So the saying goes, “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” According to Burkman Bros co-designer Doug Burkman, it does — at least when it comes to his label’s signature woven bracelets. “You know the bracelets existed long before he wore them,” Doug said at a recent studio visit. The “he” Doug is referring to is the illustrious Kanye West, known just as much for his fashion sense as his rap lyrics. “We did these mini bracelets and they’ve been a big part of the Burkman Bros’ DNA since the beginning. The idea was if you buy an item of clothing, a bracelet is attached and you become a friend of the brand, like a friendship bracelet.”
How then did Doug and his brother Ben becomes friends with the ever so famous West? “We sold them at the cash wrap at Ron Herman and he was in the store prior to Coachella earlier this year,” said Ben. “He just happened to mix them with some Cartier gold bands and everyone got photos of him at the festival.” It was no small feat for the two-year-old family business, known for their travel inspired menswear. “Once the blogs found out they were Burkman Bros bracelets, everyone started emailing us, and asked if we sell them,” Doug continued. ”We launched an e-commerce site for the bracelets as a response, and recently expanded. It was just serendipitous.”
Yesterday while standing in front of Uniqlo’suptown Fifth Avenue location with designer and architect Masamichi Katayama, a passerby’s voice was overheard exclaiming, “I don’t know what that is, but it’s gorgeous!” Katayama, the store’s innovator, was flattered by the compliment, “that’s a very good sign, makes me smile.” Though the person who shouted the sentiment might not be familiar with the Japanese-based clothing store, this particular location is meant to become their stamp on the U.S. and its burgeoning fast-fashion dominance.
We had the pleasure of getting a sneak peek of the brand new 89,000 square foot space before it officially opens to the public today at noon. According to Masamichi, “it is the biggest and boldest Uniqlo store in the world, even more statement-making than it’s Tokyo counterpart.” And if this store is one thing, bold is definitely it. Walking in you feel more like you’re in an international airport than a clothing store and that is exactly what Masamichi intended with his sleek and open design. He told us, “this is the premiere location in the world and it is the window to the world for Uniqlo, so it is kind of like an airport.” Bringing Uniqlo to the world makes total sense for a brand that has cemented its roots with its signature tag line, “Made For All.”
hose itching to catch the new series Project Accessory won’t have to wait long—Lifetime just announced it will premiere the new show after theProject Runway finale on Thursday October 27th at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT. Following the premiere, Project Accessory will air in its original time slot, Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Molly Sims will host, along with judges Kenneth Cole and InStyle editor Ariel Foxman, and help narrow down the 12 shoe, belt, hat, bag, and jewelry designer contestants vying to win. Tell us: Will you be tuning in?
PLUS: Molly Sims just got married! See her dress and more gorgeous celebrity brides in the gallery.
The Carrie Diaries: Who Should Play a Young Carrie?
Now that The CW announced it will transform Candace Bushnell’s The Carrie Diaries young adult novel into a TV show, we have to wonder: Who will play a younger Carrie and Samantha? (FYI: Charlotte and Miranda aren’t in the book.) While we wait to find out, we asked a few celebrities to play casting director and pick their favorite budding stars for the small-screen series. See all the celebrity picks in the gallery, and tell us your choices in the comments
Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show: Miranda Kerr to Model Fantasy Bra
The Victoria’s Secret fashion show is gearing up to be another over-the-top runway event! Maroon 5 and Kanye West are slated to perform, and the lingerie company just announced Miranda Kerr will wear the $2.5 million Fantasy Treasure Bra! Every year, this bra is a jewel-covered showstopper, and the 2011 version will feature 3,400 gems, including 142 carats of diamonds in addition to pearls, citrines and aquamarines. To see what’s in store, just look at the past: Click through 10 years of Victoria’s Secret’s Fantasy Bra models in the gallery!
Photos by Bobby DohertyOne of my best friends is a 24-year-old who works at one of the largest banks in New York and with so much on her plate, she doesn’t have a lot of time to think about getting dressed in the morning. “It’s always something easy like black pants, a blazer, pretty straightforward since I’m always in a rush,” she told me while going through her everyday workwear routine. Though she regularly works in the office, much of her day is spent traveling around the city and outer boroughs visiting clients. For her schedule, she told me that what works best is “heels for the office, flats for out of the office. I tend to stick with neutral colors and solid fabrics.” She continued, “it’s hard to really dress up for the day and express my own individual style. I don’t ever want to be too over-the-top or too fashion-forward since I’m afraid of not being taken seriously in the office because of what I’m wearing.
“A Look Back” is a daily column that highlights a moment from fashion’s fabulous past. Today’s pick is of actress, model, designer and all around it-girl Chloe Sevigny on the set of ‘Palmetto’ on March 3, 1998. I want that shirt. And her hair.