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The Fall ’14 Ready-to-Wear collections are under way in Paris. Before the new clothes hit the runway, we’ve asked some of the most anticipated names to offer a sneak peek. Per usual, it’s a busy time for all—designers and fashion followers alike—so we’re continuing our split-second previews: tweet-length at 140 characters or less. Our entire collection of Fall ’14 previews is available here.
WHO: Olympia Le-Tan
WHEN: Saturday, March 1
WHAT: “I love John Willie’s drawings, so I took Gwendoline to Las Vegas. Fall is sparkling, sexy sophisticated, and filled with embroidery and humor.” —Olympia Le-Tan. The designer sent us a look at her Fall ’14 print, above.
Sex and streetwear aren’t the most obvious bedfellows, but editor, stylist, and all-around provocateur Andrew Richardson has united them in his new store, Richardson. “I don’t know if there is a logical connection between sex and streetwear, but I always thought that streetwear was sexy and cool,” he mused between puffs on a cigarette. “There’s always an attitude, and I think that’s sexy—sexy confidence.” That may be so, but his shop, which opens this Friday at 325 Broome Street in New York, sells swag that’s arguably more perverse than confidence-boosting hoodies.
Best known for his cerebral, self-titled sex magazine, also called Richardson, Andrew is well versed in the streetwear subculture—he’s even done a bevy of projects with cult label (or, as some would argue, lifestyle) Supreme. In his store, Andrew presents his liberated take on sex and bondage via clever T-shirts, bomber jackets, swim trunks, caps, and towels—many of which were created in collaboration with such artists as Christopher Wool, Bjarne Melgaard, and Aaron Bondaroff. Some highlights include a melting snowman shirt by Nate Lowman; a tee printed with a car that reads “Blow Jobs”; totes scribed with the store’s ethos, “Work hard, play nice, communicate”; and a sweatsuit by artist Mark Gonzales. Embellished with images of lady parts and a cowboy flaunting his impressive member, the latter is guaranteed to inspire stares.
The shop goes beyond threads, though. For instance, good pal Olympia Le-Tan designed a signature patch for Richardson’s club car jacket—more intriguing, though, is her capsule of erotic minaudières (think bags embroidered with busty femmes and titles like Fanny Hill, Cutter Girl, Carnal Cargo, or Sweet and 20.) Above the clutches’ case hang drawings by Japanese artist Hauro Namaikawa that depict couples in compromising, albeit comical, positions. And, across the room, shelves are lined with an A-to-Z collection of erotic tomes, which was curated by Idea Books, London. Richardson is, of course, on sale, too. “There are going to be guys who are my age who are going to come in and spend $1,800 on an original drawing, and I think we’ll have 25-year-old skaters who want to wear fucked-up T-shirts to scare their parents,” said Andrew of his clientele. “There’ll be a range.”
When the editor—whose résumé, it should be noted, includes working on Madonna’s Sex book, as well as shoots with heavyweights like Terry Richardson, Steven Meisel, and Ellen von Unwerth—was asked about the thinking behind his sex-themed products, he told us, “I was always into that idea of idolizing women through sexual provocation…and I’m trying to find that fine line between palatability and provocation. If you’re too provocative, you end the debate.” Ultimately, his patrons will be the ones to decide whether he’s found that balance; however, no matter how explicit or ridiculous Richardson’s offerings may be, everything is done with a wink, a smile, and a streetwise attitude. And somehow, that makes it seem all the sexier.
The Spring ’14 collections are under way in Paris, and before their new clothes hit the runway, we’ve asked some of the most anticipated names to offer a sneak peek. Per usual, it’s a busy time for all—designers and fashion followers alike—so we’re continuing our split-second previews: tweet-length previews at 140 characters or less. Our entire selection of Spring ’14 previews is available here.
WHO: Olympia Le-Tan
WHEN: Thursday, September 26
WHAT: “This season, the Olympia Le-Tan girl goes for a long boat ride and mingles with sailors, pirates, and mermaids along the way…” — Olympia Le-Tan. The designer, who’s dubbed her Spring ’14 range A Girl in Every Port, sent us a snap of her mood board, above.
AMI‘s Alexandre Mattiussi won this year’s ANDAM Fashion Prize in Paris yesterday, beating out an international list of contenders that included Olympia Le-Tan, Maison Rabih Kayrouz, Iris Van Herpen, Yang Li, and Masha Ma. Mattiussi will receive 250,000 euros and mentoring from Renzo Rosso. ANDAM’s First Collection Prize went to Christine Phung. She’ll take home 75,000 euros. At the cocktail party that followed the competition, Mattiussi revealed that he and Phung were in the same class at France’s Duperré School. Mattiussi does menswear and Phung women’s, but they took similar paths to launching their own lines, apprenticing at different houses—Givenchy and Marc Jacobs for his part, and Christophe Lemaire, Chloé, Vanessa Bruno, Lacoste, and Dior for hers. An award ceremony will take place on October 3, during Paris Fashion Week.
While riding what appears to be a never-waning wave of popularity, Stubbs & Wootton has gained fans near and far—East, that is—becoming a mainstay at the BLITZ concept space at Hong Kong’s Lane Crawford. To celebrate its twentieth anniversary, the footwear brand, which is best known for its velvet slippers, enlisted a diverse range of collaborators to create personal styles. Former Japanese soccer star Hidetoshi Nakata designed his own version, as did Kenneth Jay Lane, Julia Restoin Roitfeld, and Olympia Le-Tan, among others.
Describing Stubbs as “timeless, classic, and chic at your feet,” new mom Roitfeld turned to her astrological sign—Scorpio—for her bespoke slipper, incorporating a golden scorpion and precious stitched heart. “[Scorpios] are tricky and stubborn, but we are extremely loyal and honest, and when we love, we love,” she says, noting that she hopes the designs will speak to fellow Scorpio women. Le-Tan—already a fan, with a few pairs in her closet—customized her designs with her insignia. She plans to wear her Stubbs kicks “at home, in my pajamas; with a sexy black dress and fishnet tights at night; and with jeans during the day.” The wares, which will be available at Lane Crawford and online from 10 a.m. tomorrow Hong Kong time or 10 p.m. tonight EDT, are truly limited editions—only eight pairs of each style have been produced. The shoes ship worldwide, and proceeds will be donated to the Hong Kong Children’s Cancer Foundation.