6 posts tagged "Markus Lupfer"
Markus Lupfer’s cheeky embroidered sweaters caught our eye long before Balenciaga’s cartoon sweatshirts and Kenzo’s logo tops made the street-style rounds. But it’s edge, not cheek, that’s on display in the new capsule collection the British designer has just created for ASOS Black. Case in point: leather minidresses, pencil skirts, and motorcycle jackets done in a shattered kaleidoscope print with intricate cutouts. A matching envelope clutch and platform booties round out the range, which caps off at $350. The collection launches this Monday, November 12 on Asos.com.
No matter the season, stripes are always on trend. Breton T-shirts and sailor stripe dresses have become warm-weather staples, but now designers like Markus Lupfer and Stella McCartney are offering fresh takes on the classic pattern. From sunglasses to smoking slippers, we’ve rounded up seven striped essentials to set your wardrobe back in line, just in time for summer.
1. Ralph Lauren sunglasses, $309, available at www.mytheresa.com.
2. Stella McCartney Falabella striped tote, $1,149, available at www.saksfifthavenue.com.
3. Band of Outsiders pocket-detailed jersey T-shirt, $235, available at www.net-a-porter.com.
4. Markus Lupfer Charlotte striped dress, $270, available at www.net-a-porter.com.
5. Lacoste Goa watch, $95, available at www.lacoste.com.
6. Citizens of Humanity Charlie super flare, $218, available at www.revolveclothing.com.
7. Charles Philip Shanghai St. Tropez smoking slipper, $135, available at www.bloomingdales.com.
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Designers have increasingly taken to using videos to share their latest collections, so in response, Style.com launched its first-ever Video Fashion Week last season. Today marks the start of the second VFW, beginning with Markus Lupfer. Click here to read the review, see the complete collection, and watch his new video. Coming up, expect to see films from Creatures of Comfort, Sophomore, Rogan, A.P.C., Madewell, and more. Check back daily throughout the week.
Markus Lupfer is on a quest to decipher “The Puzzle of the Mysterious Mind.” Helping to solve it? Florence Welch, Sadie Frost, London It girl Mary Charteris, and set designer Gary Card. They all star in the designer’s new video to spotlight his Resort ’12 collection, directed by DJ and filmmaker Tabitha Denholm, who has also created music videos for Florence + the Machine. “Tabitha told me about this BBC documentary she saw from the sixties that was all about manipulation of the body and the mind, the ability to change peoples’ perceptions,” Lupfer said. “It really stems from that.” The casting was meant to evoke the wide range of women who can wear the label, and according to Denholm, each brought her own special something. “All of the girls’ personalities seemed to match their characters so well—no one needed to act for this one,” she said. (Good news, that; you can change perceptions, but it’s harder to make actresses of out It girls and rock stars.)
As for the collection itself, Lupfer brought his customer exactly what he does best, notably his kitschy knits. “It’s the essence of Markus Lupfer, with a Resort spin,” he explained. T-shirt sweaters and dresses are adorned with faux cross-body purses and sunglasses that, from a distance, appear to be functional. And nodding at current trends, there are plenty of stripes, including a few quirky takes on Breton stripe in sequins.
Recognize those lips on Markus Lupfer’s Fall ’11 sweater?
“They are Lara Stone’s; I was going for the gap-tooth look,” Lupfer says of his latest take on his now-infamous “laughing lips” sweater—the designer’s leitmotif. The lips (as well as his other merino jumpers with cheeky slogans like “Sunday Best” and “Oh, You Pretty Young Thing”) are mainstays of the German designer’s collections. They make for a cool-girl look that’s won him legions of fans, including Gwen Stefani, Rihanna, and Lily Allen. Fellow appreciators Olivia Palermo, Edie Campbell, and Amanda Harlech’s daughter, Tallulah Ormsby-Gore, showed up to take in the scene at his Champagne tea party-turned-presentation, one that had Lanvin model Jono and Mary Charteris at the decks.
Models lounged around in Fall’s key pieces, including a fox-print silk dress juxtaposed with an edgy anthracite tailored jacket (“Country mouse meets city mouse,” Lupfer says). The carrot-leg silk trouser with the tweed waist detail looked effortless with a chestnut shearling jacket. A granddad knit cardigan worked well with a sharply tailored lace skirt, all complemented by tulle underpinnings and spotted-and-striped tights. The designer, who has collaborated with Topshop in the past, has a new partnership coming up, this time with a very famous artist. He’s keeping mum on the details for now.
But forget famous collaborators for the moment—Lupfer is doing plenty well all on his own. Hong Kong and Chinese sales are surging, and Lane Crawford recently dedicated a space for him in their online shop. And this year Claudia Schiffer was snapped by the paps wearing one of Lupfer’s camo-print sweaters. “She didn’t call us—she just bought the pieces retail,” Lupfer says happily of his countrywoman. “How great is that?”