Never one to play if safe, fashion phenom Anna Dello Russo styled Italian model Bianca Balti as a Spanish bullfighter in March’s Vogue Nippon editorial called "Kiss of the Matador." The Giampaolo Sgura-shot images features Balti in looks inspired by the now-banned sport, designed by Versace, Giuseppe Zanotti, Moschino, Emilio Pucci, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, and Salvatore Ferragamo.
This is kind of amazing: To toast the launch of Anna Dello Russo’s accessories capsule collection for H&M that hits stores on October 4, a new music video will be released that stars the notoriously over-the-top Vogue Japan editor singing and dancing to an electro-pop tune called "Fashion Shower." The song is produced by well-known Italian DJ Emiliano Pepe and features ADR rap-chanting "You need a fashion shower" while a C+C Music Factory-ish beat pumps in the background.
Per WWD (sub req), a one-minute clip of the original video was released on YouTube last year and has received more that 76,000 hits (with 200 likes and 55 dislikes). Tomorrow, the Swedish fast-fashion retailer will release an extended version shot by legendary fashion photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott (Update: We’ve been informed that although Mert & Marcus shot the campaign images, it is Alex Turney who directed the video). The video will be "previewed on the New York Times Web site and will then be broadcast on H&M’s social media channels." Sadly, the song is not for sale.
To get us all psyched for the release, I dug up the original clip, which you can (and should!) watch below.
When uber-popular photoblog, Jak & Jil, digitally shut its doors to prepare for a revamp earlier this year, we couldn’t help but feel a little abandoned. Sure, we turned to photographer Tommy Ton’s street-style images for Style.com and GQ in the meantime, but there was always something about his work for good old J&J that thoroughly satiated our need for high-fashion detail shots. (And we all know that copycat blogs just don’t cut it.) Well, we can all rest easy now, because Jak is back!
Save for a new hover bar and a bottomless scrolling feature, not much on the site has changed. One thing we’re sad to see go is the "Archives" section, which housed all of Ton’s classic imagery from 2008 and beyond. Perhaps Ton is withholding his older work because of a possible book deal or, better yet, an Anna Dello Russo collaboration.
Our girl, the ostentatiously luxurious, deliciously gaudy, eccentric hat-wearing Anna Dello Russo is designing a special collection of accessories for none other than international fast-fashion powerhouse, H&M. This is true. Per the release (and ADR’s blog), H&M creative advisor Margareta van den Bosch tapped the street-style icon and Vogue Japan editor-at-large to design a range of "jewelry, sunglasses, shoes, bags and trolley" that will be available in approximately 140 H&M stores worldwide.
We’ve covered many of ADR’s gratuitous spectacles throughout the years, including but certainly not limited to her Twitter Q&A, her egg hat at the Met gala, and, of course, her top 10 holiday party rules. This golden nugget of news makes Fashioneer especially giddy because you know that whatever ADR designs, it will include lots and lots of bling and is sure to contain czarian-like characteristics (which is her apparent muse of choice). The pictured gold and turquoise clutch is a sneak peek of the range, and more can be found here.
Earlier this year, we discovered NOWMANIFEST and deemed it as the superblogger’s new elite platform. Since then, it has received a lot of press for its sleek layout and limited member roster. While Rumi Neely, Bryanboy, Elin Kling, and Industrie magazine have been NM’s sole bloggers since the site’s inception, they’ve finally welcomed a new member into their exclusive inner circle, and it’s none other than Anna Dello Russo.
According to Kling’s blog, ADR says that being part of NOWMANIFEST is “like walking into a beautiful Italian little square, such as that of Capri,” and represents “the best stores in town,” or, in this case, the best bloggers on the web.
Does this partnership only help NM legitimize their standing as today’s top fashion blogging network, or does this also mean the Vogue editor/street-style icon can add professional blogger to her hefty CV, since all NM members are paid for their participation? Either way, this is a next-level meeting of the minds.
Sunday at NYFW was all about the ladies. Riffing off the SS12 sportswear trend, Kate Lanphear-favorite Katie Gallagher set the bar high by infusing her signature sportswear with dramatic details, like blood red separates that matched the bloody vials guarding her presentation platform. More girl power – and yet another super sartorial star encounter (hint: her initials are A.D.R.) – right this way.
Gwen Stefani might have been MIA for her L.A.M.B. presentation at Lincoln Center, but her stylish spirit definitely infiltrated the room through her brand’s charming spring offerings. I’m lusting after the tough-collared babydoll dress above.
In between shows, I spotted Anna Dello Russo, who we’re very obviouslyobsessedwith. She was surprisingly open – excited, even – to get her photo snapped. Like Gallagher, another rising star in the female fashion designer arena is Jen Kao, who turned out a captivating collection of delicate pieces with whimsical details in sherbet hues. I couldn’t take my eyes off the checkered crochet numbers. Photos: Style.com
Finally, I couldn’t end this NYFWeekend recap without a shout-out to Kanon Vodka and their ingenious pop-up bar at Milk Studios this season. Complete with custom drinks inspired by collections from the likes of Jeremy Scott and the aforementioned Gallagher, fashion’s favorite organic booze kept us all fueled and festive.
Have you ever wondered what Kanye West looks like sporting tighty whities on the runway? Us neither. But somewhere along the way to becoming fashion’s biggest fan, Kanye made a fan out of Anna Dello Russo — and this intrigues us. That’s why we couldn’t resist sharing ADR’s latest arts and crafts project, in which she pasted West’s face onto her favorite runway looks, like the Givenchy number above. See a few more gems (including a hilariously West-ified Versace look), after the jump.
In a blink-and-you-might-miss-it moment this past Sunday, Anna Dello Russo announced that she would answer any incoming Twitter questions for one hour that afternoon. Naturally, I promptly set my alarm to ensure that I was virtually front row for this impromptu Q&A extravaganza, since we all know the Vogue editor and famed stylephile definitely has an opinion. And as anticipated, the event provided endless amounts of entertainment—and some surprisingly wise advice. See some of ADR’s caps-lock-happy fashion statements after the jump.
On the fashion item she can’t live without: “Shoes. I prefer to be naked but with the right shoes!”
On taking risks in fashion: “Clothes are the most talkative of the words: if you want to communicate u should go BOLD without worrying about the opinions.”
On the most her most valuable virtues: “Humbleness and Devotion! I feel always a beginner in this job, constantly changing evolving challenging. KEEP YOUR EYES FRESH!”
On her favorite fashion era: “The NEXT ONE! You have to look always forward never back in fashion!”
On trend forecasting for next season: “The biggest trend for next fall is FETISH!”
On her ultimate style icons: “I have 2 Style Icons: 1 is CARINE ROITFELD, and 2 is QUEEN ELIZABETH II.”
On her favorite designer, blogger, and fashion piece: “1. All the best from all the best designers. 2. My fav fashion blogger is @bryanboy. 3. My brocade Golden Dress by DOLCE&GABBANA.” (Dress shown above.)
On the first designer item she ever purchased: “MY FENDI set: bag, wallet, foulard, keychain, umbrella. I was 11 years old.”