Worn, torn, fringed, patched, frayed . . . denim is, hands down, my favorite medium to destroy, mend, dye, embellish, and reconstruct. And what better way to scout inspiration than out on the streets. Better yet, the streets of fashion week! While standing outside of Tibi‘s runway show las tweek, I spotted the most glorious pair of frayed denim. (Update: looks like they were made by 3×1!) The fringe extended past the ankles, like a pair of Marques’Almeida jeans on crack. Honestly, yes. Let me at ’em!
Any denim fit or wash will work for this project. I experimented on a pair of skinny jeans, however I’m excited to try them on a pair of flared denim, maybe this time with a shorter fringe. And did I mention the best part is that all you really need is a seam ripper?
The second half of NYFW was all about ruffles, bare shoulders and movement . . . here were some of our favorites:
Rosetta Getty: It’s no wonder that postmodern dance and an old pair of lace up dance shoes was the catalyst for Rosetta Getty’s spring collection. Languid fluidity apparent as the commanding theme. Flouncy off the shoulder tops, calf grazing skirts, wrap dresses with ties, and body suits with shoulder cut outs felt luxurious and elevated but most of all, comfortable.
Opening Ceremony: Carol Lim and Humberto Leon also took on the theme of modern dance. However, it was more a literal motif with dancers, interspersed between models, spontaneously breaking out into theatrical choreography during the show. Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture and travel also played a role in their inspiration but honestly, I just couldn’t really stop thinking about that pom pom skirt, pom pom sweater, long knit cardigan, and tie front trousers – all a perfect color palette of sand and cream.
Tom Wood is the name of Norwegian designer Mona Jensen’s masculine alter ego and the inspiration behind her collection of unisex signet rings and bands. Known for a unique inner shape that wraps softly around the finger, each ring is made of solid sterling silver or 9k rose or yellow gold – some topped with tiny diamonds and slivers of agate and onyx. I’ll take two handfuls, thanks.
Designers Janelle Pietrzak and Roberty Dougherty are no strangers to collaborations. Their incredible talents for textile art have resulted in past commissions from the likes of Proenza Schouler, Suno, Clare Vivier and for a second time this season, Anthropologie. The newly launched collection is all about texture and warmth for the home. A large throw, placemats, a tablerunner and pillows drew inspiration from the colors of the canyons, desserts and hills of Southern California and incorporate Janelle’s signature touches like tufts of wool roving and yarn throughout. And the pièce de résistance has to be the one of a kind, handwoven triptych. We want it all . . .