In celebration of Women's History Month, What Goes Around Comes Around hosted a series of "Power Hours" in the Madison Avenue, Beverly Hills and Miami Flagships. The Power Hours featured empowering discussions with a select group of self-made women on what it means to be a modern-day girlboss, and a preview of the ultimate power dressing pieces.
Read on to learn more about the inspiring women who featured on our panels.Posted: March, 2019
We have curated an array of archival Jean Paul Gaultier clothing and accessories available to shop now online and in our Beverly Hills store. Known for his theatrical brand of avant-gardism, Gaultier has cemented himself as one of fashion's most imaginative and conceptual designers. From his iconic printed mesh pieces to his eye-catching sets and bondage-inspired attire, Gaultier's vintage designs have become highly sought after and collectible. We are pleased to present this assortment that represents the breadth of Gaultier's unique and distinctive aesthetic. Always edgy, never boring – this is the world of Jean Paul Gaultier as seen by What Goes Around Comes Around.Posted: March, 2019
Among the industry's most prolific designers, Karl Lagerfeld was a once in a generation icon. It is becoming increasingly rare to witness a figure so aware and steeped in their own legend as Karl was of his. Wrapped in a stoically aloof attitude, his acute dedication to his own instincts lead him in shaping the foundations of how the modern luxury industry runs today. Like many creators whose work defines their era, Lagerfeld was endlessly curious about the present, reflecting and subverting his surroundings into every design. "More than anyone I know, he represents the soul of fashion: restless, forward-looking, and voraciously attentive to our changing culture," Anna Wintour noted of Lagerfeld in 2015.
With an inexhaustible work ethic, Lagerfeld simultaneously held the reigns at Fendi and Chanel for decades in addition to his own eponymous label. Lovingly referred to as the "sixth Fendi sister," he was hired by Fendi in 1965, originally as a freelancer. It was Lagerfeld who designed the double F Zucca label in 1965 as a means to introduce monogramming to the brand while honoring it's heritage (the FF stands for "fun fur"). His work with Fendi single handedly expanded the idea of a lady's fur coat into a canvas for technical innovation and expressive design. Prior to Lagerfeld, furs were rather homogenous, shrouding the wearer in neutral, large, stiff silhouettes. Karl transformed the fur coat from a mere status symbol to fashion item through treating fur as any other fabric, manipulating it into fluid shapes and dying them outlandish colors, catapulting Fendi from heritage furrier to icon of Italian style in the process.
This uncanny ability to tap into a brand's history while simultaneously designing for a purely modern clientele is precisely what lead to Lagerfeld's tenure as Creative Director of Chanel, a position he held for almost four decades. At the time of Lagerfeld's hire in 1983, Chanel had become a relic of the storied house it was at the beginning of the 20th century. The once elegant maison had become synonymous with stale, matronly suiting and a bygone era of Parisian couture. Nobody dared touch it, and as a result Chanel quickly declined in relevancy in the decade following the Mademoiselle's death in 1971. It's nearly impossible to imagine Chanel being described as "irrelevant" now, and that is solely due to Karl's alchemic ability to capture the spirit of refined freedom established by Coco Chanel and channel it for the contemporary woman. He brought romance and excitement to the house by twisting Chanel's well established motifs subverting them into emblematic icons. This was often done with cheeky humor, Chanel-ifying the mundane, bourgeois wardrobe in cartoonishly exaggerated logos and prints. With a healthy dose of attitude, Lagerfeld's Chanel was one not of restrained minimalism, but of cultish status pieces and the pinnacle of theatrical, imaginative luxury.
The public's fascination with Karl rivaled that of his predecessor, a woman whose biography was adapted into a Broadway musical starring Katherine Hepburn. With an instantly recognizable uniform of black suit, sunglasses, and powdered ponytail paired with an intellectual, quick witted disposition, he created a kind of caricature of what a influential designer should look and sound like. Endlessly quotable, he had an talent for making outrageous statements by the likes of "Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control so you bought some sweatpants." and "I'm down to earth. Just, not this earth." This self-awareness of his own image lent an air of something eternal around Lagerfeld, making his departure all the more shocking. He was forever timeless and thoroughly modern all at once, and in that he remains peerless.
In honor of Karl's life and legacy we've curated a reverent collection of his key designs that have transformed the fashion scene.Posted: February, 2019
Last Friday, to celebrate the grand opening of our Madison Avenue Flagship and to kick-off NYFW we invited all our fashion friends, celebrities and vip guests for a first look inside the uptown townhouse.
Adorned in everything from archival Chanel to vintage Galliano, from yours truly, models and luxury vintage lovers alike lined up to preview some of our never before seen rare accessories and ready-to-wear. As quoted from Chanel Iman to Vogue, "I want them all. Everything in here is just—it’s all perfect."
The new Madison avenue flagship features a split level dedicated to the heritage brands of Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Chanel and Gucci. If you can’t make it to the upper east side shop our curated Uptown capsule collection online.Co-Founder Seth Weisser, Lais Ribeiro, Elsa Hosk, Chanel Iman, Gretchen Mol, Co-Founder Gerard MaioneNadine Leopold and Devon WindsorThe Birkin Wall on the upper levelChanel Iman and Nina AgdalGuests enjoyed our signature cocktails Madison Margarita and Uptown Cosmo presented by Absolut Elyx and Avion Tequila.Posted: February, 2019
For us to say that you missed the party of Art Basel would feel like we are bragging. Vogue said it best: "Throwing an event on the final night of festivities meant there would be a lot to live up to. But leave it to What Goes Around Comes Around, the fashion world’s favorite vintage hot spot, to rise to the occasion." True, the "raucous" party was indeed at capacity with celebrities, long-time supporters, and special guests and "everywhere you turned, there were Medusa motifs, leopard prints, and satin bomber jackets." Also, true -- "when the DJ played the Migos song “Versace,” the courtyard became a massive dance floor." However, there were a few other things you missed.
The Victoria Secret model graced our presence sans the wings which proves there are angels on earth and they like Versace.
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Many of our guests showed up selfie-ready because they didn't know who, like Cuba Gooding Jr. here, would pop by the mansion.
Collectible. Rare. Iconic. That's how we describe the 18 looks in the Gianni Versace Retrospective and 150 vintage Versace pieces we collected for our special capsule collection of his work. This 90s runway jacket features Byzantine influences in the form of heavily embellished crosses and jewel-tone beading. A similar style jacket was also featured at The Metropolitan Museum's 'Heavenly Bodies' Exhibition, amongst other Catholic-inspired designer pieces.
We were excited to partner with Bentley Motors for our 25th anniversary event. The esteemed brand still hand builds the finest luxury performance cars in the world and will be celebrating its 100th year in 2019. Parked outside of the event were two custom one-of-a-kind Bentleys that exemplified Bentley's commitment to luxury and their acute attention to the finest details.
Who could pull off an event like this, you ask? What Goes Around Comes Around co-founder Seth Weisser, editor, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Erica Zohar, and co-founder Gerard Maione. Who wouldn't want to shut down Art Basel with a few of their fashionable friends like supermodel Helena Christiensen, mega-influencers, and fashion and art insiders. Next year, will you be on the list?Posted: December, 2018