August 22 2014

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Lingerie in the Fast Lane


Morgan Lane

Morgan Curtis spent several years as a painter and illustrator in addition to helping her mother, Jill Stuart, as an associate designer and all-around consultant. This season, however, she decided to branch out on her own with a lingerie line dubbed Morgan Lane. “My mom has always had a very feminine aesthetic that is often inspired by vintage lingerie, and that’s where I came to appreciate it. She started when she was so young and did everything all by herself. So I told her, ‘If you can do it, I can do it,’ and she’s been my biggest cheerleader,” Curtis told She had previously been working on a series of oil paintings that referenced thirties Kewpie dolls and decided to incorporate those into her brand as a muse and mascot named Lanie, who appears on novelty pieces like satin panties, bloomers, an embroidered eye mask, and even the packaging. Curtis explained, “Lanie is kind of mischievous and a bit of a vixen. She’s named after my youngest sister, who’s always been a bit of a troublemaker. Featuring her helped keep things cute and playful instead of getting too dominatrix-y and over-the-top sexy.” These underpinnings may be sweet, but they still have plenty of allure. Highlights from the debut range include shapely mesh bras with hand-cut silk floral appliqués and matching knickers (a pair of high-waisted briefs with subtle side cutouts modernize a retro style), as well as versatile bodysuits and lacy sleepwear rompers. Every piece is carefully considered, down to details like silk-covered hooks and a flattering fit. “I found an amazing patternmaker who gets things right off the first sample,” Curtis said. “She has the same name as my grandma, which I thought was a good luck charm.”

Morgan Lane’s debut collection ($48 to $328) is currently sold at and will be available beginning February 2014 on

Morgan Lane

Photos: Courtesy of Morgan Lane

Claire Barrow: Rebel-Rouser


Claire Barrow for

On September 4, will launch a six-piece, limited-edition collection with illustrator and designer Claire Barrow. And, in keeping with the designer’s rocker mentality, it comes with a pretty tough theme: girl gangs. Employing her signature DIY aesthetic, Barrow has hand-painted leather biker jackets and clutches (one of each debuts exclusively here) with images of three crews of ladies, which she has named after the elements: Ember for fire, Jewel Lake Ritual for water, and Earth’s Angel for earth and air.

The 23-year-old designer, who will present with Fashion East for the third time during the upcoming London fashion week, has attracted more than just a few high-profile fans since she launched for Spring ’13. Both Rihanna and Jessie J are devoted customers, ordering items for both on- and offstage, and Barrow has built up a cult following worldwide, proving that the rebellious, punkish spirit is alive and well.

Barrow told that she enjoyed the collab because the retailer didn’t make her soften her look: “I think there was a point when I realized that you could dress differently as a way of rebelling—there wasn’t a time where I thought, I want to do fashion. It just kind of came to me. And it’s been great working with because they encouraged me to stay true to my brand ethos. It’s such an amazing opportunity for me to show to a wider customer.”

Claire Barrow’s collaboration will launch globally on on September 4. Prices start at £179 for a clutch.

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Helena Christensen’s Iron Girls


Helena Cristensen is paying tribute to strong, independent women this week with “Iron Girl”—a series of portraits shot by Helena Christensen and Jen Carey for the September issue of Rika Magazine. The snaps star Julianne Moore, Dree Hemingway, Caroline de Maigret, Lucie de la Falaise, and, of course, Christensen, sporting “Iron Girl” sweaters, which, priced at about $178, will be sold exclusively at Matches starting tomorrow.

Julianne Moore by Helena ChristensenIt’s no secret that nineties supermodels are having a comeback, with Christy Turlington, Yasmin Le Bon, Naomi Campbell, and Elle Macpherson fronting a dizzying array of ad campaigns, magazine covers, and prime-time modeling shows. Christensen is no exception. She recently appeared in a seminude spread for FutureClaw magazine (which caused its Web site to crash) and has also been busy as a shutterbug, serving as Oxfam’s global photographer. “I have worked on both sides [of the camera] for over twenty years now and thoroughly enjoy the creative process of either,” Christensen told “I have learned so much doing both jobs, and that knowledge has helped me evolve as a photographer and inspired me as a model,” she explained, noting that a Polaroid camera is her weapon of choice.”

Rika founder Ulrika offered that choosing the Iron Girl models was no easy task, but ultimately she looked for women who have “a keen sense of who they are. They have an understated but cool edge and an ageless style; they are the nonchalant women of the world who inspire the people around them.” will host an exhibition of the photographs on July 18.

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Richard Nicoll Meets His Matches


Richard Nicoll's Matches Capsule

Androgynous, seasonless, and timeless—these were the buzzwords in Richard Nicoll‘s mind when he was designing his capsule collection for UK retailer Available from May 22, the thirteen-piece line (which starts at $130) offers crisp, clean his and hers wares, like chino skirts and trousers in dusty blue and wine, color-blocked jersey tees, knobby angora knits, and slick minimal bomber jackets in navy, for women, and burgundy, for men. “I wanted to play on unisex signatures to create an efficient capsule wardrobe of versatile classics,” Nicoll told, noting that he focused on pieces that could be layered and worn in different combinations year-round. “The range is what I have been describing as the ‘Special Normal’—easy to wear…wardrobe [essentials],” he added. As is often the case with Nicoll’s designs, small, subtle details are key. For instance, a slim leather collar elevates a blue oxford shirt from staple to “special.” The collection debuts in a Nicoll-styled shoot (above, and below) exclusively on


Richard Nicoll's Matches Capsule