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The Fall ’14 menswear collections move on to Milan tomorrow, and will be followed by the shows in Paris. Before the new clothes hit the runway, we’ve asked some of the most anticipated names to offer a sneak peek. Per usual, it’s a busy time for all—designers and fashion followers alike—so we’re continuing our split-second previews: tweet-length at 140 characters or less. Our entire collection of Fall ’14 previews is available here.
WHO: Vivienne Westwood
WHEN: Sunday, January 12
WHAT: “For this collection we started looking at the Earth from space, studying different times and civilizations through anthropological eyes.” —The Vivienne Westwood design team. Have a peek at their mood board, above.
Céline’s Phoebe Philo is wrapping up the year on a definitive high note. Today, it was announced that the British designer is on the Queen’s New Year’s Honors list, and has been awarded an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) for her services to fashion. Philo joins the likes of Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton, Stella McCartney, and Dame Vivienne Westwood in the esteemed OBE club. Makeup artist Pat McGrath, too, got a nod today, receiving an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire). No doubt, these ladies have earned an extra glass of champagne at midnight.
Talk about dichotomy: Vivienne Westwood, she of SEX and naked cowboys T-shirt fame, has designed a collection of romantic costumes for the Vienna State Ballet that will be worn by dancers during a New Year’s concert on Wednesday. Despite her punk past, the Dame has, of course, proven her adeptness in creating lavish, impeccably draped feminine frocks and gowns, and the dancers’ silk and tulle wares are of this school. In fact, one costume is a riff on a look from Westwood’s Spring ’14 collection. But it’s not all prim and proper attire—according to WWD, Westwood has put some of the dancers in her famed tartan kilts and bustiers. As the old saying goes, you can take the designer out of 430 Kings Road…
Last year, Gill Linton launched Byronesque.com, a comprehensive Web site that, backed by Andrew Rosen and the late Marvin Traub, offers high-end vintage wares and sharp editorials. The online platform boasts a veritable treasure trove of rare, authenticated vintage designs, like an azure Jean Paul Gaultier frock, an asymmetrical Yohji Yamamoto dress, and a bevy of Thierry Mugler and Alaïa. And while it all looks spectacular in one’s browser, Linton felt she should create an IRL experience with the digital destination’s best stock.
Enter the site’s first brick-and-mortar venture, Byronesque.com//Offline, an exhibition and boutique housed in the dilapidated annex of the James A. Farley Post Office in New York City. Offline is complete with video installations, melancholic wall art by Craig Ward, and a vault of approximately forty impeccably dressed mannequins. Yesterday evening, insiders gathered to fete the project, which was punctuated with a live Polaroid photography session by the inimitable Michèle Lamy. “It’s difficult to [decide] what is mainstream or not…but being here feels real, and what they are trying to do is very important,” Lamy said of the site.
“There’s so much potential in vintage fashion,” said Linton. “It’s made better, there’s a story behind it, and there’s a history behind it. The way I merchandise the store is through storytelling—there’s a curve of Vivienne Westwood from Pirate to Seditionaries, for example—but it’s not that it has to be a linear progression. It’s about the energy of stuff.”
The stuff on display includes a 1984 John Galliano men’s kimono coat from his graduate Central Saint Martins collection, Les Incroyables (not for sale); a burlap Alexander McQueen look from F/W ’02; a 1986 Azzedine Alaïa leather zip dress; and a Katharine Hamnett allover marijuana-leaf-print bodysuit.
Glenn O’Brien lent his support by co-hosting the affair. “Everybody mixes vintage in,” he said, “I can’t tell you how long I’ve had this Kilgour, French, & Stanbury coat; it must be twenty years since I bought it at Barneys. Vintage is kind of where the next ideas come from. You can be a step ahead by wearing something that’s so out that it’s just about ready to come back.”
Byronesque.com//Offline will open to the public on December 12 and run through the 15th. Located at the James A. Farley Post Office on Eighth Avenue at West 31st Street, the show will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Happy National Cat Day! When it comes to domestic pets, kittens are clearly the fashion set’s best friends. For proof, look no further than Choupette Lagerfeld (who starred on her first German Vogue cover this summer and currently has over 34,000 Twitter followers) and the annual United Bamboo cat calendar. To boot, brands including Markus Lupfer, Miu Miu, and Vivienne Westwood expressed their feline appreciation for Spring ’14 by featuring novelty puss prints on shifts, coats, and sweatshirts, respectively. Warning: These pieces may cause a cute attack.