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Fashion Files: Saint Laurent Pays Tribute to Basquiat and Hoorsenbuhs Opens Elyse Walker’s Newport Vault

Plus Ferragamo issues a dance challenge and Garret Leight channels Rio

Words by ELIZABETH VARNELL

 

 

Ferragamo dons dancing shoes
As another barefoot sun-drenched summer wraps, what better way to ease into fall than with a pair of lightweight lace-up dancing shoes or moccasins? Salvatore Ferragamo’s Let’s Dance capsule of light-as-air flats, pumps and boots let the liberating feeling of languid days live on. Headlining on the brand’s TikTok channel are contemporary dancers Anita Lorusso, Naomi Weijand and Tania Dimbelolo performing in a short film directed by Danielle Lessovitz and offering new choreography tutorials clad in the collection’s array of flexible styles. Bold black sandals with a refracted heel, beige ballet flats with metal buckles, bright yellow chunky-heeled pumps and silver boots round out the expressive offering.

 

 

Rive Droite installs a Jean-Michel Basquiat tribute
Los Angeles is rife with a rare confluence of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s work. Downtown, all 13 works by the Brooklyn-born artist collected since the 1980s by Eli and Edythe Broad are on view at the couple’s eponymously-named museum. Inside Bel Air’s Orum House, Beyoncé and husband Jay-Z pose next to a painting by the Neo-Expressionist — newly acquired by Tiffany & Co. — in the brand’s fall campaign. And, in Beverly Hills, Saint Laurent creative director Anthony Vaccarello has curated an exhibition of original works by the artist in collaboration with the Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Galerie Enrico Navarra. Inside Saint Laurent’s Rive Droite space are original lithographs plus drawings, ceramic plates (belonging to Andy Warhol), and even a denim jacket from one of the first AIDS benefit auctions. Additionally, Vaccarello created a capsule of T-shirts, skateboards, skimboards, belt bags and backpacks emblazoned with Basquiat’s striking mix of poetics, abstract images and social commentary. 469 Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-271-4110.

 

Cuyana in Motion’s mobile showroom arrives in Newport Beach
Accessories and apparel line Cuyana, founded by two business school graduates from Stanford and Berkeley, is celebrating 10 years of pared-back essentials by hitting the road. Cuyana in Motion, a traveling showroom for mobile retail created in partnership with Toyota, is popping up in underutilized spaces in locations from downtown L.A. to Newport Beach to Irvine through November. Co-founder Shilpa Shah calls the new ephemeral approach “a sustainable way to explore new neighborhoods” and recommends the brand’s Ribbon Tie summer hat as a chic shade solution for each outing. For those venturing further afield, Shah points to Cuyana’s made-in-Argentina travel case set in limited-edition orange as one of her most treasured launches over the past decade. Fashion Island, 401 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach.

 

 

Garret Leight launches a sunny collaboration
Inspired by sky-transforming sunsets stateside and in Brazil, Venice Beach eyewear designer Garret Leight devised a Rio California capsule combining the easy-going ethos of California with Rio de Janeiro’s carefree spirit. In collaboration with Harry Brantly’s Frescobol Carioca  — launched in 2013 to sell beach bats for the Brazilian paddle sport frescobol before expanding into apparel — Leight’s Ace frame is reimagined in sand, gray or black acetate frames paired with bold lenses. Limited edition resort wear including Carioca’s Copacabana swim shorts also get an overhaul in the new collection that includes bucket hats and long-sleeve T-shirts. The sun-shielding accoutrements are essentials for frescobol as the collaborative game requires players to keep a tiny rubber ball elegantly moving back and forth, in rhythm, for as long as possible. Rally on.

 

 

Hoorsenbuhs secures a new shop-in-shop in Newport Beach
After precisely measuring fence boards and installing signature logo-stamped bolts, Santa Monica-based high jewelry house Hoorsenbuhs has opened a 360-square-foot shop inside the walk-in vault at elysewalker in Newport Beach. The brand, known for its open-link rings, bracelets and chains and paint-it-black ethos flipped its script in the new space. The surrounding Lido Marina Village prompted co-founder and brand director Kether Parker to lighten up. “The elements we used, including sisal carpet and nautical rope for clothing hangbars, together with white walls instead of our standard black, were to naturally fit within the space and the location,” Parker says. A limited-edition beach towel, ready-to-wear collections, eyewear and leather goods, all incorporating the house’s tri-link logo, join the jewelry. Inside the new space, all of the Hoorsenbuhs world is on offer, says Parker. 3444 Via Lido, Newport Beach, 949-612-2646.

 

 

Stop and smell the flowers at Levi’s Tailor Shop
Brilliant colors form the backbone of the late summer collaboration between Levi’s Tailor Shop and San Francisco’s Farmgirl Flowers. The collection includes bloom-inspired customizable T-shirts and jeans and also floral back patches, back tabs, buttons, embroidered patches and stem-laden fabric panels available through the venerable Bay Area denim maker’s online and brick-and-mortar Tailor Shop. Farmgirl Flowers’ Christina Stembel selected peonies, ranunculus and anemones as the inspiration for three unique designs ready for custom printing across jeans using Levi’s Future Finish technology and bringing new meaning to the say-it-with-flowers adage.

 

September 14, 2021

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