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20 posts tagged "David Bowie"

Won Hundred Takes on Bowie for Pre-Spring

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David Bowie’s decades of sartorial coups and stark Scandinavian cool don’t instinctively go hand in hand. And yet for Danish mainstay Won Hundred, the pairing made for a Pre-Spring ’15 offering that ticks all the proverbial boxes. Nikolaj Nielsen, the brand’s founder and creative director, looked to Bowie (a childhood idol), zeroing in on his fruitful “Berlin years” in the late seventies. “I love the way he has reinvented himself, transforming from Ziggy Stardust to the Thin White Duke, and onwards,” said Nielsen. “He has changed everything about himself and his style, and yet is still so recognizably David Bowie.” Teamed with Won Hundred’s lean, quietly sporty sensibilities, the Ziggy effect manifested itself in metallics and a particularly cool orange brushstroke print bomber. Even bolder was a black-and-white-striped Perfecto-style leather jacket (matching miniskirt optional).

image10Won Hundred has built a name on its competitively priced cult denim range, which got plenty of play. The Brigitte, a high-waisted skinny style that coaxes a variety of body types into slightly more va-va-voom silhouettes, captured this writer’s heart long ago. For Pre-Spring, they’re rolling out the Marilyn, a similar cut but with an even more generous rise that Norma Jean herself would no doubt approve of.

As to being lumped in with that nebulous entity, Scandinavian Style, Nielsen’s not too concerned. “[The brand's nationality] is very closely linked to Won Hundred’s identity. Denmark is a small country, but the differences between brands are quite varied. Being part of the larger Scandinavian movement is also vital to Won Hundred. Scandinavian fashion houses have been dominating the industry with clean lines, great quality, and beautiful design, and we love being part of that cutting-edge group.”

Won Hundred’s Pre-Spring short film, shot and produced by Super NYC, debuts exclusively here. The line is available at Barneys New York, Oak, Steven Alan, Bird, and wonhundred.com.

Photos: Courtesy of Won Hundred

Acceptance Oddity

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The Brit Awards 2014 Live Show At O2 Arena LondonBeyoncé was not the only one to make a surprise performance at the 2014 Brit Awards yesterday. David Bowie called upon Kate Moss to accept his award for British Male Solo Artist. Not only did the supe deliver Bowie’s acceptance speech, she also sported Kansai Yamamoto’s vintage Woodland Creatures jumpsuit—the same one Bowie wore when he performed as Ziggy Stardust in 1972. “In Japanese myth, the rabbits on my old costume that Kate’s wearing actually live on the moon, Kate comes from Venus, and I’m from Mars,” said Kate, reading a script written for her by Bowie. Sounds about right.

Photo: Redferns via Getty Images

Beautiful Apparition: Jamie Bochert Croons for NewbarK

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“It’s a kind of journey to self-discovery,” explained Floria Sigismondi, the artist who famously directed Tilda Swinton and David Bowie in the rock star’s smash music video “The Stars (Are Out Tonight).” Sigismondi was talking about her Fall ’14 film for the sisters Maryam and Marjan Malakpour’s bare luxury accessories line, NewbarK. The short stars a writhing, slithering Jamie Bochert in the designers’ simple red flats. Making its online premiere exclusively here, the film also serves as the debut of Bochert’s latest musical effort, and features a haunting track from the model-cum-singer-songwriter. “The film was shot in Los Angeles in a house stripped down to its most simplistic form—it seems to emit a lot of ambient vibe,” said Sigismondi of her darkly surrealist offering. “I think this was especially a great opportunity to expand on the idea of non-cohesive images being strung together to create a kind of new reality,” she continued. “Jamie encompassed that character really naturally.”

That Bochert organically embodied Sigismondi’s gothy, abstract vision is no surprise. Bochert’s own artistic output is undeniably in sync with the longtime director’s dreamily sinister aesthetic. “It was inspiring,” commented Bochert. “I felt free and safe because I love Floria’s work, art, and authenticity.”

Till Deth Do Us Part

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Deth Killers-Scott Campbell StoreSure, the once apocalyptic-looking Bowery may now be home to more than a few posh gyms, bloodless condo buildings, and, yes, even a 7-Eleven. But starting today, the fabled downtown street may regain at least a bit of its former cred, thanks to the arrival of Bushwick motorcycle club and cult denim brand Deth Killers. Since crystallizing back in 2002, the label and its asphalt-resistant denim have become the stuff of particularly hip legend—hell, you’ll even find Deth Killers in the V&A’s much-lauded, now-touring David Bowie exhibition.

Now, just in time for fashion week, founder Greg Minnig has teamed up with the bold-faced artist (of both fine and tattoo varieties, having inked the likes of Marc Jacobs) and longtime DK admirer Scott Campbell to revive the line. “I’m in it for very selfish reasons,” Campbell confesses. “Just for my closet’s sake, ’cause I want these things, and the only way for them to exist is to help Greg make them.”

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The duo have taken over a tiny former auto shop crouching on the corner of Great Jones and Bowery, and filled it with plenty of ephemera and apparel (and a smattering of vintage centerfolds). As Minnig tells it, “For me this place has been something I’ve driven by for twenty years. The thought that it would make a great spot for something has always been in the back of my mind.” And despite the 7-Eleven that looms across the street, Campbell is optimistic, too. “I feel like historically, all of the juju that has made Bowery what it is, is still underneath this pavement somewhere.” Shoppers can bask in the aforementioned vibes and browse the fabled, 16 percent Kevlar, USA-made jeans. While the denim is shockingly lightweight, for those not risking road rash, ultrasoft wash tees (some with art by Campbell himself) should please.

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But you may want to act fast. As Minnig tells it, Deth Killers has set its eventual sights pretty high. “2019 is the motorcycle club’s deadline to go to space. So one of the purposes behind Deth Killers—in addition to making asphalt-resistant clothes—is to be able to buy a ticket, maybe on Virgin Galactic, to get everybody into space, because it’s been a dream of ours and that’s one of our common threads with the guys we ride with—it’s like the next thing above motorcycles.” You’ve been advised.

Deth Killers’ new store is located at 348 Bowery in New York.

Photos: John Aquino

The Final Countdown: Style File’s Top Stories of 2013

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Jeremy ScottThe fashion biz has had quite a year. 2013 was jam-packed with major designer shake-ups, groundbreaking ad campaigns, celebrity collaborations, and pop-star performance wardrobes filled with custom-made designer duds. In the final days leading up to 2014, we’re counting down Style File’s most popular twenty stories of the past year. So sit back, relax, and relive 2013′s unforgettable moments. Read numbers ten through six, below.

10. Raf Simons Opens His Atelier—and Shares His Label—to Artist Sterling Ruby for the Most Complete Designer/Artist Collaboration Yet
When Raf Simons does something, he does it all the way. Case in point, his Fall ’14 menswear collaboration. For his upcoming collection, which will hit the Paris catwalk on January 15, Simons has handed his atelier over to artist Sterling Ruby. The result will no doubt be the most extreme art-meets-fashion experiment to date. Style.com’s Tim Blanks spoke to Simons about his latest artistic endeavor.

9. At Givenchy, Flower Power, Military Might, and Even a Cameo From Bambi
In May, Style.com got an exclusive first look at Riccardo Tisci’s floral and camo Pre-Spring ’14 menswear collection for Givenchy. Showcased on fuchsia-haired models, the collection marked the debut of Tisci’s controversial Favelas 74 shirt, which was later worn by Marina Abramovic to the CFDA Awards in June. Matthew Schneier gave us a rundown of the dynamic lineup.

8. Inside David Bowie’s “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)”
David Bowie had no shortage of headlines in 2013. In May, the rock star dropped The Next Day, his first album in ten years. His costumes were featured in an exhibition at the V&A, he starred alongside Arizona Muse in a Louis Vuitton campaign, and he was even named the best-dressed Briton in all of history. But his buzziest accomplishment was no doubt the music video for “The Stars (Are Out Tonight).” With a cast that included Tilda Swinton (a.k.a. David’s doppelgänger), Saskia de Brauw, and Andrej Pejic, the Jerry Stafford-styled film featured clothes from Alexander McQueen, Lanvin, Rick Owens, Raf Simons (both for Dior and Jil Sander), and Saint Laurent. Style.com’s Tim Blanks took us inside the making of the music vid and walked us through its lust-worthy wardrobe.

7. “Applause,” Please: Brandon Maxwell Talks Styling Lady Gaga’s Latest Video
Remember that time in 2013 when Lady Gaga announced her new record, Artpop, and from the moment she revealed its Inez & Vinoodh-lensed album cover in July, until she hosted her raucous Art Rave release party in November, she was all anyone could talk about? Well, during the height of the Mother Monster frenzy, right after she debuted her flick for “Applause,” Style.com’s Katharine K. Zarrella spoke with her stylist, Brandon Maxwell, about the characteristically outré vintage and custom looks she donned in the music video.

6. Jeremy Scott: The New Man at Moschino
After celebrating its thirtieth anniversary in Milan, in September, Moschino appointed Jeremy Scott as its creative director. Scott, who succeeds Rossella Jardini, spoke to Style.com’s Nicole Phelps about the new gig, poking fun at fashion and sharing how he plans to bring the irreverent house into the future.

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