3 posts tagged "Alexandre Plokhov"
Fenton jewelry designer Dana Lorenz is still going with her “more is more” approach, but for Spring she lightened up her look with layers of pastels, pearls, and geometrics baubles inspired by Miami Art Deco. Some of the dyed agate, jade, and moonstone statement necklaces—a few of them trimmed with feathers—are almost sizable enough to be a chestplate (left), but it’s the studded collar that caught our eyes. It had that dark, almost gothic edge of some of her previous collections.
Speaking of past seasons, Lorenz has once again joined forces with Alexandre Plokhov. (The two collaborated before she launched Fenton.) Tomorrow, Plokhov makes his return to New York with his debut womenswear collection after spending time working for Versace.
“He wanted the jewelry to be really graphic and strong but almost seamless with the clothing,” Lorenz tells Style.com of the oversized cuffs she created, in basic black and white as well as “shocking” colors. “We used rough-cut diamonds as inspiration—the result is a multifaceted, enormous cuff; they are huge!”
The fans who worshipped Alexandre Plokhov’s gone-but-not-forgotten menswear line Cloak in the early aughts never lost faith—judge only by eBay, where the designer’s gothic-tinged menswear is frequently the object of frantic competition. Those fans are in luck. Plokhov—who, after the closure of Cloak in 2007, served as Versace menswear’s lieutenant under Donatella Versace—returns with a namesake line for Fall.
“It comes from the same place as Cloak,” Plokhov explained in Paris today, where he’s showing the new line to buyers and press by appointment. “It shows the progression of the person I designed for. He’s seen the world and traveled a bit, but he’s from the same place.”
The dark, armor-like qualities that defined Cloak (and won it the CFDA’s Perry Ellis Award for menswear in 2005) are back. “Protection is very important to me,” Plokhov said with a laugh. Panels swing closed over wool jersey cardigans and hooded, asymmetrical-hem parkas. Wool melton coats have a hard, slightly rough feel to the touch. And zip-front leather jackets hug the body like a second skin.
The New York-based designer—who is creating his entire collection with a working staff of 3—is doing things his own way for his return to the scene. So instead of shooting traditional product shots, he asked his friend, the photographer Alex Freund, to shoot the atmospheric look book (left), which favors mood over clarity, on film. (It didn’t stop Barneys, Atelier, and Hong Kong’s Joyce from picking up the line.) He’d rather the clothes be experienced than seen in stagy pictures, he said. But until they hit stores, fans on eBay breaks can check out the preview video that filmmaker Douglas Keeve (Unzipped) lensed for the designer, debuting exclusively here on Style.com.
The fellas over at Gilt Man chat with former Cloak designer Alexandre Plokhov about his namesake collection, prepped to launch in Paris this week. Plokhov hinted that the collection is “the spiritual progeny of Cloak, with Italian craftsmanship and a slightly more open worldview.” Sign us up. [Gilt Man]
Bonjour, Christian! After leaving his namesake label, Christian Lacroix is teaming up with Spanish brand Desigual on a 30-piece capsule collection. Desigual by Monsieur Lacroix will be ready for fall, with a larger collection planned for summer 2012. [WWD]
As if his female fans weren’t already legion, tennis pro Rafael Nadal stripped down—and gamely flexed—for his role in the newest Emporio Armani Underwear and Armani Jeans ads. Love all. [WWD]