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FROM THE RUNWAY TO THE CUSTOMER: Beginning Nov. 2, Style.com will sell a limited number of spring 2012 designer pieces on its Web site, weeks before they hit retailers’ floors. Proenza Schouler will offer five long-sleeve T-shirts with a pattern inspired by its runway show; Eddie Borgo five gunmetal-garnet pavé pyramid necklaces, and Jason Wu five python bags. Rag & Bone, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Alexander Wang will also offer looks. Only one designer will be featured a day over six successive days.
“We wanted to launch this with the coolest young designers,” said Style.com editor in chief Dirk Standen. “They were all thinking about delivering things instantly themselves, so it’s a good fit from that standpoint.”
The sale on Style.com will happen two days after its premiere magazine issue hits newsstands. “We’ve always provided immediate access to fashion at Style.com, but now we’re looking to fulfill what they want through e-commerce,” said Standen.
Edition01, a new luxury e-commerce platform, will work with Style.com to bring the collections to readers. Donna Karan, Thakoon Panichgul, Yigal Azrouël, Oscar de la Renta, Vera Wang, Narciso Rodriguez, Doo-Ri Chung and Prabal Gurung are among the designers who will be featured with exclusive collections on Edition01 separate from the Style.com offerings.