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Vicki Sarge Is A Detroit Gal At Heart

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Vicki Sarge Few designers can list the struggling metropolis that is Detroit among their muses. Vicki Sarge is one of them. “You can take the girl out of Detroit, but you can’t take Detroit out of the girl!” quipped the jewelry designer, a Motown native, by phone. Though she decamped to London circa 1985 (and to New York before that), Sarge spoke to us during a recent visit to her mother’s Detroit abode. “I never wanted to live here,” she admitted. “But the amazing roots that I have here from my youth have stayed with me the whole time.”

While you may not know her name, you’ve most certainly seen the over-the-top, often dark-tinged baubles Sarge designed during her nearly 40-year tenure at celebrated bijoux brand Erickson Beamon. Together with her co-founders, Karen and Erik Erickson and Eric Beamon, Sarge adorned countless celebrities (Madonna, Beyoncé, Kate Moss, and Lady Gaga among them), collaborated with a bevy of designers (like John Galliano and Dries Van Noten), and transformed “costume jewelry” from a dirty secret to a coveted accoutrement.

But four decades in the same gig is a long time—especially for someone like Sarge, whose colorful path to accessories stardom included a job as the coat-check girl at New York’s Mudd Club (Keith Haring was the creative director at the time), spells as a regular at both Studio 54 and London’s Taboo, and a stint working in the Jim Henson Company creative department, where she got to do some “Muppet stuff.” So last year Sarge struck out on her own to begin a new chapter.

Vicki Sarge Fall '14

The resulting collection of costume jewelry is an intriguing fusion of the designer’s tongue-in-cheek approach to opulence, and her memories of the Motor City. “In the sixties and seventies, Detroit was a really great rock ‘n’ roll place,” Sarge recalled. She credits Iggy and the Stooges—who used to play at her high school dances—with making it as such. “My girlfriend had sex with Iggy after a concert once,” she mentioned casually. “But the music was just this raw sound that could only come out of Detroit. It was really great.”

Sarge explained that the “cool casualness,” and rocker vibe of her line—now in its second season—come from her hometown. But what about Fall 2014′s vibrant red flowers, shimmering crystals, and tribal ear cuffs? “Well, there are glam-rock bits there, too,” Sarge conceded. Surely her wilder days in Eighties London, during which she partied with John Galliano and her close friend Stephen Jones, have wiggled their way into her subconscious, too. “But it all comes from my soul, so it’s authentic me: bold, clean, beautiful, and a little edgy.”

In addition to Sarge’s sophomore solo effort (above), which made its debut during London fashion week, the designer crafted jewelry for Erdem’s Fall show and is working on an upcoming project with hairstylist Sam McKnight. She also hints that a second store (her first is on London’s Elizabeth Street) might be on the horizon. As far as stateside stockists go, the collection was picked up by Net-a-Porter right off the bat (it should be mentioned that Sarge also worked with Mario Testino on his Peruvian capsule for the e-tailer), but the designer hasn’t officially introduced her range to the U.S. market. That unveiling is reserved for a forthcoming spring event with Birmingham, Mich.-based retailer Linda Dresner and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. “Detroit has given me a hell of a lot—at the very least, my attitude comes from Detroit—and I want to give something back,” offered Sarge. What’s more is that a few of her fancy London friends might tag along for the party. “Stephen’s always telling me he wants to come to Detroit,” she said. Looks like the hatter finally has a good excuse to make the trip.

Photos: Courtesy photos

In Seoul, Chrome Hearts Is Bigger than Ever

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Chrome Hearts' Installation in Seoul

Chrome Hearts—Richard Stark’s L.A.-based clothing and accessories label with a rocker-cum-skater sensibility—launched its second boutique in Seoul, South Korea, this past weekend. To celebrate the new space, which is nestled inside the city’s massive Shinsegae Main Department Store, the brand collaborated with Korean pop musicians Big Bang & 2NE1 on a range of items (like chokers, sweatshirts, and fingerless gloves), which, along with a host of other exclusive wares created for the opening, will be available throughout the month. The big news, however, is Chrome’s installation—a collection of signatures, like a heart-shaped locket, an oval belt, and the JJ Dean bag, which have been blown up to jumbo size and displayed in the store. (We should also mention that an assortment of giant CH crosses will remain on the store’s roof—across from a Jeff Koons sculpture—for the next year.) Also on view is 28 Images, co-owner Laurie Lynn Stark’s photography show, featuring the likes of Iggy Pop, Shepard Fairey, Brittany Murphy, and Karl Lagerfeld. As for what will garner the most attention, we’d think it’s a toss-up between Karl and Chrome’s thirteen-foot leather-and-metal dinosaur—stiff competition, indeed.

The sculpture and photography installations will be on view until June 27 at Chrome Hearts’ new store, located at Shinsegae Main, 52-50 Chungmuro 1ga, Jung-gu, Seoul.

Photo: Courtesy of Chrome Hearts

The Beckhams Are Expecting, Slimane Shoots De Niro, The Flat Rises (Again), And More…

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No sooner has one gorgeous child been born—that’d be the new baby son of Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom—than another’s on the way. David Beckham took to Facebook this weekend to announce that he and Victoria are expecting their fourth child. [Vogue U.K.]

Words we thought we’d never have occasion to write: Hedi Slimane photographs Robert De Niro and produces some of the best portraits of the actor we’ve seen in years. [Hedi Slimane]

What’s next for the man who created Boom Boom? According to rumors, André Balazs has got his eye on a very storied New York property: the Chelsea Hotel, onetime home to Sid Vicious, Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, and Iggy Pop. [@PeterDavisNYC]

2011: year of the flat? [WWD]

Photo: Hedi Slimane/hedislimane.com

Alexa Chung Thinks It’s Weird That You Dress Like Her

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Rockers and editors rubbed shoulders last night after getting past one of Fashion’s Night Out’s tightest guest lists: the launch of Alexa Chung’s capsule collection for Madewell at the latter’s Soho store. J. Crew CEO Mickey Drexler, The Strokes, Lou Doillon, Devendra Banhart and boyfriend Alex Turner of the Artic Monkeys all showed up to help Chung celebrate her launch (and in some cases—guess which—moonlight as DJ). Prior to its being opened up to the public, the space was overrun with insiders swooping up silk blouses with Peter Pan collars and schoolgirl dresses in velvet and silk; Chung describes the style as “nothing too sexy, nothing too flashy.”

But for someone who’s dressing none too sexy and none too flashy (in her own words, at least), Chung certainly sets off a lot of flashbulbs and inspires a lot of trends. “It’s fucking weird to be honest,” Chung says with her usual directness. “I saw this girl tonight buying this skirt”—she motions to the mid-calf white one she’s wearing, from her own collection—”and for a moment I thought, ‘No! That’s mine!’ And then I realized and thought, ‘You can have it too.’” The appeal of the Alexa style is what will send clothes flying off the racks, and that, after all, is the point. For her part, Chung vows she won’t change her look. “I’ll stay true,” she said.

There were rockers aplenty at her party, but there was one in particular she was hoping to catch after FNO wrapped. “We might go see Iggy Pop if he’s playing,” she said. “I plan on getting very drunk.” No word on whether she did the latter, but Iggy Pop did play—at POP’s Don Hills bash. He rocked his own signature style, too: shirtlessness. Like Alexa, many may copy it, but Iggy’s never giving it up.

Photo: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Madewell

Marion Pricked, Iggy Stripped, Designers’ Vacation Tips, And More…

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Damage was reported to a French national treasure: Culture minister Frédéric Mitterand accidentally stabbed Marion Cotillard with her medal when awarding her the Chevalier of Arts and Letters yesterday. Luckily, she’s fine. [Vogue U.K.]

ABBA, Genesis, and the Stooges were among the groups inducted into the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame yesterday. In the service of punk rock fashion, Stooges frontman Iggy Pop didn’t even wait until the ceremony was over to remove his shirt. [NYT]

Lessons from designers’ vacations, part I: As Francisco Costa learned in Australia, “Skull! Skull! Skull!” is Aussie-speak for “take that shot of vodka.” Huh! [WWD]

Lessons from designers’ vacations, part II: As Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos discovered while skiing in Colorado, slope delicacies include chili cheese dogs and cheeseburger-flavored Doritos. No word on how those go with a skull of vodka. [Refinery29]

Photo: Martin Bureau / AFP / Getty Images