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Bite: Street Inspired Art and Fashion, and a Dose of Stranger Style

14 Sep

The Crowd at BITE, hosted at 3rd Streaming, 10 Greene St

On the same night as the Anda and Masha Hat Launch, I attended BITE: Street Inspired Art and Fashion where my newest “bredgren” Peter Dean Rickards was a part of the show. It was, in my opinion, a typical NYC art event: the space crammed with hipsters, the drinks nice and strong, and you never knew if you were bumping into something the curator forgot to move or an actual exhibit piece. Needless to say, I loved it!

Mr. Rickards, photographer, videographer and director, had two pieces up on the projector, Proverbs 24:10 and Street Life. Unfortunately, the party’s soundtrack drowned out his original music, but the images were haunting nonetheless, slow motion Jamaican dancers and ghetto denizen, moving to their own silent beat. For more on Peter, check out his website, or just look in astonishment at this pic right here, blatantly stolen from there…

The Afflicted Yard ¦ Kingston 2002 – 2006

There was also a quick interactive fashion show, where the models came out, both male and female, and then promptly switched jackets. When I spoke to the African designer Tunsi (damn, from exactly where in that massive continent now escapes me), he said he wanted to not only present a live look book, but also play with the idea of there being no sex. Boy puts on girl jacket, girl puts on boy jacket…..kinda gets the job done.

Models swapping jackets for Tunsi’s “Live Look Book”


The artist, Tunsi

And now for that Dose of Stranger Style. I ran into Alexis Greene on the way to the bathroom, and noticed her very simple, yet lux-looking grey dress. Turns out I was right about the lux factor, cause it came from le fabuleux Paris. Paired with a little rope belt, and the perfect pop of colour from her shoes, it was simultaneously demure and spry. Alexis, I forget who you said the designer of those hot shoes was – I want to say Nicholas K – so if and when you pop by, do leave a comment with the details!

Alexis, President of Studio E, which makes hand painted wallpaper.

That’s it for the art scene folks. Ya’ll come back now, you hear?!

Xo,

K

Modern Bride at Anne Bowen, Christian Siriano Brings the Fierce, Cushnie et Ochs Get Soft and Three Designers Courtesy of Concept Korea

14 Sep

Once again, this is post is via Fashion Pulse Daily

[Images via Kaci Hamilton]

Anne Bowen

Guests of Anne Bowen‘s show were treated to a lot of  leg, super-high heels, and tight dresses with flowing trains and sashes at her Spring 2011 collection. The theme was “deconstructed formality;” über short, über sexy pieces with both soft and edgy masculine elements, like a delicate sash billowing off a taupe one-shoulder or a blue pinstripe short suit. The designer kept the color palette muted, with a majority of silver and nude. Known for her bridal wear, Bowen did not disappoint, as the finale piece was a Swarovski crystal beaded asymmetrical one-shouldered number. Daring brides who are ready to show some skin and leg on their big day now know where to look.

[Images via Elle.com]

Christian Siriano

There were 4o reasons to celebrate at Project Runway sensation Christian Siriano‘s Spring 2011 collection. The king of “fierce”  maintained the impeccable craftsmanship and returned to the drama that made him the winner of PR Season Four, with pieces inspired by his travels in  Africa, Asia, and the Mediterranean. The travel inspiration was evident from the first look:  white slim fit pants and a cognac “safari chic” leather jacket, right through to his last creation —  the fiery red tulle concoction was wonderfully impractical, yet consistent with Siriano’s over-the-top elaborate aesthetic.

[Images via Elle.com]

Cushnie et Ochs

Design team Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs know how to put on a show. From the eerily wafting fog to the ethereal trip-hop soundtrack, the Cushnie et Ochs show was a cohesive experience, seemingly less about the glaring-lights-go-go-go routine of other shows and more about a sultry method of displaying the much more fluid collection this season. Less evident were some of the skin-tight, monotone mini-dresses, replaced with looser shifts in solids and the collection’s signature gray, peach and white floral print. Nevertheless, for the strong, empowered Cushnie et Ochs woman, the usual suspects — sheer elements, sharp cut-outs, and surprising pops of leather – are here to stay.

[Images via mbfashionweek.com]

Concept Korea

Three designers, three shows within a show, three very different visions. Kwak Hyun Joo, Juyoung Lee, and Lee Jean Youn came together to create a show that was fun yet serious and crafted, with mixed media (videos kicking off each designer’s collection on a huge plasma screen at the head of the runway) and mixed sexes. Pucca by Hyun Joo featured pop art —  comic book-like prints that were a flirty, free cascade down the runway, with playful additions like ruffles on skirts, fluorescent mesh and tassels on strategically-placed shirt zippers. Lee‘s men’s collection, Resurrection, was like an homage to Scottish Military Goth, if such a thing existed, with a sea of black punctuated by cargo pants under kilt-like pleated skirts and strappy, military shirts and jackets.‘s collection was an ending full of contrasts, mixing leather and feathers, snake skin and organza, salmon and black and throwing in a little bridal at the end for good measure.

-Kaci Hamilton

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