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With Help from Kate Hudson, Chrome Hearts Shows a Brighter, Softer Side of Rock ‘n’ Roll for Spring


Chrome Hearts & Kate Hudson Host Garden Party To Celebrate CollaborationSpring was in full effect last night at the Hollywood launch party for the latest KH + CH collection, a sunglasses line Kate Hudson designed for Chrome Hearts. Party guests arriving at the retailer’s Robertson Boulevard flagship walked into an outdoor oasis, surrounded by hedges high enough to keep the paparazzi at bay and conceal a candlelit courtyard filled with pink peonies and birdcages. They were greeted with kumquat coolers and cucumber martinis from Nobu.

“We wanted it to feel springy,” Hudson said of the event while standing underneath a light-strewn tree. Her design partner, Laurie Stark, who founded Chrome Hearts with her husband, Richard, expanded on the decor inspiration: “Whimsical, nature, light bright, and representative of my relationship with Kate.”

Steven Tyler, Fergie, Rachel Zoe, Brooke Burke-Charvet, Gareth Pugh, and deejay Samantha Ronson mingled while a quartet of three violinists and a cellist played orchestral versions of alt-rock, including nearly all of Radiohead’s The Bends. Display cases showed off KH + CH’s sunglasses and jewelry lines, including another jewelry collaboration to come consisting of angular diamond pavé earrings, rings, and bangles that Hudson and Stark both wore.

Fergie, who counts herself a fan of Hudson and Stark’s jewelry collection, offered her take on their partnership: “The jewelry line is very rock-star girlfriend, taking Chrome Hearts in a more feminine direction. Laurie and Kate are like sisters. They’ve been best friends for a very long time and I think that shows in the line.”

Tyler also gushed about his fondness for Chrome Hearts. “My man bag: Chrome Hearts. My plunger at home: Chrome Hearts. I’ve even got a tube of KY Jelly that’s Chrome Hearts, but that I never use,” he joked. In all seriousness, though, “I love those guys. They’re so decadent. Wherever I go all over the world, I go into Chrome Hearts. Their stuff will last forever. It’s kind of like Louis Vuitton—you’ll have it for another thirty years.”

Photo: Chris Weeks/Getty Images

Kate Hudson on her Chrome Hearts Collab and Why “No Outfit Is More Head-Turning Than a Woman With Great Energy”


Kate Hudson KH + CH, an ongoing collaboration between Kate Hudson and her longtime best pal Laurie Stark of Chrome Hearts, is rooted in friendship. What started out as an excuse for the pair to spend more time together has resulted in last season’s jewelry collection and now a sunglasses range that pays homage to their strong female role models, like Sophia Loren, Brigitte Bardot, and Hudson’s mother, Goldie Hawn.

“I wanted it to be classic and have an element of glamour,” Hudson told via phone while driving along L.A.’s Pacific Coast Highway. No doubt, that setting would provide the perfect backdrop for the retro-inspired cat-eye and oval frames she’s created, named Eye So Shady and Eye So Sassy, respectively. The actress took a hands-on approach for this project, overseeing every aspect, from the fit to the six colorways chosen to work for blonds, redheads, and brunettes. In between gearing up for her next film, Rock the Kasbah; promoting her athleticwear company, Fabletics; and working with Chrome Hearts, Hudson found the time to chat with about the origin of her influential boho style, having her mother as a role model, and the Chrome Hearts sunglasses collection, due out this summer.

We heard that the sunglasses collection is inspired by strong women. Can you talk more about that?
I think the whole collection, for both Laurie and me, is about really strong, clean lines. It’s not overly complicated. The glasses are statement pieces without being too flamboyant. Laurie is someone I look up to in terms of being a strong woman. She’s got a great business sense. She’s talented visually. She’s a great photographer. Great with her kids. Great girlfriend. Women like her inspire me.

How much overlap is there between your and Laurie’s styles?
We have very different aesthetics. At the same time, our interests lay in similar places. When we go into a store, we’re attracted to the same vibe but we’ll pick out completely different things. One of the reasons we like collaborating is because we get to bring two different points of view to the project. I really enjoy that process.

Kate Hudson x Chrome HeartsDo you have any aspirations to design a full line?
It’s so funny you ask that. I do and I don’t because I love my day job. Right now I have a wonderful company called Fabletics that’s athleticwear. It’s so much fun for me. I have a big hand in designing conceptually. But I know that if I decide to really go there with design, it would be a full-time job. As much as I’d love it, it’s a hard thing to do when you’re making movies, and that’s my passion. Eventually I would like to create my own line, but I enjoy film so much that it wouldn’t happen anytime soon.

When you’re working on set, do you collaborate with the costume designer when creating your character’s look?
Yeah, I think that’s a big part of creating characters—it’s probably why a lot of young actresses love to get involved in fashion. When you’re creating a character’s world, you’re creating who she is, what she wears, what she likes, and it’s always different. I’ve had experiences with some brilliant costume designers, and their ability to create these characters’ world through wardrobe is really inspiring. I have influence over the process, but I’ve been lucky to work with incredible costume designers who don’t really need much help.

How would you say that your style has evolved over the years?
I don’t know if it has that much. I’m a fan of fashion and that means as the times evolve, you sort of evolve with them. At 16 years old, I went into a vintage store. I bought a bunch of flowy dresses, bell-bottoms, polyester shirts, peasant tops, and beanies, all for $100. I think that was the moment when I realized what I felt most comfortable in: something that doesn’t feel too constricting. I could be wearing a tight spandex dress, but if it feels comfortable, I love it. I think that what every woman feels comfortable in is different and your style evolves daily. It really depends on how you wake up in the morning. The one thing that stays consistent for me is comfort. I think style lives with you. It’s not just about the red carpet. For me, there’s red-carpet style and then real-life style.

Do you have an all-time favorite look you’ve worn?
When I think back to moments, a dress is a part of the memory. They’re almost like these snapshots of time. The gold Versace dress at the Golden Globes in 2001 was a memory. I was so nervous to wear sequins to the Golden Globes because no one wore sequins. But I loved the dress so much, I was just like, “Fuck it, I’m just going to wear it.” I remember the SAG Awards and the white Pucci dress I wore. I remember this Chanel dress that I wore when I was pregnant with Ryder. My belly was sticking out, but I loved the dress so much and the woman who fit it took so much care. I wore it to the Venice Film Festival and I remember the night.

There are certain people who just aren’t into it, but I have so much fun at fittings. I feel like a little girl when these racks of clothing come in and everything on them is beautiful. I really care about what I put on, the designers, and all of the people who spend hours beading these beautiful gowns. I see the work that goes into them. They’re real creations.

What was your understanding of Hollywood style as a kid and how has it changed over the years?
Obviously, that’s a question that can be asked because my mom is this incredibly beautiful, iconic woman in Hollywood. I had an amazing role model, especially as a child because of the development tools she gave me. In terms of her style, what I love about my mom is that it was always her own. My mom knows what she likes and sticks with it. She always looks beautiful and wears the things she feels good in—that’s where I get that from. Growing up, I remember my mom’s uniform was these incredibly tight stonewash jeans, a tank top, suspenders, and cowboy boots. She always looked so clean and great. When she’d go out, she was a fan of [Azzedine] Alaïa. Azzedine was her friend and he makes clothes for women who have bodies like my mom. But it’s probably more of a personality thing than an aesthetic. I think everyone’s fashion sense really comes from who they are.

Did she give you any style tips when you were growing up?
This was not a woman who cared about what anyone thought of her look. She cared about who she was as a person and how she taught and guided her children. I never saw my mother fuss in front of a mirror or over her wardrobe too much. If anything, I learned that fashion is fun and girly and we like it but it’s only a sixth of what my mom thinks is being a woman. There’s no outfit in the world that will be more head-turning than a woman who walks into a room with great energy. That’s what really makes people magnetic. When someone feels good about herself, is comfortable in her skin, and has inner strength, it doesn’t matter what she’s wearing. They become the most interesting person in the room. What I’m trying to say is that’s my mom. That was always her focus: Are you happy? She doesn’t mean happy like “I’m smiling” but happy like, “Where is your joy centered? And is it grounded? And do you feel good?” That’s what I grew up with.

Photos: Wireimage; Courtesy photo

Chrome Hearts Invests in The Elder Statesman


Greg Chait

Kering and LVMH aren’t the only ones that can invest in up-and-coming talents. Chrome Hearts, the cult L.A.-based accessories label known for its hard-edged accouterments, has purchased a minority stake in Greg Chait’s luxury knitwear label, The Elder Statesman, reports The Business of Fashion. An unlikely coupling? Perhaps. But it all starts to make sense when you consider that Chrome Hearts founders Richard and Laurie Lynn Stark mentored Chait after he won the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund back in 2012. Of course, the California brands’ West Coast connection probably helped, too.

Photo: Joe Schildhorn / 

Colette and Alchemist’s Art Basel Time Warp


Colette Art Basel

During December’s Art Basel Miami, local retailer Alchemist is partnering with Parisian concept store Colette for a one-week-only “Art Drive-Thru,” offering exclusive pieces from some of the creative industry’s biggest names (we imagine Zaha Hadid wouldn’t create custom product for just anyone). The fifties malt shop-inspired pop-up, located in the zigzaggy Herzog & de Meuron—designed parking garage at 1111 Lincoln Road, will offer such souvenirs as Kenzo x Toilet Paper iPhone cases, a Luis Morais “Survival Kit” (containing one of the jeweler’s signature beaded bracelets, as well as condoms, lighters, and mints), custom roller skates from Chrome Hearts (for the “waitress” salesgirls), scarves from Ai WeiWei, and a uniquely structural-looking candle from Hadid. “It can be used as a vase after the wax has been melted away,” said the architect.

“The collaboration was born out of a mutual respect for what we both do in retail, and an urge to do something out of the box,” explained Alchemist founders Erika and Roma Cohen. Colette’s Sarah Andelman made sure to note that longtime fashion “friends,” including Maison Kitsuné and Julien David, will also be in the mix. “We used to do parties with Le Baron,” she said. “But now we’re too old to dance all night long, so we’re opting to give an incredible shopping experience, open just for the week, 24/7.” Though it is Art Basel, after all, so hopefully she and the Cohens will find time for a little bit of partying along the way.

Colette Art Drive-Thru At Alchemist will be open from December 2-8, 2013, at 1111 Lincoln Road. For inquiries in advance, contact Alchemist.

Photos: Courtesy of Colette x Alchemist; Courtesy JOYA and Zaha Hadid

In Seoul, Chrome Hearts Is Bigger than Ever


Chrome Hearts' Installation in Seoul

Chrome Hearts—Richard Stark’s L.A.-based clothing and accessories label with a rocker-cum-skater sensibility—launched its second boutique in Seoul, South Korea, this past weekend. To celebrate the new space, which is nestled inside the city’s massive Shinsegae Main Department Store, the brand collaborated with Korean pop musicians Big Bang & 2NE1 on a range of items (like chokers, sweatshirts, and fingerless gloves), which, along with a host of other exclusive wares created for the opening, will be available throughout the month. The big news, however, is Chrome’s installation—a collection of signatures, like a heart-shaped locket, an oval belt, and the JJ Dean bag, which have been blown up to jumbo size and displayed in the store. (We should also mention that an assortment of giant CH crosses will remain on the store’s roof—across from a Jeff Koons sculpture—for the next year.) Also on view is 28 Images, co-owner Laurie Lynn Stark’s photography show, featuring the likes of Iggy Pop, Shepard Fairey, Brittany Murphy, and Karl Lagerfeld. As for what will garner the most attention, we’d think it’s a toss-up between Karl and Chrome’s thirteen-foot leather-and-metal dinosaur—stiff competition, indeed.

The sculpture and photography installations will be on view until June 27 at Chrome Hearts’ new store, located at Shinsegae Main, 52-50 Chungmuro 1ga, Jung-gu, Seoul.

Photo: Courtesy of Chrome Hearts