Karl Lagerfeld is Designing This Year’s Claridge’s Christmas Tree

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It’s that time of year…

Fashionable Christmas trees are going up, and someone has to make them look fashionable.

One of the most talked about every year is the tree at Claridge’s, London’s classic Mayfair hotel. And the jolly man with the white hair that will be designing it is Karl Lagerfeld. Obviously, we’re expecting something typically magnificent from the exalted fashion designer.

Lagerfeld says of the assignment, “Christmas trees are the strongest ‘souvenir’ of my happy childhood.” Us too!

The Claridge’s Christmas tree has long been a staple of the London holiday season, drawing locals and visitors alike to ooh and ah between posh shopping stops. This is the eighth time the hotel has commissioned such a cultural visionary to handle the design, having collaborated with Dolce & Gabbana, John Galliano and Burberry in previous years.

Karl Lagerfeld’s Christmas tree design will be unveiled Wednesday, November 22 in the Claridge’s glittering lobby.

A Tribe Called Quest Pays Tribute to the Late Phife Dawg w/ New Apparel Collection

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When A Tribe Called Quest member Phife Dawg passed away at just 45 years of age in March of 2016, it bore echoes of the Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch’s death four years earlier – another legendary and tight-knit collective from the earlier days of hip-hop left stunned by the far-too-early loss of an indispensable member.

Yauch now has a park in Brooklyn named for him. And in another of what will surely be many more tributes to Phife, ATCQ have just released an exclusive capsule apparel collection in conjunction with Sony Music’s The Thread Shop.

 

 

In includes a black trucker cap, a white tee with an image from the 1991 Low End Theory photo shoot, and a striking Safety Green Hoodie bearing Phife’s name in black lettering (all limited edition). The collection is released today, November 20 – which happens to also be the late rapper’s birthday.

The Beasties, of course, called it quits immediately after the loss of Yauch in 2012. But Quest had carried on, releasing in 2016 their first new album – We Got it From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service – since 1998; killing it with a Phife tribute performance on SNL on November 12, 2016; and touring the album up until an emotional final show at the UK’s Bestival on September 10.

 

 

 

Legendary Fashion Designer Azzedine Alaia Dead at 77

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Azzedine Alaia image from Joe McKenna’s untitled documentary 

 

The fashion world mourned, as news came yesterday that eminent designer Azzedine Alaia had passed away in Paris, aged 77. The cause of death was apparently heart failure.

Born in Tunisia in 1940, he started his career in the City of Light as a teen working for Dior, then Guy Laroche and Thierry Mugler. He shot to genuine fame in the 80s with his own ready-to-wear label, eventually dressing Grace Jones, Madonna, Janet Jackson – and becoming the unofficial designer to the first wave of supermodels. His form-fitting creations notably and stunningly adorned the likes Linda Evangelista, Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell. In recent years, his devotees included Lady Gaga, Victoria Beckham, Rihanna…even First Lady Michelle Obama.

Earlier in 2017 Joe McKenna had released an untitled but beautifully shot documentary on Alaia.

Celebrity friends took to Twitter to share their love, tributes and lamentations.

 

 

 

 

 

Telfar Wins CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund

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Last night Telfar was announced as the winner of the prestigious CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, meaning the queer designer is taking home the grand prize of $400,000. The two runners-up, queer label Chromat and eyewear brand Ahlem, each walked away with $150,000.

The designer, Telfar Clemens, has been creating collections for his unisex label since 2005. His clothes are simple yet artful, representing a sort of “new normal” for the modern, savvy customer. This year, he even redesigned the uniforms of fast food chain White Castle, supplying new garb for 10,000 employees.

Chromat, meanwhile, represents a futuristic, uber-clean, architectural approach to swim and athletic-wear. Ahlem’s eyewear is chic and highly approachable.

As well as their new funds, each brand will have the opportunity to pick the industry figure of their choice as a mentor for the future of their brand. Other finalists for the prize included Vaquera, Dyne, Victor Glemaud, Jordan Askill, Mateo New York, RTA and Sandy Liang.

Louis Vuitton’s Stunning ‘Volez Voguez Voyagez’ Exhibition Opens in NYC

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After being vacant for almost ten years, the former American Stock Exchange building in Manhattan’s Financial District has just been brought back to life for Louis Vuitton’s stunning three-floor exhibition Volez, Voguez, Voyagez. Curated by Oliver Saillard, it traces LV’s iconic journey from 1854 to the present day through ten thematic chapters, each in their own strikingly imagined space.

The show opens with the most symbolic object of the House: an antique trunk from 1906. It continues through the detailed makings of their classic trunks, revealing how the designs evolved and informed style during the rise of travel – at a time when expeditions, yachting, the automobile, aviation and trains has all captured the zeitgeist in their own way. While navigating through Volez, Voguez, Voyagez, you’ll find yourself beachside one moment, on the road less traveled the next, inside a cabin car of the Orient Express, gliding through the open skies, and then suddenly on the Oscars red carpet. (And indeed, the brand’s red carpet celeb fans turned out in force for the opening, including Alicia Vikander, Jennifer Connelly, Jaden Smith, Lea Seydoux and Alexander Saarsgaard.)

The Vanderbilts. The Rockfellers. Mary Pickford. Lauren Bacall. Ernest Hemingway. And today’s a-listers the likes of Ruth Nega, Nicole Kidman and Michelle Williams are all on display to attest to LV’s ceaseless star power. Marc Jacobs fans will swoon to the look back at the time when he was Creative Director of the House. And then there’s the Jeff Koons room, reminding us of just how much Louis Vuitton has influenced the look and style of travel for more than a century-and-a-half…and will surely continue to do so.

Louis Vuitton’s Volez, Voguez, Voyagez is on view at 86 Trinity Place, NYC, in the former American Stock Exchange building, though January 8. Admission is free to the public.

 

 

Rita Ora Wore a Bathrobe to the MTV EMA Red Carpet

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Rita Ora may have looked like she went from a Stranger Things binge session to the MTV Europe Music Awards yesterday when she showed up in a bathrobe, but she did it all in glorious, queer style. The “Your Song” singer and bathrobe icon borrowed a look from young, queer designer (and Beyonce favorite) Palomo Spain for an outfit that was instantly deemed iconic…thanks to the helpful addition of some well-placed Lorraine Schwartz diamonds.

Ora wasn’t ready to go all the way, though. After walking in a long, plush robe from designer’s latest “Hotel Palomo” collection, she switched into a shorter ensemble and paired that bathrobe with sneakers and white socks. The double dip into Palomo’s newest collection was brilliant enough to make us forget that, later in the show, she ruined everything by wearing a literal garden rake as a necklace.

 

Last Night @ritaora checked in at Hotel Palomo at the @mtvema

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Burberry President Christopher Bailey Stepping Down After 17 Years

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After starting at the company in 2001, Burberry’s President and Chief Creative Officer Christopher Bailey will step down from his role in the spring. He’ll still design the British luxury brand’s Spring 18 collection, as the label looks for his replacement.

During his time at CCO, Bailey helped to grow the company immensely, revitalizing the brand’s luxury direction after Burberry’s signature check had begun to be used in several cheap knockoffs. He brought great financial growth to the company, and was recognized for innovative digital publicity moves like livestreaming runway shows, as well as redesigning the brand’s flagship stores.

In a statement, Bailey said “It has been the great privilege of my working life to be at Burberry, working alongside and learning from such an extraordinary group of people over the last 17 years,” Business of Fashion reports. “I am excited to pursue new creative projects but remain fully committed to the future success of this magnificent brand and to ensuring a smooth transition.”

BoF reports Phoebe Philo of Céline as a possible replacement for Bailey, though the brand denied her departure to be “imminent.”

“Burberry has undergone an incredible transformation since 2001, and Christopher has been instrumental to the company’s success in that period,” Burberry Chief Executive Marco Gobbetti said in a statement. “We have a clear vision for the next chapter to accelerate the growth and success of the Burberry brand and I am excited about the opportunity ahead for our teams, our partners and our shareholders.”

Years & Years Debut New Song in Baz Luhrmann Fashion Film

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“As for myself, I hold no preference amongst flowers as long as they are wild, free, and spontaneous.” Those are the guiding words of wisdom uttered by the flamboyant matriarch of a family of floral enthusiasts in The Secret Life of Flowers, a gorgeous new short film for the upcoming H&M and Erdem collaboration.

It’s no surprise that the film is gorgeous, given that Hollywood’s most eccentrically over-the-top director, Baz Luhrmann, is behind it – but this actually feels like a full movie stuffed into four minutes. Oh, and it may be the gayest thing we’ve seen all week thanks in part to a new original song called “Hypnotized” from Years & Years, and an abundance of sexual tension between the two men frolicking in the flowers.

Without spoiling anything, there is a love triangle, a beautiful mansion overrun with metaphorical and physical flowers, and a dinner scene with enough dramatic tension to last a lifetime.

Speaking on the collaboration, Years & Years frontman Olly Alexander says, “It was a really wonderful experience working with Baz, he’s so passionate about every detail, and I was really excited to be part of something so creative. Plus, I’ve always been a fan of Erdem. The song is about falling head over heels for somebody and it totally upends everything you thought you knew about yourself.”

Watch it below and reconsider your entire Halloween costume, because the outfits in this are everything.

 

Ford Finally Signs Their First Transgender Model

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Andreja Pejic, who came out as trans in 2014, has become the first non-cis model to sign with Ford Models, which has been around for 71 years.

Pejic was groundbreaking before signing with Ford – she’s the first trans model ever profiled in Vogue, as well as the first to lead a major beauty campaign, as the face of Make Up For Ever.

In an Instagram post anouncing her new deal, Pejic wrote: “I’m grateful that I can say I’m surrounded by a team that truly values what I bring to the table. I guess it’s the number one rule of business in this businesses but it’s not always the easiest one to achieve. Excited for the future!”

Take a look below.

 

 

Pejic was born in Bosnia and fled with her family at an early age to Australia. She was noticed by a modeling scout while working at McDonald’s.