If there’s one thing Death by Drone is not, it’s boring.
A white cotton sateen dress. A tiny print. A classic silhouette.
But look closer. A pilgrim stuck headlong in a pile of strawberries. A baby in her christening gown looks on. What does it all mean?
Take your best guess. Stir up conversation. Ponder. Ruminate.
Or just give ‘em your best cryptic smile, slowly turn and saunter away. With its surprise dipped back, they’ll never know you have no idea either. Sometimes it’s just better to leave things unsaid.
Another deal on a Death by Drone dress. This time, it’s their “Evil Eye Through The Garden of Suffocation” dress. Yes it’s quite a mouthful. But what a conversation starter! From afar, the dress looks like nothing more than a gorgeous ’50s inspired cocktail dress, littered with pretty flowers. Up close, notice the gleaming jewel in the unicorn’s eye and the darkly whimsical subtext.
Tiff, a Singaporean-Chinese Parsons grad, is obsessed with woman-children, food, stuffed animals and sticky situations. So when she met like-minded Deb while studying at Parsons School of Design in New York, the two couldn’t help but collaborate. The result is Death by Drone, the darkly whimsical, ironic clothing line.
“Our work is created for the mischievous woman-children of the universe who live in candy thatched huts and enjoy wandering through overgrown forests with a toy scottie,” says Tiff.
Eccentric? In the fashion world, that’s just another word for interesting.
It shows in the designs. Like their “The Birds of Mastyivus” dress. Oh-so ladylike in its construction, but with a kooky bird print that from far away looks like cute little cherries or flowers.
With detailed, gotta-see-it-up-close illustrations hand-printed on their clothing and accessories, Death by Drone merges children’s stories with psychedelic rock for a very grown-up aesthetic.
Asian American designer Ellen Himic draws inspiration for her eponymous jewelry line from the grand cathedrals of Europe. One of my favorites is the Rosette ring from her “Corinthian” collection. It’s everything I want for spring — floral-inspired, pastel-hued and bold.