Naomi Campbell Invites Carla Bruni For a Chat on ‘No Filter With Naomi’

 

 

At one time filling endless column inches with the goings on of her really super supermodel life, Naomi Campbell has stormed the zeitgeist once again with the launch earlier this year of her now wildly popular No Filter With Naomi YouTube series. It debuted April 6, just weeks after the worldwide lockdown, when everyone was fresh with panic and dread. She struck a nerve with her honest  about her previously not widely publicized germaphobia.

It has since evolved into a show where she gathers up the women of Cooldom and Awesomeville for a chat about what it means to be perpetually awesome. This has meant virtual link ups with the likes of  Christy Turlington, Sharon Stone, Karlie Kloss, Anna Wintour, Serena and Venus Williams…you get the idea. But after a short hiatus, she returned on June 23 to deal with the very serious matters at hand, following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. So the guest list morphed into civil right activist Opal Tometi, activist/poet Cleo Wade, trans actor Indya Moore, and the like.

But we are all very much in need of music to calm our savaged souls—and so were beyond excited to hear that today, August 25, No Filter With Naomi will feature none other than ethereal songstress and former First Lady of France Carla Bruni. The latter has a gorgeous new single, “Quelque Chose,” and a full album coming in September—and we just can’t get enough of her right now.

Check out the episode here.

 

 

Dazzling Up Tradition: Fabergé Launches New Capsule Collection w/ Designer James Ganh

 

 

 

Since 1842, Fabergé has obviously been one of the most stories high jewelry houses, whose iconic creations have been collected equally by royals and celebs. But seeking to join 21st Century the zeitgeist of high-profile collabs, they are launching a new partnership with James Ganh this September, making him their first ever “Featured Designer.”

Born in China but now working in London, Ganh’s work has dazzled up the presence of such luminaries as Dame Helen Mirren, Elizabeth Hurley, and Kylie Minogue. And for this extraordinary project, he has created works in the vibrant colors of summer floral blooms (surely a timely notion, since we were all robbed of summer 2020). The resulting pieces build on the brand’s exalted heritage, while nodding to the modernity of its more recent aesthetic inclinations, and the House’s ethos of “A Life in Color.”

The Fabergé x James Ganh capsule collection (which he’s been working on in secret for the past year) flaunts an impressive array of wearable high-jewelry pieces, inspired by nature and art. And carved turquoise, regal amethyst, alluring tanzanite, and beads of romantic rose quartz make for just the sort of dazzle we need in such dark and joyless times. And the tone of restrained opulence means each is meant to easily transition from day to night—perfect for when we actually get to experience nightlife again.

“During the first five years of building my eponymous brand, I had maintained contact with Fabergé,” he explains of the House where he developed his style, “and in 2019 we started the discussion of how we can work on a special project together. It has always been a brand which celebrates innovative craftsmanship and young talent. So, in the spirit of Peter Carl Fabergé, the Maison’s founder, we embarked upon this journey.”

A bit of history: Peter Carl Fabergé, a pioneer and innovator, was considered a maverick when he introduced “workmasters” in 1882. Under his mentorship, independent craftsmen were given the freedom to develop their own characteristic style, with each of their finished pieces personally approved by Peter Carl, or one of his esteemed deputies, to ensure it met the House’s exacting standards. Today, Fabergé continues to work with a small number of modern-day workmasters; and there is an idea to expand this tradition in a contemporary format, by providing a platform to endorse future talent. This is how the concept of a “Featured Designer” was born.

 

 

James Ganh established his own studio in 2015 on London’s Old Bond Street. A Central Saint Martins graduate, at Fabergé he developed both the superior craftsmanship and the passion for seeing it through. His own work now is not only strikingly intricate, in keeping with Fabergé tradition, but also evokes a sense of freedom.

“Fabergé has inspired me throughout my studies and career,” he enthuses, “and it was an honor to have the opportunity to work with the Maison from 2012 to 2014. During this time, they helped nurture my artistic design and gave me the confidence to establish my own company. Fabergé creations [always] spoke to my heart and inspired my work. This is evident throughout the new capsule collection.”

No surprise, they’re priced accordingly: per set at $74,100 to $1,150,500, while individual pieces range from $33,150 to $317,460. Selected sets will debut in Fabergé’s boutique in Houston’s Galleria,  as well as at Harrods, both in September. Subsequent launches are planned for the Fabergé boutique in the Dubai Mall, and in “By Appointment” showrooms in London and New York.

Boys Keep Swinging: Ferragamo Debuts Tornabuoni 1927 Men’s Collection

 

 

 

Though sitting in overheated outdoor cafes doesn’t exactly call for a sweeping wardrobe overhaul, it doesn’t mean we have to entirely ignore that fashionable voice in our head, the one that’s been suddenly re-awakened by at least a partial emergence from our months long quarantine. Yes, we are going out again.

Now surely, what we really wish we were doing right now is sharing negronis on the rocks at La Terrazza rooftop bar above Florence’s Ferragamo-owned Hotel Continentale. But considering the utter impossibility of such a thing, we’re otherwise contented with the news that the exalted Italian fashion house is bringing Firenze style to us, with its new men’s accessories collection, evocatively titled Tornabuoni 1927.

 

 

The name itself is a joining of the famous via where their HQ is located, with the year that Salvatore Ferragamo returned to the Tuscan capital from Hollywood, to make a future legend of his eponymous shoe brand. And, as that moniker gives away, the line is decidedly imbued with a classical cool and distinctly Italian sort of understated chic.

The Tornabuoni 1927 logo appears on deerskin sailing bags, totes, and clutches, in refined black or white, as well as approachably priced nylon backpacks, waist bags, shoulder bags and totes, in red, white or black. Small leather goods include a wallet and credit card holder.

Being Ferragamo, of course, the accompanying campaign was shot in a moodily lit manor house somewhere in the Florentine hills—making the collection all the more irresistible. And after about 20 weeks of lockdown, we can say without hesitation that we’re most definitely in need of a bit of Italian elegance right now.

 

Designer Tom Dixon Announces ’24 Hours in Copenhagen’ Project

 

 

Having already topped the list in pretty much every other survey about quality of living, the five Scandinavian nations just placed 1,2,3,4 and 6 in a recent Asher Fergusson study of the 35 OECD members, to determine which were the best countries to raise a family (the US landed 34th).

So, yes, if we could, we’d be in Denmark right now, where the death rate from coronavirus was about 1/15 per capita of what it was Stateside. Which is precisely why they’re definitively getting back to the business of culture, very much evidenced by the announcement of Tom Dixon‘s upcoming ’24 Hours in Copenhagen’ event.

 

 

The exalted British designer is that rarity in his profession, having risen to the level of “cultural icon,” with his work now featured in London’s Victoria & Albert museum, MOMA New York, and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. He actually launched two new collections in the City of Light earlier this year, pre-quarantine, during his ’24 Hours in Paris’ program; and with Europe now emerging from the coronavirus lockdowns, he will be taking a similar show to Denmark’s capital this September 4.

There he will officially launch even yet more new collections: SPRING Silver Pendants, GLOBE Lights, PUCK Barware, MILL Salt & Pepper Grinders, SWIRL Vases and Candles, FAT Chairs and Sofas, and PRIMAVERA Marble Table Tops. All very good news for our own home design efforts, certainly, considering how much time we’ve been spending inside over these last several months.

 

 

‘The relationship between the UK and Scandinavia has been long, complex and sometimes bloody,” Dixon expounds, acknowledging those long gone centuries of “edgy” relations between the two. “The connection between Tom Dixon and the Nordic countries has always been warm and positive, with the superior design culture of Denmark proving to be the optimal landscape to explain our design ideas.”

As part of the program, there will also be a series of events, including a breakfast celebrating the 30th anniversary of Dixon’s S Chair; a new collection photography session at design, art and photo studio Tableau; a dinner at tile studio Made a Mano, with comestibles by Nitai Shevach, chef at Dixon’s Coal Office restaurant in London; and a performance by designer/musician Johannes Torpe. You know, the sorts of things we always did before the COVID-19 crisis made it all go away.

Dixon, for his part, is just happy to be getting on with it again.

“It’s with great pleasure that we will travel to Copenhagen for 24 hours to present some of our absolute newness, that no one else has seen yet.”

 

Fashion Gets Busy Again: L’Agence Launches Seductive New Footwear Line

Images by Jacopo Moschin

 

 

Post-Millennial fashion darling L’Agence has, since 2008, been definitively winning over the style cognoscenti—Kai Gerber, Karlie Kloss, Jennifer Lopez—who are drawn in ever higher numbers to its “California lifestyle with French attitude” ethos. And this summer, the label will at last be launching a footwear collection that, if we might say, is the epitome of contemporary, laidback glamour.
Of course, one wonders with all the financial challenges facing the industry, significantly accelerated by this persistent pandemic—forcing so many to work from home—just why anyone would launch a shoe line at this time. CEO Jeff Rudes (who is also the founder of iconic denim label J Brand) seems undaunted.

 

“As a lifestyle brand, shoes were a natural progression for us,” he offers. “The design was the shoe to wear with jeans and complement the entire collection. Although the market is suffering, we know there are opportunities during difficult times, and so it was [actually] perfect timing for us.”
They are debuting three silhouettes: Éloise, a classic pointed-toe pump, Lolita, a minimalistic mule, and Amélie, an understated loafer. Another style, the Madeline—which is a Mary Jane heel—is slated to be introduced with ready-to-wear this October. The collection will be available exclusively at L’Agence.com and the L’Agence boutiques located at Melrose Place, Madison Avenue and SoHo NYC. We also highly recommend spending time on their Instagram, for quick but effective style inspirations.
N.B. – L’Agence has also been active during the pandemic by decisively giving back to the community. The brand has been partnered with LA Protects, producing and donating masks; and has been supporting the Children’s Defense Fund, whose mission it is to advocate for the rights and needs of all children—especially urgent in these times of such financial insecurity.

Watch: Sofia + Roman Coppola Shorts Introduce Chanel’s New Métiers d’art Collection

Images by Melodie McDaniel

 

 

If you’ve been longing for a few moments of unabashed fabulousness—and who isn’t these days?—a pair of new Chanel videos highlighting its 2019/20 Métiers d’art collection at 31 rue Cambon will momentarily transport you back to more glamorous times. (Meaning, before March 2020.)

For her first Métiers d’art collection, creative director Virginie Viard collaborated with award-winning filmmaker Sophia Coppola and her filmmaking cousin Roman Coppola, the result being these two gorgeously shot shorts. The first pays tribute to a century of fashion history at Chanel’s landmark first arrondissement address, with a collage of archived images of grande dame Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel and her brilliant, and sadly late successor Karl Lagerfeld.

 

 

The film ends as a gaggle of models, including Gigi Hadid, Vittoria Ceretti, Rebecca Leigh Longendyke, Pan Haowen and Blesnya Minher cavort down the boutique’s legendary mirrored staircase, seemingly on their way out for the evening. It’s a party we certainly wish were in attendance for.

The second was filmed as guests of the Chanel 2019/20 runway show, including Hadid, Kristen Stewart, Sébastien Tellier, and Lilly-Rose Depp, come together at Paris’ swanky La Coupole restaurant to celebrate the collection in elaborate pre-social distancing style.

Warning: viewing these videos will likely spark the urge to dress up extravagantly. Don’t resist.

 

 

Fendi is Celebrating Chinese Valentine’s Day w/ Mr. Doodle + Jackson Wang

 

 

Considering how impossible it seems these days for China and America to play nice in the sandbox together, it only makes sense to call on the Italians to intervene with a message of love.

And from Roma, con amore, indeed comes this cool new Fendi Chinese Valentine’s Day collection, created in collaboration with Brit art sensation Mr. Doodle (née Sam Cox)—and featuring an accompanying video starring Hong Kong pop icon Jackson Wang…who has become an enthusiastic ambassador for the exalted fashion house.

 

 

The styles themselves reflect Doodle’s maximalist style, which pay homage to the late, great Keith Haring, while also nodding to the chaotic beauty of Stephen Sprouse’s now coveted 2001 Graffiti Bags for Vuitton. And though the artist’s name is ostensibly supposed to be descriptive of his style, the designs here are tightly controlled, and smartly realized, if decidedly playful and cheeky. The partnership was actually launched when Doodle did an artistic takeover of Fendi’s spectacular headquarters in Rome—so a collection seemed a natural progression.

The heart motif joyfully reminds that this is indeed a tribute to a day that’s all about being in love; and Chinese Valentine’s Day—otherwise known as the Qixi Festival—is fast approaching (August 25). Of course, considering we’ve all being living through seven months of fear and divisiveness, a bit of romance does seem to be just what we need. And now there’s the perfect bag to accessorize it.

 

New Ferragamo Virtual Tour is the Trip to Florence + Rome We Can’t Take Right Now

 

 

Whilst this insidious pandemic has definitively focused our attention on a sense of responsibility to the health of our surrounding community, if we’re allowed a moment of self-indulgence, we’ll admit that one thing we’ll most definitely be missing in 2020 is that moment of touching down in our beloved Italia. And as the EU has just admonished America with a necessary and perfectly understandable travel ban, it seems nothing short of a fait accompli.

Our friends at Ferragamo must have sensed this, as they have worked seemingly tirelessly to create this fascinating and visually exquisite new virtual gateway into the world of the exalted Italian fashion house. First, a beautifully captured digital tour of their recently renovated and design-focused flagship on Rome’s Via Condotti (separated by men’s and women’s), closely replicates the actual in-person shopping experience. It’s so realistic we almost thought we could walk out the front door and over to the The Antico Caffè Greco for a morning espresso.

 

 

But perhaps even more excitingly, they have created a stunningly vivid virtual tour (narrated in both Italian and English) of the Museo Salvatore Ferragamo in Florence. It takes viewers from the Piazza di Santa Trinita at which it is located, on into the museum itself, where the current exhibition Sustainable Thinking thought-provokingly mediates on our increasingly distressing relationship with nature and our environment. One can then detour into the permanent collection, which gorgeously and edifyingly tells the rich history of the Ferragamo brand (including the shoe models of movie stars like Audrey Hepburn and Greta Garbo).

Surely nothing could completely replicate the experience of actually being in Roma or Firenze—we miss the scents in the air, the sounds of the people. But with our worlds having gotten a lot smaller these last few months, taking a digital tour with Ferragamo will surely be distinctly good for our weary souls.

 

House of Bijan is Re-Opened in a New Beverly Hills HQ – And They’ve Got High Fashion Face Shields

 

 

In the early ‘70s, an enterprising men’s clothier from Iran immigrated to the United States, settling in Los Angeles. Bijan Pakzad quickly established a reputation for purveying the highest quality of men’s fashion, upgrading the American gentlemen’s very perception of what a well-cut, beautifully tailored suit crafted from exquisite fabrics could be. More importantly, Pakzad showed men of power and distinction what  stylish wardrobe could do for their image.

Soon dubbed the founder of the ‘West Coast Saville Row,’ Pakzad made an indelible mark on the very notion of men “dressing the part.” The brand ultimately expanded globally, and earning acclaim from fashion connoisseurs and critics alike, winning awards especially for its iconic fragrance bottles and outré ad campaigns, in addition to numerous honors for fashion design. Bijan would go on to dress everyone from Tom Cruise to Tom Ford to the very much missed at the moment Barack Obama.

 

His 1976 establishment of the luxurious Bijan menswear boutique on Beverly Hills’ Rodeo Drive bore a sign reading: “by appointment only”—echoes of the great British tailors. Entering past the locked doors into his exclusive atelier, distinguished gents from all around the world were introduced to a world of highly exclusive menswear, décor and service. It was bespoke luxury before the ’80s wave of extravagant ready-to-wear. Now, more than four decades later, the House of Bijan is re-upping its contemporary relevance with a plush new Beverly Hills boutique at 443 North Rodeo Drive.

More than double the size of the original landmark, the new structure is, as would be rightly expected, absolutely stunning. Coated in bold, trademark Bijan Yellow both inside and out, the design updates both the look and customer experience, while, at the same time, not doing away with four decades of Bijan’s signature style. Heritage elements from the former location, including the original entry door, the iconic Fernando Botero painting and, but of course, the Baccarat crystal chandelier with over 1,000 bottles of Bijan perfume were meticulously removed, transported and installed into the new retail space.

 

 

“After 44 years in the same location on Rodeo Drive,” explains Pakzad’s progeny Nicolas Bijan, “we wanted to remain true to our heritage and ensure our respected clients continue to feel at home in the new flagship boutique. We wanted to accomplish this while modernizing the overall look and feel of the boutique, as well as the overall brand.”

It was definitely successful. Upon entering the boutique, Roman “Bocca della Veritá” Mouth of Truth sculptures greet clients, acting as both art installation and product display (an especially welcome touch, since we won’t be traveling to Rome any time soon). Elsewhere, exclusive furnishings exude warmth and masculinity, including custom-made mahogany cabinetry, marble and onyx stone flooring, glass guardrails, and custom skylights. Look a little harder, and you just might find several rare works of art carefully placed around the space.

Of course, social distancing rules remain in force, especially as Los Angeles has seen a spike in confirmed coronavirus cases. But one can actually make a zeigeisty visit to the new House of Bijan HQ, by making a purchase from the new line of what are surely the most opulent face shields anywhere, also in their signature yellow—and brazenly logoed. Because what could be better than being safe and responsible, and doing it in style?