From an early age, Laura Apsit Livens felt drawn to big and bold colors and patterns, a fascination she now brings to her hat collections. Based in Mayfair, London, Livens is determined to keep couture millinery alive and popular. Her passion earned her a coveted spot in the Headonism exhibition at London Fashion Week this […]
In a chandelier-lit space lined with silver steel racks, collections of the season’s most interesting pieces of fashion hang with invitation, awaiting Olivia May’s guests and customers to discover it. Such statements are so interesting that its residence of showcase, Olivia May, manifests a perspective where an expanse of experimental design is encouraged for the […]
Harvy Santos didn’t plan to be a fashion designer—fashion found him. His unusual entry into the fashion industry, specifically hat design, has been nothing but pure success. For the second time, he is a part of the prestigious Hedonism exhibition at London Fashion Week this fall. The British Fashion Council event celebrates and rewards up-and-coming […]
High Fashion Bags and the Girls Who Wear Them Fashion week is the most exciting moment of each season, influencing the trends that will eventually trickle down to the hoi polloi. For an ever-increasing number of us, however, the real action is not on the runways, but on the sidewalk: what are our street fashion […]
“Winning a place on someone’s body is much harder than winning a place in someone’s purse,” says Pebble Head of Industrial Design, Mark Solomon, describing the features that make Pebble smart watches so deserving of a spot on that prime real estate otherwise known as the wrist. Interestingly, the Founder and CEO of Pebble, Eric […]
“A refraction of light, a direction to darkness” Meet Michael Crawely, designer, photographer and art director of the cutting edge Australian sunglass brand, Valley Eyewear—a collection of dramatic, hand crafted eyewear that carries a bold personality. Valley Eyewear is the construction of a creative world with no boundaries, which represents a movement of a somewhat […]
Awkward, terrifying, treacherously tall and slightly masochistic are not typically words used to describe footwear. However, from showrooms to runways the industry has seen a trend of museum and editorial-worthy heels. As Vivienne Westwood introduced her sky-high nine-inch pumps to the world almost a decade ago – who could forget Naomi Campbell’s infamous spill – […]
Living Art for SOMA Magazine photographed by William Lords with styling by Bryan Marryshow.
Human League for SOMA Magazine photographed by Jacob Hodgkinson with styling by Keith S. Washington.
Purple Vision for SOMA Magazine photographed by Mike Kobal with styling by Andrew Mukamal.
Choosing a perfume merely for its scent is passé. Here, we pair uniquely stunning vessels with a directional look from the same designers’ fall/winter 2012 ready-to-wear collections.
In the search for the freshest in ready-to-wear, fashion has gone global. New designers are sprouting up, and the style-obsessed are taking notice, looking beyond their nearest fashion capital to curate truly international wardrobes. In the full promotion of fashion without borders, SOMA presents three of the most promising international designers. Sofie D’Hoore From […]
San Francisco-based accessory company TOKYObay was born when Dory Isaacs, a British art and fashion design major, met Jun Kobayashi, a bass-guitarist and product enthusiast, as the two were passing through Toronto. Though from eclectic backgrounds and cultures, the two saw in one another what Isaacs calls “a great symmetry of aesthetic choices,” and knew […]
High Concept Shoes for High Fashion Feet The genre of sculptural shoes is, by definition, an attempt to elevate the design identity of an otherwise basic accessory. The approach undertaken by Gio Metodiev is to offer boldly visual statements. His Gio Diev collection is shaped by personal passions, merging craftsmanship with architectural and artistic inspirations. […]
Rising above the surplus of twee screen printed tees offered at your local indie boutique, are three companies using high-grade fabrics and apparel design techniques, along with fresh aesthetic sensibilities, to create T-shirts that transcend the mundane. Golden Goods USA reconceptualizes the standard conference/corporate giveaway tee—the boxy, made-in-china polo or crew sporting a requisite left-chest […]
Text by Ashley Brewster In the cyclical world of fashion, everything that is old eventually becomes new again. Over the past few seasons, ’90s minimalism has made a strong comeback. Labels like Alexander Wang, Helmut Lang, and Olivier Theyskens’ Theory have championed this chic back-to-basics movement — after all, there is only so much neon […]
1. Where do you draw your personal style inspiration from? 2. Who is your favorite style icon? 3. What’s your favorite trend of the moment? 4. What current trend would you like to see go away or name a trend from the past you would hate to see make a return. 5. What item should […]
Maria Francesca Pepe | Maria Francesca Pepe has been leading the pack of jewelry designers for quite some time. She has become such a widespread phenomenon, that her name alone is synonymous with incredible pieces of great design details. Born in Foggia, in the south of Italy, she moved into fashion design after completing a […]
Changing The World Through Design Taking things apart to create something new is not unheard of in the world of design. In fact, recycling is very much part of everyday life for designers and artists, who strive to turn the old into something innovative, both aesthetically and functionally. Following this simple, unspoken rule, Chilean-born artist […]
“Shake it,” an 82-year-old Vidal Sassoon demands an elegant waif as his hand vigorously enters and ruffles her hair. Mr. Sassoon has just exited a limo and is striding, entourage in tow, along a downtown LA street en route to a press conference. All that’s missing from making this look like an outtake from Austin […]
Photography by Gregory Bertolini Sheathed in dappled and perforated copper material, the de Young Museum poses in Golden Gate Park like a finely tailored fashion icon. The re-opening of the avant-garde building, which was designed by the Swiss team of Herzog & de Meuron, and local architects Fong & Chan, marked a new unification of […]
Scandinavia is an unlikely birthplace for a sunglasses brand: with its generally cold climate, dark winters and rainy summers, one could hardly find the time to wear shades. It comes as a bit of a surprise, then, that one of the most successful sunglasses brands to emerge in the last few years was born in […]
Sneakers are an ever-evolving style. Each year fashion designers from around the globe design and create sneakers to fit into a particular seasons trends and statements. It is no surprise that sneakers and their versatility allow for a creative and innovative voice, one that is outside of the strict roles of fashion design. Tacky fabrics, […]
Following the thread, quite literally, of the career of Swedish-born knitwear virtuoso Sandra Backlund will take one through interwoven cylinders of yarn that seamlessly connect the fields of design, art and fashion. Her nonconformist aesthetic, applauded by luminaries such as Franca Sozzani of Vogue Italia, Louis Vuitton and Anna Wintour, shares as much with sculpture […]