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.
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.
“What the Greek goddess Artemis would wear if she fell from the heavens and onto the set of Baywatch.” — Diana Auria
Here in NYC, the summer already seems like a distant memory – but there’s always the chance of a final freakish weekend of Indian summer weather. So here’s a bit of swim-ready style to keep in reserve for our return to the beach or that rooftop pool. London Fashion Week was certainly bursting at the seams with colorful, exuberant patterns, and the collaboration between swimwear/lingerie designer Auria (Diana Auria Harris) and illustrator Margot Bowman was a standout favorite for the Lo’s List gang.
What we love even more than the campaign shots that initially caught our eye was a snap from Diana’s blog of some badass-looking chicks wearing the collection with fierce conviction. The suits, easily integrated into après-swim cocktail party attire, are 80’s and Baywatch and pastel-pop, but also elegantly constructed and oozing sex appeal. Oh, and the brownie points for this collection don’t stop there. Although you’d never know it, all the fabrics are ethically sourced and 100% recycled. They’re made from – somehow quite fitting – fishing nets, along with other reclaimed materials.
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!
1.@psimadethis reveling in the classic style that is Oscar de la Renta 2.@songofstyle shows off her killer street style 3. A quiet, in-between moment for @manrepeller from a week of weather extremes 4.@mbfashionweek celebrates the details in craftsmanship at the Concept Korea show 5.@refinery29 goes in for a cutout closeup at the Catherine Malandrino presentation 6.@glamourmag captures the paint palettes of the makeup team at Proenza Schouler 7.@bof at the Ostwald Helgason presentation 8.@eholmeswsj loves Marimekko too! 9.@mbfashionweek savors the edgy, androgynous pinks in this Clover Canyon ensemble 10. for @bof the front row at Lacoste just might steal the show
I must say, it was hard to stomach day after day of unworthy, too-blurry-to-discern-a-thing Instagrams of fashion week’s runway moments. For an industry brimming with editors, where had all the editing gone? The need for a hash tag along the lines of #holdstill or #frontrowcantfocus needed to be released upon these despicable shots. Photo faux pas!
Yet, scattered throughout this NYFW refuse were some gems: true photojournalistic moments that painted a picture of the whirlwind week. I’ve gathered up my top ten to share here. #decisivemoment
As if my Rocco duffle isn’t reason enough to love Alexander Wang (it is). Now he sits the snarky duo – Yo-Landi Vi$$er and Watkin Tudor Jones aka Ninja – that are Die Antwoord front row and center at his SS 2013 show and has them headline his after party. True, they are quite the poster children for Wang’s reptilian bondage SS 2013 presentation and have previously collaborated with Wang on a video promoting the designer’s Spring 2012 T campaign. Happy to see that Wang wasn’t just riding the Zef wave.
We can’t wait to get our hands on the SS 2013 Post Street Little Nadine satchel we spotted at Kate Spade’s NYFW presentation. But, in the meantime, we’ve got our eyes square on these anything-but-ordinary Signature Spade Earbuds to replace yet another shitty pair of Apple iPhone buds tossed to the trash over our vacay. Now, where is that new Flying Lotus track that I can’t stop listening to…
Puffy navy blue jackets with warm yellow polka-dots, oversized sweaters with grey and green stripes, and those chucks. I must have those Chucks!
Thursday, as preparations for Fashion’s Night Out were underway, I had the rare opportunity (sleeping baby!) to do a little window shopping in the city; more specifically, at Marimekko’s 5th Avenue flagship store. My love for the brand runs deep and far back, to these quintessential Pikku Bo Boo children’s sheets that I’m sure many of us had. Then there was my 1967 Marimekko prom dress (more on that here) which I will be pulling out of the closet for Marimekko’s very first New York Fashion Week show on Monday… Now, looking around the house, I need more than the digits I have to count the Marimekko that has found its way into my life. It’s a good fit: the Finnish brand is an explosion of glowing colors and painterly textiles, channeled into clothing (and beyond) that need not follow seasonal trends of color ways and cuts. Each fresh collection has me counting my pennies and coming back for more: something that I cannot say for many other labels making their way into my closet.
Back to the windowshopping: nearly impossible for me to concentrate, everything in the store was catching my eye. It all started with the perfect puffy Origo jacket slowly circling overhead: dark blue with warm yellow polka-dots. Perched nearby on a log were another killer pair of Chucks from the Converse ❤’s Marimekko collaboration (seen above). Further in the store, past the floor-to-ceiling library of Marimekko fabric bolts, I drooled over a wall of striped shirts, leggings, and socks: Even our closets look alike! Nearby, the children’s section was whispering: “buy us Lo! Henri needs a bright red backpack covered in pencils.” Realizing I was in too deep, I scurried back around the other wall of the store toward YZ waiting patiently with Pip by the exit. But not so fast as to miss the wonderful, oversized grey- and zephyr green-striped Ympäripyöreä sweater waiting patiently for me to welcome it into my home. Marimekko. Lo ❤’s you. See you on Monday!
A little bit Middle Ages, a little bit Gypsy, and perfectly urban.
It’s a moody, coastal day in New York, and with the end-of-summer cooler weather creeping in just in time for New York Fashion Week, we all have the chance to really switch up our wardrobes and surprise the fashion lenses out on the streets! I’m more than ready to leave behind the days of glaring colors and to plunge into a fall of deep and moody hues, punctuated by – at most – a dash of zephyr green here and there (YZ, are you listening? Zephyr Green).
Mandula, the six-year-strong fashion label of Hungarian-born Hajnalka Mandula is full of just the right rich and layer-ready garments for your shift out of summer. Hajnalka’s style is an unorthodox mix of vintage, upcycled materials and craftsman-level dyeing and construction techniques. Her attention to detail and the quality of her fabrics shine through each piece, making each of these garments more than just an addition to your overflowing closet. Dip-dyed tanks, rumpled oxfords fraying at the hem, utilitarian bucket bags, and billowing hemp pants: Mandula feels a little bit Middle Ages, a little bit Gypsy, and perfectly urban.
Our favorites include a pair of cashmere hot pants (yes, Lo would wear those), hemp drop crotch pants with a vintage leather strap, and a stunning metallic linen cap-sleeved dress.
For the next two weeks, Lo’s List will be chock-full of Fashion Week coverage of our tent favorites and reviews of brands that are just killing it on the regular.
After a three-month stint abroad (London, Lo ❤’s you!) it is great to be back home in the concrete jungle of NYC. And what better time to be in buzzy New York than Fall and Fashion Week?! Yes, yes, many of you industry regulars despise this time of year – but as a bit of an outsider (or just a late-comer), I revel in it all: the défilés, the newbies, the street style… So, of course we’re doing a feature!
For the next two weeks, Lo’s List will be chock-full of Fashion Week coverage of our favorites (Marimekko, Osklen, General Idea, Lela Rose, Mathieu Mirano, etc…) and reviews of brands that are just killing it on the regular and that you should all know about. We hope you enjoy all the hullabaloo as much as we do! You might even catch a glimpse of Lo at the tents interviewing one of our favorite writers (and frequent contributor to Lo’s List) Rebecca Prus, as she sets us straight about what to wear and what she wouldn’t be caught dead in. Let the circus begin!