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VFiles x Machine-A: A Transatlantic Shop-Swap

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VFiles x Machine-AVFiles—New York’s premiere destination for streetwear, swag, and the cutting edge—has met its match. The platform’s retail director, Zachary Ching, found a kindred spirit in Anna Trevelyan—the rainbow-haired stylist who serves as London boutique Machine-A‘s fashion director—when they sat side by side at the Fall ’13 Thierry Mugler show. The conversation that ensued led to a veritable shop-swap that kicks off during New York fashion week. “I was telling her a lot about my store, and she was telling me about hers, and we thought, ‘Let’s just trade lives for fashion week,’” Ching told Style.com. While VFiles focuses on all that is urban, and Machine-A prides itself on championing London’s experimental designers and up-and-comers, Trevelyan says that the stores are completely in sync. “Although the product and the brands stocked are different, the ethos is the same. We both want to give as much exposure as possible to the young designers we support, and the chance for a more international outreach for our designers really excited both of us.” The stores also share some common ground in their locations—they’re each based in their respective cities’ Soho districts, making them, as Trevelyan explains in the below clip, “global neighbors.”

Machine-A will take over the back portion of VFiles from September 3 through September 17 (the last day of London fashion week) and visa versa. Trevelyan is bringing brands like Alex Mattsson, Dr. Noki, Ashley Williams, and Kyle Hopkins to the Big Apple, and Ching will fill Machine-A with VFiles’ vintage collection, T-shirts by LPD New York, and wares from Hood by Air, including four limited-edition tops embellished with Swarovski crystals. “We haven’t figured out the price point yet, but they’re going to be super expensive,” laughed Ching when asked about the exclusive merch. On the more affordable front, the stores have created a range of co-branded sportswear—like basketball shorts, long-sleeve tees, duffel bags, and hoodies—which range from $30 to $90. The collaborative collection debuts exclusively here.

This switch-up ties into the stores’ long-term transatlantic plans, too. For instance, VFiles has picked up Alex Mattsson’s Spring ’14 menswear collection, and Machine-A will be stocking the new collection by Hood by Air. “I think it will be nice to take these first footsteps in London, because eventually we’d love to have a real store there,” offers Ching. But he adds, “It’s also about having a really fun party at the end of London fashion week. We’re super excited about that.”

V-Files is located at 12 Mercer St. in New York. Machine-A is set on 13 Brewer St. in London.

Photo: Natalia Mantini

London’s Lean Mean Fashion Machine

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London is jam-packed with emerging fashion talents. And now you can find all of them (or, at least, a lot of them) in one place. On February 17, Machine-A, a concept store founded by Stavros Karelis, will open permanently on 13 Brewer Street (it existed a few years ago, in an experimental capacity). Working with rainbow-haired stylist Anna Trevelyan, who serves as the store’s fashion director, Karelis will stock clothes by brand-new designers (Ashley Williams, Shaun Samson, Agi & Sam) and bright young stars (Louise Gray, Christopher Raeburn, Sibling), alongside wares by established labels like Raf Simons, Chalayan, and Mugler. Karelis hopes that Machine-A will serve as a platform to help promising youngsters establish an early retail presence. In addition to simply selling new designers’ collections, Machine-A will work with up-and-comers on collaborations and in-store installations, the first of which will feature Alex Mattsson. “My personal aim is to [offer] inspirational collections, innovative products, and comfortable high-quality clothes,” says Karelis, who also notes that Trevelyan’s input and keen eye for the next big thing have been invaluable. Case in point: the Spring ’13 ad campaign Trevelyan styled for the shop. Style.com has an exclusive look at the Meinke Klein-lensed images, which feature Machine-A’s Spring stock from Louise Gray (above) and Ashley Williams (below).

Machine-A, located at 13 Brewer Street in London, will open on February 17.

Arrrgh, Real Monsters!

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Next February, ARRRGH! Monstres de Mode, an exhibition presented by Greek collective Atopos CVC that highlights designers who distort and mask the human form with their fantastically frightening, sometimes grotesque garments, will land in Paris. Having debuted in Athens last year, the Vassilis Zidianakis-curated show is an extension of the book, Not a Toy, Fashioning Radical Characters, and highlights such shocking shape-shifters as Alexander McQueen, Gareth Pugh, Maison Martin Margiela, Charlie Le Mindu, and Walter van Beirendonck, as well as lesser-known young talents like Alex Mattsson and Leutton Postle. Emerging British menswear designer, Craig Green—who’s set to show his second collection in London next month with the MAN initiative—was tapped to create the identity of the exhibition. Green brought Atopos’ definition of monsters—described as “everything strange”—to life with four green and yellow figures that vaguely recall Pac-Man. “I wanted to make something that resembled a lo-fi graphic,” explained Green. The designer, who’s begun to make a name for himself with his art-meets-fashion concoctions, crafted his curious critters from wooden frames and stretched canvas. “They’re meant to be a family,” says Green. “So they fit together like male and female forms; they’re couples in love,” he explains.

Twenty-six-year-old Green, a Central Saint Martins graduate, has pieces from his 2012 M.A. collection, as well as a sculptural garment from his upcoming Fall 2013 collection, in the show. “I feel very fortunate to be featured alongside these mega designers, as well as small ones that I greatly respect.”

ARRRGH! Monstres de Monde opens on February 13 at La Gaîté Lyrique, located at 3bis, Rue Papin in Paris’ 3rd arrondissement.

Photo: Daniel Daniel Lillie and Panos Kokkinias