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The Innerwear Comes Out

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For the past few seasons, lingerie designer Araks Yeramyan has brought on the likes of Richard Chai, Gia Coppola, Sally Singer, and Julie Gilhart to help shoot her lookbook. For the third installment, she handed out disposable cameras to yet another group of friends and supporters, including actress Michelle Williams, Alexa Chung, Tenzin Wild, Tracy Feith, and Creatures of the Wind’s Shane Gabier and Chris Peters.

“I make a wish list every season. I start with friends, or friends of friends, then add people I don’t know, but who I feel are in some way connected with the brand,” the designer explains of the process. “Some people I have no idea how to get to, but we try anyway—it’s fun.” Williams, however, was no shot in the dark. The Oscar-nominated actress has been a longtime Araks customer and, as Yeramyan admits, “She was the first person I placed on the list for this book.”

As fate would have it, Williams photographed her portion of the project at the Park Hyatt Tokyo—the same hotel that Lost in Translation was filmed at, in which star Scarlett Johansson wears Araks underthings. Here, Style.com has an exclusive first look at the final shot from Williams before it is officially unveiled along with the rest of the images at a private party in New York Wednesday night.

Photo: Courtesy of Araks

The Finery Things

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With an elegantly generic name and modest founder, it’s likely that you haven’t heard of fledgling label Standard Finery. That should change—particularly if you’re feeling for a softer sensibility in the wake of urban warrior-dom.

Designer Caron Callahan started the label three seasons ago, after working for Tracy Feith for three years and doing short stints at both Derek Lam and Steven Alan. All that experience has clearly paid off. Finery strikes a very, ahem, fine (and not easily achieved) balance: It’s simple but not basic, feminine but not twee, youthful but not young, and polished but not overly proper.

“I want women to wear my pieces season after season,” said Callahan at the presentation, where her 14 models stood amid a set of wooden crates and fallen leaves. “I want them to feel good. I want the pieces to be easy.” Named “Aki in Love,” Fall 2010 was inspired by the Met’s Art of the Samurai show—not by the armor but by the functional cotton pieces they wore underneath. Dresses and camisoles were tucked and draped to echo that fluidity, while others hung straight down in a surprisingly alluring midi length. Callahan’s tailoring had a certain ease, like the softly cut kimono coat over rose-printed pants. But it was a nude brocade tux jacket that we hope to see at Finery’s stockists, like Castor & Pollux and Mick Margo.

Photo: Courtesy of Standard Finery

Michelle Watch: Keeping The Faith In Feith

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And you thought it was over. WWD reports that Michelle Obama arrived at a morning service at the Washington National Cathedral in a black Tracy Feith dress with a Japanese-style floral print. Though we’re quite familiar with Feith’s magical way with a frock, he’s far from being a household name. But this is turning out to be quite a year for the laidback, surfing designer. His collection for Target bows in May and now he’s earned coveted membership in the First Lady Closet Club. Feith told WWD that he believed Mrs. Obama bought the dress from Ikram, the boutique whose owner Ikram Goldman is a dyed-in-the-wool lover of fashion and the quiet force behind Mrs. O’s smart picks. And the dress? Though yesterday’s Isabel Toledo coat and dress and Jason Wu gown provoked serious debate, this one, in our estimation, is an indisputable success with its classic, Jackie-esque silhouette of boat neck, full skirt, and elbow-length sleeves.

Photo: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque