A/W2013: Suits you Miss Blak!


VB_AW2013Autumn/winter 2013 is shoddy and shabby to the point of striking and stunning – and that’s something the Virgin Blak Store caters to 100 per cent! 

When even chronically uptight labels such as Céline – the designer of choice for women who prefer their knickers not only ironed, but starched to papery perfection – are showing raw edges and raggedy shrugged-off styles, you know there’s something in the air. And when women start wearing men’s clothing something is definitely stirring out there. Women wearing menswear is nothing new but not since Marlene Dietrich was threatened with arrest for sporting trousers on Paris streets in the 1930s has it been brought to the forefront of the fashion world.

VB_AW2013b“Grunge” and “punk” are two tags that the fashion is milking to describe the movement towards something more beaten-up, less pristine. The latter coincided with this summer’s Chaos to Couture exhibition at the Met, while the former was underlined by Hedi Slimane’s deliberately contentious ode to Kurt and Courtney at Saint Laurent. But could you really dub Haider Ackermann’s distressed layers of tweed and boiled wool, punk? Or call Saskia de Brauw’s shrugged-off great-coat at Prada, grunge? Thought not. It’s more about details, hacked-off hems on unexpected fabrics such as silk satin or jacquard, and that’s what we specialise in here at Virgin Blak. Céline even reworked the checked laundry bag into an intricate jacquard already generating customer waiting lists endless copyists.

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VB Endorser Patrick Stone in the studio with Lemmy & Son


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In the studio: Paul Inder Kilmister, Lemmy Kilmister & Patrick Stone

Virgin Blak endorser Patrick Stone lives up to his name – he must be one of the hardest rocking (and hardest working) men in the music world. Patrick has spent much of 2013 touring, blasting his way up n’ down both coasts of America and all over Europe with multiple bands and alongside rock n’ rolls top performing artists as well as putting out his heart to play soul-stirring shows to the allied troops currently based in Germany.

Well, Mr Stone is now back in LA, writing and recording a new album for a brand new project guaranteed to get any rock fan revved up.

“I’m currently in the studio with Motörhead manager Todd Singerman to record an original album and I’ve never been more excited. Lemmy’s son Paul Inder Kilmister is producing and the album should be released later this year!”

Patrick is the lead singer for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Steven Adler (Guns N’ Roses) and Adler’s Appetite. He is also the singer, songwriter of the LA outfit Aces N Eights, for which he produced the debut EP “Dead Man’s Hand.” Patrick has worked with such artists as Lemmy Killmeister and Phil Campbell (Motorhead), West Arkeen (The Outpatience), Jimmy Bain (Dio), Simon Wright (AC/DC),  Slash, Duff McKagan, and Matt Sorum (Velvet Revolver), Frankie Banali, Chuck Wright (Quiet Riot), the Australian band Mammal and many more.

Patrick Stone officially endorsers Virgin Blak Clothing

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Fall 2013 is all about High Fash Trash


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This is the year of punk. Vogue magazine decreed it to be so, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art‘s Costume Institute chimed in with its “Punk: Chaos to Couture” exhibition which we covered on our blog earlier in spring.

(The fascination with punk is likely to continue with the film “CBGB,” scheduled to come to theaters in October, with Malin Akerman as Debbie Harry and Mickey Sumner as Patti Smith, documenting the story of Hilly Kristal’s legendary New York music venue that nurtured the punk scene beginning in 1973, closed its doors in 2006 and has now become a John Varvatos store.)

Looking at the fall 2013 collections, it’s clear that many designers are still inspired, if not directly by punk pioneers Johnny Rotten (above), Sid Vicious, Iggy Pop, Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood, then by their rebel spirit. The looks that came down the runways were rallying cries for fierce femininity. Nods to punks, grunge rockers, glam rockers, hippies, bikers and other street-style tribes came in the forms of motorcycle jackets, tie-dye, tartan checks, combat-ready camouflage, chains, spikes and studs.

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The Sex Pistols exemplify High Fash Trash

The best looks were rough, but also refined. Punk and Grunge (Grunk!) with a touch of class. We at Virgin Blak have penned it Street Luxe…or High Fash Trash. Well, whatever you want to call it, we trust you, the VB fans, our darling Darklings know best and know what works best and what doesn’t – we’re just here to supply you with the raw materials, we are the fuel for your fire, we are the Blak Powder for your explosive styles and fierce n’ fiery fashion combinations…

Check the Virgin Blak online store for our latest F/W2013 items:

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