August 28 2014

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3 posts tagged "Dr. Martens"

Tipping Our Hats to Chiara de Blasio


Bill de Blasio, Chiara de Blasio, Dante de Blasio, and Chirlane McCray

New Year’s Day marked the swearing in of New York’s new mayor, Bill de Blasio. But as we watched the ceremony, it was his individualistic daughter, Chiara, who caught our eyes. While on the campaign trail, Chiara attracted more than her fair share of media attention with her whimsical floral headbands—and on election night, she broke out a bohemian-meets-punk ensemble comprising black and white Dr. Martens-esque creepers and a rouge velvet dress. Yesterday, New York’s first daughter donned a spunky velvet leopard-print Nanette Lepore jacket (her mother, Chirlane McCray, too, wore a look by the designer, opting for her rich-hued Wonderland dress), flat black lace-up boots and—the best part—a noir cone hat that vaguely resembled a wizard’s topper. An unlikely accessory choice? Perhaps. But we love the fact that Chiara has a distinct personal style—and owns it.

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Docs At First Sight


You always remember your first—first kiss, first love, first job, first apartment—and Dr. Martens is banking that on that list of first reminiscences, you’ll fondly recall your first pair of Docs. (I personally remember getting detention for wearing a pair of the label’s oxblood combat boots with my Catholic school uniform.) Those epic firsts are the theme of the British brand’s fall “First and Forever” campaign, and to celebrate it, DM enlisted street-style power couple Scott Schuman and Garance Doré to host a breakfast and share a few of their own.

Or not, as the case may be. “I’m not going to talk about my first love,” Doré declared. (Following a nudge, she admitted, “Actually, Scott is the first.”) But she did go on to tell a laugh-a-minute story about her first big fashion spread—for French Elle—which she shot while still a relative novice. After breakfast, Schuman recalled to the first time he felt part of the fashion world. “I was walking in Paris and a big black car pulled over to me. The window rolled down and Carine [Roitfeld] stuck her head out and pointed at me. She said, ‘You, I like your pictures very much,’ then drove away.” He also had a first coinage to share: “fashion-week photographers,” which he think should replace street-style photographers as the working designation for those snapping away during fashion week. “They just take pictures at the show and then stretch posting them for a few months until the next set of shows,” he said. “I’m out on my bike riding around every day, looking for something new, not just editors wearing the latest Celine.”

Continuing the theme, Dr. Martens CEO David Suddens took the occasion to debut a short film called First Heartbreak, starring Agyness Deyn and Ash Stymest (who make a very handsome couple). This short accompanies the print ad campaign lensed by Gavin Watson, who is noted for his gritty portrayal of British youth subculture. Dr. Martens will also encourage users to share their own firsts on its various social media outlets.

Photo: Ryan Ewing/ Dr. Martens

Happy Birthday, Dr. Martens


Not a bad way to show your age: Come out with a few limited-edition styles in never-before-seen fabrications. That’s Dr. Martens’ 50th birthday plan, and for the historic label’s half-century anniversary this Thursday, it’s dropping reissued tweaks of its iconic 1460 eight-hole boot and 1461 three-hole shoe. It’s hard to think of another brand that’s managed the tricky feat of never, over the course of 50 years, going out of style, or one that’s managed to woo postmen (its original clientele), skinheads, mods, punks, grunge kids, hipsters, and It girls, all without changing its classic look. For the new editions, made in the original Dr. Martens factory in Wollaston, England, DM is using pebbled leather for the first time, for a craggy, texturized look—age spots done right—and is tricking out the styles with gold details. has the exclusive first look at the shoes, which will be available at Opening Ceremony in New York and L.A., Trash & Vaudeville in NYC, and Dr. Martens’ own shops in Portland and Seattle, where they’ll retail for $130 (boot) and $100 (shoe) and be available in limited runs of 1,460 and 1,461. The brand is also celebrating its musical heritage with a series of commissioned covers of cult songs by the likes of the Buzzcocks and the Pogues. Those new music videos—from artists like the Noisettes, the Raveonettes, and Black Rebel Motorcycle Cub—go up Thursday at But our eyes are still on the Docs themselves, which, if the Fall ’10 runways are any indication, will be as hot as ever next season. Our prescription: Take two of these and call us in the morning.

Photo: Courtesy of Dr. Martens