9 posts tagged "Maison Kitsune"
As one of the leading retail destinations in Los Angeles, TenOverSix—founded by Kristen Lee and Brady Cunningham—has garnered a cult following with its tightly edited mix of designers (think Jesse Kamm, Jenni Kayne, THVM, Alasdair, Maison Kitsuné, and beyond). Now, Lee and Cunningham have brought their cleverly cool curation to the Lone Star state, selecting Dallas’ recently renovated Joule Hotel for the location of their second outpost. Mimicking the L.A. store’s eclectic white-and-wood interior, the more-than-550-square-foot Dallas boutique is filled with an ample array of wares by up-and-coming designers, established indie labels, and high-profile brands. With the Dallas set in mind, Lee and Cunningham have stocked a ready supply of cocktail dresses and filled their Lucite display boxes with both subtle and statement jewelry from the likes of Mociun, Lizzie Fortunato, and Pamela Love. Staying true to their signature edit, the pair has made sure to bring along their best-selling stock of Karen Walker, Vena Cava, and Rachel Comey, as well as pieces exclusive to the new location.
In addition to the main store, Lee and Cunningham have created TenOverSix Presents—an updated take on a hotel gift shop, which, set in the Joule’s lobby, offers a quirky mix of gifts, accessories, and essentials. Only at TenOverSix can one find toothbrushes, a birdcage necklace, and a pig-shaped fruit basket all in the same place.
TenOverSix is open now at the Joule Hotel, located at 1511 Commerce St. Dallas, TX 75202
Damir Doma and Japanese label Kolor (designed by Junichi Abe) and are headed to Florence. Today, WWD announced that Doma (left) will head to the Spring 2014 Pitti W fair as its guest womenswear designer, while Kolor will feature at Pitti Uomo as the guest menswear designer. Last season’s visiting talents—Kenzo and Maison Kitsuné—will be hard acts to follow, what with the former’s food-market fashion show and the latter’s retro music spectacular. The Spring 2014 fairs are slotted to run from June 18 to June 21.
Best known for its children’s clothes and underwear, Petit Bateau, one of France’s most beloved brands, has decided to embrace its age by growing up a little—but only a little. To mark 120 years—or, as they say in Petit Bateau’s world, 1,440 months—the house has tapped Maison Kitsuné designers Gildas Loaëc and Masaya Kuroki as the new artistic directors of its men’s and women’s lines. Evidence of the shift will been seen in the brand’s Fall ’13 range, which will start hitting stores in early July. Although it’s not their first collection for the brand (they did capsules in 2009 and again this spring), the range does mark Loaëc and Masaya’s first effort as artistic directors.
“Petit Bateau is a house everyone loves, but it was a little flat—I mean, they are known for their underwear,” commented Kuroki. “I wanted to bring in new proportions, volume, and color—inject a little coolness.” For instance, he showed a duffle coat with its bottom half lopped off—a style that the powers that be were, at first, hesitant to approve. “It meant taking a risk, but sometimes there’s no ‘why’ or ‘because.’ It’s just a feeling. Fortunately, they decided to trust me.”
In addition to the cropped duffle, Fall’s lineup includes reworked staples and heritage logos, as well as streetwear-inspired “new classics,” such as slim jeans, sailor-striped parkas, fitted corduroys, and preppy sweaters with grosgrain details. And as Kitsuné lovers know, where there is fashion, there is music: The first Kitsuné x Petit Bateau-curated concert is set to stream online in September.
Maison Kitsuné is a record label as much as it is a fashion brand. So when Gildas Loaëc and Masaya Kuroki brought their show to Pitti, they literally brought the show. They’d never presented their fashion collections live before, but they had plenty of experience putting bands onstage. So at the Palazzo Capponi last night, they just did what they knew best: They put bands onstage. This time, though, they happened to be wearing Maison Kitsuné.
The thing took the form of a classic TV variety hour, Ed Sullivan-style, with shticky emcees (the Tokyo-based duo Verbal and Yoon—left) and musical acts (the Swedish girl group Say Lou Lou, the French electro-pop chanteuse Yelle, the Franz Ferdinand-esque Brit rockers Citizens!). The whole was filmed by fashion’s documentarian of choice, Loïc Prigent. “I grew up watching TV,” Kuroki said backstage after the show. “I didn’t grow up watching YouTube. We wanted to make it a bit slower. You can feel the moment.” (Whatever he did or didn’t grow up with, the Prigent video is soon destined for an online outlet near you.)
In keeping with the midcentury vibe of the format, the clothes, too, had a sixties spin. The girl-groupers wore silvery minidresses and Peter Pan-collared shirts. (A punky touch was added by Verbal and Yoon’s jewelry line, Ambush.) The guys had patch-pocket suits and penny loafers. And Yelle? Well, her shortalls romper and sparrow-tailed twill parka didn’t seem to fit the theme, but no use standing on ceremony about that. This was less a step onto the fashion runway than one toward Kitsuné’s continuing global expansion (next up, their first Tokyo store, opening in February), and one in pursuit of a good time. “It was good fun,” Kuroki said. “It was a pop experience.”
CLICK FOR A SLIDESHOW of Maison Kitsuné’s Fall ’13 presentation.