Like an express A train moving through the city—nonstop, surrounded by diversity, covering New York from top to bottom—Hillary Rodham Clinton, the former secretary of state, U.S. senator and first lady, graced our fair metropolis last week. One evening she gave a Glamour Women of the Year Award to former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords; on another, she was at the East Harlem School 2013 Fall Benefit to honor Susan and Alan Patricof; and she even slipped into a documentary premiere.
Fashion and Politics
Yesterday afternoon, The Observer recieved a press release that was too good to be true:
“You can find greatness everywhere. You just have to look for it,” said Harper’s Bazaar editrix, Glenda Bailey, quoting former Yves Saint Laurent creative director Stefano Pilati in a brief, prepared introduction. Ms. Bailey had been charged with welcoming the recently departed YSL designer to the stage as a part of French Institute Alliance Française’s Fashion Talks program. (Other fashion stalwarts this year include former president and executive creative direct of Coach, Reed Krakoff and designer Dries van Noten.)
With considerable buzz about Mr. Pilati’s exit after ten years at Yves Saint Laurent—one which had been the subject of many rumors—it was inevitable that the elephant in the room would be addressed. A throng of eager YSL devotees crowded Florence Gould Hall to witness Pamela Golbin, chief curator of Paris’ Musée de la Mode et du Textile, in conversation with Mr. Pilati.
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In the second issue of Style.com/Print, the Fairchild fashion site’s semiannual magazine, Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld reserved his trademark trash talk for a woman who can’t tweet back: the late house matriarch, Coco Chanel.
Mr. Lagerfeld blamed her late-career decline on her belief, in the 1960s, that jeans and miniskirts were “vulgar.”
“The collections from the mid-’60s to the ’70s were quite ecchh,” he told the magazine. “Then they had 10 years of respect, for what it’s worth, then the rest is … me.”
As Soho continues its 20-year transformation from bohemian enclave to luxury retail bazaar, brands like Apple and Uniqlo have added to the neighborhood’s near impenetrable aura of luxury and glitz by converting old spaces into fashionable shopping destinations.
But simply boasting a Soho address isn’t always enough for some retailers.To M.A.C. Cosmetics, which operated a storefront on 113 Spring Street for more than 15 years, foot traffic appeared enviously higher throughout the nearby Broadway corridor.
“They were definitely leaving some money on the table by not having all the footfall that Broadway provides,” said Robert Cohen, 39, a Robert K. Futterman & Associates retail broker who represented M.A.C. Cosmetics in its move earlier this year to Broadway.
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PETA was planning to protest the Giorgio Armani store opening today with dozens of volunteers dressed in giant rabbit suits. [WWD]
Carine Roitfeld told New York magazine that she is not, in fact, launching a teen version of French Vogue. [The Cut]
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PPR chairman Francois-Henri Pinault married Salma Hayek in Paris over the weekend; the two have had an on- and off-again relationship since 2007. [Vogue UK]
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DKNY has followed the example of Betsey Johnson and Vera Wang, bowing out of the tents at Bryant Park for fall 2009 shows. The runway show will instead be at the Stephen Weiss Studio on Feb. 15. [WWD]
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Kanye West plans to put his music career on hold for a while and move to London to pursue a career in fashion. He has already applied for an internship at Louis Vuitton‘s luxury goods headquarters in London. [Daily Mirror]
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