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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 …

Fashion Passport: Rajasthan, India

Five no-hassle, high-quality shopping experiences in northern India. For many, the hustle and bustle of India’s street markets are a shopper’s paradise. The lure of glittering saris, exotic spices and aromatic teas is hard to resist. And let’s face it, where else can you pick up an armful of bangles or fifty strands of beads for a mere 100 rupees (about 1.25€)? But for some (like me), they can also mean sensory overload. I found wandering through stall after stall and wading through the thousands of choices paralyzing; the constant hassling, haggling and high-pressure tactics exhausting. By day three, I longed for something a little more relaxed. Ferreting out low-pressure, high-quality shops in India wasn’t easy. But with a little persistence (and some help from our tour guide), I finally found exactly what I was looking for: stores offering authentic, made-in-India goods in an atmosphere meant for leisurely browsing. If on your next trip to Rajasthan you begin suffering street-market burn-out, checkout these five places for a restful respite: 1.  Fabindia Linking over 55,000 craft-based, rural producers …

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 …