Verlaine Designer: Vaughan Alexander Backstory: Alexander, a native of Perth, Australia, says he learned how to design from books and never formally studied fashion. He began his career at a leather company in Australia before moving to Tokyo, where he styled Japanese pop stars for a few years, something he’d rather not talk about. Instead, he prefers to focus on the present, including his partnership with Javier Garcia, the business side of Verlaine, whom Alexander met in New York in 2009. They launched their line in fall 2010. Collection: Having lived and worked all over the world, Alexander (Australia, Japan, New York) and Garcia (Spain, Paris, London, New York) envision their woman as a global citizen who’s “leaning toward the darker side,” says Alexander. The mostly black collection focuses on technique and handcrafted pieces, such as a dress with cotton poplin tied into bondagelike mesh. Stats: Wholesale prices range from $60 to $600; sold at Kirna Zabête in New York.
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A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"