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 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
Burberry was taken over in a surprise appointment by Riccardo Tisci this past March, after he had been serving as a creative director at Givenchy.
The iconic British brand has long been known for their famous checkered pattern, adoring everything from jackets to linings to accessories. Now, it seems, Burberry is about to look considerably different.
This morning, Tisci unveiled through Instagram the brand’s new logo and monogram print.
Will we soon be seeing new trench coats with white and orange B’s all over them? Only time will tell.
Images by Team Peter Stigter
An inherent Protestantism / egalitarianism had meant that the Dutch had always favored a sense of style that stood athwart the flamboyance of the Brits, the flash of the Italians, the haute of the French. And it was earnestly hard to find fault with that philosophy, considering how well they wore it.
But in 1993, a pair of extravagantly visionary designers took to overthrow their country’s stylistic modesty – and since that time, Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren have veritably changed the way the world has thought about Dutch fashion design.
To mark the 25th anniversary of their stylistic insurrection, the Kunsthal Rotterdam has undertaken a career survey of the Viktor&Rolf fashion house – and the result, Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists 25 Years, is as breathtaking and perception-altering as one might expect from such a revolutionary pair.
As the exhibition opens this month (running until September 30), we pulled curator Thierry-Maxime Loriot – also responsible for the landmark show The Fashion World of Jean-Paul Gaultier – away from his busy schedule to discuss the “whys” and “why nows” of his paramount, and stunning presentation of the world of Viktor&Rolf.
What made this a good time for a career survey on Viktor & Rolf?
I think what we see as “art” is very personal, some paintings can be or cannot be considered real art. I see fashion and haute couture definitely as an artistic medium in which artists like Viktor&Rolf chose to express themselves; but not all fashion is “Art” with a capital “A.” In the case of V&R, there is a real way of thinking about fashion that was outside the box from the beginning, and that was not about trends and creating beautiful red carpet dresses for celebrities. It is not what their work is about. It is a very intelligent fashion that shows how you should push your ideas to create. I always like to try to understand it in a social context and look back on the impact it had on history and society.
What does their work mean to you, personally, and as a curator?
It is important historically to understand how Viktor&Rolf have been inventing a new way to present fashion, and also to reinvent the fashion system. The title of the exhibition is “Fashion Artists.” Visitors will understand how they are in their own category as artists, using fashion as their medium; their work is about how they opened the doors to a whole generation of young designers like Iris Van Herpen, who could have not existed without Viktor&Rolf, I think. Dutch fashion was pretty much wooden clogs back then.
And they changed all that?
They are the first Dutch designers to have international recognition. It is a very inspiring story, they could have stopped many times and they never gave up fulfilling their dream. It is a wonderful message about believing in yourself, even if you are from a small town with no fashion and entertainment connections. They marked fashion history, are still relevant season after season…and for example, when you look at the recent collections of Balenciaga, with the layers, and Alexander McQueen with the pink bows, it is a beautiful homage to see how they are still so influential.
How did you come to decide on the Kunsthal Rotterdam?
Rotterdam chose them and me! The Rotterdam Kunsthal director Emily Ansenk is a very good friend, and I love her team. It is one of the most singular museums in Europe, in terms of programming. Very avant-garde, modern and daring, not only showing beautiful paintings…but she really thinks outside of the (museum) box! Emily had the generosity of opening the doors of her museum to showcase the work of these Dutch national treasures, in their home country, to celebrate their 25th anniversary. They are very excited about it. It is my third collaboration with Kunsthal, since Jean Paul Gaultier and Peter Lindbergh.
How will the exhibition be arranged?
It is different universes in the five galleries, from the first dress they did and won the Hyères Festival with, to the latest collection. Viktor&Rolf were very generous in giving all of their sketches, and they were very open in terms of display. They have very strong themes, from rebellion to romanticism; they work the opposite of other fashion designers and they really are fashion artists. They first start with the idea of the show, how it will be presented, and they develop the collection around it. It is a different vision, it is their own language, and it is not about trends – it is about pushing ideas and not being worried of the social commentary.
So you would say that their work is as much art as it is fashion?
It is a new art form they invented and that they lead. When you will discover the Russian Doll collection, the Zen Garden collection as well, you understand how they created new dimensions in art and fashion, and the art of performing fashion. We did the selection of the pieces together. They are living artists, for me it is very important that visitors hear their voices as well. It is quite funny, because they made a list of works, I had one as well; and out of 50, we had 49 that were exactly the same So it was resolved quite quickly and easily…we pretty wanted exactly the same things!
It is a unique opportunity to see 25 years of work together, surely.
Even if you are invited to a haute couture fashion show, it lasts not even 20 minutes. This is an opportunity to take time to discover a singular world of Dutch haute couture savoir-faire. The selection is incredible, it is a “best of” I think, everything I could have wished for, and more.
What are some of the highlights for you?
The Russian Dolls collection definitely. And also for the first time, the clown costumes they created for Madonna for Art Basel Miami will be displayed. For me this is a definite highlight – I am a huge Madonna fan!
Today, Beyoncé makes history with the glossy cover of Vogue’s September issue, the first cover ever in the magazine’s 126-year history to be shot by a black photographer.
Tyler Mitchell, 23 years old, captured Bey in giant floral headpieces, sprawled on staircases, and generally oozing divinity.
Beyoncé wrote the entire accompanying article herself, which explores her relationship with her post-baby body, paving the way for younger black artists, as well as her Coachella and On The Run II performances, and her ancestry, among other things. Read it in full here.
It’s been a big week for fashion, with British and Italian Vogue both launching their September issue covers and Beyoncé’s camp revealing they took complete creative control of her September spread.
Celebrities across the web posted pretty pictures of themselves, designers posted throwback runway clips, and we generally just gagged over it all.
Here are our favorite fashion Instagrams of the week:
Rihanna slaying British Vogue
She also has made history as the first black model to appear on the publication’s September issue.
Madonna gracing Italian Vogue
Tyler Mitchell Making History for American Vogue
He will be the first black photographer ever to shoot the magazine’s September cover.
Tommy Dorfman Rocking This Lipstick
This Mugler Throwback
The lookbook for Gucci Cruise’s men’s collection was shot at the Ville de Cannes in France, as well as at the InterContinental Carlton Cannes Hotel and the Carlton Beach Club – and it’s appropriately glamorous.
The sunny, vibrant photos transport one from the doldrum dreariness of another Monday afternoon in the sweaty city to the fabulous vacation world of the south of France, in head to toe glittering Gucci. Shot by Martin Parr, the images tell an energetic story of youth, frivolity, and elegance.
Gucci’s Cruise collection continues to dazzle us with it’s more-is-more, colorful, pattern-filled, texture-heavy mania of statement ensembles. Take a look in the following slides.
Photography: Martin Parr for Gucci
The critical eyes of the fashion industry can often be brutal for anyone who doesn’t stand out. All it takes is a wrong look from the right person to immediately knock you down the ranks.
This is the case in Victoria Beckham’s short film for her FW18 collection. Model Chloe Nardin navigates the streets of a seedy metropolitan, sporting a bold look. Turning heads throughout the city, she finds herself at the entrance to an elite nightclub where none other than Beckham herself is working the door with a stamp of approval for only the most fashionable people.
Luckily, Nardin makes the cut, as she dons a chic leopard print from Beckham’s latest collection. It also references the coat worn by the designer in the film, as she steps aside to usher the model through. Their looks perfectly exemplify the animal prints and feminine yet sophisticated silhouettes of the fall line.
Victoria Beckham’s FW18 collection is now available online. Watch the film below.
Gigi Hadid and French male model Yassine Rahal are the stars of Missoni’s Fall / Winter 2018 campaign, shot by photographer Harley Weir and Creative Directed by Angela Missoni.
The collection, which is a knit-heavy, very colorful and patterned assortment of bohemian coats in architectural silhouettes, is captured here with the models posing starkly, framed by a bright blue sky.
Missoni’s collection reflects others hitting stores this season – pattern mania and bold shapes and silhouettes, as well as clever layering, have been big themes on the runway over the year. Take a look in the following slides.
Photography: Harley Weir for Missoni.