A KATE CELEBRATION: Kate Spade New York knows something about the celebration.

The brand marked the release of its fall 2022 collection and new coffee table book, “Celebrate That! Occasions” (Abrams New York, $35) Thursday morning at 214 Lafayette Street, a multi-level event space in New York City. .

He chose the townhouse to showcase his fall ready-to-wear collection, which was full of bold plaids, leopard prints, florals and polka dots mixed with homey interiors.

The theme was “Open House” and the brand put up several colorful vignettes that reflected the home entertainment theme, as well as croissants, cakes and refreshments. Among those who enjoyed the festivities were Katie Holmes, Rosario Dawson and Emma Roberts.

Emma Roberts, Rosario Dawson and Katie Holmes
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On Friday and Saturday, Kate Spade New York will open its doors (the same townhouse at 214 Lafayette Street) for a community event, where she will launch the new book. Both days will include lessons on topics such as flower arranging and tips on writing thank you notes. Each guest will receive a free copy of the book.

“Our strategy is to welcome the community,” said Jenny Campbell, director of marketing. She said she wanted the event to feel inclusive for the community.

The book was written by Jen Ford, a former editorial director of Kate Spade, with essays and illustrations by others, including those of the staff. “We all have very small and very big things to celebrate and they all deserve love. No matter what gives you (or them) that bubbly, bubbly, belly-floating feeling, we’re all in on it. Let’s celebrate that,” said Kate Spade New York, in the introduction to the book.

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Kate Spade New York’s new coffee table, “Celebrate That!” Occasions.
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The book, which is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, among others, offers suggestions on how to celebrate big events such as Mother’s Day and weddings, as well as those in between, such as Fridays, a new skill , a friend’s promotion, a friend’s breakup, a dog’s birthday, or a new house. —LISA LOCKWOOD

NEW HUDGENS LINE: Vanessa Hudgens turns to her own early 2000s style for her new spring collection.

The actress is teaming up with Fabletics on a collection of 16 terry-style loungewear called the Sun-Daze Collection, out Friday, which gives a nod to the period.

This is the second time Hudgens and Fabletics have worked together since the actress was the face of the brand’s December Velor campaign.

“Spring is definitely one of my favorite times of year,” Hudgens said. “Everyone is coming out of winter hibernation, the sun is out and you’re picking up the pace. I wanted to make sure I made a lifestyle collection so that there was something for all the times you have coming up for spring, like things for working out, things for lounging by the pool, or things to relax.

The collection includes activewear like leggings, sports bras, and bike shorts, as well as other apparel like dresses, crop tops, shorts, and swimwear in bright colors like the blue, purple and pink, with many styles made in terry cloth. Coin prices range from $9.95 to $59.95 and are available at Fabletics stores and online.

Vanessa Hudgens and the Fabletics Team on the Sun-Daze Fashion Collection: Photos, Details

Vanessa Hudgens models styles from her Fabletics collection
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Hudgens began the design process by examining her own early 2000s style and wardrobe, choosing her favorite pieces and using them as inspiration for the collection. The actress began her career in the early Aught years, notably in Disney’s “High School Musical” film series.

“I literally went into my closet and took things that I wanted to design this collection from,” she said. “It’s very easy to wear and it’s super trendy, stylish and dynamic, but at the end of the day it’s really comfortable. It’s a really big mainstay for me.

One of the pieces inspired by Hudgens’ own wardrobe is a cropped baby tee with a raw edge and vintage-inspired design. She also designed a phone case charm, which she says is a basic accessory for her so she doesn’t lose her phone.

Hudgens said her favorite styles from the collection are those featuring the neutral leopard print with a hint of neon – such as the swimsuit and workout set – and the baby pink terry halter dress with a keyhole detail.

“I really wanted to take the [terrycloth] fabric and do our own twist by making new silhouettes and adding patches that I personally designed and making sure all the details are really personal,” Hudgens said. “The early 2000s is something very near and dear to me.” — LAYLA ILCHI

HELPING: Monica Rich Kosann has teamed up with Lauren Bush Lauren’s Feed brand on a second run of limited-edition jewelry designs to benefit Lauren’s cause around food insecurity.

They’ve designed a ‘cultivate kindness’ compass necklace that comes in 18k gold and sterling silver and is available on Monica Rich Kosann’s e-commerce site. The silver version sells for $295 and the gold version for $1,410.

Collaboration Feed by Monica Rich Kosann.

Collaboration Feed by Monica Rich Kosann.
Courtesy of Monica Rich Kosann

Kosann said of the partnership, “I’ve always admired what Lauren has built at Feed. He does such a good job of achieving a simple goal: to feed the children. Every Feed product sold helps provide a clear number of school meals to children in need, through its nonprofit partners. I’m so proud to partner with Lauren and Feed, knowing that every purchase of the Growing Kindness Compass Necklace we created together will help this urgent cause.

Lauren added: “It’s been so fun to collaborate with Monica, who is a long time friend and whose jewelry line I’ve always admired. We created the Compass necklace as a token of positivity and a mantra to live by. in a time that can too often seem overwhelming and difficult. By cultivating kindness where and when we can in our daily lives, we become forces for good. And with every necklace sold, you are also helping to nurture the next generation at home. school thanks to Feed’s donor partner, No Kid Hungry — CÔTÉ BLANC BRUME

CLASSIC CHOICE: Calypso St. Barth, which relaunched itself last year as a direct-to-consumer brand, is offering its vintage pieces for the first time.

Among them, the classic kaftan, the beaded tunic and the short-sleeved embroidered dress, which will be available in limited quantities. Many are unique and all have never been worn and have been carefully archived.

All pieces highlight Calypso’s attention to detail: hand embroidery, intricate beading and luxurious fabrics in rich, exclusive colors and patterns. They are on calysostbarth.com.

For example, there’s the mini shirt dress for $78, the smocked top for $228, the summer dress for $328, the multi-striped midi for $328, the beaded mini for $348, and the beaded maxi for $388.

They offer small batches at a time. There are 20 pieces on the site now, and they are planning another 20 in the next two weeks. It’s intended to be an ongoing activity, said Brand Advisor Debbie Bancroft.

Calypso will launch its collections this summer. The company produces dresses, tops, bottoms, jumpsuits, swimwear, cashmere, jewelry, bags, scarves and shawls.

Founded in 1992, Calypso St. Barth established itself as a year-round destination for luxury resort wear and accessories, but fell on hard times and in 2017 liquidated its entire $15 million inventory. dollars in its 16 stores before permanently closing all the remaining doors. . The brand was forced into a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, as reported.

Calypso’s intellectual property assets, such as its trade name and web address, were not part of the bankruptcy sale and remained with its owner. Solera Capital, a private equity firm, bought the brand from Calypso founder Christiane Celle in 2007. — LL

DAPPER NFT: Dapper Dan makes his NFT debut with Gap.

Fresh off of his two Dap Gap collaborations earlier this month, the fashion designer is launching a limited-edition NFT collection with the apparel company, featuring a specially designed Dap Gap “Harlem Tailor” hoodie and unique varsity jacket. in its kind.

“As some have dubbed me ‘the godfather of hip-hop fashion,’ it was amazing when an iconic American brand like Gap and I came together to create something that would take our culture even further,” Dapper said. Dan. “NFTs are a huge part of what’s shaping culture right now. From analog to metaverse, I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to explore this space with Gap and come up with the new Dap Gap Hoodie to a whole new audience.

Saturday at noon EST, the NFT Experience will begin with a 48-hour Dap Gap Digital Auction, featuring digital art designed by Dapper Dan and a special-edition physical Dap Gap Varsity Jacket. Additionally, the auction begins on the same day as the first annual Fifteen Percent Pledge Benefit held in New York City. All proceeds from the auction will be donated to the nonprofit, which encourages retailers to pledge at least 15% of their retail space to black-owned businesses.

Dapper Dan x Gap NFT Collection

Zoom on Dapper Dan’s NFT collection with Gap.
Courtesy of Gap

Dapper Dan x Gap NFT Collection

Zoom on Dapper Dan’s NFT collection with Gap.
Courtesy of Gap

“Gap celebrates individuality and what it means to be yourself, and Dapper Dan embodies exactly that – an icon who breaks the mold, forges new personal freedoms and drives progressive change,” said Chris Goble, Director products at Gap. “We’re honored to be the first brand Dapper Dan is partnering with in the Metaverse.”

After the auction, the experience will involve three gamified level drops, including common, rare, and epic. Starting April 5, common will be on sale for 48 hours for 2 tez (which is around $7, though exact conversion rates may vary). Rare will be on sale from April 7 for 10 tez while Epic will start on April 12 for 100 tez.

All tiers will be available for purchase at gap.com/nft at noon EST, starting on a first-come, first-served basis. —CONCHITA WIDJOJO