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Starkweather comes home to Chicago

It was a really wonderful day in Chicago at the Casino where Starkweather went back to its roots. The weather acted accordingly, changing from summer to fall almost overnight to set the mood for the layering and cozy wrapped up feeling you get when trying on these pieces in a setting such as the venerable building in downtown Chicago. 

It was great to have a chance to highlight the fabrics that are the most critical element of the pieces. Some favorites were the cashmere wool backed with weather proofing nylon from Colombo in Italy and the buttery lambskin leather from Bodin Joyeux in France.

Showing some pieces for Fall / Winter and some pieces for Spring, there was a feeling of harmony that fit so naturally on the fantastic women who came through to try on, discover and acquire a piece of the Starkweather story for their own wardrobe.

You read it here first: Starkweather will be back in Chicago on November 13 for a follow up show and party with  a surprise that we are anxious to reveal. 

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Fall 2014 : The Classics

For Fall 2014, these classic styles are coming back, new and improved:

The Lambskin Liner and the Starkweather Overcoat

The Lambskin Liner and the Starkweather Overcoat

Paired with the T-Crux

Paired with the T-Crux

The Shawl Crux and the Sweater Coat

The Shawl Crux and the Sweater Coat

And the Curve Seamed Leather Jacket

And the Curve Seamed Leather Jacket

With an updated combination of tech-advanced and deliciously luxurious fabrics, they will be better than ever. More updates will be posted regarding re-stock and events throughout 2014 to come try on and discover...

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The "Perfect" versus the "Must Have"

It has happened to all of us, I am sure, to find a product that you love and covet and wear to the threads and eventually need to replace. But when you go back to the source, it’s gone.

*Poof*

Fashion is detrimentally ephemeral. It is hard enough to find that perfect pair of shoes, that perfect trouser. Why does it have to go away in a matter of months to be replaced by a lesser (or equally transient) version of itself?

There are two kinds of evolution in Fashion that have a hard time co-existing: aesthetic evolution, (ie the personal and creative growth of a designer/brand) and product evolution (ie the amelioration of one single style over a period of time). Working as a journalist, it was always exciting to me to see a designer take a step forward in their craft. It is a tangible thing that can gives you chills and makes you smile and clap loudly when they make their post-show runway bow. And as a designer I have felt it tangibly when I see the improvement of my decision making and how the entire story benefits in major ways from all the discordant elements finding their way together (we hope) harmoniously.

But remove the aesthetic story telling, and what is left is a garment that needs to be worn and perform in active duty. (Men understand this much more than women).

Designs can survive the test of time visually, or they can stand the test of time in use: “That could have been designed today,” or “Oh, I wear these everyday, it’s my uniform!”

The latter are the pieces we can’t live without. The ones that last long enough to become a part of us. After all, we are what we wear. So why aren’t we excited by the perfect boot, but our heart rate rises and our wallet comes out when we see the “Hot,” “It,” “Of-The-Moment” boot.

What happens, inevitably, is that the moment passes, and thus the “’Must Have” boot is now out of style almost as quickly as it came in. While the woman who bought the “perfect” boot (five years ago) is still wearing it, and you probably admire her style when you pass her in the street wearing your conspicuously last season Marant booties.

But when we, the ADD infected receptacles of information that we are, value the new, the ephemeral, and get bored in a minute of the runway shows before the models have even changed out of their clothes and run out the door to their next hair and makeup transformation, where are we to look for a moment to rest the eye?

We are trained to weed out fashion that doesn’t change. It is boring. It’s an unspoken agreement between designers and press: keep generating content and creating news stories to be picked up and diffused. Must make new things. And, I confess, that’s part of the creative joy of fashion for everyone involved. But it can also be to the detriment of the consumer and the brand.

Having signature, forever styles can add brand value, keep the vision focused, and create (decades long, multi-generational) brand loyalty. As designers we shouldn’t sacrifice the “Perfect” for the “Must Have.” And both should be worth talking about, getting excited about, and intrinsic to brand identity.

Photo by Lauren Cooper

Photo by Lauren Cooper

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