25 posts tagged "Tod’s"
A couple of weeks back, I mentioned that the new scene in the Hamptons was Soul Cycle’s spinning classes. Little did I know the class rapport went well beyond physical fitness. For Allure editor in chief and avid biker Linda Wells, the 9:30 a.m. weekend classes were how she got involved with the R.E.S.T. Initiative, which brings massage therapies into chemotherapy treatment rooms. “One of the instructors was suffering and realized that one element was missing from the healing, the power of human touch,” explained Wells, who hosted cocktails and a shopping party with Derek Lam at Tod’s Madison Avenue boutique last night to benefit the organization. Speaking of hands on, Tod’s tan leather D-Bag was the evening’s most sought-after item.
Fresh off a plane from L.A., where he was the man of the hour at a Tod’s luncheon to benefit Couture Cares last week, Derek Lam co-hosted a ladies’ lunch at Christie’s today. After perusing casefuls of jewels to be auctioned off later this spring, Lydia Fenet, BJ Topol-Blum, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, and other uptown types adjourned to a second-floor boardroom to watch an abridged version of Lam’s Fall collection, accessorized with yet more baubles from the upcoming sale. We sat next to the designer’s partner, Jan Hendrik-Schlottmann, who gave us an update on Lam’s new store, which, contrary to the taxi ads you might’ve spotted around town, is not yet open. The delay, he explained, is due to pods—designed by Sanaa, the Japanese firm behind the New Museum, and built in Las Vegas—that are the main architectural feature of the store. Believe it or not, the weather has been too awful to ship them across the country. As if those giant pods aren’t temptation enough to make the trek down to Crosby Street (the store is adjacent to Jil Sander and across the street from the still-under-construction Mondrian Hotel), he also said that they’ve hired the sales staff from Linda Dresner, the fabulous Madison Avenue boutique that closed its doors earlier this year. We’ll be expecting some special one-on-one attention when we use the generous gift card we were delighted to find next to our place card.
When Tod’s screens Pashmy Dream, the short film directed by Diego Della Valle pal Dennis Hopper and featuring the campaign star, Gwyneth Paltrow, at a dinner in Milan tonight, the crowd will be strictly friends-of-the-brand. But come tomorrow, the six-minute movie will be available for download on the brand’s Web site along with, among other things, the installation by art director Felice Limosani that greeted editors and retailers at the label’s presentation. The first part of Horsing Around looks like a movie itself, but it’s actually an animation of many hundreds of drawings, 24 per second to be precise. Why animate a horse? Tod’s Claudio Castiglione explained, “First, there are the saddlery details in the new collection; then there’s the fact that the drawings are all handmade, like our products; finally, it’s a reflection of how modern the brand is. We could’ve photographed a horse, but instead we used technology to animate it.” Got that? In other news, the company has added sterling silver and leather jewelry to its lineup.