Unless you've been living under a rock the past year (or, on the flipside, sans wi-fi connection), chances are you're already familiar with the work of Melody MaKer whether you realize it or not. The London designer's streetwear label MaKers LDN is a mishmash of abstract graphics, kaleidoscopic color wheels, and crop tops practically BEGGING to be incorporated into every cool kid's wardrobe— celebrities included. Longtime fan M.I.A. loves the brand so much, she regularly rocks these rad custom pieces onstage and off. The latest MaKers London girl? Charli XCX, who donned the brand's black and white top and leggings in her "You (Ha Ha Ha)" video this month. After we saw Charli shout out MaKers LDN on Twitter soon after, we HAD to find out exactly what the brand is all about. Get the lowdown from Melody herself below!
This weekend, Pyrex Vision caught another major milestone for its early sophomore season. The budding line, helmed by Kanye West's style consultant Virgil Abloh, launched an exhibit at legendary Paris store Colette alongside the release of the All Gone book's 2012 edition. The event drew a select but sizable crowd including Yeezy himself and Theophilus London to the French boutique to celebrate the latest in stylish streetwear.
John Galliano and Oscar de la Renta.
I don’t know about you but I'm happy that John Galliano will be designing again. I realize that he’s said some damnable, hurtful things. We all watched the vile camera phone video that came to light in early 2011 wherein he drunkenly spouted unprovoked anti-semitic remarks to Parisian cafe patrons looking like some insane racist pirate. We also heard of his Anti-Asian sentiments and while I have in the past wanted to carve bastards in their bigot-faces for such odious behavior (which, for the record, is how Dior heads labeled it right as they sacked him) today I feel nothing but relief. I’m especially pleased that highly-respected members of the fashion community are spearheading this move to give him another chance.
The report originally told to WWD states that Galliano will be installed in Oscar de la Renta’s design studio for a three-week residency at the prompting of Vogue’s Anna Wintour. In the article, Oscar says something nice and mild. And then Galliano responds with gratitude, contrition and thoughts regarding his battle with alcoholism. It’s all lovely and measured. It’s also vague in terms of what a “residency” actually means which seems exactly right considering the amount of scrutiny under which this collabo will fall.
Okay, we know what you're probably thinking: "What week doesn't belong to Raf Simons??" And if you are pondering that, you do have a point. The Belgian fashion designer is extremely gifted and has been breathing his light into the fashion industry from his eponymously named menswear label to his former run at Jil Sander and now at the helm of legendary Christian Dior. We just mean that this week in particular, Raf has been on our minds and in our faces for a variety of things and via a variety of outlets from A$AP Rocky to adidas. Let's take a look!
A$AP ROCKY'S HIKING BOOTS
A$AP Rocky wore Raf Simons hiking boots to perform on "The Late Show with David Letterman."
Photo: Courtesy of @asvpxrocky's Instagram
Harlem's finest, A$AP Rocky, dropped his debut album Long.Live.A$AP this Monday and kicked things off with a Tuesday night performance on The Late Show with David Letterman. For the most part, Rocky kept his stage steez pretty minimal: a crisp white button-up, white snapback, and a smark black shorts suit. All the better to let his footwear (this BANANAS pair of Raf Simons Spring/Summer 2008 De Stijl Lego multicolored hiking boots) shine.
A look from Kenzo's FW 2013 show, and Jamie XX performing at Brixton Academy.
The shows may be all about the clothes, but here at MTV Style, they're also all about the music. The models are only on the catwalk for a few minutes, but at the best shows, the audience is not only transported by the looks they're watching strut up and down the runway, but also by the overall experience that's created. The music chosen to showcase the collection says a lot about the overall philosophy behind it, and so it's without a doubt one of the most important aspects of the whole show. For their Fall/Winter 2013 menswear show at Pitti Uomo in Florence, Italy, Kenzo complemented their "Jungle in the Sky" theme with an ethereal yet hard-hitting mix from Jamie xx. Building from sparkly chimes and smooth sax into minimalist percussion and then a dreamy piano and synth melody, the 9 minute mix combines elements of ambient sound, spacious house beats, and sassy interjections. Basically, it captures the sporty, clean feel of the clothes themselves to a T. Sad you didn't get to be there to see it yourself? Well, our friends over at Opening Ceremony were there, and you can watch the show and hear Jamie's mix in the video after the jump!
Back in October, we fell head over heels with the first look from Prabal Gurung's collection for Target. The collection, which the designer described as being inspired by "a girl’s journey through the different stages of love and the clothes she wears during each milestone—from the first date to meeting the parents to the engagement," is whimsical and bright, with strong lines and playful accents, and it was a challenge to pick just five favorite pieces. Versatile and wearable, these are pieces that could take you from brightening up your office to as Gurung intended, a first date, with ease. While some of the pieces are a bit too bright to be accurately and honestly called 'practical,' the line's affordable price point, starting at just $12.99, makes it totally ok to have a little bit of fun! So, without further ado, our 5 favorite pieces:
The floral crush shorts suit.
Photo: Courtesy of Target
Ok, we're kind of about to cheat with this one, cramming all three pieces in. I mean, how could we not. An all floral crush shorts suit? yes please. The blazer is $49.99 and could totally dress up jeans at work or be paired with a skirt (maybe even in a different pattern? Hello springtime!). Under it, the long sleeve tee is $19.99, and while this might not be one of our favorite pieces on its own, it's a great way to add a pop of floral to an outfit. Finally, THOSE SHORTS. At $26.99, the shorts in floral crush print are very close to the top of our list (although we're not putting this in order on purpose). We could wear them all spring and summer long.
Photo: Getty Images
Dear Marc Jacobs, do you ever sleep? The designer must have some multitasking superpower, since he helms multiple fashion labels, fragrance lines, AND manages to create a paper doll or two in his spare time. Now Jacobs is adding yet another project to his stuffed schedule— a makeup line, which we now hear from our friends at Fashionista is hitting Sephora shelves this fall. This is big news! Especially because we first reported the exciting announcement back in April and have been waiting (not so?) patiently ever since. Considering his labels are all so different- think the black and white mod of Marc Jacobs versus the bright patterns of Marc by Marc this season versus the chic sophisticate of Louis Vuitton- so we can't WAIT to see direction these cosmetics take.
A look from Louis Vuitton's Spring/Summer collection in paper doll form.
Photo: via Louis Vuitton
What do you do when you've already dressed up doll versions of Rihanna, the Girls girls, and our favorite music video stars in paper wardrobes? If you're Marc Jacobs, you look to the runway. The designer has enlisted stylist Kim Hersov to create printable paper dolls inspired by his most recent Louis Vuitton collections... and yes, they're predictably amazing. Using key pieces from the French fashion house's Ready to Wear Icons and Spring/ Summer 2013 collections, these dolls- which are very chic, we might add- show just how easy it is to mix and match the luxe pieces. Whether it's with basics like tees and denim or a LV Speedy bag, consider this a DIY project and styling lesson rolled into one.
Leave it to Mr. Jeremy Scott to make our Monday morning feel like a Friday. Seriously! We might still be rubbing our eyes and downing the coffee right now, but the New York designer is giving us a major wakeup call. He's just dropped his newest collection for adidas Originals, and, as expected, it's a high-energy jolt of head-scratching, eye-popping, sit-up-and-pay-attention fun. Whereas last time Scott took cues from a '90s kid wonderland with (more) teddy bears and paper dolls, this season it's allllll about expanding your cultural horizons. Jumping off those totem sneakers, expect dresses, tracksuits, and tops splashed with the print. Oh, and the jacket? It has WINGS ATTACHED (see above). Minds=blown.
Kate and Laura Mulleavy designed a gift card for Starbucks.
Photo: Getty Images/ via Starbucks
Even if we're not quite ready to splurge on that gorgeous $2,760 brocade dress Rodarte crafted this season (womp), that doesn't mean we'll never get our Kate and Laura Mulleavy fix. After all, the girls have teamed up on affordable collections for retail giants like Target and a capsule for Opening Ceremony in the past, there's still an awesome chance to add some of their signature cool-girl designs into our own lives without hurting our wallets. Oh, and here's one more to add to the list: just last fall the sisters joined forces with Starbucks on a selection of gift cards, mugs, and tote bags based off their own runway designs. While these mass market goods definitely AREN'T the same as owning as a Rodarte original, they do mark a significant new trend happening in the fashion world...the designer-food collab.