Yves Saint Laurent Jacket, $2,250, Shirt, $1,490, Bustier, $850, and Pants, $850. Available at Yves Saint Laurent New York, call (212) 980-2970.
Only YSL can make vintage as good as new. After the success of not one but two environmentally feel-good capsule collections, New Vintage, initiated by YSL’s creative director, Stefano Pilati, and Julie Gilhart, is having another go. New Vintage III’s moxie is quite simple: reclaim, recycle and sustain. “The collection is materially comprised of garments made from recycled fabric and from existing patterns instead of new ones, to start a dialogue with the market using known codes and a common language that are reassuring and familiar,” says Pilati about the 180 pieces that will be available this week. Metallic wide leg trousers, velvet tuxedo suiting jackets and leopard-print wrap dresses with a hint of disco pay a refreshing nod to Saint Laurent’s iconic 1970s designs. You’ll have a second chance to finally own that missed ready-to-wear piece, and no doubt appreciate the brand’s intelligent use and reuse of its existing resources. Via The Moment
Alber Elbaz, head designer for Lanvin, was chosen to create the windows this year at Printemps. The theme is Noel au Chateau, and represents the famous Chateau Mr. & Mrs. Lanvin lived in. Marionettes styled after Mr. & Mrs. Lanvin dance their way through the various rooms of the chateau in each window with one of them being haunted by ghosts. Actress Kristin Scott Thomas was the mistress of grand opening ceremony last month.
Kate Spade is not joking around with the holiday cheer this year. In addition to a cute campaign and some decked-out stores, the label is hosting apop-up igloo next to the park's Citi Pond skating rink. The igloo opens at 10am every day, closing at 10pm during the week, 11pm Friday and Saturday nights, and 8pm Sunday.
In my world, Kate and Andy Spade can do
no wrong. I know it's weird but, from the way it looks,
Recently, Michael fromA Continuous Lean met with Hitoshi Uchida in Tokyo and took a tour of his vintage store, J’Antiques. The shop, with considerable opinion in accession, just may be the Best Vintage Store In The World- with uber creative, detailed merchandising, the overall look is something out of Ralph Lauren 101, or perhaps vice versa.
Now that the Big Six of New York department stores—Saks, Lord & Taylor, Barneys, Bendel, Bergdorf, and Bloomingdale's—have all unveiled theirholiday windows, it's time for our annual poll. Which store best captured all that is magical and joyous about New York City in late December? And which stores need to step it up next year? It's your call. But first, take a moment to reacquaint yourself with the contestants.
It seems like yesterday
but it's been a year now,
since the Wilkes Bashford store we all new and loved,
ceased to exist (to me).
At one time and really, from the beginning, the
store was one of the most exciting,
beautifully merchandised stores-
housing some of the most coveted and best edited
collections, of luxury clothing in the country.
It's been a year now...
and it is different (to me).
The bones are still there, but
the soul is gone (to me).
The name is still there, for now,
but the signature has been wiped out (it seems).
The bag is still there, but,
the colors have both faded (to me).
Could it be,
soon customers will no longer have
the coveted orange and brown shoppers,
to carry like a badge of honor,
a show of patronage?
It's been a year now...
out of respect, I will reflect and realize
it was never perfect, but
the aim was always high and genuine.
It was like a daily theatrical performance,
for which, there will be no encore.
Hermes Window Design Director Leïla Menchari has done a nearly magical job of turning displays of handbags and silk scarves into fantastical dreamscapes that sit right at the intersection of art and commerce, season after season, for more than three decades.
Here are a few of the windows from over the years.
The creativity can now be enjoyed all of us, as
Hermes recently uploaded more than 50 photos of Menchari’s Paris windows to its Facebook page.
I'm a believer in the retail experience: it's theater, magic, it's function.
Visuals are one of the ways businesses use to communicate to us as consumers, I welcome your photo submissions as a way to showcase your photography and the window, as a form of creative expression: firstname.lastname@example.org