>> New Gareth Pugh Video To Be Screened Simultaneously in New York and Online —Score one for the plebes: the art-fashion video Gareth Pugh collaborated on with filmmaker Ruth Hogben to lay out the inspiration behind his Spring 2010 collection (before he sends it down the runway in Paris), which is screening Sept. 13 as part of New York Fashion Week will also be simultaneously screened online by SHOWstudio.com. Set your calendar for Sunday, Sept. 13 at 8 pm EST.
Posts for September 11th 2009
>> A Single Man, which Tom Ford directed, coproduced, cowrote and called "the most personal thing" he's ever done, premiered today at the Venice Film Festival. The first trailer for the movie — which features a cameo by Ford's favorite ad model, Jon Kortajarena, as hustler Carlos — has also hit YouTube: see below; the colors and work of Mad Men's production designer Dan Bishop, who filled the same role for A Single Man, is instantly recognizable, and apparently the show's star Jon Hamm does an uncredited voiceover in the film.
The movie is already receiving good reviews — the Times UK called it "a thing of heart-stopping beauty . . . There will be critics who will be unable to get past the director’s background, but rest assured: Tom Ford is the real deal." Variety's verdict: "Luminous and treasurable, despite its imperfections. An impressive helming debut for fashion designer Tom Ford."
And Ford himself is finally talking about the film: “People who don’t know me well will be very surprised by the film. It shows a different side of me." Despite Ford's fascination with sex in the fashion arena, the film contains no sex scenes.
He just finished editing A Single Man two weeks ago, and hopes this is the "the beginning of a parallel career alongside fashion," he tells WWD. "The process seems really natural to me, and I'd ideally like to make a film every three to four years." But he's trying to keep his two careers separate: "I didn’t want to be perceived as some fashion designer who’s come to Venice and decided to make a film . . . I wanted to avoid anything to do with fashion, and I wanted the film to speak for itself."
>> Connected? Marc Jacobs Wants Models with Black Hair for Spring 2010 Show, Agyness Deyn Dyes Hair Black —Marc Jacobs isn't shy about asking models to dye their hair — some went blue for Spring 2008 — and now, word is, according to COACD: "Marc [is] trying to convince new faces to dye hair black" for his Spring 2010 show. Meanwhile, Agyness Deyn Twittered earlier this evening, "I have black hair!!!!!!! Emo!!!!!!" and her sister posted a picture from last night as photographic evidence. Put the two pieces of information together, and coincidence? Or not so much . . . [COACD Twitter, AggyDeyn Twitter, HusseinDeyn Twitter]
Preen's Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi presented a collection of breezy, textured dresses and separates for the Preen spring 2010 collection, offering fans an update on fall's wildly successful asymmetrical body con dress.
This season the duo focused on designing with lighter fabrics and gently turning up the romance. Matted panels of ruffles (seen on shoulders as delicate epaulettes or exaggerating the hip) were strong statements, as were iridescent fabrics and lace — the former layered under the latter for a sequin effect.
Serpentine ropes also made an impact, draping around the body to connect contrasting panels and creating graphic necklines in bubble gum pink, gray and black.
To further illustrate spring's ligther tone, Thornton and Bregazzi introduced diaphanous looks with a selection of light-as-air dresses and tops in black, white, and yellow — most striking in the aforementioned pink, and in an elegant black A-line dress with three shoulder straps.
Although being a favorite of the fashion press doesn't always translate into financial success, the sold out status of Preen's fall merchandise is a pretty good indication that Thorton and Bregazzi just might have the best of both worlds.