>> THE MODELIZER —Kate Moss is solid gold — literally. Marc Quinn, the sculptor who brought us Kate Moss-in-awkward-yoga-pose two years ago, has cast the statue again, this time in 110 pounds of solid gold. Here's a new accomplishment for Kate: The statue is being hyped as the largest gold statue built since the times of ancient Egypt. [E! Online, The Independent]
Posts for August 2008
>> Need more proof that Anna Selezneva is Carine Roitfeld's new favorite? Check out "Hor la Loi" ("Outlaw"), the September 2008 Vogue Paris editorial in which Carine styled Anna as herself, complete with sky-high heels, leopard print, and of course, lots of the requisite black.
>> THE MODELIZER —Naomi Campbell's billionaire boyfriend Vladimir Doronin just bought her a $18.5 million penthouse apartment in Sao Paolo after she told him she wanted to settle down in Brazil — it's apparently her favorite country. She also has a clothing in the works with Daslu, the posh Brazilian department store. [Page Six]
We think it's interesting to paint the fashion picture from all perspectives. You know, when we meet someone interesting in the fashion industry, we interview them. As far as we're concerned that person has just as important a perspective as the designer or brand themselves. That said, when we began work on our Fall's Top Five: Past & Present photo shoot we knew right away that we would want to interview our photographer Shannon Sinclair for the site. A young mother, an accomplished photographer, a leggy gal whom, at first glance, you might confuse for the model, we thought her insight would be interesting to share in a post. As things progressed, her husband, Bryn Bowen, who happens to work in our office, got involved. His company, We Are Rocket Science, builds world class sets and installation pieces for fashion editorial. Before we knew it, both Shannon and Bryn were committed to the shoot, and we had quite a little production on our hands. Below, a few questions answered from the talented pair, and, below that, some out-takes captured by Shannon.
What are the advantages to working in the same industry?
B. Knowing where each of us are coming from when dealing with outside work. We don't get the opportunity to work together very often, so knowing the highs and lows of the industry helps with understanding each other.
S. The industry has a tendency to be very word-of-mouth. At times, we have been able to be each other's PR manager.
What are the disadvantages?
B. The inconsistent income.
S. The Hours! Some days he isn't home until late! We have a 2 year old so I find myself wondering where my break is.
Do you often bring in each other on board to the projects you are working on?
B. We always look at each other's work and critique it. Everyone needs that extra opinion sometimes even if they don't want it. She sees things I don't and vice versa.
S. I value Bryn's opinion. I always ask him what he thinks of my concepts for shoots. We agree to disagree!
Shannon, how has Bryn made you a better photographer?
S. He has a wonderful creative eye. He always brings ideas to the table when I am shooting with him. He also keeps me grounded and calm.
Bryn, how has Shannon made you a better designer?
B. I wouldn't know to think about a crop, movement, or when to stop working if it wasn't for her.
What inspired the set for the trend shoot?
B. There were so many shots and so many different looks. The simplest idea was to take inconspicuous walls and add texture, depth, and color. Do it in a way that wouldn't take away from the clothes but, instead, compliment.
What inspired the lighting and photographic techniques?
S. I wanted to go back to the way of shooting that I like which is more on the conceptual side. The last several shoots I have done I have kept the lighting
pretty straight forward. I wanted to be more creative with the mood of the shoot. We were going to be shooting clothing that had a lot of texture and color
and I wanted to enhance that. I decided to use several different lights to create a sort of blurred effect, with the feeling of movement and fluidity. I think the lighting brought a lot of life & color to the shoot.
What don't people realize about the fields that you work in?
B. That I can still make a living at making art.
S. It's hard work being a photographer! It isn't as easy as you would think it would be. The photographer wears many hats. We don't just stand there and push a button. We are orchestrating an entire job. Oh, and we control the ipod.
What don't people realize about the fashion industry at large?
B. Its a huge stone that we each have to chip away at to get ahead. I think what ever people think about it is true. It can be fast, creative, and fulfilling at all the right times. One can always find either a city or a designer that inspires them to either create or think outside the box.
S. That there are hundreds of people doing different jobs to make the fashion industry go round. There is much more going on than just pretty models, cool magazines, and a fancy party.
We often feel like the second career of every stifled creative woman working an analytic job is jewelry designer. The volume of press releases announcing new jewelry designers breaking free from their corporate life simply astounds. Everyone it believes they can help us accessorize. And yet so little quality seems to emerge from the morass of hopefuls that we had despaired of ever unearthing something of value. It seemed best to stay with established names when laying out for life's most precious purchases.
But just as we reached the pits of disinterest a beacon of hope emerged. Manju Jasty's namesake Manju Jasty Fine Jewelry is a new line worth discovering.
Inspired by classic Indian design, crafted from the finest quality materials, and honed by fresh aesthetics, Manju Jasty is a cultural treasure trove of ancient influences for modern women. With a focus on updating traditional Indian jewelry, the line features "negative" space as a way to lighten and renew for sophisticated yet easy to wear designs.
This was certainly the opinion of Barney's Fashion Director Julie Gilhart who by a chance encounter met Jasty. The designer charmingly did not know the director and was unaware of the buyer's incredible influence when Gilhart encouraged her work. In fashion fairytale form, Gilhart picked up the line for Barney's.
Jasty, an MBA and investment banker, had just left her job at Barclays Capital and from talking with her it sounds as if she was not entirely convinced jewelry was the route to go. And while its tempting to say it was meant to be with a first name derived from the Sanskrit word meaning “jewel box,” trust us when we say it could have gone poorly. The fact that Jasty had talent and inspiration to transcend the cliché made us take notice. But then perhaps we were simply jaded, for if anyone knows the true value of an updated cultural classic its a banker. We like to think its akin to rebranding a jewelry tradition. Nothing says success like taking an underperforming asset like one's heritage and making it live again.
Photographed by Gareth Cattermole.
Fashion loves its privileges, from the support of its eccentrics to its disdain of frugality, fashion flaunts. A kind of delightful disregard for hiding foibles and desires permeates our culture. Each season we find new ways to explore this effort. And while we would never suggest that fashion suffers from a shortage of excess, this Fall we believe we have found a patch of ground in which we are missing out on a classic aristocratic joy.
What pray tell have we discovered that is a must have excess for Fall? Now, call us a little crazy but but one of our favorite fall traditions is the return of hunting season. And no we don't mean big game, though we do have a few elk hunters in our circle of friends (yes, really, and no not hipster weekenders), in fact we are referring to fox hunting. The landed gentry once enjoyd indulging in what Oscar Wilde once called "the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable."
Now fashionistas, long proud of our sophisticated city lives have lost out on one of the marks of the upper classes. Yes lads and lassies, we think fashion is missing out profoundly when it comes to one of the privileges of country life. As urban fashionistas, perhaps we are victims of some long forgotten Enclosure Act, dooming us to pavement as our sole grounds. For really, what are the stylish hordes but the landless working class? Even in our consumptive frenzy, shock, have we become something at which Karl Marx would shudder?
Thus this Fall we are taking back the country with a little fox hunting flare. In our Top Five Trends For Fall photo editorial we featured a John Paul Gaultier Houndstooth Boot from eLuxury. This reinterpreation of a classic equestrian boot by a French designer has just the sort of theatrical ostentation that represents some of the best of fashion. It says, pish posh, I shall mix my privileges, associations, histories and cultures as I see fit. Its just the sort of attitude the landed gentry should have in this crazy relative world of ours.
Man is a political animal according to Aristotle and we are pleased to discover that for many fashionistas that doesn't simply evoke zebra stripes. Charles Nolan, fresh from his Americana Cruise 2009 collection has been supporting his life partner Andrew Tobias, treasurer of the Democratic National Committee, at the Democratic Convention WWD has a delightful interview with the political animals. Concerns about the economy, rights, and free thinking were thankfully a higher priority thank who wore what pant suit to the couple.
Jil Sander is expanding into inner and beach wear. In license with Italian manufacturer Albisetti SpA the first innerwear collection will launch in September 2009 with beachwear in 2010. We personally can't wait for the minimalist bandeau suit possibilities.
Los Angeles County Prosecutors have dropped half the charges against designer Anand Jon. Accused of a slew of sex crimes, the remaining charges could still put him away for 122 years to life.
Origins wants Coloradans to feel like its a local favorite, just like all the other actual local favorites. But these days you have to be big to afford to be good.
Don't let the recession get you down. Fortunately, our Network Partners have discovered ways of lifting your economic spirits in today's Must Read posts from: Sex can sell products, but it can also convey a message. Season 5 discovers a stunt Lush Cosmetics pulled to promote their lack of excess packaging by using naked employees. Can a lack of clothing be just as fashionable as being fully dressed? The Daily Obsession discovers designer Vicente Villarin. Some designers know how to create the perfect dress for a woman, and they believe that he knows how to craft the most flattering dress. The sad state of the economy has many women cutting back. Beauty Is Within has found beauty products to help you recession proof your medicine chest. Just because the economy isn't looking so pretty doesn't mean you shouldn't. We are always on the lookout for the latest beauty tool to help with flawless application. Temptalia discovers a oddly shaped sponge by Sonia Kashuk that helps to do just that. Smelly Blog delves into the intricacies of Estee Lauder's Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia fragrance. Her keen sense of smell and knowledge on al things fragrance make this post a delight to read.
>> There are plenty of Coco Chanel biopics in the works, and Karl Lagerfeld is now involved in at least two of them.
It was announced last month that he is working with the costumer for Chanel et Stravinsky, and yesterday came the announcement that Coco Avant Chanel, which stars Audrey Tautou as the designer, will feature Chanel dresses (I assume archival) and Karl will be supervising the re-creation of costumes and accessories for the production.
It seems like Coco Avant Chanel has been in pre-production for forever — Audrey's attachment was announced last May — but the 12-week production is finally starting Sept. 15 in Paris. The movie is slated to be released in 2009, and since Warner Bros. is behind the project, expect a full-out, hopefully gratifying, film.