Free People Threw a Party in Their Pants

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Last week, Free People, the bohemian retailer with a penchant for lively

prints, invited friends and family to put on their favorite pair of pants, and, well, just

dance. The event, which celebrated the release of a new line of bottoms, was held on

the recently opened twelfth floor of Neuehouse, a member’s only club for creatives

in Manhattan’s Flatiron district. With custom cocktails courtesy of Tito’s Vodka and

Pressed Juicery, and a DJ-set by Harley Viera-Newton, attendees danced the night

way. The room, dimly lit, with strobing ultraviolet lights, made for quite the

atmosphere. So much so that even those of with two left feet couldn’t help but get

our groove on. Between the electric outfits—you could have sworn Coachella was in

full swing—and sweeping 360-degree views, it was hard to not feel the buzz,

cocktails be damned.

Apart from the dancing, the highlight of the evening was an unexpected

double-dutch session. The jump ropes, adorned in glow sticks, quickly became the

center of attention, and the jumpers did not disappoint. By the end of the night, after

hours of dancing and an unmentionable number of juice-infused vodkas, attendees

strode out with smiles on their faces. Free People indeed.

Pamela Anderson Stars in New Lingerie Campaign for Coco De Mer

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Photography: Rankin for Coco De Mer

Pam is back, and she’s looking better than ever. After rocking a recent Vivienne Westwood campaign, the former Playmate of the Month shows she’s definitely still got it at 49 years old, looking stunning in Coco De Mer’s new Icons Collection lingerie campaign.

On starring in the new photo series, Anderson said: “Coco de Mer’s designers have created such a tempting range which just embraces the elegance and playfulness that you expect from Coco de Mer. The Icons collection exudes that special seductiveness in such a luxurious fashion, you can’t help but feel empowered and beautiful.”

Ms. Anderson has worked with the lingerie brand before: earlier this year, she starred in a NSFW video for the company in honor of Valentine’s Day, celebrating and empowering female sexuality.

Take a look at the gorgeous shots by iconic photographer Rankin below:pamela-anderson-coco-de-mer-02 pamela-anderson-coco-de-mer-05

Netflix Brings Sophia Amoruso’s Story to Life in ‘Girlboss’ (Trailer)

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Sophia Amoruso is one of the most empowering names for self-starting women of our time. In her early 20s, she began selling vintage clothes on eBay, evolving her business into the ecommerce empire known as Nasty Gal.

With the announcement of Freeform picking up The Bold Type, a pilot inspired by the life of Hearst’s chief content officer, Joanna Coles, Netflix is contributing to the genre by bringing Amoruso’s story to our screens. Based on the memoir of the same name, Girlboss tells the entrepreneur’s tale of growing a fashion brand from the ground up during the early 2000s in San Francisco. Britt Robertson brings a spunky snark to the series as the titular femme phenom.

Girlboss premieres April 21 on Netflix. Watch the trailer below:

Givenchy Hires Its First Female Creative Director

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Givenchy has at last replaced its former creative director Riccardo Tisci with Chloé mastermind Clare Waight Keller. The designer will be Givenchy’s first female Creative Director and is scheduled to begin May 2, marking the end of her 6-year tenure at Chloé.

Keller will be responsible for both men’s and women’s ready-to-wear for the brand, as well as all accessories and couture shows.

Givenchy chief executive officer Philippe Fortunato told WWD, “She has this great ability to break the rules and innovate without making a revolution. Her very focused approach will help the brand in building the ongoing momentum we have—and taking it to the next level.”

Today’s news follows the announcement that Jil Sander’s Creative Director of three years, Rodolfo Paglialunga, will be leaving the German fashion brand.

Keller and Givenchy both took to Instagram to announce the big news:

2017. CLARE WAIGHT KELLER. NEW ARTISTIC DIRECTOR. SHOT BY STEVEN MEISEL.

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J.W. Anderson Collaborating with Uniqlo

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Today, it was announced that fast-fashion, minimalist brand Uniqlo will partner with legendary designer J.W. Anderson is set to create a collection for the retailer that highlights his signature British heritage.

According to WWD, Anderson said, “Collaborations are incredibly important in design. When I think of Uniqlo, I think of things that are perfectly made, that people have spent a lot of time considering. It’s a difficult job, and I think Uniqlo does it very well. Working with Uniqlo is probably the most incredible template of democracy in fashion, and it’s nice that my design can be accessible to anyone, on all different levels.”

The match does certainly seem to be one made up in the clouds: Anderson is famous for his signature ultra-simple look of jeans a blue crewneck sweater.

Speaking on the collaboration, Yuki Katsuta head of research and design at Uniqlo, explained: “Much of the clothing we wear today has a long history, and many styles originated from uniforms or workwear. The British Isles constitute a treasure house of such apparel, with duffle coats and fisherman’s sweaters being just two examples. In partnering with J.W. Anderson, one of Britain’s most innovative and creative brands, we will tap into traditions while pursuing progress in designs and fabrics, to craft styles that are enduringly appealing.”

Uniqlo has a rich history of successful collaborations: besides their J+ collection with Jil Sander, the brand recently launched a Beauty and the Beast-ispired collection. At today’s press conference, it was revealed that Uniqlo has renewed their partnership with the Museum of Modern Art – they offer free admission to the museum on Friday nights, and in exhcange are able to feature certain work from the famed art institution in their apparel.

INTERVIEW: Karen Elson on Emotional Upheaval, the Mindf*ck of Modeling and Music as Salvation

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If the term “supermodel” still has any cultural capital, Karen Elson surely would be counted amongst that extremely elite group – with her striking countenance gracing so many magazine covers and advertising campaigns these last two decades as to make her instantly recognizable. But in truth, she’s just a kid from Manchester with a big heart, a remarkably disarming outward warmth, and a great deal of music in her soul that needs to get out.

You know the big public story. She married rock god Jack White in 2005, they had two children together, and then divorced in 2013. In between, she launched a music career with the gorgeously stylized 2010 album The Ghost Who Walks – and with hubbie Jack at the production controls.

But the tumult of the split had left her at once unable to summon her creative muse, yet also determined to tell the new story of Karen Elson. That story has at last arrived in the form of the stunningly visceral new album Double Roses, out April 17.

For the job, she gathered an incredible collection of accomplices (Laura Marling, Pat Sansone of Wilco, Benmont Tench of The Heartbreakers, producer Jonathan Wilson), and the result is a record that is as musically accomplished – “Call Your Name” recalls Fleetwood Mac at their best – as it is courageously and movingly soul-baring. One need only to listen to stirring lead single “Distant Shore” to understand what a deeply cathartic experience it must have been for her.

We caught up with her for a remarkably honest and revealing conversation.

 

 

The last record was a bit more “storytelling.” This is a much more personal album?

Yeah, I think so. I mean, it’s been seven years since I made a record. The elephant in the room is that I got a divorce. That obviously shifts your perspective.

Well, you’re suddenly split in two…

It’s something very personal; and when you’re in the worlds that Jack and I are in…you’re thrust into the public spotlight. And I felt very protective of myself, I didn’t want people asking me questions. Now all that is somewhat in the distance.

And sometimes you just need time ponder things. 

There’s absolute truth in that. But not just regarding my divorce – there were so many things in a state of turmoil in my life. So I had to step back to be able to reflect upon myself and upon my choices.

That brought you to making this record?

I knew I needed to crack into the vulnerability. During the writing, on any given day, I didn’t know if I was going to be “wild and stormy oceans” or a “calm sea.” When I tried to mask my feelings of insecurity, the songs would kind of suck. When I embraced the vulnerability within the writing process, there was something that was way more connected. I got real with myself, and dug into that deep, intricate part of myself.

Some of the lyrics are very honest and vulnerable…and melancholy. You write, “Hey love, it’s the end of an era” – but also, “I am alone / I am free.” Did writing and recording these songs help bring you to a new sense of emotional freedom?

Well, the songs were written over a long period of time, there’s a sort of arc of these turbulent times in my life. A lot of people focus on this being a breakup record; yet there are a lot of other life experiences that color it. But those are not the ones mentioned in the tabloids.

The public wants...

Well, I don’t think I know anybody who’s been through a divorce and said, “That was so fun!” Me and Jack are friends and he’s a wonderful father. But it doesn’t negate that there is real pain and emotional upheaval.

Did you find that you’ve discovered who is Karen Elson is now?

Yeah, definitely! Well, first, I’m a complete and utter daydreamer…

Gee, who would have guessed that about you?

But I do feel a lot more stable than I did a decade ago.

The music seems less stylized on this album, more complex.

I worked really hard on the songs – on the lyrics and on the music. With my first record I was still figuring it out. At that time I was married to such a formidable musician, and always in the back of my head I felt people were thinking that Jack actually wrote all the songs.

But you’ve noticeably moved on from his particular influence.

With this one, I wanted to show myself, I was tired of hiding behind this veneer, being so many women but myself – even as a model. I was also going through an identity crisis, reconfiguring who I am. What I needed in my life to feel vital was to strip myself of all the things that have been put upon me.

 

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Well, modeling is about hiding behind a façade, of course.

And as a model, the fun of it is that I get to go to work, dress up, and become this character for a day – and have my photograph taken. Yet slowly but surely it sinks into your psyche. I started wondering, “Who the hell am I?” I’m not this person in the magazine, but I’m also not the illusion that I was painting on stage. I had this intense desire to simply just be myself. And maybe because of my unique circumstances, weirdly, just being myself was very difficult to accomplish.

The album artwork sort of reflects that. Like you’re trying to emerge from a dark place…

That was me and a friend swimming in the ocean. I was really going through a dark time, it felt sort of hopeless. She just snapped the picture; and I look at it now and I can see all of that in my face. That’s the accurate description of this record, cast out to the stormy sea and trying to find my way back to the calm shore. But I’m no damsel in distress!

How do you balance the worlds of music and fashion?

It’s a strange world, the music business. But then I’ve never even sussed out the fashion business really. As a model, you can have a million people telling you how to look, how to act, how to be. But I’ve not had a normal career at all. I don’t go to fashion parties, I don’t hang out on the scene. I don’t even follow fashion – I don’t look in fashion magazines to follow trends. I have always been a bit of an outsider. I don’t want to be front and center, I want to be on the periphery.

Is that partly due to coming from Manchester?

I have no idea! I think it’s just my personality, at once an extrovert and an introvert. I’ve always been a little bit of a mystery to myself. Duality is a lot my life, I’m a twin. And my twin sister is my best friend.

You’re much more vulnerable making music, of course.

I have worked with amazing photographers, who have this uncanny way of seeing into your soul with a picture. But standing up on stage is so much more vulnerable, yes. Whereas a photograph is just an image of you.

One profession is about holding back emotion, and the other is about diving down into the depths of your emotions.

There’s been so much emphasis on the way I look. But I don’t really like that. I don’t look in the mirror and go, “Oh, look at me, I’m a model!” It’s not to dis the fashion industry, I love the people that I work with. But it is a mindfuck to be put on a pedestal for how you look. Especially when how you looked was what made you miserable as a kid, because everyone fucking tortured you for it. And it also isn’t a real reflection of who you are fundamentally.

But this record certainly is.

Yes, and I’ve come out of it a lot stronger and more hopeful. This record is about being who I am, and standing up for who I am.

Frances Bean Cobain Defaces Her Own Marc Jacobs Billboard

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Frances Bean Cobain recently became one Marc Jacobs’ many muses when she was tapped for the spring/summer 2017 campaign. A photo by David Sims of Cobain in a baby doll dress – somewhat reminiscent of mama Courtney Love – is currently displayed on the billboard above the Melrose Place location.

This weekend, she and some friends took to the sign with their own creative touch. In broad daylight, they plastered a colorful drawn profile over her black-and-white photo and painted “witch witch she’s a witch” in red across the dress. In a video directed by Alexander Alexandrov with a song by Cigarettes After Sex, the grunge rock princess and her friends embody the LA cool kids on the Marc Jacobs rooftop, for what appears to be one of the designer’s best video campaigns.

#ONEBIGROOFFULLOFFBADBITCHES directed by @alexanderalexandrov // song @cigsaftersex @marcjacobs @abreealoren @illmagore

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LVMH Prize Narrows Competition to Eight Final Young Designers

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The LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers today narrows its shortlist of finalists to 8 designers. The presitigious honor will be awarded by industry experts on June 16, following presentations in Paris March 2 and 3. Below, a quick recap of each of the finalists.

Ambush – Based in Tokyo, Ambush is a Korean-American designer of unisex clothing with a rebellious, streetwear aesthetic. Follow @ambush_official.

Atlein – A French, Paris-based designer of womenswear with a casually ultramodern sensibility. Follow @atleinparis.

Cecilie Bahnsen – Danish, based in Copenhagen, Bahnsen designs womenswear with ruffly, Victorian vibes. Follow @ceciliebahnsen.

Jahnkoy – is a menswear brand by Russian designer Maria Kazakova, based in New York City. The clothes are very street style/ athleisure with bright prints and patterns. Follow @jahnk0y.

Kozaburo – helmed by Kozaburo Akasaka, a Japanese designer in New York, Kozaburo creates menswear with a sort of 70s punk sensibility. Follow @kozaburoakasaka.

Marine Serre – a French designer in Paris, Serre makes womenswear that plays with whimsical patterns and colors. Follow @marine.serre.

Molly Goddard – Goddard is a British designer in London designing womenswear with wild ruffles and groundbreaking silhouettes. Follow @mollymgoddard.

Nabil Nayal – Also a Brit in London designing womenswear, Nayal’s work is architectural yet feminine, completely different from any of the other designers we’ve seen. Follow @nabilnayal.

FIRST LOOK: Delta and Alessi Team up for Stylish In-Air Dining

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Airport security won’t be getting cheerier anytime soon. But once boarded, things are looking decidedly up for the perpetual traveler.

To wit, the fabulously groovy new Delta partnership with Italian design house Alessi – which we were privileged to have a peek at before its official launch on April 1. The airline, long America’s “cool” carrier, has been ratcheting up the comfort and luxury of late, with plush new seats, wifi access on most flights, bigger overhead bins, notable-chef-created meals and seasonal wine offerings. But this new program brings a welcome dose of style at 30,000 feet.

The Alessi for Delta collection includes signature mod flatware, stylishly patterned trays, stark bone china, curvy crystal glassware…even the tabletop accessories – napkin rings, salt & pepper shakers – get a clever reinvention. It all makes reference to popular items created and inspired by some of Alessi’s most renowned designers; but smartly, feedback was also solicited from both passengers and flight attendants during the design process.

“Alessi was a natural choice for Delta,” says the company’s President Alberto Alessi. “We have worked with some of the most exciting designers in our international network to create the most innovative and advanced in-flight collection in the contemporary design scene.”

Here’s what it looks like.