Monique Lhullier to Launch Accessories
Ready-to-wear designer Monique Lhuillier will debut her first footwear and handbag looks at her fall runway show, taking place tonight at Lincoln Center. For bags, Lhuillier concentrated on reimagining the clutch. Styles include faceted Lucite pieces, capped roll bags done in satin, mink and jacquard, and box minaudières done in stingray and haircalf. Footwear ranges from mink platform sandals to jacquard heeled boots. Both offerings play off Lhuillier’s fall collection in terms of patterns and colors, as well as style notes, such as corsetry detailing and bas-relief threadwork embroidery. Footwear prices range from $595 to $1,695, and handbags between $1,195 and $3,995. Monique Lhuillier expects to attract her current customer, as well as court an untapped market.
Reed Krakoff Unviels New Boutique
On Wednesday night, while toasting the opening of his new SoHo boutique among friends including Brooke Shields, Lily Kwong and Leigh Lezark, Reed Krakoff hinted that he will be looking at ways to restructure his ready-to-wear business, which may involve a secondary brand concept. The SoHo unveiling marks his label’s second freestanding store in Manhattan. The 2,700-square-foot space, located at 93 Greene Street, was designed to appeal to downtown’s younger, internationally-edged clientele. A limited-edition RK40 bag — also fabricated of grey felt — has been created, exclusively for the SoHo location.
The Row to Open Upper East Side Flagship
Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen have signed a lease on a 1910 townhouse at 17 East 71st Street, where they expect to open a New York flagship for The Row by the end of the year. The choice of a townhouse suggests that the designers may be shaping a retail identity based on localized architecture and an at-home approach to decor. Last May they opened their first store, on Melrose Place in Los Angeles, a shiny capsule of midcentury cool built around a courtyard and pool visible through glass doors.
– Selicia A. Walker
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