6 posts tagged "Aimee Cho"
With a track record that coolly reflects her ongoing commitment to collaboration (past partners include Elettra Wiedemann and Man Repeller’s Leandra Medine), Gryphon’s Aimee Cho set her sights on Lizzie Garrett Mettler of the blog Tomboy Style (and the recently Rizzoli-published Tomboy Style: Beyond the Boundaries of Fashion) for Spring ’13. The pair conceived a design that pays equal homage to the aesthetic of both parties in a fresh mash-up of unexpected indigo print set against an army jacket. “I just felt like there was a spirit to Lizzie’s interpretation and view on ‘tomboy’ that really resonated for me,” Cho said, reflecting on her own collection, much of which borrows from the boys. “I never want anything to feel too precious and I think that resonates with the underlying theme of tomboy style that Lizzie has created.”
Far from the traditional trench that’s become a Gryphon signature, the Tomboy jacket (available for preorder beginning Monday, September 24, at ShopLesNouvelles.com) is a riff on the hunting jacket and equestrian blazer. Designed of water-repellent cotton-metal twill (for shape and texture) and accented with printed-cotton patchwork resembling Japanese indigo dyes, the jacket takes inspiration from the original Barbour, Joanne Woodward, and even World War II correspondent Margaret Bourke-White, whom Garrett Mettler had in mind when envisioning the design. “The art of tomboy style is about mobility, and the idea of the jacket is that Aimee wanted someone to be able to wear it in elements in nature,” Garrett Mettler said, highlighting its functionality—and practicality, which Cho champions as a new mother. “Plus, I’ve noticed it goes with everything.”
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.
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I’ve known Duskin designer Stephanie Tran since her days at Vogue, and I’ve always admired her sense of style. You can count on the editor-turned-designer to have honed in on something like the perfect Chanel shoe that you kick yourself for not having bought. It’s likely the same talent that lends an immediate I-want-to-wear-it quality to her collection of sweet little dresses, high-waisted pants, and blazers, now in its third season.
I’m not the only one who’s gotta have it. “Honestly, right now my friends are my best customers,” says Tran from her Williamsburg studio-cum-apartment. Stylist Kate Young, for one, bought Tran’s entire Spring 2009 collection. Renwick Gallery owner Leslie Fritz is another faithful fan-friend. In fact, after a buyer from Aloha Rag saw Fritz wearing a Duskin coat, she called Tran for an appointment. “Leslie is a shopper. She wears crazy stuff, Margiela,” explains Tran. “The buyer thought the coat was Comme.” Though Tran herself doesn’t shop as much these days, she does her karmic fashion part by putting in orders with designer pals like Gryphon’s Aimee Cho, Doucette Duvall’s Annebet Duvall, and blogosphere friend Lisa Dorr’s line, Le Bouton. (You can read Tran’s blog here.)
For spring, I’ve got my eye on a breezy triple-layered gauze tunic dress with beaded sleeves and Tran’s staple unlined blazer, now with princess sleeves. You can find Duskin at Steven Alan in New York; Confederacy and Fred Segal Flair in Los Angeles; Frances May in Portland, Ore.; and online at Les Nouvelles.
Trend alert! The humble workaday lookbook is becoming a performance art piece for the young and good-looking. First, redheaded socialite scribe (and sometime mannequin) Jessica Joffe bared almost all for Katy Rodriguez; Nicole Richie, FabSugar reported today, will model for her own line, House of Harlow 1960; and Byrdie Bell is the new face of Gryphon. “I use a lot of sequins, but my clothes aren’t really glamorous. They’re special things to wear every day,” says designer Aimee Cho. “Byrdie leads a glamorous lifestyle, but her personal style is easier.” Of course, the fact that Miss Bell looks like she just stepped off a runway probably didn’t hurt either.