3 posts tagged "Littledoe"
Everyone knows their Marcs from their Calvins. But as fashion month kicks into gear, we’ll be spotlighting the up-and-coming designers and indie brands whose names you’ll want to remember.
Label: Littledoe, designed by Chase Cohl
Need to know: Your typical fashion week presentation doesn’t often include oysters, an open bar, or a Lower East Side locale, but that’s what made Chase Cohl’s Littledoe soiree such a memorable affair. Cohl’s latest handmade, one-of-a-kind feather headpieces, metal crowns, wide-brim hats, and chakra-crystal jewels hung on the walls of The Leadbelly, where friends like Camille Rowe and Curtis Kulig sipped on whiskey gingers and snacked on mini cheeseburgers. While Littledoe has always emphasized a romantic, bohemian spirit, Cohl told Style.com she is taking the brand in a more sophisticated direction. Inspired by the French military during the 17th and 18th centuries, her new collection includes custom embroidered appliqués, antiqued iron crowns, dip-dyed feathers, and velvet flower halos. Over the years, Littledoe pieces have appeared in numerous editorials, but the new collection focuses more on everyday wearability.
Perhaps the best symbol of Littledoe’s new approach is Karen Elson: The in-demand model (Jason Wu, Paule Ka, and Kurt Geiger are just some of the campaigns she’s fronted of late) stars in the new lookbook, which was partially shot at her home in Nashville. “I love what Littledoe is about,” Elson said. “Chase creates pieces that are ultrafeminine, cool, carefree, and can be worn in a variety of different ways.”
She says: “Working with Karen on the lookbook just felt really natural,” Cohl told Style.com. “It’s a rare thing to have a girlfriend who understands exactly what you’re going through, balancing music and fashion—it’s such a strange balance—and I think we’ve become so close because of that.”
Where to find it: The Reformation, Yigal Azrouël, and Sotre One One 4 in New York; Principessa and Undrest in L.A.; and online at www.avenue32.com.
The Lindsey Thornburg look is often described as “witchy,” and for good reason, given the designer’s taste for cloaks and crushed velvet. And for her first-ever fashion week presentation last night, which drew the likes of Nate Lowman and Aurel Schmidt, Thornburg took over a suitably gothic venue—the grottolike wine bar Bacaro—and tapped the talents of a rather chic coven. Thornburg’s pal Anna Sheffield (of Bing Bang) chipped in with the sterling silver, ruby, and black diamond jewelry; her friend Chase Cohl, of the burgeoning accessories line Littledoe, collaborated with her on a small range of brushed felt fedoras bedecked with raw crystals and feathers. The hats summed up the city-Wiccan vibe of the Fall ’11 collection, which saw Thornburg riffing on her signature Pendleton-fabric cloaks, turning them into blanket wool trenches and overcoats, and branching out into slouchy, casual suiting. “I feel like I’m at the point, now, where I can start to push the things I’m known for in new directions,” Thornburg explained. “The inspiration always comes from the same place, from nature, but there are endless ways to interpret that.”
What indie princess’ wardrobe is complete without a statement headpiece? Enter Chase Cohl, the 23-year-old one-woman show behind Littledoe. Cohl handcrafts custom clothing and accessories from unique materials—everything from moss branches and Moroccan metals to bird pelts—as well as plenty of haute hippie headgear. The headpieces, which are apparently quite popular with L.A.’s bridal set, as well as Cohl’s raw crystal jewelry, plumed hats, and floral lingerie, belie a lifelong fascination with American Indian culture. The antler crown (above) was inspired by the indigenous mythology behind mystic animal hybrids, in this case a deer-woman. Littledoe, which Cohl started after a friend was photographed in one of her floral hair wreaths, has been featured in Vogue España and The New York Times, and Erin Wasson is a professed fan. But Cohl is a singer-songwriter foremost and plans to keep Littledoe on a small scale (all the more reason to stock up now, we say). Next week, www.littledoeislove.com will be equipped for e-commerce; it’s available now at Church boutique in L.A. and the Black Tag in Manhattan. Prices range from $300 to $1,000.