Here and Now: The Cool Season
WITH SUNNY DAYS AND NIGHTS CHILLY ENOUGH FOR TROTTING OUT THE NEW WARDROBE, FASHION IS IN OPEN SEASON. MORE GALAS, PREMIERES, DINNERS AND OPENINGS MEAN WORKING HARD TO LOOK ORIGINAL. WE’RE HERE TO HELP YOU TAKE IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL OF IMAGINATION. AND WE’VE ALREADY GOT SOME GREAT IDEAS YOU’LL WANT TO PACK FOR YOUR TRIP TO THE ISLANDS OR THE SLOPES.
The best kept secet of the best dressed is how they find completely unique items. There’s courutre, of course, but perhaps the best way to appear utterly original is to shop in the most exclusive area of all – the past. That’s where Coquette Atelier comes in. For 15 years Rona Gaye Stevenson has been combing the world of the rarest and most extraordinary vintage clothing. Her finds has made contemporary designers geniuses and red carpet celebrities brilliant. Once Coquette Atelier was an under-the-radar by-appointment-only business. But now it’s on our Third Floor. You’ll find amazing pieces from the twenties to the eighties, each complete with its own detailed history.
COQUETTE ATELIER, THIRD FLOOR
Three groundbreaking young brands have arrived on 5F this season. There’s 10 Crosby Derek Lam, a line with a downtown feel named after the address of the designer’s Soho headquarters. Lam seems to have modernized modernism itself, dressing all the cool art girls. There’s Acne, which stands for Ambition to Create Novel Expressions, a bold brand that originated in Sweden and publishes its own magazine. Acne started out with jeans and grew into the coolest pieces imaginable, just like its customers. And there’s Thakoon Addition, a contemporary collection featuring daytime looks by the brilliant young designer Thakoon Panichgul. Traditionalists, fear not: You can still find signature collections from Lam and Thakoon on our Third Floor.
10 CROSBY DEREK LAM / ACNE / THAKOON ADDITION, 5F
Trained in the old-school jewelry arts and goldsmithing in London’s Hatton Garden, Shaun Leane began a collaboration with Alexander McQueen that set a new standard for couture jewelry. Many of his marvels were on display at the McQueen exhibition at the Met. His own collection, Shaun Leane Jewellery, continues his practice of creating remarkable wearable objects. Steeped in the heritage and traditional techniques of the jeweler, and possessed of an explorer’s spirit, Leane creates unforgettable pieces that are evocative, masculine talismans. Sotheby’s describes them as “antiques of the future.”
SHAUN LEANE, THIRD FLOOR, THE MEN’S STORE
Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend. If that’s true, and you’re a movie star too, your best friend may be jewelry designer Lorraine Schwartz, truly the jeweler to today’s stars. She baubled Beyoncé, bejeweled Angelina Jolie and bedecked Blake Lively. The stars know that when the strobes are flashing, there’s nothing like jewelry to create a star aura, and that’s why they come to Schwartz, who’s the third generation in her family to master the art of gems.
In her new boutique on our Main Floor, you’ll find her brilliantly conceived and immaculate realized pieces, ready for their close-ups.
LORRAINE SCHWARTZ, MAIN FLOOR
Is it ironic that the first real chill in the air makes us think about the beach? Survival of the chic-est? Or is it our fading tans? Whatever instinct makes us want to fly south like birds, you can get ready on our Sixth Floor where we’re introducing three new and exciting swimwear lines. Lanvin Swim presents the aquatic vision of Alber Elbaz, and as you might expect, it’s elegant, perfectionist and seductively sophisticated. Couturier Jean Paul Gaultier has collaborated with the body-shaping experts La Perla to create a new beachwear line that is the epitome of eye-catching. The mood ranges from elegant, with the Marin collection, to dangerous, with the Bondage collection, and it’s exclusive to us. Also ours alone is Marie France Van Damme’s resort wear. You’ll find stunning swimwear in a palette of strong metallics and chic neutrals, as well as a range of mix-and-match cover-ups and caftans for easing into afternoon and evening.
LANVIN SWIM / JEAN PAUL GAULTIER FOR LA PERLA / MARIE FRANCE VAN DAMME, SIXTH FLOOR
We’re proud to host the first Lanvin men’s shop in the United States. After four years designing with Hedi Slimane at Dior Homme, Lucas Ossendrijver was entrusted with Lanvin Homme with the full confidence of Alber Elbaz. It’s easy to see why. Both men have brought a classical sensibility into a truly modern focus. Lanvin’s look is always smart and elegant, with a forward silhouette, ease of wear and nuanced colors. This month also marks the debut of our Prada boutique, offering the full Prada Men’s collection. The Autumn/Winter 2011 collection mixes early 1990’s Prada references with formal menswear and contemporary athletic influences. Two great destinations on the Third Floor of the Men’s Store.
LANVIN AND PRADA, THIRD FLOOR, THE MEN’S STORE