The Daily Front Row

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February 2024




 The Totally Inside Scoop on NYFW  LAGOS Major Launch


Parties, Parties, Parties!




Makeup Must!

Ludovic de Saint Sernin Brandon Maxwell Michael Kors

Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia Anna Sui

LaQuan Smith

Tommy Hilfiger Christian Siriano

Tory Burch

Thom Browne

SCENE • We’re back, babies. After a dizzying month of

Jean Paul Gaultier by Simone Rocha

Give Simone Rocha Spring 2024 Couture a couture atelier, please, we beg of you! The fashion world was ignited by the designer’s stellar collaboration with Jean Paul Gaultier. Who will JPG pick next for his series? Answers on a postcard…

menswear and couture, NYFW is upon us to kick off the global Fashion Month circuit. And NYC ain’t playing around, with a jam-packed calendar with many exciting names returning to the city that never sleeps. Plus! A new home for runways, at Chelsea’s Starrett-Lehigh Building. Thom Browne, Tommy Hilf iger, and Monse’s Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia are rejoining the calendar, showing their wares alongside mainstays like Tory Burch, Brandon Maxwell, Michael Kors, Anna Sui, LaQuan Smith, and Christian Siriano. Let’s roll out the red carpet for our visitors, too—Ludovic de Saint Sernin is fresh in from Paris for a one-off Saturday night show, while PUMA is planning something major to celebrate its ’00s sneaker, the Mostro.




1. The Daily will fête LAGOS’ first-ever jewelry


Ivan Bart Legendary president of IMG Models and industry innovator 1963–2023

collection for men with a dinner at Ambra co-hosted by NFL star Tyrod Taylor. 2. $10 martinis all night every Tuesday? We solemnly swear. That’s just one reason Holiday Bar will be the fashion crowd’s watering hole of choice. 3. Fashion Week parties aren’t what they once were, but fear not: Valentino, H&M, Tod’s, Ganni x Mejuri, Hourglass Cosmetics (with EmRata), and YSL Beauty will still be hosting bashes around town. 4. Coffee meetings, cocktails, chic stays, or an impromptu trip to the club? The Beekman is a downtown home away from home during the schedule. See you at its Holiday Bar buzzy microclub, Laissez Faire, after dark? 5. NYFW: The Menu is back! Order special, limited-edition Fashion Week–inspired items at some of the city’s hottest spots, including Ray’s, Alba, Jac’s on Bond, The Beekman’s Temple Court & The Bar Room, Caviar Kaspia at The Mark, Jean’s, American Bar, Librae Bakery, Pebble Bar, Tigre, and more. Salut!

Maison Margiela Artisanal

Who was in the front row at Haute Couture week?

Valentino Spring/Summer 2024 Kim Kardashian

Anya Taylor-Joy Rihanna Elizabeth Debicki Tyrod Taylor

Giorgio Armani and Glenn Close

Gwyneth Paltrow

The Beekman Ava Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon, Michael Burke, Zendaya, and Law Roach





We’re still catching our breath since the fantastical Maison Margiela Artisanal Haute Couture collection. Can we talk about the models’ glow, though? Once we heard that Pat McGrath’s Divine Blush ($29, Sephora) was the secret to achieving that glossy, glassy finish on cheek bones—we couldn’t add it to our cart fast enough.



Supers: Assemble!


Do our eyes deceive us!? Nope. That truly is Liya Kebede, Linda Evangelista, Carolyn Murphy, Cindy Crawford, Shalom Harlow, Amber Valletta, Karlie Kloss, and Iman Hammam all in one campaign, shot by Annie Leibovitz. The reason? The major relaunch of the Donna Karan label this month. We’re listening!

Lana Del Rey

We’re all heart-eyes-emoji over Lana Del Rey in SKIMS’ Valentine’s Day campaign, lensed by Kim Kardashian’s fave photographer, Nadia Lee Cohen.

Get to Know Cass


Cass DiMicco

Hanging out with one of our favorites, Aureum founder and influencer Cass DiMicco How did you get your start? Being a creator was my side hustle at first, and then I quit my job as an assistant buyer in 2017 to pursue it full-time. What’s the biggest challenge about creating content constantly? The content I share is such an expression of who I am that if it doesn’t resonate with people, it’s hard not to take it personally. Being able to turn it off is nearly impossible. I’m constantly thinking of new ideas for what I want to do next. Your Aureum line has jewelry, eyewear, and belts. Tell us more! They’re vintage-inspired pieces that make the outfit. Our motto is “Dress simply, let your accessories do the talking.” You can wear jeans and a T-shirt and add our accessories and have an amazing look with ease. The name Aureum is derived from “golden” in Latin. Most of our pieces are 24K gold, and the word evokes feelings of warmth and luxury. What’s the dream for Aureum? We just launched fine leathers and eyewear, so our plan is to continue gaining market share and expertise in those categories before expanding into more. What’s your advice for aspiring creators? Constantly try new things! We live in such a fast-paced

CORNER! If you’re gonna do a billboard, do it right! These brands hit the nail on the head with their buzzy ambassadors.

Jeremy Allen White for Calvin Klein

world—try something today and if it doesn’t work, you can try something new tomorrow. With both content creation and running Aureum, every day we have a fresh perspective about our strategy and try to act fast on any new ideas. Biggest goals? To continue growing the Aureum brand and team. I see Aureum becoming a brand that’s known worldwide with longevity. Aureum has already grown past me being an influencer, and eventually I’ll move into working on Aureum full-time and take steps back from my personal brand business.

Pamela Anderson for Proenza Schouler

Lauren Hutton, Diana Ross, and Michael Stipe for Saint Laurent


Back in the day, hopeful supers would apply to America’s Next Top Model and try to win over Tyra. Now, you can take your chances at the Get Scouted Studio at 21 Greene Street in Soho, where IMG Models agents will be on the lookout for the next face of the moment.

Troye Sivan for Prada

Patricia Field for Balenciaga

Maggie Smith for Loewe


Get That

GISELE Glow! Jacquemus Spring/Summer 2024 Gisele Bündchen Alaïa Fall/Winter 2024

SCENE • Fashion, fashion, everywhere we look! Ahead of

Sharon Stone’s paintings—yes, who knew!?— are currently on display at C. Parker Gallery in Greenwich, Connecticut, until February 20. (Jerry Saltz is a fan!) Culture vultures should also hit up the Museum at FIT’s latest exhibition, “Untying the Bow,” from March 1.

Sharon Stone

Style Inspo! Kaia Gerber

Kaia Gerber! Kristen Wiig! Laura Dern! RICKY MARTIN!!! We cannot wait to take notes once the Palm Beach–based series Palm Royale rolls out on Apple TV+ in March. Wiig plays Maxime Simmons, an ambitious woman who attempts to break into the high-society scene in the 1960s.

Fashion Month, 2024 was already delivering on epic and viral runway looks, thanks to Pieter Muller’s sublime and sculptural outing for Alaïa at the Paris boutique, followed by Jacquemus’ (Kristin Davis–approved!) play on proportions in a pared-down palette that Simon Porte Jacquemus presented at the Fondation Maeght museum in the southeast of France. Your move, NYFW!

It seems we simply can’t get enough of a glimpse into the lives of those whose names have been stitched on our clothes for decades. Cristóbal Balenciaga on Disney+ follows the incredibly talented Spanish couturier from 1937 onward, while Christian Dior is given the silver screen treatment in The New Look on Apple TV+ (out February 14), starring Ben Mendelsohn, Juliette Binoche, John Malkovich, Maisie Williams, and Glenn Close. While a release date is still TBD, we’ll be grabbing the popcorn when Kaiser Karl (also on Disney+), documenting Karl Lagerfeld’s rise to fame in 1970s Paris, comes out. John Galliano But wait, there’s more! The highly anticipated High & Low: John Galliano documentary, directed by Kevin Macdonald, plays in theaters on March 8, with the brilliant but controversial designer expected to leave no stone unturned while talking about his professional and personal life.


Senior Editor Joseph Manghise Editor-at-Large Charlotte Bickley Contributing Editor Sophie Sumner

Editorial Interns Bella Becker Moriel Mizrahi Imaging Specialist George Maier Cristóbal Balenciaga

Marketing Director Nandini Vaid Fashion Publishing Director Monica Forman The New Look

Events/Experiential Consultant Alex Dickerson Digital Operations Daniel Chivu Manufacturing Operations Michael Esposito Amy Taylor

Kaiser Karl

The Gospel According to Barbie!

111 West 57th Street, on Manhattan’s Billionaires’ Row, is officially the world’s most slender skyscraper. In the market? Contact Corcoran’s Kane Manera ( for more info. Luxe!

Executive Fashion Director Freya Drohan

Photo Editor Jessica Athanasiou-Piork


Don’t Forget to LOOK UP!

Kristen Wiig


Chief Content Officer Eddie Roche Creative Director Roger Mitchell


Do our ears deceive us? Non! That really is Heidi Klum singing vocals on a Tiëstoproduced remake of Corey Hart’s 1984 bop, “Sunglasses at Night.” Werk!

Brandusa Niro Editor in Chief, CEO

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Oh, you thought that Barbie mania was being left in 2023? Think again. Rizzoli is releasing a coffee table tome documenting the epic press tour outfits worn by Margot Robbie during the highly publicized promo run for the film, with insights and insider info from her stylist Andrew Mukamal.


Heidi Klum

Are the folks at Cerave’s marketing department working overtime? It seems Michael Cera is low-key in cahoots with the brand. Inf luencers have been sharing videos of the actor signing bottles of skincare at their local drug stores. (“It’s a lovely cream,” he says nonchalantly.) Cera also took part in a spoof interview in which he debunked rumors that he’s secretly the mogul behind the company. Give those smart Michael Cera staffers a raise!


Tommy Hilfiger with models Ysaunny Brito, Gilly Chan, Mical Bockru, Elizabeth Lake, Halima Aden, and Tiffany Guo wearing Tommy Hilfiger Archive, photographed by Caroline Fiss.


Bringing a whole new meaning to the phrase, “We’ll have what she’s having,” Gisele Bündchen is releasing a cookbook. And in music to our ears, it’s all about easy, economical, and attainable meals that she herself swears by. You can order it now for $31, or if you’re in L.A., stop by Erewhon to get your hands on her custom limitededition smoothie, The Giselderberry Boost, stat.


Alex Aievoli, Valentina Ferrer, and Derek White

MIAMI r hapsody

The Daily Front Row and LAGOS hosted their annual Art Basel dinner at W South Beach’s The Restaurant in December in Miami. The night celebrated cover stars Kate Love and Valentina Ferrer, who fronted the Art Basel issue of The Daily. Love and Ferrer were in attendance for the occasion, alongside Cass DiMicco, Matthew Hoyle, Jessica Wang, Afro Child, Monica Ahanonu, Samantha Angelo, Peter Ostrega, Katya Tolstova, Amina Vassa, Martha Luna, Yovanna Ventura, Christie Ferrari, Grace Atwood, Idalia Salsamendi, Victoria Brito, Conor Kennedy, Lexie Stevenson, CT Hedden, Diana Madison, and more. Throughout the evening guests had the opportunity to check out the latest looks from LAGOS. Founder Steve Lagos was in town for the celebration, as well as Kate Lagos, Amanda Willinger, Jamie Harris, and Lauren Maxwell from the jewelry brand. Many guests also wore LAGOS pieces to Steve Lagos, Brandusa Niro, and Kate Lagos in front of a painting from the “Models” series by Niro the dinner and party. Cinq à Sept was the exclusive fashion partner of the event, with many guests wearing looks from the line. Photographer Andrew Tess was on hand to take Cinq à Sept–branded Polaroids for attendees to take home. Photography by CAROLINE FISS


Katya Tolstova wearing LAGOS with a painting by Niro

Martha Luna wearing LAGOS and Cinq à Sept Kate Love wearing Cinq à Sept and Steve Lagos

Lisa DiCicco Cahue and Valentina Ferrer

Michael Chima Victoria Brito wearing Cinq à Sept and LAGOS Cass DiMicco and Lisa DiCicco Cahue

Frederico Azevedo

Samantha Angelo wearing LAGOS and Cinq à Sept

Freya Drohan

Jessica Wang wearing Cinq à Sept

Freya Drohan

Christie Ferrari wearing LAGOS and Cinq à Sept

Diana Madison wearing LAGOS

Amina Vassa wearing LAGOS and Cinq à Sept

Monica Ahanonu wearing LAGOS Nikki Cooney, Lizzi Bickford Meadow, and Amanda Coleman

Freya Drohan

Malfy Gin Rosa Freya Drohan


The W South Beach The Restaurant

A work by Brandusa Niro on display at dinner. More info @brandusaniro

And it’s not Basel without beautiful works of art! The Daily’s editor in chief Brandusa Niro was on hand to unveil her beautiful “Models” series, a collection of paintings in acrylic on canvas. The works are inspired by the mesmerizing beauty of the models who have been featured in the magazine throughout her career. After the dinner, the evening opened up to a party with drinks courtesy of Southbound tequila and The Pale rosé. Throughout the night, Southbound had a fun activation where guests could enjoy espresso tequila shots by ringing a bell. The brand’s founder Ivey Childers was also in attendance from Nashville to fill guests in on her female-founded line. The event also included a claw game from KAPOWDER, Ferrer’s wellness brand, with guests winning products to help them get through the rest of the Basel madness. Our always epic gift bag included goodies from LAGOS, Cinq à Sept, KAPOWDER, Eyebuydirect, as well as the latest issue of The Daily. Until next year, Miami!

Valentina Ferrer with her brand’s KAPOWDER activation

Anthony Urbano

Valentina Ferrer and Eddie Roche

Eb the Celeb, Amanda Willinger, and Greivy Bertil Espegren and Nick D’Annunzio


Southbound tequila was on hand, as well as copies of The Daily

Southbound tequila founder Ivey Childers

The Pale rose’

Frederico Azevedo checking out LAGOS with Jamie Harris LAGOS on display

Jeffim Kuznetsoff and Ken Gillett

Nandini Vaid

Afro Child wearing LAGOS Lauren Maxwell wearing LAGOS and Cinq à Sept


Kristie Nicolosi CT Hedden wearing LAGOS

Freya Drohan

Grace Atwood and Alex Dickerson



Guests had the opportunity to be sketched on Moleskine notebooks

Martha Stewart and Dominique Bluhdorn

Giuseppe Rizzo, Daniela Riccardi, and Henry Karamanoukian Fern Mallis

Domenica Garcia, Anderson Osman, David Aliperti, and Sara Arno

A MOLESKINE Celebration

Marco Gallotta and Sara Gobbo

Attention, passengers! Moleskine has opened its first flagship in New York at Moynihan Train Hall. The chic boutique features three interactive areas where customers can create personalized notebooks and planners. There’s also a library featuring oak shelves and black lacquered cabinets. On hand you’ll find writing tools and sets, bags, and its collaboration with graphic pencil company Blackwing. The boutique has also created an “I NY” notebook featuring the classic motto created by designer Milton Glaser in 1976. The 1,100-square-foot store celebrated opening its doors with a party recently that brought out guests including Martha Stewart, Moleskine CEO Daniela Riccardi, Fern Mallis, Susan Magrino, Keke Lindgard, Sophie Sumner, Chris Collins, David Aliperti, Victoria Walker, Sam Vartholomeos, Teddy Wilson, Ward Simmons, and music by Justin Orford. Artist A.E. Kieran was there to sketch guests on Moleskine notebooks, and there was an endless amount of caviar from Calvisius Caviar. No notes!

Moleskine products

Martha Stewart and Daniela Riccardi Dominique Bluhdorn, Teddy Wilson, Ward Simmons, and Sam Vartholomeos


Come one, come all! Moleskine will be sponsoring The Anatomy Lesson: Drink and Draw at Club Cumming on Sunday nights, starting this month. Come sketch and have the chance to win Moleskine prizes for the best sketch of the night. The Daily will also be partnering with Moleskine and Club Cumming on a monthly basis, bringing our crowd of chicsters to the East Village hangout for a night of drawing. For more details, go to @clubcumming on Instagram.


Cumming Soon!





Mimi Cuttrell

Influencers, editors, content creators, models, and more hot-footed it to Soho ahead of the holidays to gather at the Cider pop-up on Howard Street for shopping and cocktails. The fast-rising social-first fashion brand was also celebrating its inaugural edit of pieces curated by Mimi Cuttrell. The stylist to the stars, who counts no shortage of top-tier talent among her perennially best-dressed roster, was in town for the soirée, talking attendees through her picks and offering style tips. Available to peruse online now, the edit contains 25 pieces, including party season musts, warm weather staples, and accessories, and many items will be available in Cider’s Curve assortment. Spotted among the room were Aqua Parios, Severine Keimig, and Isabella Fonte wearing pieces from the edit, including metallic and sequin dance floor–ready dresses and skirts, slouchy knits, and retrostyle leather biker jackets. The Y2KYsaunny Brito and Aqua Parios Mariah Strongin style faux fur hats in vibrant colors also went down well with guests, who snapped selfies at the numerous Instagrammable moments around the store (case in point: the sky blue fuzzy walls!). Also in attendance enjoying festive catch-ups, tequila cocktails by Teremana, and an upbeat DJ set were Mariah Strongin, Nikki Kynard, Bailey Taylor, Francesca Vuillemin, Bibhu Mohapatra, Karina Bik, Emely Moreno, Matthew Cancel, Ysaunny Brito, Greivy, Morgan Mackenzie Evans, Yayis Villarreal, Elizabeth Lake, Sofia Belhouari, Karolina Lundqvist, and many more.

Karina Bik Emely Moreno

Isabella Fonte

Photography by CAROLINE FISS

Karolina Lundqvist

Severine Keimig Sofia Belhouari

Elizabeth Lake

Francesca Vuillemin and Hattie Doolittle Bailey Taylor




We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Nemacolin knows how to do it! The Daily and friends recently headed to Farmington, Pennsylvania, for our annual Winter Wonderland adventure at fashion’s favorite resort. This time, we were the first guests to experience Hardy’s Holiday Village and stay at its newly reimagined The Grand Lodge. This unprecedented Holiday Village experience must be seen to be believed. The immersive experience was Instagram gold, as the village brings the North Pole to life with Santa and Mrs. Claus on hand, gifts, candy, and live performances by elves wearing custom creations by NYC-based designer Wiederhoeft. Other highlights included Hardy’s House of Ornaments, offering one-of-a-kind specialty decorations, and PJ’s Peppermint Emporium, a candy cane extravaganza with peppermint-striped products from socks to throw blankets. It was an unforgettable experience for all. Throughout our trip we also enjoyed dinners at Nemacolin’s new restaurant Fawn & Fable and drinks at The Circle Bar, a round custom marble-topped bar. There was an endless amount of activities with our group checking out its Fun Zone at the Hardy Girls’ Club, which has limitless virtual reality and laser tag, a tumble track with airbag landing, a bouldering wall with various difficulty routes, and a ninja warrior course. The fun was endless! Photography by CAROLINE FISS and SOFIA BELHOUARI

Sophie Sumner and a magical elf

Pat Cleveland

Hardy’s Holiday Village

Keke Lindgard

PJ Magerko Liquorice

Jessieann Gravel Lachowski

Mrs. Claus, Santa Claus, Levi Del Monte White, Chad White, and a Nemacolin elf


ChicMOMENTS Lindsay Ellingson

Pat Cleveland


Adventures Abound!

The w reinte servic & Fab castle.

Chad White

(From left) Cory and Brooklyn Bond, Michael and D’Artagnan Lou, Greivy, and Francesca Vuillemin

Throughout the visit, guests got to see firsthand some of the special experiences that can be found only at Nemacolin. Some participated in “Pinot and Painting” sessions, while a few of the children checked out “Painting with Ponies.” Golf enthusiasts spent time at the Gold Academy. Another new addition at Nemacolin is the Fun Zone at the Hardy Girls’ Club, which has limitless virtual reality and laser tag, a tumble track with airbag landing, a bouldering wall, and a ninja warrior course.

(From left) Hunter Kohl, Milo and Francisco Lachowski, Eddie Roche, Sophie Sumner, Jennifer El Khessassi, Laslo Lachowski, Jerome Lamaar, Nandini Vaid, Juliann Hawk, Jessieann Gravel Lachowski, and Keke Lindgard

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Cocktail Hour at The Circle Bar & The Study

(From left) Francesca Vuillemin, Karina Bik, Jerome Lamaar, Greivy, Sofia Belhouari, Keytt Lundqvist, Pat Cleveland, Sophie Sumner, Lindsay Ellingson, Jessieann Gravel Lachowski, Nandini Vaid, and Keke Lindgard

The weekend getaway featured a first look at Nemacolin’s reimagined The Grand Lodge, which is a reinterpretation of the famed resort’s original lodge, now featuring 56 luxurious suites with butler service, gourmet dining, and mid-century modern décor elements. The resort has also unveiled Fawn & Fable, a dining destination dubbed as a mix between a traditional steakhouse and a fairy tale castle. Plus, the Circle Bar is a chic new place to get drinks, including incredible speciality cocktails.

Francesca Vuillemin

Jerome Lamaar

The Grand Lodge

Chico Lachowski and Jessieann Gravel Lachowski

Lindsay Ellingson and Sean Clayton

Karina Bik

Freya Drohan Freya Drohan Freya Drohan

Jerome Lamaar

Our guests, including Keytt and Alex Lundqvist, also experienced a special gifting suite with products from Mario Badescu, Kiehl’s, Haven Well Within, and Moroccanoil, customized Moleskine notebooks, sweaters from French Connection, winter coats from Rudsak, and Nemacolin merchandise!


On the TOWN The Daily Front Row and GSTQ got the gang together to raise a toast to friendship and fashion at the brand’s expansive Rockefeller Center pop-up. The fun-filled bash included a DJ, cocktails by Teremana small-batch premium tequila, photo ops, gifting, candle customization, and more. The brand, the brainchild of powerhouse entrepreneur and multi-hyphenate Dany Garcia, has been hosting many activations and events at its brick-and-mortar space, its third physical popup. Its recent candle, created in collaboration with Apotheke, was also highlighted at the party, thanks to an on-site engraver who was customizing them for shoppers. On the night, the likes of Irina Kro and Max Eicke, Karina Bik, Katya Tolstova, Diva Dhawan, Martha Luna, Amina Vassa, Melany Rodriguez, Francesca Vuillemin, Katerina Dune, Severine Keimig, and Dean Brooks were seen in the label’s standout pieces, like suiting and flattering figure-hugging dresses, which are routinely lauded for being sizeinclusive, attainably priced, and designed to move comfortably with you throughout whatever a busy day might throw at you. Also in attendance at the fête were Keke Lindgard, Sam Vartholomeos, Ellen Comitas, William McLarnon, Victoria Anastasia, Melvin Lawovi, Hans Tranberg, Spencer Liff, The Daily’s Eddie Roche, Freya Drohan, and Nandini Vaid, and many, many more.

Kristhle Hernandez

Katerina Dune

Matthew Sinnaeve

Photography by CAROLINE FISS

Amina Vassa

Jared Yuan-Vogel and Spencer Liff

Irina Kro

Diva Dhawan Megha Bajaj Keke Lindgard Sam Vartholomeos and Ellen Comitas

Melany Rodriguez

Rich Rosario and Severine Keimig


Katya Tolstova

Karina Bik


Anthem Caviar styles, starting at $350




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Anthem Caviar Skull amulet necklace, $575

Anthem Two-Tone Krunch amulet, $650

Anthem Caviar chain necklace, $1,750 Anthem Turquoise Skull and Bones ring, $850

Anthem Skull signet ring, $375



LAGOS for Men has entered the conversation! After seeing an increase in men purchasing their existing collections, the fine-jewelry brand has unveiled its first foray into styles developed with the LAGOS man in mind. The debut collection, launched exclusively with Bloomingdale’s and, is titled Anthem, a nod to the Grateful Dead album Anthem of the Sun, famous for being a diverse musical collage. The collection features bold styles in sterling silver, 18K gold, and stunning ceramic, with a myriad of choices. Peruse some of our favorite looks from the collection, available now.

Anthem Black Macrame bracelet, $225

Anthem Tigereye Fleur de Lis amulet, $250

Smart Caviar Matte Black Ceramic watch bracelet, $1,150 Anthem Black Pearl and Gold Caviar necklace, $3,500

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The titan is back in town. Tommy Hilfiger is set to bring the inimitable energy his namesake label’s shows are known for to the New York Fashion Week calendar this season, marking his first outing in the city since his memorable (and rainy!) moment in Greenpoint in September 2022. Ahead of the hotly anticipated show, we took a stroll down memory lane to recall some greatest hits. By FREYA DROHAN Photography by CAROLINE FISS

What made it feel like the right time to show again, and how are you feeling? We’re excited to return to our home turf—the birthplace of the brand and the city where it all started. Fashion shows generate such amazing energy and really allow us the opportunity to connect and engage with consumers globally across our social platforms. We’ve chosen a Manhattan institution. It’s somewhere New Yorkers have come together for 100 years—a place that mirrors the soul and dreams of the city itself. It’s elegant, historic, and quintessential New York. We’re going to put on a night for the books!


Tell us more about the concept: A New York Moment. We like redefining the Fashion Week experience. We’re always doing something a bit different. I don’t want to just have a traditional normal fashion show. I think it’s a waste of time and money, and it’s boring. Even if the clothes and the models look great walking back and forth…there has to be more than that! It has to be an experience and something that’s part of our brand’s DNA. Take us back to your first-ever show. Well, in 1985 when I started the brand, there was a menswear group and most of


AmericanICON the designers would show just outside of New York City, in Rye. It was sort of a long We’re curious! What do you think is the recipe for a show that will be remembered as iconic? weekend of men’s fashion shows. So that was one of the first. When we moved to a They’re about more than just fashion—they’re about making a bold statement. You location on 39th Street, we decided to have our fashion shows in-house. As time went need an epic moment; something that keeps people talking. It’s also about having a on, we needed more space, so we moved over to Bryant Park. And that was a bit of a killer cast, as well as an audience made of industry insiders, tastemakers, and creative big change for the entire industry. pioneers. Music plays a crucial part, too. It needs to be right to set the vibe and You were the very last brand to ever show there, closing out the season in 2010. What made it maximize the energy of the show. We also want to show relevant wearable, affordable, such a memorable time for NYFW? American classic cool style. We’re focused on having a signature product that will be There was a real buzz around the neighborhood during that stretch of five to seven here today and here tomorrow—timeless classics, you could say, but they also have to days. There were trucks up and down 40th Street and Sixth Avenue, limos pulling up, be relevant. They can’t just be boring classics. So we put a lot of time and effort into celebrities on the sidewalks, and models running around. If you wanted a glimpse designing what we think is special, while always embracing our core values. into the fashion world, you would go right there because it was all contained in this Classic and cool leads us to our next question: You always have your finger on the pulse. What is one area. And it was a one-stop-shop for us. We would take a tent, the bleachers were it about a collaborator or a campaign face that makes you want to work with them? set up, the lighting and sound systems were there. We had to do a bit of set decoration, We believe in F.A.M.E.S: Fashion, Art, Music, Entertainment, and Sports. We like but the hair and makeup and backstage area was set, and they had security. Fern to blend it together. We feel that it’s important to celebrate the different celebrities Mallis was really the innovator. She created it with Stan Herman, and she was at every and influencers who are in the Zeitgeist, in the eye of the storm of what’s going on in single show. pop culture today. And that’s not something new, that’s something I’ve been doing for Were you one of the first brands to try the format of showing in other venues and creating almost 40 years. When we brought Tommy Hilfiger to London in the early ’90s and purpose-built sets? had Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell on the runway with Treach, a rapper from New Yes, I think we were one of the first. But then over the past eight or nine years, we York, people had never seen anything like that. They didn’t know what hip-hop was. started taking the show on the road and touring the world. So we did a carnival They didn’t know what a rapper or a hip-hop musician even represented or looked like. show at The Pier, and it was Then we created a show at so successful. The next show Madison Square Garden [in was in California at Venice 2000] with Gavin Rossdale Beach. Then we went to and Bush. That was when we London, Paris, Shanghai, did modern-day cowboys and Milan, and started moving the models were wearing the around with this sort of multicolored eagle bustiers, spectacular experience that motorcycle jackets, and was very unusual and highly snakeskin. It was sort of “over produced. the top rock-rap fashion.” The 2016 show you mentioned, What came next? when you transformed Pier Fast-forward to February 16 into a carnival, was a huge 2015, we went to the Park moment in Fashion Week history. Avenue Armory and built a Take us back to that time. football stadium, with models We had just done a big on the Astroturf wearing a collaboration with Gigi ’70s rock ’n’ roll vibe. That Hadid—you’d heard a little was Kendall Jenner’s first bit about collaborations, but runway show, modeling for people weren’t really doing us. When we went to Venice collaborations then!—and we Beach, after we did the New Tommy Hilfiger transformed the Park Avenue Armory into a football stadium for the Fall 2015 show made it into a very authentic York carnival show, that was collaboration whereby Gigi a moment in and of itself. herself was designing the Gigi closed the show jumping collection with our team. She into the back of Lady Gaga’s spent hours in our design studios choosing all the details. We wanted to launch it with white Rolls Royce in a maxi dress! And Fergie performed after the show. In September the idea that she was not only our muse, but the face of our brand and a real partner 2018, we went to Shanghai and we did our show against the backdrop of the Bund and with us in the whole experience. We needed to stage an idea that would be open to the Shanghai skyline with Lewis Hamilton. In 2019, when we did the collaboration with public and at the same time, an experience that would be unforgettable. So we created Zendaya at the Apollo Theater in New York, it was sort of on the street in Harlem in the New York carnival that appeared downtown. It was game-changing because it front of the brownstones, and it gave the appearance of an ultra chic city block with was “See Now, Buy Now.” Nobody had ever done a fashion show that was open to the classic cars and musical performers. And when we went to Paris, Grace Jones closed public! Most were buyers and press, period. We had shops, and people could click and the Zendaya show! That was a moment. So we’ve always been about creating these buy from the runway. We said, “Okay, this is where we’re going in, at least, the near experiences; doing fashion shows that had some sort of unique Tommy twist to them. future.” It was, I would say, epic. Taylor Swift and some of the Kardashians were sitting And now we’re rewriting the chapter or the book on how to do it in a new way. front row, and we had a celebrity-studded runway, but Gigi was the star. The clothes What can we expect from this show? Will there be a collaborator tie-in? were incredible, and the music was beyond. And the after-party may be still going! We’ve decided to pivot, and do something a bit different. I think it will be an iconic You were an early adopter of the celebrity collaborator model. In what ways has working with show. It’s a modern expression of “Classic American Cool.” We’re soaking up the pulse tastemakers like Gigi, Zendaya, and Lewis Hamilton kept the brand fresh and relevant? of the city, its culture of confidence, and its openness, and translating that to the I think globally we’re known as a designer brand that is diverse, inclusive, but runway. We’re inviting our New York family to give it an authentic and intimate feel. always with a dynamic surprise. When we launched the Zendaya collection, it was We’re excited about the clothes, the casting, and the entire experience. So here we are incredible. When we launched the Lewis Hamilton collaboration, it was also a game again, a new chapter in fashion and fashion shows! changer. I think people want something unique. They want to walk away from a You’ll be presenting Fall/Winter 2024 this time. Why follow the traditional industry format again? show or an event thinking that it was a memorable and credible experience that See Now, Buy Now moved off the Fashion Week runway and into the cultural they’ll never forget. conversation. Everything we do today, from F1 campaigns to talent partnerships to


Hilfiger and Zendaya at their 2019 TommyXZendaya show at the Apollo Theater in Harlem

Hilfiger taking his bow at the Fall 2015 show at Park Avenue Armory


Lewis Hamilton and Hilfiger showed their TOMMYNOW Spring 2020 collection at the Tate Modern in London

Fashion Week parties, is about a 24/7 “See Now, Buy Now” ecosystem around tommy. com. In the future, fashion shows will have immediate delivery on certain items, and seasonally, we find new ways to deliver the instant gratification and feeling of being a part of something that was previously only for an exclusive few. What’s really making you feel excited and hopeful about the future of New York Fashion Week? I think NYFW will come back as a strong presence in the fashion world, and I hope to be a part of that. There’s a tremendous amount of talent around, and the talent has to have a platform to be able to show their work. The CFDA and IMG have been helpful over the years, and we mentor young designers coming up, too. We’re one of the fashion capitals of the world. It’s New York, after all! But it’s different from London and Paris. We have to all embrace it and we have to have a great time with it, and enjoy the moments and the experience. We’re sure you’ve had every name under the sun sitting in your front rows over the years. But if you could see a lineup that’s thoroughly meaningful to you, who would be sitting there? Andy Warhol, David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Snoop Dogg…I mean, it could go on and

Hilfiger and Gigi Hadid showed their Spring 2017 TommyXGigi collection in Venice, CA

on and on! We’re seating our front rows with today’s versions of those types of stars. The influencer world is also important because these influencers have a say in what is going on in fashion and pop culture. We’re talking about, as I said before, Fashion, Art, Music, Entertainment, and Sports. That’s what pop culture is all about today, and it moves the needle in society from Tokyo to Shanghai to Dublin to Rio de Janeiro and then back to L.A. and New York. The pop culture melting pot is very powerful in voicing what is happening today. At times, we’re all talking about a certain musician, other times we’re talking about an athlete, or an artist, or a personality. We’re always living within the culture, paying attention to who’s who and what’s next. I think it’s pretty exciting, especially with social media fueling it all. What’s ahead for the rest of the year for the brand? We’re going to celebrate our red, white, and blue DNA and what America has always represented—limitless possibility. There are some partnerships in the works with modern cultural icons that we can’t wait to reveal. The space where fashion and sport meet has always inspired me, and we’re going to continue to build on it. There’s lots to come!



Equinox is no stranger to provocative and thought-provoking campaigns to catch your eye, and it’s returning to its roots this year with its latest concept, Want It All. The idea shows 16 conflicted desires with contrasting visuals photographed by Zhong Ling. Chief Marketing Officer Jeff De Korte tells THE DAILY how it all came together. By EDDIE ROCHE

What’s the idea behind the theme? We think of Equinox as a brand for those who want it all, those who desire a high-performance lifestyle, who like to find their edges and push their boundaries. This campaign is our effort to turn that truth into an imperative. One last call to action. We think about desire and want as this engine of action to inspire change, and how it forces, drives, and pushes you forwards. That's why focusing in on this call seemed compelling. We’re using this campaign to urge our community to unearth their own desires and find those engines that drive them. It's almost like an awakening, to push them to new places. Tell us about the different ideas in the campaign. To explore this idea of wanting it all, we came up with eight pairs of images and eight pairs of 'wants' that demonstrate a landscape of extremes, if you will.


[For example], intensity versus indulgence, yourself versus others, softness versus strength. By purposely contrasting these against each other, we’re able to convey that you can have both. One of the favorite pairings is want yourself versus want others. [For example] You can want yourself, but you can also want community and that spark of connection; the intimacy of being something bigger than yourself. We feel they pair nicely, demonstrating the breadth of want. Who came up with these themes? It was a great collaborative process between our internal teams and our external partners at Chandelier Creative. We signed on with them last year to help us think about the brand and activate it. It’s a great example of how creative teams challenge each other and push limits. We’re thrilled with what resulted from that. It’s been a lovely, beautiful process. Campaigns typically attract new members. How will this campaign benefit existing members? Engaging with these images in the club will allow our community to think about what their desires are. When the images are in our clubs, on digital screens and walls, our members will be interacting with them. It’s driving conversation and it’s driving them to think a little more about what they want. Tell us more about how it’s driving conversation. Want It All is a challenge posed to the community to think about what it is that defines “all.” For each of us, all could mean something different. All could be

success professionally or personally, it could be about family, or fame, or whatever it is. We’re encouraging our members and our teams to have those conversations and define what it is they aspire to be. The campaign was shot by Zhong Ling. Why was she the right fit? If you know our brand, you know we have a history of working with some of the most provocative image makers in the space. We were thrilled to come back to that again this year. Zhong’s work is stunning. It’s this wild alchemy in contrast, extreme beauty, and allure. There’s a poetic luxury in her work. And it’s also rich for interpretation. We knew she would bring that same style, mastery, and mystique to this campaign as we interpreted in each of these pairings. Where did you shoot the campaign? We shot on a soundstage in Brooklyn in October with a big team. It was an open and undefined space that let us come in and be creative. We went into the space thinking about what we wanted to shoot for each of these pairings, but there was an organic evolution [on set]. The teams worked off of each other. We came out of there with more than we expected to. The space really lent itself to that creativity. How long did it take to shoot it? It was a three-day shoot—three long and energetic days. It finished with the last shot for Chaos with the motorbike. Watching our talent drive the motorcycle around and do wheelies and create a chaotic space




inside the soundstage was a cool way to finish. Where will we be seeing the campaign? This is a campaign that has breath, depth, and longevity. You’ll see it in all our major markets—even on large billboards. You’ll see it in digital media and our social media, too. One of our secret campaign [platforms] is via our club windows. Our clubs are in some of the best neighborhoods and communities in the country. At our Flatiron club in New York, we have a takeover of the building going up five stories high, which is exciting and a great way for us to launch this campaign. How did members get involved? In order to tease out this campaign and prepare the community for the clarion call of one and all, we leaned into this notion of desire. We ran a quote in The New York Times by poet Stanley Kunitz: “What makes the engine go? Desire, desire, desire…” We actually asked our members what they desire and created a 1-800 number to act like a confessional, and we had hundreds of members call in and tell us what it is they desire! That helped inform and guide the campaign and some of the pairings of desire we came up with. So we really got the authentic desire of

our community into this campaign, which is helping to drive the brand. How does it feel as the mastermind of this to see it come to fruition? I want to be clear, I’m leading an amazing team. I’m not the mastermind behind this. There’s a lot of folks in the room. Personally, it’s an amazing moment to see what the team pulled together and what we can do as a brand, together with our internal and external teams. I couldn’t be more proud or excited for what we brought to market. Especially because it’s in that tradition of the provocative, thoughtful, luxury lifestyle campaigns that Equinox has traditionally done in the past. We’re excited to be back to our roots. Why have these campaigns been such a vital part of the Equinox DNA? You could just as easily show a photo of a hot body. We’re more than a fitness brand, we’re an inspirational luxury lifestyle brand. We want our members to think

bigger, reach farther, and want more. These campaigns, which are the pinnacle of our branding, we want them to reach bigger and broader, too. We’re not part of the mainstream fitness industry. We’re not going to show people working out. We’re going to do creative and artistic ideas that inspire the community, inviting this self-exploration and self-excavation, which we hope to achieve with this campaign, too. What else is new at Equinox? We’re always ahead of our community needs at Equinox, and this year is no exception. We will be launching new signature group fitness classes, including a new cycling offering, proprietary running coaching, and elevated Pilates experiences. With the support and counsel of Equinox’s Health Advisory Board, Equinox Fitness Training Institute will continue to create innovative, exclusive programming for Equinox members and coaches. We also strive to support our community, which transcends fitness and Equinox’s own spaces. We’re inspired by our commitment to providing our members with unparalleled cultural experiences that enrich their lives, whether it’s doing Pilates classes at Hall des Lumière’s, the immersive art center, or yoga on Edge at Hudson Yards.

Want It All is the latest thought-provoking campaign from Equinox.


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COTERIE New York returns to the Javitz Center from February 20–22, uniting the fashion space through connection and innovation. The show’s new VP of COTERIE, Purvi Kanji, tells THE DAILY what to expect, how the show is going to feel more intimate, and why her professional background gives her a unique perspective on what attendees want to see. Congrats on your new role! Can you tell us a little bit about your background and what led you to COTERIE? Before joining COTERIE, I was with Place Showroom in New York City for almost 11 years. I held various roles during my tenure, primarily within sales, marketing, and operations. My final role was as the director of brand strategy, focused on brand building. During my 11 years with Place, I attended the COTERIE show every year and have witnessed its transformation firsthand, which is what inspired me to join the team. What enticed you about joining the COTERIE team? Working with COTERIE opens an opportunity to contribute to the rich legacy the brand has established and support the continuation of its evolution. I want to help attract a dynamic mix of brands and retailers, to create a platform that reflects the pulse of the industry as it is today but also anticipates its future trends. What changes can we expect this season? Looking ahead, we’re working to create intimate neighborhoods on the show floor, making it easier to navigate. We will continue to make impactful changes that create a better overall experience for everyone. What new brands are you excited about? Mercer and Christie Brown are new to the show, and they are both great additions. Another interesting call out for this season is a dedicated neighborhood space on the show floor that will present cold weather capsules and functional outerwear made for winter holidays and skiers’ lifestyle. This space is called Après Ski and will feature Canadian classics, OOF Wear, and Mou boots. What else are you most looking forward to this year? I’m most excited to see COTERIE come to life and execute the show from the inside. I’m also looking forward to speaking with our exhibiting brands and retailers to get a better understanding of what they’re looking for from COTERIE in the future. It’s important to have these conversations so that we can give our customers what they need. Our community is a top priority. You’ve been part of COTERIE for 11 years. How is that perspective impacting your role? I have watched the show evolve over the past 11 years; with that I bring an extensive amount of knowledge in terms of what attendees want out of trade shows. I will use that perspective to create a space that keeps all attendees engaged. There are a lot of fashion trade shows out there right now. What makes COTERIE different? COTERIE brings together a global community of brands and retailers, which exposes our audience to the latest cutting-edge designs from all over the world. More than 30 percent of our exhibiting brands are international. COTERIE also has a strong focus on bringing new brands to market, as well as long-standing relationships with more established brands. It really is the experience on-site that makes COTERIE unique. When you come to our show we want you to feel immersed in fashion, which is why


we’re introducing more live activations that incorporate technology like AR/VR. How is COTERIE shaping the future? With a focus on three pillars—sustainability, technology, and community. We will continue to push the envelope in fashion. Our hyperfocus on buyer needs and industry research ensures COTERIE stays ahead of demand. Sustainability has been at the core of COTERIE in recent years. How will you continue to push this message? Yes, we want to promote actionable sustainable practices throughout the entire industry. Many of our education sessions and activations are built around sustainability in the fashion space. We’re here to serve as a resource for brands that want to learn more about and understand how to implement responsible practices into their business. This supports the retailers as well by providing them with a more robust selection of eco-conscious brands. We’ve learned over the past few years that retailers and buyers prefer the live experience. What is it about a live show that is special? I love live shows; the energy in person is incredible! They’re a fantastic place for everyone to network; businesses can create relationships with similar businesses, buyers can see what other buyers are purchasing, and showrooms can look for brands that need wholesale representation. This is a business of connections; our live events make this more personal.

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As TikTokers would say themselves, there’s a vibe shift over at French Connection! Indeed, the 50-year-old U.K.-born brand is readying for its new era, with a refreshed design approach and renewed focus on community-building better suited to its digitally savvy audience. THE DAILY caught up with Sandra Makarem, who recently joined as vice president of sales and e-comm, bringing a wealth of experience in the industry. Here, she recalls the energy of the FCUK campaigns in the 2000s as a jumping-off point for the type of Zeitgeisty buzz they’re ready to capture all over again.

Backstory, please! After an initial stint with Vogue France, I joined Bloomingdale’s Merchant Development Program. Eight years later, after touching on everything from merchandising, planning, and buying, I left Bloomingdale’s as an omnichannel buyer. In this role, I had my first touch point with French Connection, managing its business with Carolyn Glynos, the current president of French Connection U.S.A., when she was previously vice president of sales herself. We collaborated on building out seasonal core product, which ended up growing business within Bloomingdale’s and across its other partners in its first year; this continues to be a staple of French Connection’s core assortment today. In 2017, I had launched my own company, The Collective Child, a tech-driven personalized shopping service for contemporary children’s clothing. After growing the business to multimillion revenue and servicing thousands of customers, I made the decision to close the business in 2023 to spend more time with my family and focus on my pregnancy with my second child. While I was grateful for my time at home, I knew I wanted to find a new challenge—something where I felt I could leverage my experience growing an omnichannel business with my love of brand development and repositioning. After speaking with Carolyn last year, we immediately connected on the potential upside for French Connection in reenergizing and redefining the brand for the Gen Z consumer. What are some of the immediate goals you’re focusing on? As we redefine the brand for a new generation of consumers, I’m focused on creating a narrative that connects with our consumers and (re)introduces them to French Connection’s origin, past styles, and campaigns. Given our target Gen Z customer is digitally native, we’re also excited to elevate the digital experience for our consumers with more investment in e-commerce and community building on social media. We hear there’s some change afoot with design, including a new U.S. design team. Tell us more! Yes! All our ambitions on branding and the enhancement


of our digital channel mean nothing without great— and the right—product. As we shift toward a more versatile and elevated assortment, we have elected to build out a U.S.-based and U.S.-focused design team to help adapt our global brand and product to our target consumer in the United States—Gen Z and millennials. The team will be focused on ensuring our collections are competitive within our target market and that the American customer is represented within the French Connection brand. In what ways will product look and feel different under this new design team? It will be notably versatile and elevated, with understated details and impeccable tailoring. This season, in particular, you’ll see elements of the quiet luxury trend—at affordable French Connection prices— that emphasize quality, longevity, and understated elegance for a younger generation. Who do you envision the French Connection shopper to be? She’s hyperconnected to her communities and passions on social media. To her, fashion is about feeling confident and embracing—and celebrating!—her personality, rather than being motivated by feeling trendy or status-driven. In the end, she leverages clothing to express identity and forge memories. Talk us through 2024 for the brand. What else is ahead? This year is all about rebuilding a connection between the consumer and the brand’s history. This is obviously not a simple task, and it will require us listening to our customers and adapting to their evolving expectations. What’s your own earliest memory of seeing French Connection? The FCUK campaign in the early 2000s. As a then-

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teenager, the fun and edginess of the campaign immediately resonated with me. It was a viral movement before social networks were a thing—and it’s that excitement and virality that I hope we can recreate going forward. What does an average workday at French Connection look like for you these days? I’ve been here three months now and I don’t know if I can say there is an “average” day! My focus each day, though, is how we, as a team, can move closer to our goals—not just with the brand redevelopment, but also in growing our omnichannel business and expanding our digital channels. What are some major lessons you learned after launching your own business, The Collective Child, that you still refer to in your new role? I learned many lessons, but here are a few that have carried over into this new role: Strong focus on customer needs: At The Collective Child, understanding our customer was essential for survival. This customer-centric focus has helped me prioritize initiatives and workload, ensuring our decisions resonate with our target audience and deliver real value. Data-driven decision making: At The Collective Child, I relied heavily on data to make decisions, constantly testing and iterating. I’m a real champion for data-backed decisions, encouraging A/B testing, and constant push for evidence-based strategies. Building strong teams: Start-ups have small closeknit teams where collaboration is key. Every decision we’ve made in this new direction was made as a team with all team members sharing insight and ideas surrounding the brand and its direction. Understanding risk and failure: Start-ups are inherently risky, and failure is a common occurrence with new businesses. My experience has given me a healthy understanding of risk, allowing me to make informed decisions and learn from mistakes. I tend to approach things with a calculated-risk appetite; I learn from failure and embrace innovation in the face of uncertainty. What fashion resources are keeping you inspired and ahead of the curve? I’m finding TikTok to be the best place to discover trends these days. I get a strong pulse on the market in seeing what trends are going viral, what brands are of the moment, and what matters to customers. I continue to find inspiration in traveling and reading. And it also doesn’t hurt that I live in front of the Brooklyn Museum, which constantly has fashion exhibitions. The most recent one I went to was “Africa Fashion,” which was spectacular! What’s your mantra for the year ahead? Don’t let perfection be the enemy of progress. We have big goals for 2024—and that requires a lot of small steps forward from everyone in a short timeline.






PLANET Planet by Lauren G is stronger than ever after 25 years! With never-seen-before fabrications coming and a celebrity following that most brands would kill for, this year’s anniversary celebrations are already off to a flying start. THE DAILY checked in with Florida-based founder Lauren Grossman to get the lowdown.

What are you working on right now? We’re shipping the Spring collection. We have two seasons a year, Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter. We’re a sizeless, ageless company. Spring is a strong season for us. We have our Spa collection within Spring. It’s a cotton fabric from Lima, Peru, which has a silky finish. People collect it! We do skirts, pants, and dresses in the fabric, too, as well as the T-shirts. It’s perfect to wear on vacation, to the grocery store, to get your nails done. Every store always reorders it! Do you add new updates each time? Every season, we have our basics: black, white, and neutral. Then we add fashion brights. The collection has been around for 20 years, so we have quite the following. Women always want an update and something to add to their collection. They’ll say, “We’ll take a fresh one!” We’ll always have the pieces in solid [colorways], which makes them perfect for layering or accessorizing with scarves and beautiful pieces of statement jewelry. Pima Cotton Dip Dyed What were some highlights for the Mini Luxury Boxy T brand in 2023? in Turquoise, $142; Cotton Gaucho Pant We sell in a store in Aspen in White, $288 and Goldie Hawn came in for a piece she saw in the window! It’s an iconic Planet piece in nylon that’s been in the collection for about eight years, the Big Pocket Pant. It almost looks like a giant skirt

with big deep pockets. She saw it and it hit her soul, so she came in to try it on and ended up buying 12 pieces of Planet to work with the pants. It was exciting for us! How fun! What styles are customers gravitating toward? People are always coming to the trunk shows and looking to see what’s new, but they’ll also return for the basics and they’ll replenish them. But we do have this nylon jacket that’s called the Chic Cape. We can’t make them fast enough! Any store that puts it in the window, the women are coming in to try it on immediately. It’s becoming another one of our iconic pieces. I recently got a call from one of our stores to say that Martha Stewart had come in and bought it. There’s a lot of enthusiasm about it right now. Is it a new item for you? We’ve been running it for probably three or four years. It’s on fire! We do it in lots of colors now, too. Have you noticed any shifts in shopping trends? The world is becoming much more casual, especially with working from home and Zoom. Dressing up for work is a thing of the past…the whole world is in sneakers! Planet is perfect for that kind of customer; it’s luxury fabrics, easy away-from-the-body silhouettes that can be dressed up and dressed down. What’s on your own shopping list? There’s a new nylon coat, the Emily, after Emily in Paris! It’s a retro kind of swing coat. I’m definitely adding that and popping up the collar. It’s an attitude piece that you can wear with jeans, T-shirts, and sneakers during the day or if you’ve got an art opening or an event, you can wear it dressy. I like to have basics that I’ll have in my wardrobe forever. Planet is all about the building blocks of your closet. If you have an Emily Coat or a Chic Cape, you’ll have it forever. Will you be doing COTERIE? We always do COTERIE—if COTERIE is open, we’ll be there! We’ll be introducing our Fall collection. We’re going to preview a new fabrication for the first time, which we’re excited about. I can’t wait to see the buyers’ reactions. What kind of fabric is it? It’s a nylon memory fabric, which is hand-crushed in a process that will give you dimension and texture. It’s elegant and funky at the same time. We’ll have skirts, jackets, and tops so you can mix them all together, or you can wear it with my T-shirts, sweater knits, or flat nylon. We also do some beautiful silk organza pieces that are washed and crushed, for a more ethereal look. That’s our dress-up division, All available at

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Before a busy Fashion Week attending shows, THE DAILY joined model/actress Sophie Sumner for a Deluxe Atelier facial at Atelier Beauté in Williamsburg. The facial uses Biologique Recherche products and gave her an instant lift and healthy glow. Come along as Sophie gets pampered. Photography by SOFIA BELHOUARI

“I’ve always had problematic skin, since I was about 15 years old, so

“Darya [Atelier Beauté cofounder] was super lovely and knowledgeable. She and Aneta [Atelier Beauté co-founder] have been best friends for 14 years, and it’s a warm and familylike feeling there. She walked me through everything. One of my favorite parts was that there was a mirror above me, so I could see what they were doing. She explained the science of it, so I knew what was happening.” DAILYFRONTROW.COM

more recently in adulthood I’m trying to get rid of the scaring and all the effects of having bad acne when I was younger. As a woman wearing lots of makeup from modeling and being on camera, I use a lot of heavy makeup, so it’s important for me to do facials that deep-dive extract and exfoliate. It gives my skin a fresh start; it’s like a revamp!”

“I adored this facial because there’s absolutely zero downtime and you get instant results. I’ve done so many facials and I rarely see something that works instantly. My skin was plumper and lifted. I can see why celebrities do this before they go on a red carpet or to something like the Met Ball. You look like you’ve had 20 hours of sleep and been on holiday. Every benefit you want out of a facial, you get with this one.”

A rejuvenated Sophie relaxes after her facial

and provides the effect of a “second skin.” Additionally, Patchs Défatigants were utilized. This is an eye contour mask that reduces puffiness and dark circles around Atelier Beauté co-founder’s Darya Rzaca and Aneta Zuraw the eye to provide a more rested look for the skin. How did you two meet, and what’s your working dynamic like? You sell a range of products. What are your best sellers, and what do you recommend? Aneta Zuraw: We met 14 years ago and became friends instantly—same vibe, same Zuraw: Our best sellers are from the Biologique Recherche line, which is a French humor, and similar views on life. Opening up Atelier Beauté was the first time we skincare line devoted to a holistic approach to skincare. Our most popular product worked side by side. However, by working together we create a dynamic that is backed is the Lotion P50 line, which is a toner to balance the pH of the skin after a cleanse, by shared goals, seamless communication, and most importantly, trust. We fill in each so your skin is ready to take in all the benefits of the following products that are other’s gaps and foster a supportive work environment for the whole team. Friendship about to be applied on the skin. There are different variants selected for your needs, just adds an extra layer of pleasure to our professional journey. such as pigmentation, acne, or vitality. This toner exfoliates, cleanses, and purifies the What are the most popular services at Atelier Beauté? epidermis to allow for better product penetration. There’s a reason it’s called “facial Darya Rzaca: By far, the most popular treatment at Atelier is our signature Bespoke in a bottle.” Another great one is the Crème Biofixine, which is a cream that mimics Facial. This is the Biologique Recherche protocol facial that utilizes a hypercustomized Botox in a way. It’s made with Myorelax Peptides to erase fine lines and relax muscles approach to each client. Although the target of the facial is to “reverse the clock,” we before they can even develop into wrinkles. This product pairs great with the Elastine make use of various techniques to reinforce the skin’s natural renewing capabilities. Serum, which stimulates elastine synthesis. It tightens skin to help visibly anti-age it. This includes the use of Biologique Recherche boosters, which are targeted treatments What other products do you use? to address a specific goal, whether that be increased radiance, reduction of fine lines, Zuraw: Aside from Biologique Recherche, we work with other great brands, such as or visibly lift the skin. The unique thing about those boosters is that each one has its Environ Skin Care. This brand combines science and technology to bring forth your own way of application on the skin and its own hand movement. The popularity stems healthiest and most youthful-looking skin. One of their main ingredients is vitamin from the fact that no two facials will be alike, as everyone’s A, hence where their most popular C-Quence system comes facial gets customized to their specific needs, so although from. This is a step-up system designed to introduce vitamin some features are standard, boosters, masks, serums, and A to your skin in a nonoverwhelming fashion. As your skin’s targeted treatments vary by client. tolerance increases, you add more vitamin A, which works to What are the benefits of the facial that Sophie received? anti-age your skin. Rzaca: I chose Deluxe Atelier Facial for Sophie, which What are the benefits of getting facials regularly? implements Biologique Recherche and Valmont products. Rzaca: Regular facials undoubtedly benefit the skin, especially This particular facial provides a healthy glow and instant long-term. Your skin is the most exposed organ of your lift at the same time using specific massage movements body, and we’re constantly putting various stressors on it, and microcurrent stimulation. Her skin needed a little including pollution, wind, and sun exposure, plus our genes nourishment, and we wanted to achieve that while we can and lifestyle add to it. By getting a facial, we can exfoliate take care of facial muscles in the meantime. The Deluxe the outer layer of damaged skin and help regenerate the skin Atelier Facial is a good facial to achieve your red carpet glow cells by deeply cleansing them, reviving them, and making with a lift in one hour and feel amazing for another week after. them more resilient. Not to mention that they’re an excellent What products did Darya use? way to relax and clear your mind. Rzaca: I’ve used some of my personal favorite products We know you’re located in Williamsburg, but your clients come from to help Sophie achieve glowy, dewy skin. These products all over the city. What keeps bringing them back? include Valmont’s Prime Renewing Pack. This one is a bridal Zuraw: Sometimes I myself am shocked that someone favorite because it relaxes the skin and immediately reveals traveled from a different part of the city. I think it’s because a smooth healthy complexion. It’s as if you got a full night Darya Rzaca and Aneta Zuraw we’re trying to make our clients feel like they’re always in of sleep! We paired that with the Masque Caviar Vert, a good hands, from beginning to the end. We show that we plumping biocellulose mask that erases early signs of aging truly care about them and the results.

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The Italian Trade Agency (ITA) has welcomed Erica Di Giovancarlo to New York City in the role of Trade Commissioner. She is the first woman to hold the prestigious position in the U.S., where she will oversee all of ITA’s operations across its five offices stateside. Di Giovancarlo brings a wealth of global experience, having previously performed the role in São Paulo, New Delhi, Mumbai, and Tokyo. Here’s what’s in store for this new chapter at the ITA!


Erica Di Giovancarlo

The promise of Made in Italy is that quality is guaranteed. In many ways, Made in Italy is the antithesis of fast fashion. When fashion becomes “fast,” not only does the quality dramatically decrease, but production shortcuts come at the expense of the environment. ITA carefully curates its presentations of the top Made in Italy brands, showcasing those that practice best-in-class artisanship and choice of materials. What qualities and traits do you think unite all these 70 Made in Italy brands showing at COTERIE? In my opinion, one of the clear unifying trends within this curated group of Italian brands is integrity. That integrity is echoed through the artisans and creators themselves, in the materials they use, and in the final collections they present. Then, there is passion. Every one of these Italian brands tells the personal story of its creators—people whose souls speak through their craft, heritage, homeland, knowledge, and spirit for innovation. Today, there are far too many opportunities for consumers to shop faceless fast-fashion brands through social media channels, but there’s no trust there. Our 70-plus Made in Italy brands at COTERIE each deliver passion and integrity that define luxury, no matter the price point.

What’s your favorite thing about Italian fashion? How do you think it differentiates from fashion from other countries? My favorite thing about Italian fashion is the unbelievable range that is achieved by a relatively small country! Many people know to look to Italy for the best tailoring expertise or the best leather goods, for example. But we have so many brands presenting such a huge array of offerings—from loungewear and streetwear to swimwear, from fashion jewelry to sneakers and evening wear, and everything in between. I think there are very few other countries who offer such consistency in quality and range. What sums up “Italian style” to you in one word or sentence? Italian style is alive—it’s continually evolving in design and innovation, but always with a constant thread of unsurpassed quality. What else is ahead for the ITA in 2024? Apart from COTERIE, ITA is committed to sponsoring its brands to take part in upcoming trade shows including LA Market Week, Miami Cabana, and Chicago Collective. Later this month, ITA will unveil a FW24 refresh to its proprietary digital wholesale tool, And there are many other 2024 events to be announced soon! You can follow @ extraitastyle on Instagram for live updates.


What are you most looking forward to in your new role? Representing Italy in the United States is a fantastic opportunity, and I’m most passionate about championing emerging fashion talent from Italy by offering unparalleled opportunities for visibility and entry to the U.S. market. The next generation of Made in Italy designers should have the support of the Italian government behind them as they extend the country’s legacy of design innovation and quality all over the world. What were some highlights of 2023 for the ITA and Italian fashion brands? In 2023, ITA exponentially increased its reach in the U.S. market by organizing physical events across the country in New York, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, Las Vegas, and more. ITA’s regional growth strategy throughout the American market is integral to reaching larger, more diverse audiences of wholesale buyers. What are some of the first projects and initiatives you will be focusing on in your new role as Trade Commissioner? ITA will expand its reach to more emerging fashion and accessories brands and offer more physical and digital opportunities for young designers to be discovered by American retailers and end consumers. We’ll also deepen our commitment to matching U.S. retailers and brands seeking private-label partnerships with industry-leading Italian producers, building multifaceted opportunities for international collaboration and creation. Many of the brands showing at COTERIE have sustainability in mind. In what ways is the Italian Trade Agency encouraging its brands to be more sustainable? In the year 2024, it’s an absolute necessity to promote and support sustainably minded companies. Particularly in the U.S., we see a continually evolving shift in the consumer ethos. Shoppers are exercising their freedom of choice by spending dollars with brands that identify with their own beliefs, and ecoconsciousness is at the forefront of the conversation. When you buy Made in Italy products, you’re buying pieces meant to last a lifetime. In what ways is Italy a pioneer in the sustainability conversation? How does it set a good example worldwide?



Without further ado, let’s meet the 70 Italian brands showcasing their wares at COTERIE from February 20–22 at the Javits Center.

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Warmer days are coming! Amazuìn is a swimwear collection designed for dynamic world explorers who love to dress up as much as they love to plan their next adventure. (admin@; Booth: 6734)

AMICI BY BACI Amici by Baci is an avant garde brand that focuses on sustainability and natural fabric, which has landed itself a place in stores all over the world from Europe to Australia. (; Booth: 6874)

ANDREA YA’AQOV Since 2013, Andrea Ya’aqov has been a go-to for contemporary pieces with a twist of the avant-garde. Think: urban and futuristic, but always totally wearable. (sales@; Booth: 6834)


BESSI If anything’s for certain, it’s that Italians know how to have fun, and BESSI’s splashy prints and colorful palettes are proof. (; Booth: 6865)


CALIBAN Operating out of the same Brescian countryside camiceria at which its first shirt was sewn in 1979, Caliban is evidently an enthusiast for clean design and undeniably Italian excellence. (; Booth: 6162)

CRISTINA DURIO Cristina Durio inherited the creative flare and artisan expertise of her late father, who began tailoring in the 1960s. Durio now specializes in women’s trousers, and her collections are distinguished by her attention to detail in fit, packaging, finishes, and choice of fabrics. (; Booth: 6248) *Booths subject to change






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DE SANTIS BY MARTIN ALVAREZ Sleek fashion-forward garb that will make you do a doubletake is what De Santis does best. Founded in 1961, the luxury label has grown synonymous with avant-garde style, unfaltering tradition, and elegant couture for men and women alike. (; Booth: 6630)

FRIDA QUERIDA FIRENZE Take a quick peek at Frida Querida Firenze’s stylish al mareready swimwear offering, and you’ll be ready to book a trip away pronto. (; Booth: 7449)

GIADA CURTI Elegance in abundance? You heard it here first. Giada Curti’s romantic dresses, skirts, and blouses have won the brand both Instagram and commercial fame. (davide@giadacurti. it; Booth: 7242)



Designed for women who are unapologetically themselves, Giovanna Nicolai needs no introduction—and it’s simple to see why. Its high-fashion repertoire of made-to-last pieces favor bold silhouettes, tasteful prints, and a city-meets-chill state of mind. (; Booth: 6151)

GOODMATCH Parma-based Goodmatch has been designing with the modern working woman top of mind for more than half a century. With high-performing, eco-sustainable fabrics, any Goodmatch ware is the perfect candidate for on-the-go errands and grabbing un aperitivo alike. (; Booth: 6759)

HYLURE Hylure’s figure-hugging and ultra feminine pieces are designed to move with you seamlessly, from day to night, while guaranteeing you remain the center of attention. (; Booth: 8117)




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IRREPLACEABLE BY ELISA GIORDANO Originally founded as a children’s brand, Irreplaceable now outfits moms and their little ones in sustainable and chic fashions. (; Booth: 7255)

ISA BELLE Based in Florence but adored around the world—from casual to formal, Isa Belle has been doing it all, with aplomb, since 1989. (; Booth: 7559)




Stand out on the beach or at the pool, thanks to Justmine’s flattering and unique assortment of swimwear. (marketing@; Booth: 6929)

LA COUVERTURE As well as accessories, this Tuscany-based brand is known for its structured tailoring and voluminous silhouettes when it comes to unisex outerwear. (; Booth: 7361)

MEIMEIJ MeiMeiJ is known and adored for its use of strong shades, as well as effective use of black and white that will guarantee impact, especially when combined with its bold silhouettes. (; Booth: 6124)

NOSTRASANTISSIMA This 10-year-old brand brings Made in Italy perfection to the world, with its womenswear wares already stocked in 40 doors worldwide. (; Booth: 6836)



PHO FIRENZE Florence-based Pho Firenze has been doubling down on highquality production, the finest fabrics, and fashion-forward gowns since the 1980s. (; Booth: 6542)







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Vacanze, anyone? Arenzano-based Ploumanac’h consistently nails resortwear, including hand-painted cashmere sweaters, easygoing linens, and more for your vacay wardrobe. (; Booth: 6759)

PRISM Sustainability is at the heart of everything ethical ready-towear brand Prism does. The newcomer, launched in 2023, employs garment workers from marginalized communities and utilizes leftover fabric to minimize waste. (giovanni.; Booth: 7130)


QUEEN MODA POSITANO Born on the rocky coast of Positano, Queen Moda Positano’s luxury beachwear selection offering has always been reminiscent of its sun-kissed, corner-of-paradise beginnings. (; Booth: 7436)


SEVENTY Refined and glamorous, Seventy evokes feelings of its whimsical canal-adorned roots. A go-to for all genders, Seventy promises versatile excellence and subtle glamor with every stitch. (; Booth: 6131)

SHAFT We like our pasta al dente and our jeans Shaft! If there’s anything that can stand the test of time, it’s a trusty pair of jeans—and Florence-based Shaft knows just the type. (; Booth: 6759)


SIMONA BONACCI A staple in the Italian apparel industry, Simona Bonacci designs hang proudly in the closets of Italy (and the world’s) chicest women. We’ll have one of everything! (; Booth: 6153)

TASCH MILANO What is it that makes Milanese women so inherently chic? Just look at one of the city’s most popular brands, Tasch Milano, for your answer—timeless staples, reimagined in a fresh way each season. (; Booth: 7260)

VLT’S BY VALENTINA’S A leading force in the women’s shirt-and-blouse sector, VLT’s focuses on keeping its stock in line with trends, while never compromising on timeless dependability. (pucciofashion@; Booth: 6362)







Sustainable bag label Alienina prides itself on singularity—that is, its collection of handmade, ropestitched totes wherein no two are the same. To impress further, each tag boasts a humane, second-life, 100 percent Made in Italy promise. (eliana@alienina. com; Booth: 5826)

ALTAMODA BELT This Made in Italy belt label is the real deal—and has been for more than 50 years. Enlisting expert hands, tasteful creativity, and an Italian state of mind, each handcrafted belt is manufactured with advanced production techniques. (; Booth: 5864)

ALPO First in Naples and from the 1970s in Milan, this family-run brand has specialized in the production of a single accessory that never lost its fashion appeal for true connoisseurs of Italian style and craftsmanship—gorgeous gloves. (giorgio.portolano@; Booth: 5765)

ANGELA CAPUTI GIUGGIÙ This Florentine designer derives inspiration from American films of the 1940s. Her jewelry is recognized for its smooth lines, carefully selected materials, and unique color combinations. The creativity of this brand has even been on display at The Met! (angelacaputi@; Booth: 5658)


ANGIOLO FRASCONI This family-owned brand has accumulated prestige through a half century of passion and dedication to the craft of hat-making. Their creations are brought to life through traditional means of ancient machines and hand finishing. (; Booth: 5459)





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This sustainably sourced, artisanally made bag label checks all the right boxes. From oversize hobo bags to structured bucket bags, architectural shapes to asymmetric lines, each made-for-always silhouette is an investment worth making. (; Booth: 5463)


BEBA GIOIELLI BIJOUX Handcrafted in Florence and designed to elicit a carefree joy in each wearer, jeweler Beba Gioielli Bijoux’s genderless gems are made for any and every occasion. (beba@; Booth: 5651)

BRUNO CARLO At Bruno Carlo, accessories have always been a family affair. Posting a refined assortment of knitwear, gloves, and hats for lei and lui, the family-run couturier operates where elegance meets classicism meets international appeal. (; Booth: 6154)

CHRISTIAN VILLA Christian Villa grew up immersed in the fashion industry, thanks to his parents’ work. The designer launched his namesake collection of leather bags in 2010, bringing together raw Italian materials and a global sense of elegant design. (; Booth: 5762)




Despite being a favorite across the world, Florence-based luggage label Cuoieria Fiorentina holds fast to Italian tradition, culture, and quality. The outcome is a sleek fashion-forward offering of bags you actually want—from departure to destination. (; Booth: 6759)

DE MARQUET Iconic sustainable bags made in Tuscany that are famous in fashion magazines around the world for the clever interchangeable covers—giving you two bags for the price of one. (; Booth: 5661)

I OE F Popular handbag and accessories label I oe F is a favorite of influencers and style stars, thanks to its playful spirit and alwayselegant aesthetic. (; Booth: 5852)



Laura Angelilli’s brand has people, the planet, and animals on its mind. Via ethical practices and responsible production, it doesn’t scrimp on creating chic items either. (laura@l-aura. it; Booth: 5425)

LA MILANESA A crochet handbag from La Milanesa is destined to put a smile on everyone’s face. Each product marches to the beat of its own drum, marrying functionality and unique style. (info@; Booth: 6141)


MAISON DRESSAGE Inspired by the equestrian world and the traditions of discipline, precision, and elegance it embodies, Maison Dressage’s accessories add an air of refinement to the simplest of outfits. (; Booth: 5861)











Made in Italy since 2003, this brand is known for its highend fashion jewelry, which is hand-polished, gold-plated, and made even more unique by Florentine epoxy enamel. (elvido@; Booth: 5461)

SAVE MY BAG Cruelty-free bags that are fashion-forward? Say no more! Celebrityadored Save My Bag is the brainchild of two young entrepreneurs who create their fun and colorful totes in their patented fabric, which is washable and durable. (valentina.calabrese@savemybag. it; Booth: 5552)

VINTAGE BIJOUX No outfit is complete without unique statement pieces. Vintage Bijoux knows this, and rather than follow trends, the brand produces items that will be treasured as much today as they will be decades from now. (; Booth: 5853)

VISONÀ ITALIA 1959 This brand’s signature is its patented and distinctive saddle stitching. Expect timeless design, great quality, and value for money. (; Booth: 5832)




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No matter where you’re going, Calò’s handmade casual footwear will take you there in reliable style. (antonio@tuscanyandcompanynyc. com; Booth: 6819)


Over half a century of love and expertise goes into each and every pair of sandals, boots, and pumps from this Milan-based brand. (; Booth: 5313)


Made for every occasion, Donna Carolina has an impressive and diverse lineup of shoes—at an affordable price. Whether you’re on the hunt for white sneakers, suede booties, or a pointed-toe leather flat, you’ll find it here. (; Booth: 5322)






Few know how to masterfully craft a shoe like the Italians, and as a brand, Leopoldine Shoes is proof of that, with each pair produced consciously and considerately in small batches by hand. (; Booth: 5213)


Helmed by Michele and his son Mike and daughter Giada, this luxury footwear brand appeals to the cosmopolitan woman as much now as it did on day one in 1986. (; Booth: 6135)


Founded in the 1970s for the production of mountain and work footwear, the company was eventually taken over by the five daughters of the founders who brought the brand in a more contemporary direction, influenced by current market trends. (; Booth: 6869)






Since its inception in 2011, outerwear and accessories brand Chiarulli has strived for excellence—namely with strict adherence to Italian tailoring standards, unfaltering quality, and sensible taste. Ten-plus years later, the label continues to set precedents for how Italian fashion should feel, look, and be. (; Booth: 6474)


DI BELLO BY FONTANI Di Bello by Fontani makes a convincing case for Florentine outerwear, as well as leather and sheepskin tailoring. Since the 1990s, the label has been characterized by Italian craftsmanship, stylistic research, originality, and a 100 percent Made in Italy stamp. (; Booth: 6237)

LANDI FANCY Landi Fancy’s outerwear line offers a unique inventory of waterproof peacoats, down jackets, and uniquely crafted fur overcoats. Landi Fancy prioritizes eco-sustainability, and does so with regenerated fabric fibers that nod to Tuscan textile practices. (; Booth: 6363)

MONTEREGGI POINT Functional outerwear that’s slick and crafted to last. In other words: puffers, parkas, and more that are worth booking a ski trip for. (; Booth: 6236)

SUPREMA Suprema’s Venetian base is indicative of its quality leather goods and shearling excellence. Between its camel coats stitched in double-faced cashmere, sheepskin parkas, and mink, sable, and chinchilla finishes, Suprema truly lives up to its English-translated name with ease. (; Booth: 6759)








Paying constant attention to detail and rising trends, yet reinstating its loyalty to timeless style is, perhaps, what Adesi Cashmere does best. Plus, an impressive selection of button-down knits, turtlenecks, cardigans, and zipped sweaters. (sisto@; Booth: 6464)

ALESSANDRO ASTE A closet staple, Alessandro Aste’s sophisticated cashmere pieces are traditionally handmade and intended to last forever. (; Booth: 6158)




Géraldine Alasio founded Be You in 2008 with the goal of bringing beautiful, lively, and colorful knitwear to the world—and not just confined to the cold months either. (; Booth: 6234)

GIOVANNI CAVAGNA Knitwear, but not as you know it! Giovanni Cavagna is a leader in luxury knitwear innovation, as evidenced by his eclectic designs, season after season. (commerciale@; Booth: 6633)

LORENA BENATTI The face of femininity since 1956, Lorena Benatti is the ITA label specializing in know-how knitwear. From two-toned palettes and asymmetrical cuts, sporty sets to professional tailoring, Lorena Benatti will fulfill all your knitted needs. (c.saetti@; Booth: 6345)

MELAROSA ITALY Nestled deep in the Tuscan countryside, Melarosa Italy has a refreshing focus on sustainable luxury (silk, cashmere, and cotton must-haves) and intimate buyer-seller dynamics. (; Booth: 6143)



With an offering indicative of its name, Of Handmade celebrates traditional practice and contemporary design in every piece. Its sustainable “no planet B” ethos also leaves it a favorite, season after season. (; Booth: 7128)









Knitwear POUR MOI

High-quality knitwear that reflects the ever-evolving nature of fashion and femininity. Pour Moi guarantees the best of Italiansourced materials and impeccable execution. (; Booth: 6476)

ROCCO RAGNI Tucked away in the foothills of Mount Tezio, Perugia label Rocco Ragni has grown synonymous with artisanal knitwear and precious cashmere. Each design pulls inspiration from its namesake founder’s interest in traditional spinning techniques and the beauty of Umbrian terrain. (; Booth: 6759)

TESEI You can simply feel the care that goes into each sumptuous Tesei piece, which is made by small producers from central Italy with a selection of high-quality Italian materials and sartorial expertise. (; Booth: 6566)

TRICOT CHIC Delivering irresistible staple picks since 1972, Tricot Chic has been pioneering innovative knitwear since its inception 50 years ago. Today, it’s still made, and perfected, in Italy, from start to finish. (; Booth: 6452)

YC WHYCI MILANO With raw materials, timeless class, and generations of Made in Italy elegance as its bread and butter, YC Whyci Milano is a go-to label for more reasons than one. Untreated wool, silk and cashmere blends decorated with seasonal prints and embroideries? You had us at ciao! (; Booth: 6159)


Expertly edited by Agent R.E.D. International: Fashion Maven Genie Parada-Fishman masters the art of curating brands and

maintains a cutting edge yet relatable vision two decades into founding the showroom Welcome Fall 2024! As the curtain rises on the fashion extravaganza that is Fall 2024, Agent R.E.D. International is a canvas of boundless possibilities. I invite you to immerse yourself in a curated selection of contemporary fashion where each brand tells a unique story. Brimming with excitement, I along with my collective of designers are ready to make a grand reveal at Coterie. This season’s collections are a testament to the journey of creativity – balancing the familiar with the new. From the moment you step into our realm, prepare to be captivated by a symphony of colors, fabrics, and designs that redefine the very essence of style. This fall will be nothing short of spectacular! I am privileged to announce my continued designer partners: XCVI, Wearables, NU Denmark, Tractr Jeans, and Threads 4 Thought. What’s in a name? People always ask about the significance of Agent R.E.D. International. Choosing a name to associate with is always a huge undertaking. I wanted the name to be significant and speak volumes of who I am without just using my name. The meaning is a trifecta! The Acronym stands for Runway European Designs. When I first opened the brand management company, I specifically set out to work with European brands that were unavailable in the USA. I wanted to introduce the American market to new ideas from an international perspective. The showroom has evolved to include partnerships with American brands – so we have the best of all worlds. R.E.D. is a wink to my Soviet roots. I was born in Odessa, Ukraine and am first generation. And of course I am Genie with wild red hair and red lips.


Always in action! The key is never to stay stagnant in any respect. I have an unquenchable thirst to keep moving forward, think freely and fearlessly, learn and take inspiration from every channel and implement new ideas. After over two decades in business, my secret to maintaining an edge is my high energy approach to living. You have to believe in magic… and I do! Things have a supernatural way of working themselves out. Going back to pandemic times (when I was forced to vacate my garment

NU Denmark is a global powerhouse label filled with covetable pieces to satisfy the unquenchable thirst of the it-girls they dress. NU is all about innovative and exciting items featuring gorgeous fabrics, unusual texture/pattern mixing, extraordinary details, and a sophisticated neutral color pallet with blasts of color. Nu Denmark is designed by fearless female founder Jannie Lymann. Jannie is a dynamic personality who conceptualized the brand over 25 years ago and continues to be at the helm as Creative Director. Jannie’s vision is to dress every woman for all events in her life. Nu’s timeless staples offer endless versatility and are exciting and easy to wear. Each piece is a complete outfit transformer and takes your look from ordinary to extraordinary!


center showroom where I resided since the inception of Agent R.E.D.), I moved to a small gallery space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and have not looked back! The move has been revolutionary to my world including my work with retailers via ZOOM which has not slowed down one bit, even with the resurgence of trade events. Virtual opportunity exponentially increased business for my designers. Will the real Mayor of New York please stand up? My husband calls me the Mayor Of NYC and its true, I love this city with a passion. Opening the front door every day is like opening a portal that reveals a world of adventure and endless spectacle. Living and working in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, offers an immersive experience where fashion is an integral part of daily life. The neighborhood’s trendsetting spirit infuses every corner. Effortlessly chic street style is abound and functions as a form of self-expression showcased by the community’s diverse and artistic inhabitants. It’s a place where fashion isn’t just worn, but lived and breathed, creating an inspiring environment. The streets are literally a fashion runway! See the spectacle virtually... @agentredintl aims to capture the extravaganza of endlessly inspiring people and culture of the neighborhood. My Agent R.E.D. Spotted! Series will now have a corresponding YouTube channel where you can see the full length interviews that I conduct on the streets of the city as well as with my designers and retailers. Every post is a window into the “behind-the-scenes” action of the showroom and into daily living within the graffiti walls of the neighborhood. If you don’t follow our fun and excitement on Instagram you should! Follow: @agentredintl I promise you will be entertained as well as well informed about industry happenings. :)

Threads 4 Thought designs and produces apparel that has a positive impact on people and an innately smaller impact on our planet. They work hard to source sustainable raw materials for their fabrics and partner with ethical factories to make our products. Threads 4 Thought is always striving to do better and elevate the ethical and sustainable standards within our industry. SUSTAINABLE: T4T Sources the world’s most sustainable materials, including Organic Cotton, Recycled Polyester, and Lenzing Modal. ETHICAL: T4T Factories around the world hold the highest certifications in the industry, ensuring the best working conditions, and the highest level of sustainable production processes. IMPACTFUL: Through partnerships with nonprofits and our continued commitment to long term sustainable initiatives, we strive to make sure that everything we do translates to lasting positive impact. @threads4thought

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THE EPITOME OF “INCLUSIVE” IN THEIR APPROACH TO DEFINING A UNIQUE BRAND OF CASUAL, COMFORTABLE CHIC. Two divisions of the same company, XCVI and Wearables are well known for their extraordinary ability to outfit a woman of any size, any age in comfortable and chic pieces. XCVI has epitomized casual-chic for over 25 years with its unique approach to every day dressing. The secret is looking polished and feeling like you are wearing your sweats with XCVI’s ingenious use of stretch in its woven fabric as well as their strategic integration of knit panels. XCVI is all about elevated fabrics, unique hand washes, exceptional details, and novelty that is fresh and new seasonally while staying true to the brands’ roots. From their iconic, signature style and versatile layering pieces, XCVI’s creations empower individuals to embrace their uniqueness while sporting a relaxed yet refined aesthetic. XCVI truly addresses wardrobe needs of every woman, regardless of age, size or shape.

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John DeLucie has done it again! The famed chef is back in the kitchen, at Ambra, and better than ever. Located in the heart of the West Village, the new spot offers artisanal high-end Italian food and has become a must-go destination for the fashion set. The man behind restaurants like The Lion and Empire Diner tells THE DAILY about his favorite things on the menu, his secret recipe for success, and what he thinks of The Bear.

John DeLucie



Ambra was designed by Legeard Studio

don’t mean value in terms of price-sensitive; you’ve got to make sure that people get what they pay for and that comes with the music, the drinks, the wine selection, it all adds up to the total value of your experience. The experience, which is the culmination of all these things, is so important. It isn’t any one thing. You can’t survive on just great food, though great service is sometimes more important than food for a lot of people. You also have an app called CookUnity. Tell us about that. It’s a personalized meal-subscription service. The idea was to find the best chefs to produce meals that are ready to go and come to your house delivered fresh [not frozen]. The meals include expiration dates, heating instructions, and nutrition information. You can have four, six, or eight meals a week with side dishes and salads. It’s not expensive, and delivery is included in your subscription. It’s popular. Our New York kitchen is in Bushwick, Brooklyn, and we have kitchens in Miami,

Chicago, and Los Angeles. [Daily readers can use the code JOHNDELUC99 for a special deal.] The food world can be cruel. How do you deal with defeat when you have to close places? S**t happens! You can fight it and be miserable or… I’ve had bad luck in my career, but success is the best revenge. Move forward, let it roll, and do the next thing. That’s all I can say. How do you know when something is successful? You can feel it in your bones. There are times when I had The Lion, which was über successful, but it was riddled with so many problems internally. It never felt that successful. It has a lot to do with people and who you surround yourself with. People are everything. Final question: Do people ask you about The Bear all the time? Yeah! They do ask about The Bear all the time! They ask, “Is it real? Is that how it happens?” The answer I give is “yes and no.” It’s a fabulous show, but it’s a show!


How did Ambra come together? I closed a few of my places and I was missing the kitchen. I was missing the restaurant experience of cooking for people. I had been doing it for so long. At one point I thought I was done with restaurants, but then I thought I really want to do Italian food. I got a call from a dear friend and he said I should speak to a friend of his about a restaurant he was opening in the West Village. The West Village is my jam. We met and talked, and it worked out immediately. That was August and we opened doors over Fashion Week in September. Now we feel like a neighborhood place. People are coming in two or three times a week, and we love that. We’re building a great business that will hopefully be here for a long time. What’s the hook? Pizza! We sourced this flour from Italy. We put a little whole wheat in there. We have a secret recipe that’s really nice. I make all the pastas by hand, or we use this excellent pasta from Naples. It’s the Italian food that I grew up with, that I love eating. I could live on pizza and pasta for the rest of my life. It’s my most favorite thing. I’m thrilled to be here. This corner is amazing. The décor is cool. We have a great wine list with interesting selections that you don’t see everywhere. The cocktails are nice. The staff is awesome. The people who work here are so dedicated. That’s what makes the place! I had the octopus carpaccio and veal Ambra. Delicious! That’s a legit veal chop. We try to use the best ingredients we can find and not to do much messing around. We want to deliver the best product we can. What’s your favorite thing on the menu? I like crispy long-stem artichoke, the pastas are all pretty strong, and the veal. We also have a great all-natural seared New York strip steak served with parsley and watercress. It’s quite delicious. How often are you at the restaurant? I’m here all the time! How has the food scene changed since you started? It goes round and round. It’s always about value, and I

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DO YOU *REALLY* KNOW Your New York Fashion Week Trivia?

School’s in session, sweeties! Long before Style Not Com’s blue squares reported on every waking moment of the industry, one would have to get their goss directly from the source—the folks of the front row. Luckily, we’ve been there for more than 20 years keeping tabs on who’s who and filing away overheard dish for a rainy day. Time for y’all to brush up!


8. According to her X bio, what is Vanessa

A) She was tipped by a confused patron B) She was giving out body shots C) She fell while dancing on the bar D) She was offered a full-time gig at The Beatrice Inn

A) Juggling B) Flying trapeze C) Fire breathing D) Knife throwing

What happened to Mary-Kate Olsen when she was tending bar at Bergdorf Goodman during Fashion Night Out in 2009?

Friedman’s secret talent?

Mary-Kate Olsen, Simon Doonan, and Ashley Olsen



Kelly Cutrone notoriously relegated editors from this website to the third row “for the name alone.” A) B) C) D)

3. Which of these was not an Alexander Wang after-party?

Vanessa Friedman

Everyone is saying “shirt sandwich” all of a sudden. What omnipresent style savant invented the term?

Kelly Cutrone

A) Strip-club theme B) A Chelsea car wash rager C) Barneys takeover D) Festival-esque #WANGCHELLA

A) Linda Fargo B) Eva Chen C) Jenna Lyons D) Leandra Medine

10. Which of these artists has walked

the runway at NYFW?

A) Keith Haring B) Andy Warhol C) Jean-Michel Basquiat D) KAWS

4. How many times has publicist extraordinaire Savannah

Engel been on crutches over the past 15 years of NYFW? A) 4 times B) Once C) 6 times D) She permanently has a cane


How many publications does New York’s “Palace of Print,” Casa Magazines, stock?

A) Bridgerton B) Sex & the City (The Movie) C) Keeping Up With the Kardashians D) Queenmaker: The Making of an It Girl

Hailey Bieber


What celebrity held a NYFW show for her brand Sweetface in 2005?

Cathy Horyn

6. Where will you find Cathy Horyn when it’s not Fashion Week? A) Her houseboat B) Her farm C) Plotting again Hedi Slimane D) Upstate running a writer’s retreat for frustrated fashion journalists

A) 2,000 B) 250 C) 1,200 D) 750

Savannah Engel

7. What writer and Daily alum did Lauren Sherman

nickname “Fashion’s original Gossip Girl”? A) Faran Krentcil B) Christine Barberich C) Ashley Baker D) Peter Davis

A) Paris Hilton B) Hilary Duff C) Ciara D) Jennifer Lopez

Naomi Campbell for Sweetface FW 2005

13. A piece of the ceiling infamously fell on an editor’s head during Michael Kors’ Fall 1991 show. Who took the hit? A) Suzy Menkes B) Liz Tilberis C) Hamish Bowles D) Richard Buckley

Anna Wintour

How Did You Fare?

0–4 CORRECT ANSWERS: YOU ARE…The Ghost of Anna Nicole Smith Thank God you’re pretty and have personality! 5–9 CORRECT ANSWERS: YOU ARE…Anna Delvey Babe, stop trying so hard. Folks might have come to your East Village apartment building roof for a fashion show once, but you won’t lose your grifter rep that fast on our watch. 10–13 CORRECT ANSWERS: YOU ARE…Anna Wintour Nothing gets past you—shades or not. You always miraculously fall on your Manolo-clad feet, despite annual rumors of impending demise. ANSWERS: 1. A; 2. B; 3. C; 4. C; 5. A; 6. B; 7. A; 8. B; 9. D; 10. C; 11. A; 12. D; 13. A


Anna Delvey

Anna Nicole Smith


5. Which of these has not featured The Daily at NYFW?

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