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July 28 2014

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8 posts tagged "Creatures of Comfort"

Wren Dives In With The Lake & Stars

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Wren x The Lake & Stars

Wren designer Melissa Coker has been a fan of The Lake & Stars’ luxe lingerie since the New York-based brand launched, in 2007. “I remember I asked my mom for some of their stuff for Christmas,” she recalled. So when Wren became friends with the intimates line’s founders, Nikki Dekker and Maayan Zilberman, through mutual pals five years ago, a collaboration was inevitable. “We’d always say, ‘Oh wouldn’t it be great to see this or that [Wren] print on their pieces,’” offered Coker. And for Resort ’13, the trio has finally made it happen, with a vintage-inspired swimwear capsule, which debuts exclusively here. Consisting of eighteen pieces, the range marks Wren’s first foray into swim, and will include cover-ups, beach accessories, and one- and two-piece maillots—the latter of which come with pinup-style high-waisted bottoms, as well as standard briefs. Each piece merges The Lake & Stars signatures (like crisscross backs and oversize mesh detailing) with updated versions of hardware, trims, and prints from Wren’s past collections. “My favorite is the red-and-hot-pink Lava Leopard print (below),” said Coker. A tie-dye pattern, as well a black-and-white ikat print, will also be on offer.

The L.A.-based Coker—who admits that she’s a “one-piece person in theory but a two-piece person in practice”—said that the collection was, in part, spurred by the fact that she can never quite find what she’s looking for when shopping for swimwear. “I don’t want, like, a fringe string bikini,” she laughed. “I want something colorful, out of the ordinary, sophisticated, and fun. I think the collaboration embodies all these things—the suits look special.” Coker reports that the friends don’t have any immediate plans for a future capsule, but, she hints, “There could potentially be an evolution. Never say never.”

Priced between $116 and $226, the Wren x The Lake & Stars swimwear capsule will be available at Wrenstudio.com and Creatures of Comfort later this fall.

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Dig In: Welcome Companions’ Spring Snack

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The concept behind Laurel Broughton’s L.A.-based accessories range, Welcome Companions, is a simple one. “The line comes out of the idea that the objects around you can be your friends,” says the 34-year-old designer. Sure, you might get a funny look or two if you carry on talking to one of Broughton’s clever totes, clutches, or scarves, but at the very least, they’ll put a smile on your face. Having launched her line in 2011 with the surrealist-inspired Mr. Fork, Miss Knife collection—which included a bowler-hat handbag, a change purse that looked like a white glove, and an airmail-envelope-turned-wallet—Broughton is interested in presenting iconic shapes in unexpected, tongue-in-cheek ways. For Spring ’13, the whimsical line (which is produced locally in L.A.) offers Part-Time Picnic, a collection that reimagines picnic wares and eats as covetable kidskin and calf accouterments. Take, for instance, Broughton’s toast handbag. “The shape of toast is recognizable, but it also functions really well as a shoulder bag,” says the designer. For a complete dining experience, there’s also a butter-pad clutch, napkin- and plate-print scarves, zip-lip pouches and totes, and woven leather bags that resemble flattened picnic baskets. “Picnicking is an activity that we do to get outside of our normal, everyday lives,” says the designer. “And these accessories allow you to be on a part-time picnic all the time.”

Welcome Companions is available at the Webster, Creatures of Comfort, and online at welcomecompanions.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Welcome Companions

Now Playing: Video Fashion Week

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More and more, designers are using videos to showcase their collections. In response to that, Style.com launched its own Video Fashion Week a few seasons ago. Today, VFW returns, starting off with short films from Opening Ceremony, Wendy Nichol, and Creatures of Comfort. Click here to read the review, see the complete collection, and watch the videos. Check back daily for new videos.

Photo: Courtesy of Opening Ceremony

Print Story

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Some of the greatest inventions began with mistakes, and such is the case with Postalco’s literal reinvention of the wheel—a kaleidoscopic “Wheel Printer” for its Japanese-made notebooks. “A piece of paper got accidentally stuck under the door at our house,” explains Mike Abelson, who founded the stationery and leather goods label (a favorite within the fashion set) with his partner, Yuri Abelson, after he moved to Tokyo from New York. “The wheel in the sliding door made a really interesting track on the paper, and that was when I realized I could get something beautiful but rough from wheels.”

After a year of experimenting with tire tracks and ink, Abelson arrived at his creation, which debuted at the Wallpaper Handmade Exhibition for Milano Salone. Last night, the Wheel Printer rolled into New York’s cult-y style hub Creatures of Comfort for an eight-day exhibition. During the course of the week, Mike will be on hand to create custom, one-of-a-kind “wheel” prints on the Postalco notebooks currently for sale at the Mulberry Street store. “That kind of irregularity is really inspiring,” he says, adding that he’s especially intrigued by the way things were crafted pre-Industrial Revolution. “Now that we don’t need paper for each and every written communication, people are starting to be more aware of paper as an object, not just a surface.”

That’s not to say a Postalco notebook is too precious to use. Abelson last used his to jot notes for an essay on messiness. “I always write any first drafts on paper,” he says. “Something about a pen and paper gets the ideas flowing.”

The Postalco Wheel Printer temporary print shop and exhibition is open though July 10 at Creatures of Comfort (205 Mulberry St., NYC) through July 10.

Photo: Courtesy Photo

Now Playing: Video Fashion Week

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Designers have increasingly taken to using videos to share their latest collections, so in response, Style.com launched its first-ever Video Fashion Week last season. Today marks the start of the second VFW, beginning with Markus Lupfer. Click here to read the review, see the complete collection, and watch his new video. Coming up, expect to see films from Creatures of Comfort, Sophomore, Rogan, A.P.C., Madewell, and more. Check back daily throughout the week.

Photo: Courtesy of Markus Lupfer