Fashion Week Lands in NYC
and DTC Phoebe Philo, LIGHTS, and the Grammy's (and other celeb news)
Clockwise from Top.
Let There Be Light
After a short holiday break, we are back to shopping for our new house, mostly on Etsy for the time being. We have been gravitating towards toadstool-inspired designs, possibly because spring is around the corner, and possibly because Noemi just cannot eat enough mushrooms. (Not the psychotropic kind.)
These three Etsy lamps are what Raquel sent me this week:
And in the designer world, Raquel’s former J.Crew colleague is branching out from vases to lighting, with some great results. Eny Lee Parker continues to make lamps that are very weird but in a good way. And Faye Toogood is expanding into lighting with her Puffball Pendant for a nice $17K.
NYFW Feb 2023
Women’s fashion week wrapped up yesterday, with Alexander Wang’s return the possible biggest story, due to lingering sexual assault allegations. Julia Fox was on the runway for the show. Apart from the actual shows, we were struck by how Eva Chen is starting to encroach on Anna Wintour’s turf. Chen’s IG feed is a really solid behind-the-scene look at what is happening at Fashion Week, and at this point can really be described as the millennial Anna Wintour. On the other hand, not everyoneagrees with this characterization.
Red Carpet Updates
There was a lot happening in celebrity-world this week, so we will try and catch you up. The Grammy’s were last weekend, and there were some really winning outfits, like the excellent Steve Lacy who wore Saint Laurent pumps:
The amazing Shania Twain, who we were listening to on the way to breakfast this morning, caught the attention of the internet for her Harris Reed outfit. She did not look great, but she is roasted a little harder because she has been out of the limelight for so long.
Back in NYC, images leaked of Aiden dressed in all black smoking a cigarette, quite the plot twist for devoted Sex and the City obsessives.
And, we have to mention this crazy interview Armie Hammer, cancelled due to his possible cannibalism practices, gave to Airmail.
The Queen Is Back
Phoebe Philo, former creative director at Céline and a favorite around these parts, left the fashion world at the top her game back in 2017, and not much has been heard from her since. But with this Instagram post, she announced a new collection in her own name launching in September:
We are excited to see this come to life, as it has seemingly been six years in the making. There is a lot of interest in this, as brands like The Row and Jil Sander have competed to fill the need for elegant, understated luxury ready-to-wear. We have heard Phoebe is not the easiest to work with, and we are very curious to see this collection out in the open.
Another wonderful entry in the “does a $400K/year salary in NYC make you rich”, full of colorful quotes and talk of Soviet-method math schools for toddlers and Cartier bat mitzvah gifts.
A low key rich bitch wardrobe.
Speaking of which, The Row is having their sale right now.
We like the new Burberry re-brand.
Le Bernadin, perhaps the best restaurant in NYC we have not been to, maintains it’s four star rating it has held continuously since 1986.
Steve Ballmer and tax loss harvesting.
Adverse possession, a dusty legal doctrine without much real world use, may cost Eliot Spitzer a large chunk of land on Fifth Avenue.
Chris & Raquel
Chat GPT: “Eva Chen is a well-known fashion figure and influencer, but she is not considered to be the new Anna Wintour. Anna Wintour is the legendary editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine, and has been in this role since 1988. She is widely considered to be one of the most influential figures in the fashion industry and has been instrumental in shaping its direction over the past several decades.
Eva Chen, on the other hand, is the former head of fashion partnerships at Instagram and the author of several books. She has been a prominent figure in the fashion industry for many years, but her role and influence are different from that of Anna Wintour. It is important to recognize and appreciate the unique contributions of each individual in the fashion industry, rather than trying to compare or equate them.”