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Wren Dives In With The Lake & Stars


Wren x The Lake & Stars

Wren designer Melissa Coker has been a fan of The Lake & Stars’ luxe lingerie since the New York-based brand launched, in 2007. “I remember I asked my mom for some of their stuff for Christmas,” she recalled. So when Wren became friends with the intimates line’s founders, Nikki Dekker and Maayan Zilberman, through mutual pals five years ago, a collaboration was inevitable. “We’d always say, ‘Oh wouldn’t it be great to see this or that [Wren] print on their pieces,’” offered Coker. And for Resort ’13, the trio has finally made it happen, with a vintage-inspired swimwear capsule, which debuts exclusively here. Consisting of eighteen pieces, the range marks Wren’s first foray into swim, and will include cover-ups, beach accessories, and one- and two-piece maillots—the latter of which come with pinup-style high-waisted bottoms, as well as standard briefs. Each piece merges The Lake & Stars signatures (like crisscross backs and oversize mesh detailing) with updated versions of hardware, trims, and prints from Wren’s past collections. “My favorite is the red-and-hot-pink Lava Leopard print (below),” said Coker. A tie-dye pattern, as well a black-and-white ikat print, will also be on offer.

The L.A.-based Coker—who admits that she’s a “one-piece person in theory but a two-piece person in practice”—said that the collection was, in part, spurred by the fact that she can never quite find what she’s looking for when shopping for swimwear. “I don’t want, like, a fringe string bikini,” she laughed. “I want something colorful, out of the ordinary, sophisticated, and fun. I think the collaboration embodies all these things—the suits look special.” Coker reports that the friends don’t have any immediate plans for a future capsule, but, she hints, “There could potentially be an evolution. Never say never.”

Priced between $116 and $226, the Wren x The Lake & Stars swimwear capsule will be available at and Creatures of Comfort later this fall.

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Kirsten Dunst Gets Personal In Wren’s New Capsule Collection


Kirsten Dunst, in the lookbook for Wren's new Leith Clark capsule collection, shot by Garrett Hedlund

Wren designer Melissa Coker first worked with power stylist and Lula editor in chief Leith Clark on several short fashion films for the label, starring the likes of Tavi Gevinson and Gia Coppola. At the time, they were designer and stylist. But then, the ideas started to bubble up. “We were on set and I was looking at the clothes, saying, ‘What if you did it like this?’ or ‘Maybe this should be like that,’” Clark recalled. “Eventually she was like, ‘Why don’t you just design a collection?’”

Sometimes it is that easy. Clark took the reins, looked into her own closet for inspiration, and proposed easy pieces that she’d want to wear herself. She created prints from the work of three of her favorite illustrators (Mercedes Helnwein, Fanny Bostrom, and Jenny Mörtsell) on T-shirts, and asked Coker to whip up a rusty knit hat similar to one that a little girl is wearing in a painting hanging in her parents’ bathroom. Other pieces include schoolgirlish floral frocks with peter pan collars and nipped-in jackets with retro appeal.

To keep the more-the-merrier theme going, Clark asked her close friend and client Kirsten Dunst to pose for the look book, which was shot by Dunst’s boyfriend Garrett Hedlund in Los Angeles. “Normally I style her so it was fun to flip roles and design the clothes and see how Kristen would wear them herself. It was a multi-faceted experience,” said Clark. She sent off the clothes and left Dunst and Hedlund to style and shoot themselves; the fruits of that labor debut here on “There are some things that weren’t realized from the collection that are still lingering,” Clark hinted, “so stay tuned for a sequel.”

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Photos: Courtesy of Wren

Wren, A Songbird! Joanna Newsom Lends A String


The fans of Melissa Coker’s L.A.-based collection Wren aren’t limited to the West Coast, but when you’ve got California scenery like she does to draw on, it’d be a crime not to use it. So for her Fall ’13 video, she packed up collaborators Sarah Sophie Flicker and Maxmilla Lukacs and headed to Malibu. “I love the contrast of the whimsy of the clothes with the ethereal setting of the mountains and outdoors,” Coker said. Whimsy is just the right word for the video’s star, the adored singer/songwriter and harpist Joanna Newsom. Newsom, harp in tow, performed a cover of Sandy Denny’s folksy, 1971 sea shanty “The North Star Grassman and the Ravens.” “Aesthetically, her songs are really inspiring to me—they’re really bold strokes that feel sort of theatrical and they’re interested in story,” Newsom said of Denny’s melancholy track and creative collaboration it inspired. “The fashion and design that I’m interested in also has to do with story, very strong statements that have some sort of narrative to them, that they aren’t just interested in the now.” Coker and co. invited to take a look at the shoot in progress; the video debuts early next year.

Photos: Lauren Dukoff/Courtesy of Wren

Tavi Time


“I was a choir kid for a long time; it’s a nice thing to know how to do,” Tavi Gevinson revealed to of her vocal talents, while on the Los Angeles set of Wren’s Fall ’12 video shoot. Directed by Sarah Sophie Flicker and Maximilla Lukacs, the film (featuring Wren’s footwear collaboration with Minnetonka) quickly became a reflection of Tavi’s own style evolution. “We went into the project with this new wave sixties vibe,” explained Wren designer Melissa Coker of the film’s retro aesthetic, styled and creative-directed by Lula editor Leith Clark. “And since Tavi has been going that way naturally with her own style, she immediately came to mind.” Enter Tavi singing Dory Previn’s 1970 classic “Beware of Young Girls,” a pitch-perfect homage to an era that equally informs Coker’s Fall collection in print and silhouette. “The song’s about a young girl and it’s being performed by a young girl, but it has the weight and sophistication of an older soul,” says Coker.

The transformation came naturally. “My style used to be a lot about colors and prints on their own, outside of any cultural context, just looking at the colors and images and composing it all like a painting,” she said. And now, nearing her sweet 16, her choices convey more purpose. “Now, I’m more interested in the context of it, and for some reason the sixties style really appeals to me—the hairstyles and the makeup and the prints. I get excited to wear these clothes and have this hair and embody that world a little bit more.” And while Coker channels that winsome element that so keenly characterizes the Wren girl, Tavi is plum for the part. “I like trying to create some sort of character with every outfit that I put on.” Before the film screens at a private party in New York tonight, has the exclusive first look at the full film, below.

Photos: Todd Weaver

What’s Up? L.A.


“It’s inspired by that winsome time period in your life that she just captured so well,” Wren designer Melissa Coker said last night of What’s Up?, the short film by Gia Coppola presenting her Spring ’12 collection (and Fallon jewelry collaboration). “Everything from the way Gia captured light to the performances was so inspiring.” The film made its official debut during New York fashion week in September, but last night, Coker and Coppola set up shop at Kristen Lee and Brady Cunningham’s West Hollywood boutique Tenoversix, where they were joined by the likes of Clémence Poésy, Nora Zehetner, Allison Miller, and Fashiontoast’s Rumi Neely, for the film’s coming-home party of sorts.

To tell her story, Coppola—along with Lula‘s Leith Clark as stylist and creative director—chose a teenage protagonist and set her against a languid Los Angeles afternoon haze. Filmed on location at Coppola’s mother’s house during what Angelenos affectionately dubbed “Carmageddon,” the movie shoot faced its challenges when the city effectually shut down as the famed 405 freeway was closed for repairs. It was that isolation that rang true for Coppola’s heroine, 16-year-old Bella Zarember. “We were at my mom’s house with the freeway in the foreground and we just felt stuck. The feeling of that weekend began to really shape the project,” she told before the screening. Equally influential was Coppola’s own southern California upbringing. “Just being back in my room,” she recalled of the experience, “it reminds you of that feeling of not being able to drive and just feeling confined.” Cue the signature Coppola take on teen angst—an unlikely but fitting backdrop for Coker’s playful Spring collection.

Photo: Stefanie Keenan / Courtesy of Wren