The understated label that creates basic, but beautiful, essentials.
THERE ARE A SLEW of well-known labels that every fashion girl has hanging in her closet (Céline, Balenciaga, Zara), and then there are the lesser known designers. These labels may not be as prominent as their counterparts, but they have just as much to say. They are the pieces that form the building blocks of a closet—staples like a great pair of culottes, a skirt, a simple top. Things that you end up reaching for everyday without even realizing it. However, they’re far from simple. The fabrication of a silk dress or the cut of a pair of culottes can transform a simple garment into something special.
Objects Without Meaning does just that. Launched by designer Alexandra Michelle in 2011, the minimalist, '70s-esque label focuses on developing clothing that emphasizes the wearer rather than the garment. The focus of each collection is on the simplicity of its materials and the forms they take, and each piece is designed as a vessel to be filled by the wearer.
"Objects without meaning is an expression of a need for simplicity and grace in clothes."
Based in California, Australian-born Michelle lived around the globe holding various positions with major fashion companies (most of them retail-based) before deciding to launch her line. Her mission: to create honest, effortless clothing that carries no baggage. Rather than adhering to trends, the brand builds upon its vocabulary of forms and materials each season, creating a continual dialogue from one season to the next. Each piece is made in Los Angeles, where it embodies the laid-back vibe and ease of the city.
Consisting of basic silhouettes like heavy pea coats, pleated silk tank dresses that fall just beneath the knee and ribbed, knit tank tops, Michelle’s line is simply luxurious. It began as a denim line (or more specifically, denim with no stretch), gathering fans like Kim Gordon and Miranda July for its straight leg jean style, before expanding into a full, ready-to-wear collection.
Soft, neutral colors are Michelle’s trademarks; making each collection more of an addition to the classic pieces she has already created.
1. What do you eat for breakfast?
Mornings are tricky for me because I don't have a lot of time. I usually grab a pastry and enjoy a good cup of coffee in the morning. In my 20's I travelled trough Italy and fell in love with the culture, including their coffee. A shot of espresso takes me back every time!
2. What was your last dream about?
I haven't dreamt in a while, but the last dream I remember I was pregnant. Apparently it means a new beginning.
3. If you could have any super power, what would it be?
Super powers sound amazing! My son is six so I spend a lot time playing boy games and super heroes is always at the top of the list. I would say flying powers. I love to travel, so I'd fly all over the world.
4. What is your spirit animal?
I think it's a horse! Someone told me that once. Horses have a lot of will and aren't afraid to move forward. I guess that's how I live my life… running forward.
5. What is your greatest creative achievement?
This is a tough question to answer because I have such high expectations for myself. I feel like the older I get, the more creative I am. Ask me this when I'm in my 60's, I'm sure I'll have an answer.
6. If you could swap lives with anyone in history (alive or dead), who would it be?
I wish I could play music because I appreciate it so much! I would love to switch my life with a musician. It would probably be David Bowie. He was so talented and blows my mind every time.
7. What is your favorite song?
It so hard to choose! I would say at the moment, Nick Cave. I've been listening to his music a lot lately.
8. Favorite artists?
Again, it's not easy to choose just one! I'm inspired by so many artists. I would have to say Georgia O'Keeffe.
9. If you could wear one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Jeans and a tee shirt all day everyday!
10. Any hidden talents?
I'm a really good cook! I love food and love using my hands. Cooking is a creative outlet for me and eating the results is so rewarding!