Fashion Scout » Brook&Lyn’s West Coast Wares

December 11, 2012

Brook&Lyn Large Medallion NecklaceBrook&Lyn x Juju Made Scalloped Ceramic Ponytail Barrette
Brook&Lyn Doublestrand Ink Lavender BraceletBrook&Lyn Tumble Nude Lemon

Basic shapes, suspended at precise length
demonstrate Brook&Lyn’s mastery of both
restraint and proportion.

Ever since we laid eyes on Brook&Lyn’s bewitching “Deflected” collection, we were taken by the brand’s unexpected and original approach to jewelry design. Combining natural materials with bold shapes, their work gracefully walks the line between delicate and strong, such that we see our own femininity reflected in its construct.

Their latest “Medaled” collection, for instance, places a large plated brass circular pendant on black or natural cord. Available in a few iterations – gold yellow or rhodium plated, featuring a trio of pendants or as a bracelet – the design is marked by its dramatic simplicity, consistent with their portfolio. Basic shapes, suspended at precise length from the neck or each other, demonstrate Brook&Lyn’s mastery of both restraint and proportion. Less is indeed more… except when it comes to the number of their pieces we own!

Though established in NYC, Brook&Lyn has always conjured the expansive quality and earthen palette of the west coast. Fitting, then, that the wife and husband proprietors have recently decamped for LA. To celebrate their new city, the duo have collaborated with a series of native artisans to produce Los Angeles inspired wares, from beautiful, unfussy ceramic ponytail barrettes by JuJuMade to richly detailed wood print silk scarves by Jayne Min, the blogger behind Stop It Right Now. The brand is hitting a creative highpoint, and we look forward to their continued success in Cali.

Exclusive Q&A » DEERDANA

October 23, 2012

DEERDANA Pablo TeeDEERDANA Kanye Tee
DEERDANA Yves TeeDEERDANA Harry Tee
Clockwise from top left: DEERDANA Pablo, Kanye, Harry, and Yves tees

DEERDANA’s minimalist portrait tees have been on our fashion radar for some time.  But when Jay-Z broke out their Basquiat for his now-famous subway ride to Brooklyn a couple weeks ago, we knew the NYC brand had hit the tipping point. Featuring a mötley crüe of iconic characters hand-scrawled onto classic white cotton tees, DEERDANA takes a wardrobe staple and gives it the tastemaker treatment. They also have their finger firmly on the pulse. From Rick Ross to Frida Kahlo to Maggie Smith’s Countess on “Downton Abbey,” their subjects transcend pop- and sub-cultures, and can best be qualified as, quite simply, cool.

We caught up with founders Dana Veraldi and Kevin Tekinel to learn a little more about the line, including what their actual criteria is when emblazoning those tees:

What’s the criteria for showing up on a DEERDANA limited edition tee?

Sometimes we think about the selection as people we’d like to have dinner with. Martin Scorcese, Frida, Basquiat, Bieber singing…can you imagine a better dinner party?

RSVP us please! So who creates the images?
Where do the visuals come from?

I draw them with Kevin – we work together. We source from a number of different places. Some are more well known images, like the drawing of John Ford which from a Richard Avedon photograph.

Are most of your tees commissioned via collaborations (ie the kickass new Opening Ceremony line) or of your own choice?

None of our shirts are really “commissioned.” All of the shirts we do with outside people are true collaborations. From OC to Sean Sullivan to Miguel we go through a process of talking about ideas, going through images to draw from and then a number of drafts that we both are happy with. Most of our tees are our own line, but we love our collaborations!

Do you have to get the subjects’ approval or do you just go for it?

We go for it! Everyone has been very supportive, they should be flattering to the subject. We try to get them to the subject if possible.

Can you give us a heads up on a few portrait subjects we’ll be seeing soon?

New faces include Choupette Lagerfeld (Ed: Karl Lagerfeld’s beloved cat with 21,000 Twitter followers and counting), David Lynch, Hitchcock and Raf Simons.

Can’t wait! The line is so fresh and your cast of characters delight and inspire. All the best DEERDANA!

Fashion Scout » Power Up with Lulu Frost!

October 10, 2012

Lulu Frost Power Collection
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Lulu Frost Demeter Collage Necklace and Artemis Gold Necklace from the Power Collection

A bold, breathtaking ode to goddesses
and ferocious female empowerment.

Lulu Frost has the power! Enough to collaborate with J.Crew four times, to turn up regularly on fashion’s favorite street style subjects, and most of all, to make Lo’s List weak in the knees. The jewelry brand was founded in New York City in 2004 by designer Lisa Salzer, and her most recent Power Collection is a bold, breathtaking ode to goddesses and ferocious female empowerment.

As such, the mix of crystal stones, glass beads and mother-of-pearl are set on ornate brass castings and chunky chains. Dramatic collar necklaces bring to mind Cleopatra, though, really, the designs would befit any glamorous ruler of the past. What makes them wearable today, though, is Salzer’s signature ability to imbue vintage jewelry elements with directional details. It’s in the blood, after all: her grandmother ran an estate jewelry business, and the pursuit of rare finds and finishing touches has influenced the Lulu Frost modus operandi.

We’re particularly taken with the Siren baubles – black resin balls with crystal inlay – and their art deco touch. The Antigone Tassel necklace is well ahead of its time (it was all about tassels on the S/S 2013 runways), and the Calypso Necklace is surely the Power collection’s pièce de résistance: a magnificent design weaving crystal stones, black velvet and mother-of-pearl among hand-painted and etched resin, all hanging from an alloy and brass chain. Considering that First Lady Michelle Obama wore a Lulu Frost necklace last week at a campaign event in Cincinnati, Ohio, we’re pretty sure the brand knows a thing or two about decorating women of power.

Weak in the Knees for Fashion Week: The Next Frontier in Fashion

October 1, 2012

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Markus Lupfer Ready-to-Wear Spring / Summer 2013Markus Lupfer Ready-to-Wear Spring / Summer 2013Markus Lupfer Ready-to-Wear Spring / Summer 2013

Markus Lupfer’s ice queens
also know how to have a little sequined fun.

If space is the next frontier in fashion, British designer Markus Lupfer is leading the way. He married his London roots with galaxies beyond, showing mod-style A-line dresses (reminiscent of swinging ’60s London Town) in shimmering fabrics. The look was confident – clean tailoring and classic shapes – but not without subtle handiwork that required closer inspection. Lupfer is known for his sequined embroidery skills and he decorated the arms of sweaters, fronts of mini dresses and sheer silk blouses.

But these ice queens also knew how to have fun. Amidst the metallic blues and silvers were his signature funny slogans and quirky graphic imagery: a closeup of lips, a trio of (sequined) lightning bolts, a big hot air balloon, and our favorite – the word “CHILL.” Which is precisely what this coolly futuristic collection accomplished.

Weak in the Knees for Fashion Week: Absurdly Cool Amstrup

September 26, 2012

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Bathing beauties with chameleon heads and swan centaurs graced superbly constructed separates.

Imagine the cuts and artistry of today’s Balenciaga blended with a cheeky approach to print and color. That’s Louise Amstrup. The Danish-born, London-based designer just showed her best – and dare we say most imaginative – collection to date for her eponymous line. Known for striking, offbeat ready-to-wear, Amstrup advanced her work with absurdly cool anthropomorphic prints. Bathing beauties with chameleon heads and swan centaurs graced superbly constructed separates.

Her bold hues and textures were a visual feast this season, too. Amstrup punctuated her surreal prints by color blocking with kiwi green, electric pink and metallic blush tones. And she used color gradation nicely on a few select pieces. One of the best looks was a dazzling handwoven plastic skirt with a hot pink floral swath of fabric peeking from the waist and topped with a matching floral bustier midriff top. Styled with sick sunglasses by Zanzan, classic black platform pumps rimmed in copper by Camilla Skovgaard, and wide brim linen hats in collaboration with Noel Stewart… We’re thinking Nicolas Ghesquière better watch his back!

All photos by GoRunway via Vogue.co.uk

Go for the Gold » Midas Touch Found in Columbus, Ohio

August 14, 2012

Vintage Doc Martens by CWhatPhotos via Flickr
image via Flickr user CWhatPhotos

Dip those Docs in gold, forever preserving this
iconic ‘90s footwear and emblem of teen angst.

Investigative journalism is not our usual beat, but a recent parental text message to Lo set us off on an unexpected quest: “Mom wants to know: do you need to keep those old Doc Marten boots?”

“Yes!!!” we replied immediately, thinking of all the trouble those boots got into with us in junior high. If they could write a book – well, we wouldn’t let our little Henri read it. “Dip ‘em in gold,” we added sarcastically. And then we did the classic double-take: maybe we should dip those Docs in gold, forever preserving our iconic ‘90s footwear and emblem of teen angst. And why stop there? Bronzed baby booties may be a parental cliché, but there’s a ton of stuff we’d be willing to glaze in gold if we know how.

Enter Valley Forge Gifts. “You can preserve almost anything from a hard-won game ball to a unique gag gift,” their website claims. We discovered that, like most retailers offering the service, they outsource to American Bronzing – the oldest and largest bronzing company in America. Since they were established in Columbus, Ohio, in 1934, AB has bronzed over 14,000,000 baby shoes. They use authentic electroplating – not painting – using multiple layers of real-metal plating to coat your keepsake. All 22 steps of the process are done by hand, and the workmanship is covered by a full 25-year warranty.

We contacted longtime American Bronzing staff associate Sue Maynard and inquired about gold. “We used to coat objects in gold – until about a year and a half ago. With the sky-rocketing cost of gold, it just wasn’t profitable anymore, so we stopped offering it.” You can, however, still bronze those boots! Our pair of Docs would run to $75-100 with an 8-10 week turnaround. “The metal shines like a brand new copper penny,” Sue says. Doc Martens, welcome to the new Bronze Age.

Go for the Gold » Sunnies that Shine

August 2, 2012

Miu Miu Noir SunglassesMiu Miu Culte Sunglasses

Dazzling gold peepers that make all other sunglasses look lackluster by comparison

Nothing says style champion like a pair of Miu Miu sunnies, and their recent eyewear designs are pure gold. No, really: both their 2012 Spring/Summer and Resort collections included pairs of dazzling gold peepers that make all other sunglasses look lackluster by comparison.

It’s not only their bright gold color that makes these glasses stand out (though the glitter of the Noir is rather spellbinding). It’s the unique shapes Miu Miu pioneers that put these specs in a league of their own. The Culte frames are pentagonal and grow dramatically thicker at the temple, finished in brushed gold with brown gradated lenses. Showy yet chic. Think Jackie O with a futuristic twist. Or simply look to Rihanna, snapped on a yacht off Saint Tropez wearing them this very weekend. Need we say more?

If the super-sized geometric shape is not really your steez, try the Miu Miu Noir instead. The Noir takes the classic cateye frame and amps it with a more extreme arch. Featuring skinny metal arms that give a bug-eye effect, you add the gold glitter and basically get a 1940s Hollywood ingénue on the cusp of catastrophic mega-stardom. Wide-eyed beauty gone haywire…in a good way.

Of course, both pairs of handmade in Italy with 100% UV protection and custom fitting. But these sunglasses already got the gold – all that is just gravy.

Fashion Scout » Family Ties

July 24, 2012

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Gene Meyer Ties

No, skinny ties and bow ties are not played out, thank you very much. Not when you’re wearing one of Gene Meyer’s original silk woven designs, anyway. The brand’s ties appeal to today’s nattily dressed men, but infuse Mediterranean colors and geometric patterns that call to mind, say, Capri in the 1960s. Which makes sense, considering all Gene Meyer’s ties have been made in Italy since the company began manufacturing over 20 years ago.

By the time brothers Doug and Gene Meyer established the accessories arm of their brand, they were lauded veterans in the interior design and fashion industries. You can still find their home décor and textile work in the likes of Vogue and Architectural Digest any given month, and they clearly bring that same expressive touch to their neckwear. The assorted textures, juxtaposing shapes and beautiful color blocks of violet, salmon and citrus yellow hues make each of these ties worthy of a magazine spread in and of themselves.

Lo’s List especially recommends these ties, bow ties and pocket squares for summer and autumn weddings, weekend getaways, or after-work negronis along the Italian Riviera.

T-Shirt Tuesdays » Jonathan Saunders

March 8, 2011

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Jonathan Saunders Boyfriend Vest TopJonathan Saunders Boyfriend Tee

Don’t you love it when a tee shirt is more than just a tee? Like a top that makes a major artistic statement while you comfortably go about your business? A loose fitting piece that makes you look put together as opposed to sloppy? Well Jonathan Saunders has your number. The London-based designer’s resort collection includes a handful of black and white tees perfectly proportioned with bursts of color and eye-catching patterns. His emblem designs in neon and pastel hues are graphic beauties while the watercolor bricks are more subtle by comparison. Both pack a punch but keep it polished at the same time — plus you can wear them with anything. In other words, they’re perfection to a tee.

Fashion Scout » An Updated Godard Getup

January 27, 2011

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Scott Sternberg’s Band of Outsiders is getting bigger. For Spring 2011, he introduced Girl, adding a breezy feminine aura to the brood. The new diffusion line is sophisticated without being too solemn. Draping faint floral and pale-colored fabrics, Sternberg balances Grecian-style cuts with shorter hemlines and long asymmetrical silk skirts with midriff-baring tops. Girl is a departure from the twisted preppy look that’s made the brand a cult favorite – but she’s still fresh enough to be part of the fam.

Band of Outsiders’ Boy and Man lines, meanwhile, are going strong. Country club casual was the name of the game for this season’s Boy, featuring knits and separates in crisp white, plaid and primary color blocks. As for Man, it was one of Sternberg’s best efforts yet: the suede varsity jackets and shrunken drawstring shorts oozed relaxed cool, and the Band of Outsiders Sperry topsiders they sported would be a hit with any Girl, Boy or Man! Shop the collection here!


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Band of Outsiders Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear CollectionBand of Outsiders Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear CollectionBand of Outsiders Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear Collection

Big Screen » Love Kills Demons

January 13, 2011

Artist Chris Rubino in his studio

How does an artist move forward without forsaking his past? Take something he’s already made and give it new meaning? Over the course of one year, filmmaker Jim Helton documented New York-based artist Chris Rubino as he explored these paradigms and new direction in his work.

The final 12-part short film, “Love Kills Demons,” is a sweeping tribute to art, romance and inspiration. We’ve played it a dozen times! Peering behind the artist’s studio doors, we watch Rubino’s screenprinting, painting and drawing come to life. We see his old posters snipped and screened anew. We wander with him through Lo’s Williamsburg ‘hood, spying unexpected beauty and scribbling little love notes.

First-rate cinematography and deft editing take Rubino’s colorful work to lush new levels. Add to that the otherworldly sounds of Big Blood’s accompaniment… and this short film series is a downright feast for the senses! Watch “Love Kills Demons” in its entirety here.


Fashion Scout » Alice by Temperley

January 10, 2011

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left: Floral Alberta Jacket, Floral Mini Claudia Skirt, Cropped Ripley Jumper
center: Aline Tunic, Wonderland Leggings, Lynett Waistcoat
right: Mini Alva Dress, Firebird Belt, Floral Cropped Anora Trousers

Looks we live for: black, white and red (together). Stripes. Aztec prints. Capes and clunky boots. Party dresses cinched tight at the waist with a thick black leather belt. So we have to wonder… was Alice Temperley reading our diary (or maybe website) when she concocted her latest fall/winter collection?! ALICE by Temperley, the designer’s sassy diffusion line, is a tribute to the London girl-about-town, and for her A/W 2010 season she appealed to the “English eclectic” – and our chic/rocker dichotomy.


Alice by Temperly Autumn/Winter 2010 Collection Moodboard

That means mixing beautiful blurred floral separates with a cropped zigzag-striped sweater. A plush navy blue velvet dress with a peeking black turtleneck. A ’40s military jacket over a snug leather sheath dress. It’s a collection of our favorite things – and with her subsequent cruise and spring/summer duds hitting stores, we can get it on sale now, too! Thanks Alice – and give us ring! We have some ideas for next season…

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left: Chara Cardigan, Mini Echo Skirt, Mini Beatle Dress, Rings Waist Belt
center: Loren Tunic
right: Tribal Tunic, Rings Waist Belt, Mini Claudia Skirt

Fashion Scout » Swash

December 30, 2010

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Swash’s Autumn/Winter 2010 Collection

‘Tis the season for scarves and right now we’re all wrapped up in Swash. Founded by Central Saint Martins grads Sarah Swash and Toshio Yamanaka, this brand has all the whimsy and escape of Hermès but at a more down-to-earth pricepoint.

Allow their silk-spun scarves to transport you to other worlds and eras. Last year the couple channeled the botanical illustrations of seventeenth-century naturalist Maria Sibylla Merian, and this year they’ve traversed back to childhood — Victorian playrooms, to be specific. Vintage carousels, rattles and chess pieces swirl amidst Snakes and Ladders and signature snaps of the couple’s pet whippet. Add heavy fringe detailing and ample yards of their playful hand-printed fabric, and behold Swash’s beautiful chaos! We get the impression that the designers had as much fun creating these scarves as we have donning them.

PS. We can’t wait till spring comes ’round and we can tuck into Swash’s S/S 2011 collection! Zebras, Camels, Crocs, and bling? We’re in.


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Swash’s Spring/Summer 2011 Collection

Fashion Scout » Moncler’s Gamme Rouge: High Fashion for Low Temps!

December 10, 2010

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Moncler Gamme Rouge 2010 CollectionMoncler Gamme Rouge 2010 CollectionMoncler Gamme Rouge 2010 Collection
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Moncler Gamme Rouge Fall 2010 Collection

Temperatures are dropping here in NYC and Lo’s List is dreaming of a Moncler coat for winter. The Italian-based sportswear brand has been around for decades – popular for its timeless collection of puffy ski jackets. Over the past few years, though, Moncler has moved beyond the slopes, sweeping the world of high fashion. And that probably has something to do with Gamme Rouge.

In 2008, the company tapped swish Italian designer Giambattista Valli to add his haute couture touch to this line of coats. The results: to die for. Veritable works of art, each piece seems to envelope the body like a dazzling, down-filled cocoon. Thus far, he’s kept the Gamme Rouge collections feeling fresh by digging into what seems like an endless fabric bag of tricks: silk and organdy, fur trim, lace embroidery, origami pleats, color-blocking and patchworks…

Our favorite from this year’s Fall 2010 collection: the dramatic ostrich-esque paillette grey cutaway coat (above center). This season, Valli chose a more subdued color palette (mostly black, ecru and camel), integrating square motifs and pastiches of cable knit, wool, mohair and fur. The result is a Gamme Rouge headed in a sleek new direction. Dear Santa – please take note!

Fashion Scout » Get Some Toast for Your Guy!

December 1, 2010

Toast Cotton Flannel Shirt + Slim Braces + 8 Wale Cord Trousers
Toast Button Shoulder Jersey + 8 Wale Cord TrousersToast Shetland Sleeveless Pullover + Cotton Twill Straight Leg Trousers + Chambray Shirt + Mulberry Silk Tie
Toast Cotton Twill AnorakToast Button Collar Sweater + Straight Leg Jeans
top: Cotton Flannel Shirt + Slim Braces + 8 Wale Cord Trousers
middle left: Button Shoulder Jersey + 8 Wale Cord Trousers
middle right: Shetland Sleeveless Pullover + Twill Straight Leg Trousers + Chambray Shirt + Mulberry Silk Tie
bottom left: Cotton Twill Anorak
bottom right: Button Collar Sweater + Straight Leg Jeans

This winter, Toast makes menswear for the first time. Known for their unfussy yet well-crafted women’s fashion and homegoods, the UK company has amassed a loyal following since launching in ’97. Fans begged for a men’s line from the start, and the debut collection does not disappoint. From the simple sleeveless V necks in Shetland wool to the chalk stripe trousers, Oxford brogues and debonair waistcoats, Toast’s menswear captures the ease and graceful style of classic English fashion…and then adds a light modern touch.

Lo’s List is especially keen on the coats. If we’re playing favorites, it’s got to be the Dark Olive Picardy, a military-style cutaway coat in cotton moleskin or the Liguria, an unstructured, five button worker’s jacket. Any man would look handsome in either (though why not both!?).

With Toast’s new line of men’s clothing and accessories comes their first men’s catalogue — a thing of beauty in itself. The brand has cast distinguished gentlemen of varying ages and appearances — a far cry from the young slick models that populate most campaigns. Superbly lensed amid farmyards, footpaths, fields and rustic interiors, the men project a quiet, sturdy confidence that suits the label perfectly.


Toast Cotton Flannel PJ Trousers + Shetland Raglan Pullover + Lida Scarf + Argyll Wellies
Toast Liguria Jacket + Chunky Knit Scarf + Cotton Flannel Shirt + 8 Wale Cord Trousers + Aussie BootToast Picardy Moleskin Coat + Shetland Raglan Pullover + 8 Wale Cord Trousers + Argyll Wellies
Toast Picardy Melton Coat + Straight Leg Jeans + Double Faced Check Shirt + Chelsea BootToast Cotton Flannel Djellaba
top: Cotton Flannel PJ Trousers + Shetland Raglan Pullover + Lida Scarf + Argyll Wellies
middle left: Liguria Jacket + Chunky Knit Scarf + Cotton Flannel Shirt + 8 Wale Cord Trousers + Aussie Boot
middle right: Picardy Moleskin Coat + Shetland Raglan Pullover + 8 Wale Cord Trousers + Argyll Wellies
bottom left: Picardy Melton Coat + Straight Leg Jeans + Double Faced Check Shirt + Chelsea Boot
bottom right: Cotton Flannel Djellaba

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