22 posts tagged "Vanessa Traina"
It’s a growth market for Joseph Altuzarra. The New York designer presents his first Resort collection today (created, in part, to meet the increasing demand from retailers), and with it, his label’s first branded materials. Last week, Altuzarra convened a team that included photographer Steven Pan (a former assistant of Steven Meisel’s), models Danielle Zinaich and Aurélie Claudel, and his longtime friend, stylist Vanessa Traina, at Milk Studios to shoot the new lookbook. (It’ll debut on Style.com, along with our collection review, later today.)
“Generally, the inspiration was very nineties,” Altuzarra said. (Sure enough, the inspiration board was a collage of nineties-era ads and looks from Jil Sander and Gucci.) “I was a little tired of things that were so self-consciously fashion-y. I wanted something that was a lot more natural.” That extended as well to the casting of Zinaich and Claudel, two industry veterans (and, as it happens, old friends) who are less flavors of the moment, more lifers.
“I was really interested in working with women,” he continued. Danielle and Aurélie “both have kids, they’re both married, and they’re in their thirties. I think it’s more what Altuzarra is about—it’s about women, and not so much 16-year-old girls. [Altuzarra is about] a real personality. The fact that there was a connection between them and they were really friendly, I think that that was something that was really interesting.”
The collection itself Altuzarra describes as “a segue between the Fall show and the Spring show.” That means a chance to reprise a few recent greatest hits. Good news for those coveting the parkas that were a major statement for Fall: They’ll return, reworked, in lighter-weight cotton.
There was plenty of Chanel on hand at last night’s Tribeca Film Festival dinner, sponsored by Lagerfeld’s label. But among the star-studded guests, we couldn’t take our eyes off of Vanessa Traina, wearing Spring ’11 Celine. The newly minted designer/muse (of French label Maje) arrived on the arm of her mother, Danielle Steel, wearing a full runway look. The woven vest, which Nicole Phelps picked out as one of the strongest pieces in the entire Spring collection, and Phoebe Philo’s commitment to artisanal work, isn’t cheap, but neither is looking good—if you want to look good in silks hand-woven by an elderly Frenchwoman. And if Traina gets bored of the vest and wants to trade, she’s only got to call up Kanye.
Now available for your next Rockaway Beach excursion: Proenza Schouler’s tie-dyed, racerback tank, the latest in their ongoing series of online exclusives. To celebrate the occasion, PS designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernadez took Vanessa Traina to those very same Rockaways for a short video, shot by Gregory Mitnick, of her mostly standing still and occasionally tugging at her hem. (It’s now on view at the label’s Web site.) Traina’s a little less animated than she was in our video with her and Joseph Altuzarra, but on the plus side, there’s no arguing with the scenery—or a tank you can click immediately to buy.
Shibori tank, $175, available now at www.proenzaschouler.com.
It was the Great Party That Was™—but who, dare we ask, wasn’t? Seats were going fast at last night’s Costume Institute Gala, but a few frequently seen faces on the party scene didn’t make an appearance. Where were they?
Gwyneth Paltrow has been making the New York party rounds lately, lending her support to Chopard’s 150th anniversary and to children’s yoga programs but the Iron Man blonde was a no-show. Ditto her co-star Scarlett Johansson. Neither Mary-Kate nor Ashley Olsen came, nor did their pals the Traina girls. Models were everywhere, but not Lara Stone or Georgia Jagger—the latter of whom, admittedly, has been studying rather than partying these last few weeks. And Chanel beauty ambassador Leigh Lezark was nowhere to be seen—at the party, that is. She’s not one to miss an after-party, and true to form, she hit the decks with her fellow MisShapes at the Standard later on (pictured).
Who else would you have liked to see at the Met?