Nomad (01), Owari (02), and Century (03) are each well-designed scents; it's clear that they were formulated with a bit of a perfectionist bent, which is good news for us. Owari, in particular, nails citrus in a fresh, not Pledge-y way, but my favorite is Nomad. It begins with a bright burst of juniper — think of a well-made gin and tonic, and you're on your way. It opens up into a spicy blend of black pepper and heliotrope before drying down to a gentle cedar-sandalwood-musk blend. Overall, it's a beautiful, creamy and warm scent that begs to be worn underneath a cashmere sweater. It's definitely worth tracking it down if you know a man who wants to smell amazing, or if you wouldn't mind smelling amazing yourself.
Designer Richard Chai--the brother of one part of the Den duo--is the newest inhabitant to grace the Den pop-up space in the East Village. Chai, who recently launched menswear and his own Go International collection for Target, will sell most of his Spring 09 men's range, a capsule of the women's range, and some exclusives in the newly revamped space. Check out this first look at the new space, along with three of Chai's menswear looks for spring.
Just in time for the holidays and after a thorough sample sale from the Odin and Pas de Deux stores, pop-up space Den is hosting a literary installation with a selection of new and rare books. If you're in New York stop by Den for the Artbook installation, open through January. If you're not in New York but fancy a coffee table book just the same, check out Artbook's website where the same titles can be purchased online. Thanks to Den and the loveliness of e-commerce, it's a win-win. Photos from the new pop-up below. To read about Den's sister shop for gals, check out our review of the just-opened Pas de Deux
Paul Birardi and Eddy Chai (brother to designer Richard Chai) are on a roll--before we even had the chance to check out their newest shop opening, the pair launched an e-commerce site and threw one of the most designer-clad parties to occur this season. Well, just to backtrack a bit, late last week we popped over to their new shop Pas de Deux, dedicated (finally, finally, finally) to just women. To explain our enthusiasm one must understand the Odin-culture in New York. Odin is, has been for some time, the store where girls who know how to dress take their boyfriends, fiances, husbands, so that they too, can dress. The go-to destination for every fashion forward scenester and no-nonsense guy's guy, Odin has long been a downtown retail landmark for all walks of male fashionista. So, when they opened the doors to their small but beautiful women's shop we were more than curious what lay, ahem, in store.
To put it simply the selection is well edited without being untrue to the designer's and their collections. This isn't the kind of place, in other words, where you'll find a blouse from one designer squashed next to a pair of trousers from another. However comprehensive are their buys, and small the space, there is still a nice mix of recognizable names and lesser known brands and a distinct nod to a woman's boyish sensibilities--no doubt inspired by Odin. Pas de Deux is a place for the girlfriends, fiances, wives to finally shop for themselves and that, in the end, is all we could ever hope for.
Odin's e-commerce site will soon include women's items and we'll be sure to report on that when the time comes, until then, if in New York, check out Pas de Deux for Repetto, Karen Walker, Loeffler Randall, Clu, Phillip Crangi, Boyy and much, much more.
We're off to a press preview for some amazing London designers, so stay tomorrow for all our coverage and, until then, check out our London Fashion Week Spring 2009 videos, photo galleries, and reviews. Also, some of our favorite fashion happenings...
Odin's e-commerce site launched! This morning we brought you a screen shot of the site and now you can feast your eyes on the whole interactive process. The list of designers might be small but it'll keep on growing as the weeks go on.
Last night marked a fashion-studded event at the New Museum and Refinery 29 has all of the party photos. The footwear alone make it one of the best parties this month.
Beloved guest Coutorture photographer and all around great gal published a shoot on Blackbook Mag this afternoon and boy, has it geared us up for Spring. Check out Sinclair's photo shoots and New York Fashion Week coverage right here.
This morning we received screen shots of the Robert Geller page on Odin's soon-to-launch e-commerce site. Using Robert Geller as the sample page was a fine idea indeed. The designer, whose Spring 09 show was packed with New York's finest male fashionistas, is just one of many menswear designers responsible for making the genre cool again and it's no doubt that he would be prominently featured at Odin and now, Odin online. Despite rumors of a rough-launch earlier this week, the site, as of this morning, is stagnant. Soon enough, gentlemen, you will be able to make women all over this fine country swoon with desire--and from the comfort of your desk. Ladies, you might have to wait a little bit longer, we hear that womenswear won't hit the site at first. Maybe next season? Judging by how well Pas de Deux is doing--we'd say it's imminent.
Get your shades while they're hot. Summer is quickly approaching (or so we hope) which means you deserve a fresh pair of shades. After all, you will invariably live in them come June. If we must say, Karen Walker's Spring 2008 eyewear collection is one of our favorites. The shapes are diverse this season with dense frames in strong matte colors. These shades are selling out everywhere which means those who spent hundreds on polarized Wayfarers have finally decided to get with times and kick it up a notch. If you're a New Yorker, you're in luck because Den (the Odin concept store) is nearly fully stocked with the collection. Better get a move on though as the Karen Walker collections will soon be replaced by menswear designer Robert Geller's duds. Baby, it's going to be a good summer.