8 posts tagged "Anna Sheffield"
Keying into summer’s insatiable sense of wanderlust, Bing Bang’s Anna Sheffield wanted to create a lighthearted end-of-season collection that perfectly conveyed that appeal. “It all ties into that love of summer and how short and sweet it is,” the designer says of the tight collection that is an exploration in personalization. Inspired by “two young people who go on a bunch of road trips and show what you do,” the result is a little bit sweet and a little bit defiant—the perfect summation of Sheffield’s latest endeavor. Comprising more of the designer’s minis and classics, subsets include the tattoo finger ring collection and her now best-selling tiny skull cuffs (the updated Calavera features stones for eyes). The mixed-metal finishes have become a signature of Sheffield’s, who has been relying heavily on rose gold since she launched her line ten years ago.
But while other designers forsake form for fashion, Sheffield’s hand-hewn jewelry is the product of her early years spent in a blacksmith’s shop. “The design very much shows the process as the end result,” she says of her experience wielding the torch, saw, files, and hammer in her New York studio. When building each new collection (available now at BingBangNYC.com), Sheffield creates her own prototypes out of metal, rendering the final product out of brass with oxidized and plated finishes. “They don’t really feel antiquated or old-ladyish. They still feel modern, especially if they’re stacked with other pieces,” she says of their mix-and-match wearability. Fit for an endless summer.
Picture a Web site that is eBay meets Pinterest with a dash of Instagram thrown in for good measure, and you’ve got a pretty good idea of what The Cools (www.thecools.com) is. It’s a personalized online bazaar curated by likeminded tastemakers, no weeding through pages of junk necessary. “I get e-mailed so much stuff and one thing I happened to click on was this site. I saw like three things I hadn’t seen before that I wanted and one of the three that I could afford, so I thought ‘cool,’ ” The Hole gallery founder Kathy Grayson told Style.com last night at The Cools’ first Jamboree event, which brought the online experience to life. For the occasion, site founder Olivier van Themsche took over the sprawling 15,000-square-foot Old School in Nolita and gave local designers and restaurants, including Grayson, Erin Fetherston, Bing Bang’s Anna Sheffield, What Goes Around Comes Around, Selima, and Miss Lily’s each a classroom to take over and market their offerings. “The offline events are a key part of The Cools,” van Themsche said. “The nature of creatives is to engage with other creatives—I plan to make the Jamboree recurring and it will evolve into a sort of ‘curated’ cool kids’ flea market, which will pop up in New York and also in Paris, Milan, etc.”
The result was a laissez-faire bash that drew a line of people (including Hanne Gaby Odiele, Waris Ahluwalia, Fiona Byrne, and Scott Lipps) wrapped around the block on Mott Street waiting to get in. At one point, the police even arrived to break up the festivities. Things were indeed getting a bit rowdy in the space Miss Lily’s restaurant turned into a Jamaican dancehall complete with dance lessons, reggaeton beats, and an emcee. Across the hall, skateboarders were tearing up a half pipe set up by aNYthing, and a floor below, The Hole was selling $100 psychedelic drawings and Sheffield was teaching guests to knit friendship bracelets. Grayson’s favorite part was the room devised by indie film director Adam Green (who was dressed kind of like Captain Crunch), which featured large video game props from his feature film The Wrong Ferrari. “I have a soft spot for anything analog versus digital, and I thought the movie was funny,” said Grayson. “Plus, he was dressed cool and I can pretend in my head he is my new boyfriend.” Overall, it was a rollicking success, and van Themsche plans to hold court over similar events on a monthly basis. Erin Fetherston, who displayed sketches of her ethereal dresses, said, “Olivier has created the ultimate hipster social-commerce platform. There is nothing comparable in the social/e-commerce space that provides the taste level, art direction, or community that the The Cools offers.”
The Lindsey Thornburg look is often described as “witchy,” and for good reason, given the designer’s taste for cloaks and crushed velvet. And for her first-ever fashion week presentation last night, which drew the likes of Nate Lowman and Aurel Schmidt, Thornburg took over a suitably gothic venue—the grottolike wine bar Bacaro—and tapped the talents of a rather chic coven. Thornburg’s pal Anna Sheffield (of Bing Bang) chipped in with the sterling silver, ruby, and black diamond jewelry; her friend Chase Cohl, of the burgeoning accessories line Littledoe, collaborated with her on a small range of brushed felt fedoras bedecked with raw crystals and feathers. The hats summed up the city-Wiccan vibe of the Fall ’11 collection, which saw Thornburg riffing on her signature Pendleton-fabric cloaks, turning them into blanket wool trenches and overcoats, and branching out into slouchy, casual suiting. “I feel like I’m at the point, now, where I can start to push the things I’m known for in new directions,” Thornburg explained. “The inspiration always comes from the same place, from nature, but there are endless ways to interpret that.”
There was a little bit of confusion last night at the opening party for Shanghai-based retailer JNBY’s new Soho shop. Finding it wasn’t the issue—it’s prime Soho territory, after all—but figuring out the clothes occasionally was. “I thought this was a tank top, but when I got it home, I realized it was a dress,” laughed Sophomore’s Chrissie Miller, one of the evening’s three JNBY-clad DJs, of her mini black tank. Lissy Trullie (pictured), who performed with her band, liked her JNBY outfit, too, though she also shared the confusion. “It’s very, very comfortable,” she said of her fringed black dress and jersey-and-leather moto jacket. “I love the jacket…which I think I put on the right way. It’s cool and slim to the arms, so it’s good for playing.” Puzzling or not, Cassie Coane, who also did a turn at the decks, put her finger on the label’s appeal: “It’s comfortable, plain, and looks good on anyone.”
Rapper Asher Roth and designers Anna Sheffield, Catherine Holstein, and Moises de la Renta were among those who came by for a look—though admittedly, there wasn’t a ton to look at. (The clothes were relegated to a single rack in the largely raw space.) But that should be remedied before this Saturday’s public opening. Good thing, too, as everyone seems to have summer plans in sight already. Trullie’s next album will be out at the end of the summer, and Miller is heading out to Montauk once warm weather sets in. “I’m not supposed to say this, but we might do a pop-up shop,” she told us. “We’re also going to do another video lookbook soon. And this time, it’s going to be scripted.”
JNBY opens this Saturday at 75 Greene St., NYC.