Monday, November 22, 2004

Doyle New York Vintage Couture and Accessories Auction, Continued...

I always like to hear it straight from the experts...so I asked Clair Watson, Director of Couture for Doyle New York, to give me some quick, off the cuff impressions of Tuesday's sale, and this is what she told me...

"Fabulous Lucile result - the Orientalist gown from 1910, $35,850, unbelievable! Worth every penny as far as I am concerned, and obviously recognized by the market as being rare and special.

Then the two Worths from a couple of years prior, so the son, not the dad (the main man) but at $13,145 for each of them, a validation of beauty. All the above three were from the Margaret Daly Brown family estate, a woman with a gorgeous dramatic taste.

Then the Balenciaga for $8,365 was lovely (an embroidered tulle dress and Gros de Londres Coat); the Beene pieces did well: especially a paillette jacket for $4780; the furs did really well as it is the season, fashion AND calendar ($19120 for the Vissot Couture chinchilla); the capes did dash out within estimate by the way, a first as the rule of thumb was 'capes never go'...

Re: accessories - Hermes, Hermes, Hermes - the ostrich Kelly made over $7000 - Oh, and remember all the articles when Tom Ford retired re: when his pieces would be collectible? I put in the pearlescent lingerie dress he did for YSL that WWD put in 'top ten', lot 3616, just to see and it sold for $800, original price FYI just under $3000, 18 months old. What we can conclude from this it is too early to say but it matched prices for 60's couture!"


- Posted by Marilyn Kirschner

Thursday, November 18, 2004

For What it’s ‘Worth’

The designer label commanding the highest price at yesterday's Doyle New York Couture, Textiles, and Accessories Auction, was NOT in fact, a highly collectible, rare, and covetable early Worth creation (which has traditionally fetched the biggest bucks). Nope, this time around, it went for the dress that incidentally, was chosen for its cover - lot number 3393, described as a “Lucile avante garde vivid voided velvet evening gown”, (American, 1910). Estimated at garnering somewhere between $5,000 - $7,000, it went for a whopping 30 grand!

Lucile was considered to be “the first internationally celebrated British woman couturier” who dressed not only the aristocracy and royalty of her era, but European stage stars as well. She eventually opened salons in New York, Paris, and Chicago where she continued to wow the social set, adding to her stellar list of loyal customers, including celebrated names like Vanderbilt, Whitney, and Pickford. And interestingly, it was her sister, Elinor Glyn, who actually coined the term, ‘It Girl’ in 1907, after using it in her best selling novel, ‘Three Weeks’. If you would love to learn more about this fascinating designer, you’re in luck. Coincidentally, FIT’s spring show, scheduled for February 28th through April 16th 2005 is entitled, ‘Designing the It Girl: Lucile and her Style’.

Hardly surprising, Pauline Trigere’s covetable designs are customarily featured at Doyle’s and this time was no exception. Included in the selection was an arresting color spectrum wool plaid evening dress from the 60’s, a sculptural black silk faille evening dress which recalled the ‘manner’ of Balenciaga, and one of the legend’s timeless and impeccably tailored coats. As any vintage collector knows, her coats have always been seen as collector’s items. In fact, in this past Sunday’s New York Times ‘Style’ section, the keenly observant and very knowledgeable Bill Cunningham noted (in his pictorial celebrating the return of the cloth coat this season), “The surprise was a new generation’s discovery of the late Pauline Trigere’s beautifully constructed designs”.

Well, let’s just say that one bidder at Doyle’s walked away with a ‘steal’- lot number 3537 which was listed as a 1970’s Trigere black wool maxi coat with topstitching and princess seams in very good condition, estimated at between $400 and $600. It sold for a mere $225. I challenge you to find an amazing coat at retail for that amount of money! Impossible.

However, one reverse case where the final price blew the estimates through the roof, was lot number 3521, a Trigere rhinestone embroidered ‘bib’ from the 60’s which featured long tapered set in sleeves, band collar, and back zipper. Unlabeled, the catalogue estimated that it would go for somewhere between $200 and $300, yet it sold for $2,000.

Posted by Marilyn Kirschner

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

What's the Point?

  I for one, am SO thrilled to see a new shift in shoe aesthetic and the demise of the pointy toed shoe. There was a time when it seemed the pointy toe (with accompanying teetering stiletto heel) was the only 'acceptable' way to go, and the very definition of chic. And in order to be or to look fashionable (what does that mean these days any way?), meant wearing one version or another of this rather uncomfortable footwear.

Well, that has almost completely changed as of late (can we thank Marc Jacobs and Miuccia Prada for that?) and not a moment too soon. The much more youthful and sweet round toe has resurfaced as the 'toe' of the moment and the sheer variety available (in terms of price, silhouette, color, materials) is outstanding and noteworthy.

There are not only high heeled round toed pumps, ankle straps, and t-straps which are perfect for holiday evenings, but round toed flats and low heels which would make navigating around town a breeze. Ballet slippers with the classic round toe can be found at Bergdorf Goodman in both their 4th floor designer department as well as on the more moderate 5th floor. And even though fashionable editors in chief like Anna Wintour and Glenda Bailey traditionally favor point toed boots with skinny heels when they make the rounds, my money is on the more 'street' friendly round toed boots with sturdy heels and lugged soles (like the wonderfully non-fashiony, traditional and perennial favorite 'Campus' boot made by Frye which are available ($220) at Tip Top Shoes, 155 West 72 street, New York, N.Y. www.tiptopshoes.com. With the slushy and icy weather upon us, there are the perfect rugged solution.

Of course, another perfect solution for getting 'grounded' is the insulated round toed Marc by Marc Jacobs red nylon 'Moon Boot' which is also available in green and navy. They sell for $180 and can be found at Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue, and on many websites, including www.jildorshoes.com and www.neimanmarcus.com. Talk about boots that are 'made for walking' (on the moon OR the earth)!

- Marilyn Kirschner

Monday, November 15, 2004

Puttin’ on the ‘Glitz’

Quite frankly, at this moment in time, I’m ready to take it off. As I’ve already pointed out, by the time glitzy pins, belts, rings and things are being sold and advertised all over the place, not to mention (with all due respect) at such middle of the road and ubiquitous chains like The Gap and Banana Republic, you know it’s ‘over’. And hardly surprising, there was so much glitter and shine on display at the booths lining the aisles of the Triple Pier Vintage Show this past weekend, it even prompted one gentleman (who appeared to be a non professional attendee merely accompanying his wife) to observe out loud, “I’ve never seen so much glitz”.

And glitz there was, tons of glittery jewel encrusted clothing items, diamante buttons, belts, earrings, and bracelets, and naturally, loads of paste, rhinestone, and bejeweled brooches- many of which resembled Christmas tree ornaments (or were they actually Christmas tree ornaments? It was hard to tell). I must say, I was a bit disappointed with the selection this weekend, and my overall impression was that it was a predictable ‘sea’ of tweeds, plaids, fur trimmed coats, ‘Chanel’ type suits, fur stoles, Pucci, Gucci, etc. In fact, this is probably the first time I walked empty handed; I guess I felt as though I had better examples already hanging in my closets (‘been there, done that’?). I did see celebrated vintage collector and Vogue editor Hamish walking around, and when I asked if he had uncovered anything great, he said, no (but of course, it was early in the day). I also found myself shoulder to shoulder with adorable Oscar winning actress Hilary Swank, looking very informal -- though not exactly incognito in -- puffy jacket, jeans, and sneakers. She said this was her first vintage show and admitted she was overwhelmed!

What was not surprising given my prediction, is that what really stood out were the non-glitzy accessories: wonderful chunky beads and necklaces (my current fixation), and the booth that really personified this, catching my eye, was Philadelphia based Clive H. Ensher’s C.H.E Antiques. Mr. Ensher, told me that he specializes in “large one of a kind pieces from the 20’s through the 70’s that are not run of the mill and are not glitzy”. His amazing selection was wonderfully tactile, sculptural, and extremely modern, and was marked by bleached horn, amber, ebony, ivory, snd ‘tortoise’. Some of the pieces were fashioned out of oversized chains or elongated discs, and many were so large, they were more like ‘bibs’, and would cover much of your chest. This made them the perfect fabulous accessory to wear beneath that unbuttoned crisp white shirt, under a perfectly tailored blazer, over a shrunken cotton t-shirt or tank, OR of course, with something a bit more dressed up.

Mr. Ensher does not have a retail shop, nor does he sell online, but he can be found at the Triple Pier Antique Shows, and his chic, timeless, and understated cache (which is the perfect antidote to all the tacky glitz), in addition to his Main Line location, has put him in close proximity to a group of well heeled and elegant customers, such as the Biddles. You can contact him at 610 449 4744 or by email: clicksnap@prodigy.net.

- by Marilyn Kirschner

Friday, November 12, 2004

Bead it!

Don’t get me wrong, I still love pins. I truly believe that brooches and pins are now relegated to classic status, are here to stay, and will always have a place in a woman’s (or guy’s?) wardrobe. But I must admit they are so overdone, so over used, and have become so clichéd at the moment, that unless you chose a really fabulous, unusual pin, chose to wear them as unorthodox multiples, OR wear them in an unexpected way (NOT, I repeat, NOT on your lapel unless you want to look like --no offense -- Madeleine Albright, Barbara Walters, attorney Gloria Alred, or Sarah Jessica Parker in her Gap ads), it’s time to think about moving on to something else.

Funny thing, I was checking out the $200+ assortment of Erickson Beamon pins at Barneys New York (which are quite eye catching), and noticed a sales associate in the shoe department who was wearing an even more outstanding pin. When I asked where she bought hers, she laughingly admitted it was from H&M! Though she didn’t say how much she paid, let’s just assume it was a fraction of the cost of Barneys’. Proving of course, that one need not break the bank to keep up with trends. But you knew that, didn’t you?

In any event, as happens with popular trends, they often play out in such a mass way, that they lose the very charm and appeal that made them look so great when they first hit fashion’s radar. And if you just blindly follow the lead, you can run the risk of looking lazily unimaginative UNLESS you find your own way to re- interpret. So- the question is, is there life after pins? What’s next? Beads!

The December Elle features a Gilles Bensimon cover shot of the very beautiful and talented Natalie Portman looking especially groovy, chic, hip, and breezy, wearing a group of chunky and colorful vintage Missoni beads around her neck. This exemplifies the playful impact and punch that beads provide, offering a welcome a change from the more dressed up and sometimes too serious rhinestone pins that were so popular for fall/winter. Though you may not be able to get your hands on those exact pieces (they came from a vintage shop in Paris), similar (if not identical) versions abound on vintage websites, at vintage shops, flea markets, and on Ebay. And I am sure that you will find beads galore, whether real, wood, plastic, or bakelite if you visit the Triple Piers Vintage Show this weekend and next.


But of course, after all is said and done, in the end, it all goes back to this: if you like pins- go ahead- wear and enjoy them. Speaking of wearing what you like- all I can say- hurray for Helen! The fashionable socialite and former Vogue editor, Helen Lee Schifter, who is usually photographed in different outfits night after night, was the subject of an entire column in www.fashionweekdaily (“Proenza Times 3 for Helen”, Shifter is New York’s latest “outfit repeater”), which sought to get to the bottom of her alleged fashion ‘crime’ (showing up at back to back social events clad in the same Proenza Shouler quilted black bustier- can you imagine that???!!!).

Her response to them, when asked ‘why’, was simple and fabulous,she admitted she simply adores her new Proenzas and wants to wear them all the time. She also pointed out that some of the most stylish women who have inspired her (including former boss Anna Wintour and social/fashion icon Deeda Blair) have been known to ‘repeat outfits’. Didn’t Diana Vreeland elect to wear a simple ‘uniform’ of seemingly plain, non-sensical, black sweaters, pants, or skirts, accessorized with her bold and signature Chanel cuffs and ivory necklace? Many fashion authorities consider having a ‘uniform’ a ‘good thing’ (like the late Geoffrey Beene for example, who long extolled the virtues of creating your own uniform, much the way a man does). The idea that women HAVE to change with the wind, is not only stupid, ridiculous, and damaging, but also impractical. So I salute Ms. Schifter for being honest, doing what pleases her (not the fashion press or paparazzi) and wearing what she likes.

Posted by Marilyn Kirschner


DOYLE NEW YORK AUCTION OF COUTURE,
TEXTILES, ACCESSORIES
AND IMPORTANT COSTUME JEWELRY

AUCTION
Tuesday, November 16, 2004 at 10am

EXHIBITION
Saturday, November 13, 10am - 5pm (Walkabout w/Specialist at Noon)
Sunday, November 14, Noon - 5pm
Monday, November 15, 10am - 2pm

On Tuesday, November 16 at 10am, Doyle New York will hold an auction of important vintage couture by the world's most famed couturiers. The sale will also feature an extensive single owner collection of costume jewelry. Additional offerings include elegant handbags, hats, accessories, cases and trunks, as well as American, European and Asian textiles. The public is invited to the exhibition on view from Saturday, November 13 through Monday, November 15. Doyle is located at 175 East 87th Street in Manhattan.

Couture highlights from the early 20th century include a remarkable group of gowns from the collection of the American heiress Margaret Daly Brown, daughter of the legendary Montana "Copper King" Marcus Daly. Following the death of Mrs. Brown in 1911, the gowns were packed away in a trunk in 1913, and have emerged only recently as part of the estate of her daughter, Frances Carroll Brown.

Featured in the Margaret Daly Brown Collection is an avant garde 1910 purple voided velvet evening gown by Lucile, the first internationally celebrated British woman couturier. Lucile, Lady Duff Gordon, dressed the aristocracy, royalty and stage stars of Europe from her couture salon in London. Her clients included the Queens of England and Spain; Consuelo, Duchess of Marlborough; Lillie Langtry; Isadora Duncan and others. From 1910 to 1915, Lucile went on to open salons in New York, Paris and Chicago, dressing actresses Irene Castle, Marion Davis and Mary Pickford, as well as society clients like Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. The gown in the Margaret Daly Brown Collection appears to be from Lucile's American debut collection in 1910 (est. $5,000-7,000).

Other highlights from the Brown Collection include two elegant gowns by Worth. The first is a circa 1905 coupe des velours evening gown of pale aquamarine silk (est. $5,000-7,000) and the second, also circa 1905, is a gold voided silk velvet evening gown (est. $7,000-9,000).

The auction also offers a selection of late 19th and early 20th century New York designs, including the 1899 wedding gown worn by Esther Maria Lewis Chapin, who was presented at court wearing the Worth gown and train that fetched $101,500 at Doyle several years ago. Other notable early designs include a 1925 black lace dress by Chanel, and a collection of 1920s gowns and accessories descended in the family of American heiress Margaret Preston Draper, who married Italian Prince BonCompagni in 1916. Featured is the Princess' lace wedding gown, possibly Worth, as well as her original invoices from Patout, Vionnet, Drecoll and others. Dating to 1939 is a rare, early dress by Balenciaga of olive drab crepe de chine with a whimsical print of flying ducks.

From the 1960s and 70s are dresses and suits from the collection of the Marquesa de San Damian, featuring creations by Balenciaga, Chanel, Givenchy, Dior, Galanos and Guy Laroche. From another collection is a rare 1970 Norell brown velvet coat trimmed in white mink at the collar, cuffs and hem (est. $4,000-6,000).

The auction will also offer Stephen Sprouse's day-glo orange wool coat from his first collection in 1983, which was modeled on the cover of Vogue by Brooke Shields. From a private collection is a group of signature clothing and accessories by Hermes. Other notable designers represented in the sale include Fortuny, Paquin, Saint Laurent, Trigere, Halston, Thea Porter, Maimbocher, Adrian, Pucci, Jean Louis, Commes des Garconnes, Versace and Geoffrey Beene.

Among the elegant accessories are cases and handbags by Vuitton, Hermes, Vuitton, Nettie Rosenstein and Iradj Moini, as well as hats by Jean Barthet. The textile section includes fine linens and laces, in addition to American, European and numerous Asian textiles.

VIEW THE CATALOGUE AND LEAVE BIDS ONLINE
http://www.DoyleNewYork.com/title/title04CT02.htm

VIEW THE PRESS RELEASES
Including a selection of highlights
Couture: http://www.DoyleNewYork.com/pr/couture
Costume Jewelry: http://www.DoyleNewYork.com/pr/couture/04CT02/jewelry.htm

CONTACTS
Clair L. Watson
Director, Couture Department
Tel 212-427-4141, ext 603
couture@DoyleNewYork.com

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Keeping Up with the Joneses


Notwithstanding all the recent news regarding Barneys New York’s fiscal woes, not to mention an announcement that it will be bought by the Jones Apparel Group is impending, last evening, the second floor of the chic Madison Avenue store was the setting for a jam packed, lively, vibrant, and upbeat party to celebrate the amazing talents of Alber Elbaz, who is undeniably enjoying his moment basking in fashion’s sun. It is, quite frankly, ‘all about’ Elbaz (who is now creative director of Lanvin in Paris) these days, whose last several collections have impressed even the most difficult to please, jaded, ‘been-there-seen-that’ group. Included among the group is The Washington Post’s Robin Givhan, who was on hand to personally wish him well, who told me that she thought the Lanvin show was “the best in Paris”. (Or did she say, “the best this season”?) Well, in any event, there are many who do probably feel that way.

The party, which was hosted by the VERY fashionable (and social) Countess of Albemarle and Marina Rust, was seemingly attended by all the ‘usual suspects’. In addition to the other fashionably social types (both young and old) such as Ann Slater, Helen Lee Schifter and Lillian Von Stauffenberg, there were other designers who came to pay their respects (like Behnaz Sarafpour), and naturally, there was a host of fashion writers, magazine editors and publishers. Included were such as Town and Country’s Pamela Fiori, Elle’s Gilles Bensimon and wife Kelly, The Wall Street Journal’s Teri Agins, and Vogue’s Sally Singer, Hamish Bowles, and Andre Leon Talley.

There was also a nice representation from Geoffrey Beene, a house that has just recently suffered the loss of their legendary designer, but which is continuing on through the efforts of Norwegian born Einar Holiloekk, who had been a design assistant for many years (he actually worked on the ‘Mr. Beene’ line). Don’t forget, the Israeli born Elbaz, came to New York in the 80’s, where he met Dawn Mello (creative director of Gucci at the time), who introduced him to Geoffrey Beene. He subsequently worked with Mr. Beene from about 1990 until 1996, honing his skills and developing his already formidable talent. So it was not surprising that in the crowd there was Liz Lee, Geoffrey Beene’s former muse and model, as well as the company’s indefatigable receptionist ‘par excellence’- Joyce.

-Marilyn Kirschner

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Life After Politics

In the wake of the Presidential election, it may seem that it has been ‘all about’ politics, but thankfully, diversions abound around town- particularly if you are one of the many who gravitate to vintage and love the chance to hunt down vintage treasures. In fact, there are no less than three fabulous events coming up this week and next.

In addition to Housing Works’ 4 day benefit, called Fashion4Action, which was the subject of Guy Trebay’s column (“Old Is Everywhere, So a Charity Tries On the New”) in Tuesday, November 9th’s ‘Fashion’ section of The New York Times, there is the Triple Piers Antique Show, held this weekend and next, at Piers 88, 90, 92, which is kicking off with a first time only ‘preview’ sale this Friday, November 12th (www.stellashows.com).

Then, there is the venerable and bi-annual Doyle New York Couture, Textiles, and Accessories Auction on Tuesday, November 16th (http://www.doylenewyork.com). I was curious to know what Clair Watson (Doyle's Director of Couture) thought to be the most noteworthy and interesting aspects of this highly anticipated event.

In Clair's own words: "Firstly, the costume jewelry is absolutely fascinating- items from each decade of the last century, European and American, all the way to 80's: Ugo Correani for Lagerfeld at Chloe, and Versace- both of whom adored him although as competitors professional jealousy could have stunted his creativity. But as there was none, he was given free reign by these two important 1980s designers.

Also, Shara Pagano for Armani, (an equally interesting relationship). The designs from this period are very fresh to auction, have never been offered anywhere before, and are a pure joy to behold, witty and intelligent. I am looking forward to seeing the market response.

There are some beautiful examples from the Europeans' post war that are not so easy to come by, especially the Italians- Coppola e Toppo, and the French- Roger Jean-Pierre and Scemama (although both later started in the thirties to work for all the great couturiers).

In addition to the bijoux de couture, there are pieces showing the sensuality of the Art Nouveau, followed by the geometric designs of the Deco period. There is a Schiaparelli piece and a Chanel that marks their significance in the history of fashion and illustrates how important they both felt adornment was.

There are some supreme Haskells and of course Eisenberg, denoting the rise of American costume jewelry during WWII. Notwithstanding the current fad for brooches, of which there are quite a few in this unusual collection, I believe that costume jewelry is here to stay. Within the context of mixing old and new to define individual identity, mixing costume with 'real' (putting rhinestones on silk, lucite with black crepe) is all too divine! Well worth viewing as a rare opportunity frankly.

Regarding the Couture, there is also a significant showing commencing with the first couturier, Worth, the first female couturiere, Lucile, and through some early pieces of haute bohemia, which for me right now is key. Velvet is appearing as a luxe fabric in quite a few ensembles, rich colors to get lost in.

A pre-war 1939 Balenciaga with a bustle is very important and rare, through some 60's couture wool suits from Balenciaga, Chanel, and some delicate Laroche, which really show his light touch, including an ombre feather cape. Also a great believer in the cape as a 'dashing' garment- Halston's caramel cashmere, Galanos's aubergine military - very luxe Revillon sable cape that is obscenely light (every girl should have one)...and 70's, 70's 70's...Jean Barthet's feather hats, Hermes's Kilt Bag (more 70's), Cartier's gray flannel clutch, so chic.

Then there is the Tom Ford for YSL dress, never worn, is there a market yet? Who will buy it and how much for!!! What fun!” I don’t know about you, but this certainly whets my appetite. Happy hunting!

Posted by Marilyn Kirschner

Thursday, November 04, 2004

Global Warming

All right, so last week I focused on Paris and French style. This week, coinciding with Election Day and following on the heels of our highly charged Presidential election, it’s seemingly all about American style. One event that sought to capture and celebrate this spirit was last night’s soiree to fete Kelly Killoren Bensimon and her new coffee table book, simply titled, ‘American Style’ published by Assouline. Hosts were Harold Koda, the Curator of the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, wunderkind Zac Posen the award winning designer whose polo-filled spring 2005 collection was infused with a decidedly ‘All American’ sporty spirit, and Cynthia McFadden, the ABC correspondent for Primetime Thursday.

Amongst those milling around and admiring the fabulous watches and jewels. were American fashion designers Jill Stuart, Arnold Scaasi, and Nicole Miller; Fern Mallis; Aerin Lauder (looking very all American in her chic blazer, well tailored pants, and long scarf); Deborah Roberts (Mrs. Al Roker) an ABC correspondent for Primetime Thursday, looking very chic in American designer Marc Jacobs’ military inspired oatmeal coat with large brass buttons; and of course, a contingent from Elle’s fashion department, including its French born style director, Isabel Dupre, who did her bit to celebrate American style by wearing an all American jean jacket.


Ironically, the party was NOT held at a bastion or symbol of American style such as Polo (or the Gap for that matter), but rather, the elegant Cartier Mansion on 5th avenue, which can be considered the ultimate and quintessentially French symbol of luxury. This irony was not lost on me, nor was it lost on several guests, including Judy Licht and Hal Rubenstein. When I mentioned this to both, and asked whey they thought Cartier was the chosen venue, Hal, who is never at a loss for words, humorously replied that it was probably the first place that offered. But he also noted that Kelly’s (the author) hubby is none other than the very French photographer, Gilles Bensimon, who happens to be Publication Director for American Elle, a magazine which has always well represented the global picture, and has long celebrated the beauty of divergent races, cultures and ethnicities.

Of course, fashion, like everything else, is nothing if not completely international and global (and becoming more so all the time). In the same way Cathy Horyn (in her November 2nd article, “You’re Not From Around Here, Are You? Or Are You?”), observed that it’s hard to tell the New Yorkers from the out of towners by what they are wearing, so too is it hard to discern nationalities. There is an international language of fashion that transcends city or country (though not planet as far as we know).

And speaking of global style, it cannot go unnoticed that the publisher of ‘American Style’, is the French based and thoroughly international Assouline, which is known for their books on fashion, design, art, architecture, photography, and lifestyle. A well established publishing house with outposts in the “most important international publishing capitals of the world” (New York, Paris, Toronto, Berlin, and Hong Kong), they have added retail ‘boutiques’ in such renowned high end locations as Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Holt Renfrew, and they are planning to open more ‘niche’ boutiques in the U.S. as well as in China, Japan, and other countries.

While I’m on the topic of global style, perhaps no designer has so perfectly captured and translated the current mood than Antwerp born Dries Van Noten. Known for his graceful peasant skirts, billowy blouses, embroideries, and beautiful prints, he recently celebrated his 50th collection in Paris, and as Style.com’s Mark Holgate noted, “the current fashion moment belongs to Van Noten”.

Coincidentally, the well respected designer just happens to be here in New York and is making a personal appearance at Barneys New York, where his collection is carried on the store’s 5th floor. Tonight, he will be on hand for a Polly Mellen hosted party to fete a book, which celebrates his 50th collection. According to WWD, there will be 49 projectors that will show videos from all but his first collection, since they were unable to find a “filmed copy of that show.” He will also be on hand Friday and Saturday, for a trunk show of his highly acclaimed spring 2005 collection.

Posted by Marilyn Kirschner