Fashion Détente: ‘Pop-In@Nordstrom’ Brings Mexico Across the Border

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Impossible though it may seem, the United States currently finds itself at political and ideological “war” with both of its neighbors, Canada and Mexico – obviously the result of the ongoing follies of the current administration.

Thankfully, fashion exists far above such absurdities – wanting only to help us spend our days feeling a little more fabulous via our stylistic choices. Nordstrom’s venerable VP of Creative Projects Olivia Kim, specifically, has made a mission of exactly that; and her latest undertaking, Pop-In@Nordstrom ¡Viva México!, crosses our unnecessarily controversial southern border to bring a bit of Latin heat and chic to select Nordstrom locations.

Launching this Friday, August 31, it will feature some of the hottest and most authentic Mexican apparel, accessories and home decor brands – Binge Knitting, Olmos Y Flores, Siempre Viva, Carla Fernandez – exhibited in a fittingly elegant and artistic manner.

 

 

“Cultural exploration is a guiding theme for Pop-In@Nordstrom,” enthuses Kim. “We have had partnerships inspired by different countries including France, Italy and Korea; and I’m so excited to bring the vibrant culture of Mexico to our customers through a unique curation of our favorite finds that have been created by Mexican designers and artisans.”

And putting the project decisively above the political fray, a partnership with the Mexican Consulate will celebrate Mexican Independence Day on September 16, featuring traditional chefs and street food vendors.

 

Rihanna’s ‘Savage x Fenty’ NYFW Show Was an Inclusive Spectacle

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If there’s one thing that characterizes every New York Fashion Week, it’s a battle for the most attention-grabbing spectacle. But Rihanna’s very much buzzed-about lingerie line Savage x Fenty accomplished not only that, but also managed to stir up the ever important conversation about female inclusivity.

The line itself was launched earlier this year (May 11, to be exact) to much chattering amongst the fashion classes. The 90+ piece collection of sleepwear and accessories was divided into four distinct lines: On the Reg, U Cute, Damn and Black Widow. At the time she told Vogue, “Women should be wearing lingerie for their damn selves. I can only hope to encourage confidence and strength by showing lingerie in another light.”

 

 

The NYFW show was actually live streamed on YouTube. And while the considerable likes of Bella Hadid and Joan Smalls were present, the model casting keenly represented women of all body types, including a pregnant Slick Woods.

The setting, a Brooklyn Navy Yard warehouse, was given a sort of tropical-futuristic atmosphere, with an emphasis on nature (chirping birds), and featuring almost tribalistic dancing – a celebration of primal sisterhood, in a sense. And, of course, a no-holds-barred expression of sexuality; the line, after all, features whips, crops, pasties and – no kidding – furry handcuffs.

 

 

‘ON CANAL’ Will Bring Installations, High-Tech Immersion + Cultural Enlightenment to NYFW

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As if New York Fashion Week (September 6 -14) wasn’t enough of a spectacle unto itself…the fascinating new project ON CANAL (launching September 6) will transform its legendary namesake NYC street into a cultural extravaganza of epic proportions. Founded by Wallplay CEO Laura O’Reilly and Vibes Studios‘ Sonny Gindi, it has taken 20+ vacant Canal Street storefronts and filled them with thrilling, edifying and perception-altering programming.

To wit, they’ll set up temporary showrooms for fashion zeitgeisters Telfar and CFDA / Vogue Fashion Fund finalist Luar (a fave of Kendrick Lamar and Solange Knowles), as well as up-and-comers the likes of Kim Shui, Sektor, Vaquera and Gauntlett Cheng. But there will also be tech fascinations like the Beheld 3D scanner – creating a three-dimensional model of each guest – a VR installation from DiMoDa, futuristic, responsive garments from Wearable Media, as well as a mixed-reality installation by FELT Zine – and let’s face it, who doesn’t need a bit of altered reality right now?

 

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Some of it will be heady. For instance, you can firsthand witness the recycling of your unused threads, as Colm Dillane of KidSuper has set up sewing machines for instantaneous repurposing, a thoughtful commentary on waste in the fashion biz. And Osmunda, an organization devoted to the re-greening of NYC, will host forums and discussions on sustainable practices in the industry.

So, when the shows and schmoozing get to be all too much, there will now be a place to escape for a bit of fascination, enlightenment, and, most importantly, a lot of dazzle. Could this be the future of fashion weeks?

 

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Olivier Rousteing Cast a Group of CGI Models in his Latest Balmain Campaign

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CGI’s not a completely new tool in the fashion industry – after all, cyber It-Girl Lil Miquela has collaborated with brands like Prada and NYC-based AREA. But Olivier Rousteing took the trend to a whole new level when he decided to cast three CGI models for his latest Balmain campaign. That’s right – as if women didn’t have enough to stress over in looking at real life models, we now have to compare ourselves to digital perfection.

 

For the brand’s Pre-Fall 2018 campaign, Rousteing reached out to digital artist Cameron-James Wilson to “construct a new, alternative and virtual Balmain Army.” Wilson became popular earlier this year with his virtual model Shudu, who has almost 150K Instagram followers, and has graced the pages of The Cut and The New Yorker.

 

For the Balmain campaign, however, Wilson created two more models, Margot and Zhi, so the trio could model digital versions of the brand’s Pre-Fall collection created by CLO, a company that creates “true to life 3D garment simulation” to help designers throughout their development process.

 

The campaign definitely looks cool, but also, kind of like a Sims version of a fashion ad. Yet is Balmain just the first brand to reject IRL models to dive head first into CGI? We’ll have to wait and see. In the meantime, I guess we should all follow Shudu on Instagram. I mean, she’s already stealing our jobs. So, best to keep an eye on our man’s DMs.

 

Kim Petras Is The Star of Opening Ceremony’s F/W 18 Campaign

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Photography by Oscar Ouk for Opening Ceremony

 

Kim Petras is starring in Opening Ceremony‘s Fall / Winter 2018 campaign, her debut as the face of a fashion brand.

With images by Oscar Ouk – Petras plays both shopaholic and shopkeep, swiping her plastic, and strutting around with bags laden on her arms in certain shots, then steaming clothes as a stylist in others. She looks amazing in each shot, retaining her signature playful, casual high fashion vibe throughout.

“It was like we were all hanging out,” said the shoot’s stylist, Matthew Mazur to PAPER about photographing the rising pop star. “Just because it’s work doesn’t mean you have to be bored, anxious, or stressed.”

 

Photography by Oscar Ouk for Opening Ceremony

 

Photography by Oscar Ouk for Opening Ceremony

 

Photography by Oscar Ouk for Opening Ceremony

 

Photography by Oscar Ouk for Opening Ceremony

 

 

Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty Will Make Its Runway Debut At NYFW

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Fashion Month is almost here!

And you know what that means? All of our favorite brands will be hitting the runway, with everything kicking off in New York in just a few short weeks. This season, Rihanna will be joining the NYFW lineup, with her new lingerie brand, Savage x Fenty making its runway debut.

 

 

Of course, Rih is no stranger to the fashion fanfare. Before launching Fenty x Puma, which she presented during NYFW and PFW ahead of the brand’s current hiatus, she sat front row at shows for everyone from Yeezy to Alexander Wang. But the inclusive lingerie label she announced last spring hit stores earlier this summer, following a series of viral Instagram ads featuring influencers of all sizes and colors. Hopefully Rihanna will maintain the brand’s focus on diversity and ethos of empowerment for their first runway show.

 

 

As of now, not much is known about the presentation, other than that it will take place on September 12 in New York City, and that it won’t be just like any other fashion show. Rih described the event as an “immersive experience.”

 

#UCUTE in that Lace Teddy! | Tap to shop that! ✨Cc: @mollyconstable

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There’s one thing we do know, though: Rihanna definitely doesn’t like to follow convention. When she released the Savage x Fenty line in May, she even included a set of handcuffs as part of the collection. So, whatever she does on the runway this Fall, we know it’ll be lit AF.

 

Image courtesy of Savage x Fenty

Behind the Scenes of Beyoncé’s September ‘Vogue’ Cover Shoot

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Beyoncé’s September Vogue cover is a glossy piece of fashion history: it’s the first time in the magazine’s 126-year-history that the front page has been shot by a black photographer.

The cover spread was also unique in that Beyoncé was given full creative control of the outfits she wore, and she wrote the entire accompanying piece, a confessionally-structured, highly transparent explanation of her journey with motherhood, family, and heritage that you can read here.

Today, Vogue has released behind-the-scenes footage of Bey’s cover shoot with 23-year-old Tyler Mitchell.

 

Karamo Brown of ‘Queer Eye’ is Releasing A Line of Bomber Jackets

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Karamo Brown, the resident culture expert on Netflix’s Queer Eye, is releasing a line of fashion bomber jackets.

“It’ll be coming very, very, very, soon,” Brown told Variety. “We’re starting with a small collection, and it’s going to be unisex. It’s going to be all sorts of patterns from things that are sparkly to things that are floral to things that you can wear to work.”

Brown has previously told The Strategist that he believes bomber jackets are possibly the “LBD for men,” so this collection should really come as no surprise.

Variety also picked up on further details about fellow Queer Eye star Antoni Porowski’s upcoming NYC restaurant and discovered that the show’s interior design expert, Bobby Berk, is preparing to release a line of home goods.

 

Ramy Brook Is Your New Favorite New York Brand

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Ramy Brook just wants to make women feel beautiful – and that’s exactly how it feels to wear her clothes. “Sexy, sophisticated and timeless,” the New York-based mother of three started her eponymous label after a never-ending quest for the perfect going out top. Of course, she couldn’t find one that wasn’t either cheesy or completely unaffordable, so she started making them herself. A ton of tops – and seven years – later, Ramy Brook has become one of the city’s most exciting lifestyle brands. From a recent collaboration with supermodel Martha Hunt, to an expanding range of dresses, jackets and eventually, accessories, the label only continues to grow.

It’s just the tip of the iceberg for us,” says Brook. “My end goal is to have Ramy Brook fulfill every need — full outfitting for women.”
Below, the designer sounds off on her creative process and outfitting mother/daughter duo, Cindy Crawford and Kaia Gerber.

Tell me about the brand. Why did you decide to start it?

In the beginning of 2010, I found myself shopping a lot and looking for a sexy, simple, solid top that I could wear with all of my jeans — really make it my own — but I could never find any. So, I decided I was going to learn how to do it myself and start my own business. I basically asked anyone I knew who was involved in fashion for advice and help, and within 6-10 months, I developed 6 sexy tops and one very short dress, then started having trunk shows — pretty much anywhere I had a friend, we had a show. Finally, a buyer from Bergdorf’s saw some of my designs and bought a bunch of them. So, I really jumped right into and had to learn everything quickly.

Did you have any sort of design background?

Not at all. But growing up, my mother used to make all of our clothes. She was a teacher, but she loved fashion, and a lot of our weekends were spent shopping for different patterns and fabrics. So, it’s something I’ve always been super passionate about. I just love getting dressed up and thinking about what I’m going to wear. So, I guess you could say I’ve had a lifetime of training — but definitely nothing formal.

How would you describe your design aesthetic?

I always use three words to describe the brand: it’s sexy, sophisticated and timeless. Whenever I would look for sexy tops, so many of them would be so cheesy. So, I always want to make sure my tops are sexy, but still sophisticated. Being timeless is important to me, too, because when I would go through my closet, I’d constantly be getting rid of clothes that were trendy, but not well-made. So, I wanted to make sure that whatever I made would be able to stick around for a couple of seasons and fit really well, with great quality.

Walk me through your design process. How do you go from inspiration to a finished piece?

First, the design team puts all of our inspiration photos into a folder. Then I really start to think about, ‘Where am I going? What do I want to wear? What’s appropriate? If I’m going to a school function what do I want to wear that could also look good when I go out to dinner? If I’m going to work, what can I wear so that I can also meet my friends at happy hour?’ In my head, Ramy Brook is really a lifestyle brand — we make clothes for women to wear all of the time.

 

You recently did a collaboration with Martha Hunt. How does she represent the Ramy Brook girl?

The beauty of Martha is that she really is happy, sexy and strong, and she’s really comfortable with who she is. That’s the Ramy Brook girl.

What do you want women to take away from wearing your clothes?

The biggest thing for me is for women to feel good about themselves. No matter what you look like or what size you wear, it’s really important that when you wake up, you feel confident and good about yourself — that’s what I want women to feel when they wear my clothes. Whether it’s just walking around the street, or going to a party; whether it’s a date night or just simply going to your kids soccer game — happiness is the end goal for me and the clothes can help you get there.

If you could pick one woman to wear Ramy Brook, who would it be?

That’s a loaded question! But it’s funny because I walked into my store today with my daughter and Cindy Crawford was there. She’s great,and a big fan of the brand. So, what would be really fun for me would be to have her and her daughter wearing it together. I just love that mother daughter connection, and it shows how all women, no matter their age can feel beautiful in Ramy Brook.

What do you see for the brand going forward?

It’s really just the beginning for us. Right now, we’re truly an emerging company. What started as a few sexy shirts for myself because I couldn’t find any, has moved into a full brand. I just want to continue building that.

 

Photography by Sebastian Faena & Lloyd Stevie