9 posts tagged "Azealia Banks"
Downtown’s eager scenesters piled into the American Apparel on East Houston last night for the New York launch of the brand’s collaboration with U.K.-bred, L.A.-based artist Kesh. The twelve-piece capsule consists of American Apparel basics—tees, hats, panties, and the like—emblazoned with graphic black and white stripes and evil eyes. The motifs were all drawn from a wall in Kesh’s studio, in front of which she’s photographed visitors such as Azealia Banks, Dev Hynes, and Olivier Zahm.
“I want everyone to wear my clothes!” the artist told Style.com after posing for an Instagram. “Well, maybe not your average Joe walking down the street that has no idea who I am,” she joked. But I have a really diverse following, from high-end fashionistas to students in Michigan. That’s what I love most about my work.”
Kesh told Style.com that she’s worn American Apparel since she was 17, so to put her art on their clothes was a big full-circle moment—almost as exciting, she said, as showing for the first time at Art Basel Miami in December. “I also chose American Apparel because I’ve seen the workers in the factory making these clothes, and those workers are happy.”
Kesh’s collection for American Apparel is available in stores and online now. Prices start at $34.
“I like to bring out the little girl who likes to dress up,” said Sophia Webster at her pre-spring ’14 presentation. Webster is the latest rising star from across the pond, and she has been gaining buzz among industry insiders thanks to her whimsical, oh-so-British shoe and accessories line. (Since launching in 2012, her cheeky girlish Aztec-print heels and candy-colored handbags have already won over fashion magpies like Anna Dello Russo and Miroslava Duma.)
Rather than tracking current trends, Webster—who studied fine art and apprenticed under Nicholas Kirkwood for two years—cites pop culture as inspiration, naming styles after personal fashion icons, like the RiRi (a lace-up bootie–sandal hybrid) and the Azealia (a glitter-adorned convertible box clutch). “I tend not to look to other designers as a source of inspiration; it muddies what you’re trying to do,” the 28-year-old designer told Style.com. “I’d rather look at an artist or listen to inspiring music.” To wit, the line, which ranges from $195 to $700, is chock-full of Zeitgeist-y references—from jelly sandals and a play on Destiny’s Child’s R&B anthem “Bootylicious” to cartoonish clutches emblazoned with rap lyrics by Nicki Minaj. Continue Reading “Sophia Webster Plays With Pop” »
Fashion rallied behind the cause of Azealia Banks in 2012: There were the umpteen performances (the Chanel after-party, the Karl launch party, the Anna Dello Russo x H&M party, the Terryworld Art Basel party), the endorsements (Azealia for T by Alexander Wang), the collaborations (Azealia x MAC), the Fashion’s Night Out performance, the red-carpet walk at the Met Gala. Today’s forecast? Twelve more months to come. Now spinning: “BBD” (that’s “Bad Bitches Do It”), the latest Banks track, released via Twitter and laced with enough four-letter words to make earphones at the office a solid recommendation.
Music and fashion go hand in hand, particularly during New York fashion week, which consistently boasts performances that can make or break the showgoing or after-party experience (we’re still reminiscing over Valentino Garavani’s karaoke rendition of “I Did It My Way” a year ago). True to form, there will be a mix of acts both familiar and brand-new this week. Cyndi Lauper, for example, will be keeping the energy up with hits like “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” on the Betsey Johnson runway and at the designer’s 70th birthday bash, while the 17-year-old vocalist Alexandra McDermott will make her live debut at Erin Fetherston’s presentation tomorrow evening. Fetherston discovered McDermott, who has been described as having “the attitude of Fiona Apple with the voice of Adele,” at a casting and was taken with her beauty (she also stars in the new collection’s lookbook) and talent.
Rebecca Minkoff’s Friday show will feature performances by husband-and-wife indie pop duo Tennis as well as DJ Cassidy. Speaking of turntable sets, Brendan Fallis (a.k.a. Theophilus London‘s manager and Hannah Bronfman’s boyfriend) will spin at Jill Stuart’s Saturday show, where his soundtrack will include “moody and ethereal” tracks like Grimes’ “Vanessa” and Purity Ring’s “Odedear.” On Thursday morning, ?uestlove (pictured) of The Roots (not to mention Late Night With Jimmy Fallon) will be providing the beats at Dannijo’s brunch presentation, hosted by Brooklyn Decker.
Some designers are thinking out-of-the-box when it comes to entertainment. Following up its burlesque Fall presentation, Erickson Beamon is re-creating the iconic opening scene of the 1960s French film Qui êtes-vous, Polly Maggoo? by bringing members of the audience into the action, while Concept Korea‘s Friday morning show will offer a special performance by the Martha Graham Dance Company. Rising designer Mandy Coon commissioned Miike Snow’s Pontus Winnberg to create an original song for her new collection. In addition to playing the track at her Monday show, Coon also incorporated the track’s midi file as a digital print.
Other noteworthy concerts include Black Rebel Motorcycle Club at the Converse by John Varvatos shoe launch party on Saturday night plus Three Six Mafia at Supreme’s shindig at the Westway on Thursday. There will undoubtedly be a few surprises along the way. Azealia Banks is in town for Fashion’s Night Out at the MAC store, and a performance at Alexander Wang’s notorious after-party doesn’t seem out of the question, right?