Black Stripes London X Stevie Crowne

Over the weekend, I was included as a part of the cast for the Black Stripes fashion show on Brick Lane, East London.

Black Stripes is a local upstart brand which specializes in painted leather garments. It is equal parts grunge aesthetics mixed with glamorous rock and roll vintage pieces. Below are a few photographs by Anna Stefani and video footage from my cell phone.

Visit https://www.blkstripes.shop/ to order yourself a customized painted jacket!

I am also taking commissions for masks and crowns as usual! Email info@steviecrowne.com to enquire.

I styled my Black Stripes custom jacket with a chrome crown + French sequin lace mask, a reworked embellished mesh Thrasher muscle tee, denim trousers from my FW19 R.P.M collection, and cuff trimmings leftover from our most recent Liberty Truism Collection!

British Fashion Icon Daniel Lismore

Daniel is somebody I have admired greatly in the art-fashion world for years now. From giving @ted talks that are truly revolutionary; specifically in relation to living your life as a work of art, producing out of this world style-art exhibitions which translate into living sculptural fantasies, and also being described by @voguemagazine as England’s most eccentric dresser.
Daniel also facilitates some of the greatest spaces on Clubhouse that have made thousands feel included alongside myself and has co-hosted talks with other major style icons I look up to such as Daphne Guinness & Roisin Murphey, who I recently was able to speak with; something I never thought would be possible for a long time in a post-pandemic world.
Thank you for your contributions to our industry and the people in it! It’s never easy starting over again in a new city, let alone in a new country while expanding a brand to the global marketplace. Your energy, your togetherness, and your creative light is something I wish we saw more of on this planet! 🥰 👑 🌍
Livestream footage of Daniel post photoshoot
Made to measure and featuring braided chain trimmings and greek key stitch embroidered chrome with hand sewn diamanté embellishments accented by silver pyramid studs.
Behind the scenes footage of crown production

British Entertainment Personality Naomi Isted

Custom tee & beanie
Here is the TikTok video which features the behind the scenes process!
Naomi opening up the package and giving it a positive review.

It was a pleasure to collaborate with Naomi on these customized pieces from my Liberty Truism collection!

Every piece from my capsule line and brand in general is customizable to each person upon request! I enjoy hearing my clients’ requests and making something that is only for them!

FASHION FOR HUNGER SALE AND FUNDRAISER

To celebrate inclusivity, coming together, and to support equal distribution of fundamental human needs, I am ecstatic to announce my collection sale and fundraiser, “FASHION FOR HUNGER”.

To launch this project, I will be reducing the prices on every garment and accessory on StevieCrowne.com/shop and for each item sold, I will be paying the difference directly to “RHYTHMS OF LIFE” charity. I will also be matching the first five sales in donation value entirely.

Rhythms of life International
Based in London, Rhythms of Life is a registered charity, dedicated to providing help and support for the vulnerable; homeless and rough sleepers. Founded in May 2008, Rhythms of Life provides free hot meals and daily food parcels to our beneficiaries 365 days a year.
Visit www.rhythmsoflife.org.uk to read more into how this charity works with London’s homeless and how YOU can get involved as well!

It is my privilege to intertwine a capsule collection with a charitable cause that makes a difference in peoples lives, every single day. What inspires me so deeply is that throughout this entire pandemic, Rhythms of Life has been working around the clock day in and day out to continually show up for those less fortunate.

COVID-19 has worsened predicaments for many people. A common phrase that has been said this year is that we are all in this together. Quite frankly I don’t believe that this phrase is true sometimes. The truth is that many people are being divided, forgotten, and being put into more and more life or death situations just to survive day to day. Please join me this season in taking action!

https://www.justgiving.com/rhythmsoflife

Attached above is also a link to their Giving Fundraiser where you can donate ANY amount to help! Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

THE MAKING OF: LIBERTY TRUISM

With the debut UK launch successfully completed on the 11th, I have been nothing but contented to have been able to use the following days to recollect footage and relish in the behind the scenes footage I took of the process from start to finish.

The Liberty Truism capsule collection was entirely sourced in London, UK. It was halfway designed in East London (Shoreditch to be exact), and finished in Marylebone. We shot the lookbook + campaign in Hyde Park, the Buckingham Palace Canada Gate, and Admiralty Arch near Trafalgar square. This line was a true miracle as this was the first time navigating a new country, supply shopping, and conceptualizing the ideas on the spot.

Designing a collection during COVID-19 had its ups and downs. I had been released from my quarantine on October 30th, and had five days before the November 5th national lockdown to be exact to find an ethical supplier of t shirts, garment printers, label makers and haberdasheries that would pull my collection together at its foundation. I knew that I needed to provide myself and others with messages of hope during this time of massive change, culture shock, and tightened government restrictions. I also knew that I needed to produce a range of clothing and accessories that were true to my brands’ DNA but could also be worn at home and could inspire the wearer more literally than my previous collections.

Below are the stages of production of the Liberty Truism collection.

SOURCING/TRUISM CONCEPTION

I was adamant that I invest in the quality of trimmings, threads, haberdashery, and sewing machine. This move was an entire reboot in terms of the way I plan to approach my collections and I am privileged to be given the chance to use top of the line supplies in my upcycling strategies. It was important to me from the beginning that my branding didn’t get lost in this capsule collection either. The truisms needed to be given justice and complimented with the most attention to detail.

The truisms I chose were carefully selected from dozens of ideas that I had ruminated on since September 2020. This year was a massive protest in many ways. It was the underdogs and marginalized voices who were given the forefront in the face of discriminations, inequality, and flat out injustice. I believe that this heavily inspired me in the way I approached which words I chose. I believe in universal and global togetherness and that many of us at the end of the day feel the same way; but we also must pay our due diligence to those who are struggling with deeper systemic issues in which we can assist in raising awareness with.

T-SHIRT PRODUCTION

Although coming up with the exact Truisms to use carefully and with relevance took effort, it was the trimming, embellishing, and everything to do with that process that took up a majority of the time with these range of designs. I customized the relief nylon so it would work well as a cuff trimming. To follow, I hand placed every single safety pin, pressed each fusible stud, and hand basted every chain detail to assure it was all according to symbiotic measurement. The mixture of textures was incredibly important to me and I spent hours and hours of producing this to my maximum potential on a time crunch.

Also, with having purchased a brand new singer machine with close to 60 options of stitches available, I wanted to add that extra minimal detail of greek cross-top stitches on select garments as well as a sound wave top-stitches onto the chrome trimmings.

ACCESSORIES PRODUCTION

It was important to me this time around to produce accessories that were in unison with the main designs and to make them with aligned aesthetics. I want them to be worn separately with my clientele’s wardrobes while still being a conversation piece or to be worn with the collection designs. The crowns were the first to be produced. I took pride in making sure they were structured and before they were ready for the braided chain trimmings, relief nylon trims, top stitching, and fusible studs. Afterwards came the masks which were made in the same vison and embellishment patterns.

The bracelets were a last minute addition I decided to produce days before the lookbook shoot. I wanted a cuff that also showed skin beneath the crown motif; it adds character and made the contrast between skin and chain more noticeable. It can be worn with other bracelets or alone.

Here are some closeup shots of the final products. Thank you for reading and I hope to see you in the new collection! Custom versions can be made available to suit each customers’ tastes and preferences while the ready to wear collection can be quickly purchased on StevieCrowne.com/Shop.

Stevie Crowne Limited

Today the Stevie Crowne Limited brand was incorporated on British soil; specifically in London, UK. I’ve worked so hard for the last ten years day in and day out to make this move and to make this once local and sustainable brand into an internationally legitimate label and enterprise. My company promise and mission statement will be posted this week. I thank all of my customers, clients, and supporters globally who have supported me and I can’t wait to show you what I have planned next!

Custom Commissioned Crowns

I recently was commissioned to do matching crowns for a client and his niece. I decided upon receiving the order to recycle the last fabrics I had prior to leaving my former studio in Canada. Below is the behind the scenes process. These scraps were leftovers from FW18, SS19, and SS2020 collections which was a total blast from the past.

 

Recycled alligator turquoise vinyl trimmed with holographic material from my SS19 ENERGY NEVER DIES collection.
Recycled painted yellow and blue denim from my SS19 ENERGY NEVER DIES collection
Recycled cherry red vinyl with a mesh overlay from my FW18 PEACE OF WAR collection.
Recycled black and white leather crown from my unused one off fabric leftovers archive.
Recycled denim and sequin lace crown using leftover materials from my SS2020 ZENITH EUNOIA Collection

While I was in a creative and inspired mood on the spot, I also made a matching mask to go with the crown!