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Eddie Borgo Shows His Teeth

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Never a bad thing to have friends in chic places. Eddie Borgo’s coveted jewelry would stand just fine on its own, but Borgo’s habit of shooting it on his famous fans—like Vanessa Traina, Lauren Santo Domingo, and, for fall, Kate Lanphear—never hurts. Lanphear is the star of Borgo’s latest online campaign, shot by Paul Maffi and styled by Keegan Singh, which launches with his Fall ’10 collection on his Web site this Monday. There’s always a bit of menace to Borgo’s luxe pieces—note the grinning, gleaming teeth of the Horror necklace, above—making the punky Lanphear a perfect fit. “Kate is the epitome of the modern-day punk,” Borgo (named today as one of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalists) told Style.com. “She encapsulates the current undertone of fashion in the most elegant, effortless way, while remaining one of the most real women in New York City.” The collection overall, Borgo goes on, was inspired by stripes, and in particular, Michel Pastoureau’s A History of Stripes—which, you might be surprised to find out, convey meanings far more sinister than the usual marinière tops. “The book has to do with the symbology of stripes marking marginalized members of society: criminals, convicts, and inmates,” the designer explains. “Eventually, people took to wearing stripes, but wore them vertically, which distinguished them from the social outcasts who had to wear them horizontally.” Food for thought whichever way you wear yours—and, as it’s hard not to notice, everybody’s taken to them strongly. “Stripes continue to be prevalent in present-day garb—they are everywhere. The symbolism behind the stripe has been unassumingly adopted into the makeup of modern-day punk culture.” Now you know. Continue Reading “Eddie Borgo Shows His Teeth” »

Eddie Borgo, Under Padlock And Key

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Eddie Borgo made the trip east to Williamsburg last night for Ray-Ban’s Iggy Pop blowout—no huge surprise, given the jewelry designer’s punk leanings. But for his latest spring collection, Borgo tells us he’s going even more hardcore. “I’m looking at different types of constraints, and what being constrained means, in its most aggressive sense,” he began. “It’s hard to explain.” A certain B-word hung in the air. “I’m looking at bondage and different elements of bondage culture,” Borgo exhaled, “and figuring out ways to infuse those very aggressive elements with a feminine point of view.” How, specifically? “Maybe some leather. I’m looking a lot at padlocks now,” he said. As you might expect, Borgo’s been finding inspiration for these pieces in some out-of-the-way places, including the work of avant-garde filmmaker Kenneth Anger and the nineties animated MTV series Aeon Flux.

With his recent CFDA Award nomination, Borgo’s been officially embraced by the fashion guild. “It’s a nod from the industry, and it’s really encouraging,” he said. (Borgo is up against Alexander Wang and Fenton/Fallon’s Dana Lorenz for the Swarovski Award for Accessory Design.) For his date on awards night, he “contemplated bringing a model,” but went in the end with his boyfriend, stylist Keegan Singh. Win or lose, he said, he’ll be spending at least part of the summer in Greece. “I love the beach. There’s something so impactful about sitting on the edge of anything,” he said. Including, come June 7, the edge of his seat.

Photo: Chance Yeh / Patrick McMullan

First College, Now Spring Break

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Today I’m in sunny Saint-Tropez for Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel Resort show, but last Thursday I was in hot and balmy Savannah at the city’s College of Art and Design for a panel discussion with Ruffian’s Brian Wolk and Claude Morais (that’s us onstage). Sandwiched between Keegan Singh’s talk on styling and Hamish Bowles’ lecture on collecting couture, my Ruffian pals and I spoke about the relationship between designers and critics. The students had plenty of tough questions: What do you base your reviews on (for my part, it’s primarily about how the current collection compares to the designers’ previous work, and secondly, how it fits within the context of the season), are you easier on young designers than more established ones (constructive criticism is our specialty), and, for the Ruffians, how do reviews affect what you do the next season? Apropos of that, on a tour of Flannery O’Connor’s modest childhood home, the guide told us O’Connor’s collected Complete Stories won the National Book Award in 1972, eight years after her death. Brian and Claude joked that it was a good lesson to remember when the tough reviews come in.

Photo: Courtesy of SCAD

Rebuilding Equipment

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Once upon a time in the late seventies, Christian Restoin—the longtime partner of Carine Roitfeld—married the aesthetics of Network and disco with a line of breezy silk menswear-styled shirts for women called Equipment. Throughout the eighties and nineties, they were the linchpin day-to-night item in a smart city girl’s wardrobe. For a label to shutter because of family and business politics, as happened here, is a familiar nineties story. But it’s a promising one Equipment’s telling for the aughts: The line relaunches for Spring 2010.

Last night, Becka Diamond hosted the long-awaited unveiling at Saks, where designers Rebecca Minkoff and Victor Glemaud and stylist Keegan Singh stopped by to check out the action. Serge Azria—brother of Max, owner of Current/Elliott and Joie, and now informal “guardian” of Equipment—attended both the cocktail party and the intimate dinner that followed at Indochine. “Everyone here is too young to remember the original line,” he said, gesturing at the youthful attendees around him. “But ask your mothers—they will remember Equipment! And I guarantee you they loved it.” He reveals that Restoin, who remains connected to the newly relaunched brand, has kept every Equipment shirt ever created in his Paris archives—all 3,500 of them. Meanwhile, the 135 new Equipment styles do the brand’s “new vintage” legacy justice and integrate seamlessly into the tailored, menswear-inspired trends hitting New York’s runways this week. That’s something mothers and daughters alike can appreciate.

Equipment is currently available exclusively at Saks, and will come to Barneys later this spring.

A Day In The Life Of: Eddie Borgo, Jewelry Designer

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Over the past year, Eddie Borgo has become one of New York’s jewelry design darlings. To wit, his neo-punk chic cone bracelet was the accessory for editors to be sporting during fashion week. Like many young American designers, Borgo headed this week to Paris for sales appointments—and yes, some shopping and parties. Here’s what Eddie did yesterday.
October 3, 2009

8:50 a.m. Wake up. Cappuccino! Yesterday was great. Ikram Goldman, Sally Singer, and Mark Holgate all came by.

10:00 a.m. Photographer Thierry Chomel arrives to shoot the collection for WWD. I met him last season; it was so nice to catch up.

11:15 a.m. Lauren Santo Domingo and Derek Blasberg arrive to choose pieces for Lauren for an Interview shoot. Keegan (Singh, Borgo’s boyfriend) says hello in his pink bathrobe. Lauren loves the pointed floral quartz earrings and wears a necklace out.

12:30 p.m. Jump in a taxi and head to St. Germain for lunch with designer Jen Kao at Brasserie Lipp. We sit next to Vogue Italia‘s Franca Sozzani. I didn’t have the nerve to ask for a photo. She’s so beautiful!  Continue Reading “A Day In The Life Of: Eddie Borgo, Jewelry Designer” »