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46 posts tagged "Spring 2013"

Rauwolf Of The Future, Right Now


Carry a clutch by New York-based designer Kristine Johannes and people are sure to ask you about it (and, most likely, they will attempt to use it as a mirror to check their lipstick, too). Since she unveiled her line of Plexiglas and mirrored bags (called Rauwolf) for Spring ’12, Johannes’ designs have landed in the hands of starlets like Anna Kendrick and Elizabeth Banks and on the pages of Vogue Japan and Vogue Latino America, among others. For Spring ’13, she’s lightened things up a bit, offering some of her now signature styles in saturated colors and more muted metallics. She’s also added smaller styles for more petite women. “The aesthetics were inspired by part doyenne of high society mixed with a touch of alien and a dash of Ziggy Stardust—always with an eye to the future,” she tells “For shape inspiration, I really focused on gemstones and outer space.” Here, a look at one of our favorite pieces from her latest collection.

Photo: Courtesy of Rauwolf

Piers Atkinson Toasts Old Hollywood Glamour


Spring 2013 marks London-based milliner Piers Atkinson’s tenth season. His witty, often outrageous toppers have always emitted a certain vintage, big-screen glamour. (Can’t you just see Marilyn rocking a pair of the designer’s signature hyper-cherries?) So what better way to celebrate his brand’s fifth anniversary than with an old Hollywood-themed collection? Titled Director’s Cut, Atkinson’s Spring 2013 lineup pulls inspiration from films of the thirties, forties, and fifties as well as greats like Lana Turner, Marlene Dietrich, Bette Davis, and Joan Crawford. “I think when you look at old films, all the girls are wearing hats and they all look a million dollars. It was an era when femininity was more demure,” says the milliner, who now sells his collection in the States at Opening Ceremony. Given the collection’s cinematic nature, it only makes sense that the designer would create a film to showcase his new looks. Directed by Morgan White and styled by Kim Howells, the black-and-white short, which debuts above on, features glitzy girls wearing Atkinson’s Spring chapeaux, like a swirling black feathered number cleverly named the Hitchcock and a black silk rose beret with a reflective laser-cut veil that bleaches out the face when exposed to a camera flash. Atkinson calls it the Incognita. Although the milliner tells us that the hat, intended to perplex paparazzi, was inspired by Lady Gaga, we think the starlets that influenced his Spring collection would have appreciated this veil of invisibility (as will his famous clientele, which includes a host of pop stars and British nobles). A mini bowler hat with a mustachioed veil also has a supporting role. After all, it wouldn’t be an Atkinson collection without a little cheeky whimsy.

Nicholas Kirkwood Spring 2013


Label: Nicholas Kirkwood

Need to know: Crazy colors, wild patterns, and sky-high heels are what we’ve come to expect from London-based shoe designer Nicholas Kirkwood. He offered all this and more in his Spring collection, which was inspired by waves. His oceanic theme was apparent in snakeskin gladiator sandals with mirrored resin heels. Instead of going the typical “urban warrior” route, the designer reinterpreted the popular style into something more feminine, using fluid, swirling baroque shapes (not unlike rippling waves) instead of typical straps. Crests splashed over the sides of electric blue, orange, or yellow pumps and sandals in metallic leather and suede. Kirkwood also translated his beachy-inspiration into graphic plastic fan heels, and the metal toecaps on quirky, demure flats mimicked a wave shape. Printed watersnake sandals seemingly inserted into open-toe Mary Janes were a clever take on classic footwear, and the iridescent epoxy resin beads on a range of snakeskin sandals felt particularly aquatic. The designer also introduced a 55mm heel into his collection for the first time, showing it on pointy chevron-printed neon pumps. “It’s a way to get that height that people want without being so mumsy,” explained Kirkwood. “A low heel can still be cool. And it can be young, too.”

He says: “I became a little obsessed with waves this season. We’ve done them in multiple colors and forms. And I was feeling more of a closed-up silhouette, something that’s feminine but not too girly.”

Where to find it: Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys New York, Saks Fifth Avenue, and in Nicholas Kirkwood stores.

Photo: Courtesy of Nicholas Kirkwood

Eddie Borgo Spring 2013


Label: Eddie Borgo

Need to Know: New York-based jewelry designer Eddie Borgo has become synonymous with urban, rock ‘n’ roll baubles. But this season, Borgo has taken his aesthetic in another direction. While many designers are looking to nineties grunge for their Spring collections, Borgo was attracted to the era’s other extreme, pulling influences from late eighties and nineties glam jewelry. His new collection is crafted entirely out of goldplated silver—a noted departure from the blackened metals and pavé crystals with which he usually works. Borgo studied the accessorized-to-the-hilt nineties editorials created by stylist Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele and reinterpreted the era’s gilded excess for his cool, downtown client. The result? Airy Paragon Link chains in endless lengths and sizes (perfect for layering), no-nonsense geometric bracelets, Grace Jones-esque chokers, and a pair of giant link ear cuffs. This season, the designer has also created a leather and silver attaché case. He explains, “I think by this time, our girl is becoming a collector. Women are really investing in jewelry. And they should have somewhere nice to keep it.”

He says: “The collection was inspired by the styling of editor Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele, who’s best known for her work in Vogue and Elle in the late eighties and nineties. This was a time, of course, when status jewelry, à la Chanel, Mugler, and Versace, was so relevant. The collection is an homage to the runway and status jewelry of the time and reinvents the idea of these fabulous pieces for a new customer.”

Where to find it: Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, Jeffrey New York, and other select international retailers, as well as at

Photo: Courtesy of Eddie Borgo

Damir Doma X Mykita Sunglasses


Up-and-coming designer Damir Doma had a strong showing on the Paris runway yesterday—what’s Nicole Phelps called his “click moment.” Paired with those smartly tailored pantsuits and sleeveless shifts were these über-cool circular frames, made in collaboration with eyewear brand Mykita (the label has just come off a collab with musician Beth Ditto). “This particular shape perfectly rounds up the Damir Doma look,” the designer says of the sunglasses made from gold, platinum, graphite, and horn (which explains the price tag—they start at $1,700 and they’re available on in February). “From the very beginning, our aim was to translate the traditional shape into something modern and create an iconic object.” Here, has the up-close look at the shades.

Photo: Courtesy of Mykita