Punk & Op Art Street Chic From Versus by Versace

Boy: Trench, $1,150; Pants, $495; Boots, $425; Shirt, $495. Girl: Op Art Tee, $195; Pants, $395; Boots & Hoodie, Not Avail

Just popping back in to share one of my fave diffusion collections this season, Versace's re-imaged Versus collection. Fairly straight-forward in concept, yet undeniably Donatella, the mixed (It) bag of graphic-scapes, opulent colors, studded leather, and signature Versace prints has me dying a little inside -- in a very, very good way.

It's a pretty reminiscent of the Versace x H&M collection, but undoubtedly uses much more luxurious materials. 

One of my goals for "adulthood": No more faux anything.

Also, gotta give them props for using my girl Brooke Candy's track "Everybody Does" in their collection trailer:


Here are some of my favorite looks that I just want to dump into a pile and have sex with, so many sumptuous textures. The models can join too... maybe.

Boy: Moto Jacket, $1,475; Leather Pants, $1,050; Op Art Tee, $225; Boots, $425. Girl: Moto Jacket, $1,475; Op Art Tee, $195; Leather Pants, $995; Heels, $545

Boy: Blue Op Art Shirt, $425, Blue Pants, $325; Blue Trench & Shoes, Not Avail. Girl: So Not Avail

Boy: Mustard Denim, $275; Boots, $425; Moto Jacket, $1,475; Red Op Art Tee, $225. Girl: Mustard Denim, $275; Animalier Knit Top, $395; Safety Pin Moto, Not Avail

Girl: Studded Boots, $725; Belt Print Leggings, $195; Belt Print Tee, $195. Boy: Boots, $425; Belt Print Pants & Tee, Not Avail

Safety Pin Dress, $425; Heels, $545, Safety Pin Bag, $695
Could this be the end of my fruitless search for an It-bag?

Let's see what the models have to say:

Okay, the short-haired brunette can definitely join my Versus orgy.

Current Hero: Porn Revolutionary Cindy Gallop


UK-born New Yorker Cindy Gallop is an endlessly chic, intelligent, confident, articulate entrepreneur who also happens to maintain a "stable" of twenty-something men she sleeps with and watches hardcore porn on the reg--we love her! Founder of Makelovenotporn.com, she's taking strides to re-educate the country about sex where, due to a lack of comprehensive, frank and realistic sex education, the exponentially prevalent hardcore porn industry becomes the baseline. Not only that, her apartment is unbelievably badass. 



Designed to feel like a "Shanghai nightclub", Gallop's entirely black painted apartment creates an atmosphere that is sleek, slinky and sexy but still welcoming (especially to twenty-something men), plus the dark walls and floors helps highlight her eccentric collection of designer and fea market objets d'art--gold-dipper alligator or Gucci chainsaw anyone? And who wouldn't worship a woman who displayed her shoe collection in the living room because she treats them like art pieces? I can only hope to be lounging in leather and a sharp bob in my sprawling club-chic New York apartment when I'm in my 50s!




See more photos of Cindy Gallop's apartment at The Selby.

Choppers, Chicks & Slick Threads: ODYN VOVK SS13 Video

With anyone remotely interested in fashion being inundated with New York Fashion Week tweets, street style photos, Instagrams and Facebook check-ins at every Manhattan hotspot, here's a welcomed open-air breather from the sartorial Cirque de Soleil at Lincoln Center: ODYN VOVK's video "A Silent Grey" for their latest collection.




 Brainchild of designer and chopper enthusiast Austin Sherbanenko, the Los Angeles-based mens label puts the "male" in malevolent with subtle designs that are the strong, slightly twisted silent type. His pieces are predominantly black and use unique materials like sail cloth and army canvas that are waxed and/or oiled along with animal skins like ostrich, alligator and even, yes, fish leather (how? no clue). Odyn Vovk is rugged in a way that completely turns its back on the prevalent New England/dust bowl looks that seemingly every masculine, stylish man has as his default outfit. Instead, it's the refined graduation from goth, punk or metal that sheds all the studs, chains and subculture frills and heads towards runway edge without venturing into the asexual dsytopian futurism of Rick Owens or Mugler. 

OV is very much grounded in the now, and their latest fashion video shot by Jon Ryan Sugimoto reflects a no-parents-no-schedules-no-rules existence far from all the catwalk hoop-jumping that's been happening this past week. While the clothes are not so much the stars as the motorcycles (because really, how can they not), the video is selling a laid-back lifestyle of sweet bikes, leggy girls, aimless adventures through the LA jungle.

New Additions: Black and Mirrored Feather Ear Cuffs


Did some experimenting with new pieces on Instagram, and people really dug these--so now they're for sale! I'm always showing my followers jewelry I'm messing around with, so if you see something you like, let me know and just maybe it'll be the latest addition to my shops :).

These feather ear cuffs are a dramatic accessory that are a centerpiece to any outfit, no other jewelry necessary (at least around the neck, rings would work). I took one out for a test drive and I got a ton of compliments. Especially with the mirrored ones, a little turn of the head will give someone a flash from across the room. They have clip-on earring backs as opposed to a normal cuff that you have to bend to open and close. So you can clip these to your ears, to shirt collars, the side of heels, breast pockets, and anything that needs a "bird on it".


Day 10: Leather Trim Sweaters by SGC NYC

After seeing fellow fashion maven Natalie's post for Blackbook on label SGC NYC's one-year anniversary, I fell in love with their effortless street designs and had to add them to my list. In particular, I'm obsessed with SGC's leather trimmed sweater pieces. Being a huge black leather fan, I'm always looking for pieces that uses the material in a unique way. Leather-trimmed cashmere blend? If it had steel beading it would be the hardest to dry clean piece ever, so don't party too hard in it.

Then again, SGC stands for "Social Gathering Clothing" i.e.party clothes. So... dry cleaning be damned!


My apologies for not posting over the weekend, but I didn't want the 12 Days of Xmas Gift Ideas countdown to end on a Monday, so I thought I'd take the weekend off. There was a certain level of incapacitation due to late nights involved as well, but that's what the holidays are about, right?

I only WISH I had one of SGC's leather detailed sweaters to keep me warm through the ice luge's and bikini bars over the chilly LA weekend. While they may not seem like much on the hangers at first, SGC's editorial shows just how effortlessly styled these pieces are. Considering they are handmade in NYC, the prices are super reasonable compared to other handmade pieces involving leather. 



The sweater dress would be perfect with a matching leather five-panel hat (since it kind of reminds me of a baseball jacket), some Doc Martens lace-up boots and patterned black tights. The gray sweater would look great with some crazy black leather platform shoes, metallic gold denim for the holidays and all the long, antiqued metal necklaces you can layer. Or y'know, just black panties works too.

On a side note, I'm totally in love with the blond model. Her and her real-life husband star in Cee-lo Green's stunning, unexpected cover of Band of Horses' "No One's Gonna Love You". The video makes me want to fall in love so much, good times and bad!

Day 5: Alexander Wang "Marion" Sling Mini Bags



A little late on this one today, but it's a damn good one. My friend Christine--an amazing graphic designer who has created entire looks for the likes of Smashbox Cosmetics and Kate Somerville--had an enviable sling bag with her on a night out that I immediately (without having seen the design before) recognized it as an Alexander Wang piece. Wang's Marion Mini Sling Bag is chic, classic bag that with the rhodium details still retains Alexander's signature edge.

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I was a huge fan of Alexander Wang's stud-bottomed Rocco bag, but the actual portability had mixed reviews. Holding Rocco myself, it had a surprisingly heavy weight despire the small size due to the solid metal spikes. Knowing how much I like to cram into my bags, I couldn't go through with a purchase despite being as lusty as a bar wench for it. Even though it came with an across-the-body strap, it was certainly a shoulder killer.

Side note: Rhodium is a silvery-white, durable metal that is related to platinum. I came to know the material because the high-end store I worked at as a salesperson in college (I was unceremoniously "let go" for sitting down once) used to sell giant fake cubic zirconia wedding rings. For about $100, women with actual giant diamond and platinum wedding rings would buy the CZ/rhodium ones to wear when they travel in case the rings were lost or the women robbed. Funny how that works?
But with the Marion bag, it's the perfect size for a night out to dinner, dancing and then some. You can fit a wallet, car keys, phone, some cosmetics and maybe a few other necessities in it--which is great weight-wise and cutting down on purse clutter (big problem for  me).
At $650, the Marion bag is on the cheaper end of the spectrum for Alexander Wang bags, and is simple enough carry from season to season. Plus, there are different colors and materials to match anyone you're shopping for: Emerald lambskin (sold out in all the places I could find); royal blue leather, black ostrich print leather, black lambskinazure leather and if you act fast, the butterscotch/rhodium color is on sale for practically half-off for $389 at Barneys.com.

Anyone would be lucky to recieve one of these mini babies for the holidays!

KidViskous Black Friday Jewelry Sales!

Hopefully not too many of you have been trampled by this morning's rush. Avoid the lines and shop online (I know I am). KidViskous is having it's own holiday sales, tons of pieces for 20%-50% off in all of our online shops.

At our main Supermarket.com shop, we've taken 20% off our Vampire Teeth necklaces and Feather Earrings, along with discounts all across the store.



On our KidViskous Facebook Shop, we've added a few more items, including our Double Crossed Rings. These items have the same discounts as our Supermarket store, but have the added bonus of an additional 10% off if you "Like" our page.



And finally, at our shop on Etsy, where you can find pieces that are not part of out main collections, you can get an additional 15% off the whole store with the coupon code: BlackFriday throughout the whole weekend!

So what are you waiting for? Shop easily online this weekend and avoid the trampling!

xo
KV





KidViskous Exclusives Shop Launches On Facebook

Hey y'all, it's been a long long time. Exciting update for today, we've officially launched our very first Facebook shop via the KidViskous Facebook page! The purpose of this shop is to offer our Facebook fans exclusive pieces and discounts you can't find anywhere else. Just click on the "KidViskous Shop" tab on the left.

I was also lucky enough to do a mini shoot (first I've done myself) for some exclusive cross pieces that have not been available online in the past, and only have been sold two boutiques across the country. See more photos after the jump.



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We'll be doing weekly secret sales of one or two items that'll be at least 50% off the original retail price. Plus, this is the first time our Inverted Cross Necklace has been available for sale online. Before that, we've only had them selling at Love Brigade in Brooklyn, NY (and I heard from a customer they're sold out!).

On top of discounts of over 50% off the original prices, fans who "Like" our page will get an additional 10% off. Now isn't it time you came to the dark side?

CHECK OUT THE KIDVISKOUS EXCLUSIVES SHOP


Thanks to my lovely models, dancer Zak Ryan Schlegel and spiritual phenom Hiram Camp. I live you two!

Death At A Pool Party: Musings On Defining Fashion


I was so stoked to see that my photo from the Phillip Lim party was up on street style photographer Mr. Newton's site. Giving The Sartorialist a run for his brogues, Mr. Newton was out during Coachella weekend shooting looks for Harper's Bazaar when I ran into him. Of course I didn't make the cut for Harper's, too weird I'm sure. Clearly I haven't changed much since high school.

Also hats on to fellow fashion writer Natalie Alcala for including a twitpic of my outfit in her post for Blackbook!

Read some ramblings after the jump:


I had plenty of people ask me for a photo at the Lim party, or just took a candid, including Bronques of Last Night's Party, Garance Dore and Alexa Chung who was djing the event, but caught me on my way out. I was asked by a photographer, "Who are you wearing?" as she petted my veil like it was the mane of a Triple Crown-winning horse. I thought was a strange question to ask, because I was just wearing a hat I bought at the mall, a basic bikini from American Apparel and a lovely piece of lace I bought at Jo-Ann Fabric. She was obviously expecting something like, "Oh, vintage Givenchy" or "a piece inspired by Philip Treacy." But with voice lost to being sick, I bumblingly grogged, "Umm, just, something I made." Disappointed, she walked off.

It's an interesting aspect of fashion: everyone's looking for a good story. "Just something I made," or "I thought it was cool" doesn't cut it. The same piece that can make the cover of a fashion magazine could be ignored for lack of a compelling narrative. As a writer, this comes as a relief to me since storytelling is what puts gas in my car, but, to play devil's advocate against my own occupation, it also brings up a number of issues. For instance, what defines good art? If a brilliant artist merely put out a piece without any kind of description, wouldn't it be harder to sell compared to a piece that has an entertaining story? In such a case, wouldn't the story itself be the art, and the piece merely the vessel? But then again a good story can't brighten up a foyer.

Sometimes I want to call bullshit on things that rely on stories. Truly brilliant art, fashion or any visual medium shouldn't always have to rely on words or ties to well-known names--just the power of it's physical presence. Not to say my personal style is in any way on that level, but it's sad that a lack of story can detract people from something they enjoyed. Perhaps my outfit didn't evoke a literal narrative, but I felt it had an emotional one. Black, shunning sunshine and summer, and yet utterly exposed to the elements and public eyes. Alarming at first glance, but frustratingly simple when broken down. Fashion can be a riddle, sometimes not meant to have an answer.

I guess I'm completely contradicting myself writing this, but it's an interesting human aspect to think about. In other words, don't ask me who I'm wearing ;).

LOVE / LUST: Party Girl House of Holland Tights x Bombshell Wolford Tights

LOVE:

House of Holland Tights Collection by Pretty Polly - £12-£15, Houseofholland.co.uk
Superstar Black, £15; Sheer Super Suspender, £12; Superstar Gold, £15; Knee Star, £12
I'm not the hugest fan of House of Holland, but their tights collections have been so on par. You've got to appreciate that strategically placed star on the Superstar Black tights.


LUST:
Wolford Artiste Tights - $225.00, Wolford.com
UNBELIEVABLE tights, it appears they have real laces going through them which justifies the steep price tag (almost). Forever 21, please knock these off for $5!