On Our Radar: Zana Bayne’s High-Fashion Harnesses-------
Bondage seems to have a widespread appeal these days—just ask leatherwear designer Zana Bayne. Based in New York, Bayne is known for her leather harnesses, corsets, and various other hard-edged accoutrements, and the likes of Prabal Gurung and singer Lorde both come to her for S&M-inspired accessories. “Whenever I work with Prabal, it’s really about the collection and how the harness can work as an accessory,” offered Bayne, who, having launched her line in 2010, just finished her fifth collaboration with Gurung—she was responsible for the layered PVC and leather harnesses that accentuate the cutout backs of Gurung’s white and pastel Spring dresses. Lorde, meanwhile, donned a leather halter piece in her recently released “Team” video.
For her own Spring ’14 collection, the lookbook for which debuts exclusively here, Bayne crafted a range of wares inspired by the coiled, arching lines of nature’s flora. “I looked at the shapes made by crawling vines on trellises and trees, and wanted to bring the collection to a softer, more feminine place,” said Bayne. Rosettes add a final, romantic flourish to the intricate face coverings, bustiers, and skirts in nude, black, and aubergine.
Somewhat ironically, the designer avoids creating harnesses that might limit movement. “It’s one of the reasons I tend to stay away from pieces that go onto the legs,” said Bayne. “If you can’t move in it, then I don’t think you should wear it.”
Zana Bayne is currently carried at Opening Ceremony, Oak, Lane Crawford, and Coco de Mer, and will soon be available at Selfridges and New York’s Dover Street Market. Her designs are also available online at www.zanabayne.com. Prices range from $20 to $1,125.