10 posts tagged "Yoox.com"
We’ve always known Yoox.com as a great place to grab a sartorial bargain. Its design channel, which stocks the likes of Alessi, B&B Italia, and Kartell, has up till now been a pretty well-kept secret, but that’s about to change. Established & Sons, the design firm run by Alasdhair Willis, a.k.a. Mr. Stella McCartney, is launching its own Web site, and to celebrate, it’s partnering with Yoox to offer a limited-edition series of, well, boxes. Called Bits & Bobs, the line is created from objets trouvés and also includes cool little tchotchkes like clocks, lights, and wall units—just the things for that impossible-to-buy-for person on your Christmas list.
Come Thursday, Willis will host a very intimate Christmas party at Established & Son’s Mayfair gallery for the likes of his wife, his father-in-law Paul McCartney, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Jake and Dinos Chapman. Apart from the pretty good people-watching, we’re promised mulled wine and choral singers—plus a sale on the Bits & Bobs line, which will see the boxes offered at greatly discounted prices in the early eve, only to get more and more expensive by the hour. The idea is to buy quickly. We’re guessing, though, that the big spenders in the crowd won’t be watching the clock.
As WWD pointed out yesterday, eco-chic hasn’t fallen prey to the recession. Yes, green fashion stays viable by being partly a marketing kick. (Last year one publicist told me point-blank that she had her client do a couple organic cotton tops just to get into every magazine’s now-inevitable Green Issue.) But keeping the trend alive surely has some merit, and considering that fabric manufacturing, especially cotton, can pollute heavily, it must make a difference that companies like Loomstate, Koi Suwannagate, and even Jil Sander and Yves Saint Laurent are offering stylish sustainable options. The article also mentioned that the French customer in particular is fed up with how quickly clothing falls apart, another reminder that the most eco-chic clothes are the ones you don’t toss in a season. As Earth Day looms and green press reaches critical mass, there are a few other things worth mentioning, like Yoox.com’s new initiative Yooxygen, which will, among other things, offset the carbon footprint of its courier services. Yooxygen’s main focus is, of course, shopping. Set to launch on Earth Day is an exclusively eco-friendly boutique (dubbed by Yoox CEO Federico Marchetti as ECO-mmerce) with product like Ilaria Venturini Fendi’s recycled material accessories line Carmina Campus, vegan Stella McCartney accessories, and organic tees from Katherine Hamnett, a.k.a. Henry Holland’s spiritual mother. Meanwhile, HBO asked Natalie Chanin of Alabama Chanin to do some “up-cycled” T-shirts—essentially reworking old T-shirts from shows like Flight of the Conchords and Sex and the City with Chanin’s homey-chic signature hand-stitching and appliqué. They’ll be sold at the HBO store in New York and at www.hbo.com/store. And finally, T-shirt line Alternative Apparel (which has some of the best colors I’ve seen lately) has created a magazine called Think Earth with contributions from eco-minded celebs like Adrian Grenier and Leonardo DiCaprio posse member Lukas Haas. You can download the magazine at www.alternativeapparel.com starting April 14, and they’ll be celebrating the issue next week with a party at the Sunset Marquis. Hey, just because you’re green doesn’t mean you can’t be fabulous.
Nothing to wear for the holiday season that’s fast approaching at what seems like the speed of light? If you plan to treat yourself a little (and it’s been a rough year, why shouldn’t you?), Yoox.com has cobbled together a lovely little selection of vintage dresses that will assure that you not only look appropriately festive, but also that you’ll be immune to the dreaded twin-dress syndrome. (Is there anything more awful than a live version of Who Wore It Better?). The dresses, purchased from Christie’s New York, include the sparkly eighties Zandra Rhodes tunic decked with glass beads pictured here, along with old-school Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino, Chloé, and Fendi. They go on sale December 19 at Yoox.com.
Since I amortize all fashion purchases by number of wears over time, buying jewelry always seems like a good investment. Any fellow trinket-heads (yes, I just coined that term) should click on over to Yoox.com, which today launches an online bijoux boutique. The range includes some fantastically inexpensive pieces from names you love, like House of Waris, Karen Walker, Delphine-Charlotte Parmentier, and Maison Martin Margiela’s brand-spanking-new collection. But there’s also an impressive selection (also well priced, with many pieces under $100) of vintage stock, from Trifari to Chanel. But the shining jewel (NPI) for students and fans of costume jewelry is a video interview with collector and author Deanna Farneti Cera, who also parted with remarkable pieces from her own collection, including works from Miriam Haskell and Coppola e Toppo (pictured here), for the sale.