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August 23 2014

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Beyoncé and Sky Ferreira Favorited Label, Obesity + Speed, Draws a Crowd in Brooklyn

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OBESITY + SPEED Premiere of "It's Showtime"“It’s just like Urban Outfitters but cooler,” said one partygoer at the buzzy Space Ninety 8 in Williamsburg last night. The Urban-owned and -operated space is a new concept store featuring much of the retailer’s signature merchandise assortment, in addition to a first floor available for various pop-up shops, a third-floor bar and restaurant, and a rooftop lounge. In short, it was the hippest new space for Obesity + Speed, the downtown label favorited by the likes of Beyoncé, Sky Ferreira, and Kesha, to showcase its latest campaign video. The short, titled It’s Showtime, is a three-minute ode to the subway guerilla dance group by the same name.

“I love subway dancers,” Pamela Love told us. “They’re fearless, and just trying to make a buck. Two things I totally appreciate.” But would Love ever consider joining in on the show? “Absolutely not. I prefer to watch.” Leigh Lezark took a similar position on the issue of subway performers—they’re cool, but she plans to stick to the turntables. After music sets from Greg K. (pictured, left), Vashtie (pictured, center), ASTR, and a surprise performance from subway dancer Malik himself, even the shyest of wallflowers was dancing.

Based on the crew of black-clad downtowners and Brooklynites who turned out for the fete, Obesity + Speed knows how to get the cool kids talking. And it doesn’t hurt that Beyoncé’s instantly iconic ski mask from her On the Run tour is an original Obesity + Speed. Or that the brand’s founder, Lyz Olko, also moonlights as director of nightlife for The Jane and The Westway. But despite the hype, Olko keeps things in perspective. “Tonight isn’t about the money or if what you’re doing is the coolest thing,” she said. “It’s about doing what you love and doing your best at it.”

Photos: Madison McGaw/BFAnyc.com

BREAKING: Festival Fashion Just Won’t Quit

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“It was 1993 at the Big Day Out festival and the headliners were Nick Cave, Iggy Pop, and Sonic Youth,” says designer Nicky Zimmermann, recalling one of her favorite music festivals ever in Sydney. “I was working all day and literally walked across the road to the concert—it was amazing.” For Pamela Love, it’s the Siren Music Festival on Coney Island that holds a special place in her heart. “It’s a thrill to ride the Cyclone roller coaster while one of my favorite bands is playing below,” says Love.

Like Zimmermann and Love, everyone has their own fond music festival memories. But it’s not just what we did or heard that we remember, it’s what we wore. Just in time for summer festival season (Glastonbury is this weekend, plus, check out our shots from The Governors Ball and Coachella), luxury fashion site Stylebop.com is releasing a five-piece capsule collection. The offerings include staples like fringe leather boots from Laurence Dacade, a third-eye headpiece by Pamela Love, mirrored Mykita sunglasses, a playsuit by Zimmermann, and a tasseled handbag by Sara Battaglia, all custom created for the capsule. (The site teamed up with designers like Fausto Puglisi and Delfina Delettrez last month on another capsule collection as part of its ongoing tenth anniversary celebration.) In advance of the launch on Stylebop.com tomorrow, we have an exclusive first look at the collection (prices from $175 to $1,379).

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Photos: Courtesy of Stylebop.com

Pamela Love’s Jewel Heist

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“When I was a little girl, I really wanted to get my ears pierced because my mom had big earrings all the time,” jewelry designer Pamela Love told Style.com. “I finally did at 5 years old, and my mom gave me this pair of 14-karat gold aquamarine earrings, one of which I lost pretty quickly after. I remember being devastated and crawling under the couch and digging through the carpet looking for the earring, and I never found it…but I still wear its partner every day.”

It was this formative experience, Love says, that introduced her to the “power and allure of jewelry.” It compelled her to create her namesake line in 2006, and now, to launch her inaugural collection of fine jewelry, Pamela Love Fine. With a selection set to launch at Barneys New York next week, the twenty-eight-piece collection is revealed in full in Golden Girl (above), a film that, directed by Skye Parrott and starring model Frankie Rayder, debuts exclusively here. “She’s so beautiful, and there’s something a little devious about her that makes her the perfect muse for this collection,” Love said of her leading lady.

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With prices ranging from $795 to $22,400, the Pamela Love Fine collection was made possible via a strategic partnership with LoveGold, and took approximately one year to develop and create. The line sees all of Love’s regular obsessions—astrology, tribal spikes, and the natural world—reimagined with ethically sourced precious stones, like diamonds, sapphires, and opals from India, Thailand, and Madagascar. The gems are set in clean-mined or recycled 18-karat gold.

The collection incorporates the handiwork of Love’s Manhattan studio (about 30 percent of the wares are made in-house) alongside a network of master jewelers. And she hopes to explore new materials in the seasons ahead. “We have only one piece with opal in it. Opal is my love. I want to do as much opal as possible. I really want to work with rubies and emeralds…and maybe get into some platinum.”

So who is the Pamela Love Fine woman? “She’s just a really independent woman who takes what she wants and is confident,” Love said. “It’s lovely if her husband or boyfriend buys her some jewelry, but she doesn’t need a man…she can get what she wants for herself.”

Photo: Courtesy Photo

Melissa Joy Manning and Amber Valletta Bring Sustainability to Soho

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For more than ten years now, California-based designer Melissa Joy Manning has been crafting ethically sourced, delicately sculptural eco-jewelry. Tonight, she opens her first New York flagship store with a private party, which her pal, model and actress Amber Valletta, will cohost. The two share a passion for sustainable design—they work together on the CFDA’s Sustainability Committee, and Valletta recently launched her own eco-conscious e-commerce site, Master & Muse, which offers sustainable wares from labels like Vivienne Westwood and M.Patmos. Now they’re pushing for sustainable consciousness throughout the industry, and Manning’s almost entirely green new store is a testament to her dedication to the cause. Located at 12 Wooster Street, the 4,500-square-foot boutique boasts details crafted almost entirely from relics found in the 1880s manufacturing space-turned-loft. Manning’s centerpieces, for instance, were made from repurposed display cases, and a wall of jewelry boxes was born out of the building’s old wooden doors. “I really wanted to almost become the caretaker of the space—elevate it, stabilize it, and reuse everything that we found,” said Manning, who will carry eco-conscious pieces from designers like Pamela Love and Mark Davis. “Aside from half a dozen pieces, everything was reused.”

Ahead of the store’s opening, we caught up with Manning and Valletta to discuss their friendship, how to further the sustainable fashion dialogue, and why big brands need to “come out of the [eco] closet.”

You’ve been working to promote sustainability in fashion for quite some time. What is the main priority right now? What should the fashion industry be focusing on as a whole?
Melissa Joy Manning: We’re in an education phase. There are certain people who are doing really great sustainability work already, but in the luxury sector, we have consumers who are able to pay a little bit more or who can become educated and drive trends. Our efforts in the CFDA are about asking designers to make thoughtful choices, then providing them with the information that allows them to do so. In a consumer market where it’s supply versus demand, if we’re demanding the right products, we’re eventually going to switch the supply and all fashion will have to be sustainable, right? The fashion industry is the world’s second-largest gross consumer—and gross polluter—and if we don’t make changes now, there are going to be some really dire consequences.

Amber Valletta: It’s really about education and awareness. We’re seeing more and more articles about all these things that are happening in the world and in our country. Sustainability is about workers’ rights, too. A few people were killed in Jakarta a week ago over protesting for their wages. We’re seeing an upswing in the consciousness of making things sustainably—not just on the environmental level but on the human level. Because of that, consumers are asking, “What’s really happening? I thought we fixed this problem with child labor.” But it’s not a done deal. There are serious problems that we’re facing throughout the fashion industry, from the beginnings of making textiles to the finished products. Consumers aren’t completely aware of how begging for new products every two weeks is hurting the planet and workers. And I don’t mean that in a hippie or granola way. I love luxury items and beautiful things and great design, but I do believe that sustainability can go hand in hand with great design.

What designers or brands are getting it right at the moment?
AV: There are a lot. Natalie Chanin won the CFDA Eco-Fashion Challenge for her company called Alabama Chanin. She’s pretty incredible. On a community level, she’s getting people back to work and getting them employed, and she’s helping to bring back the textile business in the South, which was on its way out. Daniel Silverstein is great; Isabell de Hillerin is great. We could give you lists and lists! And I think it’s just a matter of time before these names pop and become bigger brands. I don’t think any of these guys are trying to be household names. But I think these brands have weight and staying power.

MJM: To Amber’s point, I think small businesses or small companies can take more risks and make choices that are based on responsibility as opposed to profit. There are also a lot of brands that are making sustainable efforts but are afraid to say what they’re doing until they’re one hundred percent. Adidas, for instance, won’t publish all of its sustainable accomplishments. In order to create momentum within the industry, we need to build brands up, rather than knocking them down by saying, “Oh, you’re eighty percent sustainable, but it’s not enough.” My hope [is that] through our committee and through working with people like Amber and her website, we will be able to bolster them and create more proactive, positive change.

AV: I totally agree with Melissa. These bigger companies that are actually household names are doing so much—more than what we know. They [need to] come out of the closet basically and start joining in on the conversation. It’s not a black-and-white subject. We need more transparency from everybody. Continue Reading “Melissa Joy Manning and Amber Valletta Bring Sustainability to Soho” »

Shop the Look: South of the Border

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Shop The Look: South of the Border

The only thing worse than last week’s subzero temps and blankets of snow? Discovering (via Instagram, naturally) that most of your friends are in fact enjoying white sand beaches, bronzed skin, and tropical drinks in some far-flung locale. At this point, we would be game for any warm-weather escape (especially with fashion week approaching in February), but the destination of choice seems to be Tulum, Mexico. We can’t quite explain how or when the ancient city became de rigueur for the fashion set, but we say: If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. Even if you’re just prepping for the warm months ahead, embracing the vivid florals, earthy jewelry, and splashy colors of Mexico might just distract you from the inclement weather outside your door. Shop our favorite Tulum-inspired pieces by Tabitha Simmons, Pamela Love, Aurélie Bidermann, and more, below.

1. Pamela Love “Empire Reflection” cuff, $299, available at shopbop.com

2. ALICE by Temperley “Poppy Story” silk-appliquéd crepe mini dress, $450, available at net-a-porter.com

3. ASOS bright floral embroidered clutch, $64, available at asos.com

4. Tabitha Simmons “Lou” silk-jacquard pumps, $845, available at net-a-porter.com

5. Aurélie Bidermann Pachacamac 18-karat gold-plated medallion necklace, $870, available at net-a-porter.com

Photo: Courtesy Photo