Eddie Borgo finds sparkle in the streets

When’s the last time you really looked at your surroundings?

Eddie Borgo’s inspiration for his classic collection comes directly from the geometrics of everyday objects, familiar to anyone walking the concrete jungle. Latches from gates, padlocks, domes, cones – and other shapes that you see everyday, but can miss entirely, are given new life in his designs. These objects have a certain character to them, and give off a very tough exterior; they’re functional shapes, with a specific purpose – to keep people in or keep people out.

Eddie’s classic collection reinterprets these silhouettes into something striking. His workmanship is precise; he chooses brilliant stones and luxurious finishes that refine these familiar, everyday objects. His gift is in foresight; he sees materials in a way that we ordinarily wouldn’t think mesh well, but come together beautifully under his hand, such as rubber coated  metal.

Our video interview with Eddie, in which he speaks further about his inspirations and his love of costume jewelry, is coming up next.


Rectangle Estate drop earrings and necklace

Rectangle Estate drop earrings and necklace

Multi-stone Pyramid Bracelets

Multi-stone Pyramid Bracelets

Assorted gemstone cone bracelets

Assorted gemstone cone bracelets

Fancy footwork: Meet Edgardo Osorio of Aquazzura

The last few seasons have seen a departure from the paradigm of the “higher is better” platform heavy, over-adorned shoes that dominated all subsets of fashion for years. There’s been a shift towards simplicity, that goes beyond a penchant for the monochromatic or interest in Normcore; it’s a desire to get back to the basics.

An emphasis on classic, well made shoes rather than statement pieces is what today’s luxury customer is after, and it’s what a brand like women’s shoe line Aquazzura is offering.

The line created by Edgardo Osorio, has seen a tremendous growth in just three years. His shoes are well thought out, carefully researched and made to endure. Edgardo uses a soft, supple cashmere leather, which has been patented for Aquazzura. He focuses on clean lines and shapes, which flatter women of all ages. His design aesthetic revolves around the notion of a shoe which is sexy and sophisticated at the same time.

For Edgardo, it’s all about pleasing the women he dresses. He’s had a global upbringing, born in Colombia, with time spent in Miami, school in London and now living and working in Florence. His shoes are a reflection of the universal needs of all women: reliable shoes that look great and are bearable for more than just a dinner party.

Although only 28, Edgardo’s already had a lengthy tutelage under Italian accessory designers. He’s designed for Salvatore Ferragamo, René Caovilla and was the head of accessories for Roberto Cavalli. His own line, while very different from the aforementioned, has picked up the right cues from his previous mentors – good materials solely produced in Italy and a real sense of artisan, all signs of longevity.

We visited Edgardo at Holt Renfrew and viewed his F/W 14 collection, a mashup of classic shapes and colorful hues (crimson was our favorite). We watched him sketch for a while, and asked him to share with us how the freedom of his own line has opened him up creatively and he spoke to us about his lifelong love of shoes and why comfort is not a dirty word.

Aquazzura brings sophistication to comfort

Aquazzura is all about sensual sensibility.

The women’s shoe line was launched by Edgardo Osorio in 2011 and has already garnered a reputation for its sleek design and comfortable leathers.


Edgardo Osorio of Aquazzura

Giambattista Valli once said that the hardest thing in fashion is not to be known for a logo, but known for a silhouette. For Edgardo, his signature lays in the ergonomic factor of his shoes. He chooses to work with a special cashmere suede (specifically patented for Aquazzura). He’s studied how balance is split between the ball, sole and arch of the foot. Edgardo is more concerned with the feel and look of the shoe on the woman, versus having the shoe be a flashy, uncomfortable accoutrement.

Thunder Bootie

Thunder Bootie

His passion for both design and the comfort of his customer are telltale signs of the longevity for Aquazzura. The brand’s underlying philosophy seems to be suave but wearable.

We spent some time with Edgardo (and his shoes) when he visited Holt Renfrew and he summed it up best by telling us, “If you’re not comfortable, you’re not sexy.”


Follow Me Bootie

Follow Me Bootie

Follow Me Bootie

Next we’ll be sharing with you our video interview, stay tuned.


Sexy Fringe Bootie



New York Fashion Film Festival founders explore the genre of fashion films

Each year, the New York Fashion Film Festival gathers aficionados of fashion and film for an evening of exploration and discussion about this new genre of fashion film. The festival is a collaborative effort between Stephen Frailey, Bon Duke, Chris Labzda and Jimmy Moffat and is held at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan.

The festival highlights the best fashion films of the year, and doesn’t differentiate between films shot by novice filmmakers and those backed by big budgets and a Coppola. Showcasing emerging talent is important to the founders of the festival, as the genre of fashion film continues to mold and evolve. In the last decade the prominence of fashion films have grown exponentially. Easier access to equipment, and the ‘more-is-more’ work ethic we’ve adapted to as a society has lead creatives to explore their talents in many different fields . This kind of attitude is what has allowed fashion designers such as Tom Ford the opportunity to try their hand at directing. The festival echoes this attitude, as it offers a platform for directors who are able to work in different disciplines.

Fashion films demand a fine balance – they must be able to show the clothing without actually having the clothes overpower the narrative – to sell without being overt. Fashion films continue to grow and evolve each season as it becomes increasingly more popular for fashion houses to show a video alongside each collection. It’s been a fast turn around time, helped by the advent of social media and the global reach of these films. And they do not disappoint. From elaborate, sweeping productions to reviving hilarious sitcom characters, directors have blended so many genres to create the new genre of fashion film.

Because fashion films have become so integral to the business of fashion in such a short amount of time, it leads to many questions about its future in fashion. What other interactive opportunities could come from the merging of fashion and video? Will still images and fashion films live side by side?

We headed to Manhattan to interview three of the four partners of the New York Fashion Film Festival, and asked them to share with us their opinion on what makes a good fashion film, their first recollection of a fashion film and their plans for opening up the festival in other markets.


Check out our favorite films by Monica Menez, Danny Sangra and Gareth Pugh 

Fashion film director and photographer Bon Duke on the importance of communication

New rules. It’s the unspoken mantra that is moving the creatives of today. Everyone is looking for fresh ways to push ideas forward, to do things as they’ve never been done before. It’s an emboldening time to be an artist; you get to open all of your own doors, or maybe decide they aren’t doors at all. From Beyoncé dropping her album at midnight with no promotion, to the legions of street artists that are earning an income from “defacing” property, there is no form of conventionality when art and commerce are joined.

The outcome of a multitasking society is the multi-professional – someone who can cohesively manage several occupations in different fields. It’s a difficult balancing act, the key to longevity seems to be the ability to perform well in each sector, and there is no one doing it better than Bon Duke. He’s a Brooklyn (born and raised) based fashion photographer/director/co-founder of the New York Fashion Film Festival. He graduated from the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan with a masters in photography and film and since than has platooned forward shooting Alexa Chung for the cover of Time Out, celebrity portraits for Ciara and Eve for Block Magazine  and filmed with Nowness for Chloe . His videos are an enchanting mix of expression and emotion with a suggestion of something more sinister.

Bon toys with all of the perceptions of the fashion industry. He understands how to blend fashion seamlessly into his videos without it making it all about the clothing. His videos have a vision, a narrative, in a few minutes, you’re transported, made to feel something, beyond an admiration for the shoes.

He’s accomplished so much in a short period of time, yet his aspirations only climb higher. He’s looking into some entrepreneurial options and hopes to one day create a scholarship program at his alma matter. Beyond all of his accolades, Bon is an example that the ceiling is only as high as you set it.

We visited his Brooklyn studio mostly to hang out and watch him paint, but also asked him to share with us his thoughts on his love of photography, how he learned to communicate and why doing just one thing isn’t enough.