Observer Philanthropy 2013
RALPH LAUREN PINK PONY SOFT RICKY
The Pink Pony Ricky Bag is the most recent addition to the collection of Ralph Lauren’s iconic accessories. 25% of the purchase price of all Pink Pony products benefits the Pink Pony Fund of the Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation, which supports initiatives for cancer care and prevention.
Ralph Lauren’s daughter gives Willy Wonka a run for his money. Read More
Normally when you’re the scion of multi-billion-dollar global fashion enterprise like Ralph Lauren, you buy your luxury Manhattan real estate real estate under an LLC, so that the prying eyes of The Observer can’t write it up. But then again, if you’ve got a WASP-y image to uphold (and let’s face it, who needs that more than someone whose father was born with the name Ralph Lifshitz?), an Upper East Side co-op is the only way to go—and they don’t let you hide behind a shell corp.
Thus we came across Dylan Lauren and husband (as of 2011) Paul Arrouet’s names in city property records late yesterday afternoon, proud new owners of a 10th-floor co-op at 125 East 72nd Street.
The Eight-Day Week
It was a breezy and clear summer day — what better way to spend the afternoon than in Sagaponack, N.Y., at Wölffer Estates Stables, where Jessica Alba and other luminaries gathered for a Ralph Lauren girls’ fashion show.
That is, unless you’re deadly allergic to horses and, to a lesser degree, hay. Shindigger, qualified in both categories, with multiple anaphylactic episodes and ambulance rides under our belt, had taken great precaution before boarding a motor coach to the Hamptons for the merriment. A double dose of Benadryl and a few Epi-Pens clutched to our side served as armament.
Lauren Bush Lauren’s FEED charity, most known for the bags the model/activist is never without, is the latest Target designer. Ms. Bush Lauren’s FEED collection for Target is quite massive and will be celebrated with a dinner at a “big red table.” The collection will help feed children and families across the country through the Read More
Twin brothers Mike and Alex Faherty are not your typical beach bums. Mike Faherty spent seven years as a designer at Ralph Lauren; Alex worked as an investment banker before becoming a vice president at a private equity firm. Yet, having grown up in the coastal town of Manasquan, N.J., their favorite childhood memories were made at the shore: navigating the waves atop a surfboard or paddleboard, and holding summer barbeques at their laid-back family home.
In the 31st-floor offices of SWW Creative, the walls are beige, the carpet is gray and the cabinets are standard-issue wood-grain. There’s no Eames armchair, no runway stills splashed across the walls, not even a lucite coffee table with a copy of Grace Coddington’s memoir. There’s not a flower in sight.
While fashion professionals are known to obsess over the color of their pens, SWW Creative’s offices are about as splashy as an insurance agency’s. Stephanie Winston Wolkoff is not concerned.
For as long as we can remember, the best game during sleepovers/on late-night drug binges/in girly blogs has been Fuck/Marry/Kill. If you are unaware of how the rules work, they’re pretty simple: you pick three people who share a similar Venn Diagram overlap (such as Disney princes, former prime ministers or Scientologist movie stars) and then go around in a circle announcing which of the individuals you would sleep with, marry or kill. One fate for each person, and no overlapping. So you can’t marry two people, nor can you opt out of killing one of them.
Fun, right? And now the game has been taken to a new level by Jennifer Wright and Ashley Cardiff of TheGloss.com, who have made a web series off the same concept with a slightly less blue name: Wed, Bed, or Dead. And guess what? It’s the Fashion Week edition!
There is something organized and memorable about the last day of fashion week. Despite the grueling pace, late nights, early mornings and simply divine personalities we endure, there is an orderly sense of energy at the Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein Collection shows. Publicists are graceful and polite, photo check-in is straightforward, seating disasters are delicately avoided and celebs are accessible, or, if not, polite about it.
Such was the case yesterday morning in West Soho when Mr. Lauren held his 80th runway presentation. His front row of stars dressed in his premium line included Jessica Alba, Olivia Wilde and most of the members of the Ralph Lauren Royal Family.
For spring 2013, Mr. Lauren progressed from something South American to ornate looks that were undeniably Catalan and Castilian, with tomato suede jackets, amethyst silk marocaine trousers, cotton ruffle shirting in white and beautiful scarlet dresses. There were black calf woven totes and hats. The styling seemed a bit overwrought, but the majority of this overload was eliminated when the evening wear flowed in.
Incredible brocade and beaded boleros influenced by los toreros of Spain, black double-faced wool jackets and dresses, a stunning, full-length beaded tulle skirt, and scarlet dresses with embroidery and beading. It was wearable and eternally elegant.
American fashion design has seen an exciting new crop of talented youngsters creep onto the scene. Creatives such as Joseph Altuzarra, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler, Alexander Wang, Jason Wu and Prabal Gurung have received a great deal of attention—and rightfully so. The majority of this bunch thrive on fanfare—not always on the design of their clothes, but on their front-rows, frantic check-ins and backstage dramas.
The Proenza Schouler duo, after several seemingly shaky years, have quickly become darlings of the global fashion elite, continually present interesting and attractive collections. Now sitting more comfortably with financial investments from Theory Group’s Andrew Rosen and a glossy new David Adjaye-designed boutique (albeit too damn dark to see any of the merch), its safe to say they are no longer emerging.
Mr. Altuzarra’s nomadic, opulent materials and prints seem to satiate the critics. Since PR Consulting has never invited us to one of his magical shows, we’ll let him be.
Jason Wu’s nearly flawless technique and practical glamour—not to mention being a favorite of first lady Michelle Obama—means he’s fine and dandy.
Same for Thakoon Panichgul.