19 posts tagged "Tabitha Simmons"
Welcome to Generation HTML. Since the birth of the blogosphere and global e-commerce domination, we’ve been playing out our lives in cyberspace. And as all aspects of our lives become increasingly techcentric, it’s no surprise that our clothes would follow suit. From Mary Katrantzou’s pioneering prints to Proenza Schouler’s ode to our social-media-saturated times, shop our digitized picks below.
1. Peter Pilotto jacket, $1,689, available at www.net-a-porter.com
2. Maison Martin Margiela rings, $440, available at www.net-a-porter.com
3. Tabitha Simmons pump, $1,245, available at www.barneys.com
4. Proenza Schouler satchel, $2,550, available at www.barneys.com
5. Mary Katrantzou dress, $4,070, available at www.net-a-porter.com
Eschewing pins, plaids, and pugnaciousness, a few of last night’s Met Gala attendees opted for a different sort of ornamentation: all things baroque. Curious, you might think, since gilt and whorls don’t exactly fit with punk’s middle-fingers-up grittiness. But with parallel underlying airs of metallurgy and commoditized Gothicism, we’d say these ladies picked up on a bloodline between the zeitgeists.
Beyoncé’s hellfire custom-made Givenchy gown evoked monarchal muscle and flamboyant architectural tones. Katy Perry arrived in head-to-toe Dolce & Gabbana—florid gold-leafed crown included. Dolce & Gabbana also dressed Giovanna Battaglia and Tabitha Simmons. The former wore the label’s Alta Moda couture line, and both looks recalled a seaside Palermo church awash in halcyon daylight. Hilary Rhoda also walked the line between rococo and rebellion; her Wes Gordon top featured fine-lined Aurelian patterning on diaphanous black sheer—but her cropped leather pants were 100 percent King’s Road.
Label: Tabitha Simmons
Need to Know: CFDA Award winner Tabitha Simmons has made a habit of turning to her English roots or her family for inspiration. This season, it was a photograph of her grandmother’s cottage that got the creative juices flowing. The ivy that crept up the cottage’s walls became her emerald green Fall print, which appeared on killer lace-up-back sandals and sweet satin pumps, the round toes of which were garnished with little bows. Warm black, midnight, and red velvet heels and flats also had a certain English charm; however, the designers’ holographic snakeskin heels that changed color in the light looked like they came from some futuristic paradise, rather than old Britannia.
Simmons, who has also created Fall ’13 shoes for Creatures of the Wind, Peter Som, and Giles, has, like many of her peers, abandoned the platform completely. Boots, pumps, sandals, you name it, all came with flat soles. And many of her wares featured pointed toes. Other highlights included bejeweled sandals and ponyhair boots in leopard—a print that, according to Simmons, is as timeless and essential as black.
She says: “I’m feeling very point point point point flat flat point!”
Where to find it: Barneys New York, Bergdorf Goodman, Net-a-Porter.com
As we enter into a month of fashion shows, we’ve asked some of this season’s biggest stars and most anticipated new talents to offer a sneak peek. Naturally, it’s a busy time for everyone—designers and fashion watchers alike—so we’re pioneering the split-second preview: tweet-length previews at 140 characters or less. To view all of our Fall ’13 previews, click here.
WHO: Creatures of the Wind, designed by Shane Gabier and Chris Peters
WHERE: New York, NY
WHEN: Thursday, February 7
WHAT: “Contemporary 60s-inspired sunglasses x Selima Optique, hand-painted fabrics x Aline Cautis, jewelry x Pamela Love, shoes x Tabitha Simmons.” —Gabier and Peters sent us a shot of their collaborative Selima Optique sunglasses, above.
On February 15, Phaidon Press will release Pattern, a book that highlights one hundred compelling fashion designers on the rise. Phaidon handed over the book’s curatorial duties to a group of ten designers and industry insiders (including stylist Keegan Singh, Preen’s Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi, the SHOWstudio team, and Business of Fashion‘s founder Imran Amed, just to name a few), each of whom chose ten talents to fill Pattern‘s pages.
The book (which is a follow-up to the 2005 fashion tome SAMPLE) features established designers (Phillip Lim, Alexander Wang, Christopher Kane, Sarah Burton), well-known emerging labels (Eddie Borgo, Thomas Tait, Creatures of the Wind, Mary Katrantzou, whose work is pictured above), and proper newbies (Simone Rocha, Marques’ Almeida, Phoebe English, Maarten van der Horst). The designers’ diverse aesthetics, techniques and outlooks are presented via detailed introductions, backstage, campaign and editorial photographs, and never-before-seen sketches, all of which serve to give readers an in-depth understanding of their work. “For me, seeing that the designers had a consistent point of view that’s true to their style was important,” said Singh, whose picks include Cushnie et Ochs (left), Olivier Rousteing of Balmain, Tabitha Simmons, Dominic Jones, and Gianvito Rossi, among others. “You know, it’s like Azzedine Alaïa. He has his thing, and he always sticks to it,” he added. So does Singh think the next Alaïa is somewhere between Pattern‘s covers? “It’s a possibility!” he laughed. At the very least, he notes, “the book gives the young designers a chance to reach broader audiences; it exposes them to a whole new group of people.”
Pattern: 100 Fashion Designers, 10 Curators will be available on February 15, on phaidon.com.