Archive for ‘Homewares’

February 28, 2011

Christian Lacroix x Sicis



Photo: Sicis

Now that we’ve more or less come out of the recession, it seems such a tragedy to think that Christian Lacroix isn’t still around enthralling us with the latest in couture creations. While his company has turned into little more than a string of licensed denim lines and perfumes, the man himself has been busy designing opera costumes, interiors for hotels, and supervising Lacroix retrospectives in Singapore. Recently the designer has partnered with Sicis to launch an exuberant new furniture collection.

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December 10, 2010

Versace x The Milano Residence


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Photo:WSJ

Now that we’re slowly but surely heading out of the recession, it’s time once again for some of our favorite brands to get back to expanding. From China to Dubai, designers like Giorgio Armani have been expanding their aesthetics to include furnishing, and Donatella Versace is not far behind with the Versace-branded condo in the Philippines. The $68 million Milano Residence, located in Manila, is Versace Home’s first foray into residential design in Asia, and if you can afford the exorbitant price tag, your ottoman can co-mingle with gold gilded Versace furnishings in the lobby and pool. Fran Drescher approved.

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September 20, 2010

Alexis Mabille x Christophe de Quenetain


French designer Alexis Mabille has developed a pretty sensational following. In the past few years, the spirited couturier has moved into ready-to-wear and menswear, and is now collaborating with art historian and antiques dealer, Christophe de Quenetain for the Biennale des Antiquaires.

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August 25, 2010

Simon Doonan x Dempsey & Carroll; Target


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Photo: Dempsey & Carroll, WWD

The real news this week may be that after a tumultuous two years, Barneys New York has finally named former Gucci head Mark Lee as CEO. But the struggling department store’s most charming and visible figure, creative director Simon Doonan, is also in the news with two new collaborations. One with stationery brand Dempsey & Carroll and another with Target. In both instances, the dandy Doonan has contributed his best asset: a never-ending inventory of clever quips. “Battleship Grey is the New Choccie Brown” and “Skinny Jeans are the New Pantyhose” are just a couple of the bon mots Doonan has chosen for his four new designs for Dempsey and Carroll stationery, with a fifth available to let you fill in the blanks.

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July 14, 2010

Target East Harlem x Isabel & Ruben Toledo, Stephen Burrows, Marcus Samuelsson, Dolce Vita


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Photos: Target and NY Magazine

Where to even begin with the upcoming collaborations at Target’s new East Harlem location opening on July 25th? Well for starters East Harlem is about to become a veritable Mecca for down and out fashionistas seeking respite from crippling niche boutique price gauging. And if that isn’t enough to have you rejoicing on your cramped studio apartment’s rooftop, the collab-happy megastore has brought on a few new additions to tantalize the non-believers…

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June 11, 2010

Vivienne Westwood x Cool Earth



Photo:Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood
has a history of engaging the fashion industry in a dialogue about climate change. Her “ACT FAST/SLOW DOWN” t-shirts were a huge hit last year with proceeds supporting the United Nations Climate Change Conference and now the London designer is continuing her eco-charity through a collaboration with Cool Earth. Westwood is designing a selection of tablecloths with over twenty designs based on past and present collections.

The strength of fashion’s eco-conscience is debatable. When you consider the carbon foot-print the industry leaves, from sourcing fabric to flying collections, samples, employees (and models) all over the world, the numbers really rack up. Arguably, the greatest impact consumers can have on the environment is to curb purchasing, seek out locally-produced goods, and invest in quality vintage and secondhand pieces. But those solutions just don’t seem to work for fashion’s bottom line.

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May 20, 2010

Zac Posen x 16w21



Photo: The Real Deal

After launching his lower-priced Z Spoke line as well as his successful Target collection, Zac Posen is now focusing his attention on interiors. Posen is designing 16W21, a new luxury residence in NYC’s Flatiron District. The interior design trend is nothing new in fashion. Mr. Armani took his Casa collection to new heights with the epic 39-floor Giorgio Armani hotel in the Burj Khalifa skyscraper of Dubai. And if the recent DVF and Moschino designed hotels are an indication of the shift in design focus, we can expect to see many more companies jumping on the bandwagon. These designers are cleverly approaching new ways of expressing their aesthetic, and Posen, known for his whimsical separates and lavish gowns, has put his essential flair on the new space.

* and check out the creepy promo video after the jump. How does it make you feel?

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April 27, 2010

Jonathan Adler x 7 for All Mankind


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Photo: WWD

Demand for popular denim brand 7 for all Mankind has declined from its peak in the mid-2000s, but a new collaboration with interior designer Jonathan Adler will certainly peak some interest. The brand has collaborated with fashion innovators such as Azzedine Alaia and Zac Posen in the past, but this marks their first venture with an interior designer. Not to imply that Adler doesn’t have fashion cred; he is married to Barney’s New York creative director Simon Doonan after all. The collection will offer menswear and womenswear divided into three categories. To give you an idea, the “Pop” category will emphasize bright colors and contrasts to harness that preppy look we all hope to replicate without crossing the border into WASP-dom.

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