With Spring Fashion, It’s All About Wearing Your Slogan on Your Sleeve
Game, Set, Matched: Not Just the Court
Marguerite Wade, a tennis-loving production and set designer, was playing with a friend when she came up with the idea for Full Court, her line of tennis gear to wear on and off the court. “I didn’t want to prance around New York in a cheesy tennis get-up,” Ms. Wade said, noting how often she goes to the court, then is off to run nonstop errands. Her big idea was leggings with a ball pocket. Being resourceful by trade, she approached her task as she would any off-the-wall request from a client; found that Portland, Ore., is the place for the best athletic fabric and production, and went for it. The collection, which hits Opening Ceremony this month, includes the leggings, $195; two-tone biker shorts with contrast yellow ball pockets, $200; cutoff gray sweatpants, $195; and bra tops, $125 — all in fresh color combos you’ll be happy to run around the city in.
Garance Doré: Dressing Up the Written Word
Garance Doré, the prolific French blogger, illustrator and street-style photographer, will host a pop-up in NoLIta this week to celebrate her new line of stationery. An original in the fashion blogosphere, Ms. Doré (above) started posting in 2006 to show off her fashion illustrations, soon adding images of stylishly dressed young women on the Paris streets. Even then, she dreamed of a stationery line. “Having my illustrations in magazines was great, but you open a magazine and close it,” she said. “Stationery lives and travels.” The stationery, made in partnership with Rifle Paper Co., was introduced last month, at Colette in Paris. At the two-day pop-up here, Ms. Doré and her team will be doing photo shoots, and there will be a letter-writing station with a calligrapher, as well as a Jack’s coffee bar and, of course, her irresistible cards, calendars, notepads and iPhone cases.
The Shopping Gets Easier
There is always good reason to pop into John Derian. The decoupage and Hugo Guinness prints never get old, and there’s always a nice surprise gift or accessory to snap up. Case in point: a selection of madras totes from the French label Épice, available in wool, $194, and jute, $152, with leather handles. The roomy bags reflect the passions of the label’s Danish co-founder Bess Nielsen — Indian textiles and Scandinavian design — and all but call for a weekend shopping excursion.