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12 Dec

Lana Condor’s Favorite Bag, Bottega’s Holiday Spirit, Kane Brown

FAVORITE BAG: Like many teenage girls, Lana Condor wore Longchamp’s Le Pliage bag in highschool — “all the way down to destruction,” she said with fun.

“I used to be so dedicated to that bag,” she continued. “I wore it ceaselessly and ever and ever. To the purpose where the liner on the within was like, ‘Give it up!’”

It was also her riding bag.

“I had a horse named Karrot, but with a K for karat gold — because, fashion,” she giggled. She began horseback riding at 6. “I also had a horse named Joe,” she later revealed. “But Joe was the worst. Joe was a bully. We don’t discuss Joe.”

The 25-year-old actress, who rose to fame as Lara Jean Covey within the Netflix rom-com film series “To All of the Boys” — after making her debut in “X-Men: Apocalypse” — was the night’s special guest at a dinner hosted by the French house in Los Angeles on Thursday night. “Rendez-Vous Au Sommet” was the theme, inspired by the snowy Alps.

The evening was held to have a good time Longchamp’s newest bag: Box-Trot. A boxy shape coming in various shades and two sizes, it incorporates a medallion in gold-tone metal on the folding snap — the signature horse and rider logo.

“I exercised some Lana go-against-your-impulse,” she said about picking out the style, selecting the mini in green. “I’m a giant bag girl ceaselessly. I’m someone who desires to know I even have all my things within the bag, period. And I don’t have mini bags mainly because I’m like, ‘Well I can’t fit my books in there. I can’t fit my iPad. I can’t fit my massive charger.’ But I said, ‘Lana this mini is so cute.’ And alarmingly, you’ll be able to fit a lot in it. I even have a camera — “

“Guys, would you want a madeleine?” a waiter interrupted, presenting his silver platter. The butter cakes, too, were mini.

“No, I’m OK, thanks,” Condor responded, before turning back. “That appears like a pizza pocket,” she said. “If it was a pizza pocket, I’d take it.”

She went on, holding the purse, “If you happen to’re searching for a mini bag, but you’re also a giant bag girl, that is it. I’m shocked. I even have a camera, my automobile holder, a charger, hand sanitizer, my keys. And I feel I could put my phone in if I wanted. So, it’s sort of an ideal size when you’re attempting to be cute and mini but additionally practical.”

Paul Lorraine, Lana Condor and Olivier Cassegrain.

Courtesy of Longchamp/Owen Kolasinski

Condor wore Longchamp head to toe, including a black leather jacket with a white sweater, trousers and boots.

“This jacket, my fiancé tried on as well, so we’re going to be sharing it,” she said of actor Anthony De La Torre. Engaged this yr, the 2 live in Seattle, Washington. “It’s great, but I’m like, it’s mine.”

She gave a cheeky smile before playfully shouting, “Mine!”

Asked about her recent work, she said she wrapped “Valiant One” with Chase Stokes, directed by Steve Barnett. The film is about in North Korea. “It’s no ‘To All of the Boys,’ let me inform you. It’s no rom-com.”

The experience was physically demanding, she said. “It was probably probably the most empowering thing I’ve ever done.”

She’s been selecting projects “that spark joy,” she added. “And same with brands. I’m at this point in my life where I only need to work with individuals who share the identical values as I do and make me feel completely happy. It’s one in all the explanations I’m here tonight. I feel very honored.”

Held in a personal residence within the Hollywood Hills, the dinner — prepared by Parisian chef Yann Nury — brought out a slew of young women, actresses Alyah Chanelle Scott, Larsen Thompson, Hannah Zeile and content creators Amanda Steele, Anna Sitar, Emma Brooks, Ellie Zeiler. All accessorized with the Box-Trot.

“Most of our relationships are very organic,” Paul Lorraine, chief executive officer and president of Longchamp North America, said. He cohosted the event with the brand’s managing director Olivier Miller-Cassegrain, great-grandson of Longchamp founder Jean Cassegrain. (It was in 1948 that the entrepreneur launched the corporate, named after the Paris racecourse, as producer of tobacco pipe coverings before creating leather goods.)

“We don’t really exit chasing or targeting people,” Lorraine said. “It’s the magic of Longchamp. They’ve been doing it for therefore long. And the relationships, the partnerships are longstanding. You possibly can see tonight, it’s real appreciation.…Our challenge on a media perspective is that we’ve been very humble. We don’t shout in regards to the brand, since it’s not our nature. We let our products speak for itself.”

The corporate is seeking to expand within the region, he said: “We’ve got a giant business on the East Coast, and we wish more on the West Coast. It’s at all times been an area that we’ve had great support, great engagement, and we just need to do more here.”

What’s within the works for next yr?

“We’re growing more of our concession businesses,” Lorraine said. “That’s going to be a giant role for us. Our product assortment is expanding on the families, editing our selection down but adding more color. We had a incredible `22. We had a extremely good `21. `23, I’m mentally in Q3 already. It’s looking exciting for us. We’ve got great momentum.” — RYMA CHIKHOUNE

HOLIDAY SPIRIT: This holiday season, Bottega Veneta is sharing its platform with 14 small-scale artisanal makers around the globe, including a Vermont woodworker, a Brooklyn ceramicist and a Shanghai pasta-maker, all within the name of promoting Italian craftsmanship.

The Italian word “bottega” translates in English to workshop, and as one in all the more visible bottegas, the worldwide luxury brand decided to launch the campaign to highlight smaller makers last yr. The primary iteration featured bottegas exclusively from Italy, while this yr’s expanded further afield.

On the Bottega Veneta website, in its promoting and store windows, including at Bergdorf Goodman in Latest York, the campaign incorporates a Rockledge Farm Woodworks’ ice cream scoop, made on the family- owned farm in Reading, Vermont, that’s been making kitchen tools and utensils, furniture and custom pieces because the Thirties.

Also featured are playful and colourful ceramic bowls by Franca NYC, a manufacturer based in Brooklyn, Latest York, and founded by Jasmin de la Guardia and Sierra Yip-Bannicq, who strive to bring “lingua franca” or common language to every of their pieces.

Bottega for Bottegas campaign images.

Bottega for Bottegas campaign images.


Other items include a marbled book by book binder Ateliergk Firenze in Florence and a Je&Jo Pasta kit from the Shanghai pasta-maker run by the second generation Yu family, whose parents own the Casa Mia Italian restaurant in the town.

The total collection of giftable items may be seen and linked to on the Bottega Veneta website. — BOOTH MOORE

KANE COLLABORATES: Singer Kane Brown grew up in the agricultural South wearing Rue21 clothes and has continued to wear the brand on his rise to stardom.

Now the favored genre-bending singer has strengthened his reference to Rue21 by collaborating on a limited-edition collection.

“I got here up probably not having any money to spend on clothes,” Brown said. “But I had enough that I could afford Rue21, and their clothes were cool.”

The gathering, which began selling at Rue21 stores and on rue21.com this week, incorporates a number of items designed by Brown including screen T-shirts, sweatshirts, joggers, trucker hats, in sizes small through XXL. Available for men and ladies, prices range from $16.99 to $41.99.

“Kane Brown grew up wearing Rue21, so it has been extremely exciting for our team to work with him on this very personal and exclusive Rue21 collection,” said Bill Brand, chief executive officer of the reasonably priced, youth-oriented fashion retailer. “From a voice as our customer to a number one voice as a collaborator and partner, Kane’s personality and magnificence align perfectly with that of our audience.”

As a part of the launch, customers can enter a contest to get the possibility to satisfy Brown and shop the gathering on the Opry Mills Mall in Nashville on Jan. 6. To enter, participants must follow the brand on Instagram, post a video or photo on their public feed explaining why they love Brown and Rue21, in addition to why they needs to be the winner. Participants should use the hashtag #rue21xKaneBrown within the caption and tag @rue21 within the post.

“Rue21 x Kane Brown is the reply for the savvy Gen Z one that desires to make a fashion-forward statement,” said Michael Cingolani, Rue21’s chief merchandising officer. “Kane is an award-winning artist with an enormous and diverse fan base, so this line goes to be in demand, and we expect it to sell out quickly.”

The singer-songwriter best known for hits like “Heaven,” “Be Like That,” “Grand” and “Like I Love Country Music.” He’s won five American Music Awards, two CMT Music Awards and one ACM Award. — DAVID MOIN

Kane Brown checks out his Rue21 collection.


PARTY NIGHT: Retrofete, a Latest York-based ready-to-wear label, threw a celebration Thursday night to have a good time its Latest York City pop-up at 99 Spring Street. Among the many 150 guests were Christine Quinn, Camille Kostek, Shea Marie, and Sophia Culpo.

“An in-person shopping experience was a natural next step for the brand,” said Ohad Seroya, creative director and cofounder of Retrofete. “I’ve been desperate to have an area that is actually ours — where we will connect with our shoppers face-to-face. Years within the making — we figured what higher method to have a good time this major milestone than to throw a celebration Retrofete style. My vision for this pop-up was to move the Retrofete state-of-mind into reality. It’s something I’m honored to share with Latest York — the town that made me.”

Seroya and Aviad Klin cofounded Retrofete in 2018 and the brand has been worn by such celebrities as Selena Gomez, Gwyneth Paltrow, Taylor Swift, Michelle Obama, Paris Hilton and Jennifer Lopez.

A goal for the brand, which sells at retailers reminiscent of Fwrd, Revolve, Intermix, Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus, is to open a everlasting retail location in downtown Latest York in 2023.

Christine Quinn

Christine Quinn

Mike Vitelli/BFA.com

Neon-lit motifs decorated the pop-up’s partitions, incorporating the brand’s signature logo throughout the shop. Large hanging crystal installations created a shimmering backdrop for Retrofete’s sequin dresses. The shop is a mixture of gowns for galas and more casual styles featuring luxe Italian denim silhouettes. Collections featured within the pop-up are fall, holiday, bridal and accessories, in addition to select styles from the brand new Retrofete x May Mashiah collection. Mashiah, as reported, is an Israeli couture designer who collaborated with Retrofete on a five-piece capsule of dresses that launched in October on retrofete.com followed by Frwd.com in November. — LISA LOCKWOOD

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