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What About Mary-Kate?


Ashley Olsen, Mary-Kate OlsenEarlier this month, the CFDA elected three new designers to sit on its board in order to replace former members Yeohlee Teng, Kenneth Cole, and Isabel Toledo, who will retain emeritus status. WWD reports today that the newcomers are Prabal Gurung, Deborah Lloyd, and The Row’s Ashley Olsen. Strangely, there was no mention of Ashley’s twin and co-designer, Mary-Kate. That’s not to say that the former Full House stars are required to do everything in tandem, but still…maybe next year?

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A Garment District Advocate Puts Her Money Where Her Mouth Is


“I’ve often been of accused of, what do you call it, marching to the beat of my own drum,” designer Yeohlee Teng said last night at the opening of her new store on a stretch of 38th Street in the Garment District. The neighborhood is known more for wholesale than retail, but Teng—the general secretary of the CFDA—has been a vocal champion of the district as a whole, and for her first bricks-and-mortar shop, she plunked down square in the middle of it. “It’s actually something I always wanted, and I found the perfect location,” she explained. “When the moment is right, it’s right.”

The narrow rectangular space retains many of the markings of its industrial past life, from steel beams to black Tyvek dressing-room curtains, but it’s been brightened up with the help of architect Joerg Schwartz. In addition to her own Yeohlee line, the store will also carry some of Teng’s favorite accessories, including Bensimon sneakers and recycled rubber jewelry by Kathleen Nowak Tucci. But as designer pal Nicole Miller pointed out, the house’s own Fall collection was the highlight of the offerings, particularly a loose cape top in red silky microfiber ($430). Fingering the racks, Miller, who was fresh from New Zealand fashion week, commented on the unusual neighbors (we counted four string-your-own-beaded-necklace parlors within a block). “It’s a strange location,” she admitted. “But it totally works.”

Yeohlee N.Y., 25 West 38th St., NYC, (212) 244-8635.

Photo: Yvonne Brooks

The Big Business Behind “Made In New York”


This morning, representatives from the CFDA, the New York City Economic Development Corporation, and the Design Trust for Public Space unveiled Made in Midtown, their report on New York’s historic Garment District. Designers Narciso Rodriguez, Reed Krakoff, Anna Sui, John Bartlett, and Yeohlee Teng were all on hand for the announcement of the report (and its accompanying Web site, where browsers can peruse its findings). Even if infographics aren’t your idea of a good time, it’s well worth a read to find out what comes before the Made in New York label. Namely, $31 billion in revenue (from the nine New York fashion companies on the Fortune 1000 list alone), more than 172,000 jobs (about 5 percent of all the government and private sector jobs in NYC), and more fashion businesses headquartered here than in Paris and Milan combined. Head to to learn more.


Cornejo, Costa, And Teng Sound Off At “Voices In American Fashion”


Attention, supermarket shoppers: That’s a Maria Cornejo in aisle 3. “If clothes aren’t worn, they’re not alive,” Cornejo said about the accessibility of American design. “I always tell my assistant, ‘I can’t wear this to Trader Joe’s!’ ” The Chilean designer was speaking at the Cooper-Hewitt museum alongside Calvin Klein’s Francisco Costa and Yeohlee Teng for a panel discussion entitled “Voices in American Fashion.” The Washington Post‘s Robin Givhan moderated a conversation that covered everything from the American aesthetic to model casting, celebrity dressing to green initiatives.

The talk turned to the designer customer. “I love to think my customer is 45, because it’s the moment a woman is so comfortable with herself,” Costa explained. “But you have to be careful because you do have this image that people think of”—in the case of Calvin Klein, the Kate Moss waif look, circa 1990—”and I’ve really made it a point to show something different at Calvin.” Cornejo, who chatted post-talk that she found the panel “interesting because we all have such different businesses,” chimed in that certain celebs can provide that fresh point of view, like Eva Mendes. “She brought a whole new customer, the Latino and ethnic customer,” Costa agreed. Celebrity dressing, he continued, is “not frivolous; it’s business.” But with no celebs in the room, A-list or otherwise, talk eventually turned to greener matters (a propos for Earth Day, coming up on April 22). On that note, Teng, who prides herself on crafting zero-waste clothing, had the slightly macabre final word. “I want people to wear my clothes to death,” she said. “In fact, Susan Sontag is buried in my coat.”

Photo: Monika Sosnowski Photography

DVF, Kors, Cornejo, And More Rally For Garment Center


With the wind of Marc Levin’s HBO documentary Schmatta: Rags to Riches to Rags, which aired Monday, at their backs, supporters of NYC’s shrinking Garment District gathered today at noon for a Save the Garment Center rally. There was a sizable turnout for the event at the corner of 39th Street and Seventh Avenue, which was organized by a mix of city officials and led by designers Nanette Lepore and Yeohlee Teng. The crowd spanned the entire northeast side of the block reaching to 40th Street. “The Garment Center is the lifeblood of New York City…and we need to preserve it,” said Lepore, standing on a small stage, to the assembled fashion students, designers, and Garment District workers. “The city has already lost enough of what keeps us unique,” she added.

Designer and CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg turned up to lend her considerable support, as did Michael Kors, Victoria Bartlett, Maria Cornejo, Rag & Bone’s Marcus Wainwright and Chris Benz. “I produce my entire collection here,” said Benz. “For a young designer, the quantities for production lots overseas are enormous. They ask for 1,000 pieces at a time.” Erin Fetherston, who was part of the cause but was out of town filming a broadcast for her line with QVC, had similar thoughts. “The Garment District is so important to New York and New York fashion,” said Fetherston, before the rally. “Big American brands and young designers alike all have access to the same great resources for making clothing.” Or as one of the posters cheekily but effectively summarized, “It’s Sew N.Y.”

Photo: Courtesy of Save The Garment Center