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July 23 2014

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Resurrection’s Mugler Moment

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On Thursday, November 7, famed vintage boutique Resurrection will unveil its first Thierry Mugler capsule in New York City and online. The offering includes pieces from the designer’s eighties and nineties oeuvre. The angle? No “crazy shoulders.” “I love his big power suits and the exaggerated lines,” Resurrection’s co-owner, Katy Rodriguez, told Style.com. “But this lineup showcases very wearable and modern pieces while still illustrating his signatures.” What she means is: Fans of Mugler’s curved seams and distinct surrealist details won’t be lost for want, thanks, for example, to a tobacco-color leather bomber with sculptural metal cinches at the waist, or an amoeba-shaped mesh inlay along a top, or a black velvet jacket with neon wiring spelling out the designer’s name. It’s all very Thierry, but it’s all very functional.

“The velvet jacket is a little hard for me to let go of,” said Rodriguez. “Years and years ago, a woman walked in and said she had been a model for Mugler—she’d worn it in the show, and he gave it to her afterward. You won’t ever see it again.” Yet Rodriguez also cautions that, at Resurrection, aesthetic trumps provenance. “We’re huge fashion nerds. We buy things based foremost on the quality of the design. Not the name of who owned it.” With that in mind, expect Resurrection to throw it back this Thursday to Mugler’s glory days—with, of course, a 2013 sensibility. Above, check out a selection from the collection, exclusively on Style.com.

Resurrection’s Thierry Mugler capsule will be available beginning November 7 at Resurrection in New York City and online at www.resurrectionvintage.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Resurrection

Punk Resurrected, Again

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Between the Met’s upcoming Punk: Chaos to Couture exhibition and the rebellion-infused Fall ’13 runways, it’s no secret that punk is having a major moment. Resurrection New York—the Nolita vintage store known for its highly edited collection of sixties Pucci and seventies Halston—decided to celebrate the revival with What Are You Looking At, an in-store installation featuring pieces from Resurrection’s enviable archive. “The Met has their way—they feature certain things and have a lot of the high-fashion derivatives of punk rock and fashion—but we have our own approach [to punk] that’s really special,” explained Resurrection archivist and manager Maria Ayala. “We thought, This is all happening. Let’s show people where this actually came from.”

The pieces on view range from iconic King’s Road staples (polka-dot mini-crinis, Seditionaries’ Sid Vicious Chaos tees) to rare personal items like a pair of shredded bondage pants that Gaye Advert gave owner Katy Rodriguez in London. A selection of wares are for purchase—a pastel camo Stephen Sprouse blazer, for example—while others, like a Westwood x Keith Haring knit skirt and some original, and very ribald, Boy London T-shirts, are for ogling only. “We actually have a top like that, as well,” commented Ayala in reference to the Haring skirt. “But today, M.I.A. came in and rented it because she’s doing promo pictures for her album. Maybe we’ll see it on her album cover, maybe not. But that’s pretty exciting.”

What Are You Looking At is on view through May 8 at Resurrection New York, 217 Mott Street, New York, NY; (212) 625-1374.

Photo: Courtesy of Resurrection

Concept Eclectic

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By now, the scene outside any fashion show is familiar—an army of street-style photographers stacked on top of one another, grappling for the best shot of arriving editors and celebrities. The Concept Korea event brought that scene indoors this weekend at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, hosting editors and bloggers curious about new talent. Spearheaded by the South Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, the showcase introduced five brands well-known in their homeland but seeking a wider audience in America. As professional and amateur paparazzi pressed in for photos, designers from DOHO, Son Jung Wan, Steve J & Yoni P, Lie Sang Bong, and Resurrection presented looks for inspection, posing proudly in front of their work.

Most established of the bunch and often dubbed the “Korean McQueen,” Lie Sang Bong explained techniques he uses to earn that moniker. “Inspired by a traditional Korean architecture technique, I wanted to incorporate past, present, and future by mixing materials like silk with very high-tech leathers and hologram trim.” The resulting feminine, futuristic pieces included one of the most-admired items of the night—a leather vest treated to shimmer like a beetle wing.

Photo: Mike Coppola / Getty Images

Couture Club: Style.com And 1stdibs.com Exclusive Haute Couture Preview

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Compared to 1stdibs, eBay is for amateurs. Founded in 2001, the site quickly became the online destination for high-end antiques and twentieth-century design. Last week, 1stdibs announced it was adding vintage couture and designer fashion to its stable. As expected, they have nothing less than a thoroughbred lineup on offer, as fashion expert and independent curator Clair Watson corralled dealers like Resurrection, The Way We Wore, The Paper Bag Princess, Mark Walsh and Leslie Chin, and Rare Vintage to participate. Style.com’s coverage of the Fall 2009 haute couture season starts today—with a special bonus: 1stdibs.com is offering Style.com readers an exclusive preview of specially selected vintage couture items that will be available for purchase starting Wednesday. You can only see these haute little numbers by clicking here.
Vive le couture!

Photo: Courtsy of 1stdibs