• Photo Shoot with Sophie & Ansel Elgort

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    Last year we collaborated with New York-based fashion photographer, Sophie Elgort, and her dashing younger brother, actor Ansel Elgort, to showcase a small men's capsule collection that we designed to coordinate with our women's line. The result is a mid-century inspired lookbook set at their family's home in Southampton.

    Sophie and Jessica met during college while Sophie was at Brown University and Jessica was at the Rhode Island School of Design. Sophie went on to launch her fashion photography career in New York and now shoots for magazines like Elle, Tatler and Teen Vogue, in addition to her weekly photo blog Suits and the City for the Financial Times. Her equally talented brother, Ansel, whom you may recognize from the remake of Carrie out in theatres now, is one to keep an eye on - not just for his athletic good looks and old Hollywood charm, but for his acting ability which spans the stage and the silver screen. He's blowing up as we speak!

    The talented duo's father is the renowned Vogue fashion photographer, Arthur Elgort, and their mother is an opera director - clearly, artistic ability is a dominant trait in the Elgort family gene pool.

    Now, enjoy the photos that remind us of a 1950s seaside rendez-vous. Imagine a sequel to Cat on a Hot Tin Roof... Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor get over their differences and vacation in the Hamptons.

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Imitation as Art

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    Since when did 'knockoffs' become so damn cool? 

    Catchy t-shirts and accessories that poke fun at fashion houses like Hermès, Céline and Saint Laurent (or the house formerly known as Yves Saint Laurent) are becoming as ubiquitous as the fashion houses themselves. The witty slogans, such as Aint Laurent Without Yves and Céline Me Alone, are championed by celebrities, fashion bloggers and Instagrammers galore. But the designers they celebrate have mixed reviews.

     

           

    To wear, or not to wear?

     

    Designer Hedi Slimane of the recently re-named Saint Laurent has even gone so far as to punish retail partners that carry these parody products. Last month Saint Laurent pulled out of Colette in Paris for carrying t-shirts that spoofed the label. Is this a case deserving of punishment, or more like a case of biting the hand that feeds you?

    On the other hand, designers like Donatella Versace have embraced counterfeit culture and are using it to gain more brand exposure and, like any smart business, turn a little profit. Last month Versus Versace and rapper M.I.A. unveiled a new capsule collection they had collaborated on that was inspired by all the fake Versace sold on the streets. Rather than viewing imitation as a threat, Donatella saw flattery (and a business opportunity), and inserted her voice into the dialogue rather than try to silence it. That's smart business IMHO. 

    These clever products push old, established brands into the fashion zeitgeist. A totally free marketing opportunity that will certainly not damage brand equity. If anything, they make the brand even more valuable. They are not in the same classification as fake Louis Vuitton bags on Canal Street...they are creative, unique and something the fashion brands should listen to, not try to snuff out of existence.

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  • The Karl (Lagerfeld)

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    Karl is The Man. His iconic style is known the world over, and one can't help but love his bizarre quirks (300 iPods and 10 Diet Cokes a day... anyone? Bueller?) and blunt point of view. Favorite zinger quote: you know if you ask me how to be chic there’s little hope to become chic. (And many more in this interview.)

    A couple years ago, Jessica coined the phrase "the Karl," when referring to my work uniform. I was wearing my typical black skinny pants/black blazer/black heeled boots ensemble, probably for the millionth time, and my hair happened to be pulled into a low ponytail. I think that small detail was what made my newfound doppelganger so apparent...not to mention my prematurely graying hair which probably helped trigger the comparison too. 

    After that, "the Karl" was born. More than just a monochromatic, masculine outfit, for us "the Karl" represents liberation from the interminable urge to be on trend. It represents the solace and satisfaction that comes from simplicity and steadfast personal style. 

    Here are some pieces that can be mixed and matched to achieve your Karl uniform. White ponytail not included.

    1. Left to right - Rag & Bone / Saint Laurent / Theory

    2. Left to right - J.Crew / Vince / Saint Laurent  

    3. Left to right - Rag & Bone / Isabel Marant / Toga Pulla

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  • Gatsby Dreams

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    Gatsby Inspiration for KORE SWIM
    We haven't even seen the movie yet (still hoping to cram a re-read of the book in first :), but we're in love with all the art deco design it's inspiring everywhere. Established brands like Tiffany & Co. and Brooks Brothers have done amazing capsule collections to celebrate the movie release, and it seems the Jazz Age is making a bit of a comeback in the fashion scene. Here are some flapper-esque pieces we're coveting for our next gala. (All that KORE maillot needs is a crystal headpiece and voila - you're a modern day Daisy Buchanan!)

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  • KORE SWIM - What SF Summer Dreams Are Made Of

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    "The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco..."
    Or so the saying goes. This overall concept inspired a lookbook shoot we did last month on the streets of San Francisco. With the help of an amazing creative team, we produced images that conveyed exactly the utopian San Francisco we were going for...a city where barefoot, swimsuit-clad girls can walk comfortably (no goosebumps in sight) down to Ocean Beach to surf. We also wanted to cross-promote KORE with a great SF surf shop we're carried in - Mollusk Surf Shop in the Sunset District - and included some sunnies from another rad local SF line - Westward Leaning. Here's some more on our inspiration.

    “San Francisco has a strong surf culture but ironically doesn't boast weather that's conducive to wearing swimwear. We thought this dilemma, which every true San Franciscan intimately understands, would make for a cool photo shoot concept — an idealized view of San Francisco as a place where girls can wear bikinis on Irving Street before heading out to surf at Ocean Beach. I guess we can dream.”

    The lookbook was featured on Refinery29.com, and here are some of our favorite images below.
    KORE SWIM | Sutro Baths, San Francisco
    KORE SWIM | Sutro Baths, San Francisco
    KORE SWIM | Sunset District, San Francisco
    KORE SWIM | Sunset District, San Francisco
    KORE SWIM | Sunset District, San Francisco
    KORE SWIM | Sunset District, San Francisco

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