For their Los Angeles-based brand called Elkin,designing sisters Kara and Brit Smith compose a different reading andmusic list as inspiration for each of their collections. Their springlineup is influenced by the American frontier, as portrayed by CormacMcCarthy’s “All the Pretty Horses,” bordello histories and Tammy Wynettetunes.
“We were always dressing up when we were little, we werealways reading books,” said Kara Smith, who worked at Geren Ford andLightning Bolt before launching Elkin for spring 2011 with her youngersibling, who had designed jewelry at Jennifer Meyer. “That’s whatdressing up felt like for us: we were characters.” Add to that BritSmith’s fascination with French lingerie and Kara’s tales of waking upin party clothes from the night before, and a fashion brand was born.Their proclivity for quirky combos also led to the name of theircompany. After spotting an imposing elk in a taxidermy shop, theydecided to blend the word “elk” with “kin,” in honor of their bloodties.
For their spring lineup, a white sheer silk maxidress wasinspired by a frontier prostitute’s nightgown, and a wool swing jacketwith brass buttons, the sisters say, would have been something worn by asuit-loving female brothel owner. If she had a sassy side, Mary IngallsWilder might have cottoned to the minidresses with prim collars andpouf sleeves, highwaisted suede shorts and prairie flower-printedminiskirts.
Retailing for between $150 and $650, the line is soldat Madison, Satine and TenOverSix. — Khanh T.L. Tran
Supermodel @helenachristensen teamed up with longtime friend and designer @camillastaerk on a joint @paredeyewear collaboration. The lineup features three styles and 11 offerings, all of which embody a vintage feel. Get all the details on how they celebrated the collab on WWD.com. #wwdaccessories #wwdeye (📷: @slovekinpics)
“It’s a hard industry to keep motivated, as well, so finding different subjects and people is what makes it worth it – when you’re like, oh, I’ve met great people, I feel like I’ve done something good, and I feel proud of having done this,” said French actress Stacy Martin on being grateful for the variety of roles she’s take on. Read @ktauer’s full interview with Martin on her her latest film “Godard Mon Amour.” #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
After showing in front of the Eiffel Tower for his last two women’s ready-to-wear collection, it looks like @anthonyvaccarello may be heading to the Big Apple. Sources say the designer will stage his next @ysl show in NYC on June 6. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion