Palm trees, sunsets, movie stars, and Lincourt Pinot Noir.
PHLEMUNS x 2013 Lincourt Pinot Noir
Though glimmering in sun soaked Hollywood majesty, Los Angeles has long had a presence not exactly esteemed and revered when it comes to the fashion world. New York has long remained the sole reference for American fashion. But, we sit on the precipice of change and the winds of inspiration have shifted along with much else. With a strong manufacturing and textile presence, Los Angeles is encouraging new forms of design and business.
The seeds are quickly sprouting already with the newly formed LA Fashion Awards and has been attended by everyone from Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, Nicole Richie, The Weeknd and much of fashion's glitterati. Creative Director of Saint Laurent, Hedi Slimane, moved his studio to LA in 2008 after taking over the brand and has since churned out a wicked, brusque, rock and roll aesthetic that dances between polished and wannabe grunge. (His latest pre fall show in February was set at The Palladium.) The spirit of Los Angeles is infectious and fashion is not only bending to its will but birthing new talent.
One such talent is Justin Flemons, a LA based designer building more esteem with each passing collection of his line, PHLEMUNS. Dreaming up new dimensions and silhouettes for both genders that are already very recognizable – signature design schematics featuring shin length trousers, large lace up details in the most interesting of places and ‘shoulderless’ dresses that fall way past your shoulders and play upon a whole new patch of skin above the bust, a look that has already entranced the likes of Solange Knowles.
Los Angeles and California at large has long had a feeling of wildness and adventure without the hardness of New York. The 2013 Lincourt Pinot Noir is like that – young and brisk, made less than 2 hours away in Santa Barbara. It begins tart due to notes of boysenberry and plum skins and when aerated offers a more balanced earthy, woody mouth feeling (cedar and black pepper). Decanting the Lincourt Pinot Noir will allow the sediment to stay put and offer a clear garnet hue. Imagine what the LA fashion scene will do with a similar bit of breathing room and experience. The possibilities are endless.
Lincourt Pinot Noir x PHLEMUNS
Contributor: Moeima Dukuly is a Brooklyn based lover of the things that look good, sound good, feel good and/or taste good, especially while discussing or writing on extremely high brow or low brow subject matters. No wine glass can refuse her lipstick stains.