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Last night we got to check out the new season launch from jewelry brand The Langoliers (comprised of Pam Liou and Zon Chu).
As well as being a fantastic Stephen King book and movie, the name is now associated with beautiful jewelry intricately woven with chains and super soft mohair. We also really loved the reoccurring spiked balls on the earrings.
Here we are making silly faces with 1/2 of The Langoliers’ team – Pam (well, at least K+D are donning the silly face)!
Today we visited the new exhibit at the Museum at FIT – Vivienne Westwood, 1980-89. It was dissected into 3 parts, aesthetic, press coverage, and clientele. The exhibit focuses on her transformation from “street” provocateur to fashion designer. While there were a few interesting pieces at the museum, it was not nearly as in depth as I would have liked. There were many more magazine tears on the wall than there were outfits on display. While it was interesting to see the detail stitch work in person, Duck felt the exhibit focused a lot more on her relationship and the designs created with Malcolm McLaren then it did on her as a designer in her own right. You can definitely see a progression from street punk clothier to skilled designer tailor through the course of the 80s.
I do love her tailoring work and was glad to see a few suit pieces on display as well as my favorite rocking horse shoes (of which I own a pair). I only wish I could post an image of my favorite piece, but I was yelled at by security for trying to whip out even my phone! I can say that it was a beautiful asymmetrical one shouldered black pant suit with over sized large bishop sleeve houndstooth blouse. Again, unfortunately the mannequin was turned at such an angle I could not get a proper good look at the outfit.
All that being said, if you are in NYC, the exhibit runs through April 2. Judge for yourself…
After seeing this Odyn Vovk ad on Vimeo I was pretty excited to see this season’s AW 2011 presentation.
As always, Odyn Vovk designer Austin Serbanenko did not disappoint. This season’s title was “Spiral”. The show was filled with quintessential black, supple leathers and deep burgundys. We saw the same draped silhouettes and easy to mix style we have come to expect from Serbanenko.
Some of my personal favorites were the boots, ranging from sharkskin and oiled calf to pony hair. I am a complete fan of pony hair and how the texture feels. Also there were leather chaps and far from being burly and overly biker in their nature, they were paired with burgundy trousers which gave them a more casual wearable feel. Overall, I would say this season, Serbanenko took classic biker staples and made them into everyday wear.
The venue was a small subterranean brick lined location found at the end of an unknown alley in Manhattan. Everything about it spoke of Odyn Vovk’s style and essence. Though by the end of the show I think I may have got a sun tan from the hot lights used to illuminate the models. It was also nice to see some of the same models from last season in the show.
Cynthia Rowley‘s latest collection was inspired by Maggie Gyllenhaal’s character in the movie, Secretary. There were glitter twinsets, velvet pantsuits and net gloves all in line with this seasons 70s trend.
Personally, I felt some of the dresses had a silhouette that was too boxy. Unless you are mid stride wile wearing these pieces, they fall on the body much like a sack. The knee skirts and the pant suits were far more successful in keeping with the naughty secretary vibe and I was very happy to see that 70s pea green coming back into style.
I got the pleasure of attending the Venexiana Autumn/Winter 2011 show while Kitty was stuck at a presentation. Hahaha!! Her loss because this show rocked… literally!!
Kati Stern’s background in architecture showed through her use of strong silhouettes. I love the fact that she claims to get inspired by the fabric itself. She’s a kind of fabric whisperer, and she really rocks it the fuck out.
I’m actually shocked that the pictures are still somewhat in focus, because honestly I couldn’t stand still to the likes of the The Ramones, The Clash, and The Misfits blasting through the whole show. The awesome soundtrack plus gorgeous, sexy silhouettes full of sequins, leather, furs, and tweeds makes for one of my favorite shows this season.
This time it was I who made it into a show while Ducky was stuck waiting! And as an added plus; it was the Rag & Bone AW 2011 women’s wear show!
Rag & Bone held their runway show in a beautiful brick space in Nolita. Marcus Wainwright and David Neville took on the theme of the urban nomad. They started the show with patch working leather, fur and wool and ended with graphic color blocking with splashes of tartans and tweeds. What I liked most was the tartan glove combo and the beautiful leggings.
Vivienne Tam went against the 70s trend we saw this season on the catwalk. Instead she chose a shorter hemline and cropped trouser. Her collection this season was about balancing new and old, Eastern and Western. Citing inspiration from the 66-year old “Kun Opera” and contrasting with the avant-garde Guangzhou Opera House designed by, Zaha Hadid, Tam marries Eastern patterns with a western silhouette. The result, pure beauty no matter what hemisphere you live in.
Paola Hernandez‘ latest collection, A Look Within, is all about balance. Each garment has a black exterior, representing silence/emptiness, with a silver lining, representing the light within. Hernandez showed her collection in a series of rooms at the W Hotel with each of the models in the midst of the creative process.
This was a really charming way to show her collection,though it was very difficult to see the actual pieces since the models were hunched over guitars or writing at desks. What I did see was very relaxed and wearable. I particularly liked the only model wearing grey with no black and the black wool pants with the double grey belt.
Zang Toi’s Fall 2011 collection entitles “Timeless Beauties” was just that, elegant, timeless, and incredible beautiful. Toi used the sorts of fabrics you would expect to find on Seville Row; from cashmere and English wool tweeds to velvets and silks.
The real eye catchers were the immense Swarovski crystal grand gala necklaces, wrapping hundreds of Swarovski crystals from the top of the neck, down to the collar bones and around the shoulders. The sparkle off these pieces was just breathtaking. Toi’s signature style is one of elegance and luxury and this season’s collection stays true to his vision.
Ending his runway, Jill Zarin of the Real Housewives of New York was wearing a strapless ballgown with nude beaded french lace encrusted with crystals. She was beaming the whole time. I have to say it was so great to see her really enjoying herself on the runway, especially after seeing such serious and austere models. It brought a smile to everyone’s face.
The Maisonette 1977 presentation was a bit of a mixed bag. While Jane Ibrahim did deliver some great textured dyed fur and leather motorcycle inspired jackets, she seemed to miss the mark when pairing them with boxy mini skirts giving the girls a rather dumpy silhouette. When paired with the skinny pant looks the jackets look more natural and gives the girls a much nicer longer line. With Ibrahim’s impressive resume (including Michael Kors, Oscar by Oscar de la Renta, Bill Blass New York, and Cynthia Steffe), an older and more feminine look was expected. Instead we see more of a younger socialite client.
I did like the gray skinny biker pants with cutaway knees and double side zippers. I thought they were very wearable and the black detailing on the inner thigh was a nice touch. By far the most outstanding part of the collection were the fur jackets that came in textured blacks, dyed burgundys, and some had a scaling pattern imprinted on them.
On a side note, Chris Habana did the jewelry. We met him last month and fell in love with his designs. It is always great to see more of his work. United Nude provided the shoes which worked very well with this season. Their architectural style matched perfectly with the skinny biker looks.
Overall, I would say this season did have some nice draped mini dresses and biker inspired looks, but nothing there really reinvented these looks.
GUiSHEM, founded by Guillermo Jop, was filled with interesting animal print knits in black, gold, purple and chartreuse. Jop is known for form-fitting silhouettes and expert tailoring. This collection was no different. Overall a beautiful wearable collection. I loved the geometric use of the different fabrics within the same garment.
Designer Stacey Clark, for Odilon, took inspiration for this season’s collection from the myth of Greek Goddess Persephone, queen of the underworld.
We loved the dark colour palate, the use of pony hair (again I love the pony hair), and over sized fur hats. This collection was very wearable. There were a couple pieces that seemed disjointed and out of place, but overall there was good cohesion to the collection.
Additionally we loved the hands that were painted like gloves, the dead animal skull necklaces, and the short film playing in the background to add ambiance and reaffirm the theme of the collection.
PARKCHOONMOO‘s AW 2011 collection was a story of a girl who connects with the light elements of the air and comes to the earth and contrasts with the roughness of uncut gemstones. This was expressed through super conceptual cushioned “pillowy” jackets over long draped layers which flowed into more wearable black and metallic knits.
We expected Park’s latest line to be avant garde since this is what she is so well known for and we were not disappointed. This season was shown with the perfect pairing of glitchy art house electronic music from Venus Iceberg.
This season she teamed with with Jonathan Goldstein of Bevel to create the companion jewelry for the collection. Comprised of gold and silver feathered face masks and armored collars, Goldstein kept with Park’s theme of paired airy lightness and grounded sacred earth.
We loved this show and everything and everyone involved.
We went to see the Imitation presentation at Milk Studios which normally is a good venue, but for this it was far too crowded and difficult to maneuver – especially with cameras in tow. That being said, the studio in other ways was perfect because of the enormous sunroof flooding the studio with beautiful natural light.
The Imitation show, shortened from “Imitation of Christ” to indicate it’s lower price point, was very feminine and very classic. Now in it’s second season, the new label focuses on wardrobe staples but in a more chic and effortless way. It was composed of 58 looks on a small army of tall lanky blonds which really give it visual impact. There were sequins as well as lots of materials with a good drape and flow adding to the delicate femininity running throughout the collection.
Though there were no models on horses or in swimming pools (I do miss some of the old Imitation of Christ antics), Tara Subkoff still managed to design a collection that is worthy in its own rite, full of glamor and a 1940’s Hollywood mystique. For this show Subkoff summons to mind the Helmut Newton woman – blond, high heels, and bare legs that go on forever. One of my favorites was the almost burka-esque head wrap at the end and the gilded word belts are very covetsome indeed! Plus any show that opens with a half naked model must be off to a good start.
“Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months”
– Oscar Wilde
Siki Im‘s AW 2011 collection, Silent Thunderbird Prayer, is based in the Native American ethos of balancing mind, body and spirit. Im balances wools, cashmeres, waxed cottons and rabbit felts in simple layers that build in complexity. For winter he has also played with the idea of clothing as shelter through the incorporation of large brimmed hats. Im uses traditional tailoring techniques paired with unique shapes and unusual proportions to create sculptural and visually impacting pieces. This season we saw over sized hats and enveloping wraps using traditional Native American patterns. Finishing off the looks were amulets and cuffs made in collaboration with Made by Eugene.
What really brought this presentation together was the performance of Silvercloud (Kevin Tarrant). Dressed in traditional robes and wielding a hand drum, Silvercloud chanted through the entire presentation adding aural and visual impact. I particularly liked when the models walked along a dirt path on the floor in a figure 8 pattern giving a ceremonial feel to the show. The hair styling also stood out, drawing again on native styles such as braids and mohawks.
I am not too sure how we ended up with an invite from Nautica, but what the hell, we went. It was as expected, guys on a dock waiting to board their yacht in Nautica clothing. I liked the dock.
The King Collective presented Nordic: New York, a group of 4 Scandinavian designers presenting their SS 2011 collections.
Lialia: The Butterfly Catcher’s Dream
The show opened with aerial silk performers representing with flight and metamorphosis of the butterfly, whose theme runs through out the line.
We loved the colorful braided leggings and punchy color/pattern combinations of this line.
Tiia Vanhatapio: Druidess
This one grabbed my attention immediately with the 2 opening models with reindeer antlers strapped to their heads. The line is based on the 1954 film “The White Deer”. Basic plot, woman goes to shaman for love life help and gets turned into a white reindeer vampire. I think this film needs to go on the netflix list! The theme is carried through the line with images of reindeer. fur, witchy druidess dresses, and long flowing robes.
Islaet: Fantasy Fantastic
Islaet opened with a solo opera performance that melted away into fun club inspired line. The themes explored were the contrasting of high society and the night life of an it girl. The line included more sophisticated day wear with more casual fun evening look.
Our good friend at Kitty Andrews millinery invited us to the Milliner’s Guild show this year. Millinery seems to be an under appreciated element in the American fashion world. Everyone knows Philip Tracey thanks to the late Alexander McQueen, but few others spring to mind. The only celebrity I can even mention that dons more inspirational head wear is Lady Gaga.
Kitty Andrews and the rest of the group at the Milliner’s Guild are trying to change that. This season, Kitty Andrews has teamed up with NPRPA, for a special Spring collaboration (stay tuned for the look book we shot for them). The show went beyond the stodgy ideal of the church hat, into something for a woman on the town.
I definitely feel inspired to wear more hats after seeing this show.
First night out at NYFW SS2011 and Richie Rich brings out the grown up club kid in us!
Richie Rich’s debut solo act following Heatherette, PopLuxe, opened with ballerinas and a performance by DJ Mia Moretti and electric violinist Caitlin Moe. A It was a dance party filled with neon, lace, whips, chains, leather, studs and spandex. The show ended with Ellen DeGeneres and an explosion of glitter everywhere. We really loved those studded jackets!
Please send one to Ducky…. he’ll rock the shit out of one (Kitty wouldn’t mind one either).
Lastly, just for fun. We spotted our favorite hip hop-meets hardcore front man from Body Count, Ice T, checking out some bodies of his own.
Odyn Vovk, meaning “One Wolf” in Ukrainian, presents designer Austin Sherbanenko’s SS 2011 menswear line – “Five”.
As we walked into an old firehouse in Tribeca, we saw piles of chairs, doors, and other distressed pieces of shrapnel piled in a dark room, set up only hours before to convey the themes of randomness and haste. The lights came on, live impromptu ambient music started to pay and the models walked out and started engaging with the set. This went beyond a regular presentation where models stand stagnant for hours on end. Sherbanenko involved the models and the viewing audience to set the mood and tone for his latest line.
“I am the one wolf” – Austin Sherbanenko