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.
Friday, October 31, 2008
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Vivienne Westwood flats with three ankle straps.
These much blogged about Alexander Herchcovitch brogues look super cute on, and the black pair are easily mistakable for patent leather.
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.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Polaroid shots of up and coming Women model Natalia Chabanenko in Prospect Park, Brooklyn.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
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!
Vermeil and Silver Two-Finger rings
A laser cut wood and brass cardigan clip.
Friday, October 24, 2008
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.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
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.
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!!!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
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.
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.
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.
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.