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Culture Pop : Balenciaga, CdG & Coachella

April 16th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

BALENCIAGA, THE COLLECTOR

Museums are kicking their fashion focus into overdrive with several choice exhibits happening at once. At Paris’ Musee Galliera two incredible fashion retrospectives are happening, the first looks back on the career and life of Cristobal Balenciaga via his couture fashions and personal collections. Even the masters draw inspiration from somewhere and some of the pieces featured date back to as far as 1730. The fascinating exhibit also explores the designer’s one of a kind pieces made for friends and contemporaries like Elsa Schiaparelli.

COMME des GARCONS – BUBBLELICIOUS

From the past to the future – the museum also offers a unique look at the current Comme des Garcons collection, all white and encapsulated in giant bubbles. Viewing just off the runway designs as works of art isn’t hard when the designs come from as idiosyncratic and skilled a creator as Rei Kawakubo. Take a look at Interview magazine’s preview of the event.

NAOMI REMEMBERS HERB

A decade after his death and Herb Ritts’ work still sets the standard for beautiful fashion imagery. Naomi Campbell remembers Herb and her work with him in a special interview with Time and even recounts the creation of that now legendary supermodel shot. Angelinos can catch the Getty Museum’s retrospective of Ritts’ photography from now until August.

COACHELLA’S CATWALKS

Just in case you haven’t maxed out on Coachella coverage, take a look at stylish shots from Vogue & Bazaar taken by David X. Prutting and Mr. Newton respectively. None of the fashionistas featured commit the crimes noted in Buzz Feed’s hilarious send up of music festival fashion cliches.

Hanne Gaby Odiele & Kasia Struss by Mr. Newton at Coachella for Bazaar

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Raf Revival

April 9th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Now that the months of Dior speculation are over and Raf Simons is confirmed for the job, there is a lot to look forward to. Sure we will all miss the bombastic, over the top spectacle of John Galliano’s now legendary collections, but there is no doubt that the house is in capable hands with Simons.

Raf’s Dior debut doesn’t happen until July, but there are more than a few trends from Simons’ days at Jil Sander that we wouldn’t mind seeing on the runways again. Take a look at four Raf fashion statements that wouldn’t look out of place at Dior.

F/W 09 – SCULPTURAL GOWNS

Years before the Dior opportunity was even a prospect, Simons was already using couture techniques in his designs. We could easily see one of the graceful shapes from F/W 09 show resurfacing in his work for Dior.

Freja Beha Erichsen by Patrick Demarchelier for British Vogue August 2009

F/W 11 – BOLD FLORALS

Though he’s associated with minimalism, Simons has never been print-phobic – he’s especially partial to floral patterns in his designs for men and women. Given how ladylike Dior’s image has been lately, it wouldn’t surprise us at all to see Raf show a few of those flowers come couture.

Raquel Zimmermann by Steven Klein for American Vogue

S/S 08 – TRANSPARENCY

Simply put, no one plays with transparency better than Raf does. Whether he’s using swaths of see through tulle, or resurrecting fringe from its country-western trappings, Raf is a master of showing skin with subtlety.

Kasia Struss by Willy Vanderperre for Jil Sander S/S 08

S/S 12 – RETRO MODERNISM

Though Dior has been led by a series of very different men in the years since Christian Dior’s death, each of his successors has been adept at translating the master’s celebrated New Look into something modern. If Simon’s last two collections for Sander showcase anything, it is his ability to cull from vintage source material, while keeping things current.

Natasha Poly by Willy Vanderperre for Jil Sander S/S 12

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Just One Look – YSL

January 18th, 2012 |Posted by Janelle

Every year there are pieces that become repeat offenders: out of the hundreds of looks presented each season a few manage to monopolize editorial space and show up in just about every magazine. When you see the same piece in different images the importance of styling, hair & makeup really becomes evident – one wrong element and the clothes can look unappealing.

Lately we’ve been noticing a very chic Yves Saint Laurent coat popping up in editorial after editorial, looking different in each picture.  Made of “pale green lace jacquard with black cornelly embroideries” the coat was look one during the spring / summer show and looked pretty fetching on Kasia Struss. In the magazines the same look takes on a variety of guises: in the pages of Vogue Italia it turns into a harlequin costume for Querelle Jansen, while Harper’s Bazaar uses it as a retro topper for a blonde Bette FrankeW Magazine focuses on the graphic print with a black and white shot and some serious eye makeup on Cara Delevingne, while Elle goes in a flamboyant direction placing it on top of a red satin bra and a knit skirt from Chloe.

WHICH VARIATION OF THE LOOK IS YOUR FAVORITE?  

Ph. Craig McDean | PublicationVogue Italia | ModelQuerelle Jansen | Fashion Editor – Karl Templer | Hair – Eugene Souleiman | Makeup – Mark Carrasquillo

Ph.Lachlan Bailey| PublicationHarper’s Bazaar | ModelBette Franke | Fashion Editor – Brana Wolf | Hair – Akki Shirakawa | Makeup – Francelle Daly

Ph. Emma Summerton | PublicationW Magazine | ModelCara Delevingne | Fashion Editor – Edward Enninful | Hair – Odile Gilbert | Makeup – Miranda Joyce

Ph. KT Auleta | Publication -Elle | Model -Rasa Zukauskaite & Anne-Sophie Monrad | Fashion Editor – Lester Garcia | Hair – Bok Hee | Makeup – Benjamin Puckey

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Step Into Spring

December 21st, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

Spring’s fresh campaigns keep coming in – take a look at the latest and tell us which are your favorites!

Mariacarla Boscono for Yves Saint Laurent by David Sims

Sporting streamlined eyebrows by Diane Kendal and short bangs Guido Palau, Mariacarla looks strong and sexy in David Sims’ campaign for the mega-brand. After over a decade of campaigns helmed by either Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin or Juergen Teller Sims’ sleek style feels fresh.

Gisele Bundchen for Givenchy by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott

Life’s a beach for the Givenchy girl and Tisci’s surf & scuba inspired collection shines on the backs of Gisele Bundchen & brand muse Mariacarla Boscono. Posing alongside boogie boards in M&M’s subdued shots, the duo looks chic albeit slightly grim. After last season’s aggressive ads this is an interesting change of pace.

Kasia Struss for Moschino by Juergen Teller

The Moschino travel diary continues; this season the brand jets to Rome to create some classic Italian ambiance complete with vintage Fiats circling Kasia Struss and the Colosseum as a backdrop. Viva Moschino!

Raquel Zimmermann for Nina Ricci by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin

The Nina Ricci sensibility has always been about feminine & ethereal designs. Inez & Vinoodh’s campaign images capture that ideal with a shot of Raquel Zimmermann rushing across the hall in a Peter Copping designed gown fit for a princess.

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The Biz: Altuzarra Wins & Versace Returns

November 15th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

Joseph Altuzarra‘s CFDA portrait by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin

The results are in and the big winner at this year’s CFDA awards was none other than Joseph Altuzarra (who we interviewed back in 2009). With previous winners like Proenza Schouler and Billy Reid, the award serves to shine a light on the very best in emerging talent and provide a substantial platform to help designers grow their businesses. Altuzarra’s lighthearted spring collection was a bit of a departure from his hard edged vision of femininity, but it showed a great deal of versatility. Vogue.com

Kasia Struss in a design from the last Atelier Versace collection

Don’t call it a comeback, Versace is set to return to the couture stage with their first full show since 2004. Up until recently brand’s seasonal couture showings were low key editors only affairs, but come January 23rd Donatella brings the legendary Versace showmanship back to the runway. | Women’s Wear Daily

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California Song booklets being printed – via Hedi Slimane Diary

On the eve of his exhibition, ‘California Song’ at MOCA New York Times examines the former designer’s second act as a successful photographer. For more on the exhibition, running now until January 22nd visit MOCA’s site.

Slimane’s exhibition at MOCA will be divided into two parts. An installation and a series of black-and-white print photographs from his California years will be presented on the ground floor, and a sonic, motion-photography installation, produced specifically for MOCA, will be featured on the second floor. The installation will reference a multi-projection, cubic, architectural format, which Slimane has constructed in previous exhibitions to present his photographs, using serial construction and repetition to create an archaic form of cinematic narration.

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One of the Boys

March 28th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

Kasia Struss joins Jaco van den Hoven and Jacob Dekat for Greg Kadel‘s stark Numero Homme story. A little black and white, a couple of chic poses and a few outfits expertly styled by Charles Varenne, the combination makes for a very cool series of shots.


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In the Pink

February 24th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

Craig McDean and Marie-Amélie Sauvé know a thing or two about cool, so it is no wonder that their technicolor story for Interview features some of fashion’s cutting edge beauties. The pink haired sensation Charlotte Free leads a cast that includes Sasha Pivovarova, Eliza Cummings, Kasia Struss and Suvi Koponen wearing kaledescopic creations from Balenciaga and Lanvin.

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Campaign Trail 2

January 4th, 2011 |Posted by Janelle

Another day, another round of high profile campaigns. Miu Miu delights with a mirrored image of Kasia Struss by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, while Ferragamo goes for the classic appeal of Clement Chabernaud and Daria Werbowy. Fendi continues its winning formula from the past few seasons with Anja Rubik once again appearing in an picture by Karl Lagerfeld. Prada S/S takes the striped and marcel waved look from the collection and translates it into stylized ads shot by Steven Meisel; Kinga Rajzak and Zuzanna Bijoch, shine in the first images released.



Kasia Struss
for Miu Miu
Also featuring : Sasha Pivovarova and Querelle Jansen

Clement Chabernaud & Daria Werbowy for Ferragamo

Anja Rubik for Fendi & Karolina Kurkova for Bottega Veneta

Zuzanna Bijoch & Kinga Rajzak for Prada
Also featuring Mariacarla Boscono, Tatiana Cotliar & Arizona Muse


Image Credit | Northern Star & Style_expert @ tFS

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