Trash Couture: Since launching Trash Couture two years ago, designers Roberto Henrichsen and Ann Wiberg have built a cult following among socialites and party girls who love their one-of-a-kind, baroque fantasy gowns. This season they broadened their repertoire by tackling accessories, which include ornamental feather brooches, organza flower pins, gauze-and-sequin earrings and solitary cufflinks.
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In a preview Tuesday, Henrichsen, a former Missoni designer, explained that all the new items were done as collaborations. “It brings in even more creativity,” he said. For the feathers, Henrichsen approached Italian Ugo Cacciatori, who has worked for Valentino and Marni, and he asked Claire Sautés, who has done couture jewelry for Christian Lacroix, to whip up the bracelets and earrings. Alison Yeung, a Central Saint Martin’s student, pitched in with recycled fur vests with distressed leather and ornate embroidery.
Meanwhile, the duo is planning a fall project with Veruschka. “I want to bring an element of sportif to Trash Couture,” said the iconic Sixties model, who’s also working on a photography book to be published later this year. “It will be a mini capsule collection with very practical clothes and accessories. It will have the basics that you need to look good.”