One would only expect that people attending the Byronesque.com/OFFLINE preview would have great personal style. And Lisa was no exception! What was exceptional was that both the Kenzo skirt and vintage shrug she’s wearing are actually from Byronesque.com…and trust me if you check out their sick exhibit/shop this weekend you’ll want to walk away wearing one (or more) of their pieces as well.
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The space, which opens to the public on Thursday through Sunday features an exhibition of rare vintage clothing, a multimedia exhibit which explores the culture of vintage and the different subcultures that have inspired various fashion movements, as well as a pop-up shop selling rare vintage clothing from Byronesque’s retail partners from London, Paris, New York, and LA. This is completely above and beyond your average Pop Up Shop.
Byronesque.com is the first combined editorial and e-commerce website dedicated to authentically 20-years and-older vintage fashion. To mark it’s first birthday the site is making it’s first appearance off-line with a multimedia exhibition featuring the rare vintage fashion and an exploration if its importance in contemporary culture.
Taking over the echoing corridors of the abandoned James A. Farley Post Office near New York’s Garment District, Byronesque will transform the space into “a fashion retrospectve you can buy”, featuring vintage collections from Byronesque’s retail partners in London, Paris, L.A., and New York, as well as pieces from the personal collections of Irene Silvagni, from her time working alongside Yohji Yamamoto and Didier Ludot, who is selling his private collection of Claude Montana for the first time ever. A very rare coat from John Galliano’s “Les Incroyables” graduation collection will also be on
show, but not for sale.
Byronesque.com’s Editor in Chief, Gill Linton, conceptualized the event with the site’s Creative Director, Justin Westover, as a way to physically represent what the website does in the digital world: To educate people on the importance of vintage fashion and the impact it has on contemporary culture, and to explore the subcultures that created iconic fashion movements that we still see represented today. Rare pieces from subcultures most revered fashion rebels will be on display, and unlike any other fashion retrospective, also for sale, including pieces from Comme Des Garçons, Jean Paul Gaultier, Katharine Hamnett, Maison Martin Margiela, Issey Miyake, Stephen Sprouse, Vivienne Westwood, and others.
Linton says: Byronesque.com//OFFLINE is a celebration of the people who inspire us to stand against the banality and mediocrity of pop culture with a more meaningful alternative to fast fashion and outdated nostalgia, something more polarizing and provocative. Mods, punks, skinheads, and new romatics each had a point of view and you were either with them or against them. They created a visual tension that alienated and inspired in equal measure, which rarely happens today. The vintage items in this exhibit have their own special history, and the scars that tell their stories have inspired and outlived landfills full of imitations. This is why we believe that vintage is the future of fashion.
From left to right: Galina Grebenyuk (white shirt, blue tie); Merike Palmiste (black blazer, pink bow-tie); Anna Gothard (leather jacket, pink socks); Reva McEachern (peach pants, floral shirt); Sam Brooks (Camo shirt, black blazer); Ryley Pogensky (Polka dot button-up, black cardigan); Mila Polyak (White button-up, black vest).
Super excited to be sharing with you this season’s He Said/We Said (HS/WS)– a dapperQ quarterly style feature that showcases real world masculine gender non-conformists and trans* identified individuals modeling their creative interpretations on high fashion menswear. Each edition features a different inspiration, photographer, and group of models in order to celebrate diversity in our community and examine fashion as a cultural construct. Photographer Leslie Van Stelten, along with HS/WS’s mastermind Anita Dolce Vita, selected the Roberto Cavalli A/W 2013-14 menswear line as inspiration for dapperQ’s holiday shoot. We love this project (and even photographed a past season) and are thrilled to showcase this amazing style!!!
Merike Palmiste ; Student, model, event director
Mila Polyak; DJ, bartender, model, Registered Nurse
Anna Gothard; Pre-school teacher, member of queer folk-pop duo Anna/Kate
Reva McEachern; Learning and Development Manager, Razorfish Principal, REVA Digital Media LLC, revadigital.com
Galina Grebenyuk; Photographer, artist, model, and bartender. Art works and photography can be found at www.linaartnyc.com
Ryley Pogensky; Freelance writer, promoter http://queergrub.wordpress.com/
Sam Brooks; Pastry chef, owner of SamiCakes boutique LLC www.samicakesboutique.com
Photography: Leslie Van Stelten
Photography Assistant: Michael Beard
Series Producer: Anita Dolce Vita
Hair: Colette Lee Morales
Makeup: Lauren O’Jea, Lauryn Marie More, Samantha Lennon
Location: Bizarre Bar, Brooklyn
Cut to photo above: This girl. WTF is she wearing? How did she decide to put it together? Don’t know. Don’t care. LOVE.
CINZIA ARAIA has quickly climbed the charts of lust worthy footwear with the whole post apocalyptic/dark tribal grunge aesthetic that blends well with my love of Rick Owens, Gareth Pugh and ParkChoonMoo. On a random foray to one of my favorite NYC boutiques, ODD, my heart took that immediate stabbing of fatal attraction and I’ve been trapped in a web of amour ever since.
- by Sarah Kate
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I always LOVE to see what Markus Kelle is wearing –as it’s different everyday. Here Markus seems to be channeling Joan Collins circa Dynasty (a TV soap my grandmother was addicted to and that exemplified the fashion of the ’80s) with the peplum blazer, over sized earrings and blush slashed across the cheek.
Seriously, don’t they look like they could be Besties?
And if you want your OWN version of a Joan Collins jacket, a random Google will reveal that you can buy a McCall’s pattern for it on Etsy. Is this too perfect, or what?
I was casually visiting yoox.com and looking around for one of my favorite designers Stella McCartney. There I ran into this blazer and it’s a must have. It fits into your casual wardrobe with some jeans, flats and a white tee. Pair it with a pair of black pants and nice pumps and take yourself out for the night. It’s 100% wool with a satin lining so it’ll keep me or you pretty warm for these chilly nights. Stella’s impeccable design accentuates the female figure yet still keeping it a bit androgynous. The color separates you from everyone else and it’s a piece to treasure always.
Best of all? It’s on sale!
- by Richie Moo
We’re Obsessed! brings you the best of the best curated by our personal taste-makers Richie Moo & Sarah Kate
Recently we were invited to The Westway to attend a party for the collaboration between Moschino–a favorite fashion house– and DISARONNO–the bestselling Italian liquer in the world.The DISARONNO and Moschino project will support the charity Fashion 4 Development (sponsored by the United Nations) through a donation of its profits to help the development of this unique initiative in Africa. The overall mission of Fashion 4 Development is to harness the power of the fashion and beauty industries in order to implement creative strategies for sustained economic growth and development in countries worldwide.
The exclusive “MOSCHINO loves DISARONNO” limited edition will be available this November for $24.99 at stores nationwide or through www.1-877-spirits.com.
Jacki Easlick has found her bag, albeit, not her first, and clearly, not her last from the looks of her expanding line. She traded in the world of designing for household name brands for a chance to grow an emerging one–her own. With an impressive, lengthy resume, serving as Designer Director for both Kenneth Cole and Vera Bradley and working for Target, Macy’s, and Victoria’s Secret (to name just a few), Easlick embarked on a new path that would combine her big-brand previous experience with that of personal standards and a higher purpose. While helping women feel good outwardly with a sweet cobra cross-body bag, she aids in providing others with the basics…as in, a roof over a homeless child’s head and physical security. Giving back through her own line, has allowed her to finally combine her passion with com-passion. Something that’s priceless for her.
I’m rather sick of people (ab)using the tired excuse, “In this economy,” but Easlick seems to harness it as her driving force rather than allow it to hinder her business. Instead of making cuts in spending, Jacki Easlick forges ahead with affordable prices (starting at under $200) and supreme craftsmanship without sacrificing her charitable collaborations.
From high quality leather totes with detachable pouches to be worn as mini shoulder bags, to 18kt gold cuffs with Brazilian gemstones, Easlick delivers calculated pieces that showcase her devotion to detail and function. Over a cup of coffee, I chatted casually with Jacki Easlick to find out more about her line, her mission, and her thoughts right now.
I’m sure that I know the answer to this, but, favorite accessory?
That’s easy-handbags. I think it’s the favorite accessory for a lot of women. I mean, all of your intimate belongings go into it. It’s the secret that men…men do not touch handbags. You can’t go into a woman’s purse. It’s sacred.
I’d agree with that. Handbags seem to represent many things to so many different people. They’re iconic almost. So, now that you’ve created your own line’s staples, What are you currently dabbling in? What can we be looking forward to from your line?
3 years ago, in May 2011 I came out with my original four bags. The other four came out the following fall. And now, I’m actually working on about 40 new styles. This includes wallets and small coin purses, cell phone cases. I’m also working on a travel line–weekender bags, yoga bags. I believe in going slowly. And, as a small business, it makes more sense. I can then see how people are responding and what they’re liking, disliking, and wanting more of.
How do you stay inspired on a daily basis?
For me, personally, it comes down to curiosity and creativity. My nature, I’m a very curious person, to see how things are made, the colors. Creativity is apart of that. I thrive in that process, designing something new, something that hasn’t been done before.
What was a pivotal achievement in your life, so far?
I’ve been a designer for over twenty years. My first job out of college, I was a packaging designer for Gerber baby food. Twenty years ago, Gerber asked me to think about a line for toddlers, designing toddler food. I came up with this idea of Gerber Graduates. I was 23 years old, and I would fly to companies like Keebler. I was flying on the corporate jet. People were asking for my autograph. Working at Gerber, it had such a positive influence on me and how I came to this. I eventually left and worked for Kenneth Cole and then Vera Bradley, but that was, like, my moment. It was huge, and Gerber Graduates still continues on today.
“If I wasn’t designing, I would…”
I would become a doctor. I really like helping people, and as a designer, you’re helping someone on the outside.”
Now, I understand that you actually are already helping people with your designs with partnering with charities. Could you tell me a little bit about that?
I’ve partnered with a company that partners with all kinds of charities…it can be anything from breast cancer, the American cancer society. It’s a good opportunity, and right now, we’re focusing on partnering with Go Orphan (The Global Orphan Project). Go Orphan basically builds homes for orphans in impoverished countries. It’s really great.
What made you decide to give back?
When I worked for Vera Bradley, I had to travel a lot to Asia. I was on a three-week trip–in Japan, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong–trains, flights. I landed in intensive care. I was there for a week. I made a promise that if I survived, I was not going to continue designing or working the same way I was before. I was going to design products that targeted helping other people. That was my commitment.
I’m assuming that’s when you decided to branch off on your own. When and how did your commitment begin translating into your own line?
I was recovering, I had no full-time job, and I couldn’t. I was stressed. It was a really bad situation. I would spend my afternoon sketching. I had a tablet, and I would just start going. After I was healed and recovered, I took my sketches to a factory in Manhattan. I remember when I picked up my first prototype. Even though it was just one handbag, it was so much more. It was so much bigger. It represented the healing process for me.
What was the reaction to seeing your first design come to life?
Well, I took it home, and I had it out when my husband came home from work. It was so funny. He assumed I’d gone shopping when I asked him what he thought of it. My husband said, ” What are you doing buying expensive bags?!” He was so confused. I responded, “This is my design- my name is on it.” He was like, “Wow, you’re really going for it.” And, I did. I was really going for it, (she laughs). He kept saying how “nice” it looked and how high the quality was. That’s what I needed to hear. That’s what I’d wanted; something of high quality to offer at an affordable price point.
Favorite item from your own line?
The satchel. It was my first baby, and although I love every other one just as children, that one is special. That’s my best seller as well. So, I’m partial.
Where do you see your brand in five years?
I love leather gloves. I love sunglasses. Whether or not, I will actually go down that path, I’m not sure. I was taught by this woman who was a buyer at Bloomingdale’s, that the way that Italy manufactures gloves is different than any other country. They get the curve of a woman’s hand much better than any other. It’s sophisticated and meticulous. How interesting is that? Those are the details I’m interested in. So, I’d only want to do it if I could do it right.
But, I’ve learned what customers gravitate towards. I design what I like. I break it down in my mind to different, wearable events. If a woman is going to work, she’ll wear this or this or this. If she’s getting dressed up, I break it down into different behavior patterns. I’ve had requests for travels bags, so that’s what I’ve been working on. It’s an intuitive thing. I’ve worked in the industry for so long. I’m gradually rounding out the collection.
Trend you would like to see die?
Bright paisley, it’s so 90s.
What motivates you?
I’ve learned what customers gravitate towards. I design what I like. I break it down in my mind to different, wearable events. If a woman is going to work, she’ll wear this or this or this. If she’s getting dressed up, I break it down into different behavior patterns. I’ve had requests for travels bags, so that’s what I’ve been working on. It’s an intuitive thing. I’ve worked in the industry for so long. I’m gradually rounding out the collection.
For the last four years, I’ve been a speaker for Cooper Hewett (Smithsonian- National Design Fair), hosted by Tim Gunn. I speak about handbags. I’m always speaking to young adults and students. Every year, there are a few students who stand up and tell me, “I want to be a designer, but I don’t know how to sketch.” Look, I couldn’t sketch either. It took years and years. It’s all about tenacity. What you don’t know, you learn. What you aren’t good at, you practice.
What’s one of your, pet peeves, if any, with the fashion industry as a whole?
There’s a lot of dishonesty in the industry. It’s nearly impossible for young designers to go out on their own and launch their own brand. Because of the way the industry is set up, the larger department stores want the companies with a larger backing and a larger amount of money. The magazines gravitate toward larger companies and these brands. The industry doesn’t foster growth to younger, start-up companies. So many “designers” are just really, really good at branding. When people buy a _________ or a ________, they believe they are buying their original designs.
They’re like frontmen, right? With other people working and designing in the background?
Yes, so many of these brands and celebrities are not designers. They’re not sketching alone at home. They’re successful, though, in terms of marketing. The bottom line is making money.
The way Jacki Easlick conducts her handbag and more-recent jewelry line, proves that it’s not another “good girl act.” The notion of niceness still exists in the notorious high school of fashion design industry. I’ll be sitting at her cafeteria table.
Check her collection out at www.JackiEaslick.com