Bill Nye Explains the ‘Adventure’ in Fashion’s New Space Age Obsession

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In fashion, something is always the new black. Florals. Gender nonconformance. Dads. Now, it seems that black might be the new black, but, in this case, the blackness is the vast, cold expanse of space punctuated with billions of tiny suns light years away.

In the move that would make Buzz Lightyear and Buzz Aldrin smile, the latest trend in the fashion world is coming from out of this world. Gucci’s Fall 2017 campaign paid homage to Star Trek and Star Wars with aliens and UFOs; Tom Sachs and Nike rereleased the artist’s iconic Mars Yard sneaker; and Karl Lagerfeld literally launched a rocket to close out Chanel’s space-themed Fall 2017 collection.

The space age is clearly having a moment and who better to explain why than Bill Nye, the most fashionable scientist around? “NASA is the best brand the United States has,” the bowtie enthusiast said to The Cut. “Everywhere you go in the world, people may not like the United States, but they respect NASA.” There’s truth to that statement. After all, our president’s blatant Neo-Nazism may be fashionable to some subsets of the population, but it’s the NASA space program that appeals to everyone.

 

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As the earth heats up and we look for ways to escape the planet, there’s a certain kind of optimism in space travel. As Bill Nye explained, “Space brings out the best in people, because it’s inherently optimistic. You’re dipping your toes in the cosmic ocean. We’re exploring, and when you explore, you’re going to have an adventure. That’s what fashion is all about.”

A New Documentary Explores How André Leon Talley Became One Of Fashion’s Biggest Influencers

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A new documentary acquired by Magnolia Pictures will explore the journey of how André Leon Talley became, in Tyra’s words, one of the most influential names in the fashion industry. The film is titled The Gospel According to André, and it will make its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival next month.

The Gospel According to André is directed by Kate Novack, who tapped the talents of some of the industry’s biggest insiders to give their two cents on Talley’s talents. That includes Anna Wintour, Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, Valentino, and Manolo Blahnik.

“André has been an unmissable fixture in the front row of fashion for as long as I can remember, but the story of how he got there has never really been told in an intimate way,” said Novack in a press release. “There is no one I would rather partner with than Magnolia to bring André and his life’s ‘​gospel’​to audiences.”

The film contains a good deal of archival footage documenting Talley’s journey all the way back from his earlier years in Andy Warhol’s Factory in the 70s to his time as editor-at-large of Vogue. 

The movie will see a theatrical release in spring 2018.

Dakota Johnson, Petra Collins & Hari Nef Serve Flower Power in Gucci Ad

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Gucci unleashed a floral explosion for their latest campaign. For their new fragrance, Gucci Bloom, Glen Luchford directed a beautifully lush short to serve the scent justice.

“I wanted a rich white floral fragrance, a courageous scent that transports you to a vast garden filled with many flowers and plants, a bouquet of abundance,” said designer Alessandro Michele. “The garden is as beautiful as women are; colorful, wild, diverse, where there is everything.”

The short does a good job of transporting us to that vast garden. Fifty Shades of Grey actress, Dakota Johnson is joined by model, Hari Nef and photographer, Petra Collins in the campaign. They strut around a floral-covered town in their casual Gucci streetwear before heading back to an overgrown apartment and then taking a dip in a pond with their flowy Gucci dresses.

Watch the campaign video for Gucci Bloom below:

BlackBook Interview: Indian Designer Anita Dongre on Her New Grassroot Label + NYC Boutique

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For Anita Dongre, fashion has always been in her blood. But as one of India’s most powerful and influential designers, she has now set her sights on creating sustainability within her country’s artisan textile communities, by means of her new woman’s label, Grassroot. Her latest collection marries her signature contemporary design aesthetic with the various forms of centuries-old heirloom traditions that have been passed down through the generations.

We caught up for a chat with the fashion visionary at the recent opening of her first U.S. boutique, in NYC’s Soho.

 

 

What is the philosophy behind Grassroot?

Grassroot is very special to me. The idea behind the brand was to help to sustain traditional crafts from India – I wanted to work with the artisans from each of India’s different regions, all of which have their own indigenous specialty craft. One of my goals was to ensure sustained employment in those areas – and then to take these traditional crafts and to make them into contemporary clothing that today’s young woman can wear and enjoy. That’s what I love about Grassroot. I want our customer to come in and realize how special every piece is. Every garment has a story to tell, it is a special skill which has been perfected and passed down from father to son, mother to daughter, for generations.

So you work with artisans from all over India?

Yes, we’re working with various communities, and each one has a different method of weaving or embroidering which is intrinsic to that community. We develop an understanding of the skill so we can create wearable, modern fashion with artisan craftsmanship. Our weavers and artisans are highly skilled, which is what makes all of our pieces so special.

How often do you travel to the different communities?

When I begin working with a new community I often go to meet with them, and then my team will continually follow up. We partner with several NGOs, some of which have a global presence. They have the skills, systems and manpower to get our materials to the artisans we work with. But they need design intervention and the introduction to a marketplace – this is where I can contribute.

 

What are some of the standout pieces?

I think my favorites are the pieces that are done by the women of SEWA: the Self Employed Women’s Association. Many pieces in the current collection were crafted by hand by these women. They have also done couture pieces for me, and their embroidery is amazing.

How do you see yourself influencing the next generation of Indian fashion designers?

I am on the board of Lakme Fashion Week, and for a couple of years I did mentor the younger designers.  It’s very rewarding and I will continue to do it.

Do you feel that there is a lot more potential in the Western fashion world for Indian design?

With people shopping across the world, fashion aesthetics are unifying globally. As an Indian designer, I have a different voice and access to a different textile tradition that I can bring to the Western fashion world, within silhouettes that have a universal appeal.

What can we expect for fall?

More classic evening wear.

What are your plans for further expansion in the US?

In addition to Grassroot, I’m planning on opening a bridal couture store in Soho this fall. It will carry traditional Indian evening wear and, as with Grassroot, everything will be handcrafted.

 

 

Pantone Is Making A Special Shade of Purple Inspired By Prince

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In celebration and memorian of the great artist and icon Prince, who passed away last year, Pantone has announced the creation of a new shade of purple paint in partnership with the musician’s estate.

The color draws influence from Prince’s famous purple Yamaha piano and his song “Purple Rain.” The shade is called “Love Symbol #2.” And here it is:

Courtesy of Pantone. 

In Fashionista’s report, Pantone VP Laurie Pressman said: “We are honored to have worked on the development of ‘Love Symbol #2,’ a distinctive new purple shade created in memory of Prince, ‘the purple one.’ A musical icon known for his artistic brilliance, ‘Love Symbol #2’ is emblematic of Prince’s distinctive style. Long associated with the purple family, ‘Love Symbol #2’ enables Prince’s unique purple shade to be consistently replicated and maintain the same iconic status as the man himself.”

The shade is to be used as the “official color across the brand he left behind,” according to a press release.

Take a look at Prince performing “Purple Rain” during a rainstorm at the Super Bowl below:

Marc Jacobs Offers Response to Last Year’s Appropriation Accusations

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In a new interview with InStyle magazine, Marc Jacobs has responded to critique of his Spring 17 show from last year, where he featured white models in dreadlocks. At the time, Jacobs had responded over Instagram, saying:

“All who cry ‘cultural appropriation’ or whatever nonsense about any race or skin color wearing their hair in any particular style or manner — funny how you don’t criticize women of color for straightening their hair. I respect and am inspired by people and how they look. I don’t see color or race — I see people.”

His first retort only fueled critics’ accusations, and was followed up with something slightly more delicate, apologizing for his “lack of sensitivity unintentionally expressed by my brevity,” adding “Of course I do ‘see’ color, but I DO NOT discriminate. THAT IS A FACT!”

Now, a year later, it appears the issue is still on the celebrity designer’s mind. Speaking to InStylehe’s said,

“What I learned from that whole thing, what caused me to pause after it died down a little bit, was that maybe I just don’t have the language for this, or maybe I’ve been insensitive because I operate so inside my little bubble of fashion.”

Jacobs poses for InStyle’s September issue alongside hip-hop legends like Biz Markie, Kurtis Blow, and Salt-N-Pepa, as well as LL Cool J, who supports Jacobs’ use of spring ’17 dreadlocks.

“There seems to be this strange feeling that you can be whoever you want as long as it’s ‘yours,’ which seems very counter to the idea of cross-pollination, acceptance, and equality, he says. “Now you can’t go to a music festival with feathers in your hair because it’s cultural appropriation.”

M.I.A. Unveils Merch Collab With Astrid Andersen

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M.I.A. has partnered with Danish up-and-coming designer Astrid Andersen for her first collection of designer merchandise. The pieces are reimagined standouts from Andersen’s Spring 17 womenswear collection, with the colors and imagery changed to reflect the black and oranges of M.I.A.’s most recent album, AIM, which the signer intends to support with an upcoming world tour.

“I’ve been a fan of M.I.A. for a long time,” Andersen said to Vogue. “She was the benchmark for cool women who would wear my new collection—so when she called me, I was mega-excited.”

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Andersen designed her first full line of womenswear for her Fall 17 collection, after successfully breaking onto the scene with her menswear collections.

“I admire how strong her entire universe is,” Andersen continued. “Her message is strong and pure and her personality is strong-willed and determined—determined to stay on her own path and include people in her vision without outside noise. That’s rare to find and that’s what made her so incredible to work with.”

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The collection includes anoraks, track pants, and t-shirts, all updated versions from Andersen’s hip-hop and basketball-influenced collection.

“I chose to work with Astrid because she is an independent who combines function, sport, simplicity, and futurism,” M.I.A. said to Vogue. “It all very much suits my personal style because it’s utilitarian—you can wear it to a club because everything is light.”

The pieces will be available on M.I.A.’s new ecommerce site starting tomorrow, with prices ranging from $70 to $160.

EXCLUSIVE: Provocative LA Trio BRÅVES’ Five Most Extravagant Fashion Moments

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In HBO’s The Young Pope, Jude Law’s Pope Pius XIII explains his philosophy regarding not being photographed, citing the incredible allure that built up around the likes of J.D. Salinger, Daft Punk and Banksy by doing just that. We couldn’t agree more – which is why we consider The Knife as one of the most striking cultural forces of the last decade.

Mysterious Los Angeles trio BRÅVES employ a similar modus operandi – constructing metaphorical “guises” in which to both cloak their actual identities, and also provoke a reaction. They want to make onlookers actually think about what they are in fact witnessing.

They released their eponymous debut album earlier this year to much intrigue. BlackBook, in fact, premiered the “heartbreaking” video for their “powerfully emotional” single “A Toast” in January.

To fete the release of the stunning new live video for “A Toast” (with mind-blowing visuals by multimedia artist BEEPLE), and as we’re wont to do, we present here what might be considered their five most extravagant sartorial statements – with a heady explanation of each by the trio themselves.

Band stylist Kendall Kerrigan sums it up incisively: “An early influential designer of mine once said ‘fashion is such a fantasy and it’s about metamorphosis and sort of changing yourself and playing a part of yourself that you want people to see.’ This is definitely true for BRÅVES. They are not young boys, but they are not old either, they are here now, in a state of constant musical experimentation and exploration. Their style is a reflection of that.”

 

 

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Here we see Thorald, fully concealed under his leather spiked cap. It’s an homage to 80s punk and the 1940s leather subculture. Thorald floats between male and female characters in his vocal delivery of our songs and enjoys reflecting that in his appearance.

 

 

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Jericho is maybe the most protective of his identity out of the three of us. And it shows in his veiled-garb. Privacy is a commodity.

 

 

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Johnny What dons a crown and spiked muzzle. Often the most concealed of the BRÅVES-men, he finds power in anonymity and expresses that through his crown, sat upon his creative throne. Since he doesn’t sing in the band, the muzzle is a fitting piece.

 

 

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This image displays our different personalities through our wardrobe. It also shows how similar the three of us are. When we met, it was like finding a lost hat or pair of sunglasses that had been missing but had always fit just right.

 

 

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This is one of the first images where we show The Brothers Koren’s faces. It was a big step for us. Yet you can see we remain hesitant by being fully covered elsewhere and half-draped in shadow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watch Donatella Versace Lip-Sync to Bruno Mars With Top Models

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In celebration of Bruno Mars making two multi-platinum singles and embarking on the US leg of his 24K Magic World tour, Donatella Versace has made a lip-synching video to his song “Versace On The Floor,” enlisting the help of some of her model friends, including Natasha Poly, Candice Swanepoele, Kiki Willems and Faretta.

Bruno began his North American leg in July, and will continue through November before heading on to South America, Asia, and Oceania. The video ends with Donatella writing: “To my friend Bruno. Have fun!”

The pair have been collaborators since Donatella was wowed by Mars’ 2012 performance at the Met Gala. Since then, she’s dressed him for some of his most memorable appearances—everything from the Super Bowl, to music videos, to accepting the Best Male Video award for “Uptown Funk” at the 2015 VMAs.

Take a look at Donatella’s tribute, below: