4 posts tagged "Maxfield"
The foursome behind the new label Vetements, which means “clothes” in French, first met at Maison Martin Margiela. After a time, they all dispersed, but the backstory goes a long way toward explaining why, now that they’ve formed a collective, not one wishes to be identified by name. What we can say, however, is that it’s an international crowd with cred—they’re Austrian, Belgian, Ex-Soviet Union, and French, and they’ve done time at Balenciaga and Céline.
Regrouping has been “kind of like a high school reunion,” one of the designers said the other day. “But what we really want to do is just make clothes that are timeless, personal, and nice to have. It’s more a collection of ideas.”
The kind of woman Vetements is talking to is urban, but she’s into pushing it with not-too-basic wares such as vintage 501s reworked as a skirt with uneven, raw hems; boxy jackets in heavy biker leather; and conceptual pieces like garment bag shearling coats and sleeveless vests (these come with a separate set of sleeves). “Brutalist” basics cover a lot of ground, from T-shirts and sweaters to trenchcoats. These are offered in seasonal colors of charcoal, navy, taupe, bordeaux, and black, and the range is brightened by the occasional flash of aluminum nylon. Judging by the retailer response (and the clothes, of course), this wearable compilation of ideas is full of good ones—Opening Ceremony, Joyce Hong Kong, and Maxfield in L.A. have already picked up the brand’s debut collection.
“It’s not topical, we’re not talking themes,” the designer noted. “We’re talking pieces that work on their own and play off each other.” We’ll be keeping an eye out for what this mysterious quartet does next.
My colleagues and I are constantly talking about how hard it is to find a good pair of everyday pants. When it comes to jeans, there are plenty of brands that we love, but “regular” pants? Not so much. Just when we were ready to give up hope, I stumbled upon 1.61, a unisex brand that focuses on trousers. These military chinos, priced at $415, will be my uniform this spring. They’re fitted on the bottom, looser in the hips, and have rough edges. Over the weekend I’m planning on wearing them with a striped tee, and for the evening, I’ll take inspiration from Isabel Marant’s latest collection and style them with a sequined top. The collection is currently available at Maxfield in L.A., and hits Barneys New York this month—just in time for spring.
Informed by the ethos of “him, her, and home,” interior designer-turned-accessory designer Elisabeth Weinstock will bow her first store in West Hollywood on Monday. After years spent working on interiors projects, Weinstock, who counts Jennifer Aniston, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, and Naomi Campbell among her fans, branched out and crafted an exotic skin jewelry box. It was this that got her into the accessories biz and, with the help of L.A. store Maxfield, she realized there was quite a market for her high end vision of sleek, understated cases and bags. Her collection, which is produced locally, is one that addresses today’s modern needs—for instance, there are plenty of tech accessories. But there are a few kitsch and novelty items, too. “I love creating things that are off the beaten path—a tampon box, a condom box, even a dopp kit as a clutch,” the designer says.
With her interiors experience at play, Weinstock repurposed a 1930s house to achieve an 1,800 square-foot abode for her thoughtful designs. The new store is divided into three sections: The first is a “man cave,” which features Weinstock’s bestselling dopp kits (most popular in boa and watersnake) and humidors, along with a croc football and anaconda boxing gloves—ideal for the guy who really does have everything. “There’s a customer that’s hungry to find something new, something different that’s made like an everyday object,” she reasons. The more feminine “boudoir” area offers an elevated take on the cosmetics case, a crossbody bag, a wallet, and a clutch in a range of skins. Finally, there’s a home, or “living room” section, where shoppers can find custom coffee tables (one of which is shown in viper), stacking boxes, and the jewelry boxes upon which the brand was built. “Without sounding too cliché, it’s modern and edgy but still everyday,” Weinstock says of the space. Not cliché at all—in fact, it mimics the very spirit of the collection.
Elisabeth Weinstock’s new store will open on Monday at 8159 W. 3rd Street, West Hollywood, CA; www.elisabethweinstock.com.
For the L.A. debut of his mammoth furniture designs, Rick Owens called on his longtime supporter, Maxfield’s Tommy Perse, to collaborate. “We have this strong relationship with Rick where we sell his fashion, we were the first one to sell his fashion when he started, and we were the only one to sell his fashion when he lived in L.A.,” Perse said of the artist, whose inaugural exhibition Turbo-L.A.-Monumental runs through January 7, 2012, at Maxfield’s Gallery space. “So we’ve really been together from the beginning.”
The limited-edition pieces echo 20th-century masters like Le Corbusier, who is also housed in the Maxfield Gallery archive, a space that showcases exhibitions of furniture curated by Perse. “It’s perfect because Rick’s stuff is equal to or above the level that we like to operate on to begin with,” Perse said. “When I first saw some of the furniture he was doing, it kind of slid by me. But it really turned a corner for me.”
Owens describes himself as “Biblical, Brutalist, Bauhaus, and Bakersfield.” That goes for his fashion, too, and even more for his furniture, with solid, seemingly immovable bulk (one bed he created weighs more than a ton) and otherworldly, almost Old Testament materials (carved bone, moose antler). It left Perse, for one, nearly speechless. “I am still completely taken aback,” he said.
Maxfield is located at 8825 Melrose Ave., L.A., maxfieldla.com.