A new exhibition showcasing the Kaiser's photography just went up in St. Moritz, Switzerland at Galerie Gmurzynska through March 23, 2013. "Karl Lagerfeld: Fire Etchings" is a collection of large-scale backlit glass on which images of models Freja Behan Erichsen & Aymeline Valada and the rapper Theophilus London have been etched onto the surface using fire. Gmurzynska has repped Lagerfeld & his photography for over 20 years, during which time he's also had solo exhibitions at the Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New
York; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; and the Chateau de Versailles.
- Lesley Scott
(photo of Lagerfeld: Sabine Brauer/Galerie Gmurzynska)
Designing her main collection for Spring 2013 found Miuccia Prada in a pensive frame of mind. "Dreaming is forbidden, nostalgia is forbidden, to be too sweet is not good," she mused backstage after her nostalgia & Japonisme inspired show. "Everything we used to feel historically, now you can't enjoy." Ah but you can, Miuccia! In one of these fun superdry tshirts - inspired by the same things as you: nostalgia, in particular vintage signage & retro Americana biker culture by way of Japan and their winning way with eyecatching graphics.
The tees come in a colorful array of hues and graphic styles, but the must-haves are definitely the classic white tee & either the rockabilly stripe or Ramones'esque one in red. The Japanese characters are pronounced (I think) as "Kyokudo kanso shinasai" which instruct the wearer to "(Please) Dry it (or yourself) extremely". And while I'm not sure if David Beckham, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet have all complied, I do know they're fans of the brand. And why not? The tees are fun, fab & (extremely) fly for the fashionisto in your life.
[Note: This was written in partnership with Cult. The words are mine.]
Girlfriend gets criticized for her looks which I've always thought pretty meanspirited, but even her most enthusiastic detractor couldn't possibly find her that distasteful looking they'd be willing to mete out such heavyhanded Photoshopping.
This cover of Harper's Bazaar China for March 2013 honestly made me wonder if they used a wax version of SJP from Madame Tussaud's since the real thing perhaps had a scheduling conflict at the last minute and wasn't available.
The classic color & cut of the Max Mara trench nicely balances the zippiness of the navy & white mismatch-but-match of the stripes. And of course there is the of-the-moment shoe: the pointy white pump which promises to freshen up everything you already own.
Invest in a pair now. Wear them. Now. Enjoy them...N-O-W!
An interesting new twist on the shop-a-torial meets fashion-community concept is Vaunte, created by two of the founding VPs of Gilt Groupe. Combining editorial with e-tail - both new & gently used designer threads & bling (don't worry - they're picky & editorially-minded...like you!), they give you a peek into the coveted closets of tastemakers like Lela Rose, writer Jill Kargman, socialite Alexandra Lebenthal and the Woolworth sisters (yes, *that* Woolworth) and then make it possible to buy upwards of 20 items from each of the various wardrobes. Meaning all the names a fashionista lives for: YSL, Celine, Loubie, Chloe, Lanvin, Givenchy, Chanel, Gucci, Alaia, Prada...
2. Apply a few pumps of volumizing mousse evenly from roots to tips for lift and texture.
3. Using a medium-round boar-bristle brush, blow hair dry.
4. Clip extension pieces into the crown of your hair, making sure to leave enough out on the perimeters for coverage. "If your hair is fine or a bit short," adds Marcia, "I suggest using clip in extensions to achieve P!nk's 'Marilyn' style. Approximately 3 pieces should do the trick."
5. Spray hair with a heat protect styling spray (her pick: White Sands Liquid Texture Firm) and use a medium-to-large curling iron to curl your entire head. The leave it for a few minutes to cool completely.
6. For streaks of playful color, apply Hypercolor Hair Powder with a makeup brush. Then set the style with a medium hold hairspray, teasing the roots a bit before combing through the curls for this sexy voluminous look.
For this rockabilly pompadour, start with dirty hair.
1. If your hair is really clean, add a bit of a mattifying powder.
2. Section out the crown area and create volume with a large-barrel curling iron. As each curl is formed, pin it out of the way before moving to the next section of hair.
3. Take a nickel size glob of pomade and rub hands together, applying to the sides and back.
4. Brush sides back. If hair is too long, secure with bobby pins.
5. Take pins out of the crown, tease and run fingers through the curls. Spray with White Sands Stuck Up Mega Hold Hairspray for maximum hold and volume.
Known for her own ecletic sense of style as much as her modeling career, Agyness is again teaming up with the iconic British brand for a second time on footwear, threads & accessories. Her Harajuku Girl-inflection capsule collection for Dr. Martens takes a lil' goth, throws in some punk & then splatters it all out complete with an oddball eyeball print (Aggie's own) adorning dresses, tops, high-waisted culottes (!) and a satchel. “I wanted it to be accessible whilst
having a slightly higher price point than high street fashion," says Deyn. "It will
appeal to girls who are confident and have a strong personal expression of style and identity in the way that they dress and what this says about themselves.”
Well, I for one know what the cool denim biker jacket would say about being the perfect toss-over-everything topper this spring, while the "Parade" ankle-strap skimmers in matte black leather with the trademark Docs Vibram sole...amaze(eye)balls! In fact, they just clambered to the tip-top of my Spring shopping list.
When he created A Bathing Ape, Nigo created one of the most insta-iconic fash/lifestyle brands in recent memory. And his roving tastemaker eye recently began focusing on another, much older brand - so old, in fact, it's new again. In collaboration with Japanese boutique Beams, he & his newest label, Human Made, recently launched a capsule collection inspired by vintage Coca-Cola vendor wear from the early 20th century.
The Coca-Cola x Human Made by Beams line reconstructs what "might have been", but in a modern context & includes a Shop Coat, a Work Shirt, Cap, Jodphur shorts, a Cover-All Jacket, tees & a Sweatshirt. Everything will be brushed and weathered to well-loved softness, plus the stitching is true to the early 1900s as is the Coca-Cola label from the same era. A vintage cotton-knitting machine dating from the 1930s & 40s - called a loop wheel - has been dusted off and put into use and Nigo even plundered his own bespoke collection of Coke memorabilia for the line.
"I have been wearing Coca-Cola since back in high school – be it vintage T’s or my retro red Coke leather jacket, which is one of my most prized possessions," adds Nigo. "I was also the Japan Coca-Cola yo-yo champion back in the 80s, so this collaboration was a long time coming!"
For 85 years, Cassina has been designing innovative furniture and along the way, collaborating with the likes of Le Corbusier, Charlotte Perriand, Pierre Jeanneret, Franco Albini, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Gio Ponti, Vico Magistretti, Philippe Starck and Gaetano Pesce.
Their latest: Lagerfeld & his photographic eye.
His original photo "interpretations" of his selections from Cassina will be on display at the Cassina showroom in Paris through March 10, 2013. "Karl Lagerfeld's authentic eye enhances the singular characteristics of the Cassina products," notes Gianluca Armento, Brand Director of Cassina. "Each photograph emphasizes a silhouette, the elegance of particular finishes, the luxury of a detail and the seduction of the materials."
Ah...only in Italy do construction materials "seduce" which is why we're so head over Loubies about the culture.
- Lesley Scott
(images:top left - Olivier Saillant; Le Corbusier Ic4 chair from 1928 - made in Italy by Cassina)
What's not to love about a collection inspired by Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet, vintage Versus/Versace ads .. and the designer's native Nepal?! And into this timetraveling mashup of globetrotting sophistication and slouchy homegirl, don't forget to toss in a motif of "ease". Which Marion Cotillard recently epitomized in this easy/breezy slouchy tux look from the collection - effortless, modern, sophisticated & fun.