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6 posts tagged "Chrome Hearts"

Chrome Hearts Invests in The Elder Statesman

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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 /BFAnyc.com 

Colette and Alchemist’s Art Basel Time Warp

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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

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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

London Fashion Week Is Off To A Royal Start

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Nothing like a royal benediction to kick off fashion week, and last night, that’s exactly what London got. At the lawn of Clarence House (Prince Charles’ London pad), Mayor Boris Johnson, Livia Firth (the eco-minded Mrs. Colin), Laura Bailey and a smattering of ladies, lords and baronets attended an eco-sustainable fashion show, presented as part of the Prince’s START festival. (For those not in the know, the old guy is rather a hippie where the environment is concerned.) Appropriate pieces from Stella McCartney, Vivienne Westwood and Emma Watson’s collection for People Tree hit the catwalk, with Erin O’Connor leading the way. The garments were made of recycled fabrics, buttons, and military-issue shirts. (Scratch that, the Prince’s people are calling it “upcycled” rather than “recycled”—upcycled is “the more fashionable cousin.”) The whole thing charmingly embodied England’s old post-war credo of “make do and mend.”

Speaking of making do, who couldn’t make do with a vending machine that sells couture instead of M&M’s?  LOVE‘s Katie Grand and Selfridges got together to create such a vending machine, which will be housed for the duration of LFW in the lobby of the swankiest hotel in London, St Martin’s Lane. (Appropriate, considering it’s the temporary home to tons of visiting editors, models, photogs, buyers, and fashion clients.) Grand ran riot through Selfridges and cherry-picked her favorite items for the 32-slot LOVE Machine (below). It dispenses a Stella McCartney Falabella bag (left), an Alexander Wang leather and sequin dress, a one-off pair of Rick Owens trainers customized by Chrome Hearts, exclusive Dior nail polishes, Diptyque Mimosa candles exclusive to Selfridges in their signature yellow, and for the gents, Falke’s new “secret socks” for men. A word to the wise, though: Know your size. It’s tough to return an item to a vending machine.


Photos: Courtesy of LOVE

The “American Dream Woman”

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When you’ve been designing rock star-friendly jewelry for 20 or so years—the kind that even Karl Lagerfeld is known to wear—you pick up a few friends in high places. And if you’re really good, said friends in said places even take a turn in front of your camera, for the photography you’ve nurtured from a hobby to a professional advantage (when you can shoot your brand’s own campaign) to a full-on fine art side project. So it goes with Chrome Hearts’ Laurie Lynn Stark, who’s taking a weekend off from the jewelry beat to show her work at the St. Moritz Art Masters in Switzerland. (Not a bad venue for her second show ever.) Stark trained her lens on friends and fans like Lagerfeld, Steven Tyler, a few of the extant Sex Pistols, and Kate Hudson, who trusts her enough to be shot, ahem, on the commode. But our favorite, no offense to Kate, are Stark’s shots of Cindy Crawford (above). “Looking back at my body of work, I can see how important it was that this shoot happened later in my career,” Stark told Style.com. “Cindy is the utmost professional and working with her set a very high bar for me. It’s just beautiful to watch how she orchestrates her family, work, passion for living and loving—she is the American Dream Woman.”

Photos: Courtesy of Laurie Lynn Stark