After the Runway
As New York shovels up the Fashion Week embers around town after the onslaught, The Observer still has a few loose ends. One thing we wanted to know in all the ruckus was how the new comers had fared.
Kara Laricks, the winner of NBC reality show Fashion Star, is certainly a new face in the crowded sea of designers. Under the tutelage design mentors Jessica Simpson, John Varvatos and Nicole Richie, Ms. Laricks convinced the buyers’ judging panel from H&M, Macy’s and Saks Fifth Avenue that her creations were worthy of the $6m capsule collection award. The show was a hit: Nielsen TV Ratings Data reported 4.81 million viewers for the finale, and NBC has already renewed Fashion Star for a second season and begun casting. We caught up with Ms. Laricks after her first presentation at Runway@Pier 57 last week to get all the buzz about her début. Were her masculine-feminine-meets-1920s-Japanese matchbox looks a triumph or did she she fall flat?
What did it feel like to finally present your first bona fide fashion week presentation?
I felt vulnerable! In the past, if my collection was not well received, I was under the protective wing of The Academy of Art University, NBC, Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s, H&M … this time, the pressure was all on me. However, there was never any question as to whether or not I would continue designing post Fashion Star and I knew “sticking my neck out there” would be worth the risk no matter what the response. Now that my first collection has been shown at New York fashion week and the reviews are rolling in, I feel exhilarated, proud and accomplished. Can’t wait for the next!
In Kanye West’s infamous “Ni**as In Paris,” (made more infamous by Gwyneth Paltrow’s tweetroversy) there is a line that goes “What’s That Jacket, Margiela?”
Surprisingly, Margiela is not the name of some pretty girl, or even a French slang term for “pretty girl” (as some may originally have guessed), but the name of a Belgium designer Martin Margiela. Mr. Margiela is known for making some pretty weird stuff… at exorbitant prices.
And pretty soon, you’ll be able to stand in line for days for a chance to buy cheaper versions of these designs at H&M! Yes…the latest big-name (or at least, expensive-named) designer to collaborate with a clothing outlet is none other than Kanye West’s favorite: Martin Margiela!
C. Wonder, the preppy apparel and accessories retailer launched last year by designer Tory Burch’s ex husband, Christopher Burch, has signed on for a space at Time Warner Center, according to sources familiar with the deal.
The store, which opened another Manhattan store last October in Soho, will take about half of the roughly 15,000 square feet formerly occupied by the now-defunct bookstore chain Borders on the retail complex’s second floor.
What? Are you telling us that H&M–a company that sells a line by Versace and holds itself up to the highest quality of clothing (until it falls apart in three months)–actually plagiarizes other people’s materials? It would seem that way, according to one woman’s claim that the ready-to-wear clothing line stole her design from an Atlanta billboard.
To seasoned retail brokers, the very concept of the next big neighborhood in a city that has been developed several times over is, well, naïve. Still, as The Commercial Observer recently learned, most are still looking for a reason to believe.
When we think of Versace we think of couture. We think of cutting-edge design that costs us more than our annual paycheck. We think…H&M? That’s right: last night Donatella Versace unveiled her line of disposable affordable fashion for the retailer at Pier 57 in meatpacking district.
In some ways, it is surprising that French architect Jean Nouvel has seen any of his otherworldly designs built, never mind him starring in news segment on CBS Sunday Morning, the show beloved by retirees and still-rolling club kids, which is about as Middle America a platform as a foreign architect could hope for.
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H&M has reported strong growth in 2008; the Swedish chain plans to open 225 stores worldwide and add 7,000 jobs this year. [WWD]
Pierre Berge, the longtime partner of Yves Saint Laurent, is getting ready to finally sell off the late designer’s highly prized art collection, which took over 30 years to acquire Read More
Noted fashion photographer and America’s Next Top Model judge Nigel Barker is the proud father of a baby girl. [Us Weekly]
Doo Ri plans to launch a lower-priced, secondary line next year featuring leather jackets, leather leggings, silk-screened t-shirts, and jersey dresses. A name for the line has not yet been chosen. Read More
The boys of Proenza Schouler are launching their first bag collection in December, named PS1 after the New York City public school system. [Vogue UK]
H&M has teamed with up with Matthew Williamson for its latest designer collection, which will arrive in stores in April. [WWD]
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