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4 posts tagged "Tomoko Ogura"

Marina’s Must-Haves: Atlantique Ascoli’s Victorian Blouses

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Marina's Must-Haves

When it comes to spring dressing, there’s nothing better than a crisp white shirt. My friend and Barneys senior fashion director, Tomoko Ogura, recently introduced me to French line Atlantique Ascoli, which Barneys picked up for spring, and I fell in love immediately. Inspired by Victorian blouses, the brand’s premiere collection is comprised of the perfect white tops, one for each day of the week. Its oversized designs are meant to be worn like sweaters, and it’s easy to dress the shirts up or down. I’m in love with the voluminous sleeves, and I want to add each style to my wardrobe so I can wear the shirts as my new work uniform.

Atlantique Ascoli Ballet Russe blouse, $740. Available at Barneys New York.

Photo: Courtesy of Atlantique Ascoli

Please, Do Touch The Art

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Last night at Artisanal House, a renovated Chelsea town home turned gallery, Victoria Bartlett presented her Spring 2013 VPL collection to close friends and fans. But in true VPL style, this was no ordinary presentation; rather, it was a fusion of art, fashion, and whimsy, a combo the designer has mastered. Bartlett transformed the modern space via art by jewelry designer Jill Platner (who also co-hosted the event with Il Buco’s Donna Lennard). And while some guests weren’t exactly sure how to navigate around the jeweler-cum-artist’s giant moving honeycomb sculptures that dangled from the ceiling, Platner encouraged them to interact with the works. “It’s meant to move! It’s meant to be touched!” she assured. Bartlett enlisted a little audience participation, too. The designer asked some of her closest friends, like Arden Wohl, Julie Gilhart, and Tomoko Ogura, to model her new wares. Each picked out her favorite Spring 2013 VPL dress to flaunt. “We’ve got an army of really strong women!” said Bartlett of her models. “They’re all like family.”

Photo: Studiowebber.com

A Year Later, Still Sending Support To Japan

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The Fashion Girls for Japan—a synod of the fashion world’s powerful Japanese women and those who support them, including Barneys’ Tomoko Ogura, The News Showroom’s Stella Ishii, and 3.1 Phillip Lim’s Chiaki Yamamura—came together last year in the wake of the East Japan earthquake and tsunami to host a sale benefiting Japanese relief efforts. A year later, they’re reconvening to do it again. With much still to be done in Japan, the FGJ have marshaled more than 60 designers to donate items to be sold at more than 50 percent off to benefit the Japan Society’s Earthquake Relief Fund and Home for All Foundation by KISYN, a Japan-based organization founded by architects Toyo Ito, Riken Yamamoto, Hiroshi Naito, Kengo Kuma, and Kazuyo Sejima, which builds communal gathering spaces for the displaced. Last year’s sale, which included donations from Alexander Wang, Altuzarra, Proenza Schouler, Thakoon, and Thom Browne, raised $275,000. The addition this year of menswear and jewelry—including much discounted pieces by Judy Geib (pictured), whose prices usually hover in the four-to-five-digit range—should help to match and hopefully exceed that sum this time around.

The Fashion Girls for Japan Second Anniversary Designer Sample Sale will be held Saturday, March 31, and Sunday, April 1, from 12 to 7 p.m. at the Bowery Hotel Terrace, 4 East 3rd Street, NYC, (212) 505-9100. For more information, visit www.fashiongirlsforjapan.com. A donation-based admission fee can be purchased online at the Web site or at the door.

Photo: Dirk Vandenberk

The Fashion Girls Of Japan Organize A Benefit For Japan

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The fashion community of New York has been swift in organizing benefits, special products, and donations to Japan in the weeks since the earthquake and Pacific tsunami devastated the country. But for some industry players, the disaster is closer to home. For those Japanese and Japanese-American designers, buyers, and executives, the event is even more personal—and with their newly formed Fashion Girls for Japan, they’re doing something to help.

Spearheaded by Kikka Hanazawa (president of VPL), Tomoko Ogura (women’s fashion director of Barneys Co-Op), Stella Ishii (owner of the News showroom), and Kyoko Kageyama of 3.1 Phillip Lim, who was in Tokyo during the quake, and with the support of Julie Gilhart, Fashion Girls for Japan has organized a two-day sample sale, 60+ Designers/60+ Rolling Racks, to raise money for the Red Cross, the Mayor’s Fund, and the Japan Society’s Japan Earthquake Relief Fund. What will you find? Exactly what the name promises: More than 60 racks of clothes at deep, sample-sale discounts (starting at 50 percent off retail) from more than 60 participating designers, including Altuzarra, Derek Lam, Diane von Furstenberg, Proenza Schouler, and Thakoon. A $5 ticket is all it takes to get entry to the two-day sale, which will be held next weekend at the Bowery Hotel Terrace. For more details, visit fashiongirlsforjapan.com. And because no event is official without its own logo, the group drafted Magnus Berger and Tenzin Wild of Berger & Wild—designers and founders of The Last Magazine]to create a cool a graphic as we’ve seen yet (left). Here’s hoping for a T-shirt (well—another).

Illustration: Berger & Wild/fashiongirlsforjapan.com