Wednesday, February 27, 2008
NYPD raided a collection of buildings in Chinatown Tuesday morning. They seized approximately $1 million worth of counterfeit products from labels like Prada, Chloe, Goyard, and Chanel. The bust was one of many recent crackdowns by the NYPD to end the conterfeit sales in our city. The mayors office dubbed group of buildings the "counterfeit triangle". "Today, the message we're sending to counterfeiting operators and their landlords throughout the city is, whoever you are, wherever you are, we are going to shut you down," Bloomberg said.
John Galliano, Creative Director of Cristian Dior, is launching a new bag line under his own label. Previously the designer ownly showed Pret-a-Porter and the more popular menswear line. Pictured above is a bag from the collection in his signature newsprint.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Bluemercury, the Washington-based beauty store plans to open its first store in Manhattan on Feb. 25.
The new store, will be located at 2305 Broadway at 83rd Street, in the Upper West Side. Their products include Trish McEvoy Makeup and Frederic Fekkai body products. The store will join ranks with existing UWS shops like MAC and Keihls. The company has stores through out the country including Philadelphia (pictured above) and plan to open 30 more this year.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
The week after fashion week marks an extremely important event for every fab New Yorker, The Barneys Wareouse Sale. It has officially begun! Every season the leftovers from the beautiful department store go on sale from 50-70% off. At the warehouse on 255 W. 17th you can find everything form Marc Jacobs to Trovata to Lanvin and so much more. I have yet to check it out this season but let me tell you last season it was nuts! There are no dressing rooms so wear forgiving undies, and be ready to fight for those Louboutins. It ends March 2nd so hurry over to Chelsea and get some deals!
According to WWD the seattle-based retailer is starting to face difficulties. The Manhattan flagshio store was set to open at the site of the former Drake Hotel, on the northwest corner of Park Avenue and 56th Street. One thing Manhattan does not need is another lame commercial department store. But anyways the fact of the matter is that the partners who Nordstrom signed a nonbinding letter of intent with has been seeing serious finacial problems leaving the possibilities in the air. We are not choosing sides but the city could use another Bendels not another Lord &Taylor.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Some great things were shown last week and we'd like to recap some of our favorites. I guess I'll start at the end, Marc Jacobs. If there was one big surprise this season it was at the NY Armory, where Marc shows every season. First was the set, it was no runway, more of a rock concert stage. An rightfully so, the iconic band Sonic Youth took to the stage while the collection was shown around them. The next surprise: the collection. It was so muted in color and cuts compared to previous seaons. Its simplicity was at first hard to get used to but then the beauty of each peice and the ssuperb craftsmenship will won out.
I liked the Marc by Marc collection even more however. It was very punk rock meets club kids meets Misshapes. Maybe it is the youth that I am which drew me to it but all I can say is I can not wait to buy everything from that collection.But I could talk all day about Marc Jacobs.
Now Proenza also made a brave move, their collection was beautifully classic but still had their signature cool kid vibe. I loved their Balenciaga Bows on the neckline and their dress looks were stunning. Interstingly i did see some Valentino inspirations, whether that was pressured from the Valentino Group, who is now their backer, or its simple artistic inspiration is anyones guess.
Diane Von Furstenberg had another great show. It was different for her, very structured and masculine. In the same fashion Carolina Herrera shoed a knockout collection.
All in all it was an eye opening week. I think New York didnt establish new trends or styles but built on what has been going on both in fashion and the world we live in.
Monday, February 4, 2008
So its almost the midpoint of New York Fashion week and there is already tons to talk about. The best shows so far have definitely been Alexander Wang and Diane Von Furstenberg. Wang's show was dark and submissive, he used both skinny and wide leg pants with black blazers and sweaters. There was also a fantastic use of new wave fabrics in black and earthy toned skirts and wrap dresses. It was quite reminiscent of Givenchy's recent shows. Furstenberg's show was a brave step away from her usual uber feminine looks. She used the Dior New look in most of the pieces
with great colors like olive and deep purple. Obviously Baby Phat was disgusting and gaudy as always. Relative newcomer Sass and Bide had a fantastic show, perfect for the Alexander Wang and Marc Jacobs costumer, Chic, Young, and Tough.