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July 25 2014

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3 posts tagged "Imitation of Christ"

VERA: Changing the World, One Corset at a Time

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Corsets, cell phones, fashion, and microfinance might seem like they’d make for strange bedfellows, but those things are all coming together for a good cause at tonight’s launch event for VERA, a new phone application (created by mobile-intelligence firm Validas) that targets wireless waste (unused minutes and data on your cellular bill) and donates that money to the Seven Bar Foundation—a group that aims to empower women in need around the globe with targeted business investments. Sounds complicated, but basically it’s an innovative way to give back and become a mini-philanthropist, if you will. In the past, Seven Bar has raised funds and awareness for its mission with unique lingerie runway shows. And tonight—at the United Nations, of all places—the organization will be hosting one such extravaganza. “If we’re going to launch this, we’re going to do it in true Seven Bar style,” the foundation’s founder, Renata Black, told Style.com.

Black and the team behind VERA recruited several fashion designers—Erin Fetherston, Zang Toi, Guy Laroche artistic director Marcel Marongiu, and Sarah Shotton of Agent Provocateur—to create corsets for the occasion. (Mary Alice Stephenson is the master of ceremonies, and Tennessee Thomas, Hannah Bronfman, Kelly Rutherford, and Jennifer Creel are among the expected attendees.) Why corsets? you might ask. “They’re traditionally associated with restriction, but we’ve asked the designers to reimagine them as inner armor for outer empowerment,” Black explained. The designers gave Style.com an exclusive sneak peek at the custom corsets that will parade down this evening’s runway. “I’m known for my feminine aesthetic and that comes through in the draped chiffon, embellishments, and sweet bow gathering in the back. It’s romantic and modern,” said Fetherston. Meanwhile, Toi looked to Robert Indiana’s iconic LOVE sculpture for corset inspiration, and Shotton did a quintessentially Agent Provocateur (read: sexy) take on the undergarment. To top it all off, Imitation of Christ designer Tara Subkoff will give a live performance at tonight’s event. Known to dabble in all forms of film and theatrics, Subkoff will make her own corset on the spot, and promises that the result will be imaginative. Corsets for change—why not?

Photo: Jonathan Alpeyrie

Tara Subkoff Suits Up

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To showcase her first-ever collaboration with bespoke tailoring label Doyle Mueser, Tara Subkoff drew upon her penchant for noir. “I am a huge film noir fan and also a Hitchcock fan,” she says. “I wanted to make the film inspired by old movies, but with a modern unexpected twist—the same concept as Imitation of Christ.” Her film starts with gunshots and a man following a bad guy down Mulberry Street (“one of the few remaining places that can look like old New York from the old movies”), but as it turns out, the bad guy is actually a woman. Of course, she’s well disguised in Imitation of Christ x Doyle Mueser’s vamped-up take on menswear (part of Imitation of Christ’s Fall 2012 collection).

“This is a very old-school couture opportunity for a woman to get to experience the full tradition of making an appointment, coming in privately to have a personal fitting with myself and Jake Mueser, and picking out whatever fabric and lining they want and which jacket, pant, skirt, or short looks the best for their body type and lifestyle,” says Subkoff. “The designs are templates for suggested styles that, to me, are the most flattering suit shapes for women—very inspired by Helmut Newton photographs, which always depicted sexy and strong sophisticated women who seemed powerful.” Items can be ordered by private appointment with Doyle Mueser in NYC. However, on June 7, they are hosting a party from 7-9 p.m. at Against Nature (159 Chrystie St., NYC), open to anyone who wants to come down and view the collection and is interested in making a private appointment for a fitting and to place a made-to-measure order. Style.com has an exclusive first look at the film, The Suits, below.

Erin For Juicy, Imitation Of Christ Rises, And More…

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Juicy goes flouncy: The label has announced it will collaborate with Erin Fetherston (pictured) beginning this May. In our nouveau-sweats era, are we ready for a revamped velour track suit?

Her Parisian museum exhibition may be off, but there are still plenty of ways to get your dose of Kate Moss. The latest: Her new coffee-table book, Kate Moss by Mario Testino, goes on sale this summer for €350. That price should ensure it’s the tome of choice for third-home coffee tables of the rich and fabulous. [WWD]

Staking a claim for the chicest crooks around: the Chanel bandits, who sledge-hammered their way into the South Kensington, London, store and made off with a stash of bags. Not that we approve, of course, but we can’t say we’ve never been tempted. [Catwalk Queen]

Tara Subkoff talks meditation, recovery, and the revival of her much-adored Imitation of Christ line in Harper’s Bazaar. [HB]

Photo: Sara Jaye Weiss / Startraks Photo