Prada Miami rendering

A Store Is Born: Prada Miami

You didn't think another Art Basel Miami would launch without a Prada presence, did you? The arts-loving Italian house is apparently forgoing its usual sponsorship of an arty something and cutting to the chase with a new store in the Design District. Miuccia Prada once again worked with the architect Roberto Baciocchi on the greenish hued space opening December 6, the brand's 33rd store in the U.S.

Dec 04, 2012 12:49:00
Donatella Versace & Lady Gaga

A Store Is Born: Versace Soho

You already knew Donatella Versace harbors a secret fetish for New York, where she spends an inordinate amount of time. Now she's making it official, opening her first store in lower Manhattan. Soho, to be exact, smack in the middle of the chic-again block of Mercer where Balenciaga and Saint Laurent will also hang out a shingle soon, as promised by those ominous facade boards.

And the store isn't what you might think. Conceived by Versace herself with English architect Jamie Fobert, who previously designed Givenchy's Paris boutique, the new downtown outlet is a slip of a shop whose flashiest feature is a beige-y floor mosaic. The complete lines for women and men are carried, as well as capsule collaborations with various artists and designers, starting with Christopher Kane, who already designs the Versus second line.

Perhaps owing to the snug space, the mood at last night's launch party was cozy and intimate. Leather rubbed against leather, chain mail against chain mail, as celebu-guests including Lady Gaga, Linda Evangelista and Melissa George schmoozed and shuffled. Then it was back uptown for a late supper at the Waldorf Towers—the Royal suite, obvsies—where the likes of Sting, Gerard Butler and Russell Simmons were waiting. No biggie.

Versace, 160 Mercer Street, NYC

Oct 25, 2012 16:01:00
Saint Laurent Paris in Shanghai, photo Patricia Schwoerer

A Retail Glimpse at Hedi Slimane's YSL Makeover

Hedi Slimane is wasting no time with his exacting overhaul of YSL, we mean Saint Laurent Paris. Following an early glimpse at his first campaign, the house revealed another sneak peek at its new direction. The brand makeover, according to WWD, includes the relaunch of key concept stores around the globe, starting with the shopping mecca of Shanghai.

The man who never met a straight line he didn’t like is returning to a formula near and dear to his heart: black and white concrete, mirrored everything and, for a fresh twist, a touch of gilded art deco. In short, Dior Homme with a bit of deco-decadence thrown in.

It's a fully realized universe and a good indication of where the brand headed. As one higher-up notes, it might even signal a return to couture. We’ll keep you posted on the runway debut, but in the meantime, we advise cutting down on those Weight Watchers points, cuz Hedi’s lines are anything but forgiving.

Sep 20, 2012 18:24:00
McQ London

A Store Is Born: McQ London

Alexander McQueen's little sibling, McQ, is really coming of age. During the London collections, the second line opened its first store, conceived by Sarah Burton with David Collins Studio and coinciding with a new hire for McQ, head designer Alistair Carr, formerly of Pringle.

Located in a Georgian townhouse on storied Dover Street, and described as boudoir-meets-Brutalism, the space carries the complete McQ collection—men's, women's, accessories, and runway pieces. Where it really differs from its big sibling is a laser focus on interactivity. The Gen Y and Z crowd, well-versed in all things high-tech, can peruse a digital look book and project themselves onto a wall wearing their choice of pieces. And of course, they can social share to their hearts' content with QR codes located throughout.

McQ Alexander McQueen, 14 Dover Street, London

Sep 18, 2012 20:29:00

A Store Is Born: Yayoi Kusama at Selfridges

If Yayoi Kusama's exhibit at the Tate Modern (currently at the Whitney) didn't give you acid tracers, her dots are dropping right now at Selfridges. Today Louis Vuitton launched a takeover of the store's 24 windows with a dizzying explosion of the stuff.

Completing the day trip, Kusama has transformed Selfridge's special project space, the Concept Store, with a patch of still more dots, as well as giant "pumpkin" displays, where Louis Vuitton’s fashion collaboration with the 84-year-old Japanese artist will be available for the next two months. 

Aug 24, 2012 13:47:00
Isabel Marant, Tokyo

A Store Is Born: Isabel Marant, Tokyo

If you're a quirky, boho-chic French gal like Isabel Marant, you're not going to open your first shop in Japan among the grabby lights and glammy storefronts of Tokyo's Ginza or Shibuya districts. You'll scour the side streets of Omotesando in search of a funny-looking, banana-yellow building to call your own, then finish the interior by leaving it entirely exposed, save for a few traditional Japanese lanterns. Et voila, Marant's new boutique-showroom-HQ carries both her main collection and her diffusion line, Etoile.

Isabel Marant, 4-3-16 Jingumae, Omotesando, Tokyo

Aug 09, 2012 16:11:00
b store

A Store Is (Re)Born: OTHER

In a bit of sad news, b store in London will close its doors at the end of this month, after ten pioneering years. But in OTHER news, it's being re-imagined, repackaged, and reincarnated as another men's shop called...OTHER. As well as moving to all caps, founders Kirk Beattie and Matthew Murphy have returned to their roots, mixing hard-to-find men's designers with happy-to-find men's favorites. An early list includes MM6, Opening Ceremony, Judy Blame, Peter Jensen, and Christophe Lemaire, as well as the duo's own b store and OTHER labels. They're also adding a gallery space. And so, it's not another men's store, it's OTHER shop.

Visit OTHER at 21 Kingly Street in Soho, London (September) or on Facebook

Aug 08, 2012 20:33:00

A Store Is Born: MM6

It's not often that Maison Martin Margiela makes an appearance during New York Fashion Week. So it came as a very pleasant surprise when the fashion calendar was unveiled and a listing for MM6 jumped out from among the usual names. And so, as if to prime everyone on the maison's second line for women, an MM6 store has just opened in the West Village, packed with all the silver leaf and conceptual basics the house is known for. Just blocks from the main store on Greenwich Street, this precedes an MM6 store in Paris later this year and, of course, the house's much-anticipated collaboration with H&M, scheduled to hit stores in November. MMM, delicious!

MM6, 363 Bleecker Street, NYC

Aug 05, 2012 09:44:00
Kate Moss for Rag & Bone

A Store Is Born: Rag & Bone London

It seems like only yesterday that Rag & Bone's David Neville and Marcus Wainwright hopped the pond from London and held their first runway show in Manhattan. That was swiftly followed by a run of stores up and down the island, as well as the opening of doors in Boston, Washington D.C., and Tokyo, with future plans on Seoul and L.A. Then came ad campaigns with mega-models and uber-Angels Miranda Kerr and Candice Swanepoel. And now, on a whole new level of ultimate, comes the fall 2012 campaign featuring none other than their homegirl, Kate Moss.

It's no accident that the English supe is the new face of the label, not when you consider that the duo have also just opened their first European flagship in London. That happened today, just two days before the Olympic Games get underway with an epic Opening Ceremony, for which the torch has been running up and down the island for some time now.

Rag & Bone, 13-14 Sloane Square, London SW1

Jul 25, 2012 11:57:00

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