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Antwerp-born, Paris-based accessories designer Niels Peeraer specializes in creating a beauteous breed of wearable madness—and leather is his weapon of choice. “I love the toughness of it, the way it moves, and its natural charm,” he says. Through his namesake line, which he launched in 2011 after concluding his studies in fashion at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, Peeraer brings an innocent happiness to everyday life. “There can never be enough bows, never enough cuteness!” he says, adding that his brand’s mantra is, “There is no limit to cuteness.”
Peeraer morphs his leathers into clean bags, caps, and headpieces, most of which are garnished with multidimensional leather bows and subtle brass finishes. Aimed toward a savvy, young clientele who is looking for something “extra,” Peeraer’s wares are currently available at on-the-pulse retailers like RA in Paris and Antwerp, and Opening Ceremony in New York and L.A.
For his Fall ’13 collection, the designer looked to traditional Chinese opera and its tenacious female leads, known as huadan. “I try to give seasonal refreshments in the design and lots of detail, while still keeping a certain practicality concerning volume: something I miss in bags from big maisons, ” Peeraer says.
Next on the designer’s agenda is his Spring ’14 collection. He hopes to introduce a new bag series that prioritizes beauty over seasonal trends.
Is the world of Haute Couture ready for London-based bad boy Charlie Le Mindu? We’re about to find out. The French hairstylist-cum-designer (who’s probably best known for Lady Gaga’s electric dye jobs and sculptural coifs) will show his first couture collection during Paris’ upcoming Haute Couture week. But don’t expect mousseline or brocade to make appearances in Le Mindu’s Spring ’13. Since he began designing clothes in 2009, the designer has favored a more unconventional material, one that’s near and dear to his heart—human hair. Le Mindu has used the stuff to create everything from ball gowns to circle hats (although, it should be noted, he’s also crafted looks out of synthetic nails). “It takes me up to five hundred hours to finish each piece. I put so much time and energy into my designs, so it made sense to show during Haute Couture,” says Le Mindu, who previously debuted his collections via theatric Paris presentations during ready-to-wear.
Named Metal Queen (for his muse Lee Aaron’s eighties heavy-metal hit) the predominantly black-and-white collection will fuse human hair and Japanese leather (which Le Mindu says “feels like skin.”). “The hair just looks like textured leather,” says the designer, who has shared some exclusive sketches of his upcoming collection with Style.com. “It’s very organic, but also kind of fetishistic.”
In the name of fun—another Le Mindu signature—the designer has enlisted performers from Crazy Horse, as well as bearded New York personality Andre J, to model in his presentation, which will be held at RA on January 21. Haute Couture clichés (think strong poses and jutting hips) were also a focal point of the collection, and the presentation will have lots of them. “We’re going to do things in a really exaggerated, over-the-top way so that people can laugh about it. I take fashion very seriously. But when you’re at a show, you just want people to react and enjoy it.”
Kate Moss Doesn’t Mind Snakes, Olsen Twins Enlist Prada Exec For The Row, Rihanna Has A TV Show, And More…
Being a top model requires the ability to withstand some unpleasant encounters. “The snakes. I don’t mind snakes, but sometimes they’ve been quite…you know, snakes going up legs and snakes everywhere,” says Kate Moss, referring to one of her weirdest modeling gigs. [Huff Po]
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have brought on Prada’s U.S. president and chief operating officer, Francois Kress, to take helm of The Row. Of Kress, who will serve as the president and chief operating officer of The Row, Ashley Olsen says, “His experience and sensibility will add great value to The Row in its next phase of development.” [WWD]
Rihanna will produce and appear in a show to find a new top designer. The name of the show has not been released, but she has revealed that she will wear the winner’s design for her headline performance at London’s Wireless Festival this summer. [Telegraph]
Belgian concept store RA set up shop in the Marais district in Paris on Wednesday. The 1,500-square-foot space includes women’s and men’s ready-to-wear pieces from labels including Rodarte, Bernhard Willhelm, and Iris van Herpen. [WWD]
Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren—better known simply as Viktor & Rolf—chaired the jury of ITS9, the annual launching-pad competition for young designers in their final year of school, held this weekend in Trieste on Italy’s Adriatic Coast. That made good sense: The designers were themselves launched by a young talent competition back in 1992, at France’s Festival d’Hyères. They were only 23, and their line, such as it was, was young enough that it didn’t even have a name. “I remember when it was announced we had won,” Snoeren recalled. “We were asked to come on stage, but we had no name yet, so they just said: ‘Viktor & Rolf.’ ” And the rest, as they say, is history.
The duo and their fellow jurors settled on Takashi Nishiyama, 23, of Japan’s Coconogacco design school for the Fashion Collection of the Year prize and its €15,000 award. Nishiyama’s collection, with its voluminous layers, was inspired by Monster Hunter, the console video and online game that’s become immensely popular in Japan (above left). South Korea’s Yong Kyun Shin, 28, a student at Central Saint Martins, won the Fashion Special Collection Creativity award (and €5,000) for his complex women’s collection made from tens of thousands of hair pins, some covered with leather (above right.). And Michael Kampe, 23, a student at Belgium’s Hogeschool in Antwerp, took the ITS9 Diesel award, which comes with a six-month internship in design at the company and €25,000. His menswear—perhaps more theoretical than wearable—was inspired by the exploded-view drawings and blueprints used by engineers and the artwork of Naoya Hatakeyama, E.V. Day, Lucy McRae, Florian Baudrexel, and Lebbeus Woods. If you get all of those references, an application to ITS10 should probably be in your future.
Finalist Niels Peeraer, 21, from Antwerp’s Hogeschool, didn’t take an official prize, but he got a pretty nice consolation one: Romain Brau and Anna Kushnerova of Antwerp’s new concept store Ra were so taken with his furs, draped silk jersey minidresses, and men in heels that they’ve promised him an in-store installation and party when Ra hits its first anniversary next fall. “All my friends at school are Japanese, and for as long as I can remember I’ve thought of myself as a geisha,” explains the designer, who has been teaching himself to read and write Japanese. In September, Peeraer will begin his postgraduate studies for a master’s in fashion, but this August he’s taking his dream trip to Japan, crashing with newfound friends picked up on the cheap—at Couchsurfing.org.