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Fashion with a vengeance since 2009. Today is Thursday, February 11, 2016
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A Young Designer Steps into the Spotlight


“I just want to put beautiful colors and beautiful fabrics on beautiful, strong women,” Georgine Ratelband told me in a backstage interview after her debut runway show yesterday evening.

A parade of knockout looks in Italian nappa leather and rich, gem-toned furs would be proof that her aim was achieved. Masking as ladylike in asymmetrical wool skirts and midnight blue fur cuffs, Georgine added elements that were subtly mischievous, such as red leather opera gloves and sheer hems. Stingray leather hatbox satchels and Aubergine fur felt hats adorned a palette of amethyst, teal, and forest green. Guests swooned over a silver fox dyed coat and black neoprene glass jacket.

Murmurs throughout the Pavilion were consistent – this 24-year-old designer from Holland had just made a name for herself in New York.  

“I am so proud, I just want to give her a hug,” her mother told me in a thick Dutch accent and she slipped past the press, “But I think I might get a little emotional.”

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The Best Saturdays are ODD


If spent correctly, Saturday afternoons have the potential to be ODD. Tucked quietly in the recesses of the garment district, ODD is a small haven for edgy emerging designers and ever-evolving style enthusiasts. The surreal showroom on 241 W. 37th street boasts the ability to open at any time, always offering clients innovative, yet attainable designs.

Post-Saturday brunch, we arrived to Judson Harmon’s ODD showroom event for shopping and generous helpings of champagne. (Shimmying into an amusingly complicated, one-of-a-kind Kittinhawk dress may take some liquid courage and the expert hands of a showroom assistant.)

After a few hours of sartorial indulgence in CHRISHABANA, Costume Dept., and Skingraft, we walked out with all the makings for an outlandish evening.

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Last Night's Party: Ohne Titel & EASTON+COMBS


Last night’s party celebrated the Ohne Titel & EASTON+COMBS installation for BOFFO Building Fashion 2011. Guests gathered at an industrial loft space in TriBeCa to enjoy a St. Germain cocktail-fueled opening reception.

BOFFO Building Fashion 2011 honors exceptional architecture and fashion with a sequence of collaborative retail installations. Ohne Titel, designed by Flora Gill and Alexa Adams, combines engineering with draping -- geometry with intuition. Eye-catching pieces from their F/W 2012 collection were hung from structures created by internationally-acclaimed architectural office, EASTON+COMBS.

Guests enjoyed music by Florian Sailer and a performance by TheBlackSoft as they mingled their way through this artistic wonderland at 57 Walker Street.



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For many New Yorkers, this past week marked their first “earthquake,” as well as their first “hurricane.” Air quotes aside, it has been an eventful few days – on Twitter, at the very least.

Now, with the onset of New York Fashion Week, we face another highly anticipated whirlwind of events. And while a shower of invitations had entered our 10-day forecast, we were not predicting hail.

Despite our own miscalculated predictions, hailstones arrived in our mailbox – two transparent cubes imprinted with the specifics for Sally LaPointe’s SS12 runway show in microscopic font. Sally LaPointe, known for her show-stopping collections and innovative invites, continues to outdo herself each season. With cube invitations and an impervious reputation, our RSVP is crystal clear.


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Runway Revision


After Saturday's success at Runway SOHO, I made a return visit to Lynn Cohen's boutique on 450 Broome Street. With a trifling desire to experiment, I grabbed a beverage and submitted to Lynn's expert inquisition.

Pairing black-and-white striped pants with a convertible cross-top, Runway SOHO's designer revealed her commitment to versatility: "I like to make pieces that can be worn multiple ways," she explained.

From nautical-lite to Ziggy Stardust-glamboyance, I later paired this functional piece with a black tank and an immoral shade of red lipstick for Sunday's Bowie-inspired party, Oh! You Pretty Things at Le Poisson Rouge.


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Queen of the Castle


Want to be MintCastle royalty?

MintCastle is a new member’s-only website providing unique offers on luxury experiences and uncommon merchandise. The online lifestyle magazine presents deals for insiders who appreciate the unexpected and covet originality.

Chiefs of Enchantment, one of District L’s creative cravings, is the upcoming feature on this trendsetting site. We first met designer, Rita Watson, at Lu Magnus back in March -- and our strong fan following continues. Watson creates innovative headdresses and modern diadems from materials such as feathers, freshwater pearls, and vintage sleeve trims.

Luckily, you don’t need to work up the ranks to become a bohemian princess: Exquisite headpieces from Chiefs of Enchantment are now available exclusively for District L readers to purchase at member prices.

Click here to shop MintCastle and take home the crown.


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More for LES


After a night of partying in apocalyptic proportions, our circadian rhythm still manages to adapt for fashionable matters. This afternoon, District L will be heading over to the Fashion Forward Fashion Show on Orchard and Broome. Starting at 1pm, designers such as Lois EastlundJames Coviello, and Robert James, will be showcasing their LES designs in an outdoor event, hosted by LES BID.

Find us there -- with BisousCiao macron and d'espresso mochaccino in hand.




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Chiffon, ruffles, and sashes sound very Sound of Music, but Cheng’s Fall/Winter 2011 collection is not intended for girls “sixteen, going on seventeen.” Plunging necklines, playful silhouettes, and translucent fabrics may play coy, but are clearly designed for a woman who knows what she’s doing.


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Liquid Black Gold


Last season, Jac Langheim impressed DL with her innovative use of latex, combining this uncommon texture with more traditional luxury fabrics. Her primarily-rubber collection offered structured vests, A-lined dresses, and body-skimming cocktail frocks. Sophisticated, unexpected and adaptable, Langheim’s line earned her an enviable level of rising esteem.

This season, Jac revisited her successful recipe of “astonish and acquaint.” Once again using latex, she created modern silhouettes in solid and printed rubber. Clean lines, asymmetrical paneling, and minimalist legwear lent a more futuristic emphasis for F/W11.


Images by Romer Pedron

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Sally 4 EVA


Head to EVA for Sally LaPointe's retail event TONIGHT. Enjoy champagne and discounts until 9pm.

Take a look at what's happening there now...


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