January 16, 2012
Fast Fash !
Tiffany’s Got a New Bag, Target Woos Wu, Karl Goes Masstige and Coach Channels Tony Duquette
By Nancy Staab
Whether you are looking to emulate Audrey Hepburn, Wallis Simpson, a ladylike ingénue, or a hard-edged rocker, these four fashion debuts have you covered.
COACH CHANNELS THE DIVINE DUQUETTE
A limited-edition new line of jewelry and accessories between the studio of late designer Tony Duquette and accessories brand Coach promises some serious costume jewelry. In his day fashion/jewelry/interior and set designer Tony Duquette was known for his exuberant, maximalist, baroque style mingling high and low. (One of his tomes is even entitled More is More after his personal motto). Duquette designed pieces for the Duchess of Windsor (AKA Mrs. Wallis Simpson), Hollywood royalty of the 1930s and 1940s, and counted Doris Duke, Elizabeth Arden and Mary Pickford among his clients. He also created a sumptuous Shangri-La as his Bevery Hills home at Dawnridge, as well as several Oriental inspired garden follies composed of refuse and salvaged pieces but looking like a million bucks.
In this same spirit of economical luxe, Coach debuts the Duquette line of 20 pieces this February, ranging from $48 to $698. The artisans from Coach had full access to Duqeutte’s designer dynasty and archives. As Duquette’s design protégé and now keeper of the flame Hutton Wilkinson reports to WWD, the Coach designers had access “to every nook and cranny of Tony’s world—his archives, his personal collections, his and his wife’s personal jewelry and wardrobe, and then turned them loose to do their things with no strings attached.”
The result of this dynamic collaboration is glorious enamel bangles in candy colors with starburst clasps, jewel-encrusted evening clutches, bejeweled fish pendants, giant cocktail rings, a choker of gold spikes, whimsical stick pins of ladybugs and insects, and resplendent gold necklaces and charm bracelets bearing Duquette’s trademark sunburst pattern. Swarovski crystals, hand-cut glass and semi-precious stones such as amethyst, rock crystal and malachite adorn these decorative pieces. No minimalism here. And for the truly gem-obsessed, snatch up a glorious, multi-colored stone bibb necklace modeled after the one Duquette created for the Duchess of Windsor. You will want to snag this before Madonna’s movie W.E. opens and Wallace-mania reaches fever pitch for this severe-chic style icon!
Tony Duquette for Coach will debut at www.coach.com on Jan. 18 and will be available at Coach boutiques nationwide on Feb. 1.
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TIFFANY & CO. TAPS LAMBERTSON TRUEX
Luxury bag makers Richard Lambertson and John Truex follow in an illustrious line of designers like Paloma Picasso, Elsa Perretti and Frank Gehry, in being tapped by Tiffany & Co. in 2009 to co-design pieces for the blue-chip brand. The gents’ eponymous line of Lambertson Truex bags became synonymous with chic, stealth luxury and it is just this sensibility that comes into play with their new line of handbags, hobos, clutches and accessories, such as leather billfolds and silk scarves, for Tiffany. For Spring 2012 the team conjured images of the breezy-chic Riviera, the Mediterranean isle of Capri, and, no doubt, famed visitors like Jackie O. “We’ve chosen the vivid colors that make these destinations so beautiful and welcoming—from orange sunsets to pristine white sails on the Mediterranean—and that were also prominently featured on the runways,” said Truex. The resort-worthy results: an ostrich-skin Marlow hobo that pops in bright tangerine, playful wicker weaves perfect for the Hamtons or Sea Island, and embellished raffia clutches with sunburst patterns. There’s also more formal, structured pieces for resolute city-dwellers like the glazed croc Corneila shoulder bag with chain straps in tangerine or camel; the camel leather Arden bag with gold and white resin links; and sleek clutches in metallic, neutrals and brights, including Tiffany’s trademark blue of course. And true to Tiffany’s heritage, the Tiffany Leather Collection is crafted by skilled artisans with Tiffany hallmarks such as custom-designed hardware, Tiffany Blue interiors and subtle Tiffany & Co. logos. You can admire the goods for yourself when designers Richard Lambertson and John Truex make a special appearance at the Tiffany boutique at Phipps Plaza this Thurs. Jan. 19 at 2PM. The Atlanta boutique was specially selected to carry the limited Tiffany Leather Collection.
The Tiffany Leather Collection ranges from $50 to $17,500 and is available at select Tiffany locations, including Tiffany at Phipps Plaza, or at www.tiffany.com
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LAGERFELD LAUNCHES KARL AT NET A PORTER
A sign of the times, and Karl Lagerfeld is nothing if not achingly modern, the designer is launching his newest masstige women’s line exclusively online with luxury retailer Net-a-Porter on Wed. Jan. 25. A few details and images have leaked from the upcoming Karl label and by the looks of it, we are calling this line Lagerfeld’s stab at The Matrix. Think lots of edgy black leather, bold rock’n’roll jewelry as hardware, taper-thin silhouettes and all done in the image of the puritanically suited maestro himself. According to the press release there will be some pink and burgundy tones throw in, but the primary palette is jet-black, gray and silver. Zippers appear to be used generously as embellishment in a slightly punk nod, black wool pants bear tuxedo stripes, drapey t-shirt dresses are done in metallics, there are everything from leather jackets to evening dresses with plunging backs, and of course Karl’s own cameo embellishes a $50 canvas bag. The Spring 2012 Collection will be unveiled in real time for the spring fashion season rather than 6 months ahead, and the price tag for the 70-piece collection ranges from $50 to over $1,000 for some of the leather pieces. The Karl label will be available exclusively online at www.Net-a-Porter.com/Karl. And look for the addition of Karl menswear in Fall 2012.
On the same day, Jan. 25, that Karl unveils his new Karl line, he will also reveal a new signature line Karl Lagerfeld Paris during Paris Couture Week, with a medium price point of $411 to $3,425 according to WWD, but no word yet on the designer details of this collection.
TARGET WOOS WU
Jason Wu, the precocious designer who blessed Atlanta with two Fashion Cares visits, has a new gig. He’s just completed his spring capsule collection for Target and his youthful collection go on sale at the masstige store on Feb. 5 through March 6 (if the goods last that long: keep in mind the previous Missoni collection froze the Target website and sold out in record time). There’s a modicum of Wu’s signature ladylike sophistication in some of the pieces, such as the lace-print skirt with blush blouse, the pipe-trimmed trench coat, and the cream flare dress with black patent belt. However, most of the looks trend a little younger with retro printed frocks in florals and dots and a decidedly nautical bent to many of the poplin striped dresses, sweaters and shorts in red and navy. In fact, the adorable black kitty tote and scarf positively meows “ Zoe Deschanel.” With prices ranging from $19.99 to $59.99, we are pretty positive this fashion catnip will be quickly pounced upon. www.target.com
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