A collaboration between Joe Bates, Sid Bryan and Cozette McCreery, SIBLING is a brand based in London which launched in 2008 born out of a desire to give knitwear for men a good old fashioned shake-up with cartoon ka-pows of color and bams of very English humor. Their latest collection, PLEASE KILL ME, is nothing short of outrageous – intentionally, of course.
above: Joe Bates, Sid Bryan and Cozette McCreery of SIBLING
While one can’t discount the technical skill in the oversized knits, the A/W 2013 Menswear collection is a little Dumb Donald meets Fair Isle meets Mickey Mouse. Furry long shorts, mufflers and mittens on steroids, colored leopard prints and knit hats that belong on Fat Albert’s gang are paired with sockless converse shoes.
While I commend them for creating fashions inspired by art, music and culture as opposed to concentrating on commercial wear, these pieces are simply ridonk.
Here are all 16 looks in the collection as they walked down the runway at London Fashion Week:
UK Stockists: Hervia, Manchester 39-39, London Dover Street Market, London
International Stockists: RA13, Belgium Darlingyou, South Korea Daily Projects, South Korea International Gallery Beams, Japan Heathen by Midwest, Japan LHP, Japan Steps, Japan Cannabis, Japan Circus, Japan Jour, Japan Banal, Japan Fan, Japan Opening Ceremony, USA
Fashion designer Franck Sorbier put on more than a fashion show at Paris Fashion Week, he put on a narrative light show.
Franck Sorbier Light Projected Couture
The French designer used light projection on the backdrops and upon a single white gowns to recount a French fairytale written in 1695 by Charles Perrault with his newest Autumn/Winter Haute Couture collection.
Donkey Skin (Peau d’Ane)is the story of a widowed king set on marrying his own daughter, who escapes his clutches by demanding a series of impossible gowns; the color of the sky, moon or sun.
Two dresses represented canvases for the high-tech presentation. An off the shoulder white ball gown and a sculptural black dress with the pointed headdress of the sorceress:
As the model clad in the white gown represented the Princess, images flashed on both the backdrop and the gown itself to tell the narrative of her desire to flee.
There’s a happy ending, though. As she falls in love with a prince, a beating heart appears on a blood red gown:
..transforming into a white dress with butterflies fluttering up and away, into the blue skies and beyond:
“The collection is a bridge between the past, the present and what the future could be,” explained Franck, who had teamed up with the software giant Intel for the high-tech side of the project.
“It’s about how with a little imagination you can bring together two worlds that are diametrically opposed,” he said. “And it is about how we can take haute couture into the future to ensure it survives.”
The finale featured pieces from Franck Sorbier’s past collections to serve as reminders that The nature of couture is timeless:
While I am usually singing the praises of CHANEL, I fear their latest 2010 Spring Summer Couture Collection is making me slightly nauseated. Pearlized pastel confections walked down the runway donning Minnie Mouse-Meets- Bride of Frankenstein hairdos in the latest Haute Couture Collection from CHANEL. Read more →
The annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, which will air on CBS on December 1st, has gone beyond simply sexy. This year, it’s moved far from a cheesy Vegas Revue or a slutty Ziegfeld Follies. Along with showcasing the usual; lace g-strings, merry widows, satin teddies, push up bras and lots of lovely skin, the show is fast becoming an true fashion show. All without losing its sex appeal.
This year’s styling deserves kudos for breaking away from more traditional angel wings as props, replacing them with far more edgy and imaginative versions. Wings made of balloons, wire, fabric, plexiglass and more are combined with the lingerie, making it feel as though we’re at Fashion Week watching a futuristic and irreverent fashion designer instead of just the leggy nubile nymphs most husbands ogle while on the john.
The set designs and lighting are more akin to a theater production than a lingerie show:
The show is bound to widen its audience appeal by treating the runway, sets and styling like it’s a JCDC or Gilles Deacon show instead of just voyeurism for a lascivious audience. But don’t fret, there’s still plenty of cleavage, thigh-high boots and butt cheek-baring couture for those of you who want it.
The unusual styling:
The host, supermodel Heidi Klum:
The show is hosted by the incredibly stunning Heidi Klum, who I am now convinced is actually an alien being, haven given birth to four children (the most recent just 6 weeks prior to hosting this show!!) only to have her rockin’ bod snap right back into shape without so much as a stretch mark.
Since her VS catwalk debut in 1997, Heidi has been a showstopper—wearing the tallest wings ever in 2003 and singing a duet with her husband Seal in 2007.
The Supermodels Ths year’s supermodel line-up, straight from your mail order catalog: Adrian Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Marisa Miller, Behati Prinsloo, Doutzen Kroes and Miranda Kerr.
The Entertainment In addition to the far out costuming, there was plenty of wild set decor and entertainment. Black Eyed Peas performed and Fergie, looking just as sexy as the supermodels, rocked the house:
The $3 million 2009 Diamond Harlequin Fantasy Bra:
Each year, they have a ‘fantasy bra’ made with real diamonds and gemstones. This year, it’s the 2009 Harlequin Fantasy Bra set with over 2,350 brilliant cut white, champagne and cognac colored diamonds accented with a rare 16 carat heart-shaped cognac diamond pendant. Total carat weight =150. Price = $3 million:
More from the show: all images courtesy of Getty and Victoria’s Secret
You can see backstage photos, learn about the Miami model search, see the girls in Times Square and much more at the Victoria’s Secret All Access website. The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show will air on CBS, December 1st.
Critics say that hot fashion designer Giles Deacon’s latest collection for Spring/Summer 2009 is fairly conservative for him and not as wacky or irreverent as his past fashion excursions. With more traditional silhouettes (there were exceptions), fabulous graphic colored camouflage patterns and trim, as well as streamlined solid colored double knit jersey dresses, he may actually be turning somewhat… dare I say it… wearable. Read more →