“The Bad and the Beautiful” is Helmut Newton’s Swan Song
Often described as the “controversial provocateur”, Helmut Newton’s photography created a fantasy-like illusion that never shied away from the naked body. The new Kino Lorber release, “Helmut Newton – The Bad and the Beautiful” directed by Gero von Boehm showcases Newton through unique home videos, behind the scenes footage, and candid interviews featuring Grace Jones, Anna Wintour, Claudia Schiffer, Nadja Auermann, Isabella Rossellini, Charlotte Rampling, Marianne Faithfull & more. Turning his photos into a reflection of the misogynistic society we all live in the thrilling film follows him through the latter half of his life up until his final days before a car crash would take his life. The film opens today via Kino Marquee virtual cinemas.
CFDA Reveals Nominees for 2020 Fashion Awards
Earlier this year the annual CFDA Fashion Awards that was originally scheduled for June 8 was indefinitely postponed due to COVID-19. This week, the Council of Fashion Designers of America announced the nominees for this year’s show with CFDA chairman Tom Ford picking up 2 nominations for Womenswear and Menswear Designer of the Year, and notable new names like Emily Bode, Peter Do, Telfar Clemens, and Kerby Jean-Raymond picking up nominations in their respective categories. Winners will be announced on September 14th, kicking off NYFW’s shortened three-day calendar this year. See more of the full list of nominees on WWD.
Hearst Employees Say Magazine Boss Led Toxic Culture
Troy Young, the president of Hearst Magazines, resigned on Thursday following a New York Times article alleging workplace misconduct. In the article former staff members detailed incidents where Mr. Young had made lewd sexual comments and emailed pornography to a former editor. The former staffers also allege that complaints about Mr. Young had been made to human resources and senior executives at Hearst prior to his promotion in 2018. [NYT]
Photographers Raising Funds to Prevent Juvenile Incarceration
Over 50 artists have contributed original work to Pics for the Kids, a print-selling fundraising initiative in collaboration with Avenues for Justice, a program helping to keep kids out of prison in New York through education, training, and counseling. Prints are available to purchase from a variety of fashion and art photographers including Inez and Vinoodh, Campbell Addy, Zoe Ghertner, and Petra Collins.
Maison Margiela Has a New CEO
While turmoil abounds at other luxury fashion houses, things continue to look up at Maison Margiela. The company has named Gianfranco Gianangeli as its new chief executive officer. Gianangeli, who will oversee creative director John Galliano, has previously held positions at Givenchy and Prada and reportedly revitalized his family’s knitwear firm in Perugia, Italy. Under Galliano, Margiela has seen a 36% rise in revenues, with the Japanese market accounting for 32% of sales. Gianangeli has strong experience in Asia, having worked as Bottega Veneta’s regional vice president in Japan. [WWD]
Valentino Couture and Dior Cruise Showcase Their Craftsmen
Models rose above it all in Valentino‘s surreal couture presentation for Fall 2020. Tasked with the difficult hurdle of producing the 16-look collection socially-distanced and with a third of the manpower, Pierpaolo Piccioli teamed up with Nick Knight for the Roman visual feast that was showcased digitally and to a local audience. Models Ana Jorge, Blesnya Minher, Kiki Willems, Mariacarla Boscono, Mika Schneider, and Penelope Ternes joined aerialists for the dream-like presentation that had them elevated feet off the ground.
Former teammate Maria Grazia Chiuri also unveiled her latest Resort 2021 collection for Dior in Italy, this time turning to Puglia for location and inspiration. Vogue highlights how the region’s native craftspeople got involved, “collection’s woven pieces were created by the Le Constantine Foundation, which was established by sisters Giulia and Lucia Starace to preserve this form of textile design.”