Diesel and Terry Richardson Collab for 30 Year Milestone in Japan

Cover/ Poster Images by Terry Richardson; Party Images Courtesy of Diesel

Diesel celebrated 30 years in Japan this month with a huge Tom Ford-style see-now-buy-now fashion show, photo collaboration with Terry Richardson, and exclusive design collabs that yielded awesome new ready-to-wear pieces.


The fashion-filled night kicked off with an exhibition of some of Diesel’s best archived looks, dating back to 1978 and curated by Diesel Creative Director Nicola Formichetti. From there, a runway show of the A/W 16 collection was presented, with garments from the line available for purchase immediately after the event.

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“Japan is where I was born and it has always played a prominent role in my creative process, being a constant source of inspiration, a huge part of who I am,” said Formichetti. “Celebrating 30 amazing years of Diesel in Japan is a match made in heaven, I can’t wait.”

The celebratory night was attended by musicians, models, and actors, as well as some of fashion’s most high-profile editors. Design collaborations on display included parternships with Jogg, N. HOOLYWOOD, and Yuko Koike.

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“I have always been in love with Japan, said Diesel founder Renzo Rosso. “I visit the country regularly, as do our design team. This special anniversary is dedicated to Diesel’s Japanese supporters, who always push us to do more and better.”

The night ended with a bang: the unveiling of a new photo project by Terry Richardson in partnership with Diesel.

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The whole night can be streamed here.



Why Ban This Saint Laurent Ad? + 7 More Banned Fashion Ads

The banned Saint Laurent ad featuring the model Kiki Willems, shot by the house’s creative director, Hedi Slimane.

Fashion is constantly courting controversy, whether dancing the line on a healthy BMI, playing with drugs, or pushing the art of seduction a little too far. See the banned Saint Laurent ad + 7 other banned ads here.

When you look at the most recent Saint Laurent ad, seen above, shot by Hedi Slimane and featuring the model Kiki Willems, what catches your eye? For me it was the near-unconsciousness of the model. But for the ASA in the U.K., it was the Willems’s body, how thin she is — too thin, according to the agency. I take issue with this — she’s not skeletal, she’s not imminently in danger of hospitalization, or passing out and yes, you could say that’s exactly what she did right before this photo was taken. Is this another form of body shaming? Who can say from the photo whether Willems is healthy or not? I see no flies circling.

Models with athletic, curvy figures are de rigueur now, in vogue — look at models of the moment Gigi Hadid and her sister Bella Hadid, both gorgeous, both curvy with insane bodies. See also: the uber-athletic Karlie Kloss, who posts workout videos to Instagram nearly daily. Some women are bigger, and still gorgeous, like Candice Huffine. What about the skinny girls who just can’t put on a pound no matter how hard they try, but are still healthy? Let everyone live! I say.

Does she appear unhealthily thin to you? While you mull it over, take a gander at seven more ads banned over the years, from a Marc Jacobs ad featuring Dakota Fanning to a series of Terry Richardson-lensed ads that were made against everyone’s better judgement.


A sexualized and 17-year-old Dakota Fanning depicted with a bottle of the Marc Jacobs Lola perfume between her legs.



In 2001, this Saint Laurent ad for Opium perfume featuring Sophie Dahl was banned.



Tom Ford‘s 2004 Gucci campaign featuring Carmen Kass getting some controversial grooming done, shot by Mario Testino.



Sisley ads shot by Terry Richardson. Take your pick!

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Mia Goth for Miu Miu was banned for portraying a child in a sexualized manner.



And then there’s the spectacularity of this Tom Ford ad, shot by, who else? Terry Richardson.



Plus check out Kylie Minogue’s banned TV commercial for Agent Provacateur here.


Pharrell + Terry Richardson: All About the GIRL?

Portrait of Pharrell and Helen – Dance, 2014, by Takashi Murakami, acrylic and platinum leaf on canvas mounted on board (Photo by Terry Richardson)

Galerie Perrotin celebrates the launch of its new space in Paris’ Marais with an inaugural exhibition curated by Pharrell titled “G I R L.” The multi-talented musician is no stranger to the art world. He co-curated “This Is Not A Toy” at Toronto’s Design Exchange earlier this spring, but “G I R L” marks his gallery debut. He first met gallerist Emmanuel Perrotin in Miami back in 2007 and the two quickly became fast friends, sharing an appreciation for artists like Takashi Murakami, Daniel Arsham, and KAWS.

It’s no surprise that all three artists happen to be featured in the show, along with 34 other international artists, about half of whom are women. This ratio is at most satisfactory for an exhibition that “[aims] to celebrate women who are above all free, liberated by artists and their boundless, unfettered imagination.” Marina Abramovic, Guerrilla Girls, Yoko Ono, Annette Messager, and Cindy Sherman all contributed artworks.

However, the inclusion of a Terry Richardson photograph of a woman scrawled with the words “Eat Me” below her waist has drawn criticism. Considering the myriad of sexual harassment complaints against the photographer, the addition of Richardson is the show’s most blatant pitfall.

As the name implies, the exhibition draws inspiration from Pharrell’s latest album. Emmanuel Perrotin saw potential for a fruitful collaboration last year. “After the launch party for my new gallery in New York in late 2013, Pharrell took a few of us to listen to the first 5 tracks of his upcoming album G I R L. The songs put us in such a good mood that we danced to all of them. At this moment, we realized that this tribute to women was going to be a worldwide success and would represent a shift in his career. Pharrell made us feel like we were part of it. This project at the gallery in Paris is a natural continuation of this adventure,” he says.

The site of the exhibition is the only detail that remedies the show’s lazy feminism. Galerie Perrotin’s new Salle de Bal space was formerly a 17th century Hôtel Particulier ballroom. In light of this context, works from artists like the Guerrilla Girls collective radically transform the deeply gendered space. Politics aside, “G I R L” reaffirms Pharrell’s status at the top of the cultural totem. The exhibition’s poor execution reveals just how unwieldy such a position can be.

“G I R L” is on view now at Salle de Bal, Galerie Perrotin, Paris though June 25, 2014. Can’t make it to Paris to see the exhibition in person? View works from “G I R L” in the slideshow below.

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CULTURE BLAST: Lady Gaga Drenched In Vomit, Terry Richardson Addresses Allegations, Missing Gramercy Park Art Found

Artpop or Artupchuck? Lady Gaga gets vomited on while performing at SXSW in Austin. But its okay, it was all for the sake of art.

Wondering where your favorite Gramercy Park sculpture ran to? Just down the street — the Alexander Calder sculpture that’s been on view for three years in the private park popped up at art fair.

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Dutch Supermodel Lara Stone Stars in the New Mercedes-Benz Key Visual

Now that the fall/winter 2012 season of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is nearly a month away (seriously, where does the time go?), Mercedes-Benz has revealed their latest "Icon of Style" campaign, shot by photographer Alex Prager. The key visual will debut during MBFW, and stars two very attractive subjects: Dutch supermodel Lara Stone, and the luxury vehicle manufacturer’s new SL Roadster.

Known for her thought-provoking cinematic imagery, Prager created a 21st century version of a classic film noir scene by having Stone pose as a Hitchcock blonde that overcomes fear as she outpaces a tornado. Stone dons a dress designed by Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein Collection that is meant to reflect the same timeless elegance as the subject’s getaway vehicle. See more images and bonus behind-the-scenes footage from the shoot here.

6 Super Stylish Gifts Guaranteed to Arrive On Time

Regardless of how far in advance we mentally prepare ourselves for the inevitable holiday shopping rush, there are always a few gifts that we subconsciously leave room to scramble for at the very last minute. If you, too, are on a serious hunt for quality items that will impress your pickiest friends and relatives, we’ve scanned the web for six foolproof favorites that are sure to satisfy—and deliver—in a timely fashion.

1. Cambridge Satchel Company – Metallic Satchel: There’s no denying that CSC’s fluorescent satchel was the it bag of NYFW. Their limited-edition metallic satchel is destined for the same success, so grab one in silver or gold before it’s too late. Buy it now and you’ll have it on your doorstep in two to three business days.   

2. iPad 2: The iPad is convenient, compact, sleek, and tech-savvy stylesetters like Kate Lanphear never leave home without it. Not only does Apple offer custom engraving to personalize the gift, but they’re also hosting free 2-day shipping now through the holidays.

3. Birchbox Subscription: We first told you about this makeup sample hoarder must-have last year. For the ultimate gift that keeps on giving, buy your best ladyfriend an entire year’s worth of high-end beauty samples, which will be delivered to her mailbox every month. Once you order their subscription, Birchbox will provide you with a downloadable gift card to hand to them for instant gifting gratification.

4. Noir Jewelry – Neon Crystal Pendant Necklace: When in doubt, always opt for statement baubles. This neon number is a surefire crowd-pleaser, and a steal at only $88. And you can order stress-free, because the good folks at Shopbop are offering free 2-day shipping and 15-day returns.

5. Lady Gaga x Terry Richardson: A great gift for Gaga’s Little Monsters and Terry Richardson advocates alike. Today’s the last full day to score free standard shipping for a December 24 delivery, so get on it!

6. StyleMint Gift Card: Hook your little sister up with one to six exclusive pieces from Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s new T-shirt line. Once the giftee digitally receives the gift card and creates their style profile, all they need to do is browse the site’s recommended tees and select which styles to use their credit for. 

Happy Socks Gets Collab-Happy with Terry Richardson

Last year, we chatted with Happy Socks creative director Viktor Tell about his legwear brand’s wild collaboration with Giles Deacon. Although the range was inspired by the British designer’s RTW collection, we couldn’t help but notice a hint of ’80s inspiration. After all, that decade was known for blindingly bright colors, zany prints, and overall kookiness, which is pretty much the Happy Socks design mantra. That’s why we were pleased to see the brand take their underlying inspiration one step further with a new super ’80s collection, shot by the one and only Terry Richardson.

For the line’s lookbook, Richardson snapped a bunch of notable New Yorkers of all shapes and sizes–literally. The roster includes rapper/cook Action Bronson and model Ashley Smith (pictured), poptart Sky Ferreira, actress Camille Rowe, pro skater Braydon Szafranski, rapper/poet Asap Mykki Rocky White. electric pop hero Maluca Mala, and the Physical Therapy duo.

See the complete lookbook here.