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The other night at Steven Alan in Chelsea, Isaora popped up to show their lightweight winter duds with a toast of champagne. I touched the luscious not-so-poofy jackets and melted from the silky sensations brought on by this wind-resistant, waterproof material. It’s like no other outdoorsy brand, so I asked one of the designers, Marc Daniels, about what makes them so different.
Fashion History: Vivienne Westwood Inspired one of Punk’s First Feminist Anthems, “Oh Bondage! Up Yours!”
In 1976, year before Sid Vicious joined the Sex Pistols, an angsty musician in braces and leather dresses by the name of Poly Styrene started her own punk revolution in London’s Chelsea art scene. With her band, garnered by an ad she placed looking for “Young punx who want to stick it together,” X Ray Spex landed a weekly gig at Man in the Moon theater, right next door to Vivienne Westwood‘s store, then named Seditionaries. Years later, Poly lets out that their most famous song, her feminist cry, “Oh Bondage! Up Yours!” was inspired by Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren’s bondage pants.
In its third season to date, the Spring 2012 Brood collection is simply mesmerizing. Showcased the basement of a Chelsea art gallery, designer Serkan Sarier presented 12 ethereal looks on models surrounding a partially deflated metallic silver hot air balloon, an art installation portraying the reflective lights and shadows his pieces were designed around.
The Limelight Marketplace is basically a high-end mall operating out of a decommissioned Episcopal church on Sixth Ave and 20th Street in New York — that popper-lined Xanadu known as Chelsea. With sales and popularity ever dwindling, its owner Jack Menashe is planning a $4 million overhaul to turn it into a department store — “not unlike Barneys” — that will be known simply as Limelight.