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" 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!

SPOTTED: Frog Sex Sweater by WESC

I had a casual Halloween night some friends downtown and got a little in the spirit by wearing a mask askew above my face like a visor. Waiting for my drink, a guy at the bar pitched me the line, "Never put that mask on, we'd all be missing out on a lot." I nod politely, pay for my beer and head outside to my friends. Just another random dude, right?


The guy later loitered with his buds near our table, seemingly sending bros in one-by-one to try their luck with us. But it wasn't until the pitchman had his back turned that my interest piqued:

A giant portrait of frogs having sex was knitted into the back of it, BAM!

All we could gather was it was made by WESC and I immediately scoured the internetz to find out more. Turns out it is the "Sergei Anniversary" piece they designed for the WESC 10th anniversary in fall 2009, and scant availability is limited to a small online shop in Norway. There's a womens version featuring the same pastoral portrait as well, but it sucks. This sweater is still on trend for this season, knits being even more pronounced for men, and the long, slightly oversized fit looks good on all body types.

But frog sex?? SOLD.

Down to the Knitty Gritty

The long and short of knits this fall, we find our crocheted consorts maxed out in sweaters and scarves, vamped up in body suits and reinterpreted in dresses. Despite dying to be taken off the runway and straight to the ski slope, these pieces are better worn for day lounging inside the lodge, attempting to make eye contact with foreign ski instructors and pretending to read Gravity's Rainbow. Who'd ever thought cable knit could be so sexy?

Anouk Lepere, Elle Belgium, Sept 2010

Oatmeal Scoopa Scarf by Yokoo, via Etsy

Chanel, D & G, Sacai - all FW 2010

Sonia Rykiel, Dolce & Gabbana, Missioni - all FW 2010

Maison Martin Margiela, Gareth Pugh, Chanel - all FW 2010

Personal faves: D & G dress + body suit from the Elle shoot, Sacai sweater, Pugh sweater.

No need for lovers when you have knits like these to keep you warm. (I'll probably retract that statement when I'm alone, ruining some fabulous piece with tearful sobbing in a few months.) Now if only the sun would go away sooner...