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Antipodium is a London-based label with Australian roots. Its name, according to creative director Geoffrey J. Finch (an Aussie, East London transplant himself), is “a play on Antipodean, and a nod to the democratic nature of style in our homeland. As the label has developed, the name continues to reflect our laid- back approach to fashion.”
Fittingly, Antipodium’s East London base is ground zero for the type of person for whom Finch designs: young and hip yet professional—the working girl who loves (and pays) for her party life. In the few years since the brand launched, Antipodium has become a firm favorite of cool purveyors like Alexa Chung, Beth Ditto, Edie Campbell, Dree Hemingway, and Carey Mulligan, among others, and is stocked by international powerhouses such as Barneys, Liberty, Opening Ceremony, Isetan, and many more.
The Spring ’14 collection, which is previewed here exclusively ahead of this Saturday’s runway show, is entitled Attention Shoppers. It is a tribute to Finch being a “shopgirl at heart. It’s a mash-up of Are You Being Served?, Cher from Clueless, Miss Piggy, Romy and Michele, Pretty Woman, and Barbie—essentially the glory of retail,” says the designer. The good news is that his hodgepodge of references works. A blush pink, iridescent knife-pleat skirt with a Tropicana-patterned bowling shirt takes the girl from the office cubicle to cocktails. Ditto a houndstooth jacket and a roll-up-your-sleeves-and-get-to-work white dress. “With SS14, we’re pitching to move to the next level,” offered Finch. “These are exciting times.”
Brevity, the soul of wit. It was a shared fascination with all things brief that drew together Joseph Altuzarra and photographer-filmmaker Simon Cave. “He loves trailers!” Altuzarra said last night at the party e-tailer MyTheresa.com threw in his honor. “And I love trailers, which is the weird thing—I think it’s a really interesting format. He has a certain affinity for narrative in a short format that I really responded to.” Until the nascent genre of short fashion films grows into full-length fashion features, the two are well matched. On the walls of the Chelsea Arts Tower, Cave’s video “trailer” starring Lithuanian model Agne Konciute and teasing Altuzarra’s slinky Fall collection—which just launched on MyTheresa—ran on a continuous loop. “It was more about exaggerating this idea of the glamazon,” Altuzarra explained, “and having this woman be very much put on a pedestal, with something iconic about her.” Around the room, new icons—in the form of MyTheresa’s newly named brand ambassadors—mingled: Alexa Chung here, Harley Viera Newton there, Leigh Lezark off yonder. It was enough to turn any man’s head, and sex appeal is, after all, a label specialty. “A man who can be so sweet and who can design clothes so extravagantly seductive,” marveled MyTheresa’s buying director, Justin O’Shea, “you don’t meet those every day.”
Judge a man by the company he keeps, and an e-tail boutique by the shoppers it attracts. That, at least, is the reigning logic at Mytheresa, which this week rolls out a new portrait series of its favorite fans. The collection of snaps begins with English clotheshorse Alexa Chung, who models her favorites of the site’s current wares, from Acne to Valentino. The portraits appear here, on Style.com, along with a look behind the scenes at Chung’s shoot, below. The series will continue in the coming weeks with camera-friendly faces such as Harper’s Bazaar‘s Laura Brown, who’s no stranger to the online video, as the host of Bazaar‘s The Look Web show, and London-based deejay Mimi Xu.
Solace does not leap willingly to mind when one thinks of Soho’s more trod corners. But the arrival of Japan-based brand Pas de Calais’ American flagship may mark the start of a new associative era. Set at the juncture of Wooster and Broome, the store is the brand’s first international location.
The all-white retail space is a logical extension of Pas de Calais’ sensibilities. White wires suspended above are intended to evoke a loom, an homage to the brand’s original textiles, and a sculpture made from vintage windows anchors the far end of the shop. One part clean Japanese minimalism, one part unmistakable earthy Gallic romance, the result is a timeless, rustic luxury.
At last night’s opening fete, the brand’s designer, Yukari Suda, and president, Tsukasa Kobayashi, were joined by Alexa Chung, who deejayed the celebration. Donning a gauzy, embroidered Pas de Calais frock, Chung told Style.com, “I like French things and Japanese things, so a hybrid is pretty much my dream. It’s so simple, and I love the tomboyish way they’ve styled the outfits. Everything’s very loose and easy to wear.”
As guests sipped sparkling sake (imported for the occasion), models stood on rough-hewn wooden cubes, wearing the brand’s Spring line of slouchy linen blazers, color-blocked knits, and printed silk dresses. After an hour and a half, they turned on their leather T-strap wedges, disappeared, and reemerged in Borsalino hats and Pas de Calais’ boyish autumn earth tones. When not admiring the clothes, partygoers marveled at a sculpture of three thousand whirling, transparent white leaves. It would seem that one corner of Soho just got slightly more serene.
Pas de Calais is located at 482 Broome Street in New York.