For Creatures of the Wind's Fall 2013 collection, designers Chris Peters and Shane Gabier showed an eclectic mix of geometric and painterly prints, checks, plaids, and bold stripes of color that were sometimes mashed together in colorful patchworks. But this show, their second on the runway, also drew on clean-lined menswear staples. More than one model walked out wearing a notch-lapel topcoat or a white dress shirt with stripes of vinyl on the sleeves. The combination of the quirky ideas that have gotten them so much attention — and made them runners up for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund in 2011 — with the need to make clothing a wider audience can relate to made for the duo's most polished collection yet.
In honor of the US Open Tennis Championships, which started in New York on Monday, Vogue asked designers including Pamela Love, Peter Som, and Eddie Borgo to design tennis balls with elements of their signature motifs. The one-of-a-kind balls are decorated with everything from cloth flowers to rhinestones, lace, leather, and aggressive metal studs. Love shot an arrow through her design ("I have four arrow tattoos, so I thought, why not?" she says), while Som's sparkly entry takes inspiration from a diamond tennis bracelet. Dana Lorenz's Fenton ball, with brass chains and pearls, takes inspiration from Christian Lacroix and the glamorous supermodels of the '90s. A selection of our favorites from the project here in the gallery.
Photo via Vogue.