A 1970s cabinet from the German Democratic Republic with a frameless mirror on top, a low and narrow single bed, an Uzbek patterned carpet: the furnishings that fill the newly-assembled living-room in the basement of Dover Street Market are unmistakably Soviet. As someone born and raised in the USSR I immediately recognize the utilitarian shapes, yet the textures are unfamiliar: every piece is coated in a heavy mix of plaster, latex, liquid rubber and hessian that makes the objects look like ghosts of themselves. The mirror does not reflect anything, the carpet’s pattern is barely intelligible, the once-glossy wooden surface of the chest is rendered white and matt; the overall dreamlike feeling is that of stepping into the living-room of my childhood decades later, and finding everything in its old place but buried under the weight of time passed. This is the newly opened installation by Cherevichkiotvichki, the London-based shoe label that takes inspiration in abandoned spaces, time and memory.
We would like to present the Fall/Winter 2013 collection by the German artisanal jeweler Werkstatt:Munchen. This season, in addition to their usual offerings, W:M wanted to experiment with leather and added a few interior design pieces with new treatments.
Rigards, the eyewear brand, began as a collaboration between two friends in Los Angeles. Jean Marc Virard and Ti Kwa, both self-professed “four-eyes for life” and avid collectors of glasses were not quite satisfied by what was available on the market.
In particular they were drawn by the traditional way of making frames from horn, a sustainable, natural material. A green light went on and they got into the game.
We are happy to present the current women’s collection from Forme d’Expression.
We are happy to present the Spring-Summer 2013 collection by Forme d’Expression. We will post the women’s looks tomorrow. Click on any image to enlarge.
The new exhibit on punk and its influence on fashion by the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York may, naturally, raise questions, such as “What the fuck”? What is punk, with its emphasis on anti-establishment and disobedience, doing in the halls of this grand dame of culture? Would Sid Vicious hang out with the queen of England in her drawing room? Things get weirder if you start thinking about tonight’s gala and all the celebrities in ball gowns it will draw. Will they at least slash their Carolina Herreras with razor blades? One might only hope that Marc Jacobs will show up in plaid boxers.
I first met Barny Nakhle in Paris a year ago. I was preoccupied with finding a perfect pair of derbys at the time and therefore developed an unbecoming habit of staring at other men’s shoes. His were the first I liked in a long time. Hoping to score the same pair I asked where he got his. No cigar – the derbys were a prototype of a footwear collection he was working on after cutting his teeth at Guidi.
Zam Barrett fall-winter 2013. Continue reading for a preview shot for StyleZeitgeist at the Paris showroom.