Ace Harper Creates Punk Nouveau Clothing Line


Ace Harper has been a backup dancer for Duran Duran, Lenny Kravitz, Jennifer Lopez and Britney Spears and is a singer-songwriter with six albums under her credit. Harper has transitioned into being a fashion designer, releasing her first collection of womenswear that carries a decidedly punk nouveau influence paired with tailored looks and seasonless trends.

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This collection is destined to captivate fashion aficionados seeking to make a statement with their style whilst embracing boldness in every stride they take.

Harper started working on her collection last year with a group of influential individuals on her board of directors. Michelle Stein, the former president of Aeffe USA, which owns Alberta Ferretti, Moschino, Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini, and Pollini, has been one of her most significant mentors. In March, after forty years, Stein took a leave of absence to become a consultant.

“She has really inspired me and helped,” the musician turned creative director said. “She is an incredible mentor of mine and has been a guiding force.”

Also on the board is menswear designer John Varvatos; Francois Kress, previous chief executive officer of Prada and Miu Miu, and Stacie Henderson, chief marketing officer of Tods Group and a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America Black Advisory Board.

Harper wanted to create a clothing collection she and her friends would want to wear at price points considered affordable luxury. Sweaters start at $245, denim goes for $250, a silk blouse fetches $295 while a midi-length dress sells for $550 to $645.

She also wanted styles that are not too complicated but have a certain boldness about them. “I feel like I really design for the everyday, throwing on a sweater and jeans to drop off kids at school, then going to the office with a silk blouse and blazer and then out for cocktails at night, putting on one of our fabulous dresses,” she explained.