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Cloak & Dagger

  • December 12th, 2008 | Have a Seat

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    Brookelynn Starnes started Cloak & Dagger, a women’s clothing line, in 2006. Calling upon her interest in vintage fashion and her styling background, the line has continued to develop an identity in the independent young-designer market. Based in Brooklyn, New York, Starnes also consults on the men’s and women’s collections for Libertine. This fall we featured Cloak & Dagger’s cropped motorcycle jackets in our stores and they were a total hit. Emily Basenberg works in the Steven Alan Showroom, which represents Cloak & Dagger, and asked Brookelynn some questions for the Journal.


    SA: What is available now?

    BROOKELYNN: The Cloak & Dagger Fall 2008 collection is currently in stores as well as the collaboration that I did with Steven Alan, which was great. It was our first effort and I look forward to doing much more with him. I also work very closely with my publicist, Lisa Kihara, in creating the collection. She is my mirror.

    SA: The vintage elements and feel of Cloak & Dagger are never costumey, but quite charming. How do you keep your vintage influences modern?

    BROOKELYNN: I like to reference vintage but never literally. Women don’t often wear many of the vintage silhouettes anymore, but many of them have great details. I try to create something that borrows from the feeling of vintage garments but interpret them into something a woman today would feel comfortable in and want to wear.

    SA: Do you consider outerwear the crux of Cloak & Dagger? I feel like buyers seek out your blazers and coats. This is not an easy category to design well! How did it become a specialty of yours?

    BROOKELYNN: The outerwear comes very naturally to me, so they are the easiest pieces to design. I love using very heavy-weight fabrics that tailor
    very nicely and hold shape.

    SA: “Heavy-weight” and “shaped” are quite a divergence from the diaphanous, sexy look of the Spring 2008 collection. How do these contrasting ideas work in your design process?

    BROOKELYNN: I love the contrast between hard and soft lines. There is quite a bit of chiffon in the fall collection, and I think that helps tie together the seasons. More importantly though, when I design, I do so with the brand in mind. It has to feel like Cloak & Dagger or it’s not considered.

    SA: How would you describe the spring 2009 line?

    BROOKELYNN: I would describe the spring ’09 collection as a hyper-feminine and flirtatious take on summertime style.

    SA: Tell us a little more about your background as a stylist.

    BROOKELYNN: I was introduced to someone who booked tailoring jobs for major designers and things snowballed from there. That is how I got into it. I’ve worked with amazing designers such as Prada, Valentino, Thakoon. I’ve worked among top stylists like Rachel Zoe and Brauna Wolfe; photographer Steven Meisel; as well as actresses Drew Barrymore and Maggie Gyllenhaal. I don’t do it anymore simply because I don’t have the time, though I would love to see Kate Moss or Kirsten Dunst wearing the line! I have a lot to do with the styling of the collection. I guess that is how I keep at it.

    For further information please visit:
    www.cloakanddaggernyc.com

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2 Responses to “Cloak & Dagger”

  1. eve says:

    love this collection! nice to learn more about this talented designer!

  2. [...] Brookelynn Starnes, who in 2006 started Cloak & Dagger, likes to reference vintage but never literally.  Says Starnes, “Women don’t often wear many of the vintage silhouettes anymore, but many of them have great details. I try to create something that borrows from the feeling of vintage garments but interpret them into something a woman today would feel comfortable in and want to wear.”  With a background in styling and an interest in vintage fashion and design, Starnes also consults on the men’s and women’s collections for Libertine.  The past fall Steven Alan featured Cloak & Dagger’s cropped motorcycle jackets and they were a huge success.  When asked about the spring ‘09 collection Starnes said she would describe it as a “hyper-feminine and flirtatious take on summertime style.”  Via Steven Alan. [...]

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