A Show About Marc Jacobs, McQueen and Kate Moss in the ’90s is Coming Soon

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In a nod to all that was fabulous about the 90s, Oasis’ Britpop classic “Champagne Supernova” is getting a second life in the form of a fashionable new television show about Alexander McQueen, Marc Jacobs, and Kate Moss.

Based on a Maureen Callaghan book of the same name, Champagne Supernovas will follow the designers and their controversial model muse as they navigate the fashion world during the infamous decade. As you may recall, during that era, McQueen was a tortured genius on Savile Row; Jacobs was a NYC wonder kid who was famously fired from Perry Ellis after his iconic-but-hated “grunge” collection; and Moss was, of course, the skinny girl from Croyden who had crooked teeth, and became the ultimate inspiration for the two.

The book itself is full of hot goss that will make for delicious TV, since the author is a New York Post writer and didn’t personally interview any of her subjects. It also may be the beginning of a new wave of projects for the producer duo Johnny Lin and Ben Shields Catlin, who’re developing the series. ​

“Johnny and I are excited to bring this story to television,” says Catlin. “Our goal is to ultimately bring the true narrative of the fashion era that reinvented the industry to the audience, and we will do a great job of telling it. As we are aggressively developing, producing and financing film and TV projects, Champagne Supernovas will be the first of many to come.”

Alexander McQueen’s AW 17 Collection is a Stunning Celebration of Oscar Wilde

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All photography by Ethan James Green.

Alexander McQueen’s fall ’17 campaign was released today through a beautiful campaign shot by New York photographer Ethan James Green. The collection is inspired by the life of the iconic writer Oscar Wilde, with looks reflecting different motifs from chapters throughout his life. Shot in a London park, the campaign features a diverse group of models, from King Owusu to Myles Dominique.

Steal This Look: Green in McQueen

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Illustration by Hilton Dresden

We know what you’ve been thinking ever since seeing the latest collection for Alexander McQueen, shot by Ethan James Green: how do I rock this new couture while still letting my green hair flourish? The answer is simple, really: you just need to tousle your emerald curls, throw on an embellished capelet and a satiny slip with matching gloves, and take a deep breath. The three words that describe this look are simple, sensible, and snakelike. And if you really want to capture this vibe, it’s all in the details. Read on for the insider tricks.

The McQueen Capelet – AW ’17.

The most crucial piece for this ensemble isn’t readily available just yet, but you can feast your eyes on it in the new McQueen lookbook.

Photo by Ethan James Green.

In the meantime, you’ll have to make do with something similar – might be time to bust out that embroidery thread.

The Pink Satin Slip.

Pair your heavy, statement outerwear with a feminine, fragile little satin slip.  ASOS has cheap-yet-chic options:

The Gloves and Glam.

Ideally, you’ll be matching your gloves to the color of your slip for a cohesive color palette, but we know it’s not always easy to nail that pastel pink in two different products. However, we’ve managed to track down this viable option from MrCostumes.com:

A ring over a gloved finger goes a long way toward achieving the couture-meets-creature of the night look we’re striving for. In terms of styling, green hair is a must – ideally you’ll be incorporating products into your regimen that give a wet, just-showered, tousled vibe, and if you’ve got some powerful pomade feel free to plaster some ringlets to your forehead. Finish with a Queen Amidala-inspired lip and you’re ready for the runway.

Andrew Haigh and Jack O’Connell Tapped for Alexander McQueen Biopic

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This Alexander McQueen biopic is shaping up to be our next must-see, even moreso now that Weekend director Andrew Haigh has been tapped to direct and English leading man Jack O’Connell tapped to star.

Haigh’s also known for his movie 45 Years, and for directing the Looking TV movie.

Jack O’Connell, the English actor known for Unbroken and Skins, will play McQueen in the movie, beginning principal photography this spring.

Alexander McQueen began working in fashion houses at the tender age of 16, and quickly developed a close friendship with Fashion Editor Isabella Blow. He began to design for A-list artists like David Bowie, was named Designer of the Year by the CFDA, and was appointed head designer of Givenchy in 1996 and Creative Director of Gucci in 2000. In 2010, McQueen was found hanged in his apartment, having committed suicide nine days after his mother’s death.

The film will primarily focus on McQueen’s 2009 runway show and the preparation leading up to it. A statement from the film’s distributor explained the movie “Explores McQueen’s creative process in the months leading up to the show, providing an intimate portrait of the man behind the global brand—a moving celebration of a visionary genius whose designs transcended fashion to become art.”

Drugs, Insanity, Death: The World’s Most Bizarre Museums

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The Morbid Anatomy Museum

Today, May 18, is International Museum Day—which is really just an excellent reminder that we should make an effort every day to fill our lives with a bit more beauty, peculiarity and enlightenment. But it’s also an opportunity to consider that museums indeed offer so much more than just Damien Hirst, Jackson Pollock and Alexander McQueen. To that end, here are five of the oddest, and perhaps most unsettling of them all. Happy Museum Day:


The Morbid Anatomy Museum, New York

 

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This strange and captivating Brooklyn museum’s mission is stated as “Exploring the intersections of death, beauty and that which falls between the cracks.” It has become a meeting point for NYC’s more funereally disposed artistic souls, as well, hosting lectures, screenings and dark-hearted social gatherings. Its current temporary exhibition is The House of Wax: Anatomical, Pathological, and Ethnographical Waxworks from Castan’s Panopticum (Berlin, 1869-1922). Naturally.


Mütter Museum, Philadelphia

 

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Philly’s rather notorious museum of medical oddities, including historical surgical instruments, corrosion specimens, and the Hyrtl Skull Collection, is genuinely not for the squeamish or sensitive. Its current featured exhibition, Vesalius On The Verge: The Book and The Body, focuses on a series of 16th Century books on human dissection. Creepy.


Museum Dr. Guislain, Ghent, Belgium

 

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Joseph Guislain was a forerunner of Freud, the first to posit that mental illness was indeed treatable and that its sufferers were to be cared for with dignity. This singularly fascinating eponymous museum is located in the rather lugubrious former asylum in which he did his groundbreaking work (in one of our favorite European cities, Ghent), and explores insanity and madness from Antiquity through to modern times. A current exhibition, titled Shame, is fairly self explanatory.


Museo De Enervantes, Mexico City

 

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What the Renaissance is to Florence, so are drug wars to Mexico City. And indeed, this is a museum dedicated to its notorious and storied narco culture. Alongside an arsenal’s worth of seized firearms in display cases, there is an edifying run through the long history of drug abuse itself, and a plaque which commemorates those who have lost their lives battling the brutal cartels (it’s a lot). The museum is technically not open to the public; but call ahead (52 55 2122 8800) and say it’s for, um, educational purposes.


Collection De L’Art Brut, Lausanne, Switzerland

 

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Renowned French painter and sculptor Jean Dubuffet first began assembling and collecting the artworks of the insane in 1945, influenced by Hans Prinzhorn’s seminal text Artistry of the Mentally Ill. Now, of course, the art world lumps it all together as “Outsider Art.” But this collection, located in the glorious Swiss city of Lausanne, is surely the most astonishing and, arguably, the most honest.

Resurrection Summons Fashion Gods With New Retail Store

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Photography: Alexander Thompson

In 1996, Mark Haddawy and Katy Rodriguez founded Resurrection, a retail archive that would become one the world’s premiere international venues for collectible and historic clothing. With locations in both Los Angeles and New York, Resurrection has attracted high fashion icons including Prince, Catherine Denueve, Lou Lou De la Falaise, Azzedine Alaia, Iman, John Galliano and Chloe Sevigny—not to mention Kate Moss, who Rodriguez cites as their longest running, most loyal client.

“Kate Moss came into the store on our first day 20 years ago,” she said. “She will always hold a special place in our hearts and history.  She embodies our generation’s curious take of high and low fashion and everything in between.”

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Alexander McQueen Dogtooth Cocoon Coat (2009), Alexander McQueen Sarabande Lace Gown (2007), Alexander McQueen Runway Gown (2008)

With a new location on Great Jones, Resurrection opens its doors to celebrate a brand new, custom retail gallery and archive. In addition to their vast inventory of vintage pieces from fashion gods like Christian Lacroix, Gaultier and Moschino, Haddawy and Rodriguez are celebrating three specific archive collections in their new space.

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It begins with a selection of rare 20th century, out-of-print books showcased on custom Brian Thoreen brass shelves, moves on to Bulgari Jewelry (including the company’s famous Tubas watches) and finishes with a pupil dilating curation of Alexander McQueen pieces.

“It’s really special,” Rodriguez said. “The collection spans McQueen’s career from our perspective. We love the early pieces as much as the very famous later collections. He was such a unique force.  It’s been an important reminder of what great is.”

Later this month, Resurrection will showcase a rare collection of Maison Martin Margiela and in September, will debut a Helmut Lang show—stay tuned.


Resurrection, 45 Great Jones Street, is open Monday – Saturday from 11 AM – 7 PM.

Weekend Trip: Six Romantic Getaways To Book Right Now

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Even in the best cities in the world, there are times that escape feels so desperate a necessity that any borrowed friend-of-a-friend’s dilapidated cottage upstate seems like it would do the trick. From dreamy and not-too-far-away to dreamy and across-the-pond, these six romantic getaways are sure to get your imagination, and your heart (and libido) stirring. Book one now. You won’t regret it.

1. Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa, Montauk

Just a quick Jitney trip away lies Montauk–which sheds the pretension of the neighboring Hamptons, but keeps the pristine oceanfront real estate. Thanks to a spa, salt water pool (with ocean views (!)), and yoga classes offered, you can get the perks of a tropically detoxifying retreat in just a 2.5-hour trip. End the night watching the sunset or sipping champagne by the fireplace.

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2. Ace Hotel and Swim Club, Palm Springs

For a west coast romantic getaway, look no further than Palm Springs: this desert mecca of mid-century modern architecture doubles as a hip destination for anyone who wants California weather, sans the glitz of L.A…and should you want for just a hint of glitz, The Ace Hotel might just be the perfect resolution. If it’s pure, unadulterated relaxation you seek, “The Feel Good Spa” offers couples packages–in fact, anything from facials and seaweed body wraps, to earth clay wraps and body brushing can be done in twosome form. And, since no vacation has ever felt long enough, couples can indulge in a personal massage lesson to learn inspired, professional techniques to use at home. Outdoorsy types can soak up the SoCal sunshine via bike rentals–even better–the hotel can arrange a private dinner on the stargazing deck, which overlooks the pool and mountains.

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3. The Prairie by Rachel Ashwell, Round Top, TX
Looking for a romantic American getaway that’s truly off the beaten path? Try Texas. Just 75 miles from ultra-hip Austin lies mecca, as told by the queen of shabby chic. Each cottage offers privacy and comfort. Couples spend time reconnecting with long walks and quality time spent together.  Trying to win some extra boyfriend/girlfriend points? Flowers can be added to the room for an extra special touch.

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4. The Berkeley Hotel, London 

Here’s one for the sartorially inclined couple. If you missed the jaw-dropping Alexander McQueen retrospective when it debuted at the Met’s Costume Instutute in NYC in 2011, fear not–the corsetry, the chance to be thisclose to pieces from the groundbreaking Highland Rape collection is just one reason to head to the UK. It’s now at the V&A–a British institution, if you’ve never been. (Plus, even if you’re going for just an extended weekend, a flight to England is a solid hour less than almost any other country in Europe and the same goes for the time difference). If the exhibit isn’t enough, revel in the quirky spirit of English fashion at The Berkeley Hotel (that’s Rachel Zoe’s favorite to you) where you can enjoy Pret-a-Portea–proper high tea that pays homage to McQueen favorites. Of course, The Berkeley is more than just cookies and tea sandwiches…there are the balcony suites overlooking Hyde Park, duos can enjoy treatments at the Bamford Haybarn Spa, and unwind from the buzz of London by the rooftop pool.

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5. St. Regis Bahia Beach, Puerto Rico

Though leaving the premises of the St. Regis Bahia Beach would be, by no means, necessary, the couple who likes their vacation with a healthy mix of the highest-end luxury (think: a Jean-Georges restaurant on the premises) and a bit of authentic culture, look no further than this gorgeous Puerto Rican retreat, where the ocean is warm, the pool is massive and the cabanas are made for making out–but the charm and pastel colors of Old San Juan are just a short drive away. Kayak in the on-property lake, hike holding hands through the nearby El Yunque rainforest, or simply read by the pool, you’ll leave having enjoyed a restorative serving of both piña coladas and Vitamin D. Though adventure on and around the premises abounds, rooms come equipped with sun-drenched patios and walk-in showers. Even better, giant baths that are an insanely simple dial-zero to the butler away from filled with bubbly–in the bath and your glasses. Prepare for 24/7 romance.

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6. KiCHIC Resort, Peru

Located on the edge of a traditional Peruvian fishing village, Mancora is fast emerging as one of the world’s best beach destinations (you heard it here first)! KiCHIC offers a unique hideaway where guests find call rooms, located between gardens of coconut palms and maye pepper trees facing the northern ocean breeze, home. For an especially romantic indulgence, spring for the Piedra room which has its own open-air bathtub on a private terrace made out of local flagstone, or the Himalaya. Should you decide (and no judgement, if not) to ever get out of bed, you can take your pick of surf lessons, kayaking, and outdoor movies every weekend.

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Insta-Critic: Victorian Gothic at Alexander McQueen

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Photo: @cindi_leive on Instagram

Tonight at Alexander McQueen a Victorian gothic spinster awoke from a century and a half of peaceful slumber. Creative Director Sarah Burton took Miss Havisham–that wealthy old woman living amidst the decay of former grandeur–as her muse. Disintegrating opulence informed the faded lace collars and rumpled rose skirts in parchment-fine ruffles. Signs of life stirred here too: black leather, bright red, and bits of black and blush lingerie kept the sentimentalism in check and the collection firmly in the twenty-first century.

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On the Heels of #FreethePeen, the 10 Most Controversial Runway Moments in Fashion History

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Rick Owens FW15. Courtesy of Rick Owens

I’d never describe runway shows as “boring,” but busy showgoers can get a little, er, distracted every now and then. With the confident assurance that countless images will be on style.com almost immediately after a show closes, texts are sent, and shows viewed more through phone camera lenses than actual eyes.

Now and again a designer does something shocking enough to make everyone calm the f down and concentrate. 

1. Rick Owens Frees the Flaccid Peen

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Rick Owens FW15. Courtesy of Rick Owens

You saw this, right? The Rick Owens show last week was very NSFW–but only in a blink, or you miss it kinda way. Of course, the cameras immortalized the nekked peens that went down the runway.



2. Kate Moss Struts With a Cig 

Kate was just living life on the Louis Vuitton runway. But her lungs were just losing it. :/

3. The Streaker at Prabal Gurung 

Honestly, this dude’s attempt to shock was met with a blasé world-weariness by fashion-folk. He was removed from the stage and Prabal’s show continued.

4. Indian headdresses at Victoria’s Secret 


Whoever thought it was okay for Karlie Kloss to strut it out in a massive Native American headdress was wrong. Ultimately, the look was pulled from all broadcasting and promotional material.

5. Iris Van Herpen and the time she vacuum sealed models on the runway in Paris

Of course, the idea was a comment on models being like products, and the inherent voyeurism that occurs at fashion shows. In practice, however, the models, shrink-wrapped, vacuum packed, and hooked up to oxygen tanks looked supremely uncomfortable.

6. In 2009, a seven months pregnant Jourdan Dunn walked Jean Paul Gaultier

Her 7 months of pregnancy did not dissuade Gaultier from casting Jourdan Dunn. He simply padded her tummy to match the iconic/conical boobs and sent her down the runway.

7. Alexander McQueen’s Highland Rape collection

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The Highland Rape collection was McQueen’s 4th, and the clothes were making statements more than preparing to be sold on department store racks. It was in fact a reference to the turbulent historical relations between Scotland and England. Many took the tattered clothes and bruised women to represent an extremely offensive view of women, but to hear the late Lee McQueen discuss it, his intent was in fact, quite the opposite–meant to challenge the problems of perception women still face in society and place them in positions of empowerment.

8. Dolce & Gabbana’s Racist Earrings

These earrings referenced “Blackamoor” imagery which harkens back to slavery.

9. Jean-Paul Gaultier’s Hasidic Collection

Maneschewitz wine was sipped and the runway was lined with menorahs. While there was plenty opportunity for offense to be taken, most editors reported feeling it had been tastefully done, and that inspiration can come from anywhere.

10. Galliano for Dior’s “Homeless” collection

To position homelessness as chic is inherently controversial. Of course, 14 years later, Galliano still courts controversy. He explained that he’d been inspired by the homeless people he saw along the Seine on his jogs. This was also the collection that brought the incessantly talked about Dior newspaper silk print. #derelict, Catinka.

Research contributed by, and special thanks to Jen Schnepf