West 38th Street in Manhattan pretty much shuts down most nights come quitting time, but Yeohlee Teng had the neighborhood jumping after hours Tuesday.
Several well-wishers who turned up for the opening of her new design space and store at 25 West 38th Street chatted outside to better appreciate the exterior of the multilevel Joerg Schwartz-designed space. The bright red Malaysian Kitchen food truck parked out front was added incentive to go al fresco.
Lest anyone forget Teng’s favorite cause — Save the Garment Center — “Made in Midtown” was emblazoned on the first- and second-floor windows in a display designed by her architect friend Calvin Tsao. Supporters of that cause and of the designer in general included Nanette Lepore, Anna Sui and her brother Bobby, Harold Koda and Leonard Nimoy and his wife, Susan. (Some discussed the Oct. 21 Save the Garment Center noontime rally that will be held at 39th and Broadway.) But there were other clues as to who the guest of honor was, should nonfashion types have wondered what all the commotion was about. “I [Heart] Yeohlee” signs were posted all along the block, thanks to the children of graphic designer Ayse Birsel, who is friendly with Teng and has an office across the street.
“The best part is the realization of a dream. I have wanted forever to be able to have a window to the world and to be able to create a real environment for what I do — for selling, buying, shipping, branding. This is a real opportunity but it is also contextual,” Teng said.
The designer declined to predict first-year sales for her store. Enthusiastic as she was about opening her first store, Teng said she was more motivated by the process of design. Last year Teng was instrumental in recruiting the Design Trust for Public Space to partner with the Council of Fashion Designers of America to create Made in Midtown, a study of the apparel industry’s inner workings and its role in New York City. That initiative made her question, “How can we evolve the discussion for the 21st century? I thought about doing something that would encompass a store, design space, showroom and shipping. It’s what we should be,” she said. “Every person should know where the clothes they buy are made. You know how localized food is popular? Localized clothes should be too.”
@fearofgod and @maxfieldla have teamed up on a pop-up installation. The store, located in the gallery space across from Maxfield’s Melrose Ave location, is the site of the brand’s House of God pop-up in which Fear of God founder @jerrylorenzo has created a church-inspired installation. A dozen vintage church pews sit in front of an LED screen playing 90s gospel singers in an effort to re-create an environment akin to a Southern Baptist Church, Lorenzo explained. Read more about the pop-up on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Jennifer Johnson)
Known for his sleek, sophisticated American glamour, Norman Norell is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at @fitnyc. “Norell: Dean of American Fashion,” which runs from February 9 through April 14, will feature approximately 100 ensembles and accessories. His best work is exemplified by the designer’s glittering “mermaid” gowns frosted with thousands of hand-sewn sequins – like the one pictured. (📷: William Helburn) #wwdfashion
For pre-fall 2018, @balmain didn’t let go of the glitz. A crystal embroidered baseball jacket priced at around $40,000 hangs in the “couture” section of the brand’s first men’s pre-collection. Sporting the words “Balmain Army” across the back, the item took around two months to make. “When it was completed, it was like Christmas, it was like, ‘It’s done, it’s exactly what I wanted,’” said Balmain’s creative director @olivier_rousteing during a tour of the collection in a Paris showroom on Monday. #wwdfashion
Eighty degree temperatures and outdoor installations at the annual Art Basel Miami Beach called for bright, elevated beachwear. See more street style pictures on WWD.com. #theyarewearing #ABMB (📷: @lifeinreverie)
Following September’s emotional tribute to her brother Gianni, Donatella Versace wanted to bring the spring show’s deep sense of intimacy to her @versace_official pre-fall collection. Donatella found inspiration in Versace Palazzo in Milan and from Gianni’s opulent apartment. Archival patterns and new motifs were splashed on silk shirtdresses and fitted jersey frocks. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com. #wwdfashion
Demna Gvasalia continues to shake up the Paris fashion calendar — and experiment with new runway timetables for his @vetements_official brand. WWD has learned that Vetements plans to stage its next coed show for the fall 2018 season on January 19 during Men’s Fashion Week in the French capital. Details about the timing and venue have not been confirmed — stay tuned on WWD.com to catch the latest. #wwdnews (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
@zacposen's go-to holiday gift? Cookies! "I'll usually bake cookies and send them as a gift," said the designer, who recently released his cookbook "Cooking With Zac: Recipes from Rustic to Refined." Get the recipe for his Brown Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies via link in bio 🍪🍪🍪 #wwdeye #cookingwithzac
For @monsemaison’s pre-fall 2018 collection, Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim honed in on the brand’s many signatures — men’s wear, which was tweaked and feminized through deconstruction, proportion play and lots of bare shoulders. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
On Friday night, @yohjiyamamotoofficial received the Design for Asia Lifetime Achievement Award in Hong Kong. The 75-year-old designer has been celebrated for many years and is best known for his dark and avant-garde tailoring. “In my long career, in design, architecture, [I’ve been to] so many parties, this is the very first time that I have such a warm feeling, I really appreciate this,” Yamamoto said. #wwdfashion (📷: @dominiquemaitre)