FashionAll The Rage

Headphones are making a loud fashion statement

FashionL.A.M.B.Jennifer LopezVersace

The next head-turning women's fashion tech accessory is a pair of headphones.

At least that's what L.A.-based music world stylist/fashion designer Andrea Lieberman and Encinitas-based electronics brand Frends are hoping. They've collaborated on two new styles of fashionable headphones that will be sold exclusively at the Intermix boutique on Robertson Boulevard and at Intermixonline.com beginning May 29.

Drew Barrymore, Anne Hathaway and other celebs have already been photographed sporting Frends' stylish "Layla" and "Taylor" headphones plugged into their portables, with jewelry-inspired rose or yellow gold ear caps. But the limited-edition A.L.C. for Frends collaboration takes the "Layla" ($225) and "Taylor" ($275) styles into new territory, with quilted leather ear caps in black or white. Think of them as something akin to a go-anywhere, little black (or white) quilted bag.

"We are all connected through technology and our hand-held devices," says Keir Dillon, a former pro-snowboarder who co-founded Frends in 2006 and launched its first women's headphone styles in 2012. "With our headphones, we want to give women another way to express themselves, and we hope they will want to have multiple pairs to match their outfits."

For Lieberman, who established Jennifer Lopez as a fashion figure by putting her in that plunging green Versace dress at the 2000 Grammys and helped create Gwen Stefani's style persona and L.A.M.B. fashion collection before launching her own A.L.C. label in 2009, the project was a no-brainer. "They're fashionable but low key," she says of the headphones. "They fit into our modern black-and-white aesthetic. And a leather jacket was one of the first pieces we started with at A.L.C., so quilted leather headphones felt so natural."

Personally, I hope this is the start of many more designer headphone collaborations.

Incidentally, hip-hop mogul Dr. Dre, who created the popular Beats by Dre headphones in 2008, is also turning an ear toward the fashionable female customer, with the Beats Mixr headphones ($249.95) now available in limited-edition neon colors for summer.

booth.moore@latimes.com

Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times
Related Content
FashionL.A.M.B.Jennifer LopezVersace
  • Image Print Section

    .galleryModule { border-bottom: 1px dotted #dddddd; padding-bottom: 10px; } .galleryModule .thumbnail { background-color: #F2F2F2; padding: 10px; margin: 0px 15px 5px 0px; } .mainPhoto { display: none; } .description a { color: #2262cc; }

  • Melissa McCarthy joins the ranks of celebrity fashion moguls
    Melissa McCarthy joins the ranks of celebrity fashion moguls

    Emmy-winning, Oscar-nominated actress Melissa McCarthy is the latest star to jump on the celebrity fashion brand bandwagon according to a report in fashion industry trade paper WWD, which reports McCarthy has inked a deal with Sunrise Brands to "create a fashion line, including accessories...

  • Shinola opens West Coast flagship in Silver Lake
    Shinola opens West Coast flagship in Silver Lake

    Shinola -- the brand of watches, leather goods and bicycles that adopted the name of a vintage shoe polish when it sprang to life in 2011 -- opened its first West Coast flagship on Friday.

  • Is dyed armpit hair the next big beauty trend?
    Is dyed armpit hair the next big beauty trend?

    Julia Roberts caused quite the media frenzy when the actress showed up at her 1999 movie premiere of "Notting Hill" with unshaven armpits. She proudly waved raised arms to her fans, not caring about the patches of hair under her arms catching the light of dozens of camera flashes.

  • 'Wizard of Oz' Cowardly Lion costume fetches more than $3 million
    'Wizard of Oz' Cowardly Lion costume fetches more than $3 million

    A Cowardly Lion costume worn by Bert Lahr in the 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz" sold for more than $3 million at a New York City auction of Hollywood memorabilia on Monday, according to the Bonhams New York auction house.

  • GQ's 2014 men of the year include Eddie Redmayne, Chris Pratt
    GQ's 2014 men of the year include Eddie Redmayne, Chris Pratt

    Men's style bible GQ announced its 2014 men of the year Tuesday, a list that includes Eddie Redmayne (dubbed one of the year's "breakout" stars), Chris Pratt (taking "super hero" honors), Steve Carell ("villain") and comedian Dave Chapelle in the "comeback" category. The annual MOTY issue,...

Comments
Loading