18 posts tagged "Max Osterweis"
By the time you read this, Liu Wen may already be rushing off set with Inez and Vinoodh, slipping into the dress and shirt you see above, and racing toward Alice Tully Hall, where she’ll accompany Suno’s Erin Beatty and Max Osterweis—nominees for the Swarovski Award for womenswear—to the CFDA Awards. But on Friday afternoon, choosing the outfit for her first CFDAs with Beatty, things were a bit more relaxed.
Beatty and Suno stylist Brian Molloy were leafing through racks of Fall and brand-new Resort pieces, searching for the perfect look. A first try, a blush pink dress with a placed print from Resort had already been deemed too cute. A winner was in the offing: a graphic, leaf-printed dress with a flared skirt from Fall, cut in a nylon outerwear fabric. It was sweet, but with a harder edge. “There’s always a girliness to what we’re doing,” Beatty said. “The question is always, how do you temper that and turn it on its head? How do you take these different concepts that lead to your print and make them into something that feels cool and now for someone to actually want to put on their body? That’s the hardest part about designing in prints. People thing of it too graphically or too conceptually, and it’s important to maintain that, but I think, as a female, most important is that other girls want to wear it.” Continue Reading “Getting CFDA-Ready With Suno and Liu Wen” »
What’s the next big thing in fashion? Lately, signs are pointing to Africa. For starters, Franca Sozzani dedicated the entire May issue of L’Uomo Vogue to celebrating the continent’s intrinsic allure and creativity. This year’s International Herald Tribune Luxury conference will examine the growing African middle class as an emerging consumer as well as the region’s potential for manufacturing. And last night, Essence editor in chief Constance White led a panel discussion entitled Design Africa, where she and political journalist Chika Oduah held forth with Rogan and Loomstate co-founder Scott Hahn, Suno head of production Nadiyah Bradshaw, and Bantu swimwear designer Yodit Eklund about the future of design on the continent.
The consensus: There’s plenty to be done, but the potential is great. “China did not become China overnight,” Bradshaw said, going on to explain how at Suno, she helps Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty find ethical workshops and factories and effectively create needed job opportunities in places like Kenya. Panelists mused on the potential of African manufacturing and hoped that one day, a “Made in Nigeria” tag would be as highly regarded as a “Made in Italy” or a “Made in France” one.
In the meantime, people like panelist Enyinne Owunwanne (the founder of online African fashion retailer Heritage 1960) are working to promote Africa’s rising design stars. Owunwanne works with promising up-and-coming designers including Jewel By Lisa and The Summit, as well as artisans in South Africa, Nigeria, and Rwanda, which she features on her site. “Until recently, Africa has largely been underserved within the global fashion and design scene, but the continent has always been chock-full of amazingly talented designers and artists,” Owunwanne told Style.com. “It was only a matter of time before the world stage started to give due recognition to the talent stemming from Africa. Diasporan trailblazers such as Duro Olowu and Ozwald Boateng set the stage for an appreciation of African designers. The fashion industry has barely tipped the iceberg with African designers and inspiration coming from the continent, though. There is so much more to discover—this is truly just the beginning!”
In the lead-up to New York fashion week, designers go through hundreds of behind-the-scenes preparations to arrive at the completed show. This NYFW, we’ve sweet-talked a few of them into giving us an exclusive peek behind the curtain as they cast, score, style, and ready their presentations. Next up: Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty of Suno.
“Suno has been working with stylist Brian Molloy for years. Here is a picture of Brian and I during one of our many fittings!” —Erin
“When we’re running around from fittings to meetings, you never get much time to sit and work—I pretty much live off my BlackBerry most of the time, but especially gearing up for the show.” —Max
“Our prints are such an important part of the collection—the two images above are some key prints that we’ve designed for Spring.”
Nobody forgets their first time. But not everybody feels compelled to recall it in print. Credit where credit’s due, then, to the contributors to the latest issue of Dossier, Skye Parrott and Katherine Krause’s glossy biannual, which rounded up a cast of characters—from Alexis Bittar and Cynthia Rowley to Miranda July and arty nouveau-pornographer Richard Kern—to muse, in pictures and text, on their first forays in the bedroom. (One brave soul even conducted a phone interview with his deflowerer, who estimated that they’d last spoken their junior year of college.) Was anything too raw to see the light of day? “We have a policy of printing everything we like,” Parrott said with a laugh at the packed launch party last night, which drew Rogan Gregory, Monique Péan, Timo Weiland, and Suno’s Max Osterweis to the New Museum.
Cobbled together in updated-zine style—with help from Buero’s Alex Wiederin, the magazine’s recently appointed creative consultant, who co-founded Another Magazine and revamped Ten and Vogue Hommes International—it’s a testament of sorts to letting it all hang out. And letting it all hang out is exactly what Andrej Pejic does in an editorial shot by Collier Schorr (who, Parrott says, is planning to use some of the images in an upcoming show). The androgynous beauty, shot in various states of undress, is in good company among the magazine’s cover girls. The previous issues have featured Freja Beha Erichsen and Daria Werbowy, and while the three aren’t the strangest of bedfellows, Pejic is definitely a departure of sorts. “We had Freja and Daria,” Parrott said of the decision. “As far as models go, how could you go bigger than that?” As any of the issue’s contributors could tell you, there’s a first time for everything.
Suno’s bold, mismatched prints—drawn from, and inspired by, African textiles—are so sunny, it’s always seemed like a shame not to bring them down to the beach. And while Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty have flirted with bandeau tops and swim-ish styles in the past, they’ve never been water-ready. But for Spring, the duo created their first true swimwear. The frilled bikinis (with both boy-short cut and fuller, French-cut bottoms) and halter-top maillots pick up the mix-and-match spirit of the label, combining tea roses, stripes, and splotches with aplomb. They’re enough to brighten up even the grayest of days (like, say, today in New York). The only bad news for Suno’s fans? They won’t be available in time for the mass exodus down to Miami’s Art Basel.