NEW YORK — Since boyhood, Ian Velardi wanted to work for Ralph Lauren. He interviewed at the company numerous times but a job never came to fruition. “As a kid I used to walk around SoHo and spend hours in the Polo store. All I wanted to do was work for Polo. That was my dream. But it didn’t happen,” recalled the 30-year-old designer.
While that ambition hasn’t been realized, another one has. This past fall, he launched his own men’s label, which is now carried exclusively at Barneys New York and online at Parkandbond.com, a division of Gilt Groupe. As fate would have it, the collection sits near Ralph Lauren Black Label at the Barneys flagship on Madison Avenue.
Steve Aoki held a presentation, a runway show and outdoor concert for his men's line Dim Mak. Here's a look from his spring 2018 collection, which was titled "Paradise Found." #wwdfashion #wwdmens (📷: George Chinsee)
"It's really hard sometimes. I think I have a reputation for being really tough and aggressive and pushy but I really am a very shy person who wants to be liked, and that's the conflict constantly. There's something that takes hold - I want people to like me, I don't want to be mean - but if I see something that just cries out to be answered, I go for it," says renowned NBC News correspondent Andrea Mitchell. (📷: @axeldupeux)