Since I missed most of the early spring shopping, the first order of business when I landed in NYC was to hit the stores. I arrived at my Brooklyn home from JFK at 1am and was out the door by 11am on the most glorious spring day to make the rounds of the New York boutiques.
One thing i noticed is the changing up of brands at some of the New York retail institutions. I first stopped in at If Boutique where their usual mix of Comme des Garcons, Dries Van Noten, and Margiela got an injection of newly stocked Rick Owens and Ohne Titel. Stocking Rick Owens should help to bring in a new clientele to shop the hot selling line. Meanwhile at Kirna Zabete, Prabal Gurung is the new addition to their racks and over at Atelier, their inaugural collaboration with YSL resulted in some of the most stunning pieces of the season. At Elizabeth Charles on Hudson Street, she seemed to have gone back to the drawing board, invigorating her selection of Kiwi and Aussie brands with Jasmine de Milo, Erin Fetherston, Behnaz Sarafour and Comme des Garcons.
Along the way I was working on the last minute needs of my clients who were attending the White House Correspondent’s dinner. It appears that that event continues to attract more and more of Hollywood and it’s a key stop on the social calendar if you can get an invitation. For the two clients I dressed one opted for a red floor length Hussein Chalayan, the other a printed J Mendel. For the most part though, the week was devoted to the administrative demands of producing Shop, our shopping event at 40 Thompson tomorrow. I’ve been in awe of merchandise coming in from across the globe. Vendors have been jockeying for prime display locations and clients have been vying for private shopping times. It’s shaping up to be quite an event, I hope to see you there.