More Mango? Yes please. Make sure you catch the full vid here, then check the outtakes out below. Why? Because it’s Friday the 13th, a full moon night, Mercury is in retrograde, and you need something else to distract you until the day is over.
Third time is definitely a charm for Mango’s partnership with Kate Moss. The Spanish high street retailer first teamed up with the supermodel last fall, which was followed up by an equally cool campaign for spring. For summer, Terry Richardson snaps Moss in an array of clean and sophisticated styles that feature a touch of retro mod, which is very much Moss’ aesthetic. Peep the making of the campaign (sans Richardson) after the jump.
Video via Telegraph
Following their high-profile summer campaign starring supermodel Kate Moss, celebrated Spanish retailer Mango has tapped Russian up-and-comer Anna Selezneva to sport the breezy collection for their catalogue. The shoot features Selezneva posing in what appears to be an isolated desert villa wearing linen, eyelet and a whole lot of white.
Highlights from the impeccably styled catalogue include a loose knit sweater paired with a feminine A-line skirt and brown belt, a cinched asymmetrical maxi dress with neutral gladiator sandals, a sheer coverup tucked into linen slacks, and a sleeveless Peter Pan collar blouse complemented by baby blue shorts and a pastel turquoise cardi tied around the waist. And Selezneva’s hair. Are you kidding me with that perfectly golden bed-headed mop?
Click through the slideshow for some choice looks and shop the (reasonably priced) collection here. In case you’re wondering, we too have officially ditched the antiquated rules for wearing white before Memorial Day. It’s 2012, after all.
We’ve been lucky so far this winter in the Northeast in that it seems like we bypassed the season entirely. As New York denizens, however, it’s our duty to constantly be scouting out the bigger, better deal. In anticipation of a repeat of that bleak and bitter January 2011, I started scoping out quick and easy weekend getaways as of the first of the year and The Four Seasons Nevis came across my radar.
Here’s what I quickly found out about Nevis (pronounced Nee-Vis): it’s an island spanning 36 square miles, bordered to the east by the Atlantic and to the west by the Caribbean Sea. It’s a 30-minute boat trip from St. Kitts and approximately 50 miles from Antigua. The island is accessible through 4-hour direct service into St. Kitts from JFK on American Airlines — but only on Wednesdays and Sundays. From there, The Four Seasons has worked out a seamless transfer system on their fleet of watercraft (they even provide gourmet box lunches for the way back). The other option is a JetBlue flight into Puerto Rico and a connection straight to Nevis airport on a Cape Air propeller plane.
My travel partner and I opted for the direct route, and the moment we landed in St. Kitts our travel-related stresses abated, with the staff of the Four Seasons ensuring that trivial matters wouldn’t enter our brainwaves for the duration of our stay. We were greeted with warm smiles and animated Nevisian personalities at baggage claim and transferred onto the Nevisian Dream. What followed was a 30-minute cruise through water bluer than Robert Pattinson’s eyes, past dormant volcanoes, lush green hills and perfect streams of sunshine – with, of course, a mighty strong rum punch in hand at all times.
We landed at The Four Seasons on the island of Nevis to be greeted immediately by Fabien Lim, the Guest Services General Manager. Lim gave us the layout of the property — 196 rooms on 350 acres all with golf course or ocean views. The resort covers it all — including a host of dining options and experiences, outdoor activities and relaxation/spa services. Virtually everything on the grounds is brand new; the hotel underwent a $110 million renovation following Hurricane Omar and had its grand reopening in December 2010. Plus, it’s impossible not to immediately realize that in every direction, the view is breathtaking. Nevis Peak seems to stretch up in deep green foliage indefinitely, and is almost always surrounded by this fascinating ethereal haze. To the other side, the peaks of St. Kitts are visible in the distance above the bright azure hue of Caribbean waters. It all trumps the view from my New York City office.
There are 12,000 residents of Nevis, and, as one of the largest resorts on the island, The Four Seasons employs around 2,000 of them. Upon hearing this, I thought of the inherent resentment for tourists and self-proclaimed ex-pats that must take place on many an island in this region of the world. On Nevis, however, this simply isn’t the case. My travel partner and I pointed out that this trip would be unbearable if taken with someone you weren’t too fond of (because the general vibe is romantic and tranquil), but I have a feeling that a solo traveler would be welcomed with open arms by the overly gregarious Nevisians. And although this is a lame comparison, probably just like the reception that Jason Segal’s character had in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Actually, just like that. Everyone on the island genuinely wants to be your friend.
Of the surplus of activities offered by the resort, we took advantage of Laser sailing lessons, kayaking, a driving tour of the island, a day in one of the resort’s completely stocked, luxe beach cabanas (personal highlight), and a Rum Tonic Body Treatment (with sugar cane exfoliation and rum/ginger/honey glaze) and afternoon of ultimate relaxation in the serene spa garden. The daily breakfast buffet at Nevis became a creature comfort and AM guilty pleasure. The hotel concierge also helped us select unique dining experiences and memorable sightseeing excursions in and outside the resort. Here is my Must-Try List:
Mango: Farm-to-fork dining directly on the ocean at The Four Seasons property. We judged this to be the best view on the island and hands-down the place to watch a sunset. They serve Caribbean specialties, including spiny lobster, BBQ ribs, daily fresh-catch fish, and a heavenly dessert selection utilizing locally-sourced ingredients. The coconut tart and bread pudding cake are game-changers. The restaurant works with a locally-known agriculturalist called Mansa who hosts tours of his farm especially for hotel guests.
Montpelier Plantation Inn: The Montpelier property is situated on Nevis Peak with stunning views and local Caribbean fare with modern edge. The menu changes daily and diners have the option of enjoying the open-air, European-influenced grandeur of the Restaurant 750 or eating within the ancient structure of The Mill (the interior of a retired 18th century sugar mill). Drinks are served in the hotel lobby and dinner orders are taken here before seating. It all feels very country club. Nikolas, the General Manager, will make sure you feel right at home.
Double Deuce: Located just south on the beach from The Four Seasons, Double Deuce is the late night island hot spot. During our stay, we joined Mazen Saleh, Assistant Food and Beverage Director of TFS, as he manned the DJ booth and made rounds with the regulars. The rum punch/billiards/dancing combo here is exactly what we needed to unwind from unwinding. The very hospitable owner of the joint also insisted on showing me his catch of the day.
Golden Rock Plantation Inn: This charming estate overlooking the Atlantic is an ideal stop-off for a light lunch or an afternoon cocktail. Lizards and monkeys frequent the restaurant and lobby deck, right around the coy fountains, in case you become bored with the view.
The fruits of the premiere collaboration between Spanish retailer Mango and Moises de la Renta (scion of the iconic designer) have arrived. The line of ten embellished tees will not hit stores until April, but images of the ornate tops have hit the web. The styles are significantly ‘busier’ than anything Moises has done before, including a red dress he designed for his namesake line and that Michelle Obama wore recently. But, despite being able to call the First Lady a fan, de la Renta isn’t looking to become a household name anytime soon. In fact, the young designer told Fashionista he’d prefer to remain “under the radar” for the time being.
That said, de la Renta isn’t averse to branching out with regard to business. This spring, he’s adding e-commerce to his namesake website as well as jewelry and fur. I think it’s safe to assume Oscar would be proud.
Uniqlo is bringing a taste of Japanese street style to the sidewalks of Soho with its latest collaboration. “Japan’s trailblazers of street fashion are the envy of Western designers, spawning Web sites filled with snapshots of Tokyo youngsters in the latest distressed jeans or psychedelic stockings,” the New York Times wrote back in January. But yesterday, word of Uniqlo’s latest Designers Invitation (a collaboration that in the past has featured Opening Ceremony and Steven Alan) revealed that this time around the focus will be on talent from a bit closer to Uniqlo’s home: “This year, the lineup is all Japanese featuring zechia, Han Ahn Soon,Suzuki Takayuki, G.V.G.V., Mintdesigns, Mother and Fur Fur,” says the Shophound. The labels may be little known in the states, but back in Tokyo they’re household names and Japanese Fashion Week regulars.
Uniqlo hasn’t confirmed when the styles will arrive in NYC, but when they do it’ll mark a significant transition for a slew of Japanese designers who in the past “have not figured out how to cash in on the city’s fashion sense,” says the NYT. Meanwhile, Jil Sander’s latest designs for the retailer will hit stores this Thursday (it’s her last installation of J+ men’s wear for spring, while more women’s wear will hit stores in April).
And, in other fast fashion collaboration news, Moses de la Renta (yes, as in son of Oscar) has designed a series of ‘rock ‘n roll’ inspired tees for Spanish retailer Mango. The collection, which will sell exclusively at Mango stores, features “pretty patchworks with summer flowers in sombre colours, such as rose, violet, grey and black, to graphic illusions which combine transparent effects, with shiny gems and adornments in between,” says de la Renta. The embellished shirts aren’t cheap: they’ll retail between £25 and £45; but it’s a relatively small price to pay for de la Renta original, be it from father or son.
JC Penney has been working hard to up its cachet, following in the footsteps of Target and H&M and enlisting cool NYC designers to craft capsule collections for its stores. Charlotte Ronson created a line specifically for JCP and the chain store recently partnered with the Olsen twins. The tween-friendly results of that collaboration, Olsenboye, will debut this winter. (It will include Steve Madden-approved footwear.) Now comes news that J.C. Penney will team up with Mango — the fast fashion brand based out of Barcelona, Spain.
Mango currently has 12 stateside stores (it has 1,300 globally), but no department store representation in America. Still, the partnership is quite a coup for JCP. “The agreement will start with a rollout for fall 2010 and will eventually make the MNG by Mango brand Penney’s largest contemporary label,” says Women’s Wear Daily. While the news isn’t revolutionary for cosmopolitan shoppers with access to everything from Topshop to Zara, it will mean a lot for consumers currently living in middle America nowhere near a fast fashion outpost. (And if Mango is upping its distribution to more remote pockets of the United States, will European competitors like H&M and/or Zara ever follow suit?) The JCP and Mango’s new partnership answers one question posed by the New York Times over a year ago: “Is fast fashion going out of fashion?” Not anytime soon.