Richie Sambora and Nikki Lund's WTB Fall 2011 at NY Fashion Week (exclusive with Video)
Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora and musician/designer Nikki Lund debuted their White Trash Beautiful Fall 2011 Collection for the first time during NY Fashion Week. Sambora, the longtime lead guitarist for Bon Jovi and Lund, who has an extensive background in fashion design (and also in music, with the band "Secret Mind") started WTB in 2009. The collection is what you might expect from rock stars---edgy with a lot of black leather---but it is also feminine with plenty of silk chiffons and taffetas also featured. The collection was presented by STYLE360 (and sponsored by Polaroid Sunglasses), a multi-day showcase during NY Fashion Week. STYLE360 is a joint-venture between Hachette Filipacchi Media and A-List Communciations.
"This collection is about being fierce, independent, bold and luxurious," Lund told Luxist. "It's all about passion. We are passionate about fashion. We also love music. Its amazing. We have a really good juxtaposition. Richie is an expert in his field of music and also fashion. We have a good back and forth here."
WTB's Fall 2011 Collection featured several cocktail dresses, including a sharp black laser cut leather keyhole skinny dress. Gowns featured included a silver silk strapless beauty with tulle overlay and another made of silver mesh that was backless with long sleeves. Many of the models were outfitted with gorgeous sunglasses provided by Polaroid Eyewear.
WTB will soon launch its first mens' collection. "We are going to start with a smattering in the spring," says Sambora. "I wear WTB on stage. All my street clothes are WTB. So I am the only man who actually has WTB right now. So I am exclusive!"
Though Sambora may be the only one who owns pieces from WTB's yet-to-be released line for men, he is not the only male celebrity who can be seen wearing it. Indeed, according to Lund and Sambora, country music star, Brad Paisley is a fan of the line as well.
"Brad borrowed my clothes for the CMT Music Awards and also wore them on the CMA (Country Music Awards)," adds Sambora. "Brad called us four days before the CMTs. We were dressing Kellie Pickler and Carrie Underwood, but didn't have the time to fit him. So I talked to him and I said 'hey Brad, what size are you?' When he said he was a 43 I told him I would just send him some of my stuff! I was surprised that he said 'yeah, OK'. He ended up wearing my stuff on the show with Carrie Underwood and they did a duet."
WTB is available for purchase at many fine boutiques across the country, including Patricia Field in New York, Forgotten Saints in Hollywood, Ca. and Flavour Clothing in Nashville, Tenn. White Trash Beautiful will be opening its own boutique on Melrose in Los Angeles this spring.