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.
Keeping an apartment in the city, while almost as de riguer as country club membership among the corporate elite, is not for everyone. And it appears that Ralph Lauren’s executive vice president has decided she’d prefer to live full-time where the polo ponies roam, in Greenwich.
Jackwyn Nemerov and husband Neal, who heads up the Nemerov Charitable foundation, have sold their 22nd floor condo at 101 Warren Street, cashing the two-bedroom in for $4 million, according to city records.
Team USA decked out in get ups made in China? How very unpatriotic of you, Ralph Lauren.
Critics have recently been making themselves heard on the choice of the Bronx-born designer to craft the athletes’ ceremonial garb—and they have been joined by Senator Chuck Schumer.
Fashion Week Observed
The flashbulbs were visible from three blocks away. We thanked our lucky stars our cab driver didn’t have epilepsy, as we approached Skylight Studios. Fortunately, we made it to the venue safe and sound, and found ourselves standing in a long line. The ominous heavens were looking fondly upon good old Ralph, Read More
Last night the star-studded New York City Ballet Gala was held at Lincoln Center. The entertainment elite turned out in full force, with guests including Jon and Dorthea Bon Jovi, Naomi Watts, Sarah Jessica Parker, Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell, Liv Tyler and Alec Baldwin. New York’s society set didn’t disappoint, however, with Hilary and Read More
The Eight-Day Week
Wednesday, September 7
They’re making another Superman flick with some British gent—don’t they know that for screen magnetism as well as real-life heroism, the buck stopped with Christopher Reeve? The beloved screen icon, who became an advocate for the paralyzed after a horseback-riding accident, is remembered at the Christopher & Dana Reeve Read More