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.

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.

Dripped: LA Fashion Week Runway Soiree And Trunk Show, March 15th!




KidViskous will be selling jewelry at Pop Tart Gallery's Dripped Trunk Show and L.A. Fashion Week event, come by next Thursday March 15th for shopping, djs, runway shows, performances and general fashion debauchery. 

We're pricing pieces to go, most items will be $3-$10, nothing over $25!

Yes, credit cards accepted ;).
Note: There is a $10 cover with RSVP y'all.
STAYDRIPPED@GMAIL.COM



The space is particularly amazing, and home to LA's polysexual hard-partying Rhondavous event, and was previously owned by Prince! This is gonna be nuts!

Blumarine's Holographic RTW Fall/Winter 2012 Collection Creates New Fetish Category


 Italian label Blumarine put everyone at Milan Fashion Week to shame with their eye-popping Fall/Winter 2012 read-to-wear collection. This collection is everything right now! I had zero interest in bringing color into my wardrobe until I saw the lush, vivid furs, hardcore metallics, and the hologram motorcycle jackets and vests, I die! If leather, lace, and latex can have their own fetish categories, why not hologram?
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I never really paid much attention to Blumarine, but their approach to fall is redefining my notion of chilly season style. While there are warm furs and down jackets abound in the collection, nothing has that usual sunless, shelled vibe that winterwear generally has. It is as if the colors, metallics, and prints are what protect you against the weather, not the thickness of the clothing. The outrageousness will keep you warm! There are some chic black dresses and nude gowns in the collection, but who gives a fuck about those.

If you're going to go matchy-matchy, might as well go all.the.way. Shorts over leggings for winter? Could be the equivalent of the ridiculous Alexander McQueen flames print trend for fall (still undecided on that one).
Some more "conservative" metallic and hologram pieces.

Inspired by The Muppets? I hope!


And now my favorites! Hologram on everything, all the time: motorcycle jackets and vests, hologram sequins, giant studded hologram hoop earrings, and the shoes, the shoes you guys! Any attempt to articulately review this collection just flies out the fucking window. I'm dying, I'm dead. I will sell my kidneys for a hologram motorcycle jacket. And to think that even those who can afford this collection have to wait months to even get their mitts on it! Such a tease to have collections show a season before. I pray that knock-off factories are working hard churning out some affordable hologram styles for us broke fashionistas!

NEED

See the rest of the collection at Vogue.com.

What do you think of Blumarine's Fall 2012 collection?

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".


5-Minute DIY: Stud Embellished Collar Tips

I do a lot of my own DIY projects because A. The things I want are usually never available, B. I'm cheap, and C. I'm broke (ok, not completely, but ain't rollin' in the deep). While everyone was rushing to their bogus Valentine's Day dinner reservations last night, I was working on a super exciting sample sale I'm doing next week. Decided to take a breather from that for a quickie DIY--and share it with you! I'm all about collar tips lately, so I'm stocking up.

I've seen other embellished collar DIY tutorials, but I don't really like using glue on clothing or using iron-ons. It takes a while to dry, things can fall off in the wash, it can smell, stuff can accidentally get stuck together permanently, the glue can bleed through, irons can burn, and if you don't get the right glue the color can turn a nasty yellow. I prefer the way I did it because if you screw up or want a change, you can take the embellishments off! Plus no glue mess or need for a BeDazzler; it's completely idiot-proof (although you could possibly hurt yourself, but the clothes will be okay!).
 

What inspired me to do this DIY was simply that my package from Forever 21 came yesterday. I know Forever 21 is trashy, but they DO have some good basic items ripe for embellishing on the cheap. I chose their sheer collared Longline High-Low Button-Up. It's kind of expensive for F21 at $19.80 (I told you I'm cheap) but I'm all about sheer collared tops so went for it.

Your Materials:

1. Metal pronged embellishments of your choice. You can find them at any Michaels, Jo-Ann Fabrics, or your fave craft store. The ones I used are some vintage diamond-shapes I found in the bead district in downtown Los Angeles. Whatever you choose, be sure they have those pointy spikes on the underside. You can also do rhinestones with metal settings, but they require a careful hand as you can scratch the stones with your pliers.

2. A good pair of "chain nose" jewelry pliers. They're the small pliers with sharp pointed tips and flat on the inside--not the rounded ones. You can buy them for under $10 (a MUST for all DIY-ers in my opinion, but then again I am a jewelry-maker). Again, any craft store that sells a good amount of beads will have them.

3. Collared shirt of your choice. I recommend finding a cool one at a thrift store so you only spend a few dollars total.

Once you've figured out how you want to lay your studs out,  push the studs through the collar one at a time prongs down. Be sure all the prongs pass completely through the fabric as far as they can go.


Be careful of your fingers, the prongs are sharp! Perforated leather is a good look, but not perforated fingers.



With your jewelry pliers, grab each prong and bend each them towards the inside of the stud. Hold the fabric taut around the stud so it won't fall out while you're doing this (I had to take the photo with my other hand so I'm not holding). Be sure to push the prongs down enough so things won't get caught on them later. But don't push them down so far that it causes the collar fabric to bunch.


The finished underside.


The finished product, ready to party! Don't have to wait for anything to dry :).

Backtracking: If a stud is misaligned or you change your mind about the design a week later, you can just use your pliers to upright the prongs and take out the studs like you would a staple. Simple! This whole project took me probably under five minutes, including adjustments.

I apologize for my crappy iPhone photos, I don't have any daylight when I come home from the day job. Plus the walls around my work table are neon green (don't ask) so that combined with the tungsten lighting makes everything so brassy.

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New Surface To Air Video Lays Out The Best Valentine's Fashion Date

She's a lovely model; he's a rich dude-guy with a sweet vintage car. The beautiful couple are getting away from their hoards of admirers in the city to a villa in France or Italy or whatever. They laze, they live, they love--I'm livid (completely jealous). OR she's a college mistress and he's a cheating father of three. But either way...
 Surface to Air released their utterly romantic Spring/Summer fashion video entitled "Lazy" in perfect timing with Valentine's Day. Surely the fashionistas trudging through the last hours of New York Fashion Week will be Versace green with envy when they see the stylishly lethargic video. Don't we all wish we could lounge by the pool, drink oddly green cocktails and hammock the day away with a babe right now?

Click through to see more lazy looks from Surface to Air SS12:
The only unfortunate thing about releasing the video now is that a number of items are not available yet. But a teaser it is, and teased we are!
Track Shorts V1 - $210 (really?)

Can't be bothered to greet the boif.

3/4 Patched Jeans - $170

"Put the fucking keys down, remember what happened to the Maserati?"
Zulu Shirt V2 - $150

Perfectly matched umbrellas to this photo and below.
Long Cardigan V1 - $200

Doesn't that hurt your boobs?
Savana Shorts V3 - Soon Available

"Babe, we'll get you a wheelchair one day."

Lime Dress V1 - $320; Him: Modern Cowboy Shirt - Soon Available

 "Put Flo Rida on." (P.S. what car model/year is this?)

Zulu Shirt V1 - $160; Dede Dungarees V2 - Soon Available

Chillin'

On a non-video note, stoked to see collar tips surface for their menswear this season. Gives a very Johnny Cash vibe, as the name would suggest.

What do you think of Surface to Air's new collection and fashion video?

LOVE / LUST: Disco to Heavy Metal Heel-Less Platforms

LOVE:

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Rock Star Platforms by Jeffrey Campbell - $195.00 at Nastygal.com
I've been wanting to actually purchase some of these floating Gaga/Guinness-esque platforms for quite sometime, and I think these might be the ones! The metallics and patent leather makes this shoe an ease to drift back and forth between rock n' roll, disco and glam depending how you dress it.

As for my LUST...

LUST:

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The Shadow and Spike Bootie by Jeffrey Campbell - $264.00 at Karmaloop.com
I had to, I just had to. Look at this mess of spikes that's a certain rip-off of previously featured Japanese shoe artist (what he does is truly an art) Noritaka Tatehana. But the little goth teenager in me screams and my wallet starts to shake in fear! I like the patent version as opposed to the regular black leather version because with a design like this, you might as well go ALL THE WAY. I would strongly advise to not wear these with a maxi dress/skirt or long flowy pants since they're bound to get shredded--on the other hand that might be a cool look!

Ooo, experimenting with animated gifs, I like! Leave a comment if these seem a bit too much. :)

TUCO Valentine's Day Online Sample Sale

One of my fave new t-shirt lines is having a 40% sample sale on their whole stock for Valentine's Day, so I had to share. We featured TUCO as one of our 12 Days of Xmas selections, so jump on this shit quick! Use the coupon code "KISSFROMAROSE" at checkout (omg, I love you Jenny), sale ends midnight on 2/14/12. Check out www.shoptuco.com for more!




Artist Ed Ruscha for Band Of Outsiders

Simplicity is king with clothing brand Band Of Outsiders, but their model recruitment is far from the norm--and that's what I love most about them. Instead of the tall, willowy models with abnormally symmetrical features, the LA-based brand regularly brings on those whose remarkableness is in what they do, not how they look. Case in point: their latest model for spring is 74-year-old artist Ed Ruscha, shot on simple, raw Polaroids.

I love the stark, subversive, antics-ridden feel to Band of Outsiders' campaigns, rendering fashion models, sets, lights, Photoshop and "looking hot" unnecessary. The addition of Ed Ruscha to their lineup is a perfect fit given the brand's own minimal, sleek, color-blocked styles and Ruscha's sharp, graphical paintings. The campaign was shot in Ruscha's studio in Culver City, CA featuring his own dog, stunning vintage car, and Indian motorcycle (which of course first drew me in). It's basically just Ruscha fucking around--and that's awesome
  The spring campaign doesn't feel like a set of photos that attempts to sell something, but is instead a demonstration of how clothing is meant to accompany the subject's everyday life--not just sit pretty on a human mannequin. It's not quite a documentary, but neither is it meticulously set up. Others that have modeled for Band Of Outsiders are actors Rupert Grint and Tom Felton of Harry Potter fame, James Marsden, Andrew Garfield and Donald Glover, all of their shoots adhering to this spontaneous, "wouldn't it be funny if..." vibe.



 



See the rest of the campaign and more of their Polaroids at Band Of Outsiders.

Best Of Jason Wu For Target x CatPaint!


Jason Wu for Target is certainly no news to most of us fashion followers, but I still wanted to share my faves from the upcoming collection with a little twist: Catpainted! While Target regularly inundates us with constant designer collaborations, a lot of which are kinda letdowns, this collection was one that I actually got excited about. After seeing Jason Wu's little black cat logo buddy, I thought to myself, "why not add waayyyy more cats!" So get ready people, the collection is launching February 5th and I expect this one will go exceptionally fast.

Check out some of my favorite Jason Wu for Target pieces along with prices after the jump.

Jersey Dress in Red/Navy Stripes, $34.99 Cat Tote in Cream, $39.99
Loving the 60s Parisian feel of the collection, with beautiful palette of bright reds, classic black and whites, creams and navy to baby blues. Of course the laser cats are obsessed with this cat-clawing tote! The thick handle hinges add a little designer flair to what would be a "whatevs" bags.


Long-Sleeved Pointelle Sweater in Red, $39.99, Pleated Skirt in Navy Floral, $29.99
I'm really into button-downs buttoned to the neck. While I don't own a single skirt, the floral pleated skirt is a spring staple I may have to try. But dying for the sheer ruffled black socks with patent heels!




Long-Sleeved Sailor Sweater in Black/Cream Stripes, $32.99 Long-Sleeved Blouse in White with Black Ribbon, $34.99, Cuffed Shorts in Navy, $26.99, Woven Mini Saddle Bag in Cream, $24.99
Glad that there are some tomboy-ish combos in the collection, and these striped kitties are stoked for this matching sweater! Already thinking where I can get some black penny loafers...

Long-Sleeve Sheer Blouse in White with Black Ribbon, $34.99, Canvas Skirt in Belize Blue, $29.99 Front-Flap Straw Bag in Cream, $39.99
This cute and clean look is poppin' off with a it's Mary Poppins vibe. I love the insinuation of a sheer blouse, buffered with a crisp bow and pleated skirt. I'm not sure how a canvas skirt would work out in person, since I imagine it more of a wide-leg pant or a military material, but could be a kind of resort getaway feel.

Poplin Dress in Navy, $39.99
This is my favorite piece of the bunch. Whether 60s France or British Mod, the simple pattern, skinny belt and simple cut are begging for me to buy it (no one buy it!).



Sleeveless Top with Sheer Panel in Navy Floral, $26.99 Pleated Skirt in Navy Floral, $29.99, Lace Clutch in Black, $29.99
Note: this is not a dress, but a skirt and top combo. Although it really should be a dress. The sheer panel in the top looks like it could be a Swiss dot pattern, making it not too edgy. Of course I'd pair that top with black leather shorts an combat boots!

Long-Sleeved Blouse in Blush, $34.99, Lace-Printed Straight Skirt in Blush, $29.99 Lace Clutch in Black, $29.99
Same blouse as before, but here you can see the adorably puffed sleeves. The blush pink, lace shirt and clutch hint at luxurious lingerie (maybe underneath?).

Cat Scarf, $19.99
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Front-Flap Bag in Cream/Black, $49.99
And finally, a cute basic vintage-inspired bag. While Jason Wu's is a great option for an everyday bag, THESE and THESE unexpected finds will have your friends praising your ingenuity. Hint: You can buy them at Home Depot!

LOVE/LUST: Blood-Dripping Sunglasses x 1972 Honda CB350Four Motorcycle

LOVE:

Blood-dripping sunglasses by Ann-Sofie Back - $285, Oooga Booga
I'm dying, I'm dead. I found myself literally mouth-agape as I sat at my desk when I came across these beauties. A bee could've flown into my mouth and I wouldn't have noticed or cared. Handmade by couture frames craftsman Tom Davies for British clothing designer Ann-Sofie Back, these shades prove what a huge difference a tiny modification to a classic shape makes. But at almost $300, I have myself already scheming for a DIY project with the $5 aviators I can find along Venice Beach!


LUST:

1970s Honda CB-350Four
A few weeks back I fell head over stiletto heels for a motorcycle my friend Sean sent me a link to. I've been on the lookout for my first bike and mostly looked at used Harleys and Honda cruisers that look like Harleys. I wanted a bike that would make me look scary, so a lot of the Japanese vintage variety didn't appeal much to me. But having seen this one with it's chic design and the badass twin exhaust, I was sold. So we went over the Pasadena to check it out...

 ...And it was beautiful! A 1972 model (they only produced the Fours between '72-'74), the bike was in perfect shape, no rust, original paint, even still had the original tool kit and manual. Sadly, the twin exhausts were replace years ago, but I still loved the look. The seat had a little tear but was easily replaceable. It started up on the first try, the engine roar gave me the chills and the bike had remained in one family since being purchased from the dealer. I had cash money in my purse and was ready to hand it over until...
...I actually sat on it--and it was too tall! You can't see, but that day I was wearing 3'' ankle boots and was still on my tip toes. I'm 5'6'' but with short little Asian legs so there was no way I could've safely drive this bike. Very rarely do I actually go out to buy a Lust, and the one time I did I was crushed!
Trying to not cry
The bike was already almost at it's lowest rung, so my only options were to replace the shocks with shorter ones, and carve out the thick foam seat café racer style. But it the end, I decided I should look for a smaller bike (it was pretty wide for me too). Happily, Sean decided to buy this one so if ever I wanted to get it back, I know who to rob. Plus, I probably should learn to ride a motorcycle in the first place, oops! Still, after seeing this one I fell in love with the whole 60s-70s Honda CB fleet. Someone sell me a CB150?

Wearing the blood-dripped aviators on a CB bike sounds like a truimph in accessorizing to me!

Iris Van Herpen's Fang-Soled Shoes and 3D Printed Dresses

Happy (grossly belated) New Year everyone!

I've been all too busy with things, but I had to take a moment aside to share the latest from Dutch visionary designer Iris van Herpen. I've written about how much I lust for her shoe designs, but have unfortunately overlooked her clothing designs. But now that she has my eye, I'm floored
 Here are some selects from van Herpen's SS12 couture collection that she just showed in Paris. If you can believe it, these ensembles are more subdued than her previous collections, but the unbelievable detail and structural ingenuity that van Herpen brings to her designs are nonetheless still present. 

But the real triumph of this collection are these teeth/fang-soled shoes!!
 Are you drooling yet?

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What designer Iris van Herpen seems to understand beyond futuristic colleagues like Gareth Pugh, Hussein Chalayan and Balenciaga (at times), is that the future does not necessarily mean space. Heavily influenced by the endless mysteries of the ocean, van Herpen draws upon the countless, bizarre creatures that live right here on our own planet.
 "Capriole" collection, 2011

 "Escapism" collection, 2011

While imagination depicts life beyond our solar system to be vastly different from ours, the organisms found in the deepest depths of Earth's oceans many times surpass even the most flagrantly wild imaginations. And with the NASA space shuttle launch program coming to an end last year, the vastly unexplored ocean may (and should) become the next frontier in the meantime.
 "Crystallization" collection, 2010

Herpen's collections doesn't come without an engineering mind--architect Daniel Widrig lent his skills to an ongoing collaboration with the designer to create the first 3D printed dresses seen on the runway. What a 3D printing machine does is take a 3D rendered image off the computer, and literally build it out of a plastic, polymer, plaster and other materials. It applies layers upon layers of liquid material until it takes the shape of the rendered image, thus "printing" the shape. Generally used to make machine parts, the process has found its way to fashion thanks to minds like van Herpen and Widrig. There is a plethora of information on how to make and operated your own DIY 3D printer!

These are certainly some jaw-dropping collections to return to fashion blogging for! I'll be more diligent about posting in the next couple weeks, including my 2012 forecast and review of my 2011 forecast; what I hoped would happen vs. how it turned out! And believe me, it did not come out the way I expected...

Check out the rest of Iris van Herpen's collections at her website: www.irisvanherpen.com, and the rest of her recently debuted SS '12 couture collection on A Shaded View of Fashion.



12th Day of Xmas Gift Ideas: A Fucking Custom Harley Davidson Motorcycle

Closing up our 12 Days of Xmas Git Ideas list (like, really late because reality takes up too much of my time!), I've chosen our ultimate of ultimates, totally, ridiculously awesome gift idea is of course, a FUCKING CUSTOM HARLEY.

Now, being a fashion blogger I can write about clothes, shoes, jewelry, runway, editorials and such like second nature. But my freshly minted motorcycle obsession is just a little too rare for me to sink my writing teeth into it just yet. So I've enlisted our new friend Charlie Stockwell of London's own Warr's Customs to help guide us through the sexy world of custom Harleys. They're essentially the haute couture of bikes, right? A custom Harley versus a custom haute couture gown? That's a call I hope no one ever has to make.

'Tracker'
Started as: 2009 Dyna StreetBob
Inspired by the slick 60's cool of actor and racer Steve McQueen, the Tracker has homages to the same military-esque paint design (he was himself a serviceman) and slim builds of bikes the actor himself owned and rode. Stockwell said, "My Dad is a big Steve McQueen fan, myself as well. So I wanted to build a bike that reflected him and his era, but also had a strong Harley feel to it." Let that be a new McQueen to add into your style lexicon.

Cost £18,500 ($27,750)



'Unorthodox'
Started as: 2010 Fatboy
Going against some traditionalist custom Harley practices, this bike uses unorthodox design, materials and components. Stockwell used World Super Bike spec Ohlins front forks, a solid carbon fiber solo saddle, fenders and clip-on handlebars, rear lights in the end of the exhaust, a massively tuned motor and so forth--things that I personally have much to learn about! But the finished product is like that of a superhero's weekend Harley, modern without going too futuristic. Again, my frame of reference is quite small at this point, but this bike would slay when paired with these YSL patent leather platforms.

Cost £87,000 ($130,500)



'24 Boardtrack'
Based on: H-D 2010 Crossbones Softail
Delving deeper into the history of motorcycle racing, this one was inspired by the Boardtrack race bikes of the early 1900's. The bikes back then were essentially as thin as bicycles, so the slimmer wheels, thin spokes and decorative use of a racing number plate on the side reflect the bikes of the era. "The last year of Boardtrack racing was 1924 which was also the year that Warr's opened their first Harley store here on the King's Road in London," Stockwell explains. I personally like the thinner build bikes, especially since I would actually be able to ride them. The smaller details like the gold rings around the exhaust and copper wires combined with the black and white palette (clearly inspired by the pagoda in the background) give this one a chic, but still sporty, vintage look.

Cost £37,000 ($55,500)



'Frisco Bobber'
Started as: 2010 Crossbones
With this glittery beauty, Stockwell wanted to build a bike that combined the feel of two of his favorite places: California and Asia. Hey, I'm an Asian girl living in Los Angeles, so I'm really loving this one!
He said, "I grew up travelling across Asia quite a bit. Mostly Thailand but have always been in love with all of Asia. The custom Harleys that are built in Japan a proper cool. They have taken what people were doing in the 70's on the west coast of the States and then made it their own." Japanese fashion has been re-appropriating heritage American styles for their shoppers for a long time (and us them!), so that practice clearly has spanned beyond just clothing. The warm colors and sunburst paint design are two things that California and Asia undeniably share. And oh so sparkly!

Cost: £32,000 ($48,000)



'Kamome Sprinter'
Started as: 2011 Crossbones.
Of course we have Stockwell's collaboration Harley with Japanese denim brand Evisu. I still can't get over the gorgeous nickel engravings done by an actual gunsmith. I've written about this bike in a previous post, but let's expand beyond the fashion elements onto the bike itself. You can read more the fashion collaboration with Japanese denim brand Evisu in one of my previous blogs: Evisu x Harley Davidson Collaboration Motorcycle.

A reputation for building vintage-inspired bikes (although that's not the only style he can do!) Stockwell certainly went vintage with this one, to meld with collaborator Evisu's tradition of authentic selvedge denim. "There are loads of Evisu graphic in the engraving on the engine as well as lots of Japanese Tattoo art. I hand stitched Evisu denim around the control cables, battery cover, hand grips and other trim," said Stockwell. The kind of meticulous work expected of a couture bike.

Cost: No chance people, this stunning bike was already sold to a good friend of Stockwell's--a person he can only reveal as a "Formula 1 superstar."


That's one happy bike.

See more of Charlie Stockwell's work at Warr's Customs and follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

And that closes out our 12 Days of Xmas Gift list! Happy holidays everyone, we're officially on vacation starting...NOW.

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 8: (Almost) Anything From Chloë Sevigny's Latest Collection for Opening Ceremony


Chloë Sevigny impressed with her fourth collection for Opening Ceremony. The design collaboration started off a little rocky for my taste like most celebrity-designed collections (Kate Moss for Topshop too), but this time she collaborated with vintage-inspired eyewear designer Barton Perreira and heritage street and skate brand Vision. The combination of the collaborators plus Chloë's tastes and OC's talented design team supporting her, it made for a stylistically bi-polar collection with some iffy pieces and some "I will fight a bitch for it" must-haves.

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 Drawing particular inspiration from Chloë Sevigny's Kids days in 90s NYC, the collection is billed as "old-school street wear meets vintage underwear... channel picnic at hanging rock for ultra-feminine silhouettes while 80s-style ra ra skirts key into a different kind of nostalgia—for Chloë’s early days in New York and the skate culture of Kids." While not blatantly 90s, I think they took appropriately small snippets of the decade. Chloë Sevigny herself is even an appropriately small snippet of the 90s!

The leather and cotton "Eyelet Pinafore" dresses show above are my top choices for FAB status (Fight A Bitch, let's see if this catches on), and are, of course, some of the most expensive apparel pieces in the collection: $700 for the white cotton, $1,200 for the black leather. The bathing suits are also to die for, especially since they have structured cups that can accommodate those of us with lesser cleavage--a rarity for most structured bathing suit top designs. Here are some more of my favorites that I think can fit almost any stylish lady you're shopping for. Chloë for OC spans apparel, eyewear, bags, sneakers and also some menswear!









Day 6: Ornate Legwear By Bebaroque

I'm a little upset at myself for not thinking of this earlier, but as a tights and over-the-knee socks fan, the ornate legwear from Scottish company Bebaroque caught my eye immediately. These gold lamé and sequin socks are particularly perfect for holiday party looks. Give these as a gift and I almost guarantee the lucky recipient will wear them to their New Year's festivities.

The brand has a whole assortment of embellished, embroidered, tasseled and bedazzled legwear, dresses and body suits that had my mouth watering. But with the above gold and sequin knee socks priced at $144.00, I'll have to roll my tongue back into my mouth for a little longer.

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Part elegant hosiery, part luxury dancewear, Bebaroque essentially offers a sort of haute couture shortcut, combining the meticulous details haute couture demands with the simple canvas of universal, American Apparel-like basics. Pairing any of their pieces with a simple pleated skirt, belted dress, or really anything as Toyko style blogger Shan Shan has done (killed it!) gives a unique, eye-catching element that no one else on the street will have. One embellished body suit will cost you at minimum $350.00, yet compared to the ceiling-less pricing of runway couture, it's a steal. I'm particularly enamored with the black outfit below, I would wear that out as is!

Selections from Bebaroque's SS12 collection


But who am I kidding? I'm a total cheapskate, and upon seeing the knee socks and tights I thought to myself, "I can do that easily. Just hadn't occurred to me to do it before." Now, while I don't have the patience to make any of the lavishly decorated pieces, some of the simpler designs would be easy enough to make with a visit to the right craft store, a sewing kit and an hour or two of work in front of the TV. Maybe after our 12 Days of Xmas Gifts countdown I'll do a DIY post for a tights or socks project :).



Day 4: Silver Collar Tips Chic Up Any Shirt

I was suprised at the reaction to one of my latest accessory purchases: Western collar tips. I was inspired to buy them after seeing Zara's lovely Studio Shirt was sold out everywhere I looked.

The top retailed at about $90.00, which for my taste is slightly too pricey for a Zara shirt. And it didn't even matter because right now I can't even find it on eBay. But for much cheaper, you can have a far better alternative:

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For about $7.00, I bought the best part of the shirt, the tips! A common accessory in Western wear, they're a fantastic addition to a shirt buttoned to the neck in lieu of a necklace. You'll have to dig around for ones that are not blatently Western/horse/cowboy themed, but they really are jewelry in my opinion.

Here are the ones I bought; this is a photo I posted on my Instagram (follow me! Username KidViskous)


The best part about having the collar tips alone instead of the Zara shirt is that you can add them to any collared shirt you own. They have screws in the back to grasp onto the colla for a simple change-up. I bought mine off eBay and I encourage you to search around there for tips that suit you or your gift recipient. They can come in a basic generic metal for under $10 or you can find more intricately engraved, uniquely shaped, sterling silver or 14k gold ones for more. Some even come set with a semi-precious stone like turquoise or onyx.
These sterling silver vintage paisley ones are fantastic for $18 on eBay.

It's almost like DIY, but easier! A great pro-style gift for anyone looking to advance their existing wardrobe.

Day 2: Geniune Lady Gaga Platforms from Noritaka Tatehana

So, I started off writing the second of our "12 Days of Xmas" posts about a pair of shoes my friend Dominique of the stunning wedding photography duo Love Me Sailor and I recently saw ("we were ready to pull a bitch by her hair out of the dance cage at Rhondavous for wearing the shoes we had been lusting after"). But after some research, I've discovered something better. MUCH better. Behold, the work of platform shoe artist and Lady Gaga cobbler Noritaka Tatehana


If you can't control your boner for Tatehana's work like I can't...

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Now, none of Noritaka Tatehana's shoes are for the faint of foot, but I like to think I've been working towards my platform blackbelt. Tatehana's shoes are stunning, gravity-defying explorations of fashion, whose conceptual designs are on the cusp of art. Archival pieces are currently being exhibited at the Comme des Garcons Trading Museum and shop in their Paris and Tokyo locations and Dover Street Market in London.

The young designer (a mere 26 years-old) was born in Japan and mentions his family came into money from the "centre of an entertainment and red-light district in Tokyo". The red-light district inspiration can certainly be seen in his work. Starting at 15, he taught himself fashion design and construction processes, later majoring in dyeing and weaving in college. Currently, every single one of his pieces are hand-executed by Tatehana himself! You can't ask for better craftsmanship for shoes ranging from $2,500 - $4,000. Many designer shoes are already in that price range, but can you imagine how much a shoe completely handmade by Christian Louboutin himself, or Karl Lagerfeld himself would cost??
The man himself, makin' your shoes


While no new collections are up for sale on his site, you can still special order pieces from the Tokyo  Trading Museum Comme des Garcons:

Opening hours AM11:00-PM6:00
2F GYRE Bldg 5-10-1 Jingumae Shibuya Tokyo 1500001, JAPAN
TEL +81 (0) 3 3486 8590 

Aaand for those of you who aren't quite up to task for Tatehana's shoes, or perhaps live in the real world and plan on walking on real streets, copy king Jeffrey Campbell's "Night Walker" shoe is a fantastic alternative for the much more affordable price of $170.00. While Tatehana's pieces are a crash course, Campbell's shoes are a nice, gentle beginner's lesson in footwear ergonomics without being ankle-breakingly dangerous (and nowhere near as gorgeous).

EDIT: My friend Joshua reminded me that Campbell's Night Walkers are a direct reproduction of another platform diva's go-to shoe designer Natacha Marro. That diva? Why self-styling fashion maven Ms. Daphne Guiness of course.


12 Days of Xmas - Day 1: The Light Keeper Set

I. Love. Christmas. Call me a sucker, but when the lights go up, the holiday songs start playing and everything has pumpkin spice in it, I get all tingly inside. Stealing Alexander Wang's idea, we're doing a 12 Days Of Christmas gifts countdown (A.Wang will certainly make it on our list) to inspire your holiday shopping this year. If anyone would like to send one of my picks over to me, feel completely free to do so!

 Kicking off the list is a beautiful sterling silver "The Light Keeper" necklace set by James Banks. It comes with a set of tool charms: a screw driver, tweezers and a funnel along with a real glass light bulb. But the real kicker? The lightbulb is filled with 30 loose black diamonds and then some.

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Harmoniously working together, the purpose of the funnel and tweezers is to aid in switching out the jewels (or "the light") inside the light bulb. The filament can also be removed and worn as a charm. I love the ability to customize your necklace with this set, and how everything has it's utility: the bulb for keeping the light, screwdriver for opening the light, tweezers for choosing the light and the funnel for transferring the light. Being able to participate in the design process, however small a contribution, is always a welcomed element--although that might only be because I'm a jewelry designer myself!

How this set actually came to my attention was that one of the James Banks designers is Adam Shulman, a.k.a. actress Anne Hathaway's freshly minted fiance. Along with jewelrysmith Heidi Nahser Fink, who does stunning metal work herself, the duo has so far released a very small collection of antique-inspired necklaces.

The set comes in a beautiful leather "tool" pouch and a polished wooden box with instructions on how to use the precious tools. Any guy or girl will be thrilled to receive this set (I know I would), but with a $1,100.00 price tag, you may just want to keep it for yourself.

Check back tomorrow for #11!