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July 28 2014

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11 posts tagged "Converse"

Margiela Teams Up With an All-American All-Star

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Nicola Formichetti

It takes a lot for anything to stand out in fashion week’s frenzy of parties and press releases. But a collaboration between Converse and Maison Martin Margiela does just that. The classic All-Star and Jack Purcell kicks have been generously coated in Margiela’s iconic white paint. With time, the paint wears away to expose the color beneath.

Last night, despite the general sense of fatigue permeating every single human interaction, a crowd turned out to fete the marriage of the all-American and the French avant-garde at the Swiss Institute. Guests snacked on Brooklyn’s Dough doughnuts and spring rolls—served in appropriately irreverent Chinese takeout containers—and danced to the deejay beats of Glenn O’Brien. The downtown paragon clued us in on his playlist: Jean-Michel Basquiat with Rammellzee, Spoonie Gee, and Naughty By Nature’s “O.P.P.”—a crowd favorite.

Across the space, Nicola Formichetti marveled at one of the many pieces of installation art: Converse All-Stars floating in a canal of white paint, laces frozen midair. “I was like, How did they do that?, so I touched it…I thought they chopped the shoes [off]. You don’t get surprised so often. We see so much stuff online and at shows and events, and I really get like—whoa!—but they’ve still got it, the house of Margiela and Converse. They’ve still got it.”

Photos: Neil Rasmus/BFANYC.com
Photos: Neil Rasmus/BFANYC.com

Lots To See, Just One Eye

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Just One Eye is not your typical e-tailer. For starters, their brick-and-mortar flagship stands in the mazelike Hollywood compound where Howard Hughes used to live, work, and seduce movie stars. But really, it’s their product selection that makes them so extraordinary. Where else could you find a Warhol-signed Rolling Stones necktie tee, some Carlo Bugatti chairs, and a range of antique fine jewelry alongside looks from Rodarte, Proenza Schouler, Olympia Le-Tan, and Maiyet? Since opening the store last spring, co-founder Paola Russo (formerly of Maxfield) has focused on mixing fashion and art. And we mean big-time art. Ed Ruscha has been collaborating in various ways since the shop’s launch. Work by Murakami, among others, hangs on the walls at headquarters. And today, the shop is launching the first in an ongoing series of artist/designer collaborations, debuting a limited-edition range of Damien Hirst-decorated backpacks from The Row.

According to Russo, Just One Eye’s interest in commissioning these projects comes from the store’s mandate to create “specialness.” “Our vision,” she explains, “is to make and sell things that will last. We don’t want to be involved with mass-produced fads,” she says. “Real luxury is something that is timeless and exceptional.” Naturally, true luxury comes with a hair-raising price tag. Or, in the case of the backpacks, which ring in at a cool $55,000, a gasp-worthy one. But it helps to know that some of that cash will go to a good cause. A portion of the proceeds from the bags will be donated to UNICEF; ditto Just One Eye’s next, more cost-democratic collaboration, which will see Nate Lowman teaming up with Converse. “He’s painting 25 pairs,” says Russo. “So the question for the people who buy these shoes will be, you know, do you wear them, or keep them as art?” A question many of us have posed about our shoes. But not typically of our sneakers.

Visit Just One Eye at justoneeye.com.

On Our Radar: Muzungu Sisters X Missoni X CB

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It’s Missoni’s latest limited-edition collaboration with Converse that has had sneaker freaks abuzz for quite a while, but for those of us inclined toward something a bit more refined, the brand has paired up with Muzungu Sisters (helmed by Tatiana Santo Domingo and Dana Alikhani) and Milanese shoe designer Cecilia Bringheli on a collection of smoking slippers (£330 each). They come in three different prints (all fabrics were upcycled from Missoni for the project) that are perfect for your fall wardrobe, but I have my eyes on the pair above. The limited-edition shoes, which are Muzungu Sisters’ first collaboration effort, are available now on the brand’s Web site MuzunguSisters.motilo.com.

Photo: Courtesy Photo

Fit To Be Tied

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In his 2011 street-style awards, Tommy Ton dubbed the sneaker the “Most Surprising Trend” of the year. Now, I’m not ready to give up my stilettos and my sky-high wedges altogether, but I can’t think of a better time of year (as 2012 fitness goals start to come to mind) to invest in a chic pair of sneakers to sport from the gym to work, and occasionally, throughout the day. Stella McCartney makes great Adidas trainers that are treadmill-appropriate, but for hitting the streets of New York I prefer something with a bit more edge. These studded leather Chuck Taylor high-tops (pictured) are the perfect solution. At $170, they are a more affordable than the covetable sneaker offerings from Lanvin, Prada, and Isabel Marant. If you are willing to spring for a pair in that price range, however, there is a similar studded pair in black patent from Miu Miu ($495), available on Net-A-Porter.

Converse Chuck Taylor studded leather high-top sneakers, $170, available at www.converse.com.

Photo: Courtesy Photo

Vivienne Westwood Pledges Money To Cool Earth, Journalists Party With The Queen, How Much Is Too Much Photoshop? And More…

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Vivienne Westwood has pledged £1 million to the charity Cool Earth. The group is trying to prevent logging in the rain forests of Borneo, the Congo Basin, and Peru. [Telegraph]

A select group of journalists was invited to the palace Monday night by Queen Elizabeth II for a reception ahead of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations taking place next year. They were greeted at Buckingham Palace by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen. [WWD]

It’s no secret that digital retouching has reached drastic levels. “Fix one thing, then another and pretty soon you end up with Barbie,” says Dartmouth computer science professor Hany Farid. So, Farid and Eric Kee are proposing a tool to measure just how much fashion and beauty images have been edited in an effort to confront concerns about idealized bodies. [NYT]

Converse has collaborated with the U.K. band Gorillaz on a new footwear collection, launching February 2012. The collection, made up of four styles, includes classic Chucks with camouflage print (the same that appeared on their debut album). [Dazed Digital]