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The Collective Behind the Vetements Collective

Relative fashion new-comer Vetements became the most anticipated, buzzed about show of Paris Fashion Week A/W2016, attracting mob scenes of fans and fashion powerhouses from across the globe. As the story goes: Frustrated and stifled in the fashion establishment’s straight-jacket, several long-time cohorts gather nights and weekends in Demna Gvasalia’s bedroom to unchain their creativity and design purely for love and fun. Add an enterprising brother and the mystique of anonymity, and upstart brand is set to shakeup BigFashion. While the Vetements’ backstory has been well documented, the line’s creative evolution has not. How did the brand go from what Business of Fashion’s Siska Lyssens described as “deceptively simple,” “nondescript at first sight” and “sober” to being hailed a mere two years later by W Magazine’s Alexander Fury as the “most radical thing to come out of Paris in over a decade?” Gvasalia’s oft-quoted commitment to “real” clothing is usually cited as the determining factor, telling BoF, “The most important ingredient for us is the reality, what our woman wears to feel good and comfortable,” and …

Time(less) Travel with Louis Vuitton

How the Louis Vuitton retrospective at the Grand Palais won my wanderlust heart. I have a confession to make: I’ve never been much of a Louis Vuitton fan. Fashion heresy, I know. The logo-emblazoned handbags have always seemed just a bit too flashy, too obvious a display. All that changed about fifteen minutes into my experience at the recent Louis Vuitton “Volez Voguez Voyagez” retrospective at Paris’ Grand Palais. Curated by Olivier Saillard, the exhibition (the title of which translates to “Fly Sail Travel”) retraced the brand’s journey from 1854 through today. Here, I would discover not just the brand’s fine craftsmanship, but a kindred spirit inspired by the love of travel, adventure and life’s journey. The experience began expectedly enough, taking us back to Mr. Vuitton’s origins as an apprentice to box maker Romain Maréchal. Eyeing Vuitton’s tools of the trade – those of carpenter rather than couturier – and wandering through his early creations, I began to understand the thoughtfulness and quality with which they were crafted. His trunks meticulously compartmentalized every dress, hat, glove, coat and shoe of his clients’ wardrobes. Ergonomically designed and tailored for …

Les Benjamins Brings the Street to SILENCIO

Designer Aydin’s Paris Fashion Week party lives the rebellion of his “Ottoman Punk” collection. The silent staircase leading down to SILENCIO gave us little indication of the mayhem ensuing at what may have been the hippest after-party during the Paris Menswear Fashion Week. After having our picture snapped red-carpet style (check out all the guests’ photos on the Les Benjamin’s Facebook page), we shimmied through the club’s golden corridors, lined with achingly beautiful models, tattooed rappers and fashion it-girls. Making our way to the (normally subdued) lounge area of the David Lynch-conceived salon, we found party-goers dancing on tabletops, drinks in one hand, cigarettes in the other. After hitting the open bar, we bumped it on the dance floor with Rita Ora, Alexander Wang, G-Dragon and Derek Blasberg. Performances by Montaigne Street, ASAP Nast and Section Boyz laid the backdrop for the street-chic scene. While this latest edition of the near-legendary Les Benjamins’ parties did not disappoint, neither did Bunyamin Aydin’s AW16 “Ottoman Punk” collection for the brand, which we previewed via an exquisitely-produced film shown in SILENCIO’s theater room. Dervishes whirled amongst mohawked models displaying the gender-neutral collection of …

What & Wear: Women & Their Work Trunk Show

What: Women & Their Work Trunk Show Located in Central Austin, Women & Their Work is a visual and performing arts organization focusing on contemporary women artists. The organization not only brings some of the most groundbreaking exhibitions and performances to the area, but also provides art education and  financial support to female artists while emphasizing the value and excellence of art by women. The organization recently held an evening trunk show, showcasing the photographic work of Susi Brister and featuring several local jewelry designers and even some special treats. Upon entering, I was greeted with samples from award-winning Delysia, some of the best chocolates I’ve ever tasted. The Pistachio and Champagne truffle flavors were my favorite, with Raspberry coming in a close third. I couldn’t resist their chocolate barks, taking home the Dark Coffee, Peppermint and Mexican Hot Chocolate varieties. Next up, the W&TW host poured me a glass of white wine as I perused the table of another special treat—Tekeen cocktails. This ready to drink, premium beverage is made from agave nectar, orange wine and all …

Nine Favs of FunFunFun Fest 9

In the family of Austin music festivals, FunFunFun Fest is the black-sheep little brother. Or possibly the drunk uncle. Or maybe the impossibly cool older sister. Take your pick, because it’s all that and more. If ACL Fest is the corporate-sponsored, politically-correct, slightly-pretentious, we’ve-got-our-sh*t-together-fest for big name acts, FunFunFun Fest is…none of those. It’s the complete opposite (as evidenced by the 4-hour wait to get in for those who didn’t pick up their wrist bands ahead of time). And you know what? They’re cool with that. So you better be too. I go to both festivals every year. And while I love ACL, FunFunFun is just more, well…fun.  It lives up to its name. It’s where hipster-psych meets death metal, punk meets funk, skateboarders hang with rappers, and everybody has a good time. Not to mention the comics, BMXers, and pro-wrestlers. This year, we ponied up for the Ultimate Smooth Pass — FFF’s version of a VIP experience. It was worth it. No lines, free snacks, your very own bars, catering-quality food, air conditioned rest rooms, places …