Friday, October 31, 2008

Tricks and Treats

Happy Halloween!  I may be having trouble abstaining from consuming the entire bag of Heath Bars and Whoppers that I ostensibly bought for trick-or-treaters, but here is a Halloween treats I can share with you all: what is more Gothic than a human skeleton shrink wrapped in black leather?  Jewelry designer Natalia Brilli, known for wrapping pearls, bones, and chains in leather to create her signature pieces, has created a traveling window installation of rock and roll skeletons performing on leather wrapped drum kits, guitars and microphones.  The windows started in Parisian store Maria Luisa during Fashion Week, and will be coming to Barneys New York in December before heading to Art Basil.  I can't wait!  For more on Natalia Brilli, check out her haunting video here


I would also like to issue a retraction, the flier that we posted earlier this week for Plumm was done by Nicollette, not JR.  Sorry about the confusion!

-Tiffany

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Dernier Cri's Last Call

The Sale: We were very sad when we received the email on Monday informing us that one of our favorite stores, Dernier Cri, is being bought out, and will close at the end of November with no plans of reopening.  The entire store is marked down by 50%.  The store is located at 869 Washington St. b/t 13th and 14th St.
The Strategy: Dernier Cri is known for stocking hard to find independent labels, ranging from cult European brands like Preen and Sonia Rykiel to local downtown designers, including Fiftytwo Showroom's very own Lerario Beatriz.  Don't count on seeing many of these labels further discounted at sample sale time, since most of them are based elsewhere.  Plus, the sale includes all current Fall 08 merchandise, which won't be marked down at other stores for another few months, so even though the 50% discount isn't that steep, it really is an opportunity to pick up some amazing in-season designer clothes.  It's selling very quickly, so I suggest you head over now!
The Stuff: Although I tried on plenty of sweaters and jackets, most of the oversized Tsumori Chisato and Preen clothes that I liked so much were too big, and made me look like I was swimming in a designer tent.  Not wanting to walk out empty handed, I picked up these dip-dyed Tsumori Chisato tights, marked down from $135 to $67 (not cheap, but I know I'll use them), which are perfect for winter.  Also of interest: plenty of cute Sonia Rykiel sweaters, Rose's drapey knit cardigans, Manish Arora's psychedelic embroidered jackets, and our favorite Melissa shoes.

-Tiffany

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Champagne Tastes Better When You Sip It Through Swirly-Straws

Nicollette (center) wears a vintage dress from Screaming Mimi's. Christina (left) and I (right) both wear Forever 21 dresses and Gerard Yosca necklaces.


Last week before Six Six Sick, we decided we needed some shoes, since our battle-torn Pleasers are on their last party legs. After a somewhat disturbing visit to the Forever 21 website, where Christina found an exact replica of her black SS08 Prada boots, and I found a pretty close knockoff of my SS08 Chloe colorblock sandals, we got over our momentary horror, and decided that it might be a better idea to buy the cheap fake shoes anyway. Having a previous record of completely destroying designer shoes in the past (both of us have matching pairs of YSL gladiator sandals snapped in half), we realized that it would be better to buy some party shoes that we had absolutely no attachment to. Plus, as Christina pointed out, jank shoes already have a rubber sole, so you don't have to go to the cobbler's to have one attached, something which is de rigueur when you're investing in designer shoes. We settled on the canary-yellow satin round-toe ankle strap pumps, that were an exact replica of a Prada SS08 style that was last seen cluttering up the Barney's Warehouse sale.

Of course, on our mission to buy the shoes, we got swept up in the jank-tasticness of Forever 21, tripping over a hitlist of last season's (and some of this season's) designs, and a game of name-the-designer-of-influence naturally ensued. Swimming through a sea of cheap Prada inspired lace and fake YSL booties, we found some surprising Rick Owens knockoffs, and then, something we couldn't resist---a fake Herve Leger bandage dress. Now, just so you know, we have been so enamored with the Leger dress that we have even made our own 66S version out of real bandages. While the Leger sells for upwards of $1000, the Forever 21 version is a trifle at $22. Pushing aside any residual sense of morals, and the little voice in our heads (actually that was Dom's voice) saying, "that's bad fashion karma!" it was a fashion snack that couldn't be resisted. We haven't bought our outfits in a long time, and believe it or not $22 is a lot of money for a 66S outfit, since we can usually make three outfits from the fabric we could buy for the same amount of money. Sometimes though, it's nice to save some sweat, and play dress up in someone else's clothes. Here are some pictures from the night courtesy of Nicky.


-Tiffany

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Fiftytwo Showroom Looking for an Intern!


Fiftytwo Showroom, the company that I've been freelancing with for the last two months, is currently looking for a part-time intern. If you, or anyone else you know, are based in the New York City area, and are looking for first hand experience in the Fashion Industry, this is a fantastic opportunity.  The internship provides exposure to the day-to-day functioning of a showroom, experience taking appointments with buyers, and the chance to work with six of the smartest, and most sartorially dedicated team of women in the industry.   Applicants must be reliable, trust-worthy, and have a unique knowledge of fashion and current trends. If you are interested, you can send your resume along with your availability to Ashley at info@fiftytwoshowroom.com.  

-Tiffany

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Melissa: Shoes to Live In, Philosophies to Live By

Wearing our favorite Vivienne Westwood for Melissa shoes. I wear a Coven dress, husband's Lacoste cardigan, YSL belt, Look From London plaid tights, Arms and Armory necklace, and pearls from the district. Christina wears a Zara jacket, Uniqlo plaid shirt, Forever 21 dress, American Apparel leggings, pearls from the district, and an Obama button.

Last week, we stopped by the Melissa Shoe Showroom to visit Katie, and view the new SS09 Melissa collections. As most of you know, Melissa is a Brazilian based plastic shoe company known both for its fun, practical, weather proof footwear, as well as its ongoing fashion forward designer collaborations with Alexander Herchcovitch, Zaha Hadid, Judy Blame (!!!), and now, Vivienne Westwood. In addition to being the most comfortable and fashion friendly rain shoes you'll find on the market, Katie informed us that the shoes are made of 30% post-consumer waste, and in most cases, are completely recyclable once you take out the removable insole. The company is also dedicated to fair trade and manufacturing processes, which adds to the general sense of guilt-free consumption. Retail pricepoints hover around $50-$150 (with a few crystal-encrusted exceptions), and most styles will be available at Brooklyn store, Epaulet, this spring. Really, you can't get more 66S than a pair of campy, plastic Vivienne Westwood pumps that can be sponged off after a night out on the town. I'll take two!

Top row: Vivienne Westwood T-strap heel with toe-indentations. Bottom row: our favorites, the Vivienne Westwood pumps with giant hearts. I'm ordering the white and red pair.


Vivienne Westwood flats with three ankle straps.

Luxury Melissa: J. Maskrey's crystal studded peep-toe flats and thongs

These much blogged about Alexander Herchcovitch brogues look super cute on, and the black pair are easily mistakable for patent leather.


While Zaha Hadid's architecturally inspired, aerodynamic shoe has been reviled by many as 'the ugliest shoe ever,' it actually looks pretty cool and dynamic when you wear it, simulating the impression of velocity and movement. Even as a static, sculptural object, the shoe is reminiscent of Umberto Boccioni's 'Unique Forms of Continuity in Space.' Not many people want to wear a Futurist statue on their foot, but as the daughter of two Architects, I can't help but feel the love...
-Tiffany

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Alter

This weekend I explored Greenpoint with Justin and found that the neighborhood has changed so much since I used to call it home. It is now littered with cafes, record shops and amazing small boutiques with great prices. Greenpoint has all of this including my favorite polish bakeries! Here are some pics of Alter, my favorite store in the area. They recently opened their women's store located across the street at 140 Franklin St. near Greenpoint Ave. The store carries mostly independent labels and mixes in some vintage. I f you are in town you must stop by, but if not check out their blog www.alterbrooklyn.blogspot.com, where you can shop through all of their merchandise!
The women's boutique across the street
Below are some editorial shots of Alters merchandise taken in the neighborhood.

Jon (left) wears: Cheap Monday Beck Coat, Half Life cardigan, Cheap Monday Tee, Cheap Monday Autobahn Jeans, Zuriick Thomas Boot, Spitfire DNA Cowboy Sunglasses
Ryan (middle) wears: U.S. Rags reconstructed motorcycle jacket, Penfield Chatham flannel, U.S Rags strip U-Neck tee, Alex & Chloe spike necklace, Cheap Monday Straight Fits, vintage boots.
Yulia (right) wears: San Diego Hat Co. Felt Bowler, Preloved Mildred Sweater, Triple 5 Soul Knickers and vintage shoes.

Ryan (left) wears: Vintage Dior Blazer, U.S Rags polka dot cardigan, Stiska shirt, Cheap Monday Carrot Pant, Vintage loafers, San Diego Hat Co. fedora, Kahn bag by Matt & Nat.
Jon (right) wears: Vintage Scarf, This Old Thing reconstructed waistcoat, vintage necktie, Takel shirt, Cheap Monday Mod Pant, vintage boots.

-C

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Monday, October 27, 2008

Pretty Baby


Today at work, I had the pleasure of receiving an email (probably accidentally) from a spectacular fashion photographer by the name of Jonathan Leder. His semi-washed out, dreamy, and often highly erotic shots of primped and pouting Lolitas look straight out of the pages of Lula Magazine or The Virgin Suicides.  Often featuring up and coming models from agencies like Women and Major, the New York based photographer's work has appeared in magazine Nylon, Missbehave, and Sportswear International.  I thought I would share some of his beautiful images below.


Polaroid shots of up and coming Women model Natalia Chabanenko in Prospect Park, Brooklyn.

Polaroid shot of Major model Natalia Khutkubia

Dei Auruskeviciute from Independent Models

Photographs from an editorial appearing in A4 Magazine next month.
-Tiffany

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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Ultraviolet

On our way to the garment district I had a Prada inspired lace look in my head, but as I rummaged through the bins of boring lace ( many bolts were on the border of curtains or table cloth) I found this amazing violet stretch lace. Nicollette added that this would be fitting because the club is called Plum, so in the end we had a supper tight Betsy Johnson throwback.



We bought strapless bras from H and M to build off.Then I cut a basic Tube dress, sewed up the seams ( French seams for stability ) and then Cut and tacked the fabric to the cups of the bra.
We finished the look with a red bow belt and red pumps. Easy!


Betsey JohnsonAlso Betsey Johnson. This look is kind of scary, but so similar!
-C

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Everyday Is A Sunday

Vermeil Cuckoo Clock Necklace


Like most jewelry designers, Samira Chung and Sophia Keleta didn't start out making jewelry. Samira studied Industrial Design at Pratt (coincidentally, in the same class as fellow Fiftytwo Showroom designer Kiel Mead), while Sophia studied Education at New School. They bonded over their common love for design, and were soon making their own jewelry, which quickly grew into their line Sunday's Best. The collection of intricately finished but easy to wear pieces ranges from laser cut metal and wood designs based on Middle Eastern Textiles, to sweet and nostalgic friendship bracelets and knots cast in silver and vermeil.  Adding touches like hand looped finishing details, each of the pieces has personal touch, from two of the coolest girls you'll ever meet.  Perhaps this is why I have a huge soft spot for the line, but the design speaks for itself. Look for Sunday's Best this Holiday and Spring in stores like Steven Alan and I Heart, as well as my favorite online jewelry site, Kabiri.  


Vermeil and Silver Two-Finger rings

Vermeil and Oxidized Silver Woven Friendship Bangles, which were featured on Style.com!
A laser cut wood and brass cardigan clip.

-Tiffany

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Friday, October 24, 2008

We Love W29

Rodebjer SS09 Collection


This afternoon, Christina and I stopped by W29 Showroom to visit our dear friend Shelley, check out the SS09 collections, and put in our personal orders (our favorite way to shop!).  W29 represents an array of some of the most sought after contemporary designers, including Rodebjer, StaerkIosselliani, De Couture, Lars Anderson, and P.Y.T.  Christina and I both ended up ordering a Rodebjer T-shirt with the eyelashes on it, and Christina also picked up a Rodebjer blazer, which we will get for Spring Delivery.  Unfortunately, the unbelievable Staerk collection that we viewed during Fashion Week was out for press, so we're going to have to go back and revisit the collection another time, since we both want to order the entire Elsinore inspired collection.

Iosselliani stacked rings and gem encrusted bangles and bracelets

Part of W29's sick assortment of De Couture bags.

My outfit choice: A Rodebjer T-shirt silk-screened with batting eyelashes worn over a Rodebjer black ruffled dress, paired with Rodebjer canvas boots and Iosselliani jewelry.

A Rodebjer jacket that I'm considering ordering.

Christina's outfit choice: a Rodebjer blazer and oversized orange T-shirt.

Christina in lust with an oversized black leather De Couture envelope bag.

-Tiffany

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Creatures of the Night


This week, Paper Magazine's Nightlife Issue hit the stands, with the story "The Freaks Come Out At Night," which includes the Six Six Sick Girls (minus Nicollette, who was out of town on business), along with a bevy of New York Nightlife fixtures.  Last year, we were also included in Paper's Nightlife issue, and were very honored to win the distinction Best New Party during the infamous Paper Magazine Nightlife Awards.  We're so happy to be included again, and to share the pages with some of our greatest Nightlife friends, including "sidekick" JR (who's DJing our party at Plumm tonight), Bunny Kinney, Ian Bradley, Kathy Lo, Mark Hunter (aka The Cobrasnake), and Michael Magnan.  Here are some outtakes from our photoshoot shot by the lovely Jeffrey Kilmer.  We're wearing Six Six Sick outfits that we made, paired with YSL shoes and Arms and Armory jewelry.





-Tiffany

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plumm crazy






TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT!! Our new party downstairs at Plumm starts tonight and I could not be more excited! Although I love to host my friends' parties and get all the revelers stoked to be there, its been really fun working on our own party.. picking the djs, recruiting our friends to be the bar staff, even getting budding artist, notorious party girl, and one of my bestiesssssss JR to do the flyer anddddd dj!





We first met one night in summer '07 at Beatrice. We were jumping around and falling all over the place and ruining everyone's night.... needless to say if you know anything about me, we became fast friends. Since then, I've hired her at Screaming Mimis and she's one of our besttttt stylists and salesgirl. In the last year, she's become THE girl to shoot if you want a cool editorial (at least, INTERVIEW, PAPER, VICE, and MISSBEHAVE magazines seem to think so), and an authority on personal style. She's inspired everyone in downtown to mix the hypersexual with the dumpy, and wear that Reynolds Farm (her fam's farm in NJ) with black lace-trimmed thigh-highs. Also, look out for her flourishing art career! Come March, Vans is shipping JR, Neckface, Todd Jordan, Tino Razo, A-Ron, Jerry Hsu, Spanky, and Curtis out to Tokyo to share their BBM photo show. Thats mah girl!!!

xo nicollette

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Moving, Shaking, and Earthquaking: An Interview with Iris Loeffler


Munich born designer Iris Loeffler showed her first collection for Spring at New York Fashion Week.  The collection is largely based on movement, and quite poetically inspired by earthquakes, or the sensation of the land moving under your feet.  Though I missed her show, Iris took the time to answer some questions and show me her collection in person, as she prepares to go into production.  Look for her clothes at EVA this spring.



Iris  Loeffler, wearing her own designs.

Tiffany: First off, Congratulations on your debut collection for SS09. Most young designer start out by taking appointments or doing a presentation, but you entered your first New York Fashion Week with a full runway show at the LaViola Bank Gallery. What motivated you to take on such a daunting task?
Iris: Thank you. Doing this collection, to be honest, kind of started as a small, and almost selfish project for me. I had been interning with all those amazing designers here in New York, I knew I wanted to stay in this city, but I wasn't quite sure what to do, and on the other hand, I had all those ideas, and this urge to create something that came out of my own head. There's so much creative energy going on this city, it felt like a relief to let my own out. Designing and producing this collection, while still interning with Maria Cornejo, just felt very natural. I did everything on my own, made all the show-samples myself; so I worked 24/7, but it felt great.
I took all those small steps, never having the feeling I was facing a big challenge.  Quite the opposite: I realized more and more, that this is exactly what I want to do.

One of a series of gold sequined tops.  Photo by Pari Dukovic.

T: I heard that during your runway show, you had industrial fans placed along the catwalk, exaggerating the sense of dynamism that's built into your clothing. How important a factor is movement in the design of your clothing?
I: Initially the show was planned as a presentation, but we faced the problem of having a very calm and static atmosphere, while the clothes tend to have this floaty and light character. To show the actual volume of the garments, and create a more "dramatic" mood, the fans seemed to be a perfect element.  Eventually, doing a real runway show, seemed more and more reasonable.  What's significant about my work is my approach to constructing a garment: most of the patterns are geometric, so i do start minimal, with a rectangle or a square, and then the way the fabric drapes and falls creates the silhouette.  Movement, therefore, is very important, to show the actual shape of the single garments.
T: Tell me about the woman that you design for. How much do you serve as your own muse?
I: First of all, I would never design anything I wouldn't wanna wear myself. And I think, that's why the pieces speak to many different kinds of women: it's not so much a question of age or profession. The pieces are minimal and timeless in a way, which on the one hand, leaves a lot of space for personality, and on the other hand makes them easy to wear, and easy to combine with your own look.

One of Iris's amazing distressed leather jackets, with an unfinished edge.  Each one she makes is unique.

T: Before you started your own collection, you had an impressive run of internships with VPL, Zero Maria Cornejo, and ThreeASFOUR. What was the most important thing that you learned from each of these designers along the way?
I: I feel very lucky that I fell into this perfect spot of smaller, "downtown-designers," who are all friends with each other, which i think is amazing, by the way.  I had the chance to experience the way a small label works very closely. I got to look into all those different aspects, starting with resourcing, pattern-making and how to actually develop a collection; but also press work, putting a show together, sales... and also all the problems you deal with each and every day. It is a lot of work, and way less glamorous than it seems from the outside, but it didn't scare me away, I felt very ready and prepared; starting my own company is not that big of a step anymore.  The three companies are all very different in what they do, so that definitely pushed my own creativity a lot further.  It was a fantastic time, and I'm very thankful for what I got to learn, and who I got to meet, the most amazing people came into my life in those few months.

A floor length hooded cape with an unattached silk lining.

T: You moved to New York from Germany, and are in the process of getting a Visa to stay. How does American Fashion differ from what's going on in Germany right now? What made you decide to move and work in New York?
I: New York had always attracted me, but it wasn't my plan to actually really move here. After graduating from fashion school one year ago, I travelled here, met ThreeASFOUR through a friend, and decided to spend the winter in NY to intern with them - and then return to Europe where I had 2 job offers from major corporate Fashion Labels.  I just couldn't imagine leaving New York anymore, and also: after experiencing how artistically people like ThreeASFOUR or Maria Cornejo work, a corporate company didn't attract me at all anymore. The fashion scene in Germany, well, it depends on how you want to work as a designer, I guess. But that's not what I would chose for myself. I like New York's pace and energy, it made me wanna do what i do now, who knows if I had taken a similar direction if I had gone back, probably not.
T: Where do you see yourself in five years?
I: That's really difficult to say. When i look back, how much my life has changed in the last 11 months, 5 years seems like a long, long time to plan ahead.  I hope, I'll be able to do what i do now. Success is important in terms as it enables you to continue. Especially In this business, and in these times.  So for now, I'm focussing on the next months, the next collection and show, doing the best I can to make it happen and to make the best out of everything that crosses my way.  But I'm a very positive person, so far, following my instincts worked out well.

The best D.I.Y. shoes ever. For the runway show, Iris bought cheap shoes at the mall, cut them apart, and then had a shoe cobbler build the leather pieces she designed back onto the base of the shoe.

The final showpiece, this dress is made from Ultrasuede with a silk overlay and a multitude of hand painted wood blocks appliqued across the shoulders.  The movement that is built into the piece is evocative of the undulation of land that takes place during an earthquake.  This picture unfortunately doesn't do the dress justice.


One last view of the floorlength hooded cape. Photo by Pari Dukovic.

-Tiffany

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