31 posts tagged "Suno"
When you’re known for mixing brilliant, eye-popping African prints, no reason to stop at the ankle. For their Spring 2011 presentation yesterday, Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty debuted their two collaborative styles with Loeffler Randall, each using textiles from the duo’s collection. Our favorite was the wood-bottomed Erin sandal (no relation, as it were, to Beatty), which got dressed up in floral, kanga-inspired printed cotton canvas. It goes on sale at Opening Ceremony and online at loefflerrandall.com this February.
The explosion of prints over the past few months has infiltrated every area of the stylish woman’s wardrobe, from accessories to tops, shoes, and even—that last frontier—pants. Ask Suno‘s Erin Beatty, whose African-inspired collections pile print on print, and the explanation’s obvious: It’s an antidote to all the dull stuff out there.
“I think that every time the economy goes sour, what people try to do is go back to basics,” Beatty told Style.com. “It’s because that’s safe and they know it’s going to sell and yada yada yada. But I don’t think that’s necessarily what people want, or how people truly want to express themselves, regardless of the economy. So many people turned back to basics that prints started to feel new and fresh again. That’s what we saw—working with these African fabrics, everything felt so new and original. And that’s exactly how women want to portray themselves.”
It’s certainly how designers from Dries Van Noten to Isabel Marant have been portraying the women on their runways. They’ve styled bold, brilliant pants with sheer tops, slick moto jackets, eye-popping lamé blazers, and, yes, even more prints. Cuts range from cropped, peg-legged jeans to billowing, carrot-shaped harem pants, but whatever the shape, the style isn’t for the shrinking violet. “Printed pants, especially, are so confident,” Beatty continued. “I think the reason printed pants are scary is that women are always very protective of the way our legs look—it’s the ongoing lifetime search, finding the perfect pant. But the printed pant that actually fits well and flatters your figure can even enhance your figure.”
Do you agree? Click here for a slideshow of some of our favorite options from the runways (and a few stylish girls trying the trend), and let us know if you’ll be rocking the look this fall.
This weekend, the Siren Festival hits Coney Island, bringing with it hipsters by the drove (well, those who haven’t carpooled their way to the other hipster music fest of record, Pitchfork in Chicago). Here in New York, Ilirjana Alushaj (pictured, front) and her band, Apache Beat, whose first album arrives this October, will be taking the stage—dressed, no doubt, better than just about anybody else.
Style cred? Yeah, she’s got that. Alushaj name-checks designers such as Suno and Ashish when talking about her love of print, and she recently rocked a Camilla Stærk dress at a concert. “I’m into clothes that are innovative yet realistic,” she says. “No Gaga gun bras for me, I’m afraid.” Bonus style points for founding and editing The Pop Manifesto, her online mag, which mainly focuses on music but occasionally dips a toe into designer waters, too. The magazine pre-dates the two-year-old Apache Beat, and Alushaj says that the band is in some ways an extension of that project. “I guess I felt like another way of showing my love for music was by making it,” she notes. “And I think you see my taste in both, obviously. The bands I choose to write about reflect my taste, and the sound of Apache Beat reflects my taste, too.” Alushaj describes said sound as “psychedelic tribal rock,” but you can judge that for yourself, since the band is debuting the album version of its song “Tropics” here.
Michelle Williams hit Cannes to promote her new flick Blue Valentine, and we’re just about ready to say she can do no wrong. She’s got a soft spot for young designers—she wore Suno to her Valentine photo call—but for the official premiere, she pulled out the big guns: Chanel Haute Couture. (She chose the petal pink column Heidi Mount wore for the show—an insouciant take on Roman sixties couture, if you ask us.) But what we really love is that she toned down the look with a witty choice of jewelry: bumblebee earrings from Asprey’s new children’s collection. Kids are better and better dressed these days—note the news from Pitti, for example, where Gucci and Fendi are due to launch childrenswear next month—and Asprey has wasted no time courting the tot demographic, delivering its collection of pint-sized fine jewelry to stores earlier this year. We presume that Michelle will be handing the ladybug posts down to her adorable daughter, Matilda, as soon as her ears are pierced. In the meantime, a magnifying glass is required to spot them in the Cannes paparazzi shots, but those are the gold, enamel, and pavé diamond earrings pictured above. Totally charming.
Ladybird earrings in white gold, $1,500, available later this year; for more information, call (212) 688-1811 or visit www.asprey.com.