Thursday, December 31, 2009
We hope you all had very Happy Holidays and that you find health, happiness and success in the New Year! Let's make 2010 a positive experience and be good to one another!
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Diane Keaton didn’t have to go far to help create a look that changed women’s fashion in the 1977 Oscar-winning Woody Allen comedy Annie Hall; it originated in her own closet. Her eclectic style – mismatched pieces of oversized men’s wear, from floppy hats to baggy chinos, with a Ralph Lauren tie as the coup de gras – sent women running not to boutiques but to the neighborhood thrift shop. It also triggered the renewed popularity of women’s slacks on a par with the craze created in the ‘30s by Marlene Dietrich and Katharine Hepburn. Designer Ruth Morley was not sold on the idea initially but when Keaton showed up for shooting, director Woody Allen insisted, “She’s a genius. Let’s just leave her alone. Let her wear what she wants.” Of course, this movie is pure genius too.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
In yet another article about the fabulous fashion of Mad Men, the NY Times has written about the wave of young men are embracing the “Mad Men” elements of style in a way that the older men never did, still don’t and just won’t. The result is a kind of rift emerging between the generation of men in their 20s and 30s and those in their late 40s and 50s for whom a suit was not merely square but cubed. With its stylish depiction of Kennedy-era New York, Mad Men trim-tailored and dandified clothing has found an exceptional growth, just check out the numerous men’s wear blogs — acontinuouslean.com, dandyism.net, thetrad.blogspot.com or fineanddandyshop.blogspot.com. Check out the slideshow!
During the the Spring 2010 shows in Paris, fashion documentary director Loic Prigent, teamed up with French TV personality Madamoiselle Agnes to do a new documentary, Habillees, which chronicles the search for France's next big design talent, full of great interactions with some of the industry's most iconic figures. But once again, the best comment always come from our favorite fashion ice Queen, Vogue's Anna Wintour, as she takes the opportunity not only to stress the importance of young talent, but also to take a subtle dig at her French counterpart and longtime rival, Carine Roitfeld.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Model Jamie Bochert is having a busy year and this latest photo from the new Lanvin campaign is just another jewel in her crown. These gorgeous action shots were captured of her racing through a New York hallway by photographer Steven Meisel. Previously Miss Bochert has landed the cover of Italian Vogue in September, and stars in the new Marc Jacobs ads coming this month to magazines everywhere.
Vogue is posing this question: who are the best dressed of the decade? Who were your most fashionable women from the last ten years?
Cast your vote now! Vogue has selected the top ten looks from each of the past ten years and would like you to vote. After picking your favorite look from 2000, they’ll direct you to 2001, 2002 and so on; on January 25th they’ll announce the ten winners of the online poll and the winner with the most votes wins the title. See the slideshow to revisit Jennifer Lopez’s Versace to Michelle Obama’s Alaia to Jennifer Connelly’s Balenciaga outing.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
This week's Vanity Fair Italia has a peek at Madonna's ad campaign for Dolce & Gabbana's Sicilian-inspired Spring 2010 collection, shot by Steven Klein. Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, longtime fans of the singer who said at the time of the Italian cinama-influenced shoot last month — “to have Madonna in our campaign is a dream come true” — told the magazine of their choice: "She loved the collection . . . She is passionate and impressively knowledgeable about Italian cinema."
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation has announced ABBA, Genesis, Jimmy Cliff, The Hollies and The Stooges as its 2010 artist inductees. The Hall of Fame has earned a reputation for convincing long dormant groups like Talking Heads and Led Zeppelin to perform at induction ceremonies. Though Graham Nash hopes to play with the Hollies for the first time since 1983 ("I'll be there with bells on," he says), an ABBA reunion is less likely; the group split in 1983 and has refused all offers to perform ever since. A reunion of the Peter Gabriel era of Genesis, who haven't played together since a one-off in 1982, is more likely — however Phil Collins' recent medical problems have left him virtually unable to play the drums. Read the Rolling Stone article for more.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Style.com (Vogue) has come out with their "year in style" review, so be sure to check out the slideshow. The last decade, but particularly 2009, has seen high fashion go from a semi-private members club to mainstream entertainment. "Final confirmation came in a year that was less about the selling of clothes (that lingering recession) than the spectacle of clothes. With bloggers in the front row, designers starring in their own movies, and pop divas (and first ladies) wearing the most avant-garde looks, there was hardly a dull moment. Here, a glance back at 12 months that began with the Obama inauguration and ended with Chanel's Shanghai shebang." Also worth a revisit are the most spectacular fashion shows of the year, available on these designer home sites: Alexander McQueen and John Galliano.
Designer Berber Soepboer and graphic designer Michiel Schuurman have created a dress that lets the ladies put pen to paper fabric with this updated take on the color by numbers. Says Berber on his black and white creation:" 'The color-in dress' is a simple dress with a black and white print, which is especially designed to fill with colored textile markers. Because the print is so flexible you can make many different designs by coloring it. Everybody can interpret the print the way they like it best."
John Galliano licensing company Ittiere has confirmed a men's Galliano line will launch in autumn 2010. Described as an "urban casual" sportswear line, the collection will feature outerwear, leatherwear, knitwear, shirts, jackets, jersey, jeans and accessories and is aimed at the "trendsetting, extravagant, adventurous" 18 to 35-year-old fashion demographic. The Galliano menswear collection will be presented at Menswear Milan Fashion Week on January 18 - the designer collection, John Galliano, will be shown in Paris.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Hopefully you don't get disgusted easily! RAW Natural Beauty has created a video which claims that the average woman eats seven pounds of lipstick in her lifetime. Seven pounds!! That's over 900 tubes of lipstick, which seems like more than the average woman might even own in a lifetime, much less consume. Regardless, the video does an effective job of making you curious about what's in your lipstick and will make you think twice next time you go to purchase.
The Golden Globe nominations were announced this morning by Justin Timberlake, John Krasinski and Diane Kruger (Watch it here). Leading the pack were films THE HURT LOCKER, INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, PRECIOUS, UP IN THE AIR and NINE. Honorable mentions go to the equally solid films A SINGLE MAN and 500 DAYS OF SUMMER. Watch the 67th annual GG awards on January 17th.
We’ve all known that a Vogue cover was coming for Rachel McAdams since we spotted her sitting with Anna at Alexander Wang’s show in September. Here is your first look at it, and though this is certainly not her best photo, the Canadian starlett still impresses.
Monday, December 14, 2009
With the busy holiday season advancing, Music Mondays has unfortunately suffered some postponed posts. So instead of our traditional Stylegroove playlists, the next few weeks will feature some holiday music gems, much like this vintage footage of Eartha Kitt, peppered with some technology savvy backup singers. Enjoy!
First it was Glamour Magazine's sensational "bodies at every size" edition, and now V Magazine is devoting their January issue to plus-size models. Editor-in-chief Stephen Gan says of their decision "Big, little, pint-size, plus-size — every body is beautiful. And this issue is out to prove it." The January issue will feature a range of models fully dressed to nude shot by Terry Richardson, Bruce Weber and Karl Lagerfeld.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
As the movie 'Gone With the Wind' turns seventy this year, a weekend article in the WSJ about the lasting legacy of 1939's Gone with the Wind explores why it still stirs complicated feelings, which is part of the movie's allure, and has made the names Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) and Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh) live on in infamy. Romance and drama are abound in this Civil War epic, not to mention the endless costume changes of Ms. O'Hara, designed by Oscar winner Walter Plunkett. Watch it again today!
Saturday, December 12, 2009
For fans of Scott "The Satorialist" Schuman (and let's face it, who isn't?) there may be a television show in his future. He recently commented on a possible reality show and a potential clothing line, both big opportunities that come with being a star blogger/photographer. Aside from his (fabulous) day job, shooting for a blog to shooting DKNY campaigns and Italian Vogue editorials, he’s ready for a show, with “a very well known Director” and “an accessories collection that might lead into a full clothing collection.” He doesn’t want to be the star of the show though, because he thinks the success of The Sartorialist is based on the people he shoots, “I’ve become well known not by promoting myself but by talking and shooting other people.” Let's see!
Friday, December 11, 2009
In addition to being a ridiculously talented designer, Karl Lagerfeld is also a fantastic photographer, often shooting his own campaigns. Recently he shot the 2010 calendar for Italian Marie Claire, starring two of his favorite Chanel faces, French actress Anna Mouglalis and Baptiste Giabconi. Like all great fashion calendars you want plastered to your wall, this one is a limited edition with 30,000 copies to sell on Italian newstands and a few at select bookstores state side.
Here is your first look at the first official poster for the highly anticipated Sex and the City 2. Glamorous, futuristic, and most definitely photoshopped within an inch of SJP's life!
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Here is the very first photo from the official MAC Viva Glam 2010 Campaign, “From Our Lips“, starring Lady Gaga and Cyndi Lauper photographed by Ellen Von Unwerth. After Eve, Christina Aquilera, Lil’ Kim, Missy Elliot, Fergie, Dita Von Teese and many more, these two fierce ladies are the new faces for the Viva Glam campaign that will benefit the MAC AIDS Fund. Since it was founded back in 1994 The MAC AIDS Fund has invested more than $150 million to organizations in more than 67 countries.
Yesterday were the British Fashion Awards where some of the biggest names of the capital's fashion industry descended on the Royal Courts of Justice to toast the best fashion talent that London fashion has to offer. And, after a year of celebrations to mark 25 years of London Fashion Week, the British Fashion Awards were always going to be a big deal. Christopher Bailey won Designer of the Year, Burberry was named the Designer Brand of the Year, Scottish designer Christopher Kane scooped the prize for Collection of the Year, John Galliano was awarded the British Fashion Council Award for Outstanding Achievement in Fashion Design, Vogue's creative director, Grace Coddington, was the recipient of the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator and 17-year-old Georgia May Jagger (child of Mick Jagger and model Jerry Hall) won Model of the Year!
If this is what comes of a fashion designer making a motion picture, then perhaps they should keep making them! Tom Ford ( and his critically acclaimed new movie "A Single Man") has his list of stellar actors clad in his clothes. This is indeed a lesson in fine suiting.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Between motherhood and the occasional romantic-comedy, Jennifer Garner hasn't looked this glamorous for awhile as she does on the cover of January's W Magazine. In the mag, the mother of two opens up about life in the Affleck/Garner household: “I miss my girlfriends! That’s the hardest thing about being on location when it’s not for your own project. When it’s for you, you’re on set with everybody you know, but if not, it’s lonely. I can live with Ben working crazy hours. But I can’t live without girlfriends… It’s fine if he’s not there; I just need someone to b—h about it to.”
From April to September 2010, fifty ensembles of the iconic actress turned Princess Grace Kelly will go on display at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. The exhibit "Grace Kelly: Style Icon" will be broken into three themes: "The Actress", "The Bride" and "The Princess" displaying everything from her jewelry, to film wardrobe, her dress worn while accepting the Oscar for Best Actress, the original Hermes Kelly bag which was named after, suits from Chanel, and 35 haute couture gowns from Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Givenchy and Balenciaga.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
To coincide with the release of Tim Burton's much anticipated film Alice In Wonderland as well as Paris Fashion Week, the Parisian store Printemps will create original dresses for Alice for their window displays from designers Alexander McQueen, Christopher Kane, Bernhard Willhelm, Haider Ackermann, Manish Arora, Ann Demeulemeester and Maison Martin Margiela - a stellar list of outside-the-box designers!
If you don't know who Tavi is yet, it is time to get aquainted. This ridiculously savvy thirteen year old has become an international fashion blogging sensation, even recently flown to Tokyo by Commes des Garcon to see their new collection. Style.com got their hands on this video that Tavi shot for the Mulleavys about their Rodarte for Target collection. In it she gets to preview the collection and chat about it with the likes of Amy Astley and Cecelia Dean. She mingles with Jason Schwartzman, Elijah Wood, and Kirsten Dunst at the S/S 10 show. And she gets to travel to the plains of North Dakota where Laura and Kate shot the ad campaign and talk about the collection and its inspirations (including Bonnie & Clyde - see our earlier Silver Screen Sundays post.) What the heck were we doing at 13?
Monday, December 7, 2009
Hot on the heels of the successful US "cash for clunkers" car exchange program, Weatherproof and New York Cares have partnered in the spirit of the charitable holiday season to create "Coats for Clunkers". New York Cares annual coat drive starts December 14th in the Amtrak Rotunda of Penn Station. You can donate your gently worn coats from 7:30 am to 9:30 am for three days only, after which Weatherproof will give you a $100 gift card to put towards a new winter coat on their website, CoatsforClunkers. And they’re also donating 6,000 coats to New York cares which will then be distributed to the homeless.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
1967's Bonnie and Clyde marked a turning point in popular cinema and made way for the masterpieces of the late 1960's up to the pivotal year in movies, 1974. Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty also ignited a fashion frenzy, with Dunaway rocking an assembly of printed scarves, pencil skirts, knitted sweaters and bias-cut dresses. Thanks to the anti-establishment comedy-drama, the “gun moll look” took off, triggering a resurgence of ‘30s retro chic. Even the lowly beret – once the sole property of Frenchmen and struggling poets – became a hot fashion item.
The latest ad campaign for Absolut Vodka stars the lovely Kate Beckinsale, turning her into a muse for each type of drink. Working with motto “Every drink is an exceptional experience,” the campaign includes posters for Absolut Bloody, the Cosmo, the Crush and the Tonic Twist, with Kate appearing in three of them, Zooey Deschanel doing the fourth. Check them all out here.
Friday, December 4, 2009
According to WWD, director David Lynch (of Mulholland Drive and Blue Velvet) is directing the next installment of John Galliano’s highly stylized Dior short films. Olivier Dahan’s The Lady Noire Affair left off with a man in distress and the promise of Oscar winner Marion Cotillard’s return for The Lady Rouge. Lynch, Cotillard and Galliano are apparently in Shanghai this week filming the next segment.
Few magazines can top Vogue Italia for sheer inventiveness! Case in point: the December issue’s completely left of field Twitter-themed cover. As Twitter is the most talked about website of the year and tweeted pictures of celebrities have become headline news, photographer Steven Meisel thought a social media-centric cover seems timely. The cover also serves as an intimate showcase for some favorite faces : Christy Turlington, Gisele Bundchen, Natalia Vodianova, Lara Stone and Kasia Struss, who are all featured in pictures they took themselves.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
If you are looking for fun clothes to wear to those endless Holiday parties and on New Year's Eve, we suggest you get over to TopShop right away! Sure, the whole place is exploding in color, 80's inspired jackets, studded heels, glitter and beading, but what other time of year can you channel your inner rock star like December? Go for it.
Looking for some unique music inspired home decor this Holiday season? Subversive Stitch has you covered with their gangsta pillows, taking "poetic and prolific rap genius and stitching it onto unassuming throw pillows. All are one of a kind, crafted entirely by hand, and made with love from Blades - your gangsta grandma." This could indeed prove to be a highly original & nostalgic present for the right rap lover in your life!
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Flair Austria and Vision On Films have teamed up to create a new photo editorial concept. Titled “La Demimondaine”, the film stars Austrian supermodel Iris Strubegger as a Marlene Dietrich-inspired clubgoer, while the crew filmed the video and then pulled stills from the finished video to create the editorial we see in the magazine.
Next Monday marks Christie’s final photography auction of 2009 and with it, comes a Richard Avedon image. The portrait’s of Babe Paley, the New York socialite of whom Truman Capote famously said, “Babe Paley had only one fault, she was perfect. Otherwise, she was perfect.” Along with the photograph this photograph, is the David Bailey image of Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate, an Ansel Adams and Ed Weston. Everything is on public view at Christie’s from Thursday, December 3 through Sunday, December 6.
Last month we mentioned that H&M would be launching the Sonia Rykiel collection with a huge celebration at the Grand Palais in Paris. Well, it happened and it was a huge event! Guests entered through a dark, netted tunnel pumped full of fog which opened out into a carnival. There were rides, a mirrored funhouse, waffle makers, giant bottles of champagne, and marching bands.And of course, there were models in Rykiel's lingerie and knit line that will launch this spring.
Need a great photo for your social network page, website or blog? In an interesting move, Estée Lauder is offering complimentary makeovers to give you your perfect online photo. They’ll photograph you, post it online and give you a 10-day supply of foundation. It’s easy. It’s fun. It’s free. Check the link to find out when they will be in your area.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
In honor of World Aids Day (today), Stella McCartney has designed a limited edition t-shirt that comes in both adult and kid sizes, where 50% of profits go to the Global Fund to help eliminate AIDS in Africa. A white v-neck with trompe l’oeil red chains is clever and cute for day and would be great under a blazer by night. Not to mention it looks incredibly comfortable as most things from The Gap are. The shirts go on sale today along with many other RED items at select Gap stores.
A new iPhone application drops today called iWardrobe, serving as a slick, stylish wardrobe and fashion management system for both men and women. Users can photograph and catalogue articles of clothing and accessories from their personal wardrobes. The photographs may then be viewed in the ‘myOutfit’ screen within the application, where users are able to mix and match articles of clothing in order to plan out an outfit or to just view how certain pieces may look together. For an iWardrobe video demonstration please click here.
And in another spectacular move by Target, Zac Posen will be the newest designer to add a collection. Though it will be sold as part of their International line, Posen is in good company with Anna Sui, Rodarte, Alexander McQueen and Jean Paul Gaultier all creating for Target. So mark your calendars for April 25th because that’s when Zac’s collection will hit the shelves and the internet.