NEW YORK -- Gen Art, the fairy godmother of the young designer set, held its fourth annual runway competition last week at the Hammerstein Ballroom for an audience that included the reigning Miss USA and Miss Teen USA. The event, called Styles, is...
NEW YORK--Gen Art, the fairy godmother of the young designer set, held its fourth annual runway competition last week at the Hammerstein Ballroom for an audience that included the reigning Miss USA and Miss Teen USA. The event, called Styles, is an open competition for student designers and those who have designed under their own name for fewer than seven years. Gen Art also produces a Fresh Faces show aimed at giving young designers their first runway exposure, and an Alumni show, a runway production held twice a year during New York Fashion Week.Winners in five categories--eveningwear, ready-to-wear, accessories, men's wear and avant-garde--were each awarded $5,000. Beefeater gin, an event sponsor, gave $7,500 to the winner of the Beefeater Bold Spirit Award. The evening's judges included Jill Stuart, Mary McFadden and Alexandra von Furstenberg. Celebrity stylist Phillip Bloch, who has added actor and fashion correspondent to his resume, emceed the event, along with Arthur Chi'en, a transit reporter for NY1 News.The award for eveningwear, underwritten by Nokia, went to Discola by Consuelo Bellini, who showed an Asian-print tunic dress and a wrap skirt with a chiffon top. Next was the Beefeater Bold Spirit Award that challenges designers to dream up a new look for the iconic kilt-clad gent on the label. The winners, East Village design duo Gaelyn & Cianfarani, proved that there's more to latex than gloves. The pair, who specialize in latex and rubber gear, showed a long, Goth-inspired wrap coat with knickers, all in the rubbery material.Next in the lineup was the ready-to-wear award, which went to Sari Gueron and her sleek, sophisticated dress and skirt of ribbon-like tiers of nude chiffon.In the accessories category, Michael Spirito, a jewelry designer and co-owner of Exhibitionist, a boutique on Orchard Street, won for his metal-and-ruby necklaces which walk the line between glamorous and fetishistic. Men's wear designers Ron & Ron won for their period-influenced men's wear, which featured a dandy-esque Thirties suit and a floral-print "peasant" suit. Finally, the last award went to Jorge Luis Salinas, of Lima, Peru, who won the avant-garde competition for his colorful and intricate knitwear that gave new meaning to the term "Peruvian sweater."
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion
@longchamp, which marks its 70th anniversary this year, just opened its biggest U.S. store on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. On the lower level there’s a floor-to-ceiling display of the brand’s iconic Le Pliage bag – in all of its different colors, shapes and sizes. Customers can also have their product personalized in-store by imprinting names, initials or emblems. #wwdfashion (📷: @ericmtownsend)
“Whenever I’m in that place of sound and music, I don’t have fear or nervousness…This album has a lot of themes of courage and boldness and I want to be the soundtrack for people’s lives. I’ll be so happy if [my songs] evoke strength in people, which I know music has done for me,” says @kimbramusic of her newest album “Primal Heart.” The New Zealand-born singer sat down with WWD to talk about her music, newest tour and connecting with hear fans — read more on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
Luxury handbag resale company @rebagofficial is planning to sell a rare collectible for $70,000: the @hermes White Crocodile Himalayan Birkin. The exclusive Birkin sold for about $100,000 in 2008, when @davidbeckham bought one for his wife @victoriabeckham to add to her collection. Read more about the rare Birkin on WWD.com #wwdaccessories
With her costume pearl necklace and what-you-see-is-what-you-get style, Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92, was a straight-shooter from start to finish.
Born Barbara Pierce in New York City, Bush served as the 37th first lady, as well as the country’s second lady from 1981 to 1989. In addition to being part of the longest presidential marriage — 73 years — Bush also had the unlikely distinction of having one son, George W., become the 43rd president and another son, Jeb, run unsuccessfully in 2016. Having served as second lady during the Reagan administration’s two terms and lived all over the world during her own husband’s ascending political career, Barbara Bush made it clear that literacy — not fashion — was her priority. Read more from Rosemary Feitelberg’s obituary on the late First Lady in WWD.com, link in bio. #barbarabush #wwdnews
Western and ’90s trends have influenced denim for fall 2018. Think raw, dark and coated jeans mixed with bold prints and tough leather. #trendtuesdays #wwdfashion (Styled by @thealexbadia;📷: @ryanplett)