TRIBAL Exotic colors and graphically defined prints infuse tribal inspired designs that commanded attention on the runways. Sass & Bide achieved the look with ethnic beading in bright mosaics on structured tops paired with subdued skirts in contrasting draped silhouettes and solid saturated hues. More is more at Holly Fulton where varying tribal prints in the same monochromatic color combinations pair perfectly and fringe details also bring to mind global textile influence. Burberry Prorsum gives us literal tribal embellishment with geometrical shaped wooden beads adorning necklines and collars. Looks are finished with Far East footwear; braided raffia wrapped wedges with beaded strings draped around the ankles. Spring’s tribal trend is easily interpreted and you may find yourself moving away from the printed textiles (of previous seasons) to the tangible beadwork, which may even inspire you to handcraft a few DIY custom looks.
What’s better than shopping your favorite brands, locally, in the city? Shopping your favorite brands at a brand spanking new retail space, of course! We’ve rounded up details on the latest new ventures, each bringing their own unique flair to various Manhattan neighborhoods. Crisp and clean, fresh and new, we guarantee these stores to be worth the trek around town.
Lacoste, a brand synonymous with preppy chic, brings their niche to a new market with a brand new store opening in Soho mall. The 4,700 square-foot space opened this past weekend featuring men’s, women’s, and children’s lines and the most extensive footwear assortment in the country. The “Croc’s new look downtown” is slightly less institutional and a bit more historical behind the cast iron fronted location. Colorful contemporary collections and accessories are plentiful; a 180-degree turnaround from the Footlocker that previously occupied the address. Located on one of the most trafficked streets in New York, the newest venture is expected to rank among the brand’s highest-grossing stores per square foot. The streamlined shopping experience at Lacoste remains and despite our appreciation, we’ve concluded OCD must be a requirement to work there.
541 Broadway (between Prince and Spring Streets); 212-219-9204
A quick welcome to my new weekly column (and that was it if you missed it) and now lets get down to business.
And business it was last week especially for all the stores that participated in Fashion's Night Out, but more of that in a minute, first I want to talk about the sharp end of fashion week, the shows. I kicked off this season by taking a strut down to West Broadway to check out the new collection from Prince Peter, that cheeky little character talent who seems always to hang with the hippest and best looking people on the planet. As usual his show was full of great looking things draped in his designs and the liquor was free-flowing and plentiful which was a result for me because I then got a chance to eat it off by going in to see my old mate Kevin, the Maitre D at Balthazar which was, needless to say, filled to the brim as usual .
I am a style Icon. Kate Moss, if you will. At least you would think so if you were to judge by the number of compliments and queries I receive on my outfits each day. Initially, I simply found the comments flattering. Everything appeared to get undue attention, be it my Topshop ballet flats with the gold tipped toe, my David Yurman statement ring or charcoal grey Mulberry purse. But then, as the comments became more frequent and the queries of "Where did you get those?" more recurrent, it suddenly dawned on me–People were complementing my outfits because they stood out. Apparently, I looked different in LA. This was new to me, as in my home city of London, or on one of my frequent trips to New York, I blend right into the crowd. In those cities, the compliments take a vacation even though my outfits remain the same. This led me to conclude that there must be a fundamental difference between the way people dress in LA compared to London and New York.
This holiday season, Gap and its (Product) Red collection have joined forces with Mulberry, Liberty and RM by Roland Mouret to create special pieces to honor World AIDS Day. Starting Saturday at the Fifth Avenue and 54th Street store here in New York City, as well as its Regent Street, London and Champs-Elysées, Paris spaces, half of the profits raised from sales of these products will go toward the Global Fund to help fight AIDS in Africa.
The RM by Roland Mouret cotton scarf with print by artist James Webster and the pink Liberty print tote bag retail at $40 dollars. The Mulberry Bayswater bag made from red sweatshirt material retails for $150. These are limited edition pieces, so there will be only one delivery of the collections. Check the other (Product) Red pieces that include Hallmark cards and Red Converse sneakers.