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2017年11月14日
This Charming Pop-Up at Bergdorf Goodman Is Brimming With One-of-a-Kind Party Dresses
“We met four years ago at a vintage furniture fair in Berlin,” Nina Kuhn, one half of the fashion line Rianna + Nina, recalls, remembering the moment she first locked eyes with Rianna Nektaria Kounou, the woman who would become her fast friend and business partner. Everyone else at that furniture show was traipsing around in boho black, while Kuhn and Kounou were clad in their typical garb—a riotous rainbow of magpie hues. According to Kuhn, they looked at each other and said, practically at the same time, “Who are you?”

They were a fashion executive (Kuhn) and the owner of a Berlin vintage shop (Kounou), and it turns out they had more in common than just a penchant for nutty hues. After a fabulous Greek dinner at Kounou’s house, they realized so much chemistry was too good to waste and decided to found Rianna + Nina, an utterly unique collection ensconced, for the next two weeks, in a pop-up on the third floor of Bergdorf Goodman. (Go up there after tomorrow night and you can see the holiday windows!)

The modest, simple word colorful hardly begins to describe the Rianna + Nina offerings, a panoply of kimonos, tiered dresses, and jackets made in many cases from vintage scarves and antique obi fabrics. Foulards that once bore labels like Hermès and Dior, but ended up on flea market tables, have been rescued by this dynamic duo and transformed into the kind of one-of-a-kind fashions everyone craves now.

Admit it—you don’t want something all your friends already have! Parties are coming, and you want to swan around in a gorgeous ensemble—composed of, say, 30 scarves that took seamstresses 10 hours to create. Something that combines jewel-toned stripes and floral bouquets, animal prints and wild abstracts—something luxe and languid, maybe even sprinkled with Swarovski crystals!

But of course, building a business that depends totally on serendipitous flea finds can make it difficult to generate inventory. To meet increasing demand (true story—on the first day of the BG pop-up, one devotee spent $114,000), Kuhn and Kounou have also launched a line called It’s All Greek to Me, made from fabric custom made in Como, Italy, and printed with charming designs unearthed from vintage children’s book illustrations, among other sources.

“Rianna does the design, and I do the talking and the writing. We trust each other!” Kuhn says, explaining their congenial separation of powers. Or as Kounou puts it, “I see the fabrics, and I know what I do.”Read more at:http://www.marieprom.co.uk/black-prom-dresses | http://www.marieprom.co.uk/pink-prom-dresses-uk
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