10 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.