Animal print is a language of spots and stripes- a code of confidence. They say leopard is a neutral; yet, wearing it is a subtle expression of dominance. To us, wearing animal prints lets the world know you don't hold back.
As summer shifts to fall we see these prints as a bridge between seasons. A leopard jumpsuit keeps you cool and camouflaged. When nighttime breezes sneak up, a silk tiger striped trench adds a fresh layer to your evening. A leopard turtleneck and high waisted neutral pants create subliminal weekday sexiness. When the temperature drops, a fuzzy robe coat adds a much-needed dose of Joie de Vivre.
As we enter pre-fall our collection of animal prints is here to feed your inner glamour puss.
Fun fact: We are huge Horror film fans. When the idea for a scary movie themed photo shoot started percolating in our minds we knew just the partner in crime -- friend and fellow Horror film devotee, Daphne Gardner, co-host of the Ladies Horror Night podcast.
So what would a Chess & the Sphinx x Daphne slasher look like? In a genre where women are so often portrayed one dimensionally as the victim, we wanted to create a story where women were the exclusive subject - both the deviant antihero and the martyr. Visually inspired by Jawbreaker, we envisioned a tongue-in-cheek femme fatale of the Y2K era as our villain and protagonist. A picture began to solidify of Patrick Bateman as a teen girl -- a psychopath with a taste for butterfly clips and an ear for Destiny's Child. A suburban Prom-Queen-contender with a fashion sense as candy-colored and girly as her heart is craven and cruel.
And now, without further ado, Chess & the Sphinx presents....
Art makes us happy. Films, paintings, and music inspire our vision and direct our style. So when visiting our friend Sophie Hirsch's sculpture studio in Greenpoint it's no surprise that there was a spark, and collaboration ensued. Sophie's work is figurative and wild. It conjures the organic and bodily but is built from supremely artificial materials like concrete, silicone and sequins. It's the unexpected harmony found between these disparate elements that inspired us, evoking images of the city girl in Summer -- the vibrance of her wardrobe and the curves of her body standing in direct contrast to the scorching sidewalks she stomps down.
So what becomes a Summertime Sphinx most? A Pucci slip reveals the body while covering it in acidic patterns. The most ethereal Dolce & Gabbana dress accentuates femininity, then electrifies it with imaginative color. A jumpsuit so bold it would be inappropriate not to stay out all night dancing.
Spirited pieces are here to add artful irreverence to your Summer style.
Photos by Alan Lewis
Modeled by Rachel Holley
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Our babydoll lingerie is here for the joy found in a bit of provocation. It accentuates the nude while adding a coy romance. Sheer bright colors and ruffles express a flirtatious persona. Sensuality and subversion combine in translucent shades that enhance our natural state.
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