Laura Poretzky has bid a final farewell to her chic clothing collection Abaeté which ceased production in October of last year. Launched a mere six years ago in 2004, it was snapped up immediately by stores like Kirna Zabete. Known mainly for its partnership with Payless ShoeSource to create its first designer shoe collection and a series of collaborations boasting clients Lela Rose and Christian Siriano, it's sad to see the label officially close.
Despite becoming a go to brand for many, the recession hit harder hard. We hope Poretzky is not disheartened but channels her creativity into a new venture that will make her come back stronger than ever.
Shopping for fashion week always makes us remember something: Stocking your wardrobe can get expensive. And as much as we'd love to have a closet full of nothing but designer clothes, shoes and accessories, we'd also like to pay our bills. Enter Rent The Runway, the online shop that charges users a fee to borrow high-end pieces for a specified amount of time. Just pick a piece, set a delivery date, and the clothing shows up on your doorstep in two different sizes. When you're done, you can return the garment in a pre-paid package - kind of like Netflix for clothes.
We have our eye on a red Alice + Olivia number, but the site has plenty of labels for any taste or price point. How about Catherine Malandrino or Lela Rose, or Halston Heritage - which RTR recently added to its selection? Sure, it'd be ideal to save the money and buy the clothes to keep, but then we'd just get dress envy again every time we saw the next season's collection. And to us, the freedom to have fashion ADD is worth a lot.
It's pretty much a cliche by now to say that a collection is soMichelle Obama, but friend of the Pack Lela Rosemade a collection pretty enough to make us trite. MObama can mix and match with her J. Crew, so Barack, get on the phone and get your wife some presents.
"My philosophy of design is about creating beautiful, hand-finished clothes that exude a casual luxury and refinement," says Texas native Lela Rose. The designer now known for her feminine dresses was more interested in sculpture and painting at the University of Colorado. She had a side business making vests from vintage scarves, though, and after a course at Parsons and training with Richard Tyler, Rose knew where she belonged. With clients like Rachel Bilson, Anne Hathaway and Amy Adams, it seems she hasn't done too badly.
This week, the designer talks deadlines, sample-fabric fun and Jake Gyllenhaal's girlfriend with The Fash Pack.