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First Look: Self Service+Gisele

September 27th, 2013 |Posted by Janelle

The legendary Ms. Bundchen looks better than ever on the cover of the new Self Service Roe Ethridge‘s elegant, stripped down shots capture Gisele’s natural beauty, freckles and all. The barely there makeup by Aaron de Mey and hair by Recine help, but the allure is pure Bundchen! Dressed in sleek seasonal styles by Balenciaga, Céline and Kenzo, selected by none other than Marie Chaix, Gisele looks every inch the supermodel.

Images courtesy of Self Service

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Legend

May 15th, 2013 |Posted by Janelle

Christy Turlington.
Daniel Jackson.
Harper’s Bazaar.

A beauty for the ages, back and looking better than ever on the cover of Bazaar‘s latest issue. Styled by Julia von Boehm in a luxe mix of Balenciaga and Tom Ford, the multi-hyphenate supermodel-humanitarian-documentarian proves she can still pose with the best of them. Christy springs eternal!

View the full story & read the interview on Harper’s Bazaar.com

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Balenciaga Moments

November 5th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Nicolas Ghesquiere by Steven Meisel

We were shocked and a bit saddened today to hear of Nicolas Ghesquiere‘s departure from Balenciaga. After 15 years at the legendary house, Ghesquiere is parting ways with the luxury powerhouse, a label he helped become one of the most influential and respected in the business. Though we know this is likely the start of an exciting new beginning (let the rumors begin) we can’t help but look back at a few of our absolute favorite Balenciaga moments, from the very first collection to those infamous leggings. Take a look at our favorites and let us know yours in the comments.


THE REVIVAL

In 2012 it seems like there are new designers shuffling in to breathe life into old houses every few months, that wasn’t so much the case back in 1997. At 25 after assisting designers like Jean Paul Gaultier and paying his dues behind the scenes at several brands, Ghesquière came to Balenciaga to design for the brand’s Japanese licensing partner. Hardly the most glamourous gig – but his talent was evident and soon he found himself creative director of a brand that had yet to rediscover its footing. His first show back in S/S 98 changed all that, with a darkly chic update on the brand’s identity that made the fashion press stand up and take notice. View the collection in full for yourself at Balenciaga.com.


THE BAG

Seasonal styles of the popular Balenciaga bags

It bags come and go, but modern classics are very rare indeed. Ghesquière knocked the ball out of the park when he launched Balenciaga’s Lariat bag in 2000, the oft imitated but never duplicated style has been seen on the arm of everyone from Mary-Kate Olsen to Carine Roitfeld and is still going strong.


THE GAINSBOURG CONNECTION

Nicolas Ghesquiere and Charlotte Gainsbourg by Jean Paul Goude for Harper’s Bazaar

Twilight cutie Kristen Stewart may be the latest actress to catch Ghesquière’s eye, but the original Balenciaga-fille has got to be Charlotte Gainsbourg, a woman whose idiosyncratic beauty and avant-garde career choices mirror the spirit of Ghesquière’s boundary breaking aesthetic. Serving as both muse and face of the line’s signature fragrances, Gainsbourg is a fixture in the Balenciaga front row and in the brand’s iconography.


THE FLOWERS

Jennifer Connolly for Balenciaga S/S 08 by David Sims

It is hard to go back through Ghesquière’s 15 years at Balenciaga and pick the most memorable collections, each collection has its own merits but there are a few that take on special significance. S/S 2008′s floral explosion remains one of the most daring and influential, just when we thought we knew what to expect we got hit with a strong dose of flower power. Reactions to the collection may have been divisive, but it jumpstarted the current craze for bold, head-to-toe print and has been replicated by everyone from H&M to Celine.


THE ARCHIVES


Cristobal Balenciaga Cape, 1963 – Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquiere F/W 2006 cape on Coco Rocha

Every designer working at a storied house has access to a wealth of archival inspiration, but only a select few put it to good use. Ghesquière was always adept at taking Cristobal’s shapes and points of reference, then modernizing them, either with subtle changes or grand re imaginings. Take a look at how Cristóbal’s 1963 cape compared to the oversized brocade cape from the F/W 06 show.


MOD MOMENTUM

Freja Beha Erichsen for Balenciaga F/W 05 by David Sims

Sixties style mod looks often found a place on Ghesquière’s runways and made for some of the most memorable looks; who can forget the mod touches in the F/W 05 and F/W 06 collections?


MARIE AMELIE

Marie Amelie’s interpretation of Balenciaga in Strict Elegance from Interview – Ph. Craig McDean

As much as we love Nicolas’ work, all the credit for Balenciaga’s longstanding cultural impact can’t rest solely on his shoulders. As the brand’s stylist, muse and loyal supporter, Marie-Amélie Sauvé has shaped the Balenciaga look for years on the runway and in numerous editorials. Some of our favorite Balenciaga moments occurred while looking at her artful and creative interpretations of that look in the pages of magazines like Interview and Vogue Paris.


i-ROBOT

Kate Moss by Sølve Sundsbø for Numero Tokyo‘s inaugural issue.

Perhaps the singularly most infamous pair of leggings in history and certainly one of the most iconic Balenciaga pieces of all time. How many leggings find their way onto the bodies of Terence Koh, Kate Moss and Beyoncé Knowles? Not to mention the omnipresent place these leggings held in fashion edits for nearly a year. We love it when Balenciaga goes on a sci-fi streak!


THE GIRLS 

Balenciaga S/S 2002 by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin

Every season we’ve looked forward to see which beauties would be featured in the Balenciaga campaign and to date we’ve yet to be disappointed. Whether it is a bonafide supermodel like Gisele Bundchen, or Christy Turlington or a fresh crop of brand new faces, Balenciaga always goes for the unexpected and remains one of the few brands whose campaigns can really launch a compelling face.


THE COPYCATS

The one thing we’ll miss most about Ghesquire at Balenciaga is his ability to kickstart a design trend. There are whole websites devoted to looks cribbed from Balenciaga and while all designers get inspired by each other every now and then it was always amusing to see who was drawing inspiration from Ghesquire.


THE EDITORIALS

There were and are so many great editorial images that involved Balenciaga, but we’ll end on this great shot of Gemma Ward by Nick Knight for Pop Magazine.

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Editorial Inspiration: Mona & Millicent

July 12th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

In addition to designing for Chanel, Fendi, his eponymous line, shooting editorials, traveling the world and elevating his cat to superstar status, Karl Lagerfeld also manages to be something of a fashion historian. Look at his work you’ll see references to countless bygone eras and sartorial icons of yesteryear. In his latest story for Harper’s Bazaar, Lagerfeld looks to legendary American socialites Mona von Bismarck & Millicent Rogers, women so revered for their good taste that whole museum collections exist to catalogue their stylish lives. Imagining a fictional meeting between the two legends, Lagerfeld creates sumptuous images overloaded with decadent ensembles.

With a shock of silver hair and a penchant for labels like Balenciaga, Givenchy and Vionnet, Mona was one of the most celebrated style icons of her time. Immortalized by Dali and Truman Capote. She’s brought to life in the story by Anja Rubik, in a series of dramatic looks chosen by Andrew Richardson. The glamorous Millicent Rogers, Standard Oil Heiress and toast of NY society, favored esoteric lines like Schiaparelli and Valentina, mixed in with standards from Mainbocher & Charles James; Melissa Tammerijn plays the blond beauty with grace in Lagerfeld’s story.

The Real Mona von Bismarck & Millicent Rogers

Countess Mona in Balenciaga

Millicent in Charles James

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Campaign Confidential

July 6th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

The ads keep on coming, check out a few more of our faves from the season – take a look back at our previous campaign favorites post too.

Balenciaga

While we can’t imagine either Nicolas Ghesquière or Steven Meisel spending a lazy weekend at the shore, the Balenciaga campaign is set in such an idyll. Fresh faces Anniek KortleveLinn ArvidssonHirschy HirschfelderJulier BuggeJuliet Ingleby and Rosie Tapner lay out on the dunes in those eccentric looks from F/W.

Chanel

Simple, clean and led by a stellar cast, Chanel’s fresh ads feature Kati Nescher, Lindsey Wixson & Cora Emmanuel as styled by Carine Roitfeld. Naturally, Karl Lagerfeld is behind the camera – which depending on your perspective you either love or hate, that said the casting on this is flaw free.

Dolce & Gabbana

A taste of Italian nostalgia shot by Giampaolo Sgura and featuring Monica Bellucci, Bianca Balti and Bianca Brandolini – each image feels like a still from a Pasolini film.

Valentino

Valentino once again gives us a vision of pure class from the iconic Deborah Turbeville. Elegantly color coordinated looks on Jac JagaciakCaroline Brasch Nielsen and Frida Gustavsson - what’s not to love?

Fendi

When you have Joan Smalls and Karl Lagerfeld you don’t really need much else. With the natural setting and powerful poses, this new ads remind us a bit of Anja Rubik‘s S/S 10 ads for the luxe line. 

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First Look: Intermission DK

June 15th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

As one of the sleekest glossies on the scene, Intermission Magazine never fails to deliver something different and with their new launch of their first Danish edition – Intermission DK, they create an elegant new addition to their growing brand. Case in point, their ultra-chic new covers featuring girls of the moment Marie Piovesan and Katryn Kruger clad in Balenciaga and Celine. The images shot by John Scarisbrick and styled by Daniel Magnussen and Vanessa Traina (New York: Management + Artists, Paris: Management + Artists) are engaging and fresh. (Look for it on newsstands this August)


Styling Daniel Magnussen, Hair Vi Sapyyapy Thuy, Makeup: Mikael Noiselet

Intermission DK from models.com on Vimeo.


Styling Vanessa Traina, Hair Rudi Lewis (New York: Management + Artists, Paris: Management + Artists), Makeup: Romy Soleimani (New York: Management + Artists, Paris: Management + Artists)

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Resort Hits

June 8th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Another season, another set of wearable designs for resort, even if you aren’t headed to your summer house for a seasonal stopover you’re sure to find something you like. Here’s what we’ve been loving from Resort so far – be sure to tell us your favorites in the comments!

BALENCIAGA
Pictured on Liya Kebede, Marte Mei van Haaster & Meghan Collison

Ballet inspired minimalism, that offers a welcome respite from the 80s infused disco vibe that Ghesquière has been giving us lately. A simple, elegant and dare we say it – pretty, collection that feels new. Plus, it goes without saying that those slate & coral heels are set to become an editorial (and street style) sensation.

GUCCI
Pictured on Bette Franke, Karmen Pedaru & Nadja Bender

The Gucci flora print is iconic and Frida has always found interesting ways of incorporating it into her designs. The Resort collection offers a colorful and feminine take on the Gucci standards and even boasts a little restraint – there is only one pastel suit!

DEREK LAM
Pictured on Monika Sawicka & Ava Smith

We admit that we don’t quite see the Coming to America inspiration, but we’re happy that Derek Lam looked to a film that hasn’t been run into the ground for inspiration. All we see is clean, classic American design with a modern twist and really we can’t complain about that.

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The Life Aquatic

April 3rd, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Aquatic references were a big part of what made the several recent collections magical. Think back to Chanel’s dreamy mermaid inspired S/S 12 collection, or the equally alluring scuba jackets from Balenciaga that season, even Donatella Versace went underwater for spring and though each designer was cribbing from the same source material, the ideas they created were wildly different. It is fascinating to see those Master stylist Lori Goldstein takes statement pieces from each collection and weaves them together to create a spectacular showcase for Saskia de Brauw in Patrick Demarchelier‘s atmospheric Vogue Japan story.

The Versace gown with strategically placed star fish, the embellished Max Kibardin shoes that look like coral, the plastic paillette covered Vuitton dress that glitters like a fish’s scales; every piece chosen works perfectly. Hats off to Goldstein for giving us this festive fashion fantasy. We’re not sure if mermaids actually go on holidays, but if they did this is probably would it would look like.

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