This little documentary, "Beyond Biba", is a portrait of the life of 1960s British Fashion Legend Barbara Hulanicki. Can't believe I missed this one, time to check it out!
Thursday, September 30, 2010
I love this story, because I too am a big fans of riding my bicycle in heels! The NY Times explores "an increasingly visible band of chic New Yorkers whooshing along the green-painted bike lanes that have proliferated in Manhattan, from the Brooklyn Bridge to the Hudson and from TriBeCa to Harlem, clutching BlackBerrys and clad not in spandex but in fluttery skirts, capes and kitten heels."
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
If orange isn't your color, then brace yourself. Buyers share the thrills Milan Fashion Week inspired in critics this season. The clothes were fashionable but also wearable, but most of all, they were BRIGHT, thanks to lots of very loud orange. "I am actually very excited," said Ken Downing, Neiman Marcus fashion director, who proclaimed "orange coral" as the color of the season. "American women want color," he said.
Pierre Cardin’s label turns 60 today, and the 88-year-old designer is celebrating by throwing his first runway show in a decade. He’s a little embarrassed by the designs that are currently produced under his name: "Unfortunately, they [my licensees] produce very classic outfits for men. I wish they picked up my designs. Instead, they produce this fusty, bourgeois stuff. It drives me to desperation, because I bring them my original designs to copy. That is the purpose of their licenses. We really need someone to drum up new licenses there. They could make a killing, because my designs are very youthful. All you see is these old Hart Schaffner Marx suits for old men. It makes me ashamed to even look at them."
President Barack Obama appears on the cover of Rolling Stone and discusses some of the killer beats in his ipod. "My iPod now has about 2,000 songs, and it is a source of great pleasure to me. I am probably still more heavily weighted toward the music of my childhood than I am the new stuff. There's still a lot of Stevie Wonder, a lot of Bob Dylan, a lot of Rolling Stones, a lot of R&B, a lot of Miles Davis and John Coltrane. Those are the old standards. A lot of classical music. I'm not a big opera buff in terms of going to opera, but there are days where Maria Callas is exactly what I need. Thanks to Reggie [Love, the president's personal aide], my rap palate has greatly improved. Jay-Z used to be sort of what predominated, but now I've got a little Nas and a little Lil' Wayne and some other stuff, but I would not claim to be an expert. Malia and Sasha are now getting old enough to where they start hipping me to things. Music is still a great source of joy and occasional solace in the midst of what can be some difficult days."
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
After a spectacular week at Milan Fashion Week, it is time to move on to the Paris shows! It must be said that Italy did themselves proud, from Prada to Gucci, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Bottega Veneta, Etro, Fendi, Blumarine, Alberta Feretti, Gianfranco Ferre, Emilio Pucci, Jil Sander, Armani, Missoni, MaxMara and Marni, one hardly knew where to look! Get the latest here on our blog and twitter @stylegroove, Fashion Expedition and our column at Haute Living.
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Announcing an exciting new collaboration between Stylegroove and French Connection! I am so excited to contribute a special photo & interview series that will be available on their new Electrique Blog. Stay tuned!
Sunday, September 26, 2010
I was recently stopped on the street by blogger Dana Roc who is working on a new interview series, posing the question: "In 100 Years from now what do you want to be remembered for"? I gave a business answer though in retrospect, I had a better, more meaningful answer. Here & now matter most, friends & family...and hopefully to inspire a younger generation of female entrepreneurs in my family to create.
Marc Jacobs has finally joined the 21st century by launching his own e-commerce site. The interactive website is set up like an actual store with each level or page being a different Marc Jacobs collection. Other features include news, runway videos and ads.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
This is an inspiring read from the WSJ. From small-town roots in Indiana to the big time as head of Burberry, a $2 billion fashion empire and one of the most widely recognized brands in the world, Angela Ahrendts takes it all in her stride, propelling the company into the digital age without compromising the brand’s soul—or her own. See what she has to say about the brand's brilliant leadership on the digital front.
Friday, September 24, 2010
Milan Fashion Week is currently underway in Italy, running from September 22-28. S/S 2011 Collections have already been shown by Prada, D&G, Fendi, Alberta Ferretti and Gucci.Get the latest here on our blog and twitter @stylegroove, Fashion Expedition and our column at Haute Living.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Our new project - The Fashion Expedition - is not just a webseries & blog, but will operate as a multimedia platform extraordinaire for street style from around the world. And we encourage your interactivity!! Send us your street style pics from Fashion Week, we want to see you & your city represented! Visit The Fashion Expedition Street Style Gallery to get inspired by your fellow fashion photo bloggers or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. C&E xo
With so many gorgeous fashion films these days, it is hard to believe I overlooked this one. So here is Lindsey Thornburg’s Fall 2010 campaign. Gorgeous!
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Carine Roitfeld pulled out all the stops for Vogue Paris's 90th anniversary October issue. The cover features Lara Stone — eyes obscured, breasts not so much. "Vogue Paris has always played the card of audacity," said Roitfeld, adding, "We couldn't do a lukewarm issue." The issue is 622 pages, 276 of which are ads, and 104 are well wishes from designers around the world. Inspired by the historic nature of Vogue Paris's 75th anniversary issue, Roitfeld mixed together new editorials, with snippets from the Vogue archives, like a 1962 interview with actress Romy Schneider shot by Helmut Newton. Those who pick up the issue in France will be gifted a portfolio of oversize photographs from the nine decades, and Roitfeld plans to celebrate the magazine's 90 years with a costume ball in Paris on Sept. 30.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
A memorial was held for designer extroidinaire Alexander McQueen. who tragically took his life back in February. Sarah Jessica Parker, Naomi Campbell, Anna Wintour, Stella McCartney and Kate Moss were among those who were seen at St. Paul's Cathedral in London. Wintour said of the late designer: "As a child he loved nothing more than sitting on the roof top and watching the birds fly by. He showed us everything was possible, dreams could become reality, but he left us with an even more exceptional legacy, a talent that soared like the birds of his childhood above us all."
Sunday, September 19, 2010
London Fashion Week kicked off Friday, September 17th and will continue through the 22nd. Be sure to check the full schedule, all of which will be streamed live online at www.londonfashionweek.co.uk. But what we always look forward to is the live broadcast from Burberry, which will be available online Tuesday!
From The Cut: This Fashion Week saw the rise of an entirely new class of models. In fact, seven out of ten of last season's top models dropped off the list completely. Leading the newcomers' brigade was Danish model Caroline Brasch Nielsen, who scored the opening looks for Narciso Rodriguez and Thakoon, on top of her opening and closing slots at Herve Leger. Julija Step — fresh off her Balenciaga print ads — also made quite the mark this season when she opened for Rodarte, Max Azria, and Jill Stuart. And after two seasons of working exclusively for Miu Miu and Givenchy, 14-year-old Daphne Groeneveld hit New York's shows when she opened for Calvin Klein — exclusively, natch. As impressive as those stats may be, Karlie Kloss emerged as the week's runway queen. The modern-day supermodel opened and closed for Oscar de la Renta and Donna Karan; Kloss also had the final look at Carolina Herrera, Tommy Hilfiger, and Jason Wu.
Friday, September 17, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
"Picture Me" is a new film by filmmaker Ole Schell as he follows his girlfriend, model Sara Ziff, for several years documenting her rise from a fresh face to one that adorns billboards and magazines around the world. In the process, Ole and Sara go behind the scenes and chronicle the glitzy world of high fashion modelling, from photo shoots with celebrated photographers to runway shows in New York, Milan and Paris. This intimate account features in-depth interviews with noted photographers, but also relies on footage shot by the models themselves, giving voice to those who are often seen, but rarely heard.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Net-a-porter.com, and nowness.com, the luxury lifestyle website created by LVMH, have joined forces to produce Chronology – a short fashion film by I Am Love director Luca Guadagnino, starring model Mariacarla Boscono in a series of pieces from from Net-a-Porter’s buy for fall 2010. Every piece she wears is immediately available to buy on Net-a-Porter. Amazing!
Anna Wintour was on CBS' The Early Show to plug the one hour prime time special on Fashion's Night Out, which airs tonight, as well as the success of this year's event.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Today saw spring lines from: Badgley Mischka, Vera Wang, Elie Tahari, Hervé Léger, Mulberry, Narciso Rodriguez, Rachel Roy, Yigal Azrouël, Ralph Rucci and Rodarte. Get the latest here on our blog and twitter @stylegroove, Fashion Expedition and our column at Haute Living.
We have to admit, we are digging the French vibe of the new French Connection campaign. They even collaborated with the cinematographer from Tom Ford's 'A Single Man'. It is making us count down the days until Paris!
Shapeshifting artist Cindy Sherman has turned the camera on herself countless times since the 70s to expose the stereotyping of women in modern society, taking on roles from housewife to hussy, screen siren to simpering clown. Recently, Sherman slipped on a series of looks by Balenciaga, posing as various characters: the fashion victim; the aging doyenne; the delirious clubber. “It was inspired by the idea of party photos seen so often in magazines where people, desperate to show off their status and connections, excitedly pose to have their picture taken with larger-than-life-sized smiles and personalities,” explains Sherman of the series. Six images, from the extensive collection of PPR head François Pinault, were shown for the first time in the US today for Fashion’s Night Out at the Balenciaga store in Chelsea, New York.
Monday unveiled collections from: Marc Jacobs, Halston, Betsey Johnson, Donna Karan, Tracy Reese, Monique Lhuillier, Carolina Herrera. Get the latest here on our blog and twitter @stylegroove, Fashion Expedition and our column at Haute Living.
Monday, September 13, 2010
Tom Ford is back, baby! Fashion's smoothest fashion force showed a small womenswear collection at his Madison Avenue salon last night, and the influence of his Hollywood detour was in full effect. The clothes were pretty classic Ford, which is to say they were self-consciously sexy, slightly touched by the glamor of the disco years. Sadly, photos were not permitted so we will have to wait to see his recent works of art.
It used to be that designers showed clothes at Fashion Week to court the influential few, mainly the buyers and fashion editors who determined what styles would be hot in retail stores a season away. But now they are starting to sidestep the middleman. Web technology, and a desire to entice luxury shoppers who are suddenly spending again, are spurring designers to fling open the tent flaps to their runway shows and appeal directly to shoppers. In this fall’s women’s runway shows, shoppers at their keyboards will have a front-row seat, and in the most aggressive outreach, Burberry, the British design house, will not only stream its women’s runway show live from London, but also will allow anyone with a computer and a credit card to order the merchandise as models strut in it...READ MORE of this intriguing article on the NY Times.
With all the excitement of fashion week, we almost forgot about the MTV music awards last night. Chelsea Handler may have been hosting but it was Lady Gaga who was in charge. Gaga walked away with 8 awards in total including Video of the Year for "Bad Romance". The eclectic singer showed up in her usual parade of one-of-a-kind outfits, thanking the late Alexander McQueen for the outfits he provided for the "Bad Romance" video. See the full spectrum of unique ensembles from last night here.
Sunday was a BIG day on the runways: Derek Lam, DKNY, Diane Von Furstenberg, Rebecca Taylor, Malandrino, Timo Weiland, Max Azria, Preen, Thakoon, Victoria Beckham, Rebecca Minkoff. Get the latest here on our blog and twitter @stylegroove, Fashion Expedition and our column at Haute Living.
Sunday, September 12, 2010
We always look forward to Rachel Antonoff's fashion week presentations. They are creative and original, last season showing her new line in building made to look like a crime scene. This year, a quirky townhouse in greenwich village paid homeage to “the magic of being a kid,” with her nostalgia-infused lineup — a skirt and dress in a great bow print, dresses with playfully oversize collars, all modelled by girls hanging about the home in homemade blanket forts and making smores. First her re-make of 'Top That' and now this. Love her!
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Cynthia Rowley, Lacoste, Adam Lippes, Altuzarra, Jill Stuart, Vivienne Tam, Charlotte Ronson...oh my! The last 48 hours have been such a whirlwind, this will be short & sweet. But do catch some of the shows live online at www.firstcomesfashion.com. Get the latest here on our blog and twitter @stylegroove, Fashion Expedition and out column at Haute Living.
Attention photographers, bloggers, and fashion fans! As The Fashion Expedition covers fashion week, we would LOVE street style photo contributions from fashion week around the globe. We want to see you & your city represented! Please send us your photos along with the city it was shot in and your name, website or blog to email@example.com. C&E xo
One of my new favorite bands, Life in Film, performing another acoustic set for Burberry for FNO Milan.
Friday, September 10, 2010
Day #2 brought shows from Jason Wu, Rag & Bone, Peter Som, Costello Tagliapietra, BCBGMAXAZRIA, Duckie Brown, Ports 1961, and Nicole Miller. We were most excited by Wu, his label only four years old, and equally impressed by his official launch of his full range of accessories—shoes, bags, and optical. Costello T left us wanting more too. Ah, fashion. Get the latest here on our blog and twitter @stylegroove, Fashion Expedition and out column at Haute Living.
Tonight is Fashion's Night Out in NYC, so watch for The Fashion Expedition crew filming out on the town, from We The People to Saturdays Surf to ADAM, and ready to shop! Exclusive video coming soon. Have fun everyone!
New York Fashion Week officially kicked off yesterday, September 9th, with Spring 2011 ready-to-wear shows from Richard Chai, Project Runway, Christian Siriano and Richie Rich, who included his friend Ellen DeGeneres in the final walk down the runway! But the fabulousness of the day really belonged to Project Runway winner Christian Siriano, one of the first designers to show at the new NY Fashion Week location at Lincoln Center, he didn't disappoint.I will be bringing you full coverage here, Haute Living Magazine and of course, The Fashion Expedition. Stay tuned!
SoHo is getting another art destination, courtesy of Chanel. After eight months of construction, the French house will reopen its boutique at 139 Spring. The boutique was THE place to be on Thursday night, graffiti-ing one of the exterior walls with Chanel “spray paint” as Alexa Chung spun tunes. Everyone from models to actresses to stylists attended the re-opening, including Karl Lagerfeld himself.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Though the official shopping party is this Friday September 10th, tonight is The Fashion Show portion of Fashion's Night Out. It will air on CBS September 14th but you can watch the live webcast right now on www.cbs.com/specials/fashions_night_out . Enjoy!
Fashion Week is upon us! First New York, then onto Paris! Stay tuned to www.fashionexpedition.org and www.stylegroove.com for exciting original written & digital content. Interested in collaboration? Contact me for more information!
Guy Ritchie has joined fellow filmmakers Martin Scorsese and Frank Miller by being the latest director to film a commercial for a major fashion house. Madonna's ex was hired by Dior to shoot their newest campaign for Dior Homme and stars Jude Law and Guy's once rumored girlfriend Michaela Kocianová.
While promoting his new book “Gunn’s Golden Rules: Life’s Little Lessons for Making It Work”, Tim Gunn retold his Anna Wintour Getting Fireman-Carried Down Five Flights Of Stairs story, and added that after Wintour read that except “she went ballistic,” accused him of lying, and demanded a retraction.“[They] told me, ‘Anna at least demands an apology.’ And I said, ‘For what?’ [And they said,] ‘For implying that she doesn’t know how to work a Manolo.’” Oh, Anna.
Monday, September 6, 2010
This years Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week will be digitally streaming the shows live so you can watch them from the comfort of your own home. Visit the site to find out which designers are streaming their shows live on their websites!
The internet has been buzzing about new images featuring Christian Dior models and not in a good way. The photos in question were taken by Chinese photographer Quentin Shih, who did this as a personal project to celebrate the reopening of Dior's Shanghai boutique. While the images are not part of an official campaign, critics are still calling the photographs racist because it suggests the idea that "all Chinese people look the same". Shih says that wasn't what he was going for at all. He explains: "I wanted to show the power of Chinese people standing together and a kind of socialism in Chinese history (only in Chinese history not China now). The Chinese models are not people. They are symbols of Chinese history between the 1960s and 1980s." Thoughts?
Canadian supermodel Coco Rocha will be hosting the 2010 Video Music Awards Red Carpet Report for MTV.com on September 12! She says: "Only the VMAs could drag me away from New York Fashion Week for one spectacular night in L.A. I can't wait to interview music's biggest stars about what they're wearing on the red carpet."
Victoria Beckham talks the talk...In a great article for the NY Times, Victoria speaks of her success of her fashion line. “I don’t do anything by halves,” she says, an edge in her voice. “If you’re going to do something, do it properly, I think. Otherwise there is no point in doing it at all.” That resolve has paid off handsomely. In recent months Ms. Beckham, she of the contorted public poses, racy aphorisms and fleeting television career, has emerged as an industry force, the wily maverick of New York Fashion Week.
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Dita Von Teese, in collaboration with Cointreau, is planning to open a pop up members only club in Paris’ Montmartre district. C'est tres chic! Cointreau Privé is set to open on Dita’s birthday on September 29 , the cabaret performer’s birthday, and stay open for one month. Just in time for Paris fashion week it seems...
High-street retailer H&M on Thursday announced plans to collaborate with French design label Lanvin. The collection will be designed by Lanvin’s artistic director Alber Elbaz, and menswear designer Lucas Ossendrijver. This exclusive winter collection will go on sale on November 23rd at 200 H&M stores worldwide.