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Titan luxury etailer, publisher of a modish new glossy, wearable tech pioneer, and soon, go-to for those who’d like to sweat chicly, Net-a-Porter has today announced the upcoming launch of a new division, Net-a-Sporter. Poised to bow July 9, it will offer 37 activewear brands, covering eleven pastimes, from tennis to surfing. Labels include big dogs such as Adidas by Stella McCartney and Nike, as well as more niche fare from the likes of MONREAL London and L’Etoile Sport. Customers can expect capsules exclusive to the site, too, from such favorites as Lisa Marie Fernandez and Zimmermann. Ms. Massenet, you may get us to that early Saturday morning Pilates class yet.
“It was 1993 at the Big Day Out festival and the headliners were Nick Cave, Iggy Pop, and Sonic Youth,” says designer Nicky Zimmermann, recalling one of her favorite music festivals ever in Sydney. “I was working all day and literally walked across the road to the concert—it was amazing.” For Pamela Love, it’s the Siren Music Festival on Coney Island that holds a special place in her heart. “It’s a thrill to ride the Cyclone roller coaster while one of my favorite bands is playing below,” says Love.
Like Zimmermann and Love, everyone has their own fond music festival memories. But it’s not just what we did or heard that we remember, it’s what we wore. Just in time for summer festival season (Glastonbury is this weekend, plus, check out our shots from The Governors Ball and Coachella), luxury fashion site Stylebop.com is releasing a five-piece capsule collection. The offerings include staples like fringe leather boots from Laurence Dacade, a third-eye headpiece by Pamela Love, mirrored Mykita sunglasses, a playsuit by Zimmermann, and a tasseled handbag by Sara Battaglia, all custom created for the capsule. (The site teamed up with designers like Fausto Puglisi and Delfina Delettrez last month on another capsule collection as part of its ongoing tenth anniversary celebration.) In advance of the launch on Stylebop.com tomorrow, we have an exclusive first look at the collection (prices from $175 to $1,379).
One can never have too many dresses, and one can definitely never have too much leopard print. I’m now looking for a flowy frock to wear all summer, and Zimmermann’s leopard-print number is just the ticket. I’ll wear it with sandals for long walks in the city, and dress it up with high heels for an evening party. All in all, it’s the perfect statement-making summer basic.
Zimmermann Instinct Bound Day Dress, $475, Buy it now
Style.com’s Katharine K. Zarrella reports from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia.
After forty-nine years in the biz, designer Carla Zampatti has become known as the godmother of Australian fashion. So it’s fitting, then, that Zampatti, 71, kicked off Sydney’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Sunday night with a jam-packed runway show and dinner.
The clothes, like plunging jumpsuits, sheer lace gowns, and fluid frocks (one of which had a dramatic white train), were the stuff Zampatti’s well-to-do hometown clients will scoop up in a second. But it was something she said during her postshow speech that got my attention. Speaking to a crowd that included editors, designers, and, surprisingly enough, Paula Abdul, Zampatti expressed her Australian pride and that soon, Sydney would overtake capitals like Paris, London, and New York as the international fashion stage’s main event.
Realistic? Not really. But that has little to do with the caliber of talent Sydney has to offer. Rather, the problem is the twenty-four-hour flight (for New Yorkers, at least) and crippling jet lag that international press, buyers, and models have to endure in order to attend (hence, brands like Sass & Bide, Tome, and Zimmermann’s choice to take their collections elsewhere).
But Australia’s designers are making an impressive effort to compete. For instance, Monday saw not just one, but two major models, Alessandra Ambrosio and native Aussie Julia Nobis, walk down the runways at Alex Perry and Ellery, respectively.
“I’m really passionate about the Australian fashion industry, and have chosen to cast all Australian and New Zealander models,” offered designer Kim Ellery, who presented her Fall ’14 collection in Paris in March. In Sydney, she turned out a range of eveningwear that played with the concepts of form and shadow. Signature bell sleeves and fluid pleated silk abounded in the predominantly black and white lineup. Particularly impressive were gowns and bustiers embellished with swirling bits of fabric at the front. Oh, and did I mention the location? An oceanfront pool-cum-restaurant at Bondi Beach? Even over the music, we could hear (and see) the waves crashing beneath us. On second thought, perhaps it won’t be so hard to get out-of-towners down here after all.
Peter Strateas and Mario-Luca Carlucci, the Aussie designers behind two-year-old label Strateas. Carlucci, showed at MBFWA for the first time this season—they usually present in Paris. “We felt it was the right time,” said the designers backstage. “We’ve gotten a lot of support locally, and the press was curious, so we thought this was the best way to say this is who we are as a brand, and this is what we’re about.” While the duo are unsure about whether they will continue to show on their home turf, their commitment to Oz is clear. Australian merino wool—in boiled, brushed, and resin-coated varieties—was featured in their taupe, black, and navy collection (a wool cocoon coat was a clear standout), and their leather jackets, accented by handsome, oversize silver zippers, were crafted from kangaroo leather.
Two collections down and I couldn’t help but wonder: Where’s all that color and print that I’d heard so much about? I found them at Desert Designs, a fashion collective that focuses on Australian history and Aboriginal culture. The finale look, an electric printed jacket over bathing suit bottoms, was the perfect cure for my midday exhaustion. And a series of caftans and elastic-waist trousers seemed fit for romps through Sydney and Williamsburg alike.
I wrapped up the day with Gail Sorronda, an imaginative young talent with a delectable dark side. Her theme? The Little Mermaid. The presentation—which was, in part, a collaboration with Disney—opened with a ballet-light-show hybrid, and immediately launched into a parade of models in sheer black, ivory, or coral chiffon looks, many of which had jellyfish-like silhouettes. A T-shirt printed with Sebastian the Crab, paired with houndstooth trousers, was just camp enough to work. However, a jumpsuit and bell-bottoms smattered with mini Ariels felt a touch literal. Sorronda’s real strengths were her more intricate designs. A diaphanous white dress embroidered with pearly beads in the shape of an upside-down octopus was easily the best piece in the show. As for why she sticks to Sydney, the Central Saint Martins-trained Sorronda offered, “Of course it’s my aspiration to travel and be part of the global community, but everything’s so accessible these days through the Internet. And this is my home.”
Soho is officially experiencing an Aussie takeover. Last night, Zimmerman fêted its new Mercer Street store, and today, Sass & Bide opened the doors to its first international flagship around the corner, at 480 Broome Street. According Heidi Middleton, who co-founded S&B with Sarah-Jane Clarke, “It was a feeling—or an energy—that really pulled us back to New York.” (It’s worth noting that, in September, the brand brought its show back to New York fashion week after a five-year stint on London’s runways.) “We have strong sales in the U.S. and thought it was about time that New Yorkers got to experience the brand in a retail environment. We want our customers to really feel the spirit of the brand from the moment they walk in the store,” Middleton continued. The S&B team worked with architect Kelvin Ho and Brooklyn-based design collective Guild to realize their ideas for the 2,000-square-foot space, which was previously an art gallery. “The concept was based on four key elements: beauty, strength, modernity, and spirit,” Middleton said. They brought that vision to life by creating a tree-like sculpture that winds throughout the shop. It was inspired by the pieces of natural driftwood that Middleton collects, and was constructed from sheets of cloth dipped in resin that were mounted on fiberglass and then painted white. The sinuous sculpture ties together the stark room and provides an elegant backdrop for the racks of clothing (the label also developed several styles exclusive to New York) and cubbies stacked with jeans. “We’ve created a space that captures who we are,” Middleton said.