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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
Lulu Frost Demeter Collage Necklace from the Power CollectionLulu Frost Artemis Gold Necklace from the Power Collection
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: Fashygram

September 12, 2012

@psimadethis reveling in the classic style that is Oscar de la Renta
@songofstyle shows off her killer styleA quiet, in-between moment for @manrepeller from a week of weather extremes@mbfashionweek celebrates the details in craftsmanship at the Concept Korea show
@refinery29 goes in for a lacey closeup at the Catherine Malandrino presentation@glamourmag captures the paint palettes of the makeup team at Proenza Schouler@bof at the Ostwald Helgason presentation
@eholmeswsj loves Marimekko too!@mbfashionweek savors the edgy, androgynous pinks in this Clover Canyon ensemblefor @bof the front row at Lacoste just might steal the show
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

Weak in the Knees for Fashion Week: Alex Wang and His Gang

September 11, 2012


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.

Weak in the Knees for Fashion Week: Earbuds for the Fashy Types

September 8, 2012

Kate Spade Signature Spade Earbuds


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…

Weak in the Knees for Fashion Week: Marimekko Store Visit

September 8, 2012

Marimekko x Converse CT HI Papajo Sneaker

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!

Weak in the Knees for Fashion Week: Mandula

September 6, 2012

MandulaMandula
MandulaMandula

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.

Special Feature: Weak in the Knees for Fashion Week

September 5, 2012

Fashion Week Special Feature: Weak in the Knees for Fashion Week

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!

Go for the Gold » Gold, Silver, and Bronze from Anna Sheffield

July 27, 2012

Anna Sheffield 14kt Gold Tiny Rivet RingAnna Sheffield 14kt White Gold Tiny Rivet RingAnna Sheffield 14kt Rose Gold Tiny Rivet Ring
from left: Tiny Rivet ring in 14kt gold, 14kt white gold, and 14kt rose gold

I have been downright pining for these Tiny Rivet stacking rings from Anna Sheffield for quite some time and now, with all things gold staring me in the face, the temptation is painful. YZ, can’t our anniversary come early this year? I’ve particularly had my eye on the bronze, erm, rose gold version of the design: simple, modern, and delicately pink. A perfect fit stacked with my wedding ring. Head over to Sheffield’s main site and the bridal collection for gobs of exquisite jewels for the special person in your life ( or just for you!) While you’re poking around, be sure to take a tour of the designer’s lovely blog!

Fashion Scout » Family Ties

July 24, 2012

Gene Meyer BowtieGene Meyer Bowtie
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.

Shutterbug » Olympic Gold

July 22, 2012

Alice Coachman, 88, High JumpBill Smith, 88, Swimming
Alice Coachman, 88, High Jump (L) and Bill Smith, 88, Swimming (R)

“My father wanted me to be more like a young lady: sittin’ on the porch. And I go to the back door, jump over the fence, and go (running) straight down the street.”
– Alice Coachman

What a moving and motivating piece the New York Times published today. “Their Golden Years” profiles 14 of the 1948 US Olympic team. The series is perfectly photographed (channelling our beloved Avedon) by Damon Winter, with most profiles accompanied by an audio snippet of the athletes conjuring up memories of a very different London games. Sniffling away sentimental tears, I laced up my running shoes and headed out for a hard, 10K tempo run.


T-Shirt Tuesdays » Pegleg NYC

February 1, 2011

Pegleg Mid Stripe TeePegleg Sail Tee
Pegleg CTS TeePegleg Embroidered Objects Tee
top: Pegleg Mid Stripe and Sail Tees
bottom: Pegleg CTS and Embroidered Objects Tees

Don’t get me wrong – I love the biting severity of winter, the layers of gray, the way the city looks a century younger when it’s covered in two feet of fresh snow. But here and there, throughout these colder months, my mind does wander to scorching hot days at the beach, watermelon, and skipping around outside in a t-shirt and shorts.

The tees by the twenty-something trio behind Pegleg NYC also feel like a wistful reach towards summer. For their t-shirt line, the designers pull from an inspiration grab-bag of bold, nautical flag graphics, sailor stripes, and zany embroidery. The result in a collection that is not for the faint of heart and can’t help but be wonderfully clashy. Be sure to check out their other departments as well – including plenty of sweats, sweaters, and jackets to keep us warm until the snow melts…


Pegleg Circle TeePegleg Trident Tee
Pegleg Two Pocket TeePegleg Reversible Tee
top: Pegleg Circle and Trident Tees
bottom: Pegleg Two Pocket and Reversible Tees

Big Screen » Big Crush on Marcel

November 22, 2010


“One time I looked at a diamond and it gave me a sunburn.” — Marcel

Eeek! Big fat thanks to Nami for putting a little shell named Marcel on the Lo’s List’s radar! This stop-motion animation (by Dean Fleischer-Camp and SNLer Jenny Slate) is a cornucopia of quotidian wisdoms and life questions. He’s not just a funny little Gastropod, though. Marcel has a flair for fashion: donning neon pink sneaks and, at times, a lentil hat. He also loves long walks through the apartment with his lint-dog Alan and hang-gliding. Just don’t call him Marshell. He really hates that.

Fashion Scout » Metallic Oxfords? Check.

November 19, 2010

Heutchy for Richard Chai Metallic Oxfords

Lo’s List got a sneak peak at Heutchy’s Spring 2011 line on Monday, and the brand’s fetching footwear for men has been dancing through our minds ever since. Classic at their core yet modern in detailing, Heutchy shoes expertly meld timeless silhouettes with a touch of contemporary brio. Perhaps most noteworthy among the Spring styles, though, are the designer collaborations. CFDA’s 2010 Menswear Designer Winner Richard Chai partnered with Heutchy to create a footwear capsule collection. Introducing three new looks — military boots, lace up oxfords and a twist on the Teva sandal (hmmm) — Chai pushes Heutchy beyond its comfort zone without forsaking the brand’s made-to-wear ethos. Our surefire favorites are the metallic oxfords (for us ladies) shown above. Oh, if only we could get our paws on them before the holidays! Artist Danny Roberts also joins the party by designing an abstract print for Heutchy’s canvas high top Casey sneaker and imbuing a little streetwear vibe into this diverse and artful collection!


Papercuts » J’adore Paris vs. I ♥ NY? To Each City its Own…

November 3, 2010


It’s the City of Lights against The Big Apple – and this battle is a sight to behold! We’re talking, of course, about Paris Versus New York: A Tally of Two Cities, the charming blog started recently by Paris-based art director and graphic designer Vahram Muratya. He calls it “a friendly visual match” between the two cities, comparing their details, clichés and contradictions. The simple side-by-side graphics demonstrate the cities’ differences — from the look of la façade to the shape of le pain. It’s a quirky, delightful tribute to two beloved cities – and quite frankly, Lo’s List can’t get enough!

Since the kickass crew at Cool Hunting first mentioned it, Paris Versus New York has been winning internet fans the world over. The infant site has been inundated with love notes and suggested comparisons — and there’s also been more than a few requests to make Muratya’s work available for purchase. Yesterday he noted on the site that Paris Versus New York will be “printed soon, in some way or another.” Whether that means posters or booklets, we’re not sure. Just get them to Gotham so we can show some hometown love! Bisous!


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