Heralded as part of the new elite of luxury designers together with Alexander Wang, Proenza Schouler and Chrisopher Kane*, Damir Doma is an exciting up-and-coming designer with a taste for the minimal. In 2010, Damir Doma launched the diffusion line SILENT with a more accessible price point. While typified by a more urban aesthetic, SILENT stays true to the main line and draws from some of its signature styles.
In continuation of the aesthetic philosophy of the brand, the SILENT FW13 collection incorporates fluid forms in soft, luxurious fabrics. We find contrasting fabrics with raw finishings and subtle details that underscore the urban element.
Shop SILENT by Damir Doma
*Further reading: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Damir_Doma
Tempis jersey cutout sweater
Peca jersey sweat pants
Ketila oversized patch knit sweater
Delenta hooded sweater dress
The dress shirt is a staple of most work environments. Give your look a bit of a lift by selecting one anchored in a classical aesthetic with a bit of a twist.
MM6 by Maison Martin Margiela oversize button down shirt
Kenzo “Eyes” theme
Kenzo “Eyes” theme
Kenzo “Flying tiger” theme
Kenzo shirt emboidered with tiger head
Kenzo shirt embroidered with tiger head
Tiger roaring & dragon singing - the world is peaceful
- Chinese idiom
For fall 2013, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim turned once again to the tiger theme, this time specifically to its Chinese incarnation and significance. The tiger is an important and recurring symbol in Chinese art and culture. Among the plethora of symbols, the tiger represents “prowess, ferocity, beauty and the harmony of opposites.” The white tiger, specifically, represents peace, and is one of the symbols of the Chinese constellations, known as the “White Tiger of the West.” As a constellatory symbol, the tiger is the guardian of the Western cardinal point and represents the season of fall.
At Kenzo, this host of symbols took the form of the “Flying tiger” print. An aggressive, roaring tiger pouncing on the clouds, guardian of the stars. The autumnal colors of navy, dark green, yellow and red reinforce the tiger as a symbol of the fall. The flying tiger print comes in a large number of iterations, including t-shirts, dresses, sweaters, pants, pouches, bags and of course, as an iPhone case!
Shop the flying tiger theme now http://www.village-verve.com/Catalog.aspx?tag=115
The concealed wedge has picked up where the wedge left off as being the new footwear incarnation of form meeting function. The MM6 open-toe wedged bootie is soothingly comfortable, especially important if challenged with uneven cobblestone sidewalks like those of Brussels, but gives the wearer those extra centimeters that so many of us desire. It continues the fluo trend of the last few seasons by mixing statement fluo yellow with sober beige.
Wear with dresses, skirts, skinny pants or cuffed pants from spring through fall.
As far as wardrobe staples go, we all know about the little black dress. But a well designed trench coat is equally deserving of that status. No matter what you are wearing underneath (sweatpants, PJs, trash bag), the moment you throw on a sharp trench coat you immediately look polished and well put together. It is like a magical cloak.
Shop Surface to Air XX Trench here: http://village-verve.com/ProductView.aspx?article=2371&tag=0
This is the kind of statement top one should consider for chic luncheons and dinner parties. While an ensemble might be stunning in full, it is rare that a top alone will continue to rivet your company when seated.
Creative group Surface to Air is notable for its polyvalent fashion collaborations, spanning music, fashion, art, and design. One of the most recent collaborations is with NY-based artist Aaron Young. Purportedly, the idea took root when founder Jérémie Rozan attended an exhibition by the artist at the Brussels-based satellite of Parisian gallery Almine Rech back in 2009.
(Picture from http://www.alminerech.com/en/past/68/Aaron-YOUNG)
Aaron Young first came to attention for his motorcycle art involving a motorcyclist driving around in an indoor space creating tire marks. This theme in Young’s art was used in the creation of the sunrise print for SS13. Tire marks were superimposed on an image of palm trees, at sunrise, lining the California coastline. The resulting image was then printed on brilliant silk fabric, creating dresses, tops, jacket and pants.
At Village Verve you will find the Aaron Point maxi dress, making us yearn for long summer evenings, and the Y tee for casual cool daytime wear.
Check out how Aaron Young works here: http://hypebeast.com/2009/12/aaron-young-motorcycle-art
Cotton candy pink is not an easy color for a grown woman to pull off, the juvenile Barbie connotation being hard to shake off. But as was demonstrated by Molly Ringwald’s character Andie in the 80’s iconic teen flick Pretty in Pink, the stigmatized color can be reincarnated into counter-cultural cool when worn ironically or subversively.
Enter Maison Martin Margiela. What other label can turn an aesthetic on its head as successfully as the Antwerp-based line formerly headed by the reclusive Margiela? The SS13 collection by the Maison Martin Margiela diffusion line MM6 abounds with pinks: candy pinks, berry pinks, fluo pinks and sherbet. Wedges, leather shopping bag, dresses and tops all beautifully rendered, but always with a Margiela twist.
The strapless petal dress can be worn as a dress or as a maxi skirt. While inarguable feminine and beautiful in its basic incarnation, one can add some urban flavor by combining it with an oversize sweatshirt.
The Margiela DNA is more overtly represented in the cowl neck top/dress in its deconstructed elements: highly visible seams, washed out dyeing effects, and exposed buttons. Wear as a top over slouchy pants and chunky sneakers for a casual street vibe, or as a dress with transparent MM6 boots for an urban chic effect.