Are you some kind of steampunk, time-warping mad professor with a flair for theatrics? How about a well-to-do Victorian lady with a taste for exotic Oriental locales and a nasty opium habit? Need something creepy and elegant all in one? How about shagreen. Shagreen is leather that used to be made from the back of a wild ass, but is now more often made from stingrays. STINGRAYS! What other undersea critter do we turn into leather? If Ursula from The Little Mermaid had to accessorize, we think she’d reach for some of the following:
Balenciaga stingray and suede heel
Oscar de la Renta Goya bag
More shagreen after the jump. . .
Rumor has it that Karl Lagerfeld is finito after 27 years at Chanel. Supposedly, Albert Elbaz will take his place and Oliver Theyskens will fill the empty spot at Lanvin.
While we at LuM do appreciate and encourange change, especially in the world of Haute Couture, we can’t help but lament the loss of the man who used strippers and Italian porn stars as models for Fendi and rescued Chanel when it was on a staid and doomed path to irrelevance.
And clearly, Mr.Lagerfeld has still got it. Some shining moments from Chanel’s resort 2010 collection after the jump…
Dutch design duo Job Smeets and Nynke Tynangel of Studio Job create seemingly functional objects with sarcastic wit and dark undertones. Their pieces often contain visual and verbal puns that are at once satirical and charming. They are best known in America for their “Biscuit” collection, stark white bique porcelain dishes embossed with allegorical icons and images of fantasy, that they designed for Royal Tichelaar Makkum.
The “Robber Barons” collection makes household objects out of five landmarks of industrial revolution greed and corruption while linking them to contemporary civilization.
Studio Job has also collaborated within the fashion industry, creating prints and designing for jewelry production brand, chi ha paura…?
You can check out more of Studio Job’s cool stuff online or in person at Moss in NYC or LA.
Bodhi handbags are designed to help women obtain enlightenment through the reclaiming of domestic objects such as safety pins and clothespins. But to us, this safety pin clutch is more Johnny Rotten than Betty Crocker. It also comes in punk rock black ostrich leather.
Interior and jewelry designer, painter and fellow Pennsylvanian, Justin Giunta, has recently been nominated for the 2009 CFDA Swarovski Award for Accessory Design for his line, Subversive Jewelry.
Subversive’s controlled chaos comes from a blending of fine art and fashion. In Subversive, the Baroque meets Deconstruction and the result is jewelry that is at once edgy and elegant.
Alas, these pictures can’t do the jewelry the justice it deserves……Still, more after the jump, s’il vous plait:
I think the lack of perilous ice and snow on the ground is making me a little shoe crazy. More so than usual, that is. I mean, how many pairs of cute shoes does one gal really need? Answer: At least one, courtesy of Marc by Marc Jacobs…
And possibly a whole lot more . . .
In the last few seasons, we’ve noticed a mini-trend of kooky architectural heels. More than a few designers have propped a lady up with one art object or another. Here are a few of our favorites (more after the jump):