CHANCE MEETING: Instigated by a scheduling snafu for the same showroom space, Natalie Chanin of Alabama Chanin found a new collaborator in accessories brand Henry Beguelin. The two shared a space last week at the lf8 showroom on lower Park Avenue and decided to collaborate on a bag for next season. The two share a similar artisanal homespun feeling, so the union seems natural. "Cristina [Nicoletti of Henry Beguelin] said that her leather crafters can do the stitches similar to ours," Chanin said.
Henry Beguelin also will carry some pieces from her Alabama Chanin line, which this season took inspiration from famed civil rights photographer Charles Moore. When his pictures were shown in Life magazine starting in 1958, "it really brought awareness to the rest of the country that this was happening, and for that I feel he helped champion a revolution for change," Chanin said.
Regarding the dwindling manufacturing in the U.S., she added: "There are just factories [in Alabama] sitting empty that could be working. I am tired of people saying we can't."
She shares Moore's passion for change as well as a zip code — the two are neighbors in Alabama. His photographs can be seen on display at the Howard Greenberg Gallery in New York City.
LADY IN RED: The Golden Globes didn't happen in Los Angeles this year, but the Beverly Hilton ballroom will be the setting for the 10th annual Costume Designers Guild Awards on Feb. 19. To commemorate the anniversary, the first CDG Career Award Recipient, Bob Mackie, and this year's recipient, Ray Aghayan, designed a red gown for the evening's mistress of ceremonies, Anjelica Huston. Although Mackie and Aghayan have collaborated for decades on film and television projects, this marks the first time they have come together to design a gown for an award show. Among the evening's other honorees are Tom Cruise's producing partner, Paula Wagner (recipient of the Swarovski President's Award); costume designer Ruth Meyers (Lacoste Career Achievement in Film), and James Mangold and Cathy Konrad (Distinguished Director/Producer Award). Huston's gown eventually will be donated to Clothes Off Our Back to be auctioned for charity.