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
These days, it seems like there’s a constant battle between retailers trying to come up with the most innovative marketing campaigns and interactive online initiatives in order to steal as much of the market share as possible, which is most likely down to the tough economic climate. And the latest campaign that’s got our attention is by British high street retailer Warehouse.
Warehouse recently launched its Style Me If You Can marketing campaign, which turns their customers into the stylists. It features nine different videos focusing on different situations, from a job interview to a night out, and customers submit their stylish suggestions, with an overall winner for each scenario being chosen.
You have to agree that it sounds like quite a cool idea, a great source of outfit inspiration, and as a company, it’s fun to see which styles customers particularly like to help guide their product offerings. In reality, however, the videos are unfortunately more cringe than cool, and you have to wonder who would actually sit and watch all nine of these videos. While we respect the efforts to encourage on-site engagement, this campaign misses the mark.
The new range, however, certainly contains a few must haves, from neon statement necklaces to trendy geometric jumpers. Check out the collection here — and watch one of the videos if you dare.
Lady Gaga, image: GETTY
Fashion's heavy hitters came out in full force last night first to The Daily Front Row's Fashion Media Awards and then to Dior's event at Saks Fifth Avenue. Kate Upton, Marc Jacobs, Bruce Weber and Jessica Biel were among the presenters at the first annual Fashion Media Awards, which took place at posh Midtown eatery Harlow, owned by Nobu's Richie Notar.
Kate Upton, image: Getty
Among those honored at the event, held as part of the magazine’s Media Issue, were Karlie Kloss, Emily Weiss, Heidi Klum, Joe Zee, Stephen Gan, Ingrid Sischy and Jane Bruton, who mingled with seemingly every Park Avenue socialite. Dressed to the nines, the crowd listened as Jessica Biel recounted posing for Joe Zee's first Elle cover, how Emily Weiss went from zero to five employees in three years, Karlie Kloss crediting her older sister as the real brains behind her social media presence and Lady Gaga saying that V's Stephen Gan is the only one who puts "the picture first." How Lady Gaga managed to sneak in — with that hair and that outfit — without anyone noticing until right before she presented the final award to Stephen Gan is still a mystery!
Eight awards were given out throughout the night including:
Stephen Gan, V Magazine – Fashion Magazine of the Year, Presented by Lady Gaga
Joe Zee, ELLE – Creative Director of the Year, Presented by Jessica Biel
Heidi Klum – TV Personality of the Year, Presented by Tim Gunn
Karlie Kloss – Model of the Year, Social Media, Presented by Carlyne Cerf
Jane Bruton, Grazia UK – Editor in Chief of the Year, International, Presented by Marc Jacobs
Ingrid Sischy, Vanity Fair – Fashion Scoop of the Year (Galliano Interview), Presented by Bruce Weber
Emily Weiss, Into the Gloss – Maybelline New York’s “Born With It” Beauty Award, Presented by David Greenberg
Carol Smith, Harper’s Bazaar – Publisher of the Year, Presented by Stefani Greenfield
The awards were hosted by supermodel, Frida Gustavvson and The Daily Front Row, President & Publisher Paul Turcotte. Check out the full awards video below:
The glitterati then headed to a cocktail party on the third floor of Saks Fifth Avenue where Dior was celebrating its "New Look" with a few hundred of the world's most fashionable including Eva Chen, Laura Brown and just about every international Vogue editor. Fittingly, all 17 of the famed retailer's windows were outfitted with Dior's Fall 2013 collection — and a good chunk of the crowd was draped in it.