BACK TO SCHOOL: Following in the steps of Issey Miyake and Rei Kawakubo, Yeohlee will be the next designer to take the lecturn at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. She will be on campus Friday to discuss her work and how it relates to art, architecture and industrial design. “The students are coming from all different disciplines. It’s not going to be just my ideas. It will be a dialogue,” Yeohlee said.
NEW DORBY TEAM: Kellwood said Monday that its Halmode executive team is now overseeing the company’s Dorby Group. Halmode’s chief executive officer Jay Diamond, president Bea Myerson and chief operating officer Richard Owen now hold their respective titles at the Dorby Group. They will continue to handle their existing responsibilities at Halmode as well, according to president Stephen Ruzow, president of Kellwood’s women’s wear.
The trio will oversee direction for The Dorby Group’s Hipnotix, Dorby and Miss Dorby labels. The move is in response to a series of executive changes at the Dorby Group. After a four-month stint as ceo, Richard Weissman left the company earlier this month. In addition, Richard Golden retired as chairman earlier this month.
Halmode and Dorby, which both make dresses and suits, remain separate business units under the Kellwood umbrella.
UNIFORM BEHAVIOR: Eveningwear designer Anne Bowen’s latest creations will debut at Vela, a Japanese restaurant that will open its doors at 55 West 21st Street in New York Wednesday. The staff will wear one-of-a-kind T-shirts accented with real pearls, sterling silver chains and crystals. Bowen said string art was the inspiration.
Bowen plans to offer the 22-piece “couture T-shirts” later this year, with wholesale prices ranging from $200 to $275.
Meanwhile, another eveningwear designer, Consuelo Bellini, has whipped up wispy floral dresses for waitresses at Quo, a West Chelsea lounge that bows April 29. Advised to stay away from New York hues like black and steel, the designer said she dreamed up something “a little Miami.”
Bellini’s design approach for Go Smile, the maker of a teeth-whitening product for which she is also designing uniforms, is a little more clean. Bellini has updated white lab coats worn by the company’s saleswomen by making them shorter and more fitted with embroidery and piping. “It’s like James Bond’s little naughty nurse,” she said. More sedate is the lilac lace dress she’s making for her wedding to her business partner, Kamuti Kiteme, to be held this summer in Florence.
JUST ADD WATER: Forget the dresses, the fashion show held at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago earlier this month was all about the faucets. Models marched down the runway carrying faucets and wearing Brizio-logo outfits designed by students at the Illinois Institute of Art.
Delta Faucet Co. pulled the event together to show off what it described as “fashion-forward” Brizio and Floriano kitchen faucets, as well as its Vesi bath faucets. On behalf of Brizio, Delta donated $10,000 to the Illinois Institute of Art, and challenged the school to develop “faucet couture.” Students interpreted that in a logo print reminiscent of ones popularized by Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior.
Architect, interior designer and industrial designer Michael Graves took in the show, which kicked off the 2004 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show. His signature collection of faucets was also on the runway, but with models wearing updated vintage clothes.