Last week Matthew Williamson opened his first US flagship downtown in New York to a packed Fashion Week crowd. With a large glass facade and poured concrete flooring the look of the space is modern and sleek. Williamson's colorful, vintage inspired aesthetic is not lost, however, not only do the clothes themselves add a jolt of color and vibrancy to the space so too do his furniture creations for The Rug Company and his bespoke wallpaper designs. Check out our first look at the new store, and, don't forget to check out Williamson's Fall 2009 collection as well.
Designer Richard Chai--the brother of one part of the Den duo--is the newest inhabitant to grace the Den pop-up space in the East Village. Chai, who recently launched menswear and his own Go International collection for Target, will sell most of his Spring 09 men's range, a capsule of the women's range, and some exclusives in the newly revamped space. Check out this first look at the new space, along with three of Chai's menswear looks for spring.
Last night we stopped by the YSL Edition Unisex pop-up where staff members and fashion friends were celebrating the collection's launch. Luckily, we got their just before the space got packed and had a chance to pour over the slinky fabrics and masculine, slouchy cuts in the collection. For more, be sure to check out our earlier posting with look book images from the YSL Edition Unisex collection.
Stefano Pilati's unisex line for Yves Saint Laurent, called Edition Unisex, is poised to debut during New York Fashion Week--alllllll the way downtown. The pop-up will run for the entirety of the week, from tomorrow's first fashion murmurs through next week's straggling finales. The range, inspired by Pilati's Spring 2009 Men's collection, will include washed silk blazers, silk organza trench coats, and pants in crepe de chine which "maintain the men's silhouettes while offering an implicit femininity". Looks like downtown is good for more than just an after-party these days.
Coutorture correspondent and all-around great gal, Brigitte Nicole, catches the last weeks of the Martin Margiela Retrospective in Antwerp. Her report and photos for our viewing pleasure...
Hussein Chalayan is among those designers, like Rei Kawakubo, Alexander McQueen, or Junya Watanabe, who lets exploration and experimentation sometimes get the best of his ability to make clothing wearable... and, according to the Times Online, to an exceptional degree. The "From Fashion And Back" retrospective (put together by Puma where Chalayan is now creative director) celebrates the designer's talent in this area. Thankfully, the combination of an unbending artistic vision and involvement with a global brand now afford him the best of both worlds. To see more images from the exhibition, click here.