YSL Beauty Casts Zoë Kravitz in Bold, Black-and-White Campaign

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“YSL Beauty has always been one of my favorite brands,” says actress and Lolawolf pack leader Zoë Kravitz, announcing her partnership with the timeless fashion house. “Nothing is forced, nothing is fake, but everything is bold, strong and unafraid.”

The news arrived with three black-and-white photos, as YSL Beauty mused about the 27-year-old’s “talented, cool and free-spirited” energy. “She embodies the YSL Beauty woman and the brand’s vision of beauty,” they said. “We are proud to announce that the new U.S. YSL Beauty muse is the amazing actress and singer Zoë Kravitz.”

This casting follows Balenciaga, which also recruited Kravitz for their spring ’16 campaign alongside German model Anna Ewers, though YSL Beauty’s will exist exclusively on social media. Without giving away any spoilers, the brand revealed that Kravitz’s partnership will include a video project, some music and “lots of makeup looks.”

 

 

 

 

 

Unique Creatures: Nan Kempner, a Couture Collector and Supremely Stylish Badass

Nan’s love of fashion was borne in her blood, her mother and grandmother famously clotheshorses themselves. At 19, Nan purchased her first piece of couture, a Christian Dior white silk sheath with mink trim that she cried over to get the price down. At the time Yves Saint Laurent was the head designer there, and his curiosity over her need for the dress caused him to seek her out. Thus begins one of the largest couture collections in existence.

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12 Must-See Fashion Exhibits for 2012

If you’re still kicking yourself for missing the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty retrospective, there are twelve ways to fill your fashion exhibit void this year. MTV FORA has put together a solid list of displays across the globe, and it features everything from the Azzedine Alaïa exhibit in Holland (one displayed creation pictured) to the highly-anticipated Louis Vuitton – Marc Jacobs tribute in Paris. See the roundup—which includes three events that you can catch right here in New York—after the jump.

1. Christian Louboutin at the Design Museum, London (March 28 – July 1, 2012)

2. Azzedine Alaïa at the Groninger Museum, Holland (December 11, 2011 – May 6, 2012)

3. Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada at the Met, New York (May 10 – August 19, 2012)

4. Coco Chanel at the Mint Museum Randolph, North Carolina (May 21, 2011 – February 26, 2012)

5. Jean Paul Gaultier at the Dallas Museum of Art, Texas (November 13, 2011 – February 12, 2012)

6. James Bond Style at The Barbican, London (April 2012) 

7. Fashion, A-Z at the FIT Museum, New York (November 29, 2011 – May 8, 2012)

8. Diana Vreeland at the Fortuny Museum, Italy (March 2012)

9. Yves Saint Laurent at the Denver Art Museum in Colorado (March 25 – July 8, 2012)

10. Louis Vuitton – Marc Jacobs at Les Arts Decoratifs, Paris (March 9 – September 16, 2012)

11. 50 Years of CFDA at the FIT Museum, New York (February 10 – April 17, 2012)

12. David LaChapelle at the Seoul Art Center, North Korea (November 22, 2011 – February 26, 2012)

Hedi Slimane is Changing YSL’s Name to Saint Laurent Paris

Hedi Slimane is certainly not shy about switching things up over at YSL. After announcing that he would design the iconic French fashion house from Los Angeles instead of its Parisian headquarters, Stefano Pilati’s successor intends to change the brand’s name from Yves Saint Laurent to Saint Laurent Paris. Bold move.

According to WWD, the revamped branding will be revealed in the coming months and "should be in place by the time Slimane’s first designs for Saint Laurent, for the spring 2013 season, hit the sales floor." I’ve used my superior artistic skills to draft a viable branding option, above. 
 
As for the YSL graphic logo, WWD trusts that it will remain unchanged since it appears on most of the brand’s famed footwear, accessories and beauty products. 
 
Slimane will be making his highly-anticipated runway collection debut during the spring/summer 2013 of Paris Fashion Week this fall. His first resort womenswear collection will be shown to buyers in the next few weeks. 

Watch the Trailer for ‘Yves Saint Laurent’, the Pierre Bergé-Approved Biopic

Of the two Pierre Bergé-approved Yves Saint Laurent biopics set for release in early 2014, the trailer for the simply titledYves Saint Laurent appeared most recently on YouTube. While the other film carries the star power of Léa Seydoux as Loulou de la Falaise, the one shown below has a trove of archival pieces as costume throughout the film. Think iconic Mondrian dresses, peasant blouses, and green fur.

Watch the trailer and mark your calendars for January 8.

Fashion News You Need to Know – 10/2

What’s going on in the wild world of fashion? A lot. Read on.

Marc Moves On

Well, it’s official. Marc Jacobs officially confirmed that he will step down from Louis Vuitton after a glorious 16 year run. That doesn’t mean he’s done with LVMH, who owns a decent chunk of Marc’s namesake line; Jacobs and LVMH have plans to prep Marc Jacobs for IPO. Still, no successor has been named at Louis Vuitton (though I have my fingers crossed for Ghesquière.)

Why Can’t We Be Friends?

Surprise, surprise, there’s more Saint Laurent drama this season. Hedi Slimane, who has made a point of picking fights with many of fashion’s major players since taking the helm at (Yves) Saint Laurent but a few seasons ago, is at it again. This time, he’s asked Parisian retailer Colette to meet him by the flagpole after school, as they carried those Ain’t Laurent Without Yves shirts so popular with the street style photogs. Colette isn’t the only store to do so, and it also heeded Slimane’s request to take the shirts off their e-commerce site. No word on Slimane’s rationale, though the end of their business relationship will destroy about $136,690 of wholesale business. 

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Do you need a manicure? Deborah Lippmann opened her first salon yesterday at the Miraval resort in Arizona. 

Pretty, Pretty Proenza

Something else to look forward to for spring, aside from the clothes? MAC announced that it is collaborating on a collection with Proenza Schouler, due out in April. I have a feeling it’ll focus on neutrals, but I’m hoping lamé from the spring collection will sneak in as well, maybe as an eyeliner…

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This is What a Sculpture Made of 330 Lbs of YSL Lipstick Looks Like

Have you ever wondered what 330 pounds of Yves Saint Laurent lipstick would look like molded into a sculpture? No? Well, the Palais de Tokyo has one on display, in case you ever change your mind. The massive block is called "1M3 de beauté" (or "one cubic meter of beauty") and is entirely made of the French fashion house’s Rouge Pur Couture #1 shade and is part of artist Fabrice Hyber’s "Matières Premières" new exhibit. 

Hyber tells WWD that lipstick is "very supple […] especially in a large quantity" and "is a work that is never finished, which is always evolving." Like Yves Saint Laurent or Saint Laurent Paris, always evolving. As for the chosen shade, the artist explains that red is "very vivid, very present." What does Hedi Slimane have to say about all this?
 

Paris Day 2 Wrap-Up: Yves Saint Laurent, Kris van Assche, Givenchy

The City of Lights has seen gloomy weather during Men’s Fashion Week, and its patrons have in turn been weary. Stefano Pilati went for power dressing with a twist at Yves Saint Laurent. Leather pants and accents on black suiting was the staple. Similar to Costume National, shoes came with metallic bands. There was a downtown edge to collection; so much leather detailing that it felt a bit like stealthy kink.

Korean label Juun J. (which is sold at exclusive New York boutique Seven) showed an assortment of over-sized bell-shaped jackets in gray, black, taupe, and navy. The voluminous proportions came in wool, techno fabrics, and leather, complete with oversize pockets and skinny cummerbund-pants. Models also ported helmut hats, but the look was more Martian gladiator than terrestrial warrior (pictured).

Kris van Assche also kept it black with suits and separates that had an industrial Japanese fit to them. Collars contrasted in red and white, and details were understated such as quilting on coats, pleats, and a plaid segment of pieces. Slacks were baggy, but cropped and cuffed at the ankle.  A beautiful cowl-neck, chunky ribbed gunmetal sweater with exposed zipper was tremendous.

As the rain continued, Comme des Garçons Homme Plus presented whimsical Victorian-cum-Brit ’60s pop looks, as only Japanese mastermind Rei Kawakubo could dream up. The feminine touches of floral prints, volants collars, and skirts, in addition to the rock-star wigs on the models, gave the clothes an androgynous je ne sais quoi.

But nothing surpassed the sensation that Riccardo Tisci causes with Givenchy. He manipulated the patriotic stars ‘n’ strips on black, orange, blue, red and army green skirts, suits, and leather coats. Some were studded, a few were covered in peacock shaded paillettes, while other pieces were dusted in black star cut-outs. The “don’t mess with me” Givenchy boys boasted septum piercings. Except no one was paying attention because the model roster for this cast was insane!

But the craziness didn’t stop there: Merkure Magazine hosted a launch at Chacha Club and biannual international magazine, Guapo, attracted legions of models (including the godly Francisco Lachowski) to Club 1979 for free booze. But the big bang, an impromptu Givenchy after-after party, took place at Silencio, where Josh Wood Productions hosted "Pacino at Silencio," alongside LadyFag and Catherine Baba. A riot at the door meant that you had to be friggin’ Madonna to get inside, but once there, it was well worth it. Vincent Cassel, the Dsquared2 entourage, makeup queen Pat McGrath, and others enjoyed major beats from DJ Honey Dijon and Milan’s Marcelo Burlon. By 6am, the dance floor was still active, putting many out of commission for the next day.