They say what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but stylistically speaking its influence seems to have found its way to a dimly lit strip club all the way across the pond. The second collection from London label NYMPHA, “$in City”, was inspired by the equally seductive and seizure-inducing neon lights and clinking coins of the Las Vegas strip, and Bullett has the exclusive campaign images above. Formfitting dresses with shape-flattering prints, brightly piped mesh and some appropriately loud statement jackets are perfect for those who refuse to gamble aesthetically, and we’ve got to say, the whole team killed it on this one– hair, makeup + lighting game all #3hunna.
Bikini-professional Jessica Hart apparently crossed the wrong international mega superstar, when she had less than 100% supportive things to say about Taylor Swift’s performance at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show earlier this month. (via Cosmo).
After the show Hart had been asked whether or not she thought Tay-tay had the goods for high stakes underwear wearing.
“I think, you know what, god bless her heart. I think she’s great,” she said. “But, I don’t know, to me, she didn’t fit. I don’t know if I should say that. I think what you find is that for a lot of us, we’ve been working for 14, 15 years; what it takes to make it here comes from experience and confidence and knowing how to be confident with yourself. I think it comes with age. It’s definitely the benchmark of all jobs.” WWD
No one knows why, but a source tells Page 6 that Hart talked her way out of next year’s show and any appearances in the catalog this year. Apparently Hart, an Australian, doesn’t understand that in the south, where Swift came up, “bless her heart” roughly translates into “fuck that bitch.”
Photographer – Romain Sellier
Styling – Un-Categorized
Hair & Grooming – Alexander Solterman
Model – Joe Brotherton @ Models1
Whether you care to admit it or not, the holidays are barrelling towards us like a runaway freight train decked with boughs of holly (fal lal lal lal lal lal lal lal la). After Thanksgiving, the pressure will be on to show your loved ones how much they mean to you by lavishing them with that perfect present. That’s why we created the essential holiday gift guide to help streamline this normally torturous process.
Here’s how it works: Along with a team of scientists from the Yale School of Blowing Cash on Shit No One Really Needs, we applied a cutting-edge combination of ancient arithmetic and intricate algorithms to categorize every single person you know into 8 different genera. There’s your workaholic Wall Street dad, your Tumblr-obsessed seapunk daughter, your nerdy ass bro, and a bunch of others you’ll have to click HERE if you want to see. Happy Holidays, friends!
Designers Ammerman Schlosberg live by one, three-letter rule: L-O-L. “If I have to live in this reality matrix, I would rather be LOL’ing,” says Elizabeth Ammerman, one half of the New York City design duo. With just two seasons under their (probably latex garter) belts, the young designers—25-year-old Parsons graduate Eric Schlosberg, and Ammerman, a 23-year-old alumna of Pratt—are about to hit the big time as the luxury LOL-itas of the fashion world. Here, Ali Lohan models their latest designs. Photography by James Orlando.
When the tragic factory collapse in Bangladesh made international news last spring, a magnifying glass was placed over certain quadrants of the fashion industry and their sketchy production practices. Shop ethically! we pleaded. Someone needed to do something to force the industry’s overlords to change their wicked ways. Brooklyn-based entrepreneur and Parsons grad Rachel Kibbe is trying to do just that with her e-commerce shop Helpsy, which specializes in ethical, positively-sourced clothing and accessories that also look good. Kibbe has created her own special criteria of what constitutes socially conscious fashion, and personally hunts down the items she sells, based on her taste and, more importantly, her convictions.
What were you doing before you founded Helpsy?
A little bit of a lot of things. Mostly freelance fashion writing, going to Parsons for Fashion Design, living in Spain for a few years. HELPSY came about organically—I wanted to write more about good companies doing good things in high fashion, and there wasn’t any platform specifically for that. So I decided to do it.
Give us an example of ethical fashion vs. unethical fashion.
Ethical fashion is fashion produced and designed with the impact of production methods as well as the afterlife of the garment in mind. It is fashion that is transparent about these methods to the consumer. I’ve developed 11 categories of ethical criteria and believe a garment is only ethical if it falls under at least three of these categories.
Unethical fashion is that which does not consider the lifecycle of the garment, the impact of the materials, or the life of the people who put it together. Most“fast” fashion, large chains, fall under this category. Any garment that is disposable and will fall apart quickly was probably made under largely unregulated conditions and buying these items contributes to an ethos of conspicuous consumption and a disposable fashion mentality that’s, literally, toxic.
Why is it important to shop ethically?
Next to oil, the retail manufacturing fashion is the most polluting industry on the planet. The fashion industry employs close to 1/6 of the global population and yet it is hardly regulated, which leads to sweatshop conditions and child labor. You vote with your dollars about how you want our planet and the people living on it to be treated. To be unaware and shop without consideration for where the garments comes from and where it will go once you don’t need it anymore, is to contribute the detriment of your home, the earth, and the people living on it in.
Are there specific brands who are on the forefront of producing ethical fashion? Which ones are they?
My ‘thing’ is that ethical fashion should not be an aesthetic (I wrote a whole piece on it for the Guardian). In a nutshell, ‘ethical fashion’ should be just as beautiful and design conscious as any other type of fashion. In fact, ideally there would be no difference, all fashion should be ethical. Some designers who are doing this especially well are Study, Titania Inglis, Freedom of Animals, and John Patrick Organic.
How do you find your items?
I troll the depths of the internet. I also have friendships and relationships with designers in the New York community who are producing ethically and, through this network, I am continually introduced to designers producing ethically.
How would you describe the clothes that end up on Helpsy?
I strive to be an anti-cruchy and anti-green aesthetic. Fashion forward, quirky, fun, sophisticated, irreverent, and consciously produced.
How would you describe your fashion sense?
Allison Mosshart meets Bob Dylan meets Kate Moss meets Jackie O.
Is this your full time job or something you do on the side?
It’s my main project. I do other things as well to pay the bills but this is hardly a “side” project. More like a constant obsession. I’m a one woman show and don’t have any funding at all. This has been a project of passion and it’s all very do yourself on a shoestring. Punk. I’ve tried to keep it this way because I don’t want to be beholden to anyone. I want to develop this business in a new way that’s not really been done before, and answering to investors etc I’ve decided is best to put off until how I want to run things is pretty set in stone.
What’s the most annoying thing about the fashion industry?
Entitlement and lack of thoughtfulness. To be good at fashion you have to be a bit of a follower, or at least have a wicked antenna for what is happening in terms of the zeitgeist and group consciousness. But we have a responsibility to be conscious citizens who give back or at least take care of what we’re given, not to just be succubi. The fashion industry, for the most part, has missed the boat on this. Fortunately this is changing.
Who are some of your heroes in the fashion industry?
Vivienne Westwood. I think she might really be my only hero in the fashion industry—she stands for things and says them out loud. She’s not afraid to “not be cool.” That is what makes her the coolest. Also the depth of her aesthetic is on par with the sophistication of her social message.
Photo credit: Armando Zubieta.
Never has the line between fashion and functionality been so blurred as with nu-luxury London designers New Ultra Group, whose futuristic handbags, clutches, and cases are perfect for your all lifestyle needs. NewUltraGroup, who see themselves more as a ”lifestyle company” than a straight-up design house, was founded in 2012 by Rike Detscher and Sarah Hartnett, two artists for whom the Internet is more about expression than consumption. We recently spoke to them about their muses, what separates them from their more established competitors, and the fetishization of technology.
You released a collection of luxury accessories. Tell us a bit more about them. We released a Capsule collection online consisting of three large bags, a range of iPad/tablet cases, and a range of clutches (available to customize), a selection of which are now available in The BULLETT Shop. We actually decided to focus on the technology range before launching products such as clutches and shopper bags, because tablets are such an integral part to our current tool kit. This is especially true within the creative industries: technology is fetishised, worn as an accessory.
The collection sits comfortably in the price range of Louis Vuitton and Givenchy handbags that women (and men) sit patiently on wait lists for, hoping to be given the opportunity to purchase. Where does NewUltraGroup’s brand fit into this cultural mechanism?
Brands like Louis Vuitton have been in the spotlight for well over 100 years and people are still waiting in line for their bags because they’re a safe bet, and probably because Marc Jacobs has reinvigorated the message. Things are getting humorous and weird, the post-internet consumer is more sophisticated with their choices, editing, closing tabs/reopening, mood boarding, stacking. Relationships form around brands in an intense and passionate way. We want this at some point, but it needs to be earned, people need to trust us. Being hyper aware of online and AFK presence creates a depth of knowledge for future progress and instantaneous connection with an audience, collaborators, and potential investors.
NewUltraGroup seems to be very sensitive to the macro and micro relationships we have with technology. Can you expand on that?
We ‘built’ the bags around the objects and products people curate into their bags on a daily basis: beauty essentials, technology, books, etc. Emptying someones bag out is like laying their life out on the table, an intimate space. This concept echoes in the technology that’s being carried from place to place, smartphones and tablets–we’re all connected, constantly, even though we may be uneasy about it. We bare all on Facebook, or conceal ourselves behind alter egos and avatars. This memory is stamped into our devices, we change the layout/screen savers/functionality, effectively giving it our personality, whilst generally still not knowing how this technology actually works. Our various blogs and videos are explorations into this virtual emotional environment.
Hopefully we’ll develop potent connections with people by promoting a harmonious, healthy relationship to technology via our brand, or simply accompany them within the hyper connected daily trauma.
Does NewUltraGroup have a muse?
There are figures in history we’d evoke when designing, such as Alma Mahler and Eileen Gray, but women who surround us in our immediate creative zone are probably the most relevant: artists, musicians.We bolster the essence of the active, spiritual and creative woman; our products are made with their functionality needs and sensuality in mind. Mostly their work is strapped to them, sometimes traumatically: iPhones under the pillow, laptop at the foot of the bed.
We also think our products look beautiful on men: we used a male model for the first shoot of our iPad/tablet cases for instance, and another recently who has some beautiful stick and poke tattoos on his fingers and palms. Maybe the muse is a life logger; they’d have to be unashamed; as unashamed as the bags with their mesh panels, obscuring yet revealing their contents.
To me, what sets the bags apart from a Gucci or Louis Vuitton is that your product has been birthed IN technology. Older houses have rushed to catch up and seem to continually miss the mark of designing a decent iPad holder, or slightly enlarging a bag to hold a small laptop.|
It was natural for us to start ‘within’ technology. We started building things online before we’d even made any products. I guess this is why some people still don’t believe they exist! In a way the Internet is where we started experimenting and communicating the most, which continues due to convenience and connectivity. We have minimal stock of the clutches and cases, and the larger bags are made to order. The jpegs online are our currency within the melancholy of social networks.
What’s next for you? We work in series: collections rather than seasons. The vision of these collections will be translated and interpreted via the production and development of not just bags, but objects, garments and events that materialize at the most relevant time for their existence as our emotions, collaborations, technologies and trends progress, within and outside our brand. Before 2013 ends we’re shooting a couple of editorials, planning a club night and a store launch. We’re also working on a couple of new websites, a line of coat and jackets, some new products for the emergent storm of wearable technology and a table.
It’s almost the holidays, which his why every harried shopper is racing the crowded aisles trying to find a gifts that make sense for their family and friends, none of whom make sense themselves. Thankfully, if one of those people is a raver cousin or hacker boyfriend with a comfy streak, we’ve got you.
Christmas shopping in an environment that starts blasting Top 40 carols the day after Halloween sounds like hell, which is why we remove all the downsides for you with our beautiful BULLETT shop. We’ve recently added some wonderful (track) suiting pieces by one of our fave Londoners, Roberto Piqueras, to keep the unisex weirdos in your life covered, literally and figuratively. Also great for your retired Floridian aunt Maude, we hear the jacket and pants look amazing with coral toenail polish.
I know. It’s easy to look at this $40K Versace Mink coat and have a flicker of jealousy, even arousal. After all, we’ve been programmed since birth for our serotonin and dopamine levels to respond to certain symbols of luxury and attainment. And yes, wearing the skins of our four-legged conquered subordinates is indeed very warm, and in this case, very stylish, like Keith Haring took a postmortem shit on it.
But let’s talk about the FORTY THOUSAND DOLLARS involved in the purchase of this item. Forty thousand dollars. Not even saying that if you’re a multibillionaire that you shouldn’t drape yourself in the most sumptuous of items, but I would fire my personal assistant for not doing this shit custom and paying $15-20K to an emerging talent to make you a one-of-a-kind boss.
Basically, this is the kind of coat I would unwrap gleefully in front of my emotionally stunted, squishy human wallet of a husband, and then text a half-naked selfie in it to the poolboy later. Lil Kim did yellow fur better in “Crush On You.”