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Friday, October 29, 2010
Saturday October 30th, is Jon Stewart’s “Rally To Restore Sanity” and Stephen Cobert’s “Keep Fear Alive” in Washington, DC. We will be on the scene collecting photographs & interviews, and look forward to a fantastic day of hilarity and yes, hopefully, sanity in our Nation’s capital. We will be sharing our coverage with the media, so contact us for more information. *UPDATED* Watch Jon Stewart's fantastic speech from the Rally. It was a great day:
Thursday, October 28, 2010
From The Cut: It's that familiar time of year in which new black-and-white images of Kate Moss doing that thing she does so well — modeling — in her new Topshop collection emerge! These, from her fourteenth collection for the brand, are extra-special because this is Moss's last full-fledged collection for the chain, though various reports haven't entirely ruled out the possibility of her doing more stuff for them in the future. The clothes look typical of what she's been doing for the label over the years: a little boho, a little weird, and a little trendy, with just the right amount of stuff hanging off that could catch on any errant object that brushes up against them, but not so much that hugging someone with sequins would completely ruin the things.
Kate and Laura Mulleavy (Rodarte) discuss the beautiful tutus they created for Darren Aronofsky's highly anticipated film "Black Swan". Laura says the constructing the 40 costumes for Natalie Portman and the rest of the cast was difficult: "A tutu is 13 layers of tulle sticking straight out and then it’s over the body, so you can imagine. It’s crazy! Building a tutu is one of the lost couture arts. Everyone will know it’s like getting your hand on the prize, like a coveted piece of couture that no one ever gets to see. You can’t go rent a tutu. You have to own it…They’re never actually perfect, but from afar, when you’re in the audience, it looks like one of the most beautiful things in the world."
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
And now a time for an announcement of a different kind: Documentary Film! I have had the pleasure of working as both a Producer & New Media director of the documentary "Oye Cuba", and this week we had BIG news (so big it traveled to the pages of the NY Times, NY1, NPR & beyond)! Our subject, Arturo O'Farrill & The Chico O'Farrill Orchestra will ALL head to Cuba for the Havana Jazz Fest and celebration of the Cuban roots of jazz. Havana will inspire you, just see this great short video shot by Oye Cuba team member, Vincent Venturella. Join us on our journey at www.oyecubafilm.com
Oye Cuba - 5d Selects from Vincent Venturella on Vimeo.
Oye Cuba - 5d Selects from Vincent Venturella on Vimeo.
Luigi Bobbio, the mayor of the Italian town Castellammare di Stabia located just south of Naples, is being called a "chauvinist" for a ruling approved by the town council this week that bans skirts that are too short and tops that are too low-cut. Police in the town can now fine offenders €300 for violating the new dress code. But this does not necessarily give officers a legal right to ogle women at length: Bobbio said he had faith in officers to make snap decisions. "They won't need to carry out checks up close," he told Corriere del Mezzogiorno. "One glance will be enough to judge." Um, right. Good luck with that.
The fourth ICON OF STYLE in the Huffpost's 'lets bring back series' is the first supermodel Suzy Parker. In the 1950s, Parker became the first fashion model to earn a then-staggering $100,000 per year; she and her sister Dorian Leigh are considered by many to be the world's first supermodels, along with Lisa Fonssagrives. Contemporary audiences will immediately notice how comparatively mature Parker appears compared to today's supermodels. Aesthetics were very different in Parker's day: women strived to look sophisticated, rather than half their age. It would be lovely if today's youth-obsessed culture would take a few notes from this era. She is said to have inspired the beatnik-turned-reluctant-model character played by Audrey Hepburn in legendary fashion film Funny Face (1957), designer Christian Dior called Parker "the most beautiful woman in the world" and Eileen Ford, doyenne of modeling agents, once said of her: ''She was everybody's everything.''
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Fierce! Vogue Nippon continues its love affair with Victoria Secret angel Alessandra Ambrosio who is amazing on the December cover, shot by Giampaolo Sguro, and styled by Anna Dello Russo. Seems like Japan must really love her too, as she booked editorials in the three latest issues.
Gucci has released a behind the scenes video from their new children's campaign featuring Jennifer Lopez and her modeling twins Max and Emme. The BTS video also includes commentary from both creative director Frida Giannini and J.Lo on Gucci's $1 million donation to UNICEF.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Vogue's new Tumblr page just posted this little gem on Gloria Vanderbilt, with her son Anderson Cooper paying tribute to his extraordinary mother. He says: "I don’t really know who the woman in this photograph is. She is my mom, of course, Gloria Vanderbilt—I recognize the face, the look in her eyes, the shape of her nose—but she has lived so many different lives, inhabited so many different worlds, that in this picture, as in many photos, I find it hard to really see her. Among other things, she’s been an actress, an artist, a designer, a writer, a wife, a mother, a lover, a victim, and a survivor. Every few years she seems to shed her old self, and is born anew."
I love Lara Stone because she doesn't look like any other model at the moment. That recent cover of Paris Vogue's anniversary issue was amazing enough, here the gap-toothed supermodel--the woman who recently declared she wants gay sons and whose Calvin Klein billboard has been banned in Australia, speaks to The Guardian. As she states: "I think naughty shoots suit my personality," she tells me. "I don't mind doing a straightforward fashion shoot, but it's more fun when there's something naughty in it."
Today marks the beginning of our "On Location" photo & interview series for the new French Connection Electrique Blog. Every week, there will be a unique, beautiful woman in unique, beautiful clothes from French Connection. First up: Dana wearing the Dani Dress! Visit electrique.frenchconnection.com
Saturday, October 23, 2010
The third ICON OF STYLE in the Huffpost's 'lets bring back series' is designer Elsa Schiaparelli. Like Daché and Baker, she was a self-made woman, and a true individualist. Any contemporary designer who uses absurdist elements (such as that infamous deconstructed Marc Jacobs shoe a few years ago) in his clothing must take his hat off to Elsa. And in her case, that tipped hat might just have resembled a shoe, or any other variety of objects; after all, she pioneered, in many ways, the fusion of conceptual art and apparel. This lavishly creative designer--known as "Schiap" to her friends--was once as revered and famous as Coco Chanel, who referred to her rival as "that Italian artist who makes clothes."
Although she took time off from modeling to finish school, Georgia May Jagger can't stay out of the fashion world. She is launching her first collection in spring 2011, titled Hudson by Georgia May Jagger. Georgia ended up shooting the Hudson autumn/winter 2010 campaign in NYC and is now collaborating with the denim brand.
Friday, October 22, 2010
From Elle UK Magazine: With one of the world’s most enviable wardrobes and a Mulberry bag named in her honor, Alexa Chung is an unrivaled British style icon. Since moving stateside, her style status – and designer wardrobe - has notched up a gear and has wowed us with some beautifully pulled-together looks. With a unique ability to stay ahead of the trends, she adds her own effortlessly chic twist to any outfit. Her thoughts on America: “In New York, everything is insanely work orientated. It’s been a lesson — you can’t come here and not work really, really hard. I haven’t tried to ‘break America’ but I have learnt that I’m ambitious. It’s just not focused. I want to be good at lots of things.”
It seems people are up in arms over the recent Glee GQ photoshoot. (Really?) Writer Alex Pappademas explore how the hell a show about high school theater geeks come to be the biggest TV show in America, by exploring the a generous helping of pot-laced brownies, girl-on-girl subtext, and choreographed dry-humping.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
I said I would post all of these! The second ICON OF STYLE in the Huffpost's 'lets bring back series' is designer Lilly Daché, was equally influential in her day. French-born Lilly Daché was the most celebrated milliner in the United States during the 1930s and '40s -- a time when hats were the centerpieces of a woman's wardrobe. While she personally may not have had the visibility that Ms. Baker enjoyed, Ms. Daché shaped the way an entire generation of women adorned themselves. A pre-eminent mid-century hat maker, Ms. Daché dressed that era's stars and became synonymous with a delightful accessory that, like Ms. Daché, deserves a comeback.
Naomi Campbell recently spoke with Interview Magazine and stated the obvious: "I make many mistakes. Many mistakes. So I always get nervous when people speak about something that sounds like a role model, because I don’t know if I’ve been a great role model myself. I don’t think I have in certain aspects of my life."
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Make sure to incorporate some purple into your wardrobe today for Spirit Day, an anti-bullying campaign that has been fueled by the power of Facebook. Today, wear purple, the symbol of 'spirit' on the LGBT rainbow flag, to show your support for teens who have been ridiculed to the brink of suicide simply for their sexual preference. Wear it for someone you know, for yourself, or in honor of a victim of depression or suicide.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
This is a fabulous idea! I will be posting all of these. Over the next two weeks, Huffpost Style will become reacquainted with some of the twentieth century's seminal tastemakers, designers, and muses, as a tie in to their column & now book "Lets' bring back". Once you've spent some time with them, you'll agree that each of these women deserves to remain in the limelight. After all, fashion is fleeting, but true style glimmers forever. First up: Josephine Baker. Most people remember Baker for her famous 1920s dances at the Follies-Bergère, in which she wore nothing but a string of bananas draped around her famous hips. Thanks to her chocolate-colored skin, Baker was a second-class citizen in her native America - but on the stages of Paris she became the toast of the continent! She was also a dedicated member of the French resistance during World War II, and Baker pre-dated Jolie's international adoptive clan by decades, adopting children of different races in the 1950's: a "rainbow tribe" to prove that "children of different ethnicities and religions could still be brothers;" she would adopt twelve children in all.
From NY Magazine: H&M, you minx. An ad for the highly anticipated Lanvin collection hitting stores November 23 is out — and ahead of the release of images of the full collection, which will occur November 2 online in a short film. H&M previously blurred out clothes (or nudity — one can never be too sure) in a viral video plugging the collection. David Sims shot the campaign, which stars, from left to right in the ad, Hannelore Knuts, Jane Schmitt, Tati Collitar, and Natasha Poly. Schmitt, you'll notice, is older than her fellow models, perhaps Lanvin and H&M's appeal to women who love Lanvin. After all, Lanvin is a label for women, not just girls, if any label ever was. A commenter on the Fashion Spot noticed that these H&M looks hark back to Lanvin runway looks from the 2009 pre-fall, spring 2009, and fall 2008 collections.
Monday, October 18, 2010
Ok. So this isn't exactly "fashion" but Ryan Gosling & Michelle Williams are stylishly steaming up the red carpets as of late, promoting their movie "Blue Valentine", which not only has a beautiful melancholy aesthetic, it has also become a festival and critical favorite. (Plus it has received a controversial NC-17 rating. Let's see, shall we?)
To celebrate "global luxury", Prada is creating a range of capsule collections with different "Made In" tags. The country of origin collections are each inspired by the country's iconic fashion. For example the "Made in Scotland" pieces are traditional tartan wool kilts and the "Made in Peru" features alpaca wool knitwear. The worldly fashions hit stores next year.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
And speaking of digital savvy, I am WAY impressed with the simple, yet beautiful video concept on Anthropologie's new website. An interesting way to sell clothes, integrating each outfit on a "day of errands". Why didn't I think of it?
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New York-based Luxury Lab has released its second annual Digital IQ Index of Luxury Brands. The study quantifies the digital competence of 72 global luxury brands by accessing brand websites, digital marketing strategies, social media initiatives and mobile applications. The Luxury Brands that ranked at the top of this year’s Index were Coach, Ralph Lauren, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Hugo Boss and Burberry respectively.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Another day, another fabulous Fashion Director. This time, it's Emmanuelle Alt of Paris Vogue, who is super fierce, edgy & effortless in her parade of black outfits, leathers, t-shirts & incredible shoes.
What a lovely cover! Anne Hathaway is Vogue’s November cover girl, in an Oscar de la Renta gown, shot by famed photographer Mario Testino. Anne’s upcoming film, Love & Other Drugs with Jake Gyllenhaal, will be the opening night gala film for AFI Fest 2010.
Friday, October 15, 2010
Yikes! In the print ad for Chloé’s latest fragrance, Love Chloé, Raquel Zimmermann is reportedly wearing a belt by Yves Saint Laurent, not Chloé. The fragrance was launched in August, but no one noticed the belt mix-up until now, probably because, well, it looks exactly like something Chloé designed.
Ralph Lauren's new 22,000-square-foot flagship, the first selling women's collections only, opened on Madison Avenue last night, where Mayor Bloomberg presented the designer with a Key to the City of New York. After telling Ralph, "I can tell you this little secret that will help your career: It's the accessories that really make the whole outfit," Bloomberg also gave RL a giant metal key out of his suit jacket pocket and held it aloft, along with a huge blue "I Love NY" key chain.
From Refinery 29: The Paris, London, and Milan runways were loaded with beauty looks that clearly reveled in the rule-breaking aesthetic of Fashion Week. While technicolor lips and brightly colored eyes popped up in every city, another wave of head-turning looks were indexed in our questionable hair and makeup trend shortlist. And it wasn't just up-and-coming designers opting to play the wild card for spring 2011. Big names like Lanvin, YSL, and Giorgio Armani swapped in debatable looks too. Runway looks are bound to be a bit over the top, but can these trends translate into something fresh yet wearable or are they really just hair and makeup gone crazy?
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Vanity Fair's November cover story is the lovely Marilyn Monroe: For all the millions of words she has inspired, Marilyn Monroe remains something of a mystery. Now a sensational archive of the actress’s own writing—diaries, poems, and letters—is being published. With exclusive excerpts from the book, Fragments, the author enters the mind of a legend: the scars of sexual abuse; the pain of psychotherapy; the betrayal by her third husband, Arthur Miller; the constant specter of hereditary madness; and the fierce determination to master her art.
Japanese Vogue’s fabulous fashion director Anna Dello Russo takes Hilary through her exhaustive fashion week wardrobe at her suite at the Paris Ritz.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
From New York Magazine: British designer Matthew Williamson, who made little brush bristles look pretty at London Fashion Week this season, is launching a diffusion line! "Muse by Matthew Williamson" is the working title, and it's set to launch for fall 2011. Better yet, it might even have clothes that people can afford, or at least only blow half their month's rent on instead of half the year's paycheck (the label's current price points run between $625 for a peasant top and $8,000 for a cocktail dress). Williamson has done a mass-market line for the U.K. department store Debenhams, but this is his first time making more affordable pieces within his label.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Miles Aldridge takes his signature cool aesthetic to an office setting for this month’s Vogue Italia beauty supplement. Starring Charlotte di Calypso as an unproductive office worker, fashion editor Cathy Kasterine brings some structure into her wardrobe with sophisticated neutrals from the likes of Chloé, Ralph Lauren and Stella McCartney.
The folks across the pond at Vogue UK are launching an online equivalent to Fashion's Night Out called "Fashion's Night In". E-tailers like Asos and Net-a-Porter are participating in the November 1st virtual event and will offer exclusive online deals and other goodies to internet shopaholics to increase sales. Love it!
File this under "bizarre". Or possibly "art". Dutch designer Anouk Wipprecht has designed a dress that paints itself while you wear it. The unique creation, which has been dubbed the Pseudomorph, features multiple valves that pump ink into the fabric giving you a one of a kind print. The dress was shown at Vienna Fashion Week late last month.
Monday, October 11, 2010
From Haute Living: The bright corals and blues of the summer are gone, and settling in are darker, chic-er colors for fall. Essie has a beautiful greenish-gray color, “sew psyched,” that we are seeing all over the streets of Manhattan. It matches almost anything and gives your nails a bit of mature refinement. If you are feeling the fall browns, they have “little brown dress” to wear with… yes, your little brown dress, or some brown suede boots. Chanel has come out with a couple beautiful fall shades. Their “black velvet” will pair well with your lace-up boots and rock star edge. The “khaki vert” will work in the office with your dark gray power suit. For more stylish hues, including purple & gem tones, visit Refinery 29.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Sarah Burton made her Paris Fashion Week debut with her first Alexander McQueen collection following his death. Burton's gorgeous collection for spring was inspired by nature, using feathers and butterflies for many of the pieces. click here to see the entire video.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
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Saturday, October 2, 2010
From Vogue.com: Halfway through Fashion Week here, and what has been overwhelmingly apparent—from the grounds of the Tuileries to the steps of the Hotel de Crillon—is that the streets of Paris remain, as always, the most fruitful place in the world to just sit and watch the world go by—sartorially speaking. And the unpredictable weather has had no apparent negative effect; rather, it has encouraged people to experiment with jackets (the blazer, yes, but also the warm winter coat and the chic little fur, too), lengths (supershort intersects everywhere with the ultralong and colorful), and other accoutrements like the scarf (again, everywhere, and every which way) the shoe (the flat may be back in fashion, but there are still a lot of sky-high heels and boots to be seen trotting to-and-from the runways) and, of course, the umbrella. What’s more fashionable, after all, than a well-placed necessity?
There had been much anticipation leading up to the bal masqué that Paris Vogue hosted to celebrate its 90th anniversary. Did it live up to the hype? "This is the best party I have been to in my eight years in Paris," Rick Owens said. "French Vogue doesn't have very many limits, and they still have the potential to be scandalous. You gotta love that unconventional attitude. That's Carine." See the fabulous photos here.
Friday, October 1, 2010
Designer Gareth Pugh thought outside of the box when it came to his spring 2011 collection, by opting to forgo the runway in favor of technology. Editors were shown this 11 minute film with Kristen McMenamy modeling his newest designs. "With a show, a lot rides on that very small amount of time and the whole thing comes down to image. If a model trips or has a problem with shoes, that is the thing that endures. It is liberating for a designer not to have to worry about a show. You can get the models to be even more expressive and do it all in a more concise way…I follow my own heart and I hope that if I am successful, film can become an alternative to showing clothes." Genius.
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