Is it just me or is it at this stage a bit yawn-inducing when a designer states they’ve collaborated with Gaga? I mean, it’s a feat, but who hasn’t done it at this stage? Thanks to formidable side-kick stylist Nicola Formichetti, Gaga’s secured herself a steady stream of eager, fresh fashion talents, which she showcases for all of thirty seconds of a red carpet appearance. Getting your meat dress or frog frock on her back is not to be sniffed at, but you’d better have something more to feed the press when they come calling or else it’s a sad case of flash-in-the-pan fashion.
^ NYC-based designer Asher Levine
Thankfully, one designer has bridged the gap between anonymity and widespread celebrity endorsement whilst retaining all of his original sartorial fervour. New York-based Asher Levine, has collaborated with the best of them: Gaga, Scissor Sisters, Black Eyed Peas etc., but also manages to produce stand-out menswear collections season in, season out. I’m eager to natter about his AW 2011 collection, but for the sake of sparing your having to squint, I’ll shut up for now and let you soak up the simple sexiness of his collaboration with Formichetti’s New York pop-up concept NICOLA.
ASHER x NICOLA is a line of handmade, technically dyed tees crafted from natural fibres and available at various price-points. What these price-points are exactly I’m not entirely sure, so you’ll have to head to NICOLA, where the collab. is exclusively stocked, for more info.
NICOLA is at 57 Walker St., Tribeca.