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With an Assist From Lena Dunham, Isa Arfen Has Arrived

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YASMIN SEWELL AND SERAFINA SAMAFor an up-and-coming label like Isa Arfen, dressing the biggest television star of the moment is a game-changer. So when Lena Dunham appeared last week wearing the “eye” shift dress on the red carpet in Hollywood for the Television Academy’s “An Evening With Girls,” designer Serafina Sama said it was her “second dream come true.”

Her first dream? “Working with The Shop at Bluebird.”

Despite being on the scene just shy of two years, Sama (Isa Arfen is an anagram of her full name) has become known for her use of texture, color, and volume. The digitized eye was her first experimentation with print, and she knew from the onset who she wanted to collaborate with: “Marcela Gutiérrez was my fellow classmate at Central Saint Martins, and she had such a talent for print she moved from fashion to illustration. She is really gifted at portraiture, with a focus on the eye, so it was natural for us to work on that and draw it out.”

Sama created two eye pieces—culottes (£420) and a skirt (£635)—exclusive to The Shop at Bluebird, one of London’s most underappreciated retail concept stores (but perhaps not for long, as its online launch begins next week). “I not only love their edit of designers,” said Sama, “but also the way they curate furniture and art. I can easily lose hours in the shop, wandering around.”

Last night at Bluebird, Charlotte Dellal, Yasmin Sewell, and more turned up for a preview of Isa Arfen’s AW 2014 collection. Sama explained how Dunham’s eye dress came to be: “It was originally a little cropped top, but Lena thought it was too short for her, so I basically made it into a dress in two days, sent it out, and crossed my fingers.” Dreams, apparently, come true sometimes. Twice.

Photo: Courtesy Photo

We See Through You

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Sheer looks from Meadham Kirchhoff, Sass & Bide, Christopher Shannon, and 3.1 Phillip Lim

Sheers were regulars on the trend circuit long before Beyoncé appeared at the 2012 Met Gala wearing a diaphanous Givenchy gown. The look’s staying power comes from its versatility. “Unlike other fabrics,” explained fashion consultant Yasmin Sewell, “a single layer allows a designer to explore possibilities in depth and illusion.”

A quiet translucence has taken effect on the womenswear front. Sass & Bide (above, center) showed a Resort ’14 collection with long, sheer panels over simple skirts. Vera Wang traded minimalism for romance by piling on the sheer layers. In one instance, a delicate dot-pattern shift appeared underneath another shift embroidered with matte paillettes. Known for his cool and straightforward aesthetic, Phillip Lim (above, right) produced sheer shorts in white and blue for his latest play-while-you-work collection.

When it came to sheers in menswear, London-based designers were among the first to experiment. The various incarnations were far more structured, referencing traditional tailoring. Meadham Kirchhoff (above, left) offered a lineup of translucent jackets crafted from yellow-tinged and cloudy green rubber. Benjamin Kirchhoff denied any sort of deeper meaning in its use, but he did confess to being moved by the fabric’s texture. Christopher Shannon (above, center) went so far as to wet sheer nylon in an effort to capture an out-all-night-clubbing vibe. “I’d never want it to look too soft, so we used some really fine nylons as layers this season,” Shannon told Style.com. “It’s something that felt modern and sporty but had fluidity.”

Photos: Courtesy of Meadham Kirchhoff; Courtesy of Sass & Bide; Filippo Fior/ InDigital/ GoRunway (Christopher Shannon); Courtesy of 3.1 Phillip Lim 

Yasmin Sewell: Beach Babe

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Thomas Tait Shirts

On May 18, London-based fashion consultant and purveyor of cool Yasmin Sewell joined forces with Paper Mache Tiger to open Beach in the East—a graffitied, California-inspired Shoreditch pop-up replete with bespoke wares by the likes of Acne Studios, Eddie Borgo, and Reece Hudson. But those unable to scoot over to the UK before the store closes on August 24 are in luck, because Sewell has teamed with Farfetch.com to launch a virtual (and thus international) version of her shop. Starting tomorrow, the retailer will offer items that on-the-rise and independent designers created specifically for the project. For instance, Thomas Tait, whose last collection was skater-themed, produced a cycling top (above, right); House of Holland turned out a pair of polka-dot jeans; quirky shoe designer Sophia Webster (who got her start as Nicholas Kirkwood’s apprentice) designed a set of palm-tree-heeled sunset flats (below, right); and new talent Joe Duke created a range of hand-printed vintage denim jackets and vests (below, left). The shop will be replenished with all new limited-edition styles throughout the summer, and most items are priced below $300. Continue Reading “Yasmin Sewell: Beach Babe” »

Damien Hirst’s Art Collection—Now In Dress Form

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The family that rents together, sticks together. So Maia Norman borrowed her partner Damien Hirst’s bookstore/gallery, The Other Criteria, on London’s New Bond Street, emptied it out and, voilà, an instant pop-up for her own clothing line, Mother of Pearl. “Business is booming in every corner of the world, Colette and others like that can’t get enough of us, but we don’t have a London stockist—ironic, isn’t it?” Norman deadpanned. “This was the perfect way to bring the collection to the city, see what the public wants and what they respond to.”

If last night’s opening cocktail was any indication, they’re responding quite well. An A-list crowd came out to celebrate at the shop (wrapped in vinyl for the occasion), including co-host Hirst (in a suit, no less), the Clash’s Paul Simonon, Moda Operandi’s Yasmin Sewell, Mary Charteris (above right), and model Sara Blomqvist (above left, with Norman, center, all in Mother of Pearl). Guest DJ and good buddy Jarvis Cocker manned the decks. Even Norman’s collaborator of the season, reclusive artist Jim Lambie, showed up. (“Actually,” Norman says, “he is not as reclusive as he is shy.”) “It stimulates in a different way,” Lambie said of seeing his prints—wildflowers, duct tape, and, no joke, eyeballs—on fabrics like nappa leather and washable silk, rather than on gallery walls. “It is much more evocative because it places itself directly onto the body. It becomes the body in many ways; it reinterprets our understanding of the body. It’s shape, movement, and overall sex appeal.”

Artistry, for obvious reasons, is part of Mother of Pearl’s DNA, but equally important is freedom of movement. “The clothes have to be easy,” says Norman, famed for her love of danger sports, like motocross, riding, and boarding. (Earlier in the week she was surfing in Devon with her new toy: a heated wetsuit.) “I need things to be unrestricted as I am always on the move, but the clothes have to be interesting as well. That’s why Jim Lambie was an easy choice for us. Damien has been collecting him for years, and he was part of our circle, so to speak. I had been loving his works for years now, seeing it in galleries, and then the next thing was just to convince him to do it. I think the results really excited him.”

Speaking of exciting: good to know whom Damien Hirst is collecting. And now on New Bond Street, a Lambie can be yours—at a fraction of the price.

Photo: Courtesy of Mother of Pearl

Tommy Ton’s Best-Dressed Of 2010

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The year in style from the year’s best street-style chronicler. Below, Tommy Ton’s favorite subjects this year. Click here to check out TT’s snaps, and see below for our handy gloss on who’s who.

Giovanna Battaglia: Stylist, honorary Roitfeld (dates Carine’s son, Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld).

Leigh Lezark: DJ, Misshape, Chanel beauty ambassador.

Vika Gazinskaya (left): Designer of Vika Gazinskaya.

Emmanuelle Alt: Runway stylist for Balmain and Isabel Marant, rédatrice en chef mode (and possible successor to Carine Roitfeld) at Paris Vogue.

Michelle Harper: New York party fixture, muse to designer Victor de Souza.

Yasmin Sewell: Creative consultant, formerly of Liberty of London.

Miroslava Duma: Russian fashion editor, formerly of Harper’s Bazaar Russia.

Milan Vukmirovic: Creative director of Trussardi 1911, co-owner of Miami’s The Webster.

Anya Ziourova: Stylist.

Susan Cernek: Fashion and beauty editor at Glamour.com.

Viviana Volpicella: Assistant to Anna Dello Russo.

Aurora Sansone: Assistant to Anna Dello Russo.

Caroline Sieber: Stylist, Chanel beauty ambassador.

Marina Munoz: Argentine stylist, brow naturalist.

Nickelson Wooster: Men’s fashion director at Neiman Marcus.

Taylor Tomasi Hill: Style and accessories director at Marie Claire.

Vanessa Traina: Downtown fixture, muse to Joseph Altuzarra, contributing fashion editor at T.

Hanne Gaby Odiele: Model.

Guerre: Street-style blogger at Swagger360.blogspot.com.

Shala Monroque: Pop contributor, Miuccia Prada confidante, unofficial first lady of the art world (dates gallerist Larry Gagosian).

Anna Dello Russo: Editor at large at Vogue Nippon, blogger, gift recommender, all-around phenomenon.

Photo: Tommy Ton