Dandy Dollface Patrick McDonald, The Knit Wit of Olek and A Change of Season Turns One

Change of Season, the wildly popular EV designer overstock boutique born of the creative genius of Marco and Clinton Querci, made it to the one year retail mark and celebrated its first birthday Saturday with some designer shopping, free book give-aways and a very downtown-style soirée.
Dandy-about-town Patrick McDonald, dressed in signature high style with his infamous arch eyebrows, Fedora hat and black and white ensemble punctuated by confetti Margiela footwear, signed “Four Famous Dandies,” the paper doll book by Jim Howard that features the former Launch my Line contestant and fashion consultant, along with the Duke of Windsor, Beau Brummel and Oscar Wilde. 

Artist Olek displayed her fashion-y, humorous crochet artwork, outfitting the window and busts throughout the shop, securing an outpost on the bench outside the boutique of “Couples Therapy,” models wearing a three-legged full body crochet suit of balloons, who startled more than a couple passersby when they breathed!

Portraitist and Lower East Side fixture Antony Zito, one of The 4Heads Collective and founders of the successful Governor’s Island Art Fair, dropped by early in the evening, taking a break from his curating duties to support McDonald and beam about recent press, including last week’s Huffington Post embrace of the fair.

New fashion works in the boutique ranged from the fabulous to the absolutely stunning. Of course, it goes without saying that there were great apparel pieces from Comme des Garcons, Rick Owens and Boudicca. But also new recycled jewelry finds from Maria Zureta (from designer Roberto Costa) and an Eastern European designer who hand ties satin ribbons and crystals for the most breath-taking necklaces.

Happy Birthday to YOU, dear COS!

Change of Season, the East Village’s latest enchantment

Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble, indeed! There’s a magical new retail spot poised to cast its spell on the East Village. Change of Season, an upscale boutique ensconced in half of the old Enchantments witchcraft shop on East 9th Street, opened its doors for business this Fashion Week, conjuring up cool European designer duds for discount dollars. I dropped in about week ago on my friend and co-owner Clinton Curtis-Querci, who was putting the finishing touches on the adorable space. Clinton kindly showed me the tricks of his new trade: ethereally high fashion pieces from Vivienne Westwood, Balenciaga, Comme des Garçons, Dries Van Noten, Margiela and Galliano, all lovingly curated from a season previous and all magically marked at 50 to 70% off normal boutique retail prices.

Clinton and partner Marco Querci-Curtis, both fashion world denizens (Clinton from a video background, Marco from Banana Republic as Director of Accessories) have assigned the space a delicious boutique hotel lobby feeling replete with matte blackened vintage luggage, a brass concierge trolley cart and a black and gilded motif with a coordinating chandelier and display cases. The tiny spot is well on its way to summoning a cult following: write-ups already have appeared on The Thread on nbcnewyork.com and racked.com. From little black dresses to one-off jewelry pieces, Change of Season is a designer outlet done right for the time we’re in.

Is it sorcery or the supernatural that the duo can find such great fashions for such super prices? Glamour yourself over to 341 East 9th between 1st and 2nd to find out. No eye of newt necessary.