Posts for June 17th 2008
>> It's out: This is the secret project Alexander Wang hinted at — but it's something much bigger than just a collaboration between Wang and Kate Moss. W magazine's July 2008 issue is devoted to fashion, and I mean that in the best possible way.
A Bruce Weber-lensed photo places Daria Werbowy, Kate Moss, and Lara Stone on the cover, and that mean troika is joined by Sasha Pivovarova and a whole cabal of up-and-coming designers — think Alexander Wang, Rodarte, Gareth Pugh, Danielle Scutt, Christophe Decarnin of Balmain, plus more — to cavort around for 36-page editorial shot in Miami.
Bruce Weber was the perfect choice to capture the high summer heat in action — favorite images include a portrait of Kate Moss with her father and sister (below), glasses-wearing Jeremy Laing being playfully bullied by a bevy of much tanner, much beefier male models, and Laura and Kate Mulleavy trying on vintage couture hats.
According to Danielle Scutt, she, Louise Goldin, Gareth Pugh, and Georgina Chapman got together during the shoot for a performance of George Michael’s “Freedom! ’90”:
Gareth was playing the washboard, Georgina had maracas, and me and Louise had tambourines. Some of us then went back to the hotel and jumped in the pool. When I woke up the next morning, I couldn’t find my trainers or jeans.
Another fun fact: Jason Wu, besides designing his eponymous line, is the creative director and partner of a $5 million company, Integrity Toys Inc., for whom he develops dolls.
Anyway, back to the good stuff — full editorial here (NSFW).
Last Fall we were being hit over the head with trend reports and runway galleries of nude: the 'pop' color for Spring 08. But did it ever manifest? Sure, we've seen the florals (the runner up to nudes as far as Spring 08 trends go) and the pleated trousers. We've seen the newest incarnations of gladiator sandals, the patent thick-strap heels we were expecting all along. Basically, the only trend that hasn't delivered is the nude, the one we were most excited about! We've two theories about the disappearance of this 'supposed' big-time trend. First, it's the nature of nude to blend in. Stark, natural tones like these tend to disappear once you put on those bright red sandals and that pair of electric blue sunglasses. Nudes, all along, were editorialized with pops of color and perhaps this trend has hit the streets and we just don't notice it, because, in the end, life isn't like it is in the magazines. The other possibility, the one we're most sure of, is that people aren't wearing enough nude. If you're wearing one garment that touches on the trend, well, you're just wearing a color. To really establish itself, there need be a few daring fashionistas willing to do the Claire Huxtable and dress in nude from head to toe. We're going to do it, and if you're with us, a spread of possibilities is below.