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Olympia Le-Tan To Show At Pitti W, Unis Heads West, Bid On Elizabeth Taylor’s Jewels Online, And More…

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Olympia Le-Tan will be a guest designer for Pitti W’s next ready-to-wear and accessories trade fair in Florence. On January 12, Le-Tan will debut a collection of bags “inspired by a number of Italian literature masterpieces—a longtime passion of hers.” [WWD]

The John Galliano label has launched an e-commerce shop [www.gallianostore.com]. Offerings on the site include John Galliano’s final collection he made before his departure from the company. [Vogue U.K.]

The menswear line Unis is opening its first shop in Los Angeles on Friday. Designed by Eunice Lee, the line of basics has developed a strong New York following. Of her first L.A. venture, Lee says, “I’m hoping to just slide right in and offer guys here something a bit more sophisticated.” [T]

Not only will Elizabeth Taylor’s jewels and clothes be on auction at the Christie’s sale in December, but there will also be an online auction December 3-17 at Christies.com. Shoppers can get a sneak preview of the collection starting November 18 on Moda Operandi. [Hint]

Photo: Cedric Bihr

Quiet Riot

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Unis’ Eunice Lee isn’t one to shout. The Parsons-trained menswear designer—one of the few visible women steadfastly working in the men’s game—makes clothes that are understated and unbranded. “Even the fit is really quiet,” she’s said. So despite being carried by stores like Barneys, Bloomingdale’s, and Fred Segal, holding court in her own Elizabeth Street boutique, and counting the likes of Jake Gyllenhaal as admirers, she’s mostly flown under the radar.

The past year has seen that change somewhat, with her nomination for GQ‘s Best New Menswear Designer award this year. But though Unis may be many things, “new” isn’t one of them. The label celebrated its tenth anniversary this year, and toasted the occasion with a rager at New York’s Dominion over the weekend. “It’s crazy how time flies—so hard to believe it’s already been ten years,” Lee said with a shrug. Prabal Gurung, Tim Hamilton, Humberto Leon, and half of the men’s editors and stylists in New York—many clad in Unis chinos—came out, as did a surprise guest: Mos (the artist formerly known as Mos Def, pictured, with Lee). The rapper-turned-actor is a longtime fan of the label and, Lee confides, a huge fan of those chinos. Fresh from a performance at Lincoln Center, where he’s starring in the John Guare play A Free Man of Color, he paused the raucous dancing with a serenade, “The Way You Look Tonight.”

Photo: Courtesy of Unis

Whitpics

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You read it right. The whole world may be going nuts for twitpics, but this fashion week, we opted for Whitpics, courtesy of Trovata designer John Whitledge. Since he took a season off from showing his collection, Whitledge had a little free time to take in the sights of New York fashion week. We sent him out, camera in hand; below is his photo diary of a week at the shows, the scenes, the parties, and the strip clubs (!) of NYFW, with a few words from the man himself on what he saw there.


“Erin Wasson was channeling a little Slash before her show.” Erin Wasson x RVCA show, ABC Carpet & Home.


“General Idea designer Bumsuk Choi faces the storm outside his showroom.” Soho.


“Kirsten Dunst was embracing a real fashion moment.” Patrik Ervell presentation, Milk Studios.

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Designers Weigh In On Their GQ Menswear Award Nominations

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Six designers’ fashion week just got a little brighter. GQ and Levi’s announced the nominees this morning for the third annual Best New Designer in America award. To the winner: bragging rights and—here’s where we get in on the action, too—a limited-edition menswear capsule collection with Levi’s, to be sold in Bloomingdale’s nationwide. This year’s nominees include CFDA award winners and relative newcomers alike: Richard Chai, Billy Reid, J.Crew’s Frank Muytjens, Burkman Bros’ Ben and Doug Burkman, Caulfield Preparatory’s Vincent Flumiani, and Unis’ Eunice Lee are all in the running for the prize, which will be judged by a panel of editors, retailers, and Levi’s executives and celebrated with an event during NYFW.

Were these all dyed-in-the-wool Levi’s wearers? “I’m an old-timer,” Billy Reid laughed when we caught him on the phone at his Alabama studio. “Working with Levi’s would just be awesome, man—a dream situation. I’ve still got a pair from high school. I think they’ve got more patches than blue jeans left on them. I need to lose about 15 pounds to get into them, but…” Eunice Lee—the first woman nominated in the history of the prize—has been a longtime fan, too. “If you look at pictures of me since my Parsons days, I’ve had Levi’s on for all of my life,” she said, noting that she prefers vintage men’s styles.

Of course, before they get to design their own, they’ve got to show their own Fall collections to the judging panel. Reid’s Fall looks draw on turn-of-the-century American workwear, and are produced largely, for the first time, here in the states. And as for Lee, she’s been thinking of midcentury sportsmen—in particular, climbers from the sixties. “Climbers back then didn’t have the North Face and all that stuff,” she said. “It was about your cotton waxed jacket and heavier twills and things like that. Colors were dustier, more cotton-based, as opposed to super-crazy neon colors. It’s sportswear,” she added with a laugh, “in the original sense.” May the best man—or woman—win.