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Del Toro and Italia Independent Paint the Town Blue



At Art Basel Miami Beach, fashion collaborations are no doubt becoming a mainstay. So far, we’ve seen a slew of designers tapped for a one-off project between the retailers Alchemist and Colette, and Eddie Borgo has announced a forthcoming capsule collection for Laure Heriard Dubreuil’s The Webster.

All that’s well and good, but we hadn’t seen anything for Basel’s fashion-forward gents, until today. Del Toro—the Wynwood, Miami-based company known primarily for its velvet slippers—has partnered with Lapo Elkann’s eyewear label, Italia Independent. Together, they’ll introduce exclusive pairs of suede and velvet cobalt-and-navy sunglasses and chukkas come fair time.

“The cobalt palette resonated especially, because it evoked my childhood in Italy, watching Gli Azzurri—Italy’s national football team,” said Matthew Chevallard, Del Toro’s founder and creative director. The sunnies are your standard Wayfarer shape, and the kicks—which are lent a Made in Italy charm, thanks to heel tabs printed with the country’s flag—blend Chevallard’s color of choice with dark blue accents. Considering Del Toro x Italia Independent drops on December 2, fairgoers will have plenty of time to pick up a pair of either—or both—before they start show-hopping.

Del Toro x Italia Independent will be available from December 2 at Del Toro’s Miami Beach pop-up, located at 2000 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, as well as at the Del Toro Boutique at 2750 NW 3rd Avenue, Suite 22, Miami. The range will also be available at Italia Independent boutiques in Italy.

Photo: Courtesy photo

Eddie Borgo Brings the Bling to Basel


Eddie Borgo x The Webster

“There’s this sort of mad dash to go from one event to the other,” said Eddie Borgo of Art Basel in Miami Beach. “But that’s not really my style.” What is his beat, however, is splitting his time between the art scene and the street—a testament to his high/low sensibility that’s sure to translate to his Basel capsule collection for The Webster. The range, which debuts exclusively here, will launch on December 4—Basel, day one, naturally.

“The pieces that we ended up rethinking for the collaboration are things that Laure [Heriard Dubreuil, The Webster's owner] wears, or would wear,” said Borgo. And while he’s built a name on selling geometric baubles at relatively accessible price points, this lineup delivers a bit more of a glitzy kick: Each item is plated in “blonde” gold and handset with smoked pavé crystals. “The choker has something like three thousand or thirty-five hundred of them,” he said.

As for how to weather the Basel storm, Borgo offered a few pointers: “I like to keep it a little bit casual. I’ll go to Soho Beach House and have lunch at Cecconi’s. But then, I’ll go down to Fifth Street to eat Haitian food, or over to West Avenue—there’re lots of cool little restaurants. It’s got more of a local scene.” To kill time, he suggests “visiting the home stores in the Design District,” a revitalized grid just north of Miami proper’s Midtown area (and where LVMH has relocated many of its outposts from nearby Bal Harbour). But the key to a successful Basel outing? “Know where you’re going.”

Eddie Borgo x The Webster ranges from $350 to $1,250.

Is Donatella Versace Fashion’s Sexiest Feminist?


Donatella VersaceFeminism is emerging as a strong Spring ’14 theme—just look at Prada’s triumphant parade of girl power or Eddie Borgo’s Riot Grrrl-inspired range. Donatella Versace, who sent her skin-baring collection down the runway on Friday, joined the conversation this weekend, sounding off about feminism and sexy frocks in an interview with The Independent. “Every woman likes sex. If they don’t like it, they should go to a shrink!” she said in reference to her sultry wares. “I’m not talking about sex-shop dresses, but dresses that can help you look better than you are and more confident…. When you are confident wearing certain kinds of clothes, you are more confident about your ideas and have more courage to say…your opinions,” she explained, later adding, “Sexy clothes don’t only express ‘I want sex,’ but courage. ‘This is me, this is my courage. You need to confront me.” She definitely has a point—power dressing comes in all silhouettes and shades these days. However, we have a feeling that a sheer V-neck gown cut down to here might tempt one’s company to focus on something other than her “opinions.”

Photo: Yannis Vlamos/

Eddie Borgo’s Power Move


Eddie Borgo Spring '14

Label: Eddie Borgo

Need to know: Do not mess with Eddie Borgo’s Spring ’14 femme. After showing us his inspiration board, which was collaged with photos of Pussy Riot, Anjelica Huston holding a gun, and Charlotte Rampling in Night Porter, as well as Jane Fonda and Patty Hearst’s mug shots and a series of Riot Grrrl-related pictures, it became pretty clear that Borgo’s new range was inspired by feminism, women’s lib, and old-fashioned girl power. This translated into a militaristic collection filled with wares that scream tough, high-gloss glam. One series, which included a no-nonsense gunmetal ear cuff, a choker, and a massive bracelet, was adorned with druzy-embellished medallions that mimic old war metals. Meanwhile, a DIY-themed necklace—crafted to resemble a grenade pin—transforms into a screwdriver (every girl needs one), and a surprisingly comfortable full-finger ring mimicked the teeth of a zipper. This was a recurring motif—zippers were made into sharp gilded or silver bracelets, and pulls became earrings, or tassels on a punk-tinged cuff.

The designer reimagined his signature chevrons this season, morphing them into razor-sharp fangs on cuffs and earrings—this added to the collection’s eff off appeal. Same goes for a giant silver dog tag necklace that can be custom-engraved, and a chained hand piece that could have been plucked right out of a vintage horror film—albeit an haute one.

He says: “I wanted to get back to the roots of who our customer is and to capture the spirit of [the Eddie Borgo] girl. This collection really became about female power. It’s important to me that the jewelry makes women feel powerful and beautiful, and that it gives them strength.”

Where to find it: Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman, Net-a-Porter, The Webster, and, among others.

Yasmin Sewell: Beach Babe


Thomas Tait Shirts

On May 18, London-based fashion consultant and purveyor of cool Yasmin Sewell joined forces with Paper Mache Tiger to open Beach in the East—a graffitied, California-inspired Shoreditch pop-up replete with bespoke wares by the likes of Acne Studios, Eddie Borgo, and Reece Hudson. But those unable to scoot over to the UK before the store closes on August 24 are in luck, because Sewell has teamed with to launch a virtual (and thus international) version of her shop. Starting tomorrow, the retailer will offer items that on-the-rise and independent designers created specifically for the project. For instance, Thomas Tait, whose last collection was skater-themed, produced a cycling top (above, right); House of Holland turned out a pair of polka-dot jeans; quirky shoe designer Sophia Webster (who got her start as Nicholas Kirkwood’s apprentice) designed a set of palm-tree-heeled sunset flats (below, right); and new talent Joe Duke created a range of hand-printed vintage denim jackets and vests (below, left). The shop will be replenished with all new limited-edition styles throughout the summer, and most items are priced below $300. Continue Reading “Yasmin Sewell: Beach Babe” »