Sarah Jessica Parker Will Re-Open Treasure & Bond For Her Pop-Up


For everyone who is waiting to find out where Sarah Jessica Parker will be appearing in New York to launch her new SJP shoe collection, WWD is reporting that the 3-day pop-up store will be located in the space that used to be Treasure & Bond at 350 West Broadway in SoHo. The actress/perfumer and now cobbler will reportedly be on-site for all three days to meet and greet customers and sell some shoes, so prepare yourselves for a crush of loyal Sex And The City fans to inundate the shop. The line is to be exclusive to Nordstrom stores, so it is not terribly surprising to see that the pop-up store will be in the space of the now-shuttered Nordstrom-owned boutique, which the retailer, apparently, still controls. After the New York appearance, Parker will be visiting Nordstrom stores in Seattle, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami and Dallas through March 9th. The line will initially launch on February 28th on the store's website as well as in only 25 out of 117 Nordstrom locations including Garden State Plaza and Cherry Hill in New Jersey and Roosevelt Field on Long Island in the New York City area.

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Sarah Jessica Parker Teams With Nordstrom (WWD)
Pop-Up Alert: Sarah Jessica Parker's Shoe Line SJP Gets A 3-Day Pop-Up


Sarah Jessica Parker's Shoe Line SJP Gets A 3-Day Pop-Up

That shoe collection that the indefatigable Sarah Jessica Parker has started is finally launching at the end of next month, and New Yorkers will have a chance to shop the SJP collection in person at an exclusive Pop-Up shop in Manhattan. It's only for a few days, but the there is the possibility that you may be able to shop with Ms. Parker herself, so expect some mild pandemonium. So far, there's no specific location (if we had to hazard a guess, it would be the Meatpacking District or possibly SoHo) but the shop will run a scant three days from the collection's launch date of February 28th to March 2nd. For those who need a refresher, Parker has created the collection in collaboration George Malkemus who is also the president of Manolo Blahnik USA. The shoes will be made in Italy and range in price from $195 to $485, which, though somewhat pricey, are substantially more affordable than Blahnik and other designer lines like Christian Louboutin, Chanel and Jimmy Choo that the stylish actress is known for wearing in life and on her still-influential "Sex And The City" TV show and movies. Though Mr. Blahnik is not involved in the line, himself, preview images have revealed a similarly elegant style with single soles and stiletto heels but without the extravagant embellishments that have sent designer shoe prices into the stratosphere. The collection is exclusive to Nordstrom, who will be running the pop-up, and will also be available on the store's website and in selected branches (including nearby branches at Garden State Plaza, Cherry Hill and Roosevelt Field). As for New York City, we will be keeping an ear out for the pop-up location. Expect lines and, as always, plan ahead.

SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker at Nordstrom (Official Site)
Check out a few preview images from the collection via WWD below after the jump.

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Bergdorf Goodman Previews
Jony & Marc's (RED) Auction

Remember (RED)?
It made a big splash several years ago as a program collecting major brands like Apple, Gap, Giorgio Armani and Converse to create special products whose proceeds benefited The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. It's a worthy cause, to be sure, and millions of dollars have been raised, but eventually the program lost its luster, and while Apple and other companies still participate, Gap, Armani and some of the other more glittery names seem to have drifted away. Other things have captured the public's attention in the meantime, but (RED) is about to get a jolt of publicity that will hopefully recharge its mission.

Next month, Sir Jonathan Paul Ive, KBE, better known as Jony Ive, Senior Vice President of Design at Apple Inc., Marc Andrew Newson CBE, the renowned industrial designer and Paul David Hewson more popularly known as U2 frontman Bono have organized Jony and Marc's (RED) Auction, a sale of unique design objects at Sotheby's in Rockefeller Center that follows up on one held in 2008 that launched the charity program and raised over $40 million, one of the largest charity events in history. One-off items range from a rare, authentic Soviet "Zvezda" Cosmonaut space suit to one-of-a-kind 18K gold Apple Earpods to a white and red Steinway baby grand piano to a a custom Leica rangefinder camera designed by Ive and Newson, just to name a few. The items will go on official display at Sotheby's on November 18th until the auction on the 23rd —just in time for Holiday shopping— but right now through November 11th, highlights of the collection will be on display in the windows of Bergdorf Goodman's men's store, including the spacesuit, an Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni “Snoopy” lamp customized by the celebrated designers, a Star Wars storm trooper helmet signed by George Lucas that should ultimately make a wealthy fanboy very happy and other prized pieces. You can see images of the windows at Bergdorf's 5th/58th Blog, or just go see them for yourself, and expect to hear more about the event in the coming weeks.

Unveiled at Goodman’s: the (RED)™ Auction (5th/58th Bergdorf Goodman)
Jony and Marc's (RED) Auction (Sotheby's)


Barneys Announces
A New York Holiday With Jay Z

Jay-z-barneysBagAfter weeks of rumors, Barneys New York confirmed that this year's Holiday season promotion will be based around Hip Hop star Jay Z. This is in keeping with the store's new tradition of allying itself with celebrities (Lady Gaga) and other media figures (Minnie Mouse) for its Holiday programs. "A New York Holiday" teams the rapper with a host of designers including Balenciaga, Alexander Wang and Balmain to create exclusive pieces that will be sold in a special boutique in the Madison Avenue flagship. The "BNY SCC Gallery" (for Barneys New York and Shawn Corey Carter, Jay Z's given name) will launch on the third floor of the men's store on November 20th, and will include items like Proenza Schouler's first bag for men and a $33,900 gold watch from Hublot. That same evening, the store will sponsor a fundraising event for the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation, which focuses on young students who have been overlooked by other, more traditional scholarship programs such as those with a G.E.D. or who have been incarcerated. The foundation will also receive 25% of the proceeds from the collaboration.

Carter tells WWD, “With this project, Barneys New York and I were able to take the slickness, energy and innovation of New York City and translate that into quality, timeless pieces. Everything that encompasses ‘A New York Holiday’ — the items chosen, the amazing designers that participated, the windows, the design of the BNY SCC Gallery — represents a perfect example of a unique and groundbreaking collaboration that I hope demonstrates how inspiring New York has been to me.”

By collaborating with some of Barneys' key brands, this promotion promises to feel more fully integrated with the store than the Disney and Gaga programs from previous Holiday seasons, which were criticized for feeling off-brand and shoehorned into a retailer with a more sophisticated and exclusive image. A This year, a special shopping bag has been created, and the Jay Z project will be incorporated into the Holiday windows, doubtlessly creating a flurry of major media attention.  The holiday program fits in with the store's current marketing concept of allying with other figures in media or the fashion world to create excitement, even as some would still be happy just to see another round of Simon Doonan's famous, comical Holiday Windows. The new Barneys has left that life behind.

Get Carter: Barneys New York Teams With Jay Z for Holiday (WWD)


Once Again, Here's David Beckham
In His Newest Underpants

It's a slow news week in the middle of the Dog Days of Summer, which means it's just about time for a new ad campaign from David Beckham Bodywear. Somehow, H&M, which exclusively sells the line in 2800 stores worldwide, as well as online, knows just when the magical interwebs are ready to be distracted by new pictures of Beckham modeling his underwear, and so here they are, or it is, anyway. This year's campaign focuses more on loungewear and pyjamas, so there is really only one underwear shot (above). Perhaps Beckham is getting more modest these days, but the photos are a bit more moody and evocative this time —set in a classic locker room beckause David Beckham is actually an athlete, remember?

See the entire campaign in the slideshow below and then click through for a behind the scenes video after the jump. Watch it as many times as you want, and enjoy your afternoon.

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Miley Cyrus Gets Naked For Marc Jacobs

Fs-miley-shirtIt's not often (or ever, really) that we cover the comings and goings of 20-year-old media magnet Miley Cyrus, but in her efforts to incinerate her squeaky-clean teen superstar image, she has decided to be the next famous body to bare it all for designer Marc Jacobs' charity T-shirt line benefitting the NYU Cancer Institute and NYU Langone Medical Center. Yes, it's naked Miley, and we're expecting a media firestorm to ignite, any minute, now. If you are speedy, you might be able to snag one of these shirts for yourself when they go on sale today at Marc Jacobs stores in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Boston and Savannah, Ga. Don't expect them to last too long on the shelves.

We weren't even aware that Jacobs had continued making this series of shirts, which he started several years ago and has included as subjects supermodels, store staff members, musicians and even the designer himself. It turns out that whenever there is a celebrity in need of attention, Marc is there to oblige. Bless his heart.

Miley Cyrus Bares Some Flesh for Charity T-shirt Campaign (WWD)


Rag & Bone Wins Gay Pride
On Bleecker Street
Bob Mackie Disappointed With Bloomingdale's

Only a few years ago, the month of June brought a whole array of rainbows to the store windows of Bleecker Street's designer boutiques competing to celebrate Gay Pride in the neighborhood where it began 44 years ago. Lately, however, a changing roster of retailers has toned down the Pride window action. Ralph Lauren's simple but clever racks of rainbow of polo shirts are nowhere to be seen in his RRL Store windows, and even Marc Jacobs, normally the street's biggest cheerleader, has limited his displays to his teeny, tiny Men's store (pictured in the gallery below). Though it's not technically on Bleecker Street, one store has gone all out. Rag & Bone, around the corner on Christopher Street (arguably one of the city's most proudly gay thoroughfares) has festooned the windows of each shop in its string of West Village boutiques with bright 1980s style graffiti, giving Gay Pride decorations a refreshing Krush-Groove-Electric-Boogaloo flavor (pictured above and in the gallery below). Given this week's momentous Supreme Court rulings regarding gay marriage, it looks like Rag & Bone cleverly anticipated (possibly unintentionally) the excitement that would mount as Pride Weekend approaches, leaving the other store looking sadly blasé.

Uptown, Bloomingdale's gave a nod to Gay Pride with a display of The Stonewall Pride Collection, a group of celebrity gowns whose centerpiece is a pair of stage costumes designed by Bob Mackie for his "favorite straight female drag queen", Cher, of course (pictured below). The designer himself was a little underwhelmed by the other dresses in the line which included, among others, an Adidas-style gown made for Jane Lynch to wear on Glee, and a dress made by Chris March for Meryl Streep to wear to the Oscars (sadly looking a little the worse for wear). "I wanted the show to be more. If they’re going to do it, they should do it big," he told WWD, “Even if they only had people who design for drag queens, it would have been pretty fabulous.”Still, it's always worth going out of one's way to get a look up close at any of Cher's Mackie gowns because there is really nothing else like them and, you know, Cher. The Stonewall Pride Collection will be on display on Bloomingdale's third floor through this weekend.

Bob Mackie Underwhelmed With Stonewall Pride Collection (WWD)

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Sarah Jessica Parker Returns To Fashion With A New Shoe Line

SJPvogueThere's no need to encourage her to try, try again. Sarah Jessica Parker seems determined to make her mark on the fashion industry as more than just the style icon role that "Sex And The City" thrust her into. Starting early next year, Nordstrom will exclusively debut the SJP collection of shoes, handbags and a few trench coats for good measure. Parker may have learned to play to her strengths having seen her popularly priced sportswear line Bitten fizzle as retailer Steve & Barrys imploded her her creative director job at Halston come to little after that label once again went in another direction. Now, Parker will be focusing on the item most associated with her and her alter ego, Carrie Bradshaw: Shoes! And to ensure success, she has teamed up with George Malkemus who as CEO at Manolo Blahnik has had years of valuable experience keeping the actress and countless other women well-shod in fanciful footwear. At the very least, she and her future customers can feel confident that she has surrounded herself with people who really know what they are doing.

While not quite as bargain-priced as Bitten, the new line is planned to retail relatively affordably between $200 and $300, with handbags under $700. It will takes its design cues cues from the late 1970s and 80s, a time before shoes and bags became so embellished as to be hazardous for the wearer. Parker tells Vogue.com,

“We’re putting new colors together that people don’t typically do, just beautiful combinations that you wish existed in your closet. And in terms of bags, thinking about that period of the seventies into the eighties, what those women were carrying, taking away the bells and the whistles and hardware and really making it about the bag.”

Leading shoe designers of the time like Maud Frizon and Charles Jourdan serve as inspiration, and Parker promises that everything will be produced in either Europe or New York City —so, no collapsing Bangladesh factories for her, thank you.

Heart and Sole: Sarah Jessica Parker Launches the SJP Collection (Vogue Daily)


Here's Beyoncé Dancing On The Beach In A Bikini For H&M

We have never hesitated to make sure our readers don't miss the latest media featuring David Beckham in his underpants, so in fairness, we figured we should make you aware that H&M has engaged superstar Beyoncé to model its Summer swimwear line. For the Swedish retailer, it's another celebrity coup, and for Beyoncé, it's merely one more component of the massive media blitz that is accompanying her upcoming album "Mrs. Carter" and its accompanying tour. The commercial features a snippet of one of her previously unheard new songs, "Standing On The Sun", a dark wig and lots of choreography directed by video whiz Jonas Åkerlund in the Bahamas. You are going to want to watch at least once, so go ahead and click on through and dream of the beach for exactly a minute and a half.

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John Malkovich Takes A Designer Turn Tomorrow On Yoox

MalkovichTechnobohemianThose of us who know of John Malkovich as an actor often forget that he has a low profile second (or maybe third?) career as a men's fashion designer. Starting tomorrow, international web retailer Yoox.com will launch a capsule collection from the thespian under his Technobohemian label. Malkovich has kept his fashion business independent and small —so small that the label is apparently sold in only six stores worldwide, with The Webster in Miami as its only outlet on any American continent.

You might be inclined to call Malkovich a dilettante, but he started his fashion company about 10 years ago with a line called "Uncle Kimono" which we once found at former teen star Phoebe Cates-Kline's eclectic boutique Blue Tree on upper Madison Avenue. The label morphed into Technobohemian in 2009, and he has managed to quietly but seriously sustain his apparel efforts over the years with no apparent interest in grabbing his own slice of the giant Fashion Hype pie. With tomorrow's debut on Yoox, it looks like he is finally ready to get a little more attention for his designs, despite what appears to be a still thriving acting career including appearances in the recently released "Warm Bodies" plus at least four more upcoming films he is attached to according to the IMDB.

The Yoox line, which the e-tailer will carry exclusively, consists of 17 pieces based on new and old sketches. “It includes summer clothes and accessories produced in the best factories across Italy. Some pieces are very colorful, others are more understated, but they all feature comfortable fits and are easy to mix and match,” Malkovich tells WWD. Tomorrow, we will all get a chance to see for ourselves whether he has fully earned the hyphenate Actor-Designer.

John Malkovich Teams With Yoox for Line (WWD)
Technobohemian (Official Site)