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Helena Christensen Comes to ‘Gritty’ East Village For Fashion Week, Stays For the Boutiques

Chef Paul Gerard outside Exchange AlleyMelvin Felix Chef Paul Gerard before the opening of
Exchange Alley.

Even during Fashion Week, the sight of chauffeurs idling just a half-block from Avenue A is an unexpected one. But when Exchange Alley opened last month, chef-owner Paul Gerard said he wanted it to be “a place for creatives to exchange ideas,” and that’s what it was last night, as actor Josh Hartnett, director Paul Haggis, and other bold-face types mingled at a dinner party for Vs. Magazine, hosted by Liv Tyler.

At a back table, supermodel and avid photographer Helena Christensen sat across from nightlife impresario Nur Khan and Michael Stipe of REM, who wore a serious pair of horned-rims.

Ms. Christensen, a West Village resident, said she wanted to make it over to the east side more often. “I love the West Village because it reminds me of European villages, but the East Village is so gritty and so real and so New York,” she told The Local. Read more…

Hey, Stud! Get Bedazzled On 11th Street

photo 2Lauren Carol Smith

Here’s one more item to add to your Fashion’s Night Out itinerary: Buffalo Exchange, at 332 East 11th Street, between First and Second Avenues, will Bedazzle your clothes free of charge. The magic continues till 7 p.m. tonight.

Tomorrow: Fashion’s Night Out Takes the East Village

Fashion Week might cater to the magazine editors, power bloggers and models but Fashion’s Night Out is all about the hoi polloi. Tomorrow night, anyone can enjoy free drinks and nibbles as well as discounted merchandise while rubbing shoulders with designers. Of course the coolest events are happening in and around the East Village.


232 Elizabeth Street, (212) 431-4411
Aesop is collaborating with Wilder Quarterly, a publication for nature lovers, to create a sensory installation: plants and flowers will appear to be growing out of the walls to highlight the plant-derived ingredients in the antipodean skincare company’s products.



Barbara Feinman Millinery
66 East 7th Street, (212) 358-7092
Sneak a peek at the workshop where Barbara Feinman makes one-of-a-kind hats using traditional methods and materials. Enjoy champagne and cookies while browsing the new fall-winter collection and receive a free pair of sunglasses with purchase of a full-price hat. Read more…

Viewfinder | Model Citizens

In a city where the streets double as runways, Michelle Rick shares her experience capturing local fashionistas.

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“Like any girl with a TV set in New York during the 1970s and 80s, I formed my first impression of “high” fashion watching the Ritz Thrift Shop commercial. It evoked everything glamorous about that time: mother dabbing Givenchy perfume on her wrist, and Bloomingdale’s, which was the height of chic. I return to my comfort zones almost every day to take pictures; a red wall where I know how the light hits at 5 p.m., for example.”
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A Feast of Fall Fashions

rebel 2 079Sally Lauckner A selection of dresses at Anna, 150 East Third Street.

It may be all about flirty dresses, loose tanks and bright colors uptown at Lincoln Center, which is hosting Spring 2011 Fashion Week (for the first time ever), but the East Village has both sartorial feet planted firmly in fall boots. Over on Ninth Street — the Museum Mile of boutiques — woolen knits, military coats and lace-up ankle booties are reigning supreme this season. Here’s a compilation of the best fall looks from some of the neighborhood’s most iconic boutiques, whether your style is retro, trendy or refined.

Cloak & Dagger Owner and designer Brookelynn Starnes put her Pratt degree to good use when she launched Cloak & Dagger in 2006. The flattering, feminine line which has an old-world meets modern-day feel is chockfull of potential investment pieces. A navy, double-breasted wool coat ($600) with a nipped waist and gold buttons channels the season’s military trend that dominated runways from Burberry to Ruffian, but will never truly go out of style. An impressive collection of vintage Ferragamo riding boots are a find for $298.

Price Range: High
441 East Ninth Street (between Avenue A and First Avenue)

Meg Canadian owner-designer Meghan Kinney, who opened her East Village store 15 years ago, generally eschews fads in favor of versatility and ease. The few trendy pieces in her collections also pass as classics with their luxurious materials and beautiful cuts. Grey harem pants ($210) can be toned down with a matching cropped jacket ($230.) Store worker Maria Gagnon explained that the functional clothing can take the wearer from “the office, to a bar, to a birthday party.” For fall Meg also has shearling-lined, Doc Marten-inspired booties ($125) that are reminiscent of ankle boots from Miu Miu and Rachel Roy.

Price Range: Mid-range
312 East Ninth Street (between First and Second Avenues)
212-260-6329 Read more…