The tights that Windish Michel proposes on its Web site have a weird life of their own.
Each pair is imprinted with an eclectic assembly of faces, still-life prints and geometric shapes that seemingly change and adjust with every leg movement. These surreal images are the collages of Brooklyn-based artist Cameron Michel. Together with partner Vashti Windish, Michel founded the line of upscale hosiery in 2012, which he says can be best described as “eccentric.”
“It takes a certain personality to wear them,” he admitted. “They challenge you and they can look weird, but they are really fun and interactive.”
Printed by Digital Artwear in Miami, the tights marry an intriguing mix of motifs Michel scouted from image libraries and books or simply shot himself.
“There are pictures of people, but a lot of it is nature, which gives it an organic feel,” he said.
However, the printing process was not without challenges, said Michel, noting, “The first prototypes came really messed up, a little rough and imperfect. But now the colors pop really well” on a blend of synthetics and cotton, using more advanced technology.
This fall, the collaboration will be extended to other artists, which will undoubtedly increase the current crop of three styles.
“We also want to branch out into leggings and bathing suits,” said Windish, who also runs the ShopWorship Web site in New York with partner Sara Villard. Worship stocks the funky hosiery as well as vintage and independent contemporary designers. (It plans to open a store in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn in the next month.)
Michel added that “the ultimate thing would be to stretch the aesthetic to entire walls of swimming pools.”
Michel acknowledges the kaleidoscope effect in legwear, swimwear and swimming pool walls sounds extravagant. But it’s an artistic approach that can easily be done with modern technology. “It’s actually affordable to do this,” he said.
Retailing at $80 a pair, the hosiery line is distributed exclusively in the U.S., though the duo has started reaching out to retailers abroad, mainly in France, the U.K. and Japan.
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews