You are probably already familiar with Supportland (if not you can read up here—don't skip the comments, which both raise and answer questions that didn't make it into the main article). Up until now it has largely functioned as a local business-specific rewards card, but its potential has always held more. In the next few months the first phase of Portland Made will launch, a joint effort between Supportland and ADX, who aim to create what Supportland's Katrina Scotto di Carlo describes as an "ecosystem" for products manufactured in Portland, from clothing to beer to mattresses and beyond. This will take shape at first in small ways: a new edition of the Supportland card branded with the Portland Made logo, a search function on the Supportland site that allows users to find businesses that sell locally produced products, small business-building workshops and classes, and so forth. But ultimately there are goals like creating a collective online shopping site where users can shop locally made products, see which stores have them, and buy it from the location of their choosing. Even better, and something that Supportland already does with its retail clients, is the ability to create metrics, which really don't exist for micro-manufacturers. As Scotto di Carlo points out, in the political world you can't get anywhere without numbers to back you up. By generating useful numbers (read: accountable job creation), Portland Made will have the power to begin political lobbying on behalf of the wide but relatively disparate community of small manufacturers.
I'll be keeping a close eye on this as it develops because it's pretty damn exciting, so stay tuned for more as things roll out.
We saw it coming, but now it's official: Michelle Lesniak Franklin of Garnish Apparel's team and her own Michelle Is Well line (which debuted at the 2011 Portland Fashion Week as part of the Emerging Designers Competition—I was a judge and she was one of the lead contenders to win), will be one of the Season 11 contestants on Project Runway, which debuts January 24 on Lifetime.
Yet again the show's producers have wound up with someone whose work I have seen but am not intimately familiar with, and a relatively unknown name among Portland's industry watchers. As bullshitty-at-best and destructive-at-worst as I think this show is, I have to admit I'm kind of looking forward to this. Maybe I'm getting soft, but it's a guilty pleasure that I and my one friend who still watches it have come to enjoy when we have the excuse of a local contestant, kinda like eating Cheetos—but only on road trips. In the meantime, you can brush up on her here, with Q&As and videos like this one:
I don't supposed they'll let her bring the jogging chihuahua, though. :(
Remember how last year Portland Fashion Week re-branded itself as FASHIONxt? And how everyone everyone kept forgetting and calling it PFW anyway and/or mispronouncing it as "Fashion X.T." instead of the intended "Fashion Next" because creative spelling and capitalization ruin everything? Well shit just got even more confusing. Ye olde Portland Fashion Week has risen from the grave,
sold [Correction: No money was exchanged. into the hands that brought you highly questionable events such as the Portland Fashion and Style Awards. This makes me... a little consterned.
PFW has had a rough go of it. Helmed primarily by Tito Chowdhury, he's faced a long, uphill battle to gain the trust of Portland designers, who seemed to perceive him as coming out of nowhere with a proposal that they spend hundreds of dollars to participate in his slick, professionally produced shows. And while some of them were never in the game for that sort of thing, a measure of peace has been achieved over the past years, with PFW and now FASHIONxt finding the designers who see the value in it. It's never been perfect, of course, and many still regard it with suspicion and distaste, but it's finding its groove.
Now that PFW has been sold into new management—including Tod Foulk of Semper Fashion, who was involved in the early incarnations of PFW, along with plus size style blogger Jessica Kane and Saffrona designer Sarabeth Chambers, both of whom appear to be more closely associated with Vancouver than Portland—there will essentially be two PFWs fishing out of the same shallow pool of talented Portland designers interested in participating. This is not good for quality. According to the site PFW is preparing for a five-day affair (Sept 25-29), and assuming FASHIONxt maintains itself at four nights, that's a grand total of nine days. To understate things, that's spreading it too thin.
Now maybe I'm paranoid, but I maintain my position that anyone involved in Portland's fashion industry should be concerned about PFW. To an outsider looking in, it appears by virtue of title and prominence to be the standard bearer of what's happening in the city. Obviously it's more complicated than that, but the fact remains that it's representing you, us… the entire metro area, arguably. And this comes right on the heels of a Time magazine shout out that placed Portland's fashion week atop a list of non-NYC fashion weeks. In fact all the progress PFW made with the outside press was included in the
purchase price restructuring.
So please be careful with what you do with it, PFW 2.0. Please.
In the feast or famine world of retail we're in the middle of famine, with the long post-holiday winter slog upon us. And while the idea makes me uncomfortable, Emily Baker of Sword + Fern is opting out this year, with plans to remain shut until the end of February or thereabouts. Says Baker, "I have some fun tricks up my sleeve, YES.
Really really excited for 2013. I am turning some super hot irons and very happy about it. Store is TEMPORARILY closed from today until late ish Feb-ish March-ish first-ish. No confirmations yet. Main reason is that i am remodeling the interior of the shop in much needed ways cosmetically—mostly for efficiency of the space and to usher in a new vibe for S+F."
Phew. Baker's shop is one of the most inspired businesses in the city for accessories, home goods, apothecary, and assorted vintage finds. Sit tight and look forward to the reopening party.
The long-running Bargain Hunting 101 brought together independent retailers and vendors from Portland and beyond, who offloaded samples and limited run clothing, art supplies, gardening accessories, and more at clearance prices. Traditionally held on Super Bowl Sunday, with a summer installment to supplement, organizers Angie Heiney, Julz Nally, and Jen Neitzel announced today that they are calling it quits, with no event planned for next month. (No apparent drama, just the usual "moving in a new direction" stuff). However, they have a proposal for you:
We will no longer be running the sale, but are interested and willing to sell some of the intellectual properties of this sale and at an affordable price: this would include, our mailing list, our contacts, the business name, the website, all of the information on the site and we'd even advise others on how to run the sale- answering questions and advising along the way and more.
This sale could be a great supplemental income source for anyone, but especially for an artist or business with product, because you can generate income by selling at the sale and you can also receive revenue as a sale organizer, as well. If there's anyone out there, either a former vendor or shopper who is interested in purchasing all or parts of our intellectual properties, please let us know and then we'll let you, the public, know what we find out.
In the meantime if you're looking for a big sale featuring local retailers, the PDX Collective Sale is still going strong.
Starting the new year off with a bit of retail musical chairs: Firstly, Palace of Industry, the vintage retailer/bar on N Gay, is starting over as a bar/bar, called the Lost and Found—today is the last day of business, in fact. Meanwhile, PoI's Cristin Hinesley, along with Sara Kolp, are taking over Flutter so that Flutter founder Cindy Rokoff can focus on her newer, west side shop, Eden. And: Eden is soon to feature "Eve in Eden: A Bohemian Bridal Salon," a trove of vintage bridal gowns and accessories as well as collaborative pieces with Portland designers.
The Baltimore Fishbowl recently had an interview with Hannah Brancato and Rebecca Nagle, the women behind a Baltimore radical feminist group that put up their own consent-driven underwear campaign, cleverly disguised as the Victoria's Secret website.
Young female VS shoppers were all over social media, writing messages like "I love VSPink's new #consent line," and "Apparently VSPink doesn't have a #consentline. #disappointed." Of course, Victoria's Secret decided to "shut that whole thing down." If you'd like to request underwear from the "Love Consent" line, feel free to do so here.
The fancy fashion website Business of Fashion, called “The Economist of Fashion,” just posted a piece about the buzzworthy new shop Table of Contents, in which the reporter refers to us as a “a hub for urban American cool” (amongst other things.. will the term grunge ever go away?). I personally haven’t popped by to visit Table of Contents yet, but have heard good things from my fashion friends who have. I was quite interested to see the newcomer getting mahjor street cred on such a powerful site, and I guess other Portlanders were as well. Scope the comments sections for some sass regarding the similarities between longtime fave Stand Up Comedy and Table of Contents and read the entire article here.
What dingdong is advising Rihanna's career moves these days? Whoever it is should relieve themselves of their duties because this is the saddest thing I've seen since the Baby Elephant Zoo Scandal of yesterday: "Rihanna To Produce & Star In Fashion Reality Series For Style."
Um, that's the sort of thing you do after your successful career as one of the best selling pop stars in the universe. Not right in the middle of it. Even if she really has time for that sort of thing, she shouldn't be admitting it publicly. She should be making an avant garde book full of naked black and white photos of herself or maybe breaking into Hollywood, adopting children from developing countries, or even acquiring a taste for fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches, or—I don't know, recording her next hugely successful record, maybe? All of which are activities that befit a star of her magnitude. Reality TV is for the old and/or failed, Rihanna. Don't you dare step off that pedestal before your time.
On the other hand, I kinda want to see it.
Music superstar Rihanna will executive produce and star in Styled To Rock [COULD YOU PLEASE COME UP WITH A LAMER NAME???—Ed.], a fashion design reality competition series for Style from Will Smith and James Lassiter’s Overbrook Entertainment and Shed Media US. The series, which has been picked up for 10 half-hour episodes to premiere in 2013, will feature 12 up-and-coming designers, hand-picked by Rihanna, who will get the opportunity to create fashion pieces for A-list celebrity talent. This marks the first competition series for Style. “On the heels of our successful network rebrand, Styled to Rock and Style’s new partnership with Rihanna will reinvent the fashion competition genre, fueling our viewers insatiable appetite for all things style,” said Salaam Coleman Smith, President, Style Media. Candidates can apply on Style’s website. “Fashion has always played an integral part in my life and career,” said Rihanna. “I am so excited to partner with Style Network and share my creative insight with these 12 designers and give them this opportunity to showcase their work.”
Actually, never mind, I don't think I can watch this. Just reading that gave me the sads.
The industry has seen quite the game of musical chairs among heavy hitting designers recently, with moves like Raf Simons leaving Jil Sander for Dior (who could forget Galliano’s unceremonious departure?) and Nicholas Ghesquiere parting ways from Balenciaga after 15 years at the helm of the iconic French House. Next up comes New York darling Alexander Wang. Known for his young contemporary collections, luxury tees, and unlikely friendship with Die Antwoord, A.Wang is being tapped to take over Ghesquiere’s position, with a full announcement expected this Monday. Twitter has been abuzz with rumors and rumblings of this unlikely move, which have some industry insiders questioning the future of Balenciaga. What direction will Wang take following in Ghesquiere’s gigantic footsteps? One thing is certain: Balenciaga is one to watch this coming season (I'm crossing my fingers that Wang will sack K.Stew as the brand's celeb-u-model). More deets on the situation here.
The Business of Fashion just posted an interesting op-ed piece arguing against fast fashion collaborations with luxury designers. As these collaborations seem to be happening faster and more frequently than a shitty Forever 21 top becomes threadbare, this piece is rightly timed. As a person who has written here about a couple of these collaborations, it would seem that writing about this op-ed piece would seem contradictory. In truth, while some of these collaborations do turn out some pretty interesting pieces, I am mostly against fast fashion retailers in general, as they feed an increasingly consumerist public with increasingly disposable and poorly made "fashion." Some quotes from the article that I found the most interesting:
But while ‘cheap and chic’ collaborations have proven extremely popular with consumers, it’s important to point out that, for large retailers like H&M and Target, their success is mostly measured in media impressions, not sales. Indeed, these collaborations rarely move the needle in terms of overall sales volume. Instead, they generate the ‘earned media’ equivalent of millions of dollars in advertising, driving people into stores. Meanwhile, participating designers benefit from large scale exposure to potential new customers and fat fees that can sometimes exceed $1 million.
‘Fashion,’ in the sense now being co-opted by the high street, used to mean designer fashion; that is, something made by a creator who puts care and thought into what he or she is creating. It means carefully crafted designs made with attention to detail and aesthetic sensibility...
...I invite anyone to argue that fast fashion brands produce ‘fashion’ in the original sense of the word. They may sell decent clothing at affordable prices — but not fashion.
Real style is a matter of taste. And taste is a matter of experience. Just like one’s tastes in music, art or books, taste in clothes forms over time. It takes effort and knowledge. Buying into a style, quickly and cheaply, inevitably leads to the disposability of style. It’s like reading the Cliff’s Notes instead of the book.
In other words, that crap you are buying at H&M is not fashion or designed. It's just crap. Read the whole article here.
Truth be told, I am not really an H&M fan. I've been in a couple of times and have not been impressed with most of their un-shapely and ill-fitting wares. However I have been super excited about their collaboration with Maison Martin Margiela, first mentioned here, and now the lookbook is out and I am even more excited! This collection offers up what Margiela does best; volume, asymmetry, and, playful accessories. I just hope the fabrics are up to par because in my experience that is where all of the collaboration collections leave much to be desired. The 100+ piece collection has items for women and men and will be available online and in stores (for us Oregonians just the Pioneer Place location) November 15th. Here are some of my favorite looks:
Shadow Sisters is a Portland based design collective comprised of Sarah Faith Gottesdiener and Nancy Shevlin. Earlier this year they debuted their designs at the Portland Mercury Open Season Fashion show as reported here. Since then they have expanded their line for more ready to wear pieces, contributed to Rill Rill's latest lookbook, and now have released their own lookbook for their first line called Ancient Future.
Here is a little chat I had with them:
What inspired the line that was shown at Open Season?
The line was inspired by a number of colors, styles, and emotions that we pretty much telepathically agreed on. Black, white, chartreuse, IKB, and teal were colors that all resonated with us. The idea behind our line was "Ancient Future," which was coined by Laura das Liebe, a collaborator of ours that participated in the Open Season Fashion show. The line sums up our influences and inspirations: looking ahead while informed by the past.
After Open Season how did life change for you as designers?
Open Season was truly amazing! We are so grateful to the Mercury for taking a chance on a bunch of unknowns and letting us share our collective vision with Portland's fashion community. It was incredible to see what we could accomplish in such a short period of time, and all of the overwhelmingly positive feedback we got was truly a surprise and a gift. It was really unexpected, especially because the work was coming from such a personal and unique place. The many requests we got for clothing afterwards pushed us to produce more items for people to purchase.
Aren't you ladies living in different locations? How do you continue to progress with the distance?
Nancy lives in Portland and attends the Art Institute full-time for apparel design, she finishes up this Spring. Sarah now lives in LA and is finishing up her masters at CalArts. We communicate weekly, technology is a blessing for us!
Nancy is constantly tinkering with her patterns and creating modifications so the line evolves continuously. We do all our own patterning, print design, fabric printing and production, so as we go through the process there's always room for adjustment and improvement.
What are your goals for Shadow Sisters?
We would love for more people to find out about us and have even more fabulous people wearing our clothes! We'd love for stores all over the globe to carry our designs, we think we'd be really big in Taipei! We also hope to sell out of our first short run so that we can produce another line at an even higher level. Shadow Sisters is a labor of love, we have no backers or bags of money to help us, we are truly doing this all ourselves, stitch by stitch. Shadow Sisters is both a dream and a gift, a reminder that what we are here to do in this cosmos is create.
Here is a preview of the lookbook:
Jewelie Randall’s last name means "Wolf’s Shield" (beat that), so in keeping with the old time tradition of apothecaries named after their owners, she brings us Wolf's Apothecary, a temporary source for locally concocted health and beauty products (Randall herself has 20 years of experience as a "city herbalist"), plus vintage and modern home goods, and jewelry. Appearing set to exist for just two short months in November and December at 902 SW Morrison Street, the list of products it is expected to carry is being meted out in updates on Facebook. Here's what we know so far:
The store will stock "soap, candles, jewelry, furniture, medicinals, candy, body care, haircare, skincare, leather, wood, ironwork, vintage housewares, etc." Oh man, I'm so listening. Confirmed vendors include Portland Black Lipstick Company, Heather Bell Jewelry, "raw organic local" honey (this one perhaps?), Gretchen Nation Collection, Molly Muriel, and From The Reliquary, with presumably more to come.
You win some and you lose some in the world of come and go retail, but today we win: Demimonde Jewelry has been housed as part of the Haunt collective at 811 E Burnside as of late, but perhaps as soon as next week designer Rachael Donaldson will open up a solo Demimonde shop at 2428 NE Broadway.
Last week, Education Management Corp. (the umbrella company that owns the national chain of Art Institutes, including the Portland chapter) began enacting drastic layoffs in a move to restructure staffing. Reports indicate that about 800 jobs nationally were lost, while just over 300 new job listings were added.
A source at the Portland Ai says that many of the cuts appear to be an attempt to consolidate the jobs of several people into single positions, and at least two high profile staffers in the school's fashion program—Sue Bonde, Academic Director for the Apparel Department and Melanie Risner, Assistant Director of the Fashion & Design Management Programs—have been included in the cuts. This has potential ramifications for the survival of the annual graduate fashion show, which is not only the public debut of Ai apparel design students, but the school's largest fundraiser for scholarship money across all departments.
This would have all been alarming enough news, but as it has unfolded at Ais across the country, an apparent failure of communication at the Portland school has left students out of the loop. According to a source on staff, an email was sent out to the faculty, informing them that an email communication had been sent out to the entire student body. The problem, though, is that nobody appears to have actually received it, leaving the students reliant on whatever information they can glean from hearsay. As one student, Mercury Fashion Intern Toby Robboy, points out, this has created a certain level of panic among the students, who often plan their next year of classes around programs specific to certain professors who may or may not be included in the layoffs, potentially throwing their planned academic track into question.
On Monday, Portland Ai President Tim Moscato posted on the school's Facebook page, "Attention AI Students-I sent all students an email to your school email addresses explaining the changes that have been made here at AI Portland. If you have yet to receive that email or would like to talk with me, please feel free to call my cell," followed by his phone number and email. This was followed by several comments from students saying that they had "yet to receive any e-mails and am only getting bits and pieces of the story."
A copy of the email that was attempted to be sent is behind the cut. in the meantime I have messages out to both Moscato and Bonde for more clarification.
Another one bites the dust: Eclexion Boutique, which distinguished itself through mini fashion/hair/makeup presentations and model-centric soirees over the past year and a half, has announced that they are closing their physical space at 825 NW Glisan. But the good news is that they won't be falling off the map altogether. According to a post on Facebook:
We won't be gone forever, you can find us online with our new website EclexionBoutique.com which will launch in the fall. We are also cultivating an amazing new magazine(what all those sneak peek's of photo shoots are all about), a fantastic website representing our favorite, models, artists, photographers, designers, called "Famous Nobodies", and of course we will keep things fresh on the facebook and entertain you on our tumblr.
To make it official in a fun way, Eclexion is hosting a party next Wednesday August 29 (8-midnight), with a last hurrah of DJs, a fashion show, and a photo retrospective of Eclexion's run of parties and photo shoots.
Yes, you read that right. The world's first ever Christian Fashion Week has been born and will take place on February 8th and 9th of next year. If you are scratching your head like I was when I first read about this and wondering what the hell (sorry I couldn't resist) this is all about here is part of their press release:
The two-day event will feature local and international designers presented with a challenge to design fashion lines that promote and respect stylish moderation instead of sexuality and excess. In spite of the values represented by the event, don’t expect a “religious” atmosphere. The Christian Fashion Week team encourages attendees to expect high fashion and an electric night of music, style, and plenty of swag.
There will also be a women's only swimsuit segment, meaning that only women will be allowed in the audience for this portion of the show, which I am confused by because Christian women wear swimsuits to coed beaches and pools right?
I have a lot of mixed feelings about this. At first I wanted to think that CFW was stupid and no designer in their right mind would ever participate in something like this, but then I went through their website and decided that I am surprised that this wasn't done sooner. You know those commercials that come on late at night advertising Christian rock CDs? Ever look at how many people are in the audiences when they show the bands playing live? A LOT. Obviously there is a market out there for people who think the mainstream stuff (music, clothing, etc.) is too risque. The website does not have any designers listed yet, but their marketing shows women wearing what some people would consider to be high fashion, and they insist that this event will be high fashion and not just about religion. I will be following CFW to see out it turns out, because really I can't judge it until it actually happens.
News broke this morning that Helen Gurley Brown, the longtime Cosmopolitan editor and pioneer of sexual politics, died this morning at age 90. She retired in 1997 from four decades at Cosmo's hem, which is right around the time it plummeted to "very last choice" of supermarket magazine impulse buys for me, but women everywhere owe her a debt for pushing female sexual liberation into the realm of frank discussion. (Even if today's The Onion headline "Cosmopolitan Releases 5 Sexy Helen Gurley Brown Obituaries To Drive Your Man Wild" is kinda funny.)
It is with mixed emotions that I announce the closure of Isaac Hers. I have been in this business for 6 years and have truly loved all the amazing customers and industry people I have met. Also, during this time I have had a couple of awesome kids and watched them grow and develop from babies to young boys. Over the past couple of years work has crept increasingly into my family time, and it is only because I have such a supportive and loving husband that I have been able to work 6 days/week. Having said that, as my children have gotten older, their needs have changed, and the schedule I have been working is no longer workable or prudent for my family. I will certainly miss the store and my customers, but it is important for me to put family first right now. As for the Isaac Hers collection, it is on hold for at least six months. During this time, I will evaluate which projects fit into my personal schedule. I (personally) am not going away or retiring, I am just resetting and reprioritizing. In the meantime, there will be killer sales at the store! Starting Saturday August 11th everything will be at least 50% off!! The exact closing date is not set, but expect final closure to be around mid-September. I want to thank the fashion community, the press and all my beautiful customers for all the amazing times and support. It means the world to me. Please come by and see all of us before we close.
When I was a design student, and soon thereafter an independent designer trying to make it with my own label, I would become livid if I heard of yet another celebrity coming out with their own line. Nowadays I don't really care, and I am not sure if it's because I don't design anymore or if it's because celebrity designers are so commonplace. Actually some of these celebrity designers do put out some great stuff, and if they give hilarious interviews about the fashion industry, well I say let them keep designing. Case in point, Liam Gallagher, celebrity "designer" of Pretty Green, gave an interview recently to Telegraph and it was very refreshing that he admitted that he does not actually design the clothes, as so many other celebrities would lead you to believe. He does approve everything however, and if he doesn't like it "it gets binned." He goes on to say he spends a lot of money on clothes so he knows his shit, whereas other celebrities are just given clothing and probably don't know what they're wearing. He also says he would never use a stylist and, "If someone turned around to me and was like, 'here mate, take that rubbish off that you've worked your b———- off to buy and get this on you…" that he would never do that. (What is this b-word they bleeped out?) Whatever you think about celebrity designers, this interview was quite entertaining, and the clothing put out by Pretty Green is actually pretty cool, even if it is just a re-hash of the clothing the mods wore in the 60s (and really, what isn't a re-hash of something else these days anyway?)
Don’t miss out on First Friday fun this Friday, August 3rd. Adventures in Milk is a special event taking place at Union Pine. As a little nugget myself I loved nothing more than eating all of the marshmallows out of my Lucky Charms and watching Sonic the Hedgehog cartoons with my brother on Saturday mornings. Bring back a rush of nostalgia with this “multi-disciplinary art event that celebrates the spirit of imagination, fun and the adventures that took place over a big bowl of cereal on a Saturday Morning. “ The event benefits The Friends of Outdoor School, a non- profit focused on keeping Outdoor School Programs in Multnomah County Public Schools. Adventures in Milk features local artists and creatives coming together for not only a good cause, but for a fun-loving night of live music, drinks, art and friends. For more deets scope the FB invite, and their Tumblr here. See you Friday!
Over the weekend, longtime Portland designer/perfumer/vintage purveyor Julia Barbee posted a pretty horrible status update:
I knew something was wrong when I regained consciousness and heard strangers talking about collecting my teeth off the street... If you're biking at se 32nd & lincoln, that blood is mine!
Barbee was biking when her "bag caught in my wheel and I think maybe I was going over a speedbump? My face hit first..." Luckily, she was wearing a helmet, but the photo she later posted after two hours of surgery is rather grim. So! Due to that, she has also announced the likelihood that her studio in the 811 E Burnside building will be closed temporarily, most likely through the end of the month, at which point you should pay her a visit to compliment her scars and perhaps score yourself one of her wildly imaginative, one-of-a-kind, conversation starting pieces. Here's to a smooth recovery.
It seems that in today's fashion world, brands just do not like to work alone anymore and are constantly collaborating to help usher in more business. The latest round include Nike with A.P.C and Target with Neiman Marcus and pretty much every member in the CFDA.
Nike has teamed up with French brand A.P.C. to release a collection of unisex sneakers, including the classics Nike Dunk and Nike Air Max, with the labels usual minimalist aesthetic. They will retail at $85 for women and $100 for men and will be available at A.P.C. stores and online on August 30th.
Source: Refinery 29
Collaboration addict Target will be joining forces with Neiman Marcus on a holiday collection that will be sold in both stores and feature designs from Altuzarra, Band of Outsiders, Jason Wu, Marc Jacobs, Prabal Gurung, Proenza Schouler, Rag & Bone, Rodarte, and more:
The collection will consist of 50-plus items costing between $7.99 and $499.99, with prices averaging less than $60. Each designer will contribute one to three designs in categories ranging from men’s, women’s, children’s clothing and accessories, sporting goods, home goods, and accessories for pets and electronics.
There are some great designers on this list, but whenever I have seen past collaborations in person I have always been disappointed with the cheap materials and weird sizing and cuts. Maybe since Target is partnering with Neiman Marcus things will be a little more up to their standards? One can hope. What I do know is that people will go batshit crazy to buy it, it will sell out quickly, and eventually it will end up on eBay for twice the retail price as many of the others collaborations have.
Source: NY Mag
It was a whirlwind couple of weeks in the wedding department; Leandra Medine from The Man Repeller got hitched to her longtime beau in Marchesa (off the rack to boot) at The Saint Regis Hotel. While Margherita Missoni wore a custom Giambattista Valli (which she mainly designed herself) for her Italian gypsy chic ceremony. Marrying racecar driver Eugenio Amos in front of fashion elite like Carine Roitfeld, Mario Testino, and duh the whole Missoni clan. Scope the photos below:
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