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Punk, Algae, and the Eighties Unite in Annelise Michelson’s Fall ’14

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Annelise Michelson

Ever since Annelise Michelson exploded onto the fashion scene three years ago (and spawned a thousand copycats) with her Carnivore ring, she has gathered quite a following: Lady Gaga, Alison Mosshart, Eva Green, Theodora Richards, and Robin Wright are all fans of her bold, jagged aesthetic.

This Fall, Michelson spins her Carnivore design into one- or two-tiered chokers—a few of those caught our eye on the streets of PFW—as well as a “lobe cuff” (a spike holds it in place on pierced ears). Another femme fatale theme is déchaîné, a term that in French means cutting loose in a big way but also toys with the idea of chains. Here, oversize broken links are fused on massive chokers inspired in equal parts by the work of Helmut Newton and the jewelry Michelson’s mother sported back in the eighties. “I wanted something highly contemporary, slightly punk, but also timeless because that’s what chains are,” she explained. Elsewhere, the designer takes an equally bold but more organic turn with an algae-inspired collection of large pieces with curled edges. “I’d been mulling a marine theme and collecting shells, and all of a sudden I realized that algae would make a good bracelet,” she observed. Who knew punk and kelp could make such lovely bedfellows?

Photo: Courtesy Photo

Saint Laurent’s Hedi Slimane is Music’s Main Man

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Bruno Mars in Saint Laurent

If the Super Bowl XLVIII halftime show didn’t solidify Saint Laurent’s place as the official fashion house of the music biz, we don’t know what will. Creative director Hedi Slimane has long dressed (and been pals with) mega pop and rock stars. If you’ll remember, Courtney Love, Marilyn Manson, Beck, and Sky Ferreira have all starred in campaigns for the brand. The Kills’ Jamie Hince and Alison Mosshart are Saint Laurent front-row fixtures come fashion week, and Slimane has crafted custom onstage outfits for the likes of Daft Punk and Keith Richards. The label’s latest stint in the spotlight came yesterday evening, when Bruno Mars and his band wore custom metallic Saint Laurent jackets, skinny ties, and black trousers during their performance. Looks like the Grammy Award-winning pop prince has officially been inducted into the SL club of cool.

Photo: Courtesy of Saint Laurent

Alison Mosshart’s Fringe Benefits

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Alison Mosshart x S2ABetween her closets in Nashville and London, The Kills frontwoman, Alison Mosshart, has over forty leather jackets. So why, you might ask, would she possibly need one more? “I live in a leather jacket and a T-shirt,” the rocker told Style.com. “But I wanted the leather jacket I didn’t have. I’ve been looking for a biker fringe seventies jacket with an eighties cut and skinny arms, and I can never find it.” Thanks to Surface to Air, however, her leather fantasies have, at long last, come true. Mosshart, who met S2A founder Jérémie Rozan about ten years ago, when she and bandmate Jamie Hince were filming in the Paris store’s basement, has teamed with the cult streetwear label to create her dream jacket, as well as a black-and-white T-shirt printed with an intriguing, but not always coherent, “stream-of-consciousness poem.” “It’s more about the rhythm,” explained Mosshart. “The spelling kind of goes out the window at the end.”

Joining Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon and artist Aaron Young in collaborating with the brand, Mosshart scribbled out the first draft of her topper on hotel stationery. “I knew exactly what I wanted, and I just drew it,” she said. In addition to fringe and a slim cut, the $1,200 coat boasts a star-studded collar and a tri-color satin lining of red, white, and blue. “I love when you can open up a sleeve and push it away from your wrist, so I was aware that the inside would be showing quite a bit.” Now hard at work on her new album in Nashville, Mosshart said that Hince is a fan of her designer debut. “He wants one so bad!” she laughed. So, will Mosshart—a close pal of Hedi Slimane, as well as a Saint Laurent front-row regular—embark on future fashion ventures? “Let’s just see how this goes,” she offered. “I’m really happy it’s coming out, and I really hope people like it. It’s pretty cool to see something you drew on hotel stationery turn into an actual thing you can wear on your body.”

Alison Mosshart x Surface to Air is available now at the brand’s Paris and New York boutiques, and online at www.surfacetoair.com

Hedi Rocks On

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Only for Hedi Slimane is it par for the course to dress a Rolling Stone. The designer—who opened the doors to Saint Laurent’s swanky new Avenue Montaigne flagship today—has created Keith Richards’ onstage duds for the Stones’ 50 Years and Counting tour. Considering the designer’s musical ties (most recently, he created Daft Punk’s helmeted Coachella costumes, his pals include Sky Ferreira and Alison Mosshart, and, of course, his latest ad campaigns feature the likes of Beck, Courtney Love, and Marilyn Manson), and the fact that he dressed the Stones while at Dior Homme, Slimane was, perhaps, the obvious choice for Richards (front man Mick Jagger, however, turned to girlfriend L’Wren Scott for his looks). The rocker’s ensemble will consist of silk scarves, T-shirts, a vest, and a café racer jacket. The latter—aptly named the Keith jacket—will be available for a mere $4,850 as part of the forthcoming Saint Laurent Stage Wear by Hedi Slimane collection, which will hit stores in June. Not surprisingly, Saint Laurent reports that Slimane has more sartorial stage projects in the pipeline.

Photo: Courtesy of Saint Laurent

Annelise Michelson Debuts Downtown

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As it turns out, window-shopping is a surprisingly productive use of one’s time. Just ask Paris-based jewelry designer Annelise Michelson, best known for her sharp-toothed ear cuffs, embellished chain-link necklaces, and sculptural rings worn by the likes of Alison Mosshart and Alexa Chung. During her last trip to New York, the designer took an unexpected stroll past Bowery boutique Dagny + Barstow. “I saw it on my way to brunch and I really liked the windows,” she recalls. Moments later, she found herself inside, browsing wares from other up-and-coming French designers like Devastee and Vanessa Dee with the boutique’s co-owner, Emily Titelman. The conversation that ensued resulted in Dagny picking up her collection.

The designer’s downtown New York debut (she also sells uptown at Fivestory and online at www.paire.us) will kick off with an in-store party tomorrow night, where looks from Michelson’s “Timeless” and “Carnivore” collections will be displayed in a special installation. Come March, the store will stock her spring range, which, Michelson says, is a departure from her usual hard-edged aesthetic. “Last season, it was about leather-embroidered chain. But for spring, it’s really tropical and neon. Almost toxic,” she explains, adding, “My mother is South African, so the flowers and colors of Cape Town were on my mind.”

As for her time in the Big Apple, the designer is not sure what surprises it might bring. But she’s found herself inspired by the city’s savvy women. “They have their style, they play with their look and they’re having fun. This is what fashion’s all about! Being feminine and a little bit audacious.” Just like Michelson’s jewelry.

Annelise Michelson is available at Dagny + Barstow, 264 Bowery, NYC, (212) 675-2346.