Wren Dives In With The Lake & Stars-------
Wren designer Melissa Coker has been a fan of The Lake & Stars’ luxe lingerie since the New York-based brand launched, in 2007. “I remember I asked my mom for some of their stuff for Christmas,” she recalled. So when Wren became friends with the intimates line’s founders, Nikki Dekker and Maayan Zilberman, through mutual pals five years ago, a collaboration was inevitable. “We’d always say, ‘Oh wouldn’t it be great to see this or that [Wren] print on their pieces,’” offered Coker. And for Resort ’13, the trio has finally made it happen, with a vintage-inspired swimwear capsule, which debuts exclusively here. Consisting of eighteen pieces, the range marks Wren’s first foray into swim, and will include cover-ups, beach accessories, and one- and two-piece maillots—the latter of which come with pinup-style high-waisted bottoms, as well as standard briefs. Each piece merges The Lake & Stars signatures (like crisscross backs and oversize mesh detailing) with updated versions of hardware, trims, and prints from Wren’s past collections. “My favorite is the red-and-hot-pink Lava Leopard print (below),” said Coker. A tie-dye pattern, as well a black-and-white ikat print, will also be on offer.
The L.A.-based Coker—who admits that she’s a “one-piece person in theory but a two-piece person in practice”—said that the collection was, in part, spurred by the fact that she can never quite find what she’s looking for when shopping for swimwear. “I don’t want, like, a fringe string bikini,” she laughed. “I want something colorful, out of the ordinary, sophisticated, and fun. I think the collaboration embodies all these things—the suits look special.” Coker reports that the friends don’t have any immediate plans for a future capsule, but, she hints, “There could potentially be an evolution. Never say never.”
Priced between $116 and $226, the Wren x The Lake & Stars swimwear capsule will be available at Wrenstudio.com and Creatures of Comfort later this fall.