Category: Fashion

I’m Back…



statesman.png-001In case you noticed, I’ve been MIA on Design*ByProxy, pretty much the whole summer. Well, I’m back now and I’m want to play a little catch up.  It’s been a summer of music festivals, traveling in Europe, and a few unfortunate events that had to do with the family pets.

Before I went MIA I did attend a few events.  One was a cocktail party in celebration of The Elder Statesman and The Webster Miami’s T-shirt collaboration.  The Elder Statesman is a Los Angeles based luxury lifestyle label founded in 2007 by Greg Chait. Specializing in high end cashmere goods, Greg’s line includes items for men, women, kids, accessories and items for the home like blankets and pillows.

The party was cool, with the likes of Balthazar and Rosetta Getty, Anthony Keidis of Red Hot Chili Peppers and designer Magda Berliner, most sipping on the free tequila and conversations centered around Coachella that was happening the following weekend.

images via: BFA, tmagazine and the Elder Statesman

Michele Lamy & Scarlett Rouge

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A truly inspiring video via stylelikeu on Michele Lamy and her daughter Scarlett Rouge. Now living in Paris, Michele works with her partner designer Rick Owens and Scarlett as an artist.

It’s an intimate look at their mother-daughter relationship.  Scarlett discusses her art, how her parents never set limits on her, and how loves the “amazing, eccentric… aura” her mother gives off.  Michele speaks about her past working as a criminal attorney to being a restaurateur here in Los Angeles and how in her own life following the “flow of attraction” has lead her to do many different things.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

PUNK: Chaos to Couture

Zandra Rhodes, 1977 Photograph by Clive Arrowsmith for Zandra Rhodes Archive 

John Lydon, 1976  Photograph by Ray Stevenson/Rex USA 


PUNK: Chaos to Couture exhibition will be on view from May 9 through August 11, 2013 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Costume Institute will examine punk’s impact from the 1970s to its continuing influence on high fashion now.

The exhibition will feature approximately one hundred designs for men and women. Original punk garments from the mid-1970s will be juxtaposed with recent fashion to show how haute couture and ready-to-wear borrow punk’s symbols, with the traditional paillettes being replaced with safety pins, feathers with razor blades, and bugle beads with studs. Punk’s “do-it-yourself” concepts will be contrasted with couture’s “made-to-measure” mindset. Visitors will see the materials and techniques of PUNK in an immersive multimedia gallery experience where the clothes will be animated with music videos and soundscaping.~metmuseum

~images Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel


Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel is an intimate portrait and a vibrant celebration of one of the most influential women of the 20th century, an enduring icon whose influence changed the face of fashion, beauty, art, publishing and culture forever. During her fifty year reign as the “Empress of Fashion,” she launched Twiggy, advised Jackie O and coined some of fashion’s most eloquent proverbs such as “the bikini is the biggest thing since the atom bomb.” She was the fashion editor of HARPER’S BAZAAR where she worked for 25 years before becoming editor in chief of VOGUE followed by a remarkable stint at the Met’s Costume Institute where she helped popularize its historical collections. 

In theaters in Los Angeles & New York September 21.

Helmut Lang

#016 2011 [Detail] Resin, Pigment, Mixed Media 

Helmut Lang + Jenny Holzer

Kate Moss in Helmut Lang, Harper’s Bazaar, November 1996 © Craig McDean : Art + Commerce

 Make It Hard, The Fireplace Project 

Surrogate Skin (2008)

From establishing his namestake brand in 1986 Helmut Lang introduced unconventional materials into the urban uniform and by repositioning the perspectives of utility and modernity defined the silhouette of the 1990s and early 2000s. He broke away from the runway show-as-spectacle in the height of the 1980s opulence and was the first to ever stream his collection online, redefining how fashion is communicated. ~wikipedia

(Michael and Nicole Colovos now design the line for the Helmut Lang brand)

Since retiring from the fashion world in 2005, Lang has continued his artistic endevors into the world of art with Make it Hard at the Fireplace Project in 2011 where he used 6000 archived clothing pieces from his label, cutting them up and mixed with resin and pigment to create slender pipe like sculptures and collaborating with artists Jenny Holzer and Louise Bourgeois.

His recent works explore abstract sculptural forms and physical arrangements and space beyond the limitations of the human body. ~wikipedia

Halston House : : Listing

Incomparable. Groundbreaking. Emulated. Iconic. Legendary. These words describe not only the spectacular architecture of 101 East 63rd Street, but the figures associated with it: Paul Rudolph, Halston, Gianni Agnelli and Gunter Sachs. Now, for the first time in generations, this unadulterated gem of architectural history and heirloom of 20th century New York’s golden age of art and culture is available for purchase. Rudolph had already served as Dean of the Yale School of Architecture and achieved international acclaim when he built the house in 1966. His clients wanted an “urban retreat,” and thus, Rudolph constructed a facade of steel and glass which purposefully demurs to its more traditional neighbors. Step inside, however, and the space comes to life, surprising and delighting guests with its unconventional use of space and light. An understated slate entry hall explodes into the vast expanse of a living room with 32′ ceilings and skylights. A double-height master suite, bamboo garden and floating staircase delight. On the top floor an additional living room, kitchen and 2nd master suite are complemented by a 1,600 s/f terrace. A garage provides the ultimate in privacy and security. All told, there are 4 bedrooms, 3 living rooms, a dining room, study, 2 kitchens, terrace and solarium. As Rudolph intended when he completed this as his only complete residential townhouse in Manhattan, and as Halston, Agnelli and Sachs all agreed, this home is truly without equal. ~ The Corcoran Group Real Estate

The only truly sexy house on the Upper East Side. Halston’s amazing collaboration with Paul Rudolph defined the pinnacle of the Studio 54 era. A timeless house for an art collector and it has a garage!!!! ~Peter Dunham

Price: $38,500,000
More here and listing here


~images via 1st Dibs & The Corcoran Group

EYEWEAR: A Visual History

Congratulations to our friend Moss Lipow for the release of his new book EYEWEAR: A Visual History out now from Taschen.
For over two decades eyewear designer Moss Lipow trawled eBay, auction houses, garage sales, and flea markets worldwide, amassing glasses and photographs for his renowned collection. This book traces eyewear’s journey over the past 500 years, and features the finest examples from Lipow’s collection as well as pieces from preeminent collections around the world ~ Taschen
Check it.