17 posts tagged "The Webster"
They’ve got the face, the body, a portfolio full of ad campaigns and editorials shot by top photographers in the industry, and a runway roster to match. But with our new “Model-Slash” feature, Style.com profiles girls whose ambitions and drive extend beyond the catwalk.
Life is a beach for IMG model Tori Praver (pictured), who was discovered at age 12 while shopping with her mom at a local grocery store in Maui, then went on to appear in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues in 2007-2009 (and other publications including Elle, Marie Claire, and Glamour). In 2008, the blonde bombshell parlayed her experience modeling swimsuits into designing them when she launched her own namesake swimwear line, which has doubled in sales every year since. This Saturday, Praver will present her new Resort ’13 collection during Miami Swim Week (which officially kicks off Thursday) with a cocktail party at Laure Heriard Dubreuil’s The Webster. “I love the feeling of being in Miami at this time. Everyone is so excited to show their suits and there is such a good summer vibe everywhere,” Praver, who is showing for her fourth time at Swim Week, told Style.com. She continued, “It’s my chance to show new designs to every major swim buyer and editor in the industry at one time—and it only happens once a year.”
Growing up surfing in Hawaii, Praver had “literally drawers and drawers of bikinis, and always saw herself designing them down the road.” To get things going, however, she needed an extra push. “I was on a Sports Illustrated shoot and told the editor, ‘Well, one day I want to have my own swimwear line,’ and the editor responded, ‘Why wait? You should start it now,’ ” Praver explained. “So I did, and somehow the stars aligned.” No kidding—Praver just so happened to meet the owner of a swimwear factory while vacationing, then before she knew it, she was drawing silhouettes in her down time and churning out samples. “The whole thing has definitely been learn-as-I-go, and I made a lot of mistakes, but it was just for fun and not my main source of income. I never expected it to become a job in and of itself,” Praver said. At this point, it appears Praver’s bathing suit business has, in fact, eclipsed her modeling career—the line is now sold at top retailers like Barneys, Saks Fifth Avenue, The Webster, and Intermix.
Each piece (sold separately) is double-lined, seamless, and often features Praver’s signature, flattering micro-ruching. “The best part is actually seeing girls and, believe it or not, sometimes their moms and even grandmothers at the beach in my suits,” she says. In the future, she plans to introduce a small capsule of ready-to-wear (cover-ups, mostly) and continue to grow her brand organically. And when she’s not on business in New York, Praver makes sure she gets plenty of beach time—let’s call it research? “The L.A. area is definitely more laid-back. That’s where I’m doing most of the actual designing, meeting with my factory, maybe surfing, and definitely a lot of yoga,” says Praver, who considers Venice Beach home (where she lives with her fiancé, pro surfer Danny Fuller, who recently snagged the new Chanel Allure Homme Sport fragrance campaign).
These days, there are certain designer milestones that indicate success—collaborating with Target has become one of them. Fresh from rolling out its latest designer collaboration with Jason Wu, the Minneapolis-based megastore is wasting no time tapping the nation’s latest style stars. Today, it unveiled its new design partnership project, dubbed The Shops at Target. For the first round, debuting in stores and on the Web May 6, the retailer is joining forces with five specialty boutiques across the U.S., including The Webster in Miami, Cos Bar in Aspen, The Candy Store in San Francisco, Polka Dog Bakery in Boston, and Privet House in Greenwich, for exclusive, limited-edition collections. In all, there will be nearly 400 items, ranging in price from $1 to $160. In a departure from its former GO International program, the retailer has set its sights beyond apparel, venturing into home decor, beauty, and even edibles (read: Target lollipops). Target, however, will also continue its stand-alone, limited-edition designer collections.
“I was super-excited to collaborate with Target,” The Webster owner Laure Heriard Dubreuil told Style.com at today’s New York press conference. “They allowed me to be creative, so the collection is completely my own style. It’s all the pieces that I love the most from my wardrobe.” That includes Brigitte Bardot-inspired espadrilles, Art Deco gold jewelry, and plenty of bohemian frocks in palm leaf prints based on the vintage wall coverings at the South Beach shop. Bonus: Everything in the line, which also includes men’s and children’s wear, costs less than $50. But that’s not all Dubreuil has to be excited about—she’s also prepping for her upcoming nuptials to her boyfriend, artist Aaron Young. As for Style.com breaking the news on the recent engagement? “It posted so quickly, I didn’t even get to tell my parents!”
Alix Petit perfected her knitwear expertise working for Michel Klein in Paris, but it wasn’t long before she wanted to design her own collection for women who crave beautiful, casual clothes not dictated by the season’s trends. Cue: Heimstone, the line she founded in 2006.
“I design whatever I feel like wearing; it’s very spur-of-the-moment,” Petit tells Style.com.
It’s an approach that seems to work well for the Paris-based designer. With the soft launch in 2006, she debuted bits and pieces: bracelets made from screws and nuts and bathing suits in vintage cottons. Friends instantly started buzzing about them and it was not long before she counted the likes of Uma Thurman as a customer. She has since set up a bricks-and-mortar shop in the heart of Paris’ Saint Germain, on Rue du Cherche-Midi, and sells her line at chic retail outlets like the Webster in Miami and Opening Ceremony.
For her Spring Dia collection, she’s done silhouettes and prints inspired by Sol LeWitt’s cube-obsession and Egon Schiele’s deformed torsos. The result is an eclectic cross section of sportswear and luxe pieces, like raffia knits, gold-coated lace pants and shorts, soft biker jackets, and a feathered skirt, all paired with suede sneakers. “They are for girls like me who prefer casual, comfortable footwear for the city,” she says.
The Webster co-founder Laure Heriard Dubreuil and her boyfriend, artist Aaron Young, hit Venice this week for the legendary Biennale di Venezia. For those farther than a vaporetto away from the action, she’s sending back updates on the sights and the sounds (and a few parties, too).
We started Friday at the Prada Foundation, which I found to be one of the highlights of the entire Biennale. I totally related to Maurizio Cattelan’s sculpture of an ostrich with its head in the ground (left), but I have to say—clothes being such an important element of my life—my favorite piece was Louise Bourgeois’ cell (clothes) from 1996. Walking around it, you snuck peeks through a pair of glass doors to discover a white blouse with the words “The cold of anxiety is very real” embroidered in red.
After the Foundation, I walked around the little streets with Aaron and went for a gelato. It’s a must in Italy, especially with this beautiful weather. We couldn’t resist any longer. Then onto an antique little shoemaker’s shop behind Piazza San Marco to get a pair of Gondoliers’ velvet shoes. I’d love to wear them totally worn-out in red and navy with summer dresses… (Speaking of summer dresses, there were plenty on display over the course of the festival…and none more popular among festivalgoers than Prada’s and Alaïa’s. I haven’t been anywhere for the past five days without seeing at least four or five beautiful women showing off one or the other’s Spring 2011 collections!)
From there, went to see Julian Schnabel’s show, Permanently Becoming and the Architecture of Seeing at the Museo Correr. The show was closed when we arrived but fortunately Julian arrived at the same time with Cyprien Gaillard (another artist who has a few pieces in Venice, too) and they opened the doors for us. The ballroom was completely dark when we entered, as the shutters were already closed, but Julian opened a window himself and the sunlight brought his piece El Spontaneo (for Abelardo Martinez) (1990) back to life! Continue Reading “Postcard From Venice: Laure Heriard Dubreuil Reports From The Final Days Of The Biennale” »