Introducing Beau Coops…
We thought we would fill you in on hot new Aussie designer footwear label ‘Beau Coops’ who many of you may have already been admiring since last Thursday’s Stolen Girlfriends Club show at Fashion Week, as models trotted down the runway in these hard to miss shoes.
Upon leaving New Zealand in 2000, footwear designer Carrie Cooper travelled hooked up with a Portuguese cobbler who, according to the designer, taught her to “be a cobbler”. Cooper’s mentor “owned the rights to make shoes for Eley Kishimoto and Bernard Wilhelm” and as if that wasn’t enough ,Cooper then went on to work for Alexander McQueen “where we launched the Puma collaboration”
Fast forward to 2007 and while holidaying in Sydney, Cooper was introduced to the owners of Ksubi. Ksubi propositioned the designer (who was then working for Lacoste) about moving to Sydney and designing Ksubi’s footwear.
The 30 year-old got down to work on launching Ksubi’s footwear collection in March 08. But by the time October 08 rolled around Cooper (along with a dozen or so other staff) found herself “kicked out on the street” when Ksubi’s financial woes forced the company to make mass redundancies.
Taking time to reassess, Cooper, the New Zealand born (and now Australian based) designer took a couple of months break before she met with David and Rocco Mascitelli (owners of fashion wholesale company NMI which includes men’s footwear label Brando). Cooper was bought on by the owners to “re-channel the direction of the company and do something a little more interesting”- meanin the Mascitelli brothers also gave Cooper “free reign to start her own brand”
And thus Beau Coops was born ( the name comes from a nickname bestowed on Carrie by her friend at Art School in NZ)
Cooper’s design aesthetic is deliberately timelessness and according to Cooper “It’s not about bells and whistles. It’s about the construction, materials, form and function. I don’t want to create something that would fling around from season to season.”
Cooper herself admits she’s not a “girly girl” and that much like her choice of name, her design aesthetic is “a combination of signatures”, mixing masculine and feminine influences.
Aside from the crepe wedge, Cooper’s collection is all made by hand (in Italy) and from quality Italian fabrications.
Beau Coops will be available at Superette from Winter 2010.
Parisian beauty, and actress Charlotte Gainsbourg has chosen Lover swimwear to feature in her new film ‘The Tree’ which is currently being filmed in Australia. Charlotte’s natural charm, style and well bred good taste fits the Lover aesthetic perfectly. Daughter of the iconic Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg, Miss Gainsbourg is indeed the epitome of a Lover lady.
Lover swimwear has just arrived in-store, and with a long hot summer just around the corner we suggest you come check it out soon!
Sass & Bides Dreamshaky resort collection 09/10 features Cut out shapes and slouchy silhouettes, accentuating a sense of free-spiritedness and declaring an unconventional attitude akin to the collection’s embellishments…industrial and rebellious to contrast against fluid fabrics and a subdued colour palette.
Sass & Bide’s signature harnessing, short hemlines and fringed knits lead the pack in a creative blend of bold tribal, animalia and trompe l’oeil prints with metal and stone embellished pieces, ruffles and chains to craft together an inimitably sass & bide aesthetic.
The denim inspires new classics, with slouch jeans, cut-off boyfriend shorts and tux jeans with flare ankle detailing. White silver, shredded denim and leopard print styles head the contradictory charge to create the perfect clash between classic and contrast.
Dreamshaky drops between October and late November, with pre-orders now available online at www.superette.co.nz
Celebrating the brands 10th anniversary with plenty of ‘sass’, design duo Heidi Middleton and Sarah-Jane Clarke showed their first collection to appear on the London catwalk since 2004 last week at London’s Fashion Week.
Tribal music and animal noises set the tone for a collection packed with Sass & Bide’s easy to wear attitude as models strutted their stuff in metal-infused tops and tribal neck decorations, harem pants, figure-hugging minis and breezy maxi dresses.
Built upon a palette of black and white, with gold and bronze detailing, the collection conjures up images of the fierce ancient Warrior woman with body armor, breastplates and chain-mail detailing.
The trademark Sass & Bide style that is always at the core of their appeal was distinct, but not repetitive with the duo’s ever evolving aesthetic proving that 10 years of Sass & Bide has given us much more than just Ms Moss’ skinny jeans…
These lovely looks won’t be available till next winter however you can get your fix of Sass and Bide with the latest styles from Drop 3 of their summer collection. Now available online!
A big congratulations to Stolen Girlfriends Club for taking out the big prize win at the Air New Zealand Fashion Innovation awards last night.
Designers were invited to create an iconic outfit which must be suitable for comfortable long haul airline travel then be ready for fashion runway action . Stolen Girfriends Club won the overall $30,000 worth of travel on Air New Zealand flights with their video entry, judged by Air New Zealand Fashion Week Managing Director Pieter Stewart, 62 Models Owner Sara Tetro and Colenso BBDO Managing Director Brent Smart.
Designer trio Stolen Girlfriends Club won with their original and innovative entry. Brent Smart says the winning video demonstrated how Stolen Girlfriends Club would take their New Zealand fashion creatively to the world beyond the catwalk complemented by considered and well planned export and marketing initiatives.
So a big hip hip horray to Marc, Luke, Dan and Zara from us!! And here is some new press pics from Grazia and Vogue Australia to feast your eyes upon.
Staying true to their roots and distinctive streetwear style, PAM’s summer range of T-Shirts and sweaters feature bold graphics, with the inclusion of simple cut tees and bright colours which nicely complement the graphic pieces.
Easy to wear chino’s, hoodies and sweaters are finished off with the brands signature and quirky artwork and graphics. PAM’s clean, recognizable and wearable pieces are always snapped up each season by their loyal cult following and continue to maintain the brands credibility as a streetwear brand from season to season.
Take a look at the look book pics below, where bold artwork replaces heads in an innovative and different effort to convey emotion,
In other PAM-related news, ‘The Times they are The Changes ‘ is a newly released book which accompanied The Changes exhibition that took place in Melbourne . For these of you that don’t know, The Changes are Misha Hollenbach and Shauna T of PAM, Fergus Purcell (aka Fergadelic, the founder of Tonite) and Sk8thing. While they all span across separate time zones, they share the same interests and obsessions with culture.
“An appropriation of everything past, they consider and conflate the influence and experience of the cultural explosions of the 80s and 90s: rave, metal, acid, punk, krautrock and freakout, rainbow, black, silver, gold, latex, leather, denim… Everything and/or anything takes shape as material to rewrite the present, a joyous comical explosion, absolutely positive and energetic.”
‘The Times they are The Changes’ is A beautiful book showing the images made for the exhibition and great commentary and text from Thomas Jeppe explaining the works, thoughts and mentality behind it.
As the weather starts to get hotter its time for you boys to get your legs out, and this summer there is no excuse with the great range of shorts Superette has in store! Easy to co-ordinate and the perfect summer wardrobe fix, Ksubi’s ‘Cabinboy’ denim cut offs are the best way to sport your favourite denim without falling prey to the heat. Rugged, masculine, and just a little bit rebellious, these shorts are the quintessential summer staple to throw on with your jandals and a loose singlet.
For the braver of you boys, there is the Ksubi ‘Cruz’ 70’s style board-short, in a faded chambray colour. A little bit Baywatch crossed with Bondi beach, these shorts look great with a tan and jandals.
Another favourite casual short on our list are the Bassike Jersey shorts- available in grey or black, a modern version of the classic lightweight sports shorts. These comfortable cotton jersey short, with their relaxed tailoring are a must have!
Our final pick for the lads is what is perhaps a modern take on the board-short, the Stolen Girlfriends Club ‘Death Volley’ short is a sports style short with a single drawstring waist and contrast black leather look paneling down each side- giving a refined yet quirky, and very distinct Stolen Girlfriends look to them.