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Photo of Ann Yee by Stephen Wilson & courtesy of ThinkPR, all other photos taken from the Ann Yee Collection on instagram.
Your collection in five words effortless, architectural, elevated, textural, thoughtful
What’s the most exciting part of building your collection? Experimenting with new techniques and actually having them pan out.
Would you like to collaborate with someone and if so whom? Collaborations are the best part of the whole process! There are so many people I’d die to work with…but eventually I’d love to partner up with a makeup brand to create a custom shade of lipstick. That’d be a dream.
What era/decade in fashion inspires you the most in your work? The ’90s always seems to shine through.
What was the last item you saw or bought that really changed the way you thought about your wardrobe/style? I honestly haven’t shopped in a while, but I was looking through my closet this weekend and I have several tailored pieces that I really need to break out. I think my own personal style has become much too relaxed lately, need to bring back some structure to switch it up.
Last thing you spent $100 or more on? Nachos.
What trend do you wish would end? The peplum…there I said it.
What did you do last night? Worked. Only 1 week till fashion week!! Ahhhh.
Never would I ever…take what I do for granted
I love.love.love… fashion. So part of what we do at StyleDefined NYC is to try and support emerging and newer designers –provided they have the mad talent and live/work/produce in New York. The tricky thing is that it’s often hard to find newer designers lines outside of a few small and relatively obscure boutiques. So I’m really excited that Jenny Lai has recently launched her own website for her label NOTALIGNE. She was one of our earlier Up|Coming designers and it’s great to see her current success. I’m personally a wee bit obsessed with the Hole Tent Dress as I am for many things laser cut this spring but this is the first laser cut dress that makes sense to me.
I also encourage you to stop by Underline Gallery this Thursday to see Jenny speak at this event!
I’m not sure it’s a trend but…by the time Cushnie et Ochs was over I felt a new sophistication moving on the runways…where once they were skin-tight and sexy, with skin peeking through the cut outs, this show showed the pair exploring not new so much as an expanded direction –Altogether, the silhouettes were roomier, dresses flowed, where skin was exposed seemed more deliberate. The white pieces that opened the show were structured and crisp. Each look built on the next as flared skirts, squared off tops and fox fur jackets, a gorgeous abstract print paired with a sweet velvety kangaroo cropped jacket exposed a polish and flare for form, manipulated fabrics, and unexpected pairings.
–Katya Moorman & K.L. Dunn
I can.not.believe. New York Fashion Week is right around the corner! Not only am I hooked up with my MBFW credentials but I have a serious schedule at Milk and surprise breakout venue Industria Super Studio. Also an amazing team to help cover everything that you want to know about! I wanted to highlight two of my favorites from last year that I think are killing it and ready to hit the big time as well as an intriguing unknown!
The two designers on-the-verge-of-MAJOR are Daniella Kallmeyer and Erin Barr. Last season they both had collections we thought were exceptionally strong.
Speed & Stillness was the yin/yang of Spring 2013. Minimalist modern sportswear that felt utterly fresh. Below are a few looks from last season.
Erin Barr, the womenswear designer collection by Erin Barr, is a study in contrasts reflecting the real attitudes of the modern day woman. We fell in love with her Spring 2013 collection which was inspired by a fictional meeting between the artist Frank Stella and Marilyn Monroe (during her intellectual years). It had a real L.A. vibe but the L.A. of a David Lynch/Mulholland Drive: Intelligent, sexy and a provocative edge. We’re excited to see what she has in store for us this NYFW!
TILLYandWILLIAM’s premier collection for Fall 2013 is an experiment in transformation. Inspired by the human body, each garment is engineered to fit multiple points on the same form. Traditional garment construction has been re-imagined within this collection, in order to make room for new shapes and unconventional cuts that accommodate for finely tuned comfort and fabric flexibility.
Daily life and light traveling are driving forces behind the birth of this breed of clothing. The reversible garments allow for the flip one’s mood may bring, or the occasional event hopping the wearer may encounter. As the transformational aspects of this collection increase in possibility, so too does the life of each garment; lessening the desire to constantly add new pieces to one’s wardrobe and helping to curb this generation’s trendy and harmful addiction to fast fashion.
Stay posted! xx
Normally I post full length style shots but I was so enamored by their rings and things I decided to post this instead. Dana Hurwitz + Vince Barile are the designers behind the nascent brand Bond Hardware that is driven by fashion.fetish+found objects. Still in school they’ve already developed a following that goes beyond their room mates and includes their Dads. I interviewed them recently and you can read it here…and feel a little bit more like a slacker that you just spent your college years going to class!
Dana Hurwitz and Vincent Barile are the Brooklyn based designers behind the label Bond Hardware. Specializing in pieces created from found objects and re-purposing things from the local hardware store. Starting with rethinking what neckwear can be they’re also expanding to rings and other designs. Dana’s currently at the Pratt Institute while Vince studies at the Art Institute but they still find time to work on their collaboration. Learn more about it, what makes them tick and how cool their Dads are below. (more…)