The New New in New York

Times are a changin’, especially in the realm of startups in NYC. Brands such as Outdoor Voices, Everlane, and Glossier are making a name for themselves via Instagram and word-of-mouth. And it’s working for them.

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These brands are connecting to their market using millennial-worthy phrases such as “Doing Things,” “Radical Transparency,” and “Skin is In.”  The founders Tyler Haney (OV), Michael Preysman (Everlane), and Emily Weiss (Glossier), know that their customer is smart. Each CEO discovered a gap in their market’s industry, a craving that this generation (and older) had for easy, usable, wearable, affordable, and sustainable fashion and beauty. They started with good ideas and created great products. outdoor-voices-spring-2016-collection-twin-with-your-bff-01-780x520

Here are my favorites from each (and fun little quotes from the founders):

OUTDOOR VOICES, Tyler Haney: “I’m very much a risk taker. I don’t have experience on my side, but I have persistence.” (Forbes.com)

Outdoor Voices favorite: Two-Tone Athena Crop

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3/4 Two-Tone Warmup Legging

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EVERLANE, Michael Preysman: “I think the notion of a product where you know you’re going to get great quality, you know the price is going to be good and you know the company is incredibly honest and transparent about everything that happens is something that’s very refreshing.” (BoF)

Everlane favorites: The Modern Babo
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The Cashmere Crop Mockneck

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GLOSSIER, Emily Weiss: “That’s sort of how we think about things, as always a fresh start. We want to be able to make girls really happy and excited about beauty. I think that beauty is something that can be very overwhelming and very alienating and there’s certainly no shortage of beauty products that exist. We wanted to give a clear vision for something that can make you really happy, or really bring joy to your morning or your evening or your day.” (Racked

Glossier favorite: Balm Dotcom

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Haloscope in Quartz 

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NYFW2016: Designer Switcheroos

There’s a lot to look forward to this Fashion Week S/S 2017– various fashion houses have recently appointed new designers and some past designers are setting out on their own to create new lines. Here’s a brief roundup of changes that are occurring… and some images of when I’ve worked for these fashion all-stars.

  • Hedi Slimane is no longer designing for (Yves) Saint Laurent. Anthony Vaccarello, Italian-Belgian designer, who had previously designed his own line and for Versus Versace, is now the creative director. (Images: Anthony Vaccarello F/W 2011, Versus Versace F/W 2011, video of Armani commercial shot and directed by Hedi Slimane (I was one of those shadow-silhouette’s in the room behind).

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  • Bouchra Jarrar is replacing beloved Alber Elbaz at Lanvin. (Image: Lanvin Resort 2006).

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  • Maria Grazia Chiuri, previously co-head designer o Valentino with Pierpaolo Piccioli, is now the first woman to lead the creative team at Dior. (Image: Valentino F/W 2011).

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  • Olivier Theyskens, former designer of Nina Ricci, Rochas, and Theyskens’ Theory, is creating a namesake label. (Image: Theyskens’ Theory S/S 2012).

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  • Thakoon Panichgul is back with a new owner, Bright Fame Fashion, and new business strategy, straight to consumer e-commerce and retail store. (Image: Thakoon S/S 2011). 1d6be82bfbe0066f36779d2116b40440
  • Calvin Klein this season is having its in-house team design this S/S 2017 collection, which will be small and in-house, because Raf Simons (from Dior) was just recently appointed as creative director. (Image: Calvin Klein Resort 2012).

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  • Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia were just appointed creative directors of Oscar de la Renta, replacing Peter Copping. This season’s collection will be designed by an in-house team, as the new designers were recently appointed. Image: Oscar de la Renta Resort 2012).

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