We’ve created unique leather garments for many notable people, but one of our favorite and ongoing collaborations has been with one of NYC’s own homegrown Rockstars, Margo Manhattan.
Margo is a jewelry designer extraordinaire, who has recently teamed up with HSN to bring her edgy Rock Star worthy jewelry designs to a broader audience. She, (and her jewelry) make a statement. Bold, Beautiful, strong and feminine – pretty much sums it up. On top being a truly talented designer – she could not be a sweeter person! That’s my bonus 🙂
Our most recent collaboration was for her latest HSN show.
I had found this incredible crunchy, glittery, textural Stretch leather some time ago. ( Which had her name all over it BTW! ) There was a limited amount so I bought all of it. ( Without any idea what to do with it in that moment – which I always promise myself I will not do anymore 🙂
Over the previous few months, I’d made Margo several pairs of leather capris. She wore them all winter – and had begun pairing them with a couple of tops she’s also commissioned. One thing led to another and together we came up with this suit. Incorporating the glittery stretch with stretch suede, some subtle hardware and the silhouette she’d come to love.
The stretch suede ended up serving 2 purposes – first of all, the glittery skins I’d gotten were were really oddly shaped. Because of this, it really limited what could be made out of them. And then – half way thru the project we’d realized that the glitter was really, really crunchy! So crunchy in fact, that any large movement was liable to be picked up on the mics!
Dressing a very tall, high heeled model in jewelry – gracefully & live on TV – is much more acrobatic than you’d think!
So, with some quick retooling / re-patterning I was able to alleviate the sound effects with suede panels along the inseams of both the top & the pants. The final result wound up both beautiful and quiet and did what was most important – set off her jewelry perfectly without distracting.
I am waiting for a final on – set photo, but for now these quick studio will work! Besides, Margo looks beautiful no matter what!