Eddie Borgo Shows His Teeth
Never a bad thing to have friends in chic places. Eddie Borgo’s coveted jewelry would stand just fine on its own, but Borgo’s habit of shooting it on his famous fans—like Vanessa Traina, Lauren Santo Domingo, and, for fall, Kate Lanphear—never hurts. Lanphear is the star of Borgo’s latest online campaign, shot by Paul Maffi and styled by Keegan Singh, which launches with his Fall ’10 collection on his Web site this Monday. There’s always a bit of menace to Borgo’s luxe pieces—note the grinning, gleaming teeth of the Horror necklace, above—making the punky Lanphear a perfect fit. “Kate is the epitome of the modern-day punk,” Borgo (named today as one of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalists) told Style.com. “She encapsulates the current undertone of fashion in the most elegant, effortless way, while remaining one of the most real women in New York City.” The collection overall, Borgo goes on, was inspired by stripes, and in particular, Michel Pastoureau’s A History of Stripes—which, you might be surprised to find out, convey meanings far more sinister than the usual marinière tops. “The book has to do with the symbology of stripes marking marginalized members of society: criminals, convicts, and inmates,” the designer explains. “Eventually, people took to wearing stripes, but wore them vertically, which distinguished them from the social outcasts who had to wear them horizontally.” Food for thought whichever way you wear yours—and, as it’s hard not to notice, everybody’s taken to them strongly. “Stripes continue to be prevalent in present-day garb—they are everywhere. The symbolism behind the stripe has been unassumingly adopted into the makeup of modern-day punk culture.” Now you know.