The Style List—February 2010
by Robin Sayers
Imagine someone whose Ph.D. thesis was on the color pink. Now imagine that same someone and her kindred spirit hijacking your panty drawer, and you have the art-collection-masquerading-as-undies line known as Strumpet & Pink. Lisa Z. Morgan, who was then a student at London’s Royal College of Art, and Melanie Probert, a fellow artist and poet, found themselves discussing unmentionables while on a subway ride. “We realized neither of us liked matching sets in lingerie—far too predictable,” says Morgan. “We were very much in synch regarding what we felt was sensuous and humorous, though, so we started scribbling ideas on the back of a Tube ticket and had to move onto a napkin.” The wearable masterpieces are handcrafted in limited editions, with some styles strictly one-offs. Their work has a celebrity following, but they remain circumspect. “Underwear is a very intimate thing,” says Morgan, “and as such should remain so.” $275–$1,300; Swan’s Tale (above), $685. strumpetandpink.com..
WEB ADDRESS: alexisbittar.com. WWWICKED COOL: There’s a wide array to ensure you’re armed for the impending bracelet revolution. WRIST CANDY (pictured from top, left to right): Lattice Cuff ($245), Medium Scaled Cuff ($250), Translucent Molten Cuff ($325), Large Vendome Cuff ($295), Cubist Angular Bangle ($225), Solid Molten Cuff ($375).
THE KICKS: Christian Louboutin’s Popi oxfords. WHY WE’RE FLOORED: The mix of fun colors, the patent leather, the lace-up action, the 100mm (3.9-inch) heel—and those red soles! THE BACKSTORY: “For me, every shoe is special and has a life and history,” says the icon. “This shoe is cabaret meets circus. It was inspired by the artist Mika’s second album [The Boy Who Knew Too Much] and by his wonderful sisters.” TRUE INDEED: “It’s always fun to mix entertainment and circus when it is not about clowns.” PRICE: $875. WHERE: Neiman Marcus, 9700 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills; 310-550-5900, neimanmarcus.com.
THE FLUID: Balenciaga Paris Eau de Parfum spray, the French fashion house’s first scent in a dozen years. DEPOSITORY: The bottle evokes one of the brand’s signature styles, the cocoon-shape cape. THE CONVERSION: Not your grandmother’s perfume. Notes of violet and carnation mix with that of gasoline. AS IN, FILL ’ER UP? Definitely. Isn’t that smell a guilty pleasure for most, especially in fuel-guzzling L.A.? Leave it to creative director Nicolas Ghesquière to design a way to, in the words of Tim Gunn, “make it work.” PRICE: 1.7 ounces, $95; 2.5 ounces, $130. WHERE: neimanmarcus.com.