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What a glorious Indian summer weekend Newport and much of the East Coast is enjoying! Even though fingers are crossed the perfect weather lasts, fall is around the corner, and some amazing pieces I’m finding around town makes the season transition exciting. Erin and Thomas Ribeiro at Rib & Rhein are ecstatic about welcoming exclusive London-based luxury design-driven menswear line D.S.Dundee. The designer is known for using the best fabrics—corduroy, Aran knits, tartan—on classic pieces. It’s not inexpensive, but D.S.Dundee produces the kind of investment pieces that will be timeless. “It’s just simply fabulous and we have it before it gets really huge,” Thomas tells me. If you’re going by the William Street shop, check out the ticket pocket jacket in the window—its fine!
Rib & Rhein is located at 86 William Street in Newport, (401) 619-5767
New Peeps Week continues with another new boutique opening on Bowen’s Wharf: Arianna Cosmetics. The line focuses on mineral make-up, body treatments, organics and natural products made from from authentic Dead Sea ingredients, which are known for their healing properties. When it celebrates it’s Grand Opening later this month (they’re shooting to open the doors the weekend of May 14-15), Arianna Cosmetics will join it’s sister shop, Almora Cosmetics, located in Edgartown’s charming Nevin Square on Martha’s Vineyard.
Arianna Cosmetics will be opening at 39 Bowen’s Wharf in Newport, directly across from The Cookie Jar and Royal Warrant.
I can finally reveal that, Jack Wills, a hip, preppy clothing chain with pieces designed to reflect British heritage and style, is coming to Newport. How appropriate to share this today with the eyes of the world on London this week! The line dubs itself as “the original University Outfitters,” but I’ve seen the Newbury Street shop in Boston, which was illuminated by the Union Jack, and while it does have a predominately young appeal, there’s some great, comfy basics to be had. Think Abercrombie and Fitch with an across the pond twist. Known for being “Fabulously British,” Jack Wills focuses on clothing but also has some funky home goods, jewelry, stationary and fun finds.
The Newport shop is only Jack Wills in Rhode Island, and joins other locations in Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard and the aforementioned Boston location.
Jack Wills, scheduled to open in May, at 170 Thames Street in Newport.
“We felt there was a niche for our particular style of jewelry in Newport,” said Adornment’s CEO Shawn Thornton in a statement. “Our jewelry designs, both new and antique, will be a nice compliment to the shopping experience,” agreed Calvin Campany, the company’s COO. “There is so much beauty in Newport; we want to be part of that with our jewelry.”
I’ve featured pieces from Campany & Thornton in South County Commons for stories, styling and spreads in SO Rhode Island and Providence Monthly magazines, and if their flagship is any indication, Newport is in for a great retail addition.
Adornment will carry designs crafted with diamonds, sapphires, and South Sea pearls, plus yellow diamond jewelry by designer and master diamond cutter Martin Kirschenbaum (yellow diamond drop earrings at left). Also in the mix will be inventive new watch designs, Chamilia Beads (bracelet above and at right) and estate pieces by New Orleans-based Wellington & Co.
The new location’s address is 213 Goddard Row in the Brick Market Place.
If the others are divisional championships, the Academy Awards as the Super Bowl of awards season, and last night did not disappoint (the Red Carpet didn’t anyway). Personal stylist Jill Marinelli and I were up bright and early to dish on our fashion hits and misses. Click the image above to watch the clip!
We both agreed Haliee Stienfeld and Halle Berry, each in blush-toned in Marchesa gowns were extraordinary, and we equally adored Mila Kunis in her lavender Elie Saab Haute Couture lace and silk organza gown. Jill loved Jennifer Husdon in tangerine Versace, and while I think she looked amazing overall–the hair, the makeup, even the silhouette and color of the dress–I thought the decolletage was distracting. Gwyneth Paltrow’s Calvin Klein was simple, elegant and intriguing with an unusual neckline, and instanting glamorous in a silver/gold shimmer. I didn’t mention it on our segment, but I also adored Mandy Moore in an off-the-shoulder, illusion neckline dress by Monique Lhuillier, also in blush.
Though we agreed on Michelle Williams’ exquisite hair and make up, I gave her short sleeve, form-fitting Chanel two thumbs up for it’s classic Mia Farrow style, while Jill thought Williams could have made a more figure flattering choice. Another jaw dropper was Jennifer Lawrence in a body-hugging, flaming red Calvin Klein number.
Our misses included Scarlett Johansson in Dolce & Gabanna (maroon lace? not so much…), Nicole Kidman in Dior (really? you wanted to add volume to your hips?) and Helena Bonham Carter wearing a velvet and taffeta dress by Colleen Atwood–but I give her a pass because her eccentricity is predictable–I’m not expecting to she her in a pastel de la Renta anytime soon..
Had a great time with you Jill! Thank you again Rhode Show– always a fun, coffee-fueled morning!
Wanna walk the Red Carpet? The Friends of the Jane Pickens Theater & Event Center are hosting a Red Carpet Gala & Live Screening Party Sunday. Don that ballgown if you like, or slide on your favorite pair of jeans—the choice is yours because the official dress code is “blue jeans to black tie.”
With promises of gregarious glamour, the one-night only event includes hors d’oeuvres, champagne, wine and beer (all cash bar), and a live auction and raffle with great prizes. Prepare for the paparazzi, then sit back and who takes top prize in each category and how hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco (who’s been popping up around Providence these days per his RISD classes) fair. Proceeds from the event will benefit efforts to upgrade the heating system in the Jane Pickens Theater & Event Center.
To Go: $35 ticket for the whole evening, (6:30 arrival for Red Carpet), appetizers, dessert and awards screening. / $15 ticket for 7:45 arrival, desserts & coffee. Tickets may be purchased on-line at www.Friendsjpt.org or at the box office at 49 Touro Street. The live screening starts at 8pm.
Me? I’ll be busy taking notes for an early morning appearance on The Rhode Show to talk Red Carpet fashion—who was hot and who was not. I’d love to know who YOU think wears it best, and who’s a hot mess! Leave a comment here, post on my Facebook, or Tweet me at @newportSTYLE!
Fans of Project Runway watched designer Seth Aaron Henderson, a punk-rock-meets-glam-meets-goth garment guru, sew up top honors during Season 7 of the immensely popular reality TV competition in The Battle for Bryant Park. As New York Fashion Week kick off in the Big Apple tomorrow, Henderson has his sights set Lil’ Rhody, as he’ll join Season 8 runner-up Mondo Guerra for an insider’s look behind the scenes of Project Runway at the University of Rhode Island on Wednesday, February 16 (8-11 p.m., ticket information below).
I chatted with the delightfully candid Seth Aaron from his Portland, Oregon, studio in advance of his URI appearance, and it seems the future is nothing but bright for the burgeoning designer.
Reflecting on your Project Runway experience, do you feel the show accurately depicted who you are, and how has post-Project Runway life been?
It was totally real. It was a lot of work, a lot of stress, and you do that 7 days a week, on like 3 or 4 hours sleep. Not everyone can operate on just that little amount of sleep, and people can start to get cranky but it was all real. … I get emails from all over the world—France, Germany, China, Japan—every single country, and it’s really cool. I do get recognized, and I look at is as my job. I signed up for it. You can’t runway and hide, that’s why I love these events (URI). I love meeting like 2000 new people…I’d rather be with them then like 50 in a room I already know. I like randomness, I don’t like staging or scripting. I’ll do an interview on TV or something and they’ll be like, ‘Here’s the questions,’ before and I’m like, ‘I don’t want to know!’
Some of the challenges seem limiting, especially when you have to stay within set parameters that can require using specific materials. Do you feel you were able to stay true to your aesthetic? (click MORE to read after the jump) (more…)