Students at Harlem Village Academies, a charter school in New York, will be looking more stylish than ever thanks to new school uniforms and gym clothes courtesy of designer Calvin Klein. The American fashion designer, who is just one of a number of high profile individuals to support the school (including President Obama and Oprah), was so impressed by the students and faculty when he visited in 2012, that he didn't hesitate when its founder, Deborah Kenny, asked him to help rebrand the school image, from uniforms to the website. "Whether it’s a collection of clothing, a fragrance, a business, or a school the thought process is the same: there has to be a point view, and the message has to be consistent," the Bronx native explained. "The Harlem Village Academies has a 91 percent graduation rate, which far exceeds the New York City high school average, and they needed imaging that would reflect their achievements." Klein worked with creative director Fabian Baron to reimagine the website, a process which took nearly eighteen months, and with Kelly Klein to organize a fashion show and lookbook of the uniforms. "For me, it was important that the uniforms were cool, as well as being appropriate and affordable," he said. But beyond designing something cool for the kids to wear, Klein, who is giving each student a new set of uniforms for the fall semester, was most excited about helping the kids feel good. "I’ve spent my life with clothes and trying to make people feel good," he said. "It’s all the more wonderful to be able to do that for schoolchildren too."
L.A.'s iconic Melrose Avenue just got even cooler because Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have opened up the first flagship store for their luxury label, The Row. "This came on the market, and there was no way we couldn't do it," said Mary-Kate of the 3,800-square feet stucco building, which features a glassed-in courtyard pool. The space has a residential feel, with furniture sourced from local purveyors JF Chen, Galerie Half and Thomas Hayes Gallery, and paintings by artists John Tweddle, Sergej Jensen and others. The store also features vintage jewelry, Manolo Blahnik shoes, and of course, the entire product line of clothing and accessories from The Row. "We started off by selling the Row in apartments in Paris, and we’d sleep there with the clothes. So it’s always been about welcoming people into our home," said Ashley of the residential-style store. "For us, we very much wanted this to feel like a home. It is our first home, and it’s very California and what California means to us since we were born and raised here. When we go into other cities, we want the stores to feel like those places as well." And the twins are already working on opening in other cities, starting with a store in New York. But for now, the pair are reveling in the opening of their first flagship store. "We’ve been waiting for this moment for almost 10 years now, for today," said Mary-Kate when the store opened its doors last Tuesday.