New York City Raids Condo Building in Crackdown on Airbnb Rentals

New York City law-enforcement officers swarmed a Manhattan condominium last month, issuing 27 notices of violations in one of the largest crackdowns on short-term rentals such as those listed on Airbnb.
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New York Fashion Week: Men’s, Vegas Date Overlap Causing Angst

Eeny, meeny, miny, moe — make your choice — New York Fashion Week: Men’s or MAGIC.
A shift in dates by Project, the flagship men’s wear trade show of the MAGIC Marketplace in Las Vegas, to a week earlier in February is forcing many brands and retailers to choose between the two events or, in the case of smaller designers, create extra samples in order to have a presence at both.
NYFW: Men’s will run Feb. 4 to 6 in New York City while Project will run Feb. 5 to 7 in Las Vegas.
Already Liberty Fairs and Agenda have had to leave their longtime home at the Sands Convention Center in order to align with Project’s dates and have secured a spot in downtown Las Vegas for their shows.
Sharifa Murdock, co-owner of Liberty, said she’s aiming to deliver a different experience this time. Liberty will be held at the World Market Center, which she described as an “open space with four big tents” that will allow Liberty a clean slate to “create what we want. We’re going to do something brand new,” she said.
That will include “a lot of activations” that will offer a “fresh” take on the trade show scene. “We

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Cardi B hands out free winter coats in New York

Rapper Cardi B has handed out free winter coats to people at a public housing complex in New York.
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Jussara Lee Taking Her Message of Sustainability to a Multisensory Performance in New York

SECONDHAND NEWS: Committed to sustainability as an individual, designer and business owner, Jussara Lee used that ideology as a rookie costume designer for “Inside the Wild Heart.”
Based on the writings of one of Brazil’s most famous writers, Clarice Lispector, the immersive theatrical experience was conceived by Andressa Furletti and Debora Balardini and directed by Linda Wise. The show bows Thursday in New York. Lee was initially approached by the Brazilian theater company Group.BR about helping to fund the production. She offered to pitch in with the cast’s attire instead.
Lee described Lispector’s work as “amazing,” but the project’s upcycling is what really sold her. Working with a low budget meant “that it was all about secondhand and vintage shopping. I was very interested in that and told them, ‘We’ll make adjustments. We’ll make things fit. That’s what we do best,’” said Lee, adding that she liked the idea of reusing “things that had already been extracted and polluted. There is so much clean-up to do and so much stuff in this world.””
In addition, the project forced her to switch up her usual routine and do some thrifting at Beacon’s Closet in Brooklyn and “all the other underlings.” It was also an

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Huckberry Will Open First Shop in New York

Huckberry is jumping into the pop-up craze.
The San Francisco-based online men’s retailer will open its first retail location at 383 Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village in November. The shop will feature “seven actionable adventures” that will highlight journeys ranging from a ​West Village Drinking Tour with Jack Kerouac to ​72 Hours in Iceland​. Each will offer a free itinerary that customers can take away from the store, insider perks at select stops such as discounts, VIP treatment, etc., and an edited selection of the season’s apparel, footwear, gear and gifts targeted to the specific adventure.
The pop-up will also offer a series of in-store events such as fireside chats and product demos. The first will be a question-and-answer with adventure photographer Chris Burkard on Nov. 6.
“When we started Huckberry in our apartments back in 2011, our mission was the same then as it is now: to inspire and equip adventures near and far,” Huckberry cofounder Andy Forch said. “Today, we’re excited to take our mission offline and serve our largest market with a fun and inspiring shopping experience we hope will push the boundaries of experiential retail.”
Cofounder Richard Greiner added: “Our vision is to build the most inspiring men’s retailer in the world through

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Joe Bananas Makes Leap From Sydney to New York

Kim Bourke and Evan Sturrock are all in.
The co-owners of Joe Bananas, a 40-year-old Australian luxury men’s brand, have picked up stakes, moved halfway around the world to New York and opened their first store on Madison Avenue.
“When Americans dream big, they dream of making it in New York City,” Bourke said. “And when Australians dream big, they dream of making it in New York City.”
And so he and his business partner — and brother-in-law — took the leap of faith, leaving their home, and their two stores in Sydney, to open a 1,600-square-foot space at 943 Madison Avenue, between 74th and 75th streets, next door to The Met Breuer. The store had a soft opening last week and the grand opening is scheduled for Oct. 18.
A peek inside gives the first hint at what makes Joe Bananas different. Although the brand offers a wide range of products, it is best known for its colorful sport coats that are created from limited-edition, handcrafted silk textiles in patterns that are inspired by nature in Australia. It takes 250-300 days on average to weave one bolt of fabric that will in turn produce only six jackets that retail starting at $ 2,800 and go up

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Versace to Hold Pre-Fall Show in New York

NEW YORK BOUND: Donatella Versace will hold her Versace pre-fall collection in New York on Dec. 2 at 7 p.m., WWD has learned. The date has a special meaning for the designer, as it is her late brother Gianni’s birthday. Details about the location are being kept under wraps. This is the first time Versace plans a fashion show for the pre-fall season.
It is understood the decision to show in New York was made before the acquisition of the company last month by Michael Kors Holdings Ltd.. In a $ 2.1 billion deal, Versace joined the Kors and Jimmy Choo brands under the Michael Kors Holdings umbrella, which is renaming itself Capri Holdings to reflect the growing and changing group.
The first week of December is shaping up as quite a fashionable one, as Chanel has scheduled its Métiers d’Art collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Dec. 4, as reported.
Other brands are bringing their pre-fall collections outside national borders. As reported, Valentino will hold a runway show in Tokyo on Nov. 27 to present its men’s and women’s pre-fall 2019 collection together for the first time, and Dior plans to stage its first men’s pre-fall runway show with a collection designed by Kim

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Lingerie Française to Open Lingerie Loft in New York

Lingerie Française, an organization that represents French lingerie brands, is hosting a lingerie loft in New York.
Open from Nov. 2 to 4, it will display pieces from brands including Aubade, Chantelle, Passionata, Empreinte, Antigel, Maison Lejaby, Simone Perele and Implicite. The loft is a way to highlight these brands and introduce them to the U.S. customer, who Ulyana Sukach, director of international development at Lingerie Française, said already enjoys French lingerie.
“This loft will let visitors experience these brands in an educational and engaging way,” said Ulyana Sukach, director of international development at Lingerie Française, who noted American consumers have an appreciation for French lingerie.
According to La Fédération de la Maille, de la Lingerie & du Balnéaire, France’s lingerie market was valued at 3.9 billion euros in 2016 and it’s grown by 7.8 percent since 2013. French corsetry exports in 2017 were 371.5 million euros, 26.3 million euros of which went to the U.S.
Located at 305 Bleecker Street, the loft will not sell any merchandise — visitors will be directed to retailers who carry these brands — while offering an extensive slate of talks and experiences. There will be workout sessions, workshops on how to find the right bra and talks on

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Go Inside Bradley Cooper’s $13 Million New York Townhouse

Bradley Cooper, real estate, NYC townhouseNice place, Bradley Cooper!
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David Mallett Opens New York Salon at The Webster

David Mallett is bringing his signature brand of Parisian-chic hairdressing to New York.
Mallett, an Australian native whose taxidermy-filled eponymous salon in the Second Arrondissement is something of a fashion insider institution in Paris, is set to open a third location — his first in the U.S. and first outside Paris — on the top floor of Laure Hériard Dubreuil’s The Webster in SoHo, on Oct. 16.
The 1,600-square-foot space will operate as a full-service, eight-chair salon, with color, cutting, styling and treatment services overseen by Mallett himself and staffed by longtime employees of his Paris salons, including two hairdressers, two colorists and a client director. Mallett, who opened his second outpost at The Ritz Paris in 2016, will split his time between New York and Paris going forward.
The salon on the fifth floor of The Webster was designed by French architect Charles Zana to replicate the style of Mallett’s Paris salons, which are inspired by French-style craftsmanship. Lamps, furniture and other decor were custom-made for The Webster by François Pouenat, a fifth-generation French artisan metalworker. In a nod to his native Australia, Mallett partnered with Australia-based Dinosaur Designs’ Louise Olsen on accent pieces. Mallett purposefully to designed the New York space

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Susie Essman Lists Bucolic Spread in Upstate New York

Though best known for her heavily accented portrayal of angrily bombastic and hilariously filthy mouthed Susie Greene, an ex-New Yorker marooned in Los Angeles on the iconic sitcom “Curbed Your Enthusiasm,” for the last seven and some years stand-up comedian and actress Susie Essman has lived a far more quiet life in the rural suburbs […]

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Camera della Moda Responds to New York Times Article

MILAN – A “saddened and concerned” Camera della Moda has responded to The New York Times article on “shadow workers” in Italy, which claims “thousands of low-paid home workers create luxury garments without contracts or insurance.”
”As the acclaimed writer, Edoardo Nesi acknowledges in his award-winning book, ‘Story of My People,’ published in 2013, the Italian supply chain has been under attack for a long time,” the group said in an official statement. “CNMI and its members are committed to working toward making the Italian supply chain resilient, fair and humane on every front. It is a complex process and it takes time; there are no easy solutions, but we are working together through our established Working Group on Social Sustainability and have already achieved substantive gains. We continue to implement solutions using our evidence-base and by working collaboratively.”
At a fashion show here, Carlo Capasa, president of the association, told WWD that this progress was overlooked by Times.
“For example, the NYT article uses statistics on homeworkers that date back to 1973,” read the statement. “The only recent statistics cited are from Tania Toffanin, the author of ‘Fabbriche Invisibili’ who estimated that ‘currently there are 2,000 to 4,000 irregular homeworkers in apparel production.’ Setting this in the context of

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Top Trends From the Spring 2019 New York Trade Shows

A look at the standout trends from Coterie, Capsule, Cabana and Woman.

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New York Review of Books Editor Is Out Amid Uproar Over #MeToo Essay

The editor, Ian Buruma, left as the magazine faced a backlash after publishing an essay by a Canadian radio personality who lost his job and reputation following sexual misconduct allegations.
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Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Returning to New York

After a two-year trip abroad — to Paris and then Shanghai — the extravaganza and hype machine that is the Victoria’s Secret fashion show is returning to New York.
In a series of posts to Instagram Monday, the brand touted: “Start spreading the news…the #VSFashionShow is back in New York City!” The posts pictured the brand’s “angels” toting their wings about town, hailing a cab, emerging from the subway and passing through Grand Central Terminal.
Together the three posts racked up 1,400 comments in just a few hours — illustrating the reach of the event, which is preparing for its 23rd outing.
For the 2016 production in Paris, the brand imported 70 tons of equipment, 18 miles of cable and 51 of the world’s top models.
Last year, the show ran into other complications in Shanghai, when visas were denied to Katy Perry, reportedly after her perceived support for Taiwan, and Gigi Hadid and others.
Having the show in New York should avoid those kinds of difficulties, but the big question for the business is whether the show can help bring some vigor back to the brand, which has been casting about for direction and looking to reverse a trend of sales declines in its stores.

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From Chris Brown’s Ex to Front Row Stunner: Karrueche Tran Wins New York Fashion Week

ESC: Karrueche Tran, NYFWIn the wise words of Béyonce, “Always stay gracious, the best revenge is your paper.”
For Karrueche Tran, it’s a little more than a cushy bank account. The best revenge…

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From Chris Brown’s Ex to Front Row Stunner: Karrueche Tran Wins New York Fashion Week

ESC: Karrueche Tran, NYFWIn the wise words of Béyonce, “Always stay gracious, the best revenge is your paper.”
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Burnett New York to Bow for Pre-Fall With $2.5 Million From Investors

Out on her own for the first time, Emily Burnett has lined up some well-placed investors for the new Burnett New York ready-to-wear, cocktail dresses and eveningwear line.
In June, Burnett exited Dennis Basso after a 10-year run. She inadvertently met her future cofounder and co-chief executive officer Sterling McDavid at the designer’s company. Pre-fall will be the first collection for the new label.
McDavid said she visited 20 couture houses in search of a wedding gown, before deciding on Dennis Basso, where Burnett was working at the time. “My experience at Dennis Basso with Emily, Dennis and the whole team was so positive, uplifting and I felt that I was part of this design process,” she said.
McDavid’s understanding of fashion started with her great-grandmother, who was a seamstress. Her mother had a keen interest in fashion and took McDavid to her first fashion show around the age of 10. Over the years, McDavid got to know numerous designers through her network, as well as her mother’s, but she said Burnett stood out. So much so that McDavid asked the designer how was it that she was not working independently. Like many designers, the idea of starting a signature company was something

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Every Outfit Kaia Gerber Has Worn During New York Fashion Week Spring 2019

ESC: NYFW Best Looks, Tom Ford, Kaia GerberKaia Gerber has transformed from a runway newbie to a top model at New York Fashion Week.
In comparison to some of her older peers, the 17-year-old star has risen to success quickly. It…

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Every Outfit Kaia Gerber Has Worn During New York Fashion Week Spring 2019

ESC: NYFW Best Looks, Tom Ford, Kaia GerberKaia Gerber has transformed from a runway newbie to a top model at New York Fashion Week.
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New York Fashion Week Spring 2019: Best Looks From Celebrity Street Style

ESC: Priyanka Chopra, Street StyleGet ready to whip out your credit cards, because it’s time to shop!
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New York Fashion Week Spring 2019: Best Looks From Celebrity Street Style

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Top Models Reveal What It’s Really Like to Walk in New York Fashion Week

ESC: Hannah Ferguson, Devon Windsor, Model SquadWhile modeling for top designers during New York Fashion Week seems like a glamorous job, there’s more to it than meets the eye.
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Top Models Reveal What It’s Really Like to Walk in New York Fashion Week

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New York renamed ‘Jewtropolis’ in map hack

Snapchat’s mapping software appears to have been hacked in what it calls an act of vandalism.
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Alabama Chanin Will Be Back in the City During New York Fashion Week

SOUTH OF THE CITY: After a nine-year break from New York Fashion Week, Alabama Chanin will be back on the scene with a private showing Sept. 4 to Sept. 7 at the Bowery Hotel.
The label’s namesake, Natalie Chanin, has been quietly building the sustainable-focused business in Florence, Ala. Committed to cultivating craftsmanship via the artisans and seamstresses that help to produce the collection, the company has been rooted in sustainable production for nearly 20 years. Its offerings are a combination of hand-sewn and machine-made garments. Chanin said, “It feels like our latest designs really stand out from work we’ve done in recent years, so it was important to us to join NYFW again. We’ve worked for many years now to build our manufacturing facility, improve our U.S.-based organic supply chain and develop these new designs.”
Chanin consults with other designers and brands such as Patagonia. For more than four years, the label has been working on a line of upcycled products using down jackets from Patagonia’s recycling program. Recently, Alabama Chanin has been exploring “the future of craft” with a major athletic company. “As our manufacturing capabilities have grown, so have the opportunities to work closely with established brands,” Chanin said.
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For Uber and Airbnb, New York City Turns Foe

Two measures in New York City could hamper Silicon Valley heavyweights Uber Technologies and Airbnb as they prep for potential initial public offerings expected as soon as next year.
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A New York Weekend Island Retreat Gets Fancy

Luxury homes are replacing tiny bungalows as wealthy buyers look to Bohemian Fire Island as an affordable Hamptons alternative.
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Jill Zarin Wants to Return to Real Housewives of New York City as a Friend

Jill Zarin, Jill Zarin's 6th Annual Luxury LuncheonWill Jill Zarin return to The Real Housewives of New York City? She wants to, in a small way, and she’s got the time.
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Ben Sherman to Return to New York Retailing

Marquee Brands has breathed new life into Ben Sherman since acquiring the label two years ago. And on Sept. 1, the brand known for its bright British-inspired men’s wear will reenter the New York market with a store in SoHo.
The 2,000-square-foot store at 130 Greene Street will be open through the holidays and will offer monthly programming and activations ranging from a speaker series and influencer dinners to concerts. In terms of merchandise, it will carry the entire Ben Sherman collection, which ranges from ready-to-wear and bespoke suits to footwear and jewelry, as well as limited-edition pieces. There will also be a full-service shirt bar that harkens back to the history of the brand, which was founded in Brighton, England, in 1963 as a young men’s, “Mod”-inspired shirt line. It has since evolved into a lifestyle brand targeting men between 25 and 40 years old.
The store will be the only location in the U.S. to carry the entire Ben Sherman x House of Holland capsule collection. The company teamed with British fashion designer Henry Holland for a collection of unisex styles. The collection was shown on the runway at London Collections Men earlier this year and complements the main Ben

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Carole Radziwill Leaving Real Housewives of New York City After 6 Seasons

Carole Radziwill, THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW YORK CITYCarole Radziwill is bidding farewell to The Real Housewives of New York City.
The award-winning journalist and best-selling author confirmed this will be her final season on the…

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Attention Swifties: Taylor Swift’s New York City Style Parade Is Back and We Can’t Look Away

Taylor SwiftHere’s a love story we don’t talk enough about: Taylor Swift and her New York City looks.
As the Grammy winner enjoys a brief few days off from the reputation stadium tour, fans…

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Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen Sell $13.95 Million New York Home

Tom Brady, Gisele Bundchen, New York apartmentTom Brady and Gisele Bündchen’s New York City apartment is officially off the market.
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Saks Backs New York Times, Sacai ‘Truth’ Capsule With Window

The New York Times is getting bit more fashionable.
With a small collaboration with Sacai, which created for fall a T-shirt and hoodie featuring the paper’s “Truth” campaign that rolled out last year after the President Trump-led advent of public figures labeling any unfriendly news story “fake news,” the Times’ mission is getting its own window display at Saks Fifth Avenue.
Although the small collection gives Saks the opportunity to participate in the trendy “drop” concept by releasing a capsule along with the window reveal, Yumi Shin, general merchandising manager of Saks, said there was a little more to wanting the collaboration.
“We felt Saks is an iconic New York department store and The New York Times is an iconic New York publisher and we wanted to get behind the capsule,” Shin said. “We feel that Sacai is such a creative brand and is super authentic in its approach and the message is very relevant today, so we wanted to support it.”
Steve Mayne, executive director of commerce at the Times, said the paper was “thrilled” to work with Sacai, which includes a licensing agreement, not least because it “was an excellent opportunity to amplify the message” of the Truth campaign.
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Christian Siriano on Emmys, Inclusivity and New York Fashion Week

Christian Siriano made a summer stop in Los Angeles this week, just in time for Thursday’s Emmy nominations announcement. That night, he hosted a dinner at Chateau Marmont with 11 Honoré, the size-inclusive luxury e-commerce site cofounded by Patrick Herning and Kathryn Retzer. Said Herning, “Christian was one of the first designers we launched with and he’s still one of our best-selling designers a year later. He’s really on board with changing the game.” The designer’s inclusive approach to retail and celebrity dressing has heightened his profile, but he remains as down-to-earth and energetic as ever. “I’m always up sending e-mails in the middle of the night, because otherwise, what are you going to do? We’re there for our customers.”
WWD: When was the last time you were in L.A.?
Christian Siriano: I came for my book launch last November and for a few quick Oscar fittings in January. We dressed almost 17 people and I barely was here. I don’t know how we did that; it was crazy.
WWD: With Emmy nominations on Thursday, has your phone and e-mail already been blowing up?
C.S.: We already got a couple of e-mails, which I love. Judith Light and I were texting and Leslie Jones

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New York Fashion Week: Men’s Inspirations

As the men’s show season enters its final lap, New York designers are prepared to embrace classic tailoring, the Mayan Riviera, the cool skater boy and even state fairs.

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Escada Preps for First New York Fashion Week Show, Amid Brand Revamp

LONDON — Escada has been in the process of refreshing its image, having recruited designer Niall Sloan and introduced a new store concept on London’s Sloane Street last year.
Now, to mark this shift in direction and the brand’s 40th anniversary, the German label is planning its first runway show during New York Fashion Week, in a bid to highlight its international appeal and speak to a broader audience.
“Given all our activities around the refreshing of our brand, we felt that this was a fantastic moment to go out and join an international fashion week. We decided to go to New York because the U.S. is one of our core markets; we have been there since day one. We have a strong retail presence in the country and very strong relationships with some of the best department stores,” said Iris Epple-Righi, the brand’s chief executive officer. “We need to show the brand to a wider audience, which we wouldn’t have been able to [achieve] if we were to only do a presentation.”
The show — which will host buyers, press, as well as the brand’s most important customers from across the globe — will also offer Sloan a platform to showcase his

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Disney Sells Manhattan Campus, Will Move New York Operations Downtown

Kelly Ripa, Ryan Seacrest and the women from “The View” are taking a trip to downtown New York – along with the rest of Walt Disney’s Big Apple operations. The owner of ABC and ESPN said it had reached a deal with Trinity Church Wall Street to acquire the rights to develop the church’s property […]

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EXCLUSIVE: VFiles Announces Runway 10 Show, Mentor Committee for New York Fashion Week

It’s back to the runway for VFiles, which will be holding its 10th show on Sept. 5.
Last season, instead of the traditional runway/performance extravaganza the company hosts, it staged “Be Heart, Make Noise,” an immersive music and fashion event done in collaboration with Adidas Originals. In the past, runway shows included celebrity guest judges such as Khloé Kardashian and Young Thug. For VFiles Runway 10, the brand is bringing its event a bit more down to earth by, for the first time, appointing a committee of eight industry leaders that will select and mentor show contestants throughout their journey to New York Fashion Week. After that, the VFiles team will provide mentorship for the following season. The pivot brings a slightly more serious — yet welcome — tone to the show that has otherwise been high on experimental fashion.
The mentor committee includes: Julie Anne Quay, founder and chief executive officer of VFiles; Laura Brown, editor in chief of InStyle magazine; Rio Uribe, designer and founder of Gypsy Sport; Candy Pratts Price, fashion consultant; Anna Trevelyan, stylist and creative consultant; Erin Magee, founder of MadeMe; Paul Cupo, designer, and James Costas-Michael, merchandise director of VFiles.
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H&M Responds to Union Rally Outside of Herald Square Flagship in New York

About 100 union activists, sales associates and elected officials rallied outside of H&M’s Herald Square flagship Wednesday afternoon calling for a fair new contract.
If the gigantic inflatable rat with an “Empower Workers” sign wasn’t enough of a clue to passersby, activists wore red T-shirts imprinted with Local 1102 Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union. At times chanting “Union, union” and “Stand Up, Fight Back,” supporters cheered intermittently, holding signs that read, “Bad Pay Is Out of Fashion,” and “H&M Clopenings Can Kill.” Curtailing “clopening’s” — the practice of having an employee close a store at night and open the same location the following day — is one of the demands union members are asking of H&M management. They are also negotiating for guaranteed hours for part-timers, dental and vision benefits for workers, the right to time off after five consecutive days worked and longevity increases for employees with three years or more of tenure.
Having met with H&M representatives earlier Wednesday and with other meetings scheduled for later, Alvin Ramnarain, president of the Local 1002 of the RWDSU, said he doesn’t expect the matter to be resolved quickly. Answering a few questions, while the band Larry & the Larrytones warmed up the

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New York Men’s Dates to Move to June in 2019

Don’t get too attached to the July dates for New York Fashion Week: Men’s — they’re changing.
Starting next year, the Council of Fashion Designers of America will shift the dates for the spring men’s shows to the first week in June. This will not only coincide with the fledgling New York women’s resort season, but will also allow American designers to show before their European counterparts.
London has historically kicked off the spring season with shows that start this year on Saturday. That’s followed by Pitti Uomo in Florence, Milan and Paris. For six seasons, NYFW: Men’s has brought up the rear with shows in mid-July.
But a successful mega, 10-day, dual-gender fashion week this past February has prompted the shift starting in 2019.
“The July timing is problematic for a lot of brands,” said Mark Beckham, vice president of marketing for the Council of Fashion Designers of America. “So this will be the last NYFW: Men’s in July.”
In February, he said, the men’s shows will once again be timed to run on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday before the women’s calendar starts on Thursday. ”It worked really well,” he said. But the spring shows will now start before London.
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Harrys of London Opens New York Flagship

NEW YORK — Charles Cohen is just getting started.
It was just over a year ago that the billionaire commercial real estate developer purchased Harrys of London, a U.K.-based footwear and accessories label. And today, Cohen has opened the doors to the brand’s first retail store, a boutique with 770 square feet of selling space on Park Avenue and 57th Street. The store is adjacent to a space that will house a 2,000-square-foot Richard James store, the other British men’s wear brand in which Cohen bought a majority stake last March. That store is expected to open in late August.
Both brands were personal favorites of Cohen’s and were searching for new owners, so the developer stepped up and purchased them. But he’s hardly been an absentee owner. He serves as chairman for both labels and has immersed himself in reinventing the brands by modernizing and updating them.
“It’s been an exciting adventure,” Cohen said. “And it’s gone better than I ever imagined.” In fact, he said he’s just about to finalize his third fashion acquisition, one that will be “complementary” to Harrys and Richard James. He declined to provide more details, but said this one is not a British brand.
At Harrys, Cohen parted ways

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Kate Spade: Fashion designer found dead in New York home

The 55-year-old was discovered in her New York apartment and is believed to have taken her own life.
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Gentle Monster Pops Up at Dover Street Market New York

Gentle Monster has popped up at Dover Street Market New York.
The South Korean eyewear brand’s ephemeral boutique is mounted through June 18 on Dover Street Market’s first floor.
A limited-edition, black-and-gold version of Gentle Monster’s Cobalt style has been created to mark the occasion.
While an eyewear brand, Gentle Monster is also regarded for its innovative and experimental retailing strategies. It employs carpenters and architects full-time to execute conceptual interior design projects.
For Dover Street Market, the brand has found inspiration in the extraterrestrial. The company has dubbed its installation “Passengers,” predicated on a narrative where “a crew of extraterrestrial creatures embark on a passage through time and space in search of their next home. Collecting precious stones and flowers along the way, the crew is able to produce energy for their ship and tools.”
This manifests as wire, wood and stone sculptures that resemble the work of artist Nick Cave.
“Dover Street Market is a resting place for creation and magnitude, and our presence within the DSM New York space feels natural because of this. Our pursuit of experimental and episodic content is rooted in the in-person experience. It’s in these conceptual spaces that our creations are able to blur the divide between eyewear

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Lady Gaga’s New York City Fashion Marathon Is Her Best Yet: See All 17 Looks!

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Olivier Lapidus to Headline French Fashion Week Event — in New York

FRENCH TOUCH: His time at Lanvin may have been short-lived, but Olivier Lapidus remains committed to his mission of establishing a “conservatory of French savoir-faire” reconciling “ancient craftsmanship with technology.”
Dedicated to his own “maison” since exiting Lanvin in March after two seasons, following the brand’s acquisition by Chinese conglomerate Fosun Fashion Group, the designer is set to headline the inaugural edition of French Fashion Week — in New York.
Scheduled to run March 27 to 29, 2019, at a venue in Midtown Manhattan, the event, organized by French Touch USA, will present a selection of established and emerging men’s and women’s brands from across the fashion, jewelry, accessories and fashion-tech categories, according to a statement.
Participating brands will present collections in the venue’s French Fashion Room and be given access to a dedicated space for shows as well as networking events.
The program will also include a French Fashion Week awards ceremony, book signings, film screenings and an exhibition of fashion photography, as well as a French pop-up space open to the public.

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Harvey Weinstein charged with rape following New York arrest

The former Hollywood mogul is led from a New York police station in handcuffs after being charged.
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Real Housewives of New York City’s Carole Radziwill Defends Her Alleged Lack of Interest in Puerto Rico and Her Egg Order

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Bill Cunningham to Be Focus of Upcoming Exhibition at the New York Historical Society

BILL’S NEW YORK: Street photographer Bill Cunningham was unquestionably a man of the city. The sidewalks of New York were his round-the-clock runway. Now the New York Historical Society has announced a special exhibition, “Celebrating Bill Cunningham,” that will be view on June 8 through Sept. 9.
Friends and friends’ family members of The New York Times lensman, who died in 2016 at the age of 87, provided the wide-ranging items for the show. Some New Yorkers will recognize the bicycle he used to pedal to and from assignments regardless of the weather or the hour. There’s also the “Bill Cunningham Corner” street sign that was temporarily installed at the southeast corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street, the photographer’s preferred perch. Visitors to the Upper West Side museum will also find his first camera, an Olympus Pen-D 35mm, and his signature sparrow blue jacket. Other mementos include photographs of Cunningham with friends and correspondence, including handmade Valentines he liked to send to friends.
After moving to New York from his home state of Massachusetts, Cunningham worked for a period as a milliner under the label William J. The hats that will be displayed will include a beach one, as well as

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Patti + Ricky Focuses on Inclusive Design With New York Pop-up and Collaborations

ALL ARE WELCOME: Raised by parents whose careers were rooted in fashion retail, Alexandra Connell had an insider’s view of brand building from a young age. But her father Steven Bochner, who led Swatch’s sales into the U.S. and later served as president of Christian Dior Jewelry, always advised her to choose a different field.
He only coalesced, when she asked, “What if I sold empowerment?”
Her online store, pattiandricky.com, specializes in apparel and accessories for the physically challenged. “He always wanted me to help people and he knew that I was very passionate about wanting to help people with disabilities,” she said.
Launched about 10 months ago, the multibrand e-tailer caters to the more than 50 million Americans with either a mental or physical disability. Diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD as a child, Connell was always keenly aware of how disabilities and looking or acting differently could have a major impact on a person’s life. The company’s name is a tribute to her mother Patti who died 10 years ago and her cousin Ricky who is unable to walk or speak.
“My mother was always on trend and when she got sick with a brain tumor, there was nothing fashionable out there for her.

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Calix by Massimo Palmiero Makes Debut in New York at Guggeheim

JEWELS IN THE ROUND: While some designers prefer to edge into New York to see what business they might reap, Massimo Palmiero dove right in, showcasing his jewels Wednesday night at the Guggenheim Museum.
Eleven dark-haired models in sleeveless black dresses and long satin gloves helped show off his Calix one-of-a-kind jewelry. Entwined around a black circular banquette in the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed rotunda, their circular display mirrored the building’s iconic skylight 90 feet above. While guests like Gabby Karan and Gianpaolo De Felice circulated, the company’s namesake spoke of how spherical designs have been integral to his work for years.
Admiring the Guggenheim’s winding path, Palmiero said, “I like the architecture and I like this design. I have been doing this spiral design for more than 15 years [leafing through a book of his work to illustrate that point.] The shape is something you see in my work. But everything that I am showing is new. Everything here tonight is one-of-a-kind pieces.”
Not interested in opening stores or opening retail accounts, the Italy-based Palmiero hosted a cocktail party to attract new clients. The fact that the Italian actress Monica Bellucci, a longtime client, was recently photographed in a magazine wearing Calix jewels

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Mike Myers Sells New York Penthouse for $14 Million

Mike Myers, New York PenthouseMike Myers has parted ways with his massive New York penthouse.
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The Standard High Line Brings ‘Parkland 17’ Installation to New York for ‘March for Our Lives’

The Standard, High Line is supporting the March for Our Lives this weekend with the unveiling of Parkland 17, a commemorative exhibition and call to action curated by artist Calyann Barnett, done with the support of Dwayne Wade. The installation, which was most recently on display at Wynwood Art Walk in Miami on March 10 for a 17-hour residence, is comprised of 17 desks.
Taking place on Saturday and Sunday, the installation will also feature a live mural painting of the phrase “we demand change” by artist Manuel Oliver. The hotel will also have open a call to action center, their ‘ring your rep’ phone booths, where people can phone representatives of Congress regarding gun control.
“The Standard originally became involved when Dwayne Wade approached us while he was working on the Parkland 17 installation for the Wynwood Art Walk. He wanted the installation to commemorate the lives lost, but also offer a call to action, and instinctively recruited the help of our Ring Your Rep phone booth from The Standard Spa, Miami Beach,” said Landis Smithers, chief creative officer of Standard International. “With the March for Our Lives imminent, it felt only right to bring Parkland 17 to our space

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Manhattan D.A. Hits Back at New York Magazine Report on Flawed Weinstein Investigation

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office is hitting back at an explosive New York Magazine report claiming that it failed to prosecute Harvey Weinstein in 2015 for alleged sexual harassment because of the indie mogul’s political connections. “Survivors of sexual violence — and all who stand with them — should know that the account appearing in […]

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Trump told to mute Twitter critics, not block them, by New York judge

A judge says the US president should mute, not block, Twitter users at a hearing in New York.
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Isaac Mizrahi to Host ‘In Your Face-New York’ at Merkin Concert Hall

SHOW ME THE CITY: Isaac Mizrahi has signed up to host “In Your Face-New York,” a multi-sensory mash-up created by Martin Sage that will be held March 12 at Merkin Concert Hall.
“Only too glad” to have been contacted by Sage, Mizrahi said he loves the associations of the people involved — New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast, New Yorker writer Patricia Marx and CBS Sunday Morning’s and NPR’s “Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me” panelist Mo Rocca among them. Other participants in the 80-minute show are perfume nose specialist Ann Gottlieb, “How to Be Black” author Baratunde Thurston, “Shocked: My Mother, Schiaparelli and Me” author Patricia Volk and jazz performer Jay Leonhart and 1-Train Band.
“It’s a smart, smart form of entertainment. A lot of ad-libbing goes on in the room that actually happens with the audience. That’s one of the reasons I agreed to do it. I think that’s what I’m good at — if I’m good at something — being in the room with an audience and being on my feet,” Mizrahi said.
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10 New York City Tow-Truck Firms Indicted

Manhattan prosecutors accused 17 people and 10 companies of using fraud and violence to create an illegal monopoly within New York City’s towing industry.
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8 must-have toys from New York Toy Fair 2018

8 must-have toys from New York Toy Fair 2018Here are some of the hottest toys from the New York Toy Fair 2018 that will be draining your bank account this year.



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The Three Designers to Watch at New York Fashion Week: Men’s

Name: Willy Chavarria
Background: Chavarria, a Mexican-American, grew up in Huron, Calif., a small town near Fresno, and held design stints at Ralph Lauren and American Eagle Outfitters before starting Palmer Trading Co., his Made in the U.S. men’s wear line that leaned heavily toward workwear and was snapped up by Japanese retailers. Now he’s exclusively focused on his namesake assortment of men’s wear.
Inspiration this season: “Faith in humanity during dark times.”
Mentor or idol: “I love the work of film director Romain Gavras. I find a connection with it in my work.”
Goal: “I’d like to help us see ourselves in a new light.”
What’s your favorite secret spot in New York?: The lobby bar at Jolly Madison Towers Hotel on 38th and Madison Avenue.
 
Name: Emily Adams Bode
Background: Bode was born and raised in Atlanta, and spent her summers in New England, where she frequented antique shops and shows with her mother. Through that she was introduced to age-old techniques and fabrications. “I have always been drawn to hand-work, craft and labors of love,” the designer said. “The stories told through craft and the sense of the hand, the individual-maker, drew me to them.” Bode eventually moved to New York, where she graduated from Parsons

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New York Fashion Week: Runways, robots and Ralph Lauren

As we head towards the end of New York Fashion Week, we look back at this year’s highlights.
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Harvey Weinstein sued by the state of New York

Harvey Weinstein and his company have been sued by the state of New York over allegations of “pervasive sexual harassment, intimidation and discrimination”.
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New York state sues Weinstein Company

Prosecutors sue the Weinstein Company, alleging the studio failed to protect employees from Harvey Weinstein.
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How Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid and More Stars Are Taking Over New York Fashion Week

ESC: NYFW Jeremy Scott, Gigi Hadid, Best BeautyCelebrities are taking over!
New York Fashion Week is officially underway and celebs are coming in droves. Everyone from Gigi Hadid to Cardi B are showing up to participate and to check…

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Gigi Hadid Takes New York Fashion Week Fall-Winter 2018: Check Out her Looks!

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Tune In to E! for Everything New York Fashion Week 2018: Get the Scoop on Our Comprehensive NYFW Coverage!

ESC: NYFW Street Style, Victoria BeckhamCalling all fashion aficionados!
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Lafayette 148 New York RTW Fall 2018

Creative director Emily Smith’s push to cater to a younger audience for fall was clear. There was a bigger embrace of pattern play and loosely cut silhouettes. Leopard-print calf hair adorned a tailored denim jacket and was also cut into a fully fashioned coat, snakeskin accented the cuffs of a sleek robe coat, and head-to-toe knit dressing was recommended for polished, unfussy office-to-dinner fare. If there was one piece sure to attract a Millennial, it would be the leopard-print bomber jacket.
“Our big message as a brand as we evolve is there’s not always a formula for how people dress,” Smith said. “We have to have fun with it, so I really want customers to be comfortable mixing and matching and playing with it.”
Smith looked to the midcentury interior of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater and its eclectic mix of tartan plaids, Moroccan rugs and graphic stripes for color and print inspiration. She blended patterns for her own take on newness — offering a cotton striped shirtdress in a winter palette of green and red, a windowpane coat with no side seams, and reversible double-print dresses ideal for travel. Items friendlier for yearlong wear included a pair of covetable wide-leg trousers, soft

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Upbeat Mood Prevails at New York Men’s Trade Shows

NEW YORK — New year, bright outlook.
That sums up the mood of specialty stores shopping the men’s trade shows here. A strong end to 2017, a soaring stock market and some tempting merchandise options for fall all combined to boost retailers’ spirits.
“Holiday was great,” said Ken Giddon, president of Rothmans, which operates three men’s stores in New York. “There have been some weather difficulties in January but that’s OK. We had a surprisingly strong fall so inventories are not what we had expected. My mood is good — it’s an exciting time to be a retailer.”
He said he has been working more with his suppliers to create partnerships that benefit both. “Every conversation is not: ‘What are you selling and how much is it?’ But it’s, ‘How can we work together.’ That’s what it’s going to take to make the wholesale model work today and I actually enjoy making deals almost more than I enjoy looking at merchandise.”
That said, Giddon did manage to find several brands that he liked at the shows. “I’m surprised at how many great Scandinavian brands there are,” he said, pointing to the Scandinavian Man section at Project. He especially liked Hestra gloves and Cords trousers.
In

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New York investigates company accused of selling fake Twitter followers

It comes after a report traces links between a company, millions of bots and various celebrities.
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In New York, the Tormented, Triumphant Life of Tennessee Williams

At New York’s Morgan Library & Museum, photos, posters, letters and even his own paintings bring alive the troubled and triumphant years of the author of “The Glass Menagerie” and “A Streetcar Named Desire.”
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U.K.’s Graduate Fashion Week Travels to New York

SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP: In an effort to strengthen its international ties, Britain’s Graduate Fashion Week plans to mount a showcase in New York on Jan. 16.
“We have a great relationship with three major New York educational institutes: FIT, Pratt and Parsons,” said Graduate Fashion Week creative director Martyn Roberts. “And while in NYC on our weeklong showcase, we plan to visit each institute to see the upcoming talent we can expect on the International Catwalk Competition for 2018.”
Hilary Alexander, a GFW trustee and journalist, said there is a long-standing relationship between U.K. fashion graduates and the American fashion industry. “Many major U.S.-based companies such as Gap and Calvin Klein are hiring British fashion graduates, so it makes perfect sense to make New York the next stop for GFW this January.”
Graduate Fashion Week is a charity, platform and showcase for students from a range of global universities. Patrons include Christopher Bailey, Victoria Beckham, Vivienne Westwood and Nick Knight. This is the first time it is hosting events outside the U.K. and in association with SmartFocus, a digital messaging cloud.
The showcase will include the collections and portfolios of students from international universities.
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Eclectic to Bring Its French Sensibility to New York City

Franck Malègue has had a long-standing love affair with New York City, so it’s no surprise that he chose Manhattan as the location for his first store outside of Paris.
The owner and designer of Eclectic, a men’s outerwear brand, will open a 1,600-square-foot store at 27 Greene Street, next to The Webster, early next year. It will join his two shops in Paris, in Le Marais and off the Avenue Montaigne, and a concession shop at Le Bon Marché.
The Paris-born Malègue started Eclectic in 2011 after spending several years in brand development for cosmetics, accessories and ready-to-wear companies. The tight collection of coats and jackets blends traditional designs with high-tech materials in a line he describes as “active tailoring,” or “tailored urbanwear” that “bridges together durability, functionality and elegance.”
Eclectic offers just 18 styles and each piece uses a canvas interlining in the front panels and lapels to give the garments shape and employs technical fibers and fabrics such as Cordura, Airnet, bi-stretch cotton and microfibers to provide wind- and water-repellency, stretch and other properties for today’s active man. One example is a sport coat in a 3-D mesh that Nike uses for its shoes.
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New York Cares and The Fashion Foundation Help New Yorkers in Need

‘TIS THE SEASON: More than halfway to its goal of collecting 125,000 donated coats, this year’s annual New York Cares Coat Drive has less than a week to go.
New Yorkers can drop off coats at multiple locations including the group’s West 31st Street warehouse, any New York Police Department precinct, all Queens library branches and Grand Central Terminal or Penn Station through Dec. 31. Those who don’t have jackets to give can text “coat” to 41444 to donate money that will be used by the nonprofit to buy and deliver coats. The city has at least 1.7 million people living below the poverty line including 60,000 who are without permanent housing, according to a New York Cares spokeswoman.
The group has collected and donated 1.8 million coats to New Yorkers in need over the past 29 years. This year’s requests from shelters, social service agencies and schools is an increase compared to last year’s tally of 109,000 coats.
Another local group, The Fashion Foundation, recently wrapped up another charitable initiative. Founder Amanda Munz helped to brighten the holidays for 100 students in three different Brooklyn schools by arranging for each of them to receive a complementary gift-laden backpack. Rebecca Minkoff and Calvin

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Inside the implosion that rebuilt the New York Knicks

Phil Jackson and Carmelo Anthony’s disastrous final season in New York was marked by distrust and dysfunction. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at a crucial moment in the franchise’s history and how it brought the Knicks to where they are today.
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Kyle O’Quinn is a hit on the New York bar mitzvah scene

Queens native Kyle O’Quinn has been the life of the party at a few area bar mitzvahs and bat mitzvahs: “I did one, did two, and the next thing you know, I was just Bar Mitzvah Man,” the Knicks center said.
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Gerard Butler Lists Opulent New York City Duplex Loft

An idiosyncratically opulent duplex loft in Manhattan’s art gallery-filled Chelsea neighborhood owned by Gerard Butler has come to market with an asking price of $ 5.995 million. The bearded and beau-hunky Scotsman, best known for his voice over role in the wildly successful animated franchise “How To Train Your Dragon” and for his starring role in […]

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Mark Hamill Explains Why He Rode a Wheelchair Through New York Airport

Mark Hamill has responded to worried fans on social media after he was spotted in a wheelchair at a New York airport on Tuesday.

Replying to a fan who asked if he was having health problems, the Star Wars actor wrote that he “tried the old ‘wheelchair trick’” to avoid autograph dealers “who constantly badger” him and his family.

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Arriving to the airport at 5 a.m., Hamill was spotted slouched in a wheelchair with a wide brimmed hat pulled low over his face. He was also carrying his dog on his lap.

Hamill celebrated the pup’s birthday later on Twitter, writing, “We arrived in NYC just in time for the 6th birthday of none other than Millie Grace Hamill! Beloved family pet, world traveler & trusted career advisor.”

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The actor seemed to be in good health during an appearance on The Ellen Degeneres Show Tuesday, where he spoke about the death of his Star Wars costar Carrie Fisher.

“She’s like an irreplaceable member of the family, but the whole world feels that way,” Hamill said of Fisher, who died last December at the age of 60. “We are all sort of mourning her. I always think of her in the present tense. I don’t think of her in the past. Any time you were with her it was just fun.”

Hamill also seemed to be healthy and in good spirits while surprising guests at Disneyland just two weeks ago. The actor popped up on the new ride, Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, and chatted with fans.

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Thom Sweeney Opens First Store Outside the U.K. in New York

NEW YORK — Thom Sweeney is making a statement with its first U.S. store.
The London-based brand that got its start as a bespoke maker in 2006, today will take the wraps off a 3,000-square-foot store at 362 West Broadway in SoHo — its first unit outside its home country.
The store stocks the brand’s ready-to-wear — which it started producing in 2013 — and has a large room dedicated to fittings for its signature made-to-measure and custom garments. It also features a special cutting room where a U.K.-based cutter will visit once a month to tend to clients along with a bar and lounge areas to encourage customers to stay a while.
“We think it stands out because there’s nothing else in the area like it,” said Thom Whiddett, who founded the brand with Luke Sweeney.
The two men met while they were both working for British tailor Timothy Everest — Whiddett as an apprentice and Sweeney as the head of the made-to-measure department. They decided to team to create the Thom Sweeney label, setting up shop in a small apartment in Mayfair, where they took private orders.
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Did Keith Urban Buy Nicole Kidman an Elegant New York City Townhouse Mansion?

Though the property in question remains available on the open market, word on the New York City celebrity real estate street is Keith Urban surprised wife Nicole Kidman with the purchase of an elegant townhouse mansion on a plum Upper East Side block listed with an elephantine $ 39 million price tag. So the unconfirmed story […]

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Parker Ladd, 89, Husband of Arnold Scaasi, Dies in New York City

Parker Ladd, 89, whose name had been linked to Arnold Scaasi for 53 years, died Tuesday at his Beekman Place apartment.
The Vermonter attended the University of Vermont and then served in the U.S. Army. After returning to civilian life, he moved to Sweden to work as a bookseller, then relocated to Los Angeles before eventually settling in New York. New to the city in the summer of 1962, Ladd was living in the New York Athletic Club when he encountered Scaasi. Walking home from what he always called “a dinner party that was not very much fun,” Ladd was strolling along Central Park South window-shopping when a Lincoln Continental pulled up and out stepped Scaasi carrying goat-skin gloves — on a July night. Ladd said he thought, “Oh my God, he’s carrying gloves getting out of that big Lincoln. Who is this guy?’” said Michael Selleck, a longtime friend. “Arnold invited him for a drink and the rest was history. They were truly together from that moment on.”
After Scaasi’s death in 2015, Ladd recalled, “I was a real country boy from Island Post, Vermont, where my grandfather had a farm and was an inventor. Arnold was a pretty sophisticated New

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Feminism’s A-List Attends Kate Millett’s Memorial in New York

“Don’t you kind of wish we could read Kate on Harvey Weinstein?” Gloria Steinem asked a crowd of hundreds, to loud applause and laughter.
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Gerard Darel to Open U.S. Boutiques in New York, Los Angeles

Paris-based contemporary fashion brand Gerard Darel will expand into the U.S. with the opening of freestanding boutiques in New York and Los Angeles beginning this month. The New York flagship will open at 145 Spring Street in SoHo on Nov. 8 and the Los Angeles location, in Westfield Century City, will open Dec. 17. The outdoor shopping center recently underwent a $ 1 billion renovation.
The stores will showcase Gerard Darel’s Parisian aesthetic with vintage furnishings fused with modern elements unique to the New York and Los Angeles locales. Both boutiques will carry the full range of women’s ready-to-wear, handbags, shoes and accessories.
The brand, which was founded in 1971 by Danielle and Gerard Darel, made its entry into the U.S. market via Bloomingdale’s shop-in-shops at 20 locations. Today it is sold in more than 50 countries, in more than 500 boutiques and shop-in-shops worldwide.
The label has amassed a celebrity following including Angelina Jolie, Jessica Alba, Olivia Palermo, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Halle Berry. It has also tapped Stephanie Seymour, Christy Turlington Burns and Robin Wright for past campaigns. Peter Lindbergh shot Wright at Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles. Gerard Darel’s current spokeswoman is French actress Charlotte Gainsbourg.
David Maruani, Gerard Darel’s director, said he believes

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Street Signs: ‘Friendly’ Sneakersnstuff Rolls Out Welcome Mat in New York

Erik Fagerlind, who cofounded the specialty sneaker chain Sneakersnstuff with Peter Jansson in 1999, says 80 percent of its business now comes from e-commerce sales — up from 50 percent five years ago. But physical retail remains a significant part of its growth strategy outside of home country of Sweden, having planted shops in London, Paris, Berlin and now New York.
“In a world where everything is available and accessible, you have to provide a little bit more than product,” Fagerlind said. “You have to provide the service to be relevant with your consumer.”
Sneakersnstuff will bring its popular concept to New York in early December. The 3,500-square-foot shop will be located in the Meatpacking District, designed by Jenny Askenfors of Bofink Design Studio and feature a basement bar. Wil Whitney, who has deep roots in the New York skate and streetwear scene — he was a former manager at Stüssy, helped start Nom de Guerre, a men’s wear brand and Brooklyn shop that closed in 2010, and most recently worked for Noah — will manage the boutique. There are plans to open a Los Angeles flagship in 2018.
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Sarah Jessica Parker to Open New York Pop-up Shop

Sarah Jessica Parker’s SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker brand will open a New York pop-up for the holiday season.
To be located at 640 Fifth Avenue with an entrance at 52nd Street, the 1,600-square-foot shop will sell an assortment of shoes — including styles reissued from the brand’s 2014 launch collection.
SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker’s line of little black dresses and handbags will also be on sale.
The shop is to be open on Black Friday, Nov. 24, and remain open through Dec. 3. Parker is expected to periodically drop into the store to greet shoppers.
“Having a home in New York for our SJP Collection has been only a seeming fantasy since we launched our brand almost four years ago.​ So it is with unbridled excitement that we share the news that we have indeed found that home, right off Fifth Avenue, in the heart of Midtown,” Parker said.
The actress, producer and designer’s business partner, George Malkemus, added: ”The very idea of the ultimate New York girl opening a pop-up and, on top of it, one opposite the famous 21 Club, has me pinching myself again and again. I couldn’t be happier for my dear, dear friend and partner, Sarah Jessica Parker.”

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Swarovski to Open Holiday Pop-up in Chelsea Market in New York

CRYSTAL POP-UP: Swarovski will open the #crystalsfromSwarovski pop-up shop from Dec. 4 through Dec. 10 at the Chelsea Market in New York.
A curated array of holiday jewelry, accessories, decor, lighting and tech, adorned with Swarovski crystals, will be available from a host of designers. Brands will include Alex and Ani, Beachwaver, Capezio, Caroline Néron, Coach Watches, Crystamas, Hickies, Inge Christopher, Jimmy Crystal New York, Judith Leiber Couture, Karl Lagerfeld, Lacoste, Oscar de la Renta, Senhoa, S’well, St. John, Tord Boontje for Swarovski and Zac Zac Posen.
“We are excited to showcase our creative partners and their sparkling designs with Swarovski crystals in a new context,” said Alexander Wellhoefer, senior vice president of Swarovski North America. “The retail concept in the heart of New York provides the platform to do just that. The pop-up will be a premier holiday shopping destination featuring a curated selection of exclusive and unique gifts by extraordinary brands and talent.”
Some of the items, including Alex and Ani bracelets, Inge Christopher clutches and S’well bottles, include a donation of a percentage of proceeds or purchase price going to nonprofit or charity organizations.
Swarovski will host a series of activations at the pop-up throughout the week.

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British Jewelry Designer Shaun Leane’s Personal Archive to be Auctioned at Sotheby’s New York

SHAUN’S SHOWCASE: The personal collection of British jewelry designer Shaun Leane is set to go under the hammer at Sotheby’s New York in December.
The designer said the collection represents “a level of creative freedom that has no parallel today and a time when jewelry, performance art and fashion fused as one. It has prompted questions in my own mind as to the important role the collection still has to play in conversations surrounding the relationship between these vital creative industries.”
He’s hoping the auction will address the questions he asked himself when making the jewels: “Is it art? Is it fashion? Is it jewelry?”
The sale is part of the auction house’s “A Life of Luxury” series, and will see 45 bespoke pieces thrust under the spotlight. Leane made the pieces for Alexander McQueen, his old friend and colleague of 17 years, for the latter’s shows and for Givenchy, and for clients such as Daphne Guinness, Isabella Blow, Kate Moss and Sarah Jessica Parker.
Highlights include the coiled corset from McQueen’s The Overlook collection for fall 1999 to 2000 that took its cue from the film “The Shining.” It was created with 97 aluminum coils. There is also a silver crown of thorns

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Sting and Trudie Styler Secure Buyer for New York City Duplex

Rock ‘n’ roll royals Sting and Trudie Styler landed a buyer for their comfortably plush and vividly sophisticated duplex at the limestone-clad 15 Central Park West complex in New York City, N.Y. they hoisted on the market not quite six months ago with a mountain of publicity and an eye-catching $ 56 million price tag. According […]

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Why Supreme Opened a Second New York Store

NEW YORK — After more than 20 years of being in business, Supreme’s Manhattan store was beginning to bust at the seams.
The streetwear brand had alleviated the lines and crowds with a new release system — customers no longer need to camp out as they put their name on a list and enter the store during a designated time slot — but demand for the product has continued to increase, which is why the team opted for a 3,000-square-foot store in Brooklyn at 152 Grand Street between Bedford Avenue and Berry Street. On Thursday morning, when the shop opened to the public, Mayor Bill De Blasio commemorated the occasion by cutting the ribbon, which was appropriately covered with the Supreme logo.
“The truth is we maxed out on the Manhattan space. We were at capacity,” said Angelo Baque, Supreme’s former brand director who started his own creative agency but still oversees art direction for the company. “We couldn’t serve any more customers or sell more items.”
The new, larger space follows Supreme’s retail formula: wooden fixtures, sparse merchandising that lines the perimeter of the store, a flat screen playing skate videos in the window and a couple of concrete blocks for seating. The

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Brett Johnson to Open Store in New York

Brett Johnson is taking the plunge into retail.
The designer, who launched his eponymous men’s wear collection in 2013, will open his first store in SoHo on Thursday.
The unit at 109 Mercer Street between Prince and Spring Streets, will have 1,600 square feet of selling space and around 1,400 square feet devoted to showrooms and offices. There will be a soft opening this week and a grand-opening party is scheduled for Oct. 12.
Johnson, who was formerly based in Virginia, has relocated to New York to be closer to the business.
“For us, it’s just easier to control everything from out of the store,” he said. “Our clientele is primarily based in New York, so it just made sense.”
Johnson, the son of Black Entertainment Television founders Robert and Sheila Johnson, got his start designing his own interpretation of the Nike Air Force One sneakers and then branched out into apparel. The Brett Johnson line of outerwear, knitwear, woven shirts and trousers are all manufactured in Florence.
The collection has been sold at Neiman Marcus as well as a handful of specialty stores in the U.S. He said the best-selling items are outerwear and knitwear, but the store will also offer made-to-measure, a category that

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The Top 10 Moments of New York Fashion Week

Highlights from the shows, including a celebrity-packed front row at Calvin Klein and a trek to Bedford Hills, N.Y., to see Ralph Lauren’s vintage cars.
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The 16 Biggest Headlines From New York Fashion Week

Fashion week, above showing designers’ collections for the upcoming seasons, is a sensory experience. Designers seek to surprise, inspire and sometimes, shock. The New York Fashion Week  spring 2018 season was no exception. Between animal protesters, massive party performances and hotly anticipated model debuts, these are the news stories that has the industry talking.
1. Ralph Lauren Invited Guests to His House in Bedford

Shades of red at Ralph Lauren’s show. 
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For his fall buy-now-wear-now collection, Ralph Lauren invited the fashion crowd to his garage, which houses some of the most spectacular cars on earth ($ 40 million Bugatti, anyone?). As for the clothes, they included a nontraditional way to dress at night.
2. Animal Rights Protesters Disrupted Banana Republic’s See-Now-Buy-Now Show

Protesters held up signs at the Banana Republic show. 
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It was a typical fashion week show on Fifth Avenue — until it wasn’t. Presenting the Banana Republic x Olivia Palermo collection, the show was interrupted by animal rights activists protesting Palermo’s use of fur in her own life.
3. Rihanna Entertained Showgoers With Pink Sand and Bike Stunts at Fenty Puma 


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There Were A Lot Of Vulvas Showing At Namilia’s New York Fashion Week Show

It was an inspired by a 1748 novel in which a magic ring “makes women’s genitals talk.”
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Books News: Ian Buruma on a New Era at The New York Review of Books

Buruma has officially begun his tenure at the intellectual magazine, taking over from Robert Silvers, who died in March after having edited it since 1963.
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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio Gets a Public Reminder to Save the Garment Center From Designers and Supporters

MAYORAL APPEAL: Rather than just send a letter to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio asking — for a second time — that the Garment Center Steering Committee’s recommendations be considered before any changes to the zoning are made, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (N.Y.) and a group of supporters held a press event Saturday morning.
On the rooftop of Nanette Lepore’s showroom, Lepore, Bob Savage, Yeohlee Teng, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and about 25 others voiced their concern about the potential upheaval of the neighborhood’s ecosystem. Standing beside a chart that outlined the garment center’s boundaries, Maloney recalled the time in the Seventies when the district was created by former Mayor Ed Koch and how he spoke “forcefully” about the need “to preserve this dynamic, creative ecosystem. He had that vision and every other mayor has kept that vision. I’m all for development in Brooklyn, but there’s room for everybody.”
Earlier this year city officials proposed a $ 136 million “Made in New York” campus at Bush Terminal in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park. About 40 Garment Center supporters helped to stall plans to set that plan in motion, by staging another press event days before an Aug. 21 City Planning Commission meeting.

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Leslie Jones Just Couldn’t Contain Herself During New York Fashion Week

“Can #LeslieJones PLEASE be my hype woman at every fashion show and shoot?!”
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What Models Really Do Backstage at New York Fashion Week

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New York Fashion Week Spring 2018: Best Looks From the Runway

ESC: Best Looks NYFW, Tom FordAnd just like that, New York Fashion Week is off to a great start.
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Is It New York Fashion Week? Or Is It Rihanna Inc.?

As some major designers decide not to show in New York, aesthetics face off against Instagram.
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The Look: New York City Parks in the Summer: Romance, Games and a Performance for a Dying Tree

Daniel Arnold spent the last two months photographing parks in all five boroughs. The experience showed him “a very different pulse of the city.”
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Minnie Mouse to Attend Her First New York Fashion Week

MINNIE TAKES MANHATTAN: It’s about time: Minnie Mouse will be touching down in Manhattan next week to attend her first New York Fashion Week visit. Her first order of business is posing for photographs at the Empire State Building Observatory on Tuesday at 10 a.m. During her stay she plans to attend a master class at Instagram with Eva Chen, head of fashion partnerships, and visit Refinery 29 to talk trends with Annie Georgia Greenberg, fashion editor at large, video producer and host.  She may even attend a fashion week party Friday night. At press time, she had no plans to attend a fashion show, but obviously that could change once publicists get wind of her visit.
Long considered a fashion icon, Minnie has served as a muse for designers, inspiring new fashion collections and appearing in magazines and runway shows all over the world. Her classic polka-dot ensemble has been continually reimagined by the fashion industry through the decades.

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The Real Housewives of New York City Stars Dish Behind-the-Scenes Secrets on All of Their Reunion Looks

Settle in for a reunion rewind.
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At New York Museums, Staffs Are More Diverse Than Boards

The Times collected data on the racial makeup at several major cultural institutions as Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to tie public funding to diversity.
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Eva Longoria Readies for New York Fashion Week Debut With Kia STYLE360

IT’S A FIRST: Eva Longoria, Rosario Dawson and Alysia Reiner are part of the batch of well-known newcomers that will be showing during next month’s New York Fashion Week.
They will be part of Kia STYLE360’s roster at Metropolitan West, which is located at 639 West 46th Street where live-streaming the shows, 360-degree virtual reality broadcasts and Facebook Live will all be part of the deal. Staring things off on Sept. 11, will be Studio 189 by Dawson and Abrima Erwiah. The proactive duo are trying to use artisanal sustainable fashion as an agent for social change. That night Andy Hilfiger, who certainly has attended his share of runway shows over the years, will be hosting one of his own as creative director of Artistix by Greg Polisseni.
With three directing projects “Black-ish,” Dylan McDermott’s new show “L.A. to Vegas” and Kaitlin Olson’s Fox show “The Mick,” Longoria will have no trouble calling the shots at the first show for her affordable Eva Longoria Collection on Sept.r 13. Another familiar face from the small screen is Vanessa Simmons of MTV’s “Run’s House,” who has been tweeting about her upcoming fashion week debut. Bad Butterfly presented by Candice Cuoco x Vanessa Simmons is on deck for

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Me Time: Is the Best Pedicure in New York Worth $85?

Our columnist weighs a medical pedicure with a hefty price tag against an elevated but affordable salon chain.
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How Sam Shepard Hit Downtown New York and Reinvented Himself

Cheap rents, wild music, easy drugs and open stages: Friends and colleagues from the 1960s recall the dramatist’s beginnings.
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At Home With: Jeannette Walls Settles Down Far From the Noise of New York

The author of “The Glass Castle” spent years covering celebrities. When her book became a huge hit, she “skedaddled” to Virginia and didn’t look back.
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Exclusive: Natalia Vodianova’s Fabulous Fund Fair Comes to New York

Natalia Vodianova’s star-studded annual Fabulous Fund Fair is coming for New York.
Vodianova’s Naked Heart Foundation will throw its fourth annual Fabulous Fund Fair this October, and for the first time the charitable bash will be held in New York. AmfAR is a first-time partner with the Naked Heart Foundation for the Halloween-themed event, which will take place on Oct. 28. Aside from the Halloween timing, the event promises to be “inspired by” artist Jeff Koons.
The first Fabulous Fund Fair was held in London in 2015, usually during London Fashion Week. A typically celebrity- and model-heavy event, guests have included Stella McCartney, Kristin Scott Thomas, Doutzen Kroes, Liv Tyler, Lara Stone, Baptiste Giabiconi, Toby Huntington-Whiteley, Yasmin and Amber Le Bon, Justine Skye and Corinne Bailey Rae.
Karlie Kloss played cohost with Vodianova for this past February’s event, which raised $ 585,000. Tickets and more information, including location, for this fall’s New York event will be released in the coming months.
Vodianova founded Naked Heart, which benefits children with special needs, in 2004.

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Bethenny Frankel Dishes Real Housewives of New York City’s Mexico Trip, From Luann’s Falls to “Disaster” Ramona

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New York City Ballet Unveils Designers for Its Fall Fashion Gala

The event, overseen by Sarah Jessica Parker, returns on Sept. 28. City Ballet also said that the principal dancer Rebecca Krohn would retire this fall.
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Off-White, Monse to Design Costumes for New York City Ballet

New York City Ballet will soon mark the sixth installment of its Fall Gala, with costumes by an unconventional group of designers.
Monse’s Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim, Off-White’s Virgil Abloh, Tsumori Chisato and Jonathan Saunders have been paired with choreographers, working in tandem to create original works set to premiere at the Sept. 28 event.
Monse will work with New York City Ballet principal dancer Lauren Lovette to create costumes for her second choreographic work for the company. Chisato has been paired with NYCB resident choreographer Justin Peck. Abloh will design costumes for a new piece by choreographer Gianna Reisen. Saunders — designing ballet costumes independently of DVF, where he is chief creative officer — has been paired with NYCB soloist Troy Schumacher, who is creating his third choreographic work for the company.
Sarah Jessica Parker has reprised her role as the gala’s event chair. The fashion gala was conceived by Parker in 2012. Each year, the actress, designer and producer wrangles fashion designers for the costuming task. Past participants have included Thom Browne, Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, Carolina Herrera, Marques’Almeida, Valentino, Olivier Theyskens and Dries Van Noten, among others.
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The Look: The Faces of New York City’s Pride Parade

“The point was to represent a group of people who were in the same place while an event was happening and show the diversity that exists within that group,” said Ryan Pfluger, a photographer who took portraits of paradegoers in Washington Square Park.
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Plus-Size Retailer Torrid to Showcase at New York Fashion Week

TORRID HITS THE RUNWAYS: Torrid, which designs and retails apparel, lingerie, swimwear, accessories and footwear for the plus-size woman, is the first plus-size women’s fashion brand to present at NYFW: The Shows as part of IMG. The runway show will take place Sept. 12.
The catwalk will be a showcase for the brand’s third annual Model Search competition, serving as the semifinal competitive round for the top 10 finalists. Selected by a panel of judges who include “Project Runway” winner Ashley Nell Tipton, celebrity makeup artist Priscilla Ono and model Candice Huffine, the finalists will walk the runway before going on to a third and final round of competition, where the winner will be selected by Torrid friends and fans.
Torrid’s model search kicked off in May, with online submissions followed this summer by live casting in Los Angeles, Seattle, Houston and Atlanta. The retailer has also extended its search to Canada for the first time, with a live casting in Ontario. Last year, 10,000 women applied. The winner will have the title “Face of Torrid 2018” and will receive a Torrid modeling contract and wardrobe. She will also host Torrid store openings and events as a brand ambassador, will be featured

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Kenneth Jay Lane Dies in New York at 85

Costume jewelry designer Kenneth Jay Lane, 85, died in his New York apartment.
It had not been determined whether he died Wednesday evening or Thursday morning, according to Chris Sheppard, executive vice president of Kenneth Jay Lane Inc.
After attending school at the University of Michigan and Rhode Island School of Design, the Detroit native made his way to New York where he worked on Vogue’s art team in 1954 before venturing into design at Delman Shoes. He later worked for Roger Vivier at Christian Dior before striking out on his own in 1961. As a resourceful young designer, Lane repurposed some of the scrap leather that were not used for Vivier-approved heels and wrapped them around bangles that he has bought from Lamstons, a five-and-dime-type store. Accenting footwear with jewels piqued an interest in costume jewelry design.
Lane changed the landscape of costume jewelry, adding souped-up color, drama, luxury and a wide variety of ethnic motifs, and making it exclusive. Many of his customers combined his pieces with their “real” jewels…and it was often impossible to tell the difference. As he once put it, “Our jewelry is designed for people who want to be noticed.”
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Independents Upbeat at New York Men’s Trade Shows

NEW YORK — Retailers at the men’s trade shows here this week had one primary category on their minds: sportswear.
Gone are the days when buyers scoured the fairs for new tailored clothing labels. As stores, particularly independents, continue to battle a disinterested consumer, macroeconomic factors and the growing power of Amazon, executives were mainly looking to pick up new casualwear brands to complement their existing offerings.
The good news is that the formula seems to be working: Most independents interviewed said business has picked up slightly and they’re keeping their fingers crossed the trend will continue.
Ken Giddon, president of New York’s Rothmans, noted that thanks to a successful pop-up with Psycho Bunny — “our best pop-up ever” — the store had “a really good June.”
“We’re flexible enough to keep bobbing and weaving,” he added.
For the men’s specialty store, that means de-emphasizing tailored clothing and keeping customers interested by featuring a rotating series of pop-up shops. “It’s part of our model now,” Giddon said. “It works to always have something fresh.”
He said “tailored clothing is becoming a smaller part of the business, but we’re growing other parts,” especially sportswear. He especially liked Stitch Note’s short-sleeve wovens, Benson and Rodd & Gunn’s sportswear,

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Phish Fans Flock to New York for 13-Concert Marathon

Fans of the jam band will converge on Madison Square Garden, as well as other sites for a range of Phish-related events, for two weeks.
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Raf Reigned at New York Fashion Week: Men’s

Raf saved the week.
Designer Raf Simons’ “Blade Runner”-inspired spring show in an alley in Chinatown Tuesday night was undoubtedly the highlight of an otherwise lackluster New York Fashion Week: Men’s, which also was boosted by the inclusion of Hugo Boss for the second time. But because in large part to the ongoing the lack of many other high-profile designers, the latest edition was perhaps the weakest of the last five.
The list of missing names — Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Thom Browne, Joseph Abboud, John Varvatos, Tim Coppens and John Elliott — was seemingly longer than those who opted to participate.
The scarcity of marquee names also impacted the number of overseas buyers and editors who attended — even though the editors’ expenses have often been paid by the brands or the CFDA in the past. And even those who did make the trip essentially skipped the last day of shows on Thursday, which had more spread-out schedule of lesser-known names such as Luar and C2H4.
Despite the challenges, the organizers remain committed to the idea of a separate men’s week.
Mark Beckham, chief marketing officer for the Council of Fashion Designers of America, said the shows “really showed the diversity of

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Cole Haan Enlists Justin Peck to ‘Choreograph’ New York City Ballet Campaign

Dancers from the New York City Ballet, along with company choreographer-in-residence Justin Peck, are lending an animated touch to Cole Haan’s newest campaign.
Peck, flanked by corps de ballet member Gretchen Smith and principal dancers Amar Ramasar, Megan Fairchild and Sara Mearns, leap and bound in branded GIFs and still images — portraying the brand’s Grand Evolution, Grand Motion and Studio Grand collections.
Cole Haan has worked with Smith, Fairchild and Mearns since 2014. The campaign marks its first partnerships with Peck and Ramasar.
Peck noted that the GIF medium proved challenging to choreograph. “It was a little tricky, especially the shots that involved all five of us — it was a really great challenge. The GIFs are super fun to make, we ended up kind of learning as we went because GIFs have very short windows of time to display movement. We had to find the right pacing of movement so it looked fluid and coherent.”
The choreographer is in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., for the company’s annual residency at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. This summer he will spend time in San Francisco to work with the San Francisco Ballet while also workshopping movements for the Broadway revival of “Carousel.”
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Kay Unger New York Repositions Dress Line for Better-Priced Market

Kay Unger New York, which is licensed to Group J.S. International, is undergoing a makeover.
The dress brand, which for the past year has been geared toward the bridge-designer area, is being repositioned as a better updated dress collection. The company has lowered its price points to be more competitive in the dress market.
Starting in spring 2018, retail prices will range from $ 168 to $ 395.
“We want to continue the legacy of Kay Unger,” said Cynthia Amaro, sales director. Unger stepped down from the company bearing her name in 2012 to focus on her philanthropic and creative endeavors. She isn’t involved in the dress brand.
At the time of her departure, Kay Unger New York — cofounded by Unger and Rob Feinberg in 1995 — was generating about $ 30 million in wholesale volume in its Kay Unger and Phoebe Couture collections, selling to such stores as Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s and Lord & Taylor, and 20 international markets. Unger’s brand, which was sold to Alex Evenings, was later sold to ACI Licensing in early 2016, which licensed Group J.S. a little over a year ago.
During her career, Unger was known for her exclusive prints and innovative color mixes, novelty fabrics,

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Critic’s Notebook: Real New York Shows From Raf Simons and Todd Snyder

A Belgian innovator and an Iowa-born traditionalist see to it that New York Fashion Week: Men’s honors its setting.
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Rihanna Brings Fenty Back to New York Fashion Week

Au revoir, Proenza. Adieu, Rodarte. Ta-ta, Thom Browne. While several high-profile American brands have decided to abandon New York Fashion Week for Paris, at least one major international name is doing the opposite and bringing her show back to town: Rihanna.
After two seasons showing her Fenty Puma by Rihanna collection in Paris, WWD has learned that Rihanna is heading back to New York Fashion Week, where she launched the line with her first show for fall 2016.
Rihanna was unavailable for comment but Puma issued this statement: “After two successful seasons showing during Paris Fashion Week, Rihanna has decided to return to New York and show her Fenty Puma by Rihanna spring 2018 collection during NYFW, making this the first time she will present during September NYFW.”
Details of the date and location of the show have yet to be confirmed, but if the past is any indication, it will be one of the late shows with an elaborate set. Rihanna presented her first Fenty Puma collection at 23 Wall Street, followed by spring 2017 at Paris’ Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild, and most recently at Bibliothèque Nationale de France for fall. Reportedly working with a different designer every season, including Adam Selman

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Designers to Watch During New York Fashion Week: Men’s

Brand: Private Policy
Designers: Haoran Li and Siying Qu
Aesthetic: Genderless luxury streetwear
Backstory: The duo met while they were design students at The New School’s Parsons School of Design. Both China natives who had emigrated to New York to fulfill their dreams in fashion, they graduated in May 2015 and blended Qu’s talents in women’s wear and Li’s in men’s wear to create Private Policy. They offered up a range of unisex silhouettes in high-quality fabrics such as satin/velvet, silk/wool and fur, with a mission to reinvent downtown streetwear. But the collection also delivers a loud societal message and a call to action — prior seasons have taken on issues such as slave labor and global warning.
Spring Inspiration: Trinkets: A View of America Through Foreigners’ Eyes. The idea behind the collection is that in light of the current political climate, the idea of the American Dream may be lost. So the duo collected some pieces from ordinary life and infused them into Native American-inspired vests and jackets, reinvented denim jackets and pants embellished with rhinestones and abstract prints that resemble the Thank You plastic bags used at convenience stores around the country.
Why They Want to Show in New York: New York is where

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Uber inadvertently underpaid New York City drivers for over two years

Uber inadvertently underpaid New York City drivers for over two yearsUber generally takes a commission from its drivers after deducting taxes and some fees, but it instead took a higher percentage from its New York City drivers using the full fare before accounting for sales taxes and fees, according to the Wall Street Journal, which first reported the news. “We are committed to paying every driver every penny they are owed – plus interest – as quickly as possible,” Rachel Holt, Uber’s regional general manager for U.S. and Canada, said via email. All New York City drivers under the 2014 agreement would be eligible for a refund, regardless of whether they are still active or not, as long as they completed an Uber ride, the Journal report said.



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Men’s Fashion: Your Guide to New York Fashion Week: Men’s

What fashion fans need to know about the more than 50 labels scheduled to strut their stuff in Manhattan from July 10 to July 13.
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Huntsman Unveils Larger Bespoke Salon in New York

NEW YORK — Custom clothing is one of the rare hot-ticket items in American men’s wear these days, and with more than 167 years of experience creating bespoke clothing on the famed Savile Row in London, Huntsman wants to carve out a bigger piece of the pie in the U.S.
In February, the company opened a small appointment-only salon at 130 West 57th Street here, a multiuse building between Sixth and Seventh Avenues. This week it invited customers in to see a new space in the same building that is three times larger and includes the addition of a cutter from London who will be housed in the location permanently.
Additionally, the brand has hired veteran men’s wear executive Edward Turco as director of its U.S. operations. Turco most recently was corporate custom manager for Loro Piana in the U.S., was president of Burberry Tailored Clothing and also spent time at the former Hartmarx Corp.
Pierre Lagrange, the Belgian hedge fund manager and cofounder of GLG Partners, who purchased Huntsman in 2013, made a visit to the location — dubbed a pied-à-terre — to meet customers and christen the new space this week.
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Project Teaming With New York Men’s Day

The trade shows are not about to let the runway shows get all the attention.
So Project has linked with New York Men’s Day, the official start of New York Fashion Week: Men’s, to get in on the action.
The trade show will host a showcase outside of Dune Studios on Water Street in lower Manhattan on Monday, July 10 during the afternoon session of NYMD from 4:30 to 6 pm. The trade show will bring five of its brands — Michael Bastian, Thaddeus O’Neil, Faherty, W.R.K. and M. Singer — who will each show five looks from their spring collection in a live presentation in the park area outside Dune. There will also be a DJ and drinks, so the event is sure to draw some fashionistas searching for libations before the Todd Snyder show at 7 p.m.
Erik Ulin, president of Project, said, “Supporting up-and-coming brands and designers is an important part of our mission and something we strongly believe in. In this second edition of our partnership with NYMD, we are adding a strong roster of brands from our portfolio for a special presentation. We selected these designers for their different takes on dressing the American man.”
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Rafe Totengco Takes Rafe New York Bags on Summer Roadshow

Rafe New York founder Rafe Totengco is among the many designers using the summer holiday to multitask with travel and trunk shows. Totengco, who founded his company in 1997 with a few clutches, small bags and some belts, found a niche with his shell-inlay minaudières, which he introduced in 2009.
The bags, handmade in his native Philippines, retail for $ 650 — $ 1,200 at neimanmarcus.com, his own site and Les Suites in Paris, Tryano in Abu Dhabi, Rustan’s in the Philippines, Masari in Indonesia and Harvey Nichols in Dubai and Kuwait among others.

Rafe New York’s resort bags. 

“I have always done a mix of leather and exotic in my collections. These past several years I concentrated on the shell-inlay minaudières because it was a point of differentiation and a category that isn’t saturated,” said Totengco during his first Los Angeles trunk show, held at a private residence in Brentwood.
“I find that meeting the customer and being able to explain the process and the product makes a huge difference in their decision to buy or not buy. My sales online have been healthy but there’s nothing like a tête-à-tête experience,” said Totengco, who also traveled to North Carolina this summer and was toying with

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A Winning Design for a New York Monument to Gay and Transgender People

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the artist Anthony Goicolea had been selected to design the monument in Hudson River Park in Manhattan.
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People Are Crushing On This Pakistani Doctor Who Needs A Room In New York City

Meet Rehan Munir. He’s a 26-year-old med school grad from Pakistan who also happens to be a model.

Here’s Munir in a TV commercial for Hush Puppies Pakistan.

Talk about a well-rounded guy, right?

Munir told HuffPost he hopes to do rotations in various hospitals across the U.S. to gain experience. He’s currently looking for housing in New York City, though ― a search he called “quite the ride.”

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Some of Munir’s New York-based friends recommended he post an ad on Gypsy Housing, a closed Facebook group for people looking for housing and roommates, so earlier this month, Munir did just that.

“I’m Rehan and I’m looking to rent a furnished room on the Upper East Side, Upper West Side or Midtown Manhattan,” the post read

“I’m professional, friendly and easy to live with,” he added. “Most of all, cleanliness is of utmost priority to me. Please let me know if you have any leads.”

In response, the 26-year-old got way more than housing offers: 

“You can totally find a room for $ 800! Just will have more than a few roomies, so be warned,” one woman wrote. “Also, and I apologize if this is inappropriate, but umm … boyyyy you fine!” 

Others got real bold and straight-up proposed to Munir:

The post had 363 “likes” at last count and got plenty of media attention. Munir said he never expected such an “enthusiastic” response when he wrote the listing.

“It was pretty overwhelming,” he told HuffPost. “I wrote it and the next day I wake up and I see my post has been inundated with messages and it’s reached a number of blogs locally and internationally. I found it hilarious! The Internet is really an unpredictable place.” 

Though people have been “very helpful and kind” in helping Munir look for a room, he’s still mulling over his housing options. 

And to answer the question on seemingly everyone’s minds: Yes, your boy is single. 

“I’m single but trying to focus on my career at the moment,” he told HuffPost.

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Is Thom Browne the Most Underestimated Designer in New York?

Among many inside and outside the fashion world, the gap between the perception of the designer’s company and its reality is “huge.”
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