Dynamic duo Starr Hout and Laura Cramer joined forces in 2008 to create APIECE APART. Born during a trip to West Texas for the designers’ 30th birthdays, the label has quickly gained a reputation for its clean lines, chic, simple shapes, impeccable tailoring and beautiful fabrics.
Their aesthetic follows the style of their leading muse artist Georgia O’Keefe whose dress was both ascetic in its sparseness and decadent in its celebration of the self. For Cramer and Hout it is the woman who wears the clothes who is of chief importance, the garments exist only to serve her. It’s a philosophy that has quietly earned them the dedication of many women who have found their modern take on classic sportswear and world dress to work perfectly in their closets and in their lives. Though Cramer and Hout keep a low profile they have found an admirer in French designer Christophe Lemaire who upon his appointment to Hermes cited the designers as one of his favorites alongside Celine’s Phoebe Philo. It’s clear, though their clothes are simple in appearance, Cramer and Hoult are formidable talents to be reckoned with.
Join Hout and Cramer as they take to the stage at MAD with Jeremy Lewis, Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Garmento Zine for an evening discussion delving into the future of womenswear.
The new series of Garmento talks kick of this Thursday with Rachel Comey.
Since launching her label in 2001, Rachel Comey has steadily endeared herself to women the world over who share her sure sense of self and her impeccable taste. Eschewing trends and flavors of the moment, her clothes are best seen not on the runway nor in a fashion editorial, but in the wardrobes and on the backs of real women, where her subtle hand achieves dramatic effect.
Joining Jeremy Lewis, Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Garmento Zine, Comey takes to the stage at MAD for a discussion exploring her unique design process and work. From the inspiration she finds in the intimate realities of those she respects and admires–her girlfriends, her heroines, even the woman she thinks she would like to be–to her punchy, yet matter-of-fact take on dressing, this evening offers a rare insight into Comey’s creation of work that imparts to the wearer both confidence and elegance.
Join MAD and Garmento editor Jeremy Lewis for an evening with Koos Van Den Akker, the first in a new series of fashion talks. The talk begins at 7 and is located in the downstairs theater. The event is free with museum admission. The Museum of Arts and Design is located at 2 Columbus Circle
An American fashion legend, Dutch-born and French-trained Koos Van Den Akker has been designing couture-caliber clothes over the last 40 years. Emerging at a time when folk traditions and home crafts were a huge influence in fashion, he made a name for himself as the master of couture collage. A rich panoply of color and pattern painstakingly pieced together, his designs have provided inspiration for fashion tastemakers like Nicolas Ghesquière, though they are known more popularly as worn by actor and comedian Bill Cosby on the hit sitcom The Cosby Show. Representing one of the highest level of clothes-making possible in New York City, Koos Van Den Akker’s operation is a true couture atelier, endless in its technical feats and creativity.
This event is free and open to the public. Due to limited seating it is strongly advised to arrive early.
photographs by Alex John Beck, all rights reserved.
Never before has menswear been so developed or diverse as it is today. Traditionally conservative and slow to change, international menswear design has grown exponentially in the last 15 years, rivaling its women’s counterpart in conviction if not in creativity. This has not gone unnoticed in New York City as a new crop of designers submit their own take on contemporary men’s dress.
In an effort to open a dialogue about what these new paradigms might be Garmento zine presents “Coversations in American Menswear,” a radio-style interview series held at the Museum of Arts and Design. For four nights Garmento founder and editor Jeremy Lewis will engage four of New York’s most intriguing and compelling designers to find out what it is that makes them tick. While each of the designers live, design, and have shown their work in New York, none of them are American-born. As the series investigates new discourses in American menswear, it will also attempt to find out who the new “American man” actually is.
All talks will be held in the second floor galleries of the museum and are free to the public. The Museum of Arts and Design is located at 2 Columbus Circle New York, New York, NY 10019
“Conversations in American Menswear” is a part of MAD’s After the Museum: The Home Front 2013. For the complete schedule of events and exhibitions please visit: http://www.madmuseum.org/series/after-museum
Tomorrow kicks off Printed Matter’s annual NY Art Book Fair. Garmento won’t be participating this year but copies of the 1st and 2nd issue will be for sale at the PIN- UP magazine table. If you’re in town, be sure to come by and see the fair!