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A Trenchcoat Meeting Of The Minds

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You might say they’ve had this date since the beginning. When Aimee Cho and Irini Arakas first met, it was as fellow fashion writers for Vogue. Flash-forward a handful of years, and they’re both successful designers: Cho of Gryphon ready-to-wear, and Arakas of Prova scarves and jewelry. So when they met again at Vogue‘s Alumni House pop-up during Fashion’s Night Out, working together was the natural progression. “I spent so many years building up Gryphon, just me by myself, that it was nice to be able to work with someone again who I really respect, and who I know is equally creative,” Cho explained. “It was just such a fun experience to be together again.”

They began with the standard Gryphon trench, a best-seller and one that’s already fostered collaborations. (Last season, Cho worked with Sea of Shoes blogger Jane Aldridge, and her mom, Judy, to create a bell-sleeved version.) The design mixes, nearly seamlessly, the sensibilities of both labels. “I haven’t done a lot with natural, found materials like Irini does,” Cho says. “I love the contrast of the sheen of the metal sequins we used, which I think is representative of Prova, but it’s still a very Gryphon thing to have sequins.” “I wanted it to be organic, like my own line,” Arakas chimes in. “Something with found materials, something nature-based right off the bat.” Hence the luminescent tiger’s-eye, quartz, and mother-of-pearl peeking out from beneath the collar (seen in detail above; for a full view, click below), the sequins shining along the belt and back flap. What’s more, the foray into tailored clothing seems to have given Arakas, whose flowing scarves are a favorite of Ikram Goldman and Barneys alike, a nudge in the clothing direction. She’ll bring out a capsule collection of Prova dresses herself next Spring.
Gryphon New York x Prova trench coat, $760, available for pre-order now at www.bergdorfgoodman.com.

Photos: Aimee Cho (above); Courtesy of Bergdorf Goodman (below)

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