When I think of what is iconically sexy, sure, images such as a poised and perfect Jackie O, or a prim and proper Audrey Hepburn, are in the back of my mind. But, more in the forefront is the image of an icon who, as cliche as may be, was really one of the first to challenge the society’s concept of a “lady”– Madonna. From her virginal debut on the 80s scene complete with lacy leggings and Suddenly Susan motorcycle jacket, to her bondage-tinged 90s Erotica phase, and her current roller-derby inspired look, Madonna has always pushed the envelope, and garnered a lot of respect along the way.
No one knows this better than designer Erin Magee-Albino, the creative brainchild behind NYC label Made Me. A longtime fan of the singer (Erin even has Madonna’s likeness tattood on her!), Made Me’s new Fall 09 collection, appropirately dubbed “Tough Love”, embodies the same spirit of challenging the convention of what sexy really is.
Inspired by androgyny and NYC street sensibility, the collection features traditionally masculine silhouettes in feminine fits, such as the stand-out piece, a butta soft leather motorcycle jacket covered with a beautiful rose print. A studded denim vest is just as tough girl in feel, perfect for layering over the brand’s statement tees and cozy-looking flannels. Erin’s personal favorite piece of the collection–which conveniently enough happens to be mine as well– is a rich grey T, embellished with a ton of intricate cut outs, giving it a hole-effect that is nothing short of simply bad ass! It’s rare that a line so perfectly matches attitude with aesthetic, but this fall Made Me’s delived a sublime collection I am LOVIN’ already!
Channel your inner Madge this fall, get sexy and get tough! Made Me’s Tough Love drops today, so go out and cop these pieces on their website before they sell out!
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