3 posts tagged "We Are Handsome"
Founded in 2009 by Indhra Chagoury and Jeremy Jules Somers, Australia-based swimwear label We Are Handsome has quickly amassed an international cult following with its hypersaturated, photo-screened maillots. Since Handsome’s first formal collection—appropriately dubbed The Pictures—Chagoury and Somers have printed snarling jungle cats, idling koi in black marble fountains, and wild horses galloping with sun-drenched equine folly across their sportive wares. But at this year’s Miami Swim Week (which starts tomorrow), the designers will unveil a more cosmic and spiritual image bank with their latest lineup, The Divine, which will be available this November.
“It’s about making sure we don’t miss out on what the universe is showing us while we are engrossed in our everyday lives,” Chagoury told Style.com from Sydney. That concept translates particularly well in their migration motif. Debuting exclusively here, the print depicts citrus-pink spoonbills fleeing from a post-storm sky. Continue Reading “Lookin’ Pretty, Handsome” »
Australia fashion week wrapped in Sydney today, and Style.com’s special projects editor, Maya Singer, has been reporting back on the most exciting shows. To view our complete Australia fashion week coverage, click here.
Fashion week in Sydney concluded this afternoon with a show by Zambesi (left), one of the major brands from New Zealand. Even if you hadn’t known that Zambesi was based in Auckland, the clothes on the runway made it altogether clear that a non-Australian sensibility was at work. To put it plainly, Zambesi designers Elisabeth Findlay and Dayne Johnston have an affection for the eccentric and borderline frumpy that the local Sydney designers do not share at all. The men’s looks, designed by Johnston, were relatively straightforward—vaguely thuggish tailoring, plus the odd flourish like a pair of tailored wool shortalls. The womenswear, from Findlay, had a bit more range, with crispy and rather clinical white looks ebbing into more challenging pieces, such as long narrow dresses covered with fringe tassels. For both sexes, the sharpest looks were the ones in a tartan organza; very on-trend, that.
Zambesi aren’t the only carpetbaggers on the Australian fashion scene. Jewelry designer Estelle Dévé hails from the South of France, originally, but her brand is based in Melbourne, and in the five years since she launched, it has emerged as something of a cult phenomenon. Dévé’s signature pieces are plated rings with a rough-hewn look; this season, she’s elevated her aesthetic quite a bit, drawing on her French heritage for a bit of soigné, and sourcing influence from the surrealists. Standout pieces in the new collection include statement necklaces with egg-shaped crystal pendants half-covered in a dissolving layer of silver.
Dévé adapted several pieces from the new collection for a capsule range of bracelets and necklaces made in collaboration with Camilla and Marc (left). Those pieces were on the Camilla and Marc catwalk at the very start of Australian Fashion Week; so too was the jewelry work of Ryan Storer, whose dangerous-looking ear pieces adorned all the models at the show. Storey’s brand is ultra-new”—his very small debut collection is shipping to stores now, with a selection of the ear pieces due to arrive at Browns in London at any moment.
Everyone’s favorite ecologist/explorer/dashing young heir David de Rothschild and his soda-bottle boat, the Plastiki, completed their 8,000-mile, trans-Pacific voyage yesterday. By way of contrast, we made the arduous trek from Brooklyn to Manhattan. [WWD]
Kate Moss is apparently hiring a shaman to exorcise the evil spirits from her London home. Seems easier just to take Pete Doherty’s key away, but we’re sure her way will be very effective, too. [Vogue U.K.]
The revival of nineties supe Kristen McMenamy continues: After walking the Calvin show for Fall, she snagged the cover of Dazed & Confused for August—in all her gray-haired glory. [Fashionologie]
Milly’s moving on up. Designer Michelle Smith announced that she’ll open a 1,900-square-foot store on Madison Avenue in early 2011. [WWD]
The up-and-coming Australian swimwear line We Are Handsome shares a video peek at the making of its Spring ’10 lookbook. In other words: cute girls and dudes in tiny, tiger-printed suits. In other words: Rawr! [Refinery29]