Designer Jonathan Adler teams up with Blake Mycoskie of TOMS for a second whimsical collaboration of shoes—and helps print-loving ladies complete the look with the introduction of sunnies. As we excitedly step into spring, The Thread chats with the New York-based potter on this latest partnership.
Behind the Seams
Whether it’s dressed up or worn casually, denim’s effortless appeal can’t be denied. AG design director and surf enthusiast Mark Wiesmayr walks us through the brand’s spring 2014 collection and, in the process, bares the infinite possibilities of this durable and ever-evolving fabric.
On why denim has a universal cool factor: “It’s a ubiquitous fabric. It was made as workwear originally, so it never pretends to be too formal, and after wearing it throughout the last 160 years, we accept indigo as being a part of the monochrome family. It’s wearable with anything. Effortless is how so many of us want to appear, and that is part of denim’s cool factor. The way denim can be treated and given so many different finishes is also a part of being able to express our own individuality, without being too far out from the crowd.”
Since 2003, Rem D Koolhaas, Dutch architect and shoe engineer of United Nude, has been constructing innovative footwear that pushes technological boundaries and astounds the imagination. The Thread phoned Rem, who at the time was traveling through China, to learn more about his point of view on conceptual shoes.
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THE THREAD: What we love most about United Nude is that you design from a place that has no limits.
REM D KOOLHAAS: Yes, we’re designing footwear to push boundaries, to experiment… Yet as a brand we’ve grown up a lot and offer a broader lifestyle range of shoes. At the same time, we’re doing more wild collaborations, theaterlike footwear, let’s say, with people like British architect Zaha Hadid or Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen. This kind of balance between experimentation and wearability is what really keeps us awake more than anything else.
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THE THREAD: Your theater footwear analogy is quite thought-provoking, especially thinking of some of your designs worn by characters like Lady Gaga.
REM: The good thing about celebrities is that they want to be seen. They are the most open to join the “theater of fashion,” which is basically where people wear something to really show off and make a statement. Most people in their day-to-day life don’t really want to wear things that are too adventurous, but then you have someone like Beyoncé , who recently sent us a request and desires a state-of-the-art shoe. We have continuous requests from the stylist of Lady Gaga to design shoes for her that complement her theatrical way to perform.
Valentine’s Day is less than a month away, which is why we’re so excited to celebrate the online launch of David Yurman jewelry. The precious quality and exquisite craftsmanship of this fine jewelry and timepiece collection is materialized through the partnership of its co-creators—David and his wife, Sybil, a painter, who brings a collectible-art-like character to each piece.
Starting in 1980, David and Sybil have built an internationally desired brand crafted from the alluring and pulse-charging element of the cable, which David describes as life’s rhythm. Captivated by the iconic cable motif in David’s latest line, The Willow Collection, The Thread asked the New York-based designer and sculptor to shed some light on the enchanting grace of willow trees.
David’s poem reads:
Willow’s icy reflections / Dance on the pond / My heart becomes light again
Marilyn Monroe believed that if you “give a girl the right shoes, she can conquer the world.” But what if a girl didn’t know which shoes were right? This was precisely the predicament Gayle King and Adam Glassman faced in the February issue of O, The Oprah Magazine, on newsstands now. The duo sought out Sarah Jessica Parker to give them the ABCs on her eagerly awaited namesake collection, touted as the market’s hybrid answer to affordable luxury. The lesson learned: Women rule when wearing SJP shoes!
Let’s Talk Shoes: A meeting of the minds at the Crosby Street Hotel in SoHo, New York City.
“When I learned that Sarah Jessica was launching this shoe line, I thought, Why don’t we do a style adventure feature with Gayle, our editor-at-large, and myself, where the three of us walk through the SJP collection?,” says Adam, O‘s creative director since 2000. “I thought it would be fun to create an atmosphere where two girlfriends come together for a day of shopping, learning and trying on shoes.”
Adam went for a cozy tea-party setting and filled a sunny suite at Manhattan’s Crosby Street Hotel with decadent French pastries and cronuts (a fusion of a croissant and doughnut created by chef Dominique Ansel). “There’s this delicious quality and sensory feeling you get when touching a shoe, feeling a shoe, trying on a shoe and parading around in a new pair of shoes,” adds Adam, who also worked with Sarah Jessica on her first clothing venture, Bitten.
“Women have such an emotional connection when they’re buying shoes that I wanted the environment to tie in. Sarah Jessica and Gayle know each other, so there was a great comfort factor to begin with. Sarah Jessica has so much to say about fashion and so much to say about accessories, and Gayle is a shoe freak. I think on this shoot, in particular, Gayle honestly died and went to shoe heaven.”
Start the year on the right foot! Nothing says you’re resolved to leave a stylish imprint on 2014 more than rocking a superchic pair of heels crafted by British shoemaker Rupert Sanderson. The Thread phoned the London-based designer over the holidays to chat about why women are so mad about shoes, his celebrity shoe icons and how he maintains his clean aesthetic.
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For over 15 years, Paul Andrew has been a silent force in footwear, crafting shoes for the likes of Alexander McQueen, Narciso Rodriguez, Calvin Klein and Donna Karan. In September of 2012, the British-born, New York-based expat stepped into the spotlight with the launch of his eponymous label. During Paris Fashion Week, The Thread had a tête-à-tête with the designer at his pop-up studio near the Notre-Dame Cathedral and discovered his mission to bring the sexy shoe back.
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Walking into a presentation for Alice + Olivia during New York Fashion Week is much like entering a one-of-a-kind aesthetic experience. The imaginative world of Stacey Bendet envelops you, allowing the colorful textures and architectural shapes of her designs to converge into an installation of art. In celebration of Art Basel invading the shores and streets of Miami Beach, today through December 8, we asked the avid collector of culture to shed some light on the many artful objects of her affection.
THE THREAD: What first motivated you to begin building a collection of art?
STACEY BENDET: Art is really inspiration for me. I started casually collecting things when I was younger. Each year I’ll buy one or two pieces that are really special to me because of the artist, or because of the collaboration we’re doing, or just because I’m really inspired by their work. It’s a range of things. I have a table in my office by artist Liana Yaroslavsky, who creates beautiful, unique pieces from antique chandeliers. Also I collect, obviously, paintings and other things too, sculptures, all different kinds of stuff.
For some, fashion is merely a passion; for others like Ottavio Missoni Jr., it’s literally in their DNA.
Ottavio Jr., part of the third generation of the House of Missoni—and grandson/namesake of Ottavio Missoni, the man who started it all—ventured to the Pacific Northwest for the first time, where he mingled with customers at our Bellevue Square store and discussed the driving forces behind the brand’s success: family and heritage pride.