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Sunday, 22 September 2013

Hot Shoulder

A take-away from the streets of New York Fashion Week: Miley wasn’t as off-base as we all thought. We saw shrinking crop tops, loads of bra tops, even an editor in chief baring her midriff. (Eva Chen, we’re looking at you.) Add to that the many women at the shows, as well as on the film festival circuit, flagrantly flaunting their clavicles. No surprise, off-the-shoulder is a good look, a more coy kind of sexy than the cutouts we’ve grown accustomed to. There was the director Gia Coppola, in black velvet Christopher Kane in Venice; Alexa Chung, effortless as she can be, in lace Carven at her “It” book party in London; and on the street in New York, Yasmin Sewell in Isa Arfen and Giovanna Battaglia in one of Prada’s many fall dresses that slip from the shoulder. The Kane and Prada dresses are in stores now, as are other stunners from Alexander McQueen andOscar de la Renta.
DKNY for Opening Ceremony at Opening Ceremony,&nbsp;35 Howard Street; <a href="http://openingceremony.us/">openingceremony.us</a>.<em> </em>
Just a Logo, but How They Loved It
For his spring show, Alexander Wang sent out dresses, jackets, belts, even elbow-length gloves with his name spelled out in repeating laser-cut patterns. Given such a conspicuous display of branding, Opening Ceremony’s capsule collection of archival DKNY logo gear, among the original label mania pieces of the early ‘90s, is almost poignant. There is an awesome hooded zip-up jumpsuit from spring ’91, $315; “SoHo Wall” (after the Peter Arnell DKNY mural) unisex tees from spring ’92, $145; and a cropped hooded sweatshirt from resort ’94, $175. Save up for the Wangs for spring and buy a piece of the DKNY now.
Veda, 19 Mercer Street, (212) 219-8332.
Plenty of Skins in the Game
Back in 2008, when Lyndsey Butler, above, was starting her Veda leather line, labels were popping up with a very singular focus, like creating the perfect T-shirt or jeans. Ms. Butler zeroed in on the perfect little leather jacket. She opened a store and workshop on the Lower East Side, then closed it when she moved her design studio to SoHo. Now she’s back with a new shop on Mercer. In the small gallery-like space, with a Persian rug covering the ceiling, a plant wall and a mannequin of Christy Turlington in tree pose, you’ll find the favorite Max leather jacket with a funnel collar (shown above), $890; a lace-up leather skirt, $350, and textured knit dresses and tops to go with them. The shop will also offer customized leather jackets, beginning at $1,000.
At 3x1, 15 Mercer Street, (212) 391-6969; and <a href="http://freedomofanimals.com/">freedomofanimals.com</a>.
These Bags Aren’t Loaded With Guilt
When Morgan Bogle, a stylist with a new handbag line called Freedom of Animals, conceived her collection, she had her philosophy down. Use only vegan materials, animal-free as well as ethical and sustainable. And, of course, create styles that are chic and versatile. And so she did. The faux leather bags, made with recycled plastic and vegetable dye, can take a place on the shelves right next to the nice leather goods. There’s an oversize fold-over clutch, which doubles as a laptop case, $300; a tote with a detachable shoulder strap (above), $460; and the two-tone box bag at right, $380, already carried by the fashion enthusiast and vegan Anne Hathaway.