14 posts tagged "Moda Operandi"
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 Style.com. 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 Matchesfashion.com and will be available beginning February 2014 on Modaoperandi.com.
Lagos, Nigeria—an oil-rich port city with an estimated population of 21 million people—is globally recognized as a fast-growing financial hub. However, it’s emerging as a cultural hotbed, too, with fashion at its forefront. Much of that is thanks to Omoyemi Akerele, founder of Style House Files—an on-site agency founded to “tirelessly position Lagos and Nigeria on the international fashion map.” In an exclusive interview, Akerele offered, “Nigerian fashion stands out. It tells a story of a diverse and dynamic culture, of historical references, and ultimately, commercial viability. It’s about trade, not aid.” Ahead of the city’s third annual Fashion and Design week, which begins on Wednesday, Akerele speaks to Style.com about the challenges facing local designers, the region’s immense untapped market, and what it means to not only advance but define Nigerian creativity as the country inches toward its remarkable potential.
How did you become Nigerian fashion’s mouthpiece?
My career in fashion started about eleven years ago, in styling and image consulting. Over time, I realized that there was room for a platform to act as a catalyst on the scene, to spearhead change and work toward positioning fashion as business in Nigeria—this is how Style House Files was born. We see our role as agents of change determined to make an impact, change the mind-set of people, and create opportunities where there might seem to be none.
Why might one think that opportunities aren’t present or viable?
Well, in a country with an estimated 150 to 160 million people, it surprises me to no end that no entrepreneur has seen the need to invest in a garment manufacturing company that can cater not just to fashion designers, but create opportunities for creating our own bigger retail brands in Nigeria. The traders and business scions in Aba—a local garment district in the southeast of the country—remain at the forefront of benefiting from this industry, but there’s got to be a re-engineering of people’s outlooks: for people to design and manufacture garments by us for our consumption. Continue Reading “Omoyemi Akerele Puts Nigerian Fashion In The Spotlight” »
“It changed the way that I started dressing,” reveals Karlie Kloss. The supermodel du jour is referring to a Steven Meisel photograph from the nineties, featuring supes of yore in decade-appropriate matching Chanel tweed miniskirts, jackets, and hats. For Kloss, it was the look that “got away.”
Debuting exclusively above, The One That Got Away is a video series produced by online luxury retailer Moda Operandi, in partnership with St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, detailing fashion heartbreak—that one runway or editorial outfit that you just had to have but could never locate—and how the site can mend your sartorial melancholy.
In addition to the beauty from St. Louis, Moda Operandi has tapped an impressive roster of industry tastemakers to lend their own testimonials, including Anna Dello Russo, Caroline Issa, and Poppy Delevingne (you can also shop the ladies’ latest fashion obsessions). Although, for these women, we’d imagine that the coveted and the wait-listed are never too far out of reach.
Twenty-six-year-old Alexis Zambrano and 25-year-old Jesus Torres might have only launched their whimsical men’s accessory range, M. de Phocas, two years ago, but the collaboration was a long time coming. As teenagers, they both left Monterrey, Mexico, for boarding school in New Hampshire. And while they parted ways after graduation—Zambrano jetted east to study the culinary arts in Paris, while Torres drove south to pursue architecture in Brooklyn—the pair reunited in 2011. It was then that they formed their kitschy but elegant brand, whose name is derived from Monsieur de Phocas—the 1901 novel by Jean Lorrain, who was considered by many to be one of the modern era’s original dandies.
“Historical figures, nature, and pop culture,” said Zambrano of what informs Manhattan-based M. de Phocas’ vision. Think: tiny violin cuff links, vivid orchid tie bars, and cheekily splayed banana-peel pins, all painted in bright enamels, and often dotted with diamonds. Their work is eye-catching and playful—a tiny little library that’s as dandyish as it is dainty. Continue Reading “On Our Radar: M. de Phocas” »
After taking a break from the backbreaking seasonal cycle for the past year and a half, Michael Angel is reentering the fashion conversation with a new capsule collection for Moda Operandi, which launches Monday. Known best for his innovative digital prints (that’s right, even before the likes of Mary Katrantzou and Peter Pilotto made photo-realistic patterns a must-have), Angel “felt stuck before taking the break. There was so much digital print around me, and I thought, Am I going to go nuts or am I going to evolve the medium?” he told Style.com. “I’ve been able to reexamine why I started designing in the first place, and that reason was to showcase my art, or print. Now I can focus on the prints—which can go on anything, not just clothes, really—and be more adventurous with them. I’m finally doing it for myself, the way I want to do it.”
Angel worked closely with Moda Operandi’s director of ready-to-wear, Indre Rockefeller (she also consulted with several other labels that will be rolling out trunk shows on the site later in the week, including Stella Jean, Del Toro, and La Petite Caravane), to get a sense of the M.O. customer. The new prints were inspired by the human-rights movements of the sixties and seventies, so Angel introduced a vibrant tartan check to capture the rebellious spirit, and mashed it up with kaleidoscopic florals, stained-glass windows, and a ruffle motif that had three-dimensional appeal. The patterns are showcased on straightforward silhouettes such as cap-sleeve shift dresses, curve-hugging pencil skirts, and on-trend strapless crop tops. The unexpected standout was a stark white column gown that was actually lined with one of the prints so it had a subtle opacity to it—just a hint of pattern. While the ready-to-wear will sell at a designer price point ($595 to $2,200), Angel is also debuting a line of printed T-shirts and scarves that will go for less than $250. Continue Reading “Michael Angel is Fit to Print” »