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5 posts tagged "Pendleton"

Lindsey Thornburg Channels David Lynch


Lindsey Thornburg built her business on “witchy” felt cloaks. For years, she cut up old Pendleton blankets found in her grandfather’s closet and at thrift stores, and for Fall, the designer officially partnered up with the heritage brand for the first time to create three of her signature mantles from scratch (prices start at $1,380). Thornburg shot the lookbook featuring those co-branded pieces (as well as the rest of the collection, which is now in stores) in Snoqualmie, Washington, the small logging town where David Lynch’s cult television series Twin Peaks was filmed in the nineties. Fans of Lynch’s eerie thriller will recognize landmarks including the “Great Northern Hotel” and Snoqualmie Falls from the show’s opening credits, which the model poses in front of. That epic waterfall segment almost didn’t happen. “When we [Thornburg and photographer Olivia Malone] arrived, we didn’t realize the most important setting for the shoot, the ominous waterfall, was under construction. All paths were closed and the views were obstructed by cranes,” Thornburg told “Luckily, that night, after location scouting, we went to a small strip mall and had a glass of wine, and complained to the waiter about not being able to access the Falls. He just so happened to know the crane operator for the dam being built, and the next evening, they lowered us down 500 feet in the crane with a harness on to get our two photos in front of the falls. It felt very beautiful how the plan came together without force.” Here, has a first glimpse at the shots.

Photo: Courtesy of Lindsey Thornburg

Trapped In Paradise


Having made her name with a collection of cloaks, Lindsey Thornburg is not a designer you’d think would flourish in the Spring. (And in fact, she’ll have a big new development coming this Fall: After spending several seasons creating cloaks out of deadstock Pendleton fabrics, she’s introducing a co-branded line with the Oregon-based company.) But the sun suits the New York-based Thornburg too, judging from the new film she’s created for her Spring collection, shot in sunny Key Biscayne, Florida, with model Martha Hunt. “Martha is lustful, she has that sort of lazy angst that boredom creates,” explains Thornburg. “She’s captive in her affluent environment while her lover is away. Her fantasy is to be carried away into the oblivion with the man she passed at the cinema the previous day.”

To pass the time, Hunt spends her time floating in the pool, gallivanting on the tennis courts, and making sand angels, wearing Thornburg’s signature “urban witchy” (as she describes them) pieces—a variety of billowy maxi dresses ranging from a pink cutout number to a simple black one. Not that customers are encouraged to be so cavalier. “This collection is very special, limited or one-of-a-kind,” the designer says. “The focus on this collection was to use the tactile nature of different silks while unifying them by specialty dye processes.” Unifying the entire video is music by Scout LaRue Willis—progeny of Demi and Bruce—and Nicolas Jaar; it debuts exclusively here on

Photo: Olivia Malone

Opening Ceremony’s Spring ’11 Lineup Boasts Mock Turtlenecks And Presidential Suits


Think Mediterranean. Opening Ceremony is: The Spring ’11 collection Humberto Leon and Carol Lim showed this morning conjured a whistle-stop trip through the French Riviera, complete with mariner stripes and blooming rosettes, followed by a seafaring pilgrimage to Morocco. The Moroccan pieces included intricate embroidered knits—a development from last spring’s India-inspired collection, O.C.’s first foray into embroideries. “I love the embroideries; they’re really different for us,” Lim noted. “And I love the sheers. That was a big theme, too.” Notable among the season’s transparencies were clear plastic rain jackets studded with life-size flowers, also in clear plastic. An unremarked-upon theme seemed to be the mock turtleneck, which showed up in signature Opening Ceremony full-skirted minidresses and printed crop tops. Elsewhere, Leon and Lim built on a few of their ongoing collaborations, including those with Robert Clergerie (look for the flat patent-leather platform sandals in mustard yellow and red) and Pendleton. Lim pointed out several diaphanous pieces in snakeskin-printed silk, remarking that she and Leon are easing Pendleton into territories other than the boiled wool items for which it’s known. “Slowly but surely,” she said. And another iconic American brand is about to get the slow-but-sure Opening Ceremony update now, too: This morning, O.C. revealed the first fruits of its collaboration with Hickey Freeman, suitmaker to (among others) President Barack Obama. The suits will be in stores in November.

Photo: Courtesy of Opening Ceremony

Mass-Meets-Class McQueen: The First Look


There will be leather. McQ Alexander McQueen for Target’s lookbook looks like another faithful dilution.

The era of first lady-as- rectangle had ended,” declares The Washington Post‘s Robin Givhan of Michelle Obama’s form-fitting inaugural looks, while The New York Times‘ Cathy Horyn calls the First Lady “not your average fashionista.” Prepare yourself for four (or more) years of fashion punditry.

Yesterday’s populist beauty product giveaway turned out not to be so much for the people, because when it comes to moisturizers, the people are kinda snobby.

Hang on to your plaid; Opening Ceremony has deemed it cool for another season with a collection from old-school Americana peddlers Pendleton, launching this fall.

In the now requisite bad news of the day: Yohji Yamamoto is closing its New York press office, after 13 years.

Too awed by Aretha Franklin’s Swarovski-studded ribbon hat to pay attention to the swearing-in yesterday? Can’t blame you. Such finery is available in Detroit, a city that could use a little brotherly love if you’re in the market for millinery.

Kate Moss continues to muse .

Back Again: Pendleton


Humberto Leon knows a thing or two about detecting the difference between a fair-weather trend and a bona fide classic. Take Pendleton, an Oregon-based brand that’s been around since 1909. “Pendleton is an integral part of the American clothing industry, and at Opening Ceremony it’s our job not only to support young designers but also to recognize brands that have a heritage,” he tells us. Hence the fall delivery of button-down jackets, backpacks, earmuffs, and assorted apparel, most of which feature Pendleton’s signature Native American prints. The bright patterns have been spotted upon the streets of Tokyo of late, and if that combined with booming sales doesn’t scream trend re-emergence for the family-owned business, we don’t know what does.

Photo: Linlee Allen