50 posts tagged "Eddie Borgo"
Feminism 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.”
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 www.eddieborgo.com, among others.
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 Farfetch.com 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” »
Eddie Borgo’s forte may be urban baubles with a bite, but having primarily worked with crystals and silver-, gunmetal-, and gold-plated metal since launching his eponymous range in 2008, it would seem the designer is embracing the even finer things in life—when it comes to materials, anyway. Tapped by Love Gold to create some one-of-a-kind pieces, Borgo has made his first foray into precious metals with a set of 18K gold cuffs. The wares are a decadent fusion of Borgo’s best-selling bracelets, including his cone bangles. Naturally, the designer’s got big plans for his new baubles’ debut—amfAR will be featuring the pieces in the Ultimate Gold Collection fashion show during its event in Cannes next week.
Label: Eddie Borgo
Need to Know: Eddie Borgo is a bookworm, a history buff, and “big into referencing.” This season, the book Cleopatra: A Life, by Stacy Schiff, prompted the CFDA Award-winning jewelry designer to revisit a legend he’s loved since childhood. “When men wrote about Cleopatra, they were always depicting her as sinister, a sexual deviant,” he said at a small gathering in his Palais Royal apartment-cum-showroom. “But when I read [the book], I found her even more incredible. She was the most powerful woman in the world. And today there’s not a young person who doesn’t know who she was.” Admittedly obsessive about research, Borgo dug up documentation about what the Egyptian queen actually owned. And he fused his findings with a little Stargate futurism to create his Fall ’13 wares. The resulting collection is an Egyptian revival with a twist. Take for example a chunky scarab cuff in onyx with carnelian inlay, or his first-ever mask, which picks up on the Eye of Horus but is fitted with back combs to double as a headband. Borgo channels the Isis headdress on a massive quartz necklace, the largest of a handful of pieces that mix the queen’s favorite stones (jade, onyx, howlite, and carnelian). Graphic shapes and ombré plating lend a distinct twenties vibe. (Footnote: Egyptian-revival jewelry had a major moment after King Tut’s tomb was discovered in 1922.) Borgo’s Ancient Egypt-meets-Art Deco combo makes for some serious statement pieces.
He says: “It’s easy to get obsessive about Cleopatra, because there’s so little information and so much mystery.”
Where to find it: Bergdorf Goodman, Fivestory, Net-a-Porter.com, Eddieborgo.com, and other select retailers.