Old Designs, New Life, New Money

This past summer Raf Simons held a show in New York City’s Chinatown that was ostensibly based on the movie Blade Runner. The presentation had plenty of Runner-esque elements; the darkness, the wetness were reflected in the umbrellas and the raincoats that Simons showed. But there was one element in the collection that made no sense at all – the New Order and Joy Division graphics that Simons used liberally throughout have nothing to do with Ridley Scott’s iconic sci-fi film, at least nothing I could discern. Simons showed the same graphics by Peter Saville, whom he is friends with, that he showed in his seminal Fall/Winter 2003 collection, “Closer, “ named after a Joy Divison album.

Byronesque Brings Vintage Raf Simons, Helmut Lang, and Martin Margiela to Opening Ceremony

The curated vintage website Byronesque, run by Gill Linton, has landed at Opening Ceremony in New York. It is the first time that Byronesque presents menswear, capitalizing on the hot market for vintage Raf Simons and Helmut Lang. The pop-up store also includes some pieces from the short-lived cult London brand Vexed Generation, and a dedicated to room to Margiela’s iconic womenswear pieces. But Linton’s venture is not just about commerce – she sources what she loves, so we don’t expect her hawking vintage Hermes bags any time soon. “I was very careful not to have any filler here,” Linton told us when we visited the space yesterday. The pop-up will go on until July 23rd with stock replenished as rack space allows.