Pharrell Williams and artist Daniel Arsham officially unveiled their collaboration at The Standard East Village last night amongst an eclectic crowd that included the likes of Terry Richardson and Phillip Bloch. The pieces on display, which came in various colors, were sculptures of a Casio MT-500 keyboard. In one room three of them were displayed under glass, while in another, guests were invited to take their picture with one of the keyboards — as long as they wore white gloves which were being distributed by women wearing white lab coats. Pharrell was on hand talking with guests and posing for pictures and, when asked what inspired the pieces, he said that the keyboard was the first instrument that he ever played. Music and art aren't all that Pharrell has up his sleeve, however, it was just announced that the multi-talented artist has a collaboration with Moncler in the works.
Later in the night the crowd shuffled to the ever-growing EMM Group's latest hot spot La Cenita where Wilhelmina Models was hosting its annual New York Fashion Week party with a slew of models including Coco Rocha. If last night is anything to go by, La Cenita will be a go-to spot for many more fashion industry events to come…
Scottish born and Royal College of Art educated fashion designer Holly Fulton is known for creating pieces that are luxurious yet easy to wear, and of course, her iconic digital prints. She’s joining the rest of London’s fashion finest and showcasing her latest Spring 2014 collection later this week at LFW.
But if like us, you’re already caught up in all of the Fashion Week excitement, and you just can’t wait to see Holly’s latest collection, then, head over to eBay where she’s just launched a small capsule collection that stays true to her design signatures and includes graphic prints and hot accessories.
The prices range between £70 and £120 and are only available until the September 18, so you better move fast before it sells out! We’ve got our eye on one of her laser-cut statement necklaces, as it’d definitely make a great finishing touch to one of our Fashion Week outfits. Her capsule collection is limited edition and only available on eBay. It features three pieces from her 70s art school rockers-inspired A/W 13 collection in hand with a handful of pieces that have been exclusively created for eBay.
Tome is no longer the new kid in town. Since presenting their Fall 2013 collection at New York Fashion Week in February, the NYC-via-Sydney duo has been nominated for the CFDA award, that holy beacon of talent fostering that has seen Proenza Schouler, Alexander Wang, Rodarte and Joseph Altuzarra benefit from valuable mentoring and beefy cash prizes.
The Ryan Lobo and Ramon Martin Spring 2014 collection gave us hope they’re in with a strong chance of winning it. Taking their inspiration from the late Cuban American Ana Mendita, the designers worked her spiritual, earth-inspired philosophy into powerfully feminine clothes.
There were the same voluminous coats, delicate sheath dresses and luxurious shirting that Tome wooed New York with last season, but this time rendered in magical fabrics. Dresses were overlain with embellished tulle and the structured pieces came in phosphorescent sand and blush tones. The boys also played around with tweeds and python prints that were an unexpected but welcome complement to those dreamy maxi dresses.
Those with their discerning eyes on Friday’s presentation included Garance Doré, Jenna Lyons and the CFDA’s Steven Kolb (and presumably, though from a distance, Anna Wintour). Before the fund winner is announced, Lobo and Martin have to create one-of-a-kind looks that will be underwritten by Uniqlo and unveiled in October. We can’t wait to see what they come up with, and will have our fingers crossed until the all-important date of November 11.
Last night, DKNY celebrated its 25th anniversary in a ridiculous … um, fashion. The brand's birthday cake, molded into the shape of a taxi, was so big and heavy that a half dozen people were seen lumbering across the floor of the party carrying it, crippled by its weight. Personal bottles of Moët & Chandon, capped with a sippy flute, were one of the more appealing beverage options available at the bar, which advertised (but sadly did not serve) "donuts" and "coffee" in bright neon signage. For nibbles, waiters sashayed through the venue — the vacant Wall Street building known as "The Corner," formerly owned by J.P. Morgan — carrying silver trays loaded on one side with pizza, pretzels or sliders and on the other with (inexplicably) stacks of thyme.
We left before the pinnacle of the evening: Many outlets have already covered Rita Ora's scheduled performance (the pop star had also appeared on the runway for DKNY's Spring 2014 show earlier that day), which included some twerking in tandem with Iggy Azalea. But twerk, shmerk: I'm more disappointed that I missed seeing designer Donna Karan feed taxi cab cake to Karlie Kloss out of the palm of her hand.
New York Fashion Week has been heavy on Australian flavour this season. First Sass & Bide and Dion Lee announced they would be joining Zimmermann on the Spring 2014 schedule, breaking the tradition of showing in London. And on Friday, seven more local designers presented their latest collections to an intimate group of buyers and press at Chelsea’s Pier 59 Studios as part of Fashion Palette’s Australian showcase.
Aurelio Costarella, Et Al, Phillip Glasso, Akira, Mossee, Nicola Finetti and Steven Khalil made up the group of emerging designers, local favourites and eveningwear top guns who made the trip stateside for Fashion Palette’s third NYFW group show. And while New Yorkers will have to wait almost a whole season cycle before giving any of these looks some street time, with spring currently warming up the Southern Hemisphere, the show provided the perfect inspiration for stocking our own summer wardrobes. See below for seven things we can’t wait to wear once the collections hit shop floors.
1. The headpieces at Aurelio Costarella. Costarella’s woman is known for her evening dresses, but it was the accessories we couldn’t take our eyes off this time around. Heavily embellished headbands sat tilted towards the forehead and some featured blown up, stiffened mesh that shaded the models’ eyes like an elegant version of Kanye’s infamous shutter shades.
2. Et Al’s voluminous sheers. This Melbourne brand’s relaxed tailoring and fluid drapery has been gained a cult-like following since it was launched in 1987. Demonstrating ingenuity without breaking their own mould, Et Al’s Spring 2014 highlight was a sheer maxi skirt that billowed out from the neck and was styled with a lacy black bodysuit.
3. Phillip Galasso’s flower bed embellishments. One of Galasso’s sexed-up tea party dresses featured a sheer peplum top, a white rosette bib and a poufy skirt covered with two tiers of three-dimensional flowers. Surprisingly wearable.
4. The oriental wallpaper print at Akira. More bijouxed sheers worked their way into Akira’s Spring 2014 show, layered over dresses in a wallpapery print of stylised roses and antiquey lotus flowers.
5. Mossee’s painter-striped silks. The lush silk sundresses at Mossee were painted with primary-coloured stripes of varying thickness, with pops of black and psychedelic eyewear giving us Prada vibes.
6. Nicola Finetti’s space age metallics. Finetti’s sculpted hem skirts and thick white vests were a clean take on Blade Runner chic, and we can’t wait to try a pair of those silver cigarette pants.
7. The finale gowns at Steven Khalil. We’ll admittedly be dreaming about these rather than actually buying them, but those gauzy white bridal gowns with diagonally ruffled tiers made one hell of a grand finale.
Image: Aurelio Costarella via Fashion Palette
Continuing this merry season of TIFFmas giving, NKPR’s IT Lounge once again became a hot topic of conversation among festival guests and celebrities. Each year, the swanky gifting suite hosts its own portrait studio and doles out a bevy of bountiful goodies to attendees, all in the name of bringing “IT” back.
The resident photographer of last year’s portrait studio was the inimitable Patrick Demarchelier, but decking out the NKPR offices in twee modern vintage sensibilities, celebrity snapper Caitlin Cronenberg took her seat behind the lens.
“I’ve always loved working with Natasha [Koifman] and the NKPR team. They’re so ambitious in their approach, and their creativity was perfectly aligned with my vision for the project,” says Cronenberg on her time at the IT Lounge. “Our goal is for the subjects to feel like they have walked into a home or comforting getaway. We hope to create an environment that is set apart from a typical photo studio where each person who visits will have a portrait taken that is very editorially driven.”
Over the years, Cronenberg has steadily built her portfolio, which includes images of Robert Pattinson, Nina Dobrev, Daniel Radcliffe, Sarah Gadon and Michael Fassbender, with editorial spreads for Vogue Italia, French Elle, L’Uomo Vogue, Vanity Fair and The New York Times.
Among the names who visited the lounge was a rolling credit of Canadian talent, from eligible bachelors (although, it’s right to say that Brad Smith is a bachelor no more), to Degrassi actors, Maple Leafs and music stars. Kardinal Offishall and JRDN were sure to stock up on their lounge goodies, which this year included Roots sweats and leathers, Tweezerman Slant Tweezers, Avon Start Something Bracelet, Colgate SlimSoft toothbrush, AQUAhydrate, Bottlegreen, YO SOX, Barilla pasta, Cold Stone Creamery gift cards, SKYY Vodka cocktails and Uber gift cards, DAVIDsTEA Movie Night tea and Perfect Mugs.
The Vampire Diaries’ Sara Canning sat for a gorgeous portrait, as did Life of Pi actor Irrfan Khan (above). In between their snaps, guests snacked on pasta and ice cream, sipped SKYY Vodka’s signature TIFF cocktails and got comfy in their Roots sweats. And a good time was had by all, til next year when I can’t even imagine who the next celebrity snapper could be… guesses?
Images via NKPR and Caitlin Cronenberg