Punk Kouture, Glynneth B and Topher Adam inside Mélange 2013, presented by iCu and Couture Press.
By Ivanna Woods
Whether it’s costume or couture, hell raiser or feminine; fashion design powerhouses Punk Kouture and Topher Adam never fail to push boundaries to the point of iconic innovation. Pair either fashion designer’s creations with breathtaking jewels by Glynneth B. Jewelry and avant-garde magic ensues. All three seem to have a deep affinity for looks that evoke glam, punk, fantasy and drama, which likely suggests why their designs totally rock together! Most people dress up outrageously only once a year, but to these outlandish style icons, it’s Halloween every day!
Guests traveled from Australia, Brazil, Croatia and beyond to attend this annual fashion fete. Mélange 2013 was a dazzling blend of fashion, music, dance and theatre to celebrate diversity through fashion and the show succeeded in doing just that!
Bay Area designer Topher Adam is the Editor-in-Chief of Dark Beauty Magazine and designer of SX Couture, a uniquely modern yet twisted fashion line. A portion of Mélange’s show was a spin on Dante’s Inferno, and this look
takes a slight nod to both Hell and the Victorian era with the feathered corset and chainmail horned headpiece. And to sexify the look, the model was styled in a crushed satin skirt, black nails, high heels and hot red lips! What a creative contrast!
Adam is known for his glamorously disturbed mind that understands fashion can take any form. The jet-black feathers and chain metalwork on this mask
is an example of how he transforms his fashion into artwork. The bell sleeve knit sweater complements the satin lavender skirt with netting, creating a juxtaposition of romance and intrigue. The model is fully engaged in the energy this style of clothing emits, striking a confident, ready to conquer the world on the runway look!
It’s all about fierce and feminine with this royalty meets military S&M look.
The mask is more like a harness decorated in brass gunmetal and royal blue velvet in a cross. The black lace A-line top provides a sense of femininity to the look while the crown in the middle takes it back to royal military. Hell-witch couture is what you could call this look, especially with the ‘all seeing eye’ on the palm of the hand, going back to the Mélange spin on the theme of Dante’s Inferno. Where doth this maiden’s chariot await?
Rock royalty Punk Kouture, who have designed for Mick Jagger and Nikki Minaj, brought some fabulously sexy and dramatic pieces up from Los Angeles in support of Mélange’s mission. Inspired by 18th century fashion, British designer Punk Kouture is in high demand amongst celebs. Jewelry designer of the stars Glynneth B., also a Brit, has fashioned jewelry for Rhianna, Britney Spears, and Anne Hathaway for the Alice and Wonderland film to name a few. The Couture Press model looks simply divine in Punk’s crimson and black bustier with gold brocade at the bodice and lace along the top. The tutu style skirt is sassy while the jewelry brings the signature fierce and feminine that is the infamous Glynneth B. Choosing the black horn rings with dangling razors and steel cuffs was certainly a fashion risk, in the right direction! I love the headdress made of ruby colored beads and hints of gold. The steel and onyx cuffs and cross necklace provide an essence of dark beauty to this Victorian style dress.
This Punk Kouture dress is a whimsical wonder where fierce meets romantic.
I love the brass and rose gold choker and spiked shoulder pads that emulate the style of the headdress. The array of colors of the stones on the bustier are captivating while the lavender crisscross straps lend a bit of girlish charm. In fact, the model almost looks like a fairy with the netting hanging beneath the rust colored skirt. Once again we see Glynneth B’s black horn rings, adding a mélange of style. The nude platform pumps add length to the model’s lovely stems,
which is always on trend!
These two standout creations by Punk Kouture
emit the essence of his inspiration, his estate in England, Hatfield House where Queen Elizabeth the First resided in the 15th Century. The British flag is paid homage to with a unique twist. The long blonde hair on the shoulder pads is likely a nod to Punk himself. I love the mask made of metal, spikes and stones and the pearl choker and chain. Punk Kouture’s entire line of hats, boots and apparel are reminiscent of a bygone era of Lords and Ladies, Dukes and Duchesses, Counts and Countesses. The rhinestone embellished brassiere and skirt incorporates opulence and playfulness with the royal look. Her pink faux fur capelet lends a sense of high society to an otherwise sexy ensemble. Punk uses his signature fabrics in both looks, recycled and vintage materials.
The Executive Producers of Mélange 2013 iCu Network and Couture Press did an amazing job with making the show such a success. I would like to send a thank you to Robert Silver the Director of Photography that day for the amazing images. There’s so much to look forward to for next year!