14 posts tagged "DKNY"
Calling Big Brother…Yesterday, DKNY hosted a fashion-centric Easter egg hunt at its Madison Avenue flagship. The event apparently served to test Awear Solutions’ new clothing chips, which, via an app, aim to make garments one sees on the street instantly shoppable. That’s exactly what I want: random people walking up to me on the sidewalk and scanning me with their iPhones. Great. I miss the days of catcalls and the occasional “Where’d ya get those shoes?” R.I.P.
Scanning back through recent seasons, the runways have sometime looked like an episode of VH1′s I Love the ’90s. Think of the grunge revivals at Dries Van Noten and Saint Laurent, or the catwalk comebacks of Carolyn Murphy and Kirsten Owen. We’ve also seen designers return to logomania, crop tops, and overalls. But the nineties throwback that feels most modern to us is the slipdress—the clean, minimal lines of which recall the glory days of Carolyn Bessette Kennedy and a young Kate Moss. For Spring, everyone from Stella McCartney and Isabel Marant to Jason Wu and Wes Gordon put their respective spin on the streamlined look. Keeping with that theme, Donna Karan celebrated the twenty-fifth anniversary of DKNY by revisiting the slinky, low-backed “naked dress” made infamous by the character Carrie Bradshaw on Sex and the City.
Curtis Kulig is the artist responsible for the “Love Me” graphic, which you’ve no doubt seen scrawled across urban buildings. The phrase has wiggled its way into the fashion world, inspiring brands such as Nike, Lanvin, and DKNY, and now Kulig is reimagining his signature saying for Me + Mi—a new jewelry line, which, created by L.A.-based jewelry designer Mimi Jakobson and Kulig himself, launches today. “I always like to see what I’ve created in a new medium,” Kulig said of the 14-karat-gold-plated range. “I love objects, especially when they’re shiny and tactile…I’m a kid that way.”
To bring his artistry into the third dimension, Kulig turned his hand-painted phrases into inlays and dripping motifs. “It’s amazing to see something that flat take on so much dimension,” Kulig delights. “It all comes to life—all the processes that have been part of my work but are applied in a completely different context.”
The collection of gold-plated designs cast in Kulig’s signature script plays on the relationship between artist and designer, as well as where those two sensibilities meet. “I’ve had a long history of working with high-profile, strong women,” Jakobson says. “So it’s been so fun to experience a different dynamic in design with Curtis; he really trusts my feminine take on his art.” And for Kulig, working in design brought on a new set of challenges. “As a designer, in jewelry, fashion, or even technology, you have to weigh your ideas and visions against what the public is ready for.” Kulig hopes the masses are prepared for luxury and, of course, more love.
Priced between $40 and $197, Me + Mi is available, beginning today, at www.meplusmi.com.
The baseball cap: It’s the sartorial hallmark of America’s pastime. And while MLB’s current doping scandal may have muddied the sport it represents, the hat itself is going strong, popping up everywhere from the showroom to the stage.
Earlier this summer, Cara Delevingne, long a champion of the casual cap, wore a zigzagged snapback to Glastonbury. Just this past weekend, both Sky Ferreira and Angel Haze donned baseball hats at Lollapalooza, the latter looking particularly on point with her J.W. Anderson Spring ’14 menswear top and brash Versace medallion.
As is often the case with It girls and their wardrobes, parallels appeared on the runway. For Resort 2014, DKNY showed a black-and-white version of the accessory with a gold lamé bomber. Max Mara, too, employed the topper, pairing it with a vivid chevron top and pink cropped pants.