Harley Weir Shoots M.I.A. and Other Creatives for the Hugo Boss AW17 Campaign

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What do you get when you put a bunch of creatives on an old fairground with famed photographer Harley Weir? The answer, it seems, is a surprisingly sick lookbook for for the AW17 HUGO by Hugo Boss collection. The photos feel like classic Americana rerouted through an inspired pastiche of David Lynch films and starring M.I.A. in all her glam and glory.

For the “Bad Girls” singer’s second campaign for Hugo Boss, she was joined by a group of artists, musicians, models, and actors. Among them are models Tony Ward, Paul Hameline, Manami Kinoshita, and Jamie Bochert; actor Jamie Campbell Bower; and social media stars Lisa and Lena. Besides lounging around the abandoned fairground in the designer’s iconic suits, a handful of them show up in videos on the Hugo Boss Instagram to showcase their personalities as well as their striking good looks.

Before you go watch skater and model extraordinaire Olan Prenatt make out with his girlfriend for a Hugo Boss campaign, click through the slideshow to check out our favorite shots.

Photos by Harley Weir, courtesy of HUGO.

The 2018 Pirelli Calendar Is An All-Black ‘Alice-In-Wonderland’-Themed Shoot

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The Pirelli calendar brings us breathtaking fashion imagery each year – in the past we’ve seen Annie Leibovitz photographing women with and without clothing and Peter Lindbergh capturing A-list actresses – and the 2018 publication is no exception. Photographer Tim Walker has captured an all-black cast of icons, including RuPaul, Naomi Campbell, Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, Whoopi Goldberg, and Lupita Nyong’o, among others, in a colorful Alice in Wonderland – inspired shoot.

Sean Diddy Combs and Naomi Campbell. BTS Photo by Alessandro Scotti for Pirelli.

The calendar’s images from Walker won’t be visible for another several months, but behind the scenes photos from Alessandro Scotti are currently circulating the internet via Pirelli’s site.

RuPaul and the Pirelli Cast. BTS Photo by Alessandro Scotti for Pirelli.

Edward Enninful, the newly minted Editor-in-Chief of British Vogue, styled the shoot. You can watch an exclusive behind-the-scenes video of the production below:

Sasha Lane and Lupita Nyong’o. BTS Photo by Alessandro Scotti for Pirelli.

Céline Dion Modeling Couture for Vogue Has Saved Our Sorry Souls

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We’ve been seeing paparazzi shots from behind-the-scenes of Céline Dion’s mystical Vogue haute couture project over the past few weeks, and each image has given us that dose of strength we needed to carry on with our day. But we’ve been withering, praying that she’d give us more, and now, at last, Ms. Dion has. And the final result of this Vogue collaboration has electrified us like a bolt of high-fashion lightning. We’ve been enlightened and risen to a new level of transcendence.

First of all, Céline goes floral in this striking headpiece that rewrote Earth’s narrative:

If that wasn’t enough for you, next we head into this Skirt Suit of Wonders:

This is amazing on its own…

But consider that it turns into this:

Don’t scream:

I said don’t scream!

You’re frightening the children!

May the odds be ever in your favor.

Good night and God bless.

Naomi Campbell Crowns Manolo Blahnik the “King of Shoes” in New Documentary

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Only one man has earned the nickname “king of shoes” by queen Naomi Campbell and had Anna Wintour profess that she only wears his footwear. His name is Manolo Blahnik and his legendary, romanticized shoes are the subject of a new, star-studded documentary called Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards.

Yes, long before the 74-year-old designer became the go-to shoemaker to the stars, he was a child designing tiny shoes for lizards. The preview for the Michael Roberts-directed documentary, set for release in September, traces back the life of the man credited with reviving the stiletto heel in the 1970s. Among the packed roster of celebrity interviews, there are moments with Isaac Mizrahi, Paloma Picasso, Sex and the City creator Candace Bushnell, and Rihanna—the latter laughing along as the designer reveals men get angry with him because their wives love his shoes more than them.

It also features some extremely quotable dialogue, like the line: “I was not a very quiet boy. Never was, never will be.” Fuck it up, girl. While we wait for the official release and strap on your Manolo’s for the premiere, catch up on some of the best fashion documentaries of the last five years, including 2010’s Bill Cunningham and 2014’s Dior and I.

CHANEL “THE FIFTH SENSE”

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No brand celebrates women in all their complexities quite like Chanel. It is constantly finding new ways to fuse the modern and the classic, the strong and the feminine – something that’s perfectly encapsulated in its iconic perfumes. For their latest project, a multimedia online experience aptly titled The Fifth Sense, Chanel teamed up with i-D to highlight some of the most innovative and complex women working in the arts today. As part of the project, Chanel and i-D are highlighting the artistic practices of six women, specifically exploring the ways in which their visions are influenced by smell.

Entitled “Making Movement,” the fifth film in the series profiles the stunning Japanese ballet dancer Nozomi Iijima as she choreographs her very first piece. Inspired by Chanel No. 5, Iijima’s piece marries technical precision and fluid self-expression to create something that’s at once beautifully unfamiliar and timeless. “In dance, the classic is the foundation of the modern,” she explains. “And so as a woman and as a dancer I feel I have to carry both.” Not only is Iijima’s unique approach to movement endlessly mesmerizing, it illustrates strength in femininity – a notion that couldn’t be more Chanel.

Through The Fifth Sense, Chanel and i-D challenge female artists to view their work through a different lens, ultimately urging them to create something fresh and beautiful.

Find out more about The Fifth Sense and click here to watch “Making Movement”.

The CFDA/ Vogue Fashion Finalists Have Been Announced

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Illustration: Hilton Dresden

The ten finalists for the CFDA/ Vogue Fashion Fund are here, and each now has a shot and raking in that sweet, sweet $400,000 grand prize (two runner-ups will take home a cool $100K.)

Each one of the ten picks will receive mentorship and guidance from established industry creatives, and present a final collection at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles in October. From there, judges will decide a winner and announce the top contenders in NYC on November 6. The panel, which consists of such legends as Diane von Furstenberg, Ashley Olsen, and Prabal Gurung, welcomes four new members this year: previous fund winners Joseph Altuzarra and Eva Chen, Saks’ Senior VP and Fashion Director Roopal Patel, and Vogue Runway‘s Director Nicole Phelps.

The finalists this year include some of our queer faves, including Vaquera, who’ve previously wowed us with their Handmaid’s Tale collaboration and alt-Americana inspired runways, and Chromat, responsible for futuristic swim and athletic wear and a new electric capsule collection with MAC.

Take a look at the full list below:

Ahlem Manai-Platt (eyewear): Ahlem

Becca McCharen-Tran (swim and athleticwear): Chromat

Christopher Bevans (menswear): Dyne

Victor Glemaud (knitwear): Victor Glemaud

Jordan Askill (jewelry): Jordan Askill

Matthew Harris (jewelry): Mateo New York

Eli Azran (streetwear): RTA

Sandy Liang (womenswear): Sandy Liang

Telfar Clemens (ready-to-wear): Telfar LLC

Patric DiCaprio, Bryn Taubensee, David Moses & Claire Sully (ready-to-wear): Vaquera

Raun LaRose Went Back to the Future for His 80’s, Tech-Inspired ‘System Down’ Collection

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If Kip’s soulful crooning about his love for technology at the end of Napoleon Dynamite was a precursor to our embrace of capitalistic desires for gadgetry, Raun LaRose’s SS ‘18 show was the fashionable takedown of tech one garment at a time. For his System Down collection, the 29-year-old designer went back to the future for an overstated, 80s-inspired show.

The greed of Wall Street, Silicon Valley origins, and the technology boom provided a stark mood board to reflect on the tight grip of tech on modern society. Corporate power suits, bomber jackets, graphic tees, and wide-leg trousers received a notable upgrade with the help of Portuguese artist José Cunha, whose graphic designs on the garments were inspired by error messages from old, malfunctioning computers. With many models outfitted in oversized glasses some might label as “nerdy,” the short-trousers and boxy silhouettes found a modern, science fiction flair thanks to a range of metallic and inorganic fabrics.

“As technology progresses…we as a people disconnect. I wanted to trace back to when the start of the tech wave began in the 80s, he told Vice. “With the combination of fashion becoming such a consumerist market and creativity or expression being a by-factor, I found it important to express my feelings toward that by just creating what I wanted versus what the system tells us to.”

Behind The Shoot: Gaudess + Laduree Getting Glam at the Baccarat Hotel

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What happens when some Uptown cool kids get together with a Downtown style icon at one of New York’s most glamorous hotels, to wear fancy jewelry and eat even fancier cookies? You get a take away of a lot of really fabulous images.

And so it was that the new campaign for the rebranding of Gaudess jewelry came to life. They’re already known, under the direction of CEO-Designer Amy Walko, for decorating such famous necks and wrists as those of Paz de la Huerta, Kristin Davis, Shakira and Addison Riecke (star of Sofia Coppola’s new film Beguiled). But when artist Ondine Viñao turned on her camera at the plush, uber-fabulous Baccarat Hotel, it was to capture the chemistry between fashion doyenne Lauren Ezersky, a trio of young influencers – social media star Eileen Kelly, budding artist-photographer Jude Liana, young fashion scenester Scarlett Hubbard.

 

 

It was all the vision of high-profile Creative Consultant Elizabeth Cohen (her clients have included everyone from Jessica Simpson to Shanghai Fashion Week), who acted as Creative Director on the campaign – uniquely bringing together such marquee luxury brands for the shoot.

Some of the fashions were provided by New York’s most exalted vintage shop What Goes Around Comes Around. But it was the very chic confections provided by the Laduree shop in Soho that everyone seemed most excited about – as they were a perfect aesthetic complement to Gaudess’ dazzling new collection. (And, of course, they’re also incredibly yummy.)

 

 

(Credits: Gaudess – Owner / Designer: Amy Walko; Campaign Creative Director : Elizabeth Cohen; Photographer: Ondine Vinao; Hair Artist: Laurent DuFourg; Makeup Artist: Sandy Linter; Fashion stylist: Jasmine Caccamo; Models: Killer and a sweet thang / aka Eileen Kelly, Lauren Ezersky, Jude Liana)

 

Patrick Bateman Would Approve This ‘American Psycho’ Inspired Skincare Line

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Any true cinephile should be familiar with the 2000 cult horror film American Psycho and its iconic opening scene. Christian Bale’s Patrick Bateman narrates his morning routine, which includes an icepack to reduce puffiness around the eyes, 1,000 crunches, and an herb mint facial mask. But no products with alcohol, “because alcohol dries your face out and makes you look older.”

The notorious serial killer’s skincare regimen has, at least, inspired a new line of unisex grooming products. The aptly named Bateman Skincare takes its aesthetic from the film’s stylized depiction of wealth, youth and beauty in 1980s Manhattan.

Bateman Skincare

The collection features exfoliating gels, cleansers, serums, masks and toners. There’s even an axe and a chainsaw lapel pin for the inner psycho who likes to accessorize.

The brand’s mission statement?

“Bateman Skincare unisex products cannot solve the world’s problems, but they will help you with your inner self and create a safe place for you to tackle the day appropriately without needing affirmation from anyone but yourself, because you are your own best asset.”

How very “Me Decade.”

Shop the full line here.