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!
With many of New York’s techiest residents at the annual South by Southwest conference in Austin this week, the city seems to be finally stepping out of its dark apartment, blinking its eyes and seeing its own shadow for the first time in months. Sure, it may be a function of Daylight Saving Time, which seems as if has given us an extra hour to stare at the sun (always a fun pastime). But it’s more than that. It’s finally spring again.
So what does that mean for us? (Aside from the obvious fact that we’ll finally be able to see the fifth season of Mad Men?) Well, we can finally break out those new summer ensembles. Maybe this season it’ll be Diane von Furstenberg or John Varvatos.
On Tuesday, May 5, the John Varvatos boutique at 315 Bowery was perhaps the only nightspot on all of the Lower East Side where someone in his late ’20s or early ’30s might actually feel young.
Like, really young. Slightly-out-of-place-because-he-does-not-yet-have-any-gray-hair young.
Not that this was a bad thing, especially considering the reason for this demographic Read More
Designer John Varvatos is stealing a page from American Idol creator Simon Fuller‘s playbook, announcing the launch of his own “Free The Noise” battle of the bands contest to be broadcast on the Spin magazine Web site SPINearth.tv.
The fashionable 50-something self-professed “music junkie”—whose past ad campaigns have featured rockers Perry Farrell and Read More
"This is a venue with a lot of history," said Tom Morello, the Harlem-born guitarist for political rock-rap group Rage Against The Machine, standing onstage at 315 Bowery early Friday morning. He was referring to CBGB, the legendary rock club that used to occupy that address.
"We can take Read More
Demonstrators who picketed the new John Varvatos boutique on the Bowery last week plan a second wave of protests tonight, as the fashion designer celebrates the store’s grand opening with a splashy charity concert.
The shop is located on the site of the former legendary rock club CBGB, which Read More
John Varvatos may be bringing live music back to the old CBGB location this week. But don’t get too used to it.
“I’m not going to be a club promoter,” said the 54-year-old fashion designer, who is hosting a charity concert on Thursday to celebrate the grand opening of his new eponymous boutique in Read More
Ian Hunter is performing at CBGB!
Well, sort of.
That stage we mentioned earlier that is built into the newly-opened John Varvatos store in the CBGB space is actually going to have live performances every month according to John Varvatos rep, Dace Morris.
That’s right. First show is scheduled for April Read More
There were rumors going around town that everyone from Chase bank to New York University to a Duane Reade was vying for the CBGB space on the Bowery. But it was John Varvatos that ended up taking over the lease after long-time occupant and club-founder Hilly Kristal was booted out.
Mr. Varvatos, who Read More
John Varvatos, the Detroit-born-and-bred men’s wear designer known for both his clothes and creams, has just been named GQ’s “Designer of the Year.” Mr. Varvatos will join 19 other gents, politicos, dandies and jocks in the book’s December issue, marking its 12th annual “Men of the Year” rundown.
Not to keep tooting Read More