Fashion Week Seats Hit the Auction Block

In recent seasons there’s been talk of a small fashion week stimulus package in the form of selling off show seats. Surely not a bad idea given the industry’s recent economic struggles, the proposal has been controversial nonetheless. But come New York Fashion Week 2010, which kicks of February 11, two very well-known designers are taking matters into their own hands and hawking tickets to their shows… granted, all proceeds will go to charity. Marchesa just announced that they’ll auction off tickets to their fashion week presentation: bids for which are currently clocked in at $1,850. Although, it’s not just a VIP pass to the presentation the winner will win. “Not only will the winner receive a collection dress—which she’ll get to choose herself at the design duo’s Manhattan studio—she’ll also get two VIP passes to the label’s February 17 presentation at Chelsea Art Gallery,” says Fashionista.

(‘DiggThis’) “The multitasking model, designer, and do-gooder is selling five tickets to her Fall ’10 Erin Wasson x RVCA show on February 11 to benefit the American Red Cross’ relief efforts in Haiti,” says Style.com, of the show which will take place at ABC Carpet & Home and is said to include a live music act. The cost of the front row seats in question? $1,500. While that may seem especially steep, keep in mind five of the tickets were sold before details were confirmed; meaning a total of 10 front row seats will be occupied by the highest bidders come fashion week. Dying to get into the show and consider over a grand a deal? Contact contact@erinwasson.com.

Erin Wasson Is Everywhere

To answer Fashion Week Daily‘s question — “is it just nous, or is Erin Wasson partout these days?” — that would be yes. The supermodel-turned-stylist-turned-fashion and jewelry designer is in fact pretty much everywhere you look. She threw a monster of a fashion show at New York Fashion Week this season, complete with a live performance from Gang Gang Dance and an appearance from Bruce Willis. (Unfortunately, the fashions themselves weren’t as apt to grab headlines.) And it looks like she’s showing no signs of stopping or slowing down, according to FWD’s recent interview.

Her jewelry line is still going strong: “In the past, I had only done high-end pieces, and so this time around I decided to do costume jewelry,” she says. And, Wasson’s second time (see her first here) moonlighting as a stylist at Elle magazine will be showcased in the magazine’s October issue, for whom she outfitted James King. But if Wasson could really have her way, she’d add groupie to her resume. Specifically, she’d go on tour with the late, great Jimi Hendrix: “Going on tour with Jimi Hendrix would be by ultimate. It would be balls to the wall. There would be no boundaries.” As for what she misses most about her hometown in Texas: “I miss the true southern hospitality. Every guy opens a car door for you. I miss the yes ma’am, no ma’am.” Wonder if Jimi would have approved …

Mark “The Cobrasnake” Hunter Turns Designer

Erin Wasson isn’t the only newbie designer getting her feet wet at RVCA. It turns out nightlife photog extraordinaire Mark “The Cobrasnake” Hunter has teamed up with the surf and skate apparel company to play the part of designer as well (although, to his credit, Hunter has been designing tees and hawking them on his site for some time). Men’s Style has a preview of the (not surprisingly) graphic, colorful gear. Think button-up, short-sleeved tees of a Fun-Dip palette fashioned in plaids and prints.

And, it looks like the line has already found a fan in fellow photographer Todd Selby. The latter (who’s about to become big in Japan) was seen sporting head-to-toe Cobrasnake x RVCA backstage at Wasson’s SS10 show for her line for the brand.

Homeless Chic Comes Full Circle

Months ago Erin Wasson proclaimed Venice Beach’s homeless population to be a great resource for sartorial inspiration. Not surprisingly, the model-turned-stylist-turned-designer caught significant flack for her comments (not to mention inspiring Julia Stiles recent eco-friendly fashion line spoof). But it seems Wasson’s controversial comments weren’t all hot air. Italian Vogue has followed suit, showcasing a homeless chic-inspired cover for its September issue. Meanwhile Elle just hired a homeless internin a move that’s garnering a lot of positive press coverage. Now Scott Schuman (a.k.a. The Sartorialist) is weighing in on the matter.

Schuman posted a photo of a surprisingly stylish homeless man on his heavily trafficked blog today with the title, “Not Giving Up, NYC.” The photo comes with a fair bit of commentary: Schuman muses, “I don’t usually shoot homeless people. I don’t find it romantic or appealing like a lot of street photographers, and if you asked homeless people they are probably not to happy about their situation either.” However, in this particular situation, Schuman says, “In my quick shot I had noticed his pale blue boots, what I hadn’t noticed at first were the matching blue socks, blue trimmed gloves, and blue framed glasses. This shot isn’t about fashion — but about someone who, while down on his luck, hasn’t lost his need to communicate and express himself through style.” Intentionally about fashion or not, the photo can’t be assessed without analyzing the man in question’s outfit — one (aside from color coordinating) noteworthy for its use of layering. The man in question has cut-off jean shorts layered over heavy black pants, and a collared shirt peeking out of a knit pullover visible underneath his navy blazer, which he’s wearing open. The outfit (save for the gloves) could just as easily be spotted on guys and girls strutting down Bedford Avenue (except in the case of the latter the cut-offs would probably be sitting atop black leggings or tights). In other words, for better or worse, homeless people’s penchant for layering is as timely a sartorial trend as any. Even if a large group of people think saying so is un-PC.

Naked Supermodels You Can Ride

Can’t lay your hands on a copy of Pirelli’s coveted Terry Richardson-shot calendar? Don’t fret. There are plenty of nude models on skateboards to go around, thanks to Doodah’s limited-edition Supermodel Skateboard Project. Think of it as a cooler, less exclusive and equally functional younger brother to the aforementioned art-cum-fashion calendar. Doodah’s latest installment of nude-mannequin-adorned boards “features Isabeli Fontana, Lara Stone, Toni Garrn, and Edita Vilkeviciute on boards, wearing mostly just fabulous heels, shot by Claudia Knoepfel and Stefan Indlekofer.”

Also on board: model turned designer and stylist Erin Wasson. Of the latter, “only 150 will be made.” So interested parties should get to shopping. As for the other models in the bunch: “fans of Isabeli are, alas, out of luck: Her board has sold out. A few Toni, Lara, and Edita boards are left. Each one sells for 99 Swiss Francs, or about $92, plus 40 Swiss Francs ($37) for postage,” says New York magazine’s The Cut, who has a NSFW slideshow of the supermodel skateboards here.

W2W2: What to Wear to Lit Lounge, New York City’s Dive Bar Du Jour

The Spot: Lit Lounge (East Village) – Rock bar du jour for hos and bros of the ain’t we the shit? set. And a whole lot of messy fun in between. Blend in with the other off-duty models in destroyed denim and roughed-up leather by conjuring these rock-goddess looks.

Patron Saint of Style: Erin Wasson (pictured), who we often see stalking the sidewalks, dressed in her uniform of t-shirts and denim to the beat of an East Village tune.

Ambiance: Models muss up their runway looks with stringy, unwashed hair amid a sea of rockers and rocker wannabes. Typical of the East Village, Lit attracts a mixed crowd that’s always fashionable with a certain rough, even careless sensibility. The gritty basement is filled with chicks in grunge-inspired get-ups to match their Converse All-Stars or lace-up Doc Martens. The rocker aesthetic is important for keeping up appearances as well as giving you an edge when a dance-floor mosher threatens to knock into your Brooklyn Lager. Sure, spill on my Ksubi t-shirt dumbass, then get an Ann Demeulemeester Flat Ankle Boot in your shin as Mary-Kate Olsen looks on. If you happen to get another run in your jet-black tights, go with it and chalk it up to fashion fortune — the more rips, the better.

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The Look: Channel Erin’s devil-may-care air with loose silhouettes weighed down with some heavy accessories. A light T-shirt tunic is simple enough to mix with Alexander Wang’s leather leggings, or can act as a breezy topper for a pair of torn-up jean shorts. The footwear must both look killer and also be practical for stomping around the uneven cement floors. Mini-dresses fit with sandals that are both studded and strappy, tied tight so they won’t fall off while descending the steep basement steps. If you dare to carry a bag (not recommended), make sure it’s substantial in size and girth. This will keep it from being snatched up by those ruthless East-Vill pirates. Seriously, purses get lifted left and right, mostly because models are carrying next season’s it-bag straight from the runway.

Get the Lit Look: From left to right … ● Leggings: Perforated leather leggings with zip, Alexander Wang – $1,552 ● Shoes: Black Leather Cut-Out Whole Ankle Boot, Jeffrey Campbell – £150.00 ● Bag: Billy Large Bag, Jerome Dreyfuss – $846 ● Shorts: Suzy Denim Short, Forever21– $22.80 ● Sandals: Anjah Ankle Strap Sandal, Forever21 – $24.80 ● Jacket: Studded Leather Biker Jacket, Elise Overland – $2,225.00 ● T-Shirt: Mini Pocket Tank Dress, T by Alexander Wang – $90

Erin Wasson Photos: Terry Richardson

The 90s Are Back, Again

imageGreen Day is heading to Broadway. Former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher is returning to the public eye with a clothing line called Pretty Green. And, according to Jessica Stam on MTV’s recent House of Style re-launch, a good flannel shirt is a must-have for every girl’s closet this season. Boyfriend jeans are the new skinny. Not to mention at Nylon magazine’s 10th anniversary party Tuesday, the majority of the styles being showcased by the young, easy-on-the-eyes downtown crowd could have surfaced the same year Nylon launched: 1999. The icing on the sartorial cake is Elle magazine’s fashion spread in its April issue, entitled “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” which features young Hollywood starlets in grungetastic threads.

What’s also interesting is that the editorial spread marks model Erin Wasson’s first-ever styling gig for a major US magazine. She’s done so before with the likes of Comme des Garcons for H&M within the pages of Japanese Vogue. But, does this mean total crossover to designing (Wasson’s well-received collaboration with RVCA just hit store racks) and styling are imminent? Perhaps. But if her work in Elle and with RVCA is any indication, it looks like Wasson it up to the task.

Celeb Fashion Lines: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

We’ll pass on dissecting the value of a “Lauren Conrad Autographed Handmade Baking Dish” and a “Jessica Simpson Mini Dallas Cowboy Helmet,” but when it comes to celebrity clothing lines, let us get serious for a moment. We just don’t think it’s right for someone to use their celebrity status to convince people to buy things like a “Kimora Lee Simmons Blue Tunic Dress” or worse yet, the “Baby Phat Plus Size Scoop-Neck Sweater & Five-Pocket Jeans.” Fortunately, for all the countless duds — anyone familiar with Scarlett Johansson, Sadie Frost, Mandy Moore or 50 Cent’s lines? we didn’t think so — there are a handful of winners.

For example, there’s The Row from the Olsen Twins, or more surprisingly, Nicole Richie’s House of Harlow. Richie, who infamously dropped a lot of weight and adopted the vintage style of her then-stylist Rachel Zoe, keeps it simple and fittingly 60s-inspired with her just-released jewelry collection. As for the Olsen girls (kiddie stuff at Wal-Mart aside), the duo have capitalized on their oft-imitated personal style by churning out plenty of lustable vintage-inspired pieces that mix downtown cool with uptown chic in their Elizabeth & James line (at Barneys New York), collections.

Continuing with cookie-avoiding style icons, Victoria Beckham delivers with her dVb jeans (though we could do without the butt patches); her collection of ultra-fitted sheaths and shift dresses, unveiled during NY Fashion Week in September, are undeniably well-made. That said one has to wonder how much of her inspiration was drawn from Roland Mouret, a designer the fashionista has been known to favor.

Over on the modeling side, while we could do without Erin Wasson’s line, we’re all over Kate Moss Topshop. The wears will not only hit the New York flagship Topshop store when it opens in the spring — Moss’ line will get its own concept shop within the anticipated mega-store.

As for musicians and male designers, we love Gwen Stefani’s L.A.M.B. for the rocker meets lady-who-lunches aesthetic, and former Louis Vuitton guest designer Pharrell Williams’s Billionaire Boys Club and Ice Cream, which is sold at Pharrell’s spaceship-inspired boutique in Soho. Overall however, when it comes to musicians, we recommend staying away from their wears. Consider if you will Beyonce’s House of Dereon, which consists mostly of overpriced Marchesa and Carmen Marc Valvo knock-offs; and of course, there’s Jennifer Lopez’s jumpsuit-heavy collections — are we the only ones disturbed by the fact that J. Lo has 25 freestanding stores? Then there’s Jessica Simpson. We’ll just let this gem speak for itself.

That said, it might be kids who’ve got it the worst. Would you really want your son in this graphic mess from LL Cool J’s Sears line? Or your daughter in an Avril Lavigne ultra-mini pleated plaid skirt with stud accents?

On a slightly brighter note, anyone remember Rachel Bilson? Last year’s equivalent to this year’s Leighton Meester has designed a clothing line in collaboration with DKNY Jeans. With fitted blazers going for $79 and skinny stretch black jeans going for $69, the line is pricier than most celeb collections aimed at juniors — but with fitted pieces and a color-palette consisting mostly of black with pops of white and yellow, Bilson delivers a solid collection deserving of the DKNY stamp. Though, we’d venture to guess you could find everything in her line at H&M for a whole lot less.

For us though, it’s the over-Fabulositized Kimora Lee Simmons that takes the don’t-cake. Sure Lauren Conrad’s line is boring, Eve’s collection is poorly-made, and Nicky Hilton can’t even get retailers to carry her Nicholai wears. But when you’re encouraging pre-teens to wear this or this or this, you’ve crossed the inappropriate and ugly lines by record-setting strides. And don’t even get us started on Baby Phat, Phat Farm, or the KLS Collection. We’ll just leave you with this, and our apologies.

Erin Wasson Lends Hand & Face to Commes des Garcons for H&M

Just in case the look book leak a few weeks back wasn’t enough to get you psyched for Commes des Garcons’ soon-to-debut collection for H&M, Japanese Vogue is adding fuel to the fire. For its November issue, the fashion rag has photographed model Erin Wasson sporting the covetable capsule collection for a spread entitled Soul City.

Wasson styled the shoot herself — layering Commes des Garcons looks atop slip-on Vans, Converse, and Repetto lace-ups. (The model is no stranger to styling, as she’s done it for both Alexander Wang, as well as her own, recently-launched line, Erin Wasson x RVCA, for surfwear brand RVCA.) Altogether, the combo makes for an especially wearable collection. Simply put: As wrong as they may sound, drop-crotch wool capri pants have never looked so good.