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Raquel Allegra Spring’15

RAQUEL ALLEGRA

Spring/Summer’15 Ready-To-Wear Collection Review

By: Kristin Anderson (Style.com)

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When Raquel Allegra first discovered the technique behind the ethereal cobwebby shredding that would become one of her brand’s hallmarks, the activity became a compulsion. “I was doing it in the car, on planes…” Perhaps she’s exorcised that particular urge. With her Fall ’14 and Spring ’15 collections, the designer has stepped further away from this method of deconstruction—but is finding plenty of other ways to exercise what’s clearly a deep love for the process and physicality of creating her clothes. During the Paris collections, To Live and Dye in L.A., an installation featuring some of the fruits of her labors, opened at the Marais store Merci.

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This season saw further exploration of her stellar tie-dyed cashmere pieces, with light distressing around the edges. She toyed with more exuberant color combos (pink, yellow, and black were a surprisingly sophisticated fit) and striping atop sweaters and sweatpants. Cool crocheted slips were new here. Allegra has a preternaturally keen instinct for layering, and styles like these are enough to inspire even the reluctant to give it a whirl; those crocheted pieces looked particularly nice peeking out from under peasant dresses. Denim trousers and a jacket made their debut, handled in a way that felt utterly at home among Allegra’s vocabulary of hemp and silk.

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Jerome Dreyfuss | International Expansion

*Photo Courtesy of French Vogue

*Photo Courtesy of French Vogue

One of our favorite handbag designers, Jerome Dreyfuss, is celebrating the opening of his first boutique locations, one in Tokyo and one in Seoul.

“I have always considered Japan to be a forerunner, highly refined and with an ingrained fashion culture. As for Korea, I am fascinated by its capacity for lightning fast growth and, like Japan, by its appetite for newness and its relentless quest for the Next Big Thing.”

The first three floors of the Seoul location are dedicated to the accessory collections: bags, shoes, and small leather goods for men and women. The fourth floor greets clients with an unexpected karaoke bar in the purest Asian Tradition.  Jerome wanted to create a cheerful, friendly place where people could relax and have fun. “And a karaoke bar was the perfect fit, all the more so because it reflects the complicity we have forged with our clients over the past ten years, offering fashion with a sense of humor.”

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 The Tokyo boutique located in the Omotesando district features an indoor garden with complete mineral and minimalist décor.

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Here are a few of Jerome Dreyfuss handbags we have a La Ree Boutique:

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Isabel Marant featured in Harper’s Bazaar

The Mistress of Parisian Cool Answers Your Questions

By: Harper’s Bazaar Staff

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People are obsessed with everything you design. What is your secret? 

Never being satisfied, and trying on every piece I’m creating and wondering if I’d want to wear it straightaway.

You’re famous for championing women’s natural beauty. Were you ever self-conscious about your appearance? 

Of course, like all women, I’m self-conscious. I’m also conscious that we will all get older, so I try to feel at ease with myself. I hate spending time in a beauty salon or at the hairdresser, so I take care of myself in a pragmatic way, doing simple things like climbing stairs instead of taking the elevator. Having a healthy body is a big part of beauty. I clean and massage my face every morning with a lotion and a cream I’ve been using forever, and I use an organic shampoo and conditioner for my hair. I don’t dye it, but in summer I put some lemon juice in my hair to brighten it and make the color a mix of gray, blonde, and dark.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be? 

A volcanologist. I was fascinated by Haroun Tazieff, a great volcanologist. The power of nature and the “beauty” of volcanic explosions always leave me breathless. I’m also fascinated by Pompeii.

What’s your favorite movie? 

The Party, with Peter Sellers. I laugh a lot every time I watch it.

Do you have any phobias? 

Thick, hairy spiders really disgust me, but I’m not phobic about it. I know I can easily smash them.

What do you think of the no-pants look? 

I love women’s legs! They look very nice in magazines.

What music are you listening to right now? 

Connan Mockasin. It’s very dreamy, full of a very particular sensibility. It inspires me a lot. I would love to be able to sing, but I don’t have any talent for it.

Do you have any hidden talents? 

Welding.

What is one item that’s safe to buy on a budget? 

A pair of boyfriend jeans.

One worth splurging on? 

A leather jacket.

What about you surprises people? 

That I drive a scooter and spend my weekends in a cabin with no water or electricity.

What are you obsessed with? 

Time. I’m always running late; I have the feeling that my life is a constant race.

What’s your favorite animal? 

Having a favorite is not me. I love animals—I’m amazed by their instincts.

Have you ever worn anything that you regretted later? 

It has happened, mostly when I didn’t feel secure about myself and tried to be someone I’m not.

Your husband, Jérôme Dreyfuss, is also a designer. What is it like to be part of a fashion family? 

It’s wonderful to share your life with someone who understands you—your stress, and your nights and weekends at the office. But we rarely speak about work at home.

Is your son interested in fashion?

I cannot say he’s interested in fashion, but he has a real point of view on aesthetics.

Did you consider calling your label anything else? 

It was difficult for me to keep my own name, as “marrant” means “funny” in French. I thought it was ridiculous, but in the end it is my name.

 

In the Press: Nili Lotan

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Isaraeli-American fashion designer, Nili Lotan, has been getting a lot of well-deserved hype around her label under the same name, Nili Lotan Design Studio. Recently her clothes have appeared on A-list actresses as well as widely-known fashion magazines such as Teen Vogue and InStyle. We are big fans of Nili and are happy for her success! Currently we are carrying pieces from the Spring/Summer 2014 collection and we also have some pieces available at our online shop.

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Words of inspiration in the Nili Lotan studio:

“Fashion is about change and evolution based on one’s personal references and point of view. We express ourselves through the clothes we wear, reflecting our own personal style, mood, or attitude. Neither loud nor aggressive, clothes should be clean and sophisticated. A designer should offer a woman the elements for her self-expression. A woman’s beauty and self should be enhanced, not defined, by the clothes she wears.” 

 

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Karolina Kurkova sporting a Nili Lotan shirt, marine-striped cardigan, and black and white brogues!

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A Nili Lotan maxi cami dress styled in the 6th issue of FLATT magazine.

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Film star Shailene Woodley of Divergent rocking the Nili Lotan cropped military pant in a recent shoot with Teen Vogue.