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  • ChattyFeet Socks New Collection

    Our friends at ChattyFeet are back with a new collection of fun character socks… which means more fu...

  • Festival Lights

    No Ordinary Fashion Show ...

  • Rave Night at the Armory

    Donatella Versace clearly wants to make some noise with Versus. Last night, her collaboration with J...

  • Home Sweet Home Key Holder

    A lovely puzzle-like wooden key holder that will ensure you don’t lose your keys around the house ag...

  • Tianyi Xie

    see all the finalists “The bright colors, whimsical cartoons, and bold shapes of Asian pop culture c...

ChattyFeet Socks New Collection

 ChattyFeet Socks New Collection
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Our friends at ChattyFeet are back with a new collection of fun character socks… which means more fun for you! This time, they’re looking for your help with their Kickstarter campaign to bring these new designs to you. If you’re not sure why you need a ChattyFeet sock, watch this video:

You can get a pair of ChattyFeet socks starting at £6 or $9 , small price to pay for the fun you’ll be having!

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Rave Night at the Armory

Donatella Versace clearly wants to make some noise with Versus. Last night, her collaboration with J.W. Anderson came down the runway at the Lexington Avenue Armory between bursts of live music from hip-hop artist Angel Haze, hard-rock band Dead Sara, and electro-pop sensation (and latest Versace darling) Grimes. The glitziest musical talent in the house didn’t get anywhere near a stage—or a camera, for that matter—but Lady Gaga was, several sources confirmed, somewhere on the gigantic premises.

Admittedly, the clothes had a bit of atmosphere to compete with. But Brian Atwood, for one, left looking satisfied. “Very Donatella, very Versus,” he declared—and, presumably, he would know, having served as the label’s designer in the nineties. “I did feel some vibe from the old archives, which was very nice to see,” he said.

Here, more of the show was on display than usual. The models did their final prep inside a transparent cube, making very much a spectacle of Anderson as he appraised each one of them with a deeply furrowed brow. “I’m usually screaming backstage,” Anderson said later, in the actual backstage area, but then he caught himself. “And I was here, too!” Call it, to borrow a phrase, a glass case of emotion. When Versace herself plopped down inside of the fishbowl to take in the Grimes set, a sea of camera phones spun around to greet her.

Maxwell took over as singing DJ, and The Misshapes came over to hang out with Grimes. Models—Maryna Linchuk, Alana Zimmer, Eniko Mihalik—danced, and the party was still going when the clock struck one. No one had another fashion show to dash off to, after all. When it comes to showing, not many labels out there take this radically different approach to the how and when. But as Anderson put it, “This is the house of Versace. Everything is possible.”

Tianyi Xie

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“The bright colors, whimsical cartoons, and bold shapes of Asian pop culture can be seen throughout my thesis collection. I was inspired by Asian youth who boldly accessorize their fashions. I was also influenced by American movies. Growing up in Virginia, I learned English from watching American movies, and I absorbed their images and stories at a very young age.”

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Tianyi Xie was born in northern China and raised in Virginia and knew she wanted to be a fashion designer from the time she was 6 years old. As a very active person (she was a dancer in high school and swam or ran almost every day), she always appreciated comfortable fashion, yet as a classically trained pianist who wore high heels almost every day, she also appreciated dressing up. These two mind-sets influenced her approach to design. During her studies at Parsons, Xie chose to focus on accessories. She designs for comfort and practicality, as well as beauty and luxury—the same way she lives her life.

“My thesis collection is full of playful details. I concoct new shapes for accessories while keeping their functionality. I believe that a striking exterior and a thoughtful interior makes the perfect accessory. The bright colors, whimsical cartoons, and bold shapes of Asian pop culture can be seen throughout my thesis collection. I was inspired by Asian youth who boldly accessorize their fashions. I was also influenced by American movies. Growing up in Virginia, I learned English from watching American movies, and I absorbed their images and stories at a very young age. Stories inspire me. I channel them through my collection to make them powerful and full of wit and cleverness.

“When you walk into any Chinese family’s pantry, it’s like a cartoon. There is such an explosion of color when you open that pantry door. My collection came from my kitchen back home. In my house, the kitchen is where all the love, energy, and creativity are located. I take that same energy and channel it through my collection. The colorful shapes are inspired by the personalities of my family members. They also come from the packaging of the ingredients we use in our cooking. This collection shows a modern Asia that is fun and sophisticated.”

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Wooden Keys for Macbook and Desktop by RAWBKNY

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RAWBKNY aim to bring natural aesthetic to your workspace with these wooden keyboards. Made from bamboo or rosewood, these keyboard keys are laser-cut to fit Macbook or Apple’s keyboards, and they are so precisely cut that even the little cap locks indicator was taken into consideration and it functions even with the wooden key on. The product is launching on Kickstarter and pricing starts at $40 for Apple’s wireless keyboard and MacBook Unibody keyboard.

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On the Rocks

Plenty of New York designers take time to raise a glass with the pretty people, but few are as devoted to the fashion world’s after-dark circuit as Johan Lindeberg. Whether it’s in the name of finding inspiration for his denim label, BLK DNM, or having a plain old good time, the sought-after Swede tends to turn up at all the right open bars and soft-opened downtown clubs.

Logical, then, that an enterprising booze label like Absolut—which was, after all, partnering with Keith Haring and Andy Warhol way back before Lindeberg was even in the fashion game—would tap this branding maestro and ardent party pilgrim. Recently, the liquor giant named Lindeberg creative director of Absolut Elyx, its high-end new vodka. Lindeberg shot the campaign—a first for him—with Chloë Sevigny as the face of it. Both were on hand last night at a launch party in the Meatpacking District.

For Sevigny, the gig seemed to have been a breeze. “I got to put my iPod on, we drank some vodka, and took some photos—it was very casual,” she told Style.com. “It didn’t feel as pressured as a [regular] photo shoot, which is weird, because usually in advertising there are so many people involved and putting their two cents in.”

Eight-foot images of Sevigny served as the primary decoration inside the venue, which was chockablock with rusty beams and exposed brick. Complementing the raw space was a raw bar, which lured the likes of Mario Sorrenti and DJ Tiesto with oysters and osetra caviar—and, naturally, the drink of the evening in various forms.

No floating gold flakes or talk of diamond filtering for this crowd, though. “I wanted Elyx to be the opposite of all these bling-bling cultures being created around vodka brands,” Lindeberg explained. And in a way, his no-nonsense approach to drinking the stuff lends credence to the cause. “I like it either straight, or with soda,” he said. “I’m not a sweet guy.”

Joseph Singh

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“I am fascinated by the interaction between people and their surroundings, body versus space, the order and arrangement of things around me, and the contrast of opposite ideas. My work focuses on surface, with fabric as a starting point, and is primarily characterized by dark and mysterious themes.”

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Joseph Singh was born and raised in San Francisco, California. While studying biology at San Francisco State University, he realized his true passion was fashion design. Consequently, he enrolled in San Francisco’s Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) and simultaneously completed degrees at both institutions. In 2010, he moved to New York City to further his pursuits in the fashion industry. While attending Parsons, he interned with Donna Karan.

“I am fascinated by the interaction between people and their surroundings, body versus space, the order and arrangement of things around me, and the contrast of opposite ideas. My work focuses on surface, with fabric as a starting point, and is primarily characterized by dark and mysterious themes. Seven years ago, I lost my grandfather—a man with whom I was incredibly close. Moving forward after my grandfather’s loss was not only painful but a struggle I have been dealing with for several years. In devising my senior thesis collection, I was inspired by his funeral, as well as my ensuing efforts of accepting his passing and allowing the hurt and pain of the loss to dissipate. Using advanced techniques such as laser-cutting, I was able to create a new way of pleating, and pushed that idea further throughout the process. As the collection evolved, it became this idea of dissipation and officially letting go. By symbolically letting traditional pleating go, I also was coming to terms with his being gone. Moving through the collection, the pieces become much softer and more delicate; eventually, it finishes with a full white gown. I know deep down that my grandfather is physically gone but his spirit remains. Always knowing that his spirit is guiding and protecting me, I will continue to move forward in life and in design.”

Photos: Zev Starr-Tambor / www.starr-tambor.com

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