Are detachable men’s collars the next gotta-get accessory for fashionistas and club girls? That’s the plan, at least if the hip grunge-couture label DimePiece has anything to say about it.
The L.A.-based brand has included men’s collars in its catalogue for a couple of years, but this year’s new designs are real attention-getters.
Priced at $40, the Bitches Be Trippin collar (above) almost looks like a DIY fashion statement (until you’ve seen it around a few necks, that is). Too in-your-face? Then try the ironic Holy Cross collar (inset below), a striped pattern or even an elegant plain white. For even greater effect, try multiple versions of the 15-inch neckpiece, as seen below.
DimePiece is a celebrity favorite that specializes in statement-making separates, sometimes literally. Its tees, tops and dresses frequently come emblazoned with pop-art slogans or icons, and you’ve almost certainly seen its Hold Me Tight dress (with the big handprints) on A-listers like Lilo, Katy, Fergie or anyone with the initials KK.
DimePiece isn’t a lingerie label, but its brand new Save No Prayer streetwear collection for spring 2011 includes several striking pieces that show the label has paid close attention to the underwear-as-outwerwear trend.
The overall effect (and it’s intentional) is a self-confident, self-conscious urban look that is just edgy enough to put all those Valley girls who shop at AE and UO in their place.
Designers Ashley Jones and Laura Fama, who started DimePiece in 2007, say the Save No Prayer collection is meant to convey a vision of women who are “aggressive, yet feminine, angelic yet full of sin.”
I’d say they’ve succeeded, particularly with the dramatic rib-cage bandeau and the black corset-like piece with the bold criss-cross pattern. Just keep in mind these are statement pieces to bring out the exhibitionist in you — don’t even think about buying one unless you can see yourself walking along Santa Monica Blvd., trailing a crowd of admirers.
DimePiece designs are available here online, and at numerous urban-chic fashion boutiques around the U.S. Worldwide shipping is available.
The photos below are from DimePiece’s striking spring lookbook, shot by Kathryna Hancock and modeled by Sydney Roper.