The Eight-Day Week, Sponsored by Lincoln Center
Fashion Week Observed
Fashionistas and shopaholics 21 and up, mark your calendars for the all-day Gilt City Warehouse Sale. You’ll find clothing from designers such as Helmut Lang, Missoni, Vera Wang, Badgley Mischka, Carolina Herrera, Rachel Roy, John Varvatos, Paul Smith, GANT and more. When your heels start hurting, relax with a mini spa treatment from Exhale and snacks from Special K. Car lovers can get a sneak peek at “one-of-a-kind Infiniti Q50s tailored by Thom Browne and Zac Posen.” You’ll also have the chance to drive or ride in an Infiniti vehicle and get 15 percent off your purchase for doing so (you must preregister online to go for a spin).
Last night’s Style Awards may have kicked off Fashion Week (and, unfortunately, Rosh Hashanah…though that didn’t seem to stop Zac Posen from attending), but that wasn’t the only “first” it had going for it. Presented in partnership with CNN (who will be getting original content during all of Fashion Week,) the 10th Annual Style Awards were taped, but not for a live performance…the ceremony will “premiere” on Saturday, September 14. Which seems a little odd, since that’s way after Fashion Week, but oh well! The mood in Lincoln Center’s Theater was oddly subdued, despite the A-list attendees including host Nicole Richie, Amar’e Stoudemire, Victor Cruz, Kate Upton, Christie Brinkley and a special performance by Ariana Grande. Perhaps that had something to do with the night’s MC, VH1′s Sherrod Small, who tried his best to get the room laughing, but clearly didn’t know that the majority of the fashion industry are not straight men.
After the Runway
Much has been made of the metamorphosis of the Bowery from one time skid row to trendy runway. Boutique hotels, apartment buildings, the New Museum and residential developments have landed and it seems retail is realizing the street’s potential.
“I really think it’s coming together down there,” said Faith Hope Consolo, chairman of the retail Read More
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