12 posts tagged "Ohne Titel"
The International Woolmark Prize is a pretty prestigious honor—the American winner, who will be chosen at an event in New York on July 9, will take home a cool $100,000 and go on to compete for another $100,000 at the international event in Milan next February. This year’s U.S. nominees were announced today, and as far as we can see, they’ve each got some stiff competition. Creatures of the Wind (above, center), Altuzarra (above, left), Giulietta, Wes Gordon, WHIT, Timo Weiland, Bibhu Mohapatra (above, right), Ohne Titel, Daniel Vosovic, and Tucker by Gaby Basora are all up for the prize. Last year, Sophie Theallet earned the U.S. award, but Christian Wijnants took home the international honor.
“We’re trying to create a place for our label in this whole world we exist in, and this is a great step,” Alexa Adams, one half of the design duo behind Ohne Titel, told Style.com at last night’s opening reception for her BOFFO pop-up shop downtown. (While the flash shop opened December 1, she and Flora Gill decided to wait until all the cool kids came back from Art Basel in Miami before officially celebrating).
Ohne Titel is the last label to showcase its clothing in the BOFFO space at 57 Walker this year. Like the five previous designers in the series (including Nikki Dekker and Maayan Zilberman of The Lake & Stars and Nicola Formichetti), Ohne Titel was chosen as an up-and-coming talent by the BOFFO board and given a choice of artists and architects to collaborate with on the space, which has been transformed into a customized pop-up store through December 14. “We immediately related to EASTON+COMBS in our appreciation for color, undulating forms, and surface texture,” Adams said. The EASTON+COMBS-designed installation features tomato red colored aluminum tiles patchworked together with acrylic ornaments, from which hang the clothes from Ohne Titel’s Fall and Resort collections. Also in the mix is their first-ever handbag (a slim, unisex tote), men’s T-shirts (also a first), and a special-edition basic dress cut from Supima cotton (every BOFFO designer is asked to create something using the fabric).
Ohne Titel pop-up shop, 57 Walker St., NYC, open through December 14.
“Revenge is beautiful.” It’s more than the tagline for the new Zoe Saldana film Colombiana. It’s the operating principle behind the female badass movie. Recall Angelina Jolie’s Lara Croft in short shorts and a low-cut tank that revealed décolletage and deltoids in equal measure. As Colombiana‘s costume designer Olivier Bériot put it, the wardrobe in these movies is “a little bit unreal, but that’s as much for the men in the audience (‘she’s sexy!’ [they're thinking]) as it is for the women (‘she’s powerful’).”
Saldana’s dangerous woman fits the accustomed mold, but there are others these days who are breaking it. In David Fincher’s upcoming The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Rooney Mara sports bleached eyebrows, piercings, and an asymmetrical, dyed-black haircut that is, to quote Stieg Larsson, as “short as a fuse.” (And if you ask us, she bears an uncanny resemblance to model of the moment Saskia de Brauw.) The wintery white Inuit-inspired clothes that costume designer Lucie Bates created for Saoirse Ronan in Hanna, meanwhile, flouted genre convention; still, her character, a 16-year-old trained assassin, was no less efficient at her tasks.
Black, of course, is the wardrobe color of choice for screen killers—and for their deadly chic counterparts on the runways. In his review of Ann Demeulemeester’s Fall collection, Tim Blanks likened her models to “a lost tribe of Amazonian warrior women,” their bodies slung with bandoliers stuffed with feathers instead of bullets. Ohne Titel’s Alexa Adams and Flora Gill similarly amplified the human form, cutting a shearling leather and knit jacket with exaggerated, full sleeves. “It’s about the embrace of the female body,” Adams said, “but not being afraid of its powerful side.”
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Uniqlo is the latest company to get the creative juices flowing for Japan. The retailer has tapped friends and collaborators like Karl Lagerfeld, Lady Gaga, Nicola Formichetti, Nicole Kidman, and Alber Elbaz to design a new series of tees to benefit the Japanese Red Cross. That’s Lagerfeld’s (left), which retails for a mere $19.99. It’s the most affordable Kaiser you’re going to get until his Macy’s collection finally hits stores. [WWD]
Speaking of Formichetti, the stylist and Mugler creative director has just been announced as one of the designers for BOFFO’s new season of Building Fashion, which allows those without freestanding stores to create pop-up retail spaces. Last season, Waris Ahluwalia, Richard Chai, and Siki Im created their own shops at BOFFO’s west Chelsea space; this season, Formichetti, Irene Neuwirth, Patrik Ervell, Ohne Titel, and The Lake & Stars will make their (temporary) mark in Tribeca. [Boffo]
It’s hard to miss Topshop’s towering Soho flagship, but it’s easy to miss its latest addition—a secret shop inside, where collaboration collections from Meadham Kirchhoff, Pamela Love, and Ann-Sofie Back will be on offer. Happy hunting. [Racked]
And today in collaborations: Christopher Kane x London taxis? Odd but true—the London-based designer has adapted a starry print from his Resort ’11 collection to “wrap” London’s iconic black cabs. [Vogue U.K.]
When it comes to advertising campaigns, what you say is (almost) as important as the magazines, billboards, and street corners where you say it. So when Flora Gill and Alexa Adams set out to shoot a campaign for their label, Ohne Titel, they skipped the usual mags (the shots will run primarily on their Web site) and the usual models, tapping Visionaire‘s Cecilia Dean, L.A. boutique owner Zainab Sumu, and Interview‘s Christopher Bollen for posing duties. “Instead of having a celebrity for the sake of name value, or use a model solely for her looks, we wanted to have people who we could connect with our brand because they’re doing something groundbreaking or unusual,” says Adams. (They’re just the latest groundbreakers to sit for the label—a previous campaign featured the Boston socialite and eccentric Marilyn Riseman and artist Tauba Auerbach.) Adams describes the new shots, lensed on location at the Eldridge on the Lower East Side, as having a “dated glamour.” And as for the models, they had plenty of praise for their outfitters, too. Dean (who posed sans extensions, by the way!) called the collection “creative, sexy, a little hard, very functional and versatile—not an easy combination.”