Musings on the culture of keeping up appearances
There is never a shortage of celebrities at Mr. Chow on a Saturday night and this last weekend Zac Posen made sure of it by bringing his friends and fans, including Rachel Bilson, Amber Valetta, Emma Roberts and John Legend, to the Beverly Hills eatery to celebrate the launch of his new Z Spoke line.
“This is not a diffusion line or the ‘look for less’” said Posen, in between greeting the gaggle of socialites who would accost him every five seconds. Eva Chow and Vera Wang were the most exuberant, plowing through yours truly to get to the designer in what felt like a tipsy game of Red Rover. “The collection has its own identity along the lines of a Miu Miu. It’s for the gallerina, the hipster growing up and going to work. It’s for her, her mother and her grandmother,” he said. Classic American sportswear is a term that kept coming up too -- all words one would use when you wanna sell, sell, sell. And with a starting price point of $78, this line will bring the designer into a much more accessible market than his red carpet creations.
The night’s celebrities all modeled looks from Z Spoke. Emma Roberts, for example, was in a fitted black skirt, a red corset belt and a white blouse and Rachel Bilson sported a green-and-black-printed dress that she wore over her own black leather pants. “It’s nice to have all of the price options and something you can actually buy,” Bilson said. Thrifty Zac fans will have more to look forward to when he rolls out accessories for Z Spoke in fall 2010.
Weekend Update: The Reformation moves to new digs, meet Zac Posen at Saks, Tiny TOMS launches in the O.C., adopt a pet with Kiehl's
On Friday (Feb. 26), The Reformation moves to larger digs on West 3rd Street. Yael Aflalo and Chi Bui have revamped the former Satine space into a chicly weathered boutique to show their reworked vintage blouses, dresses and knits (prices range from $100 to $200). Customers can preview and purchase a few items from The Reformation’s new wholesale collection coming out in fall 2010.
817 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles. (323) 203-1102. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
On Friday (Feb. 26), Tiny TOMS launch party at Fashion Island's Neiman Marcus. Founder Blake Mycoskie will be greeting customers, and there will be snacks and games for kids and adults. For every pair of TOMS shoes sold on Friday, TOMS will donate a pair to Haiti. RSVP to (949) 467-3342.
401 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach. (949) 467-3342. 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
9600 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 887-5335. 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Also on Saturday (Feb. 27), Kiehl’s on Robertson Boulevard hosts a pet adoption and fundraising event for Voice for the Animals. Based in Santa Monica, Voice for the Animals is devoted to encouraging education, rescue, legislation and empathy for our four-legged friends. Adopt a pet and take home a Kiehl's gift box; donate $10 to Voice for the Animals and receive either a complimentary Creme de Corps or Spray-N-Play cleansing spritz.
100 N. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 860-0028. Noon to 3 p.m.Sales
On Saturday (Feb. 27), The Mini Social holds a warehouse sale, taking up to 70% off designer kid clothes. Deals include $19 Splendid Littles dresses (reg. $46), $10 Park Vogel T-shirts (reg. $30), $38 Egg by Susan Lazar peacoat ($82).
120 E. Santa Anita Ave., Burbank. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
-- Max Padilla
With lackluster collections from Jason Wu, Thakoon Panichgul and Zac Posen, I was beginning to worry that New York Fashion Week was experiencing a young designer burnout.
It's easy to see how it could happen, with the pressure to make headlines and reinvent season after season -- and now in the pre-seasons, too.
But not every designer has the boundless imagination to be an Alexander McQueen. (It's possible even McQueen was having trouble keeping up, and that it led to his death.) And not every designer should try.