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East Meets West

November 13th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Asia and its diverse cultures have long had an unmistakable impact on the industry, but in recent years the influence has been especially prevalent. The growth of the Asian market and the rise of a new generation of influential Asian talents has prompted designers and photographers to look East in search of inspiration. The F/W runways were filled with pieces whose details seemed cribbed from traditional Chinese, Japanese, and Korean fashions. Two fresh editorials showcase the season’s East Asian-inspired fashions in uniquely beautiful ways.

First Fabien Baron reinterprets the myth of the samurai in Interview with a striking and suitably stark story that owes as much to history as it does to larger-than-life, action-packed anime. Meghan Collison stars in Baron’s expressive fantasy and brandishes a katana as she poses in looks from Haider Ackermann, Gareth Pugh, and Issey Miyake. Karl Templer‘s styling prowess is on full display, even as he mixes together the perfect modern approximation of the samurai look. | View the full story on Interview.com

Vogue China‘s interpretation is no less elegant, but the approach is softer and sexier. Karim Sadli shoots the always alluring Liu Wen in pieces that focus on rich embroidery and detailed pattern. Set against the refined backdrop of an airy drawing room and featuring a host of Balmain, Proenza, and Dries van Noten selected by Alastair McKimm, the story offers an alternative imagining of this look. There are no well-dressed warriors or brandished swords, just a beautiful girl looking especially chic.


HONOR
Interview Magazine
Ph. Fabien Baron
Fashion Editor – Karl Templer
Hair – Luigi Murenu | Makeup – Francelle Daly
Model – Meghan Collison

Zac Posen jacket, Maison Martin Margiela gloves

Haider Ackermann jacket, skirt and belt, Issey Miyake collar, Calvin Klein collar

Gareth Pugh top, collar and boots, Issey Miyake pants

Nicolas Andreas Taralis top

Meghan Collison by Fabien Baron for Interview, November 2012


ORIENTAL TALES
Vogue China
Ph. Karim Sadli
Fashion Editor – Alastair McKimm
Hair - Yannick D’Is (Paris: Management + Artists, New York: Management + Artists) | Makeup – Yadim

Proenza Schouler dress, Dior shoes

Balmain vest and mini dress, Dior shoes

Dries Van Noten blazer

Jean Paul Gaultier robe,

Liu Wen by Karim Sadli for Vogue China December 2012

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Perfect 10

October 29th, 2009 |Posted by Janelle

Every season there are a few choice moments that get us excited about fashion all over again. Whether these moments come courtesy of established designers or emerging talents is irrelevant: what matters is how these instances make us feel. This season was chock full of excitement for everyone involved, but these were the moments, places, people and things that made me stand up and take note.

01. Alexander McQueen

The show of the season hands-down and a personal favorite: everything, from the sci-fi makeup to the outlandish shoes, was unlike anything else. In a season where designers were cutting back, scaling down and generally eschewing creativity in favor of monotony,Alexander McQueen managed to break boundaries and inspire.

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(Image Courtesy Getty Images via Daylife)

02. Acne

Ingenious little details are what set Acne Jeans apart from other lines; the metal touches on their jeans this season managed to be reminiscent of Balenciaga without feeling derivative. I cannot wait to see these jeans worn in real life by especially daring girls

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(Image Courtesy of Acne)

03. Danielle Scutt

There was something so unabashedly girly about the glittering pink lips Hannah Murray gave the girls at Danielle Scutt’s show. The look isn’t particularly user friendly off the runway, but the hard texture of the glitter just stands out beautifully against that bright fuchsia lip color: tiny little changes can really elevate a look from ordinary to extraordinary.

Danielle Scutt

(Image courtesy of WWD)

04. Viktor and Rolf

The idea of Viktor & Rolfsawing into their tulle ball gowns with chainsaws is the kind of ultimate fashion moment that deserves to be preserved. Here’s to hoping that someone has video of the momentous preparations that led up to their S/S show.

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(Image courtesy Getty Images via Daylife)

05. DARIA at Balmain

In a season dominated by newcomers, it was refreshing to see a familiar face. Ms. Werbowy’s opening slot at Balmain was the highlight of the show – gold lamé bondage dresses notwithstanding – and the selective appearance reminded us just how a true modeling MVP can elevate a whole look.

Daria Werbowy

(Image courtesy of WWD)

06. Christopher Kane

Like everyone else looking at Kane, I really expected an encore presentation of either fall’s tough girl chic or last spring’s dainty scalloped edges: unforeseen were the series of plaid dresses straight out of a Laura Ingalls Wilder book. If there was anyone on earth who saw this coming, they deserve either a special medal or their own psychic hotline ala Sylvia Brown. Christopher just keeps us on our toes, even if you didn’t love this collection you still have to wonder just what is coming next.

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(Image Courtesy of WWD)

07. Gareth Pugh

Granted, the Pugh feathers were definitely conjuring images of Phillip Treacy’s creations for McQueen, but you can’t deny the visual impact they gave on the runway.

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(Image Courtesy of Daylife)

08. Rick Owens

This was perhaps the lightest, brightest, most freewheeling Rick Owens collection ever crafted. One could practically hear birds chirping in the background, from the cheerfulness of it all.

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(Image Courtesy Getty Images via Daylife)

09. Ohne Titel

If you didn’t pick up on the strappy bondage inspired shoe trend this season, you were either fast-asleep or purposefully ignoring the wave of perilous footwear coming our way. Of all the staggering heels designed to entice our inner foot fetishist, Ohne Titel‘s were the most fabulous.

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(Image Courtesy of Elle.com)

10. Givenchy

Riccardo Tisci is constantly critiqued for his lack of cohesiveness within collections, but I have always found that the lack of cohesion can make for welcome surprises. One of my favorite dresses of the season was a frothy yellow number worn by Ranya Mordanova: in a collection praised for its graphic black and white severity, this was a welcome and wholly unexpected touch of softness and delicacy. On the right girl – someone please contact Thandie Newton’s publicist – I can imagine this being the perfect spring dress.

Ranya

(Image courtesy of Vogue.co.uk)

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Bits and Bytes: V Magazine #58

March 4th, 2009 |Posted by Betty

So much news in the blogosphere!

If you missed OTM’s interview with rising star Mina Cvetkovic (in the current Alberta Ferretti campaign by Meisel) click here to watch the beautiful Serbian.

Luis Fernandes passes away, Tim Blanks remembers a longtime colleague and friend.

March Vogue Italia covergirl Kinga Rajzak interviewed by Ponyryder. Smart, sweet and hardworking, what more could you want in a model?

The economy hasn’t hit all areas of the industry. Art&Commerce opens an office in Paris. Jed Root London moves to bigger digs.

Anna Wintour gets 60 Minutes, Carine Roitfeld gets CNN. Who do you think will get the coolest story out of the news crew following them around?

Now THIS we call front row, courtesy of Mr Olivier Zahm, you can’t get any closer than this.

And in Brazilian news…. Check out these gorgeous new pics of Solange Wilvert, the Brazilan face of Gucci 05.    Who loves Brazilian bombshells Alessandra Ambrosio, Caroline Trentini and Emanuela de Paula? Click here to see them in action.  New face Lovani does Jil Sander, Dolce & Gabbana amongst others. Aline Weber on the cover of Wish Magazine, a new Brazilian magazine that’s featured some of the industry’s top faces (Raquel, Chanel and Aline..).

The Imagist muses on Milan: models, clothes and Raf Simons‘ timeless collection.
Check out Raf in a rare video interview for the NY Times.

Speaking of video, watch Showstudio’s special Gareth Pugh video and wait for Natasa V give you chills as she models F/W 09.

Check out Extreme Beauty from the Vogue exhibit in Milan. (from March 4th-May10th).

Another victim of the recession, Arena magazine (one of the few men’s magazines with excellent fashion editorials for men) is suspended. Arena Homme Plus thankfully is not being touched.

Supermodel Natalia Vodianova and young up and coming actor Luke Grimes are photographed by Mario Testino for V Magazine‘s spring issue.

Natalia Vodianova and Luke Grimes. Ph: Mario Testino for V Magazine #58 (from originalsin via tFS).

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The Spanish Stars

August 8th, 2008 |Posted by Betty

Karl shoots, Gareth styles and Spanish superstars Jon K, Andres V and Oriol work it in the new VMan. Angel wings, gold brocade, purple fur and THE Chanel chestpiece. Very Velvet Goldmine, this edit is glam as only Karl and Mr. Pugh can do it.

Jon, Andres, Oriol, all Wilhelmina New York. Ph: Karl Lagerfeld for VMan Fall08, styled by Gareth Pugh.

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