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Sass & Bide’s Founders Step Down


sassAustralian label Sass & Bide‘s founders, Heidi Middleton and Sarah-Jane Clarke, have bid adieu to the label they launched in 1999. The news broke on Friday, when department store Meyer, who bought a majority stake in the brand in 2011 and then took full control last year, announced the pair’s departure, noting that it had been in the works for some time. “Both Heidi and Sarah-Jane have been slowly transitioning out of the business, and it has now reached a point where both girls feel confident that the business will go on to grow and thrive without their day-to-day involvement,” read a release.

Having launched with covetable customized denim, Sass & Bide, which has grown to include ready-to-wear and accessories, is easily one of the most high-profile Australian brands when it comes to international success—the collection has been shown at both New York and London fashion weeks, and there are twenty-five freestanding stores spread throughout Australia, New Zealand, and the U.S., specifically in New York. Middleton and Clarke will be replaced by designer Anthony Cuthbertson, who cut his teeth at Daks, Moncler, Max Mara, and Sportmax, among others, and art director Bonnie O’Hare, the former art director of Tommy Hilfiger Europe.

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Art Meets Commerce at Sass & Bide’s First International Flagship


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Soho is officially experiencing an Aussie takeover. Last night, Zimmerman fêted its new Mercer Street store, and today, Sass & Bide opened the doors to its first international flagship around the corner, at 480 Broome Street. According Heidi Middleton, who co-founded S&B with Sarah-Jane Clarke, “It was a feeling—or an energy—that really pulled us back to New York.” (It’s worth noting that, in September, the brand brought its show back to New York fashion week after a five-year stint on London’s runways.) “We have strong sales in the U.S. and thought it was about time that New Yorkers got to experience the brand in a retail environment. We want our customers to really feel the spirit of the brand from the moment they walk in the store,” Middleton continued. The S&B team worked with architect Kelvin Ho and Brooklyn-based design collective Guild to realize their ideas for the 2,000-square-foot space, which was previously an art gallery. “The concept was based on four key elements: beauty, strength, modernity, and spirit,” Middleton said. They brought that vision to life by creating a tree-like sculpture that winds throughout the shop. It was inspired by the pieces of natural driftwood that Middleton collects, and was constructed from sheets of cloth dipped in resin that were mounted on fiberglass and then painted white. The sinuous sculpture ties together the stark room and provides an elegant backdrop for the racks of clothing (the label also developed several styles exclusive to New York) and cubbies stacked with jeans. “We’ve created a space that captures who we are,” Middleton said.

Photo: Courtesy of Sass & Bide

The Split-Second Preview: Sass & Bide


The Spring ’14 collections are under way in New York, and will be followed by the shows in London, Milan, and Paris. 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.

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WHO: Sass & Bide, designed by Sarah-Jane Clarke and Heidi Middleton

WHERE: New York

WHEN: Tuesday, September 10

WHAT: “Spring ’14 is underpinned with a strong sense of spirit. Embellishments celebrate the female form while modern lines honor the masculine.”— Heidi Middleton. The designers sent us a look at their Spring ’14 embellishments, above.

Photo: Courtesy of Sass & Bide

We See Through You


Sheer looks from Meadham Kirchhoff, Sass & Bide, Christopher Shannon, and 3.1 Phillip Lim

Sheers were regulars on the trend circuit long before Beyoncé appeared at the 2012 Met Gala wearing a diaphanous Givenchy gown. The look’s staying power comes from its versatility. “Unlike other fabrics,” explained fashion consultant Yasmin Sewell, “a single layer allows a designer to explore possibilities in depth and illusion.”

A quiet translucence has taken effect on the womenswear front. Sass & Bide (above, center) showed a Resort ’14 collection with long, sheer panels over simple skirts. Vera Wang traded minimalism for romance by piling on the sheer layers. In one instance, a delicate dot-pattern shift appeared underneath another shift embroidered with matte paillettes. Known for his cool and straightforward aesthetic, Phillip Lim (above, right) produced sheer shorts in white and blue for his latest play-while-you-work collection.

When it came to sheers in menswear, London-based designers were among the first to experiment. The various incarnations were far more structured, referencing traditional tailoring. Meadham Kirchhoff (above, left) offered a lineup of translucent jackets crafted from yellow-tinged and cloudy green rubber. Benjamin Kirchhoff denied any sort of deeper meaning in its use, but he did confess to being moved by the fabric’s texture. Christopher Shannon (above, center) went so far as to wet sheer nylon in an effort to capture an out-all-night-clubbing vibe. “I’d never want it to look too soft, so we used some really fine nylons as layers this season,” Shannon told “It’s something that felt modern and sporty but had fluidity.”

Photos: Courtesy of Meadham Kirchhoff; Courtesy of Sass & Bide; Filippo Fior/ InDigital/ GoRunway (Christopher Shannon); Courtesy of 3.1 Phillip LimĀ 

Shop the Look: Graphic Artist


After the excess of dizzyingly colorful digital prints we’ve seen the last few seasons, Marc Jacobs’ Spring 2013 collection was like a breath of fresh air. Most of his streamlined pieces featured checkerboard, chevron, and striped patterns in a strict black-and-white palette. While we might not step out in a version of look one’s T-shirt and micro boy-short, we are inspired to add a similarly graphic punch to our spring wardrobe. Shop our bold looks from Equipment, Proenza Schouler, Nicholas Kirkwood, and more, below.

1. Equipment shirt, $288, available at

2. Sass & Bide shirt, $180, available at

3. Marni skirt, $760, available at

4. Proenza Schouler bag, $1,725, available at

5. Nicholas Kirkwood shoes, $720, available at

To view more looks, click here.

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