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Stop-Motion Catwalk: Wes Gordon


Here, in the final segment of our Swarovski Collective series by videographer Meagan Cignoli, we get a special (and very speedy) look at the making of Wes Gordon’s latest collection []. Before his first-ever runway show on Tuesday, the designer explained, “This season I wanted to capture a modern, fresh, clean energy.” He added, “In particular, I wanted to create texture and depth from a rich palette of materials, while still maintaining a sleek silhouette.”

One of the key materials in his collection was, of course, crystals. “We used over 7,000 Swarovski Crystals for the tank gown,” said Gordon. “When we were fitting it this morning, it was reflecting light all over the room—that was a real highlight.” Watch the exclusive stop-motion film, here.

Wes Gordon Accessorizes for Spring


Wes Gordon bags

It’s a season of debuts for Wes Gordon. Later today, the designer will present his first fully staged runway show at New York fashion week—no small feat for a young label. And atop that catwalk, Gordon will also unveil his freshman foray into handbags, thanks to a new partnership with accessories designer Fiona Kotur.

“We came up with this seven-inch-by-seven-inch square box clutch,” Gordon told “It’s bigger than you’d expect.” He and Kotur developed an “abstract leopard” motif, which is rendered in ebony, with mirror inlays along the bags’ enamel casings. “The effect is fresh and unexpected, and it felt like the perfect time to do it,” added Gordon. The bags debut exclusively above.

The material-play apparent with these pieces will be echoed in Gordon’s Spring ’14 collection. He mentioned that he’s focusing solely on “textures,” eschewing “digital or graphic prints.” This season also marks his fifth go-around with Manolo Blahnik on footwear. Together they’ve developed a patent-and-clear-plastic bootie, and a “simple, clean patent sandal.” Given all of the above, it’s safe to say we can expect Gordon to create quite a rumble in the concrete jungle come show time.

Photo: John Aquino

Stop-Motion Catwalk: Suno


Friday night, Suno’s Erin Beatty and Max Osterweis unveiled their “African maximalist” Spring ’14 collection in New York. Before the new looks hit the runway, director and videographer Meagan Cignoli trailed the duo as they put the final touches on things. “We actually started with African Bakuba cloths, and somehow took them to a whole other place,” says Beatty of the design process.

Cignoli’s stop-motion video, the first in a series commissioned by Swarovski, makes its exclusive debut here. We’ll be premiering two more films from the project—which highlights New York-based Swarovski Collective designers including Prabal Gurung and Wes Gordon—later this week.

Kirna Zabête Grows Up, and Out


Kirna Zabete's new store

After fourteen years in their cozy, pink Greene Street store, Kirna Zabête‘s Beth Buccini and Sarah Easley have packed up shop and moved to 477 Broome Street. “We’ve always had the same mission, to sell the most important designers of today and tomorrow, and we just didn’t have space for all of them,” said Easley. “And we were 26 years old when we first moved into that space,” added Buccini. “We’ve grown up, and our tastes have evolved.”

But they haven’t grown up too much—and thank goodness for that. Since it first opened in 1999, Kirna Zabête—its name is derived from the owners’ nicknames—has been known not only for offering a diverse selection of established brands (like Balenciaga, Lanvin, Givenchy, and the like) and hot up-and-comers (Anthony Vaccarello and Wes Gordon among them) but also for its quirky, playful sensibility. This carries over to the new 10,000-square-foot space, which, designed by Steven Gambrel, is what Easley describes as “glamorous Dr. Seuss, but chic.” Having opened on June 20, the Broome Street boutique, which boasts Dorothy Draper-esque black-and-white floors and bright fuchsia pillars, just received its finishing touches (like the six 5-foot-tall chandeliers) this week. As shoppers walk in, they’re confronted with the proprietresses’ favorite bit—a wall of clever phrases, like “Always be yourself, unless you can be a unicorn, then always be a unicorn,” in neon lights. “When you are buying really expensive clothes, you should feel good about it. You should be having a great time,” said Buccini. “So we did our warm, wacky wall of neon lights—the phrases are just funny things that register with us.” Also on their wordy wall is a phonetic spelling of the store’s name. Apparently, after almost a decade and a half of dressing tastemakers worldwide, the pronunciation still gets butchered on a daily basis. “We’ve heard it all,” said Buccini with a laugh. Continue Reading “Kirna Zabête Grows Up, and Out” »

Altuzarra Wins The U.S. Woolmark Prize


Joseph Altuzarra and his winning look for Woolmark“So, who do you think’s in the lead?” said CFDA CEO Steven Kolb to Joseph Altuzarra—patting him on the back—before taking the stage to announce the International Woolmark Prize’s stateside winner at New York’s Industria Superstudio last night. Kolb’s pre-reveal grin was a tell, as he later disclosed that the panel of judges, which included Kolb, Alexander Wang, Stefano Tonchi, Saks Fifth Avenue’s Colleen Sherin, and others, had selected Altuzarra as the 2013 victor. “I’m really stunned and very, very, very happy,” Altuzarra told while clasping his trophy. And why wouldn’t he be? In addition to winning $100,000 (the designer plans to put it toward his Pre-Fall collection), Altuzarra will continue on to represent the U.S. in the international competition, which, set to culminate during Milan Fashion Week in February, affords him the chance to double his money and earn new stockists. “Now I’m really going to fight for the U.S.!” he said before turning to chat with a line of journalists. Continue Reading “Altuzarra Wins The U.S. Woolmark Prize” »