2 posts tagged "Vans"
Vans—the SoCal purveyor of all things street-and-skate—is set to introduce a new trick in its proverbial park. Best known for it’s impossibly cool sneakers, the brand is relaunching its full-fledged women’s ready-to-wear line for Spring ’14, which debuts tonight in New York City.
“Our original inspiration was that we wanted to walk away from theme and item-driven pieces—we wanted to do a wholly realized collection,” said head women’s designer Nadia Barienbrock. “Our thinking was alive, wild, and free.” It’s a fitting trio of descriptors, as Barienbrock’s offering blends animal, paisley, geometric, camo, floral, and skull prints with an almost grown-up sense of casualness. This mix is most evident in the easy cutout dresses, smart chiffon oxford shirts, and loose-knit jumpers that feature potassium-induced fading. But Vans’ West Coast grunge isn’t sacrificed—ripped muscle tees, pastel plaid cutoffs, and an eye-catching jean jacket, screened at the collar with an American flag motif, are also worked in. The diverse range should serve Vans well, as the company is pushing for a more global presence, catering to a kind of California-everywhere mentality.
This evening marks Vans’ very first presentation in Manhattan. To celebrate the milestone, they tapped Chrissie Miller to direct a short film featuring a hypercool quintet from It girl-dom: Langley Fox Hemingway (Dree’s little sis), Annabelle Dexter-Jones, Coco Young, Georgia Ford, and Luz Pavon. Styled by Heidi Bivens, the video—with an accompanying runway show—will also premiere this evening along with the clothes. Ahead of the presentation, take a sneak peek at the new collection here, exclusively on Style.com.
Caroline Brasch Nielsen (pictured) may be one of the most stylish models off duty we’ve seen. Props to the Danish stunner who has yet to be snapped in the black skinny jeans, black T-shirt, and motorcycle boot model uniform that her long-legged friends have made famous. Nielsen always takes to the streets in something unique, and she’s never lacking in the accessories department. During Paris Couture, Tommy Ton caught the model in suede chukka sneakers, which made for a quirky but chic twist when paired with a leopard skirt and top and an iconic quilted Chanel bag. Want to step into Nielsen’s shoes? We found four options to try below.
From top left to right: Christian Louboutin Louis sneaker, $925, available at www.us.christianlouboutin.com; Common Projects chukkas, $273, available at www.unitedhabit.com; Vans Houston sneaker, $60, available at www.shop.vans.com; Giuseppe Zanotti sneaker, $850, available at www.giuseppezanotti.com.