned all along. Silky robes at Miu Miu and the Row, and meant-to-be-seen bralettes from Victoria Beckham and Jonathan Saunders rounded out Spring’s lingerie chest.

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