Obesity + Speed Speeds Up
Lyz Olko has a lot on her plate at any given moment. In addition to running her cult downtown label Obesity + Speed, Olko doubles as the social director of both The Jane Hotel and The Westway, and clocks just four hours of sleep each night. That’s a lot of blood, sweat, and cheers, but it’s paid off for the designer, who described the latest Spring lineup as her “most elevated yet.” Over the past eight years, O+S has become known for its punky, goth-tinged aesthetic and best-selling destroyed T-shirts, which Olko individually shreds in her Lower East Side apartment. (“My fingers are bleeding because I had to destroy 100 of them last night,” she said at a preview earlier this week.) Olko switched things up a bit this season, and traded out her typically dark stuff for clothes that had more street appeal, citing early-nineties hip-hop as an influence. “It’s a lot more positive and bright, with no boundaries,” she told Style.com. “This collection is about working hard, kicking butt, and striving to do better.”
Her positive outlook was evident in a range of novelty tees emblazoned with phrases like “Love Without Limits,” “Do You Ever Dream of Candy Coated Rain Drops,” and “The Hustle Never Dies.” In addition to rolling out those trendy, made-for-hashtag pieces
Obesity + Speed is currently sold in New York at Barneys, American Two Shot, and Oak. For more information, visit obesityandspeed.com.