When you hear the word “Antidote”, the last thing you’d expect – probably right after glittery pink unicorn muffins – would be an edgy-round-the-clock fashion collection. But that’s exactly what the creative head behind The Order revealed as this year’s must-have autumn/winter collection.
Nicole Maret’s designs are certainly not for the faint-hearted. But if you want to channel your inner rebel, you might just need a dose of Antidote! Her creations give me major Taylor Momsen vibes, that’s for sure and we all know that girl knows, how to rock ‘n roll!
The label focuses heavily on black and sheer materials with some white pieces thrown into the mix. Speaking of mixing, I looked into the materials The Order uses and was surprised to see rather unexpected combinations, such as silk, vinyl, cotton and satin combined with hand-embroidered leather and hand-stamped logos.
I like The order’s unique approach of going against the norm and taking risks. So far, what you see on the high street, are see-through bags at best. Also those were already “in” in Japan years ago and only slowly made their way to the western market. (If you are interested in Japanese fashion, I can highly recommend giving The Universal Doll a read, for example her post where she touched on said see-through trend in Japan, which dates back to 2012!). So it’s very refreshing to see a designer push “sheer and clear” on the western market, so to speak.
For those of you who don’t want to work their 9-5 in see-through garments there’s still a few pieces you can wear without showing too much skin. Check out this outfit, for example! And in case the tee is not office approved I can totally see items from The Order combined with some awesome Daniela Dalavalle for any kind of job situation! I could even see this as an outstanding combination for a job interview!
Now after all the praise, let’s talk money and logistics, because that stuff is important, right?
The Order is a small, Chicago based label. But don’t you worry, you don’t have to beam yourselves to Illinois because you can simply check out The Order’s website and…well.. order there (now wasn’t that a clever pun). From what I saw on their website they ship outside the US, too.
Their items are made to order, so it will take a couple weeks to produce the garments you chose. With this in mind let me quote part of their terms and conditions as found on their website: “[…] You will have up to 14 days after purchase to exchange items purchased for different items, or exchange for store credit. Exchanges/credits will only be given once original merchandise has been received on our end. We do not offer refunds for merchandise at this time […]”
Don’t expect the Antidote collection to be cheap. The Order is not a chain like Hollister or Zara but a small US-based label. Considering the work, time and money that goes into each piece of clothing the price tag comes at no surprise. If you are short on money you might not want to make the decision which item you want to call your own lightly. See it as an investment piece that you will wear with pride time and time again. Also, considering the “no refund policy”, I suggest to make sure which size to pick before you order.
There is a size chart on their website but there are no measurements! Like I already said in my tips and tricks on how to shop clothes online: the best way to avoid a fitting disaster is to know your own measurements as well as the measurements of the retailer to pick the corresponding size. So if you are unsure, I suggest you drop them a line.
Now last but not least I will leave you with a few images of the items I would love to get my hands on!
PHOTOGRAPHER : KIRSTEN MICCOLI
MODELS: KAPRICE IMPERIAL & ASHLEY HELLER
HAIR/MAKEUP: JENNA BALTES
CONCEPT: NICOLE MARET
The images were kindly sent to me but this post is not sponsored.