In NYE anticipation – yes, already– we have set a melodic tone to ring in the new year. At Manhattan Center Hammerstein Ballroom, Matt & Kim will be following Body Language for one last 2011 performance.
Brooklyn-based group, Body Language, released Falling Out this past September, featuring driving percussive beats and a hypnotic use of choral patterning. Their self-described “shifty disco” will harmonize effortlessly with leather skirts by Erin Barr, glitzyshort-sets by Cheng, or a daring deep-V bodysuit by Miguel Antoinne.
During an abundant wave of New York nightlife openings, “Midnight Safari” seems like the perfectly compelling collection title for young designer, Miguel Antoinne. His namesake line, miguelAntoinne, is rich with updated tailoring and geometric layering. Leather-trim blazers, asymmetrical frocks, and subtly-striped legwear would make for a magnetic evening at The Electric Room. Or take a more buttoned-up approach with a knee-length shirtdress for a nostalgic night at Bathtub Gin.
Or perhaps a monochromatic fabric combination withthe occasional sequined pant should be within arm’s reach, in case Le Baron finally decides to open...
It never takes long to determine la mode de la minute: New York falls fast for trends and then rejects them even faster. And at this very second, the kids want stripes.
Now, I know that a "stripe trend" wouldn't be all that earth-shattering. Jason Wu, Isabel Marant, IVANAHelsinki, and Kimberly Ovitz were all parallel to this trend back in September -- but now that the typically-daytime look has descended into nightlife, you know these freewheeling fashionistas mean business.
Style.com consults Tommy Ton, Refinery29 checks in with Mr. Newton, but District L frequently turns to Kirill Bitchutsky to satisfy our street-style fix. Every night, the libertine party photographer attends whichever event has the highest PYT-per-capita – and without a preconceived plan or intention, he captures the fleeting, ever-evolving essence that is New York street fashion.
As I perused his recent archives, I noticed a rising trend that is better exemplified in a collection of images. No, I’m not going to sit here and reveal that “hats are in.” Come on, we’re better than that. What’s worth mentioning is the attitude and application of this conspicuous accessory. During the S/S 2010 shows, fedoras were still going strong on the runway --but in just a year, they were rendered the trashy companion to Ed Hardy t-shirts and tribal tats.
The look is now becoming rounder and bolder. Porkpie hats, bowlers, and gaucho toppers have become the accessories of choice. Maybe it’s a sign? As another Depression-era adornment fades back into insignificance, the smarter and more assertive looks continue to reign.