Looks from Rejina Pyo's spring/summer 2017 collection.
The buzzy London designer on collaboration, cooking and sticking to what you love.
Designer Rejina Pyo, who cut her teeth at Roksanda prior to launching her own line, has crafted the kind of label that speaks to today’s fashion attitude: individual, intelligently minimal and experimental. The spring/summer collection is full of compelling details: subdued ruffles, mismatched buttons and unusual textiles – think silver fringe and hole-y denim. Here's what Pyo had to say about her brand, branching out into shoes and how to stand out as a young label.
You previously worked at Roksanda, how did that shape you as a designer? Could you have imagined starting your label straight out of school instead of working for other houses first?
"When I was a kid, my mum used to make lots of my clothes at home and I used to drape the fabrics around me like an Haute Couture dress. She studied fashion when she was young and she used to hide her sketch books from me, she didn't want me to go into fashion. But I always found them somehow and practiced. When I was teenager, I was fascinated by the value that a brand can hold and always wanted to create something of my own. After finishing my MA at Central Saint Martins, one of my tutors, Julie Verhoeven, introduced me to Roksanda because she thought we shared a similar aesthetic and I became her first designer. It was great to see how a studio-based label works as I used to work in a big corporation in Korea before moving to London. It was there that I learned about flattering shapes on a woman¹s body and the business side of it as well. I still consult for other companies now."
Tell me about the spring collection.
"A refined yet carefree elegance lies at the core of Spring 2017. I wanted to celebrate the modern woman – strong, independent and living entirely in the moment. I explored fresh proportions by studying the space between the body and garment. The collection also extends to footwear and eyewear in collaboration with Korean brands, Yuul Yie and Projekt Produkt."
I'm a huge fan of the shoes! How did the design develop? Is this a category you'd like to explore more?
"Thank you! I love collaborations – we are a very small team so it's great to work with other people who have a special knowledge in that particular area. I was looking for a shoe brand to collaborate with and found Yuul Yie, who are based in Korea. I realized that they worked with a friend of mine, so it just happened very naturally. When I was designing the shoes, because we are using the hardware in an unusual place Yuul Yie were so helpful with their knowledge. They have received a huge reaction which we are both happy with."
What's next for you?
"Last season we had a very intimate drinks and launch event in New York rather than doing an official presentation at London Fashion Week. It was a very spontaneous decision and could not have happened without Kate Foley and Maryam Nassir Zadeh who hosted the event together. It was very private with a lot of chats and laughs; a magical evening rather than a formal presentation. I loved meeting Leandra Medine from Man Repeller and editors from New York. The reaction was great and we've picked up more than 20 new stocklists this season. I would love to expand on accessories, adding bags to complete the range! And lots more exciting collaborations to come! On a personal level, I'm having a baby so that¹s the most exciting thing! My husband Jordan Bourke is a chef and we wrote a Korean cook book together called Our Korean Kitchen and hosted a #CookForSyria charity supper club. I would like to do more things outside of the fashion world as well."
Barack and Michelle Obama at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's Phoenix Awards in September 2016. Image by: Getty
"That's my boo. Mom jeans and all."
If you're eyes are still a little moist after Barack Obama's farewell address, let Michelle Obama dry those tears.
The FLOTUS appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon for her last appearance as First Lady, and took part in Fallon's hilarious "Thank You Notes" skit. Our fave part? When she penned a letter to her "silver fox" Barack.
Perhaps she has a future in broadcast? "I like this side of the desk," she joked to Fallon, who looked legit worried. (As he should be.)
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie just released their first joint statement post-divorce announcement...and it's basically a guarantee that you'll never hear from either of them again on the matter.
A day after Brad's surprise Globes appearance, he and his estranged wife Angelina shut the book on several months of rather nasty legal back-and-forth about their divorce-in-progress.
According to CNN, they've agreed to seal all of the court proceedings moving forward in the interest of their six children. This is particularly relevant since Angelina is suing for physical custody of the brood while Pitt is asking for joint custody.
The fact that they're agreeing to seal the proceedings is a big deal because just a month ago Pitt filed to do this himself, claiming he wanted to protect his children's privacy. Jolie's people fired back that he was actually doing it to protect himself. Pitt then responded by filing further docs with the court containing the infamous claim that Angeline has "no self-regulating mechanism".
Today's new statement, however, concludes on a civil note:
"The parents are committed to act as a united front to effectuate recovery and reunification."
Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling at The Place Beyond the Pines premiere at TIFF 2012. Image by: Getty
ICYMI (for example, you've been on a luxury digital detox in the Swiss Alps or live in an alternate universe), La La Land star Ryan Gosling's Golden Globes acceptance speech for best actor in a comedy or musical broke the Internet Sunday night.
The reason? His shoutout to GF Eva Mendes. "I’d like to try and thank one person properly, and to say that while I was singing and dancing and playing piano and having one of the best experiences I’ve ever had on a film, my lady was raising our daughter, pregnant with our second, and trying to help her brother fight his battle with cancer,” said the famously private star, who never referred to his spouse by name.
Now, Eva has paid her own tongue-in-cheek tribute to her beau. She posted this photo of her Golden Globes best-dressed pick Janelle Monáe (who wore custom polka-dotted Armani) with the caption. "Obviously this wasn't my favorite moment of the night....But it was definitely my favorite style moment of the night."
Also for your viewing enjoyment, here's a clip of Gosling's speech.