9/07/2010

Barneys Co-OP Denim Delight



Barneys Co-op present their tribute to denim in this catalogue full of references to classic 3D images (if you have red & blue glasses, put them on). It features the latest creations from Superfine, Acne, Helmut Lang and Current Elliot...

The ad campaign stars Liu Wen, Viktoriya Sasonika and Sasha Pivovarova, and it's the perfect excuse to take a peek at this fall's new denim products.

Do you have your glasses on? Enjoy these new products from PRPS, Acne, Citizens of Humanity, Evisu,Nudie, Helmut Lang, Hudson, Levi´s, Rag & Bone, J Brand, Current/Elliott, Gilded Age, Resin and Genetic... You can find them all in Barneys Co-Op.

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7/16/2010

Shiny Dapper Shoes For Men


It’s a vexing conundrum: you can tell a lot about a man by his shoes; yet there are only a limited number of ways a gentleman can truly express himself via his footwear. Men’s shoes just don’t cut it in the expansive design stakes.

But we’re sensing a mood shift, as evidenced by these snappy striders, fresh for Spring 2010.
Christian Louboutin’s Freddy Flats lace-up shoes are made with patent leather and smattered with a profusion of studs to the toe and heel. They scream: daringly dapper. Not surprisingly Pharrell Williams has already stepped out in a pair.

In keeping with what the bling theme, Michael Kors has released these Capote Flats. Made from tan leather and featuring silver toe jewellery they’re a statement in English eccentricity.

4/29/2010

CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN Winter Tales












Christian Louboutin surprises us again with impeccable, magnificent still-life shots that present each of his shoes as a unique, exquisite piece. For his fall 2010 line, the world of stories is the main theme for a magical catalogue that deserves a close look.
















The photography is the work of Khuong Nguyen, who worked closely with postproducer Antoine Mairot and set designer Bernard Peault, all true maestros of their respective fields.









Shoes fly in a composition featuring references to Alice in Wonderland, others plunge into the ocean and escape from a crystal ball... Take a look.

4/18/2010

CHANTAL THOMASS Cocktail Party


Louise Donegan is the new muse in this ode to saturated color designed by Chantal Thomass this summer 2010. The collection takes inspiration from cocktail dresses and comes in a sugary, sensual color palette with English embroidery and simple details.







The cocktail party look blends with a baby doll style and touches of sensitivity and femininity. Frills play on waves of black and white, in a graphic line that frees its wearer to seduce...

3/09/2010

OSTWALD HELGASON 3D VIntage


The use of print within fashion is not a new phenomenon, however, with technological innovation a surge of photosynthesis prints is giving an almost 3D effect to the finished garments. The fusion of color, print and reality makes the wearer feel like a moving installation! One brand whose signature style integrates narrative prints and a kaleidoscope of colors is Susanne Ostwald and Ingvar Helgason of Ostwald Helgason.

The German and Icelandic designers met when both were working for a London design studio. They won two design grants from the German government and showed their first joint collection at Paris Fashion Week. Ostwald is the color and print designer and Helgason is the maestro of the silhouettes. The Ostwald Helgason label launched in 2006 and stocks in Denmark, France, Hong Kong, Iceland, Japan, Netherlands, UK and US in shops such as Opening Ceremony, Kokon To Zai and Bauhaus, and boasts fans such as Rihanna and Daphne Guinness.

3/02/2010

VIVIENNE WESTWOOD Milan FW 2010




This is why we’re out here. This show is why i work in this industry. Here is a storyteller showing a collision of fantasy, reality, and optimism. The wisdom and intelligence and style were all there in this show.









The good witch of punk fashion, Dame Vivienne Westwood, made a runway show that spoke visually about global warming, and the effects it is already starting to have on cultures around the world. She did it with innovation, she did it with panache, and she did it with passion for both the cause of sea level indigenous displacement and for making great clothes. What more could we ask for?


Venice and Maldives will be beneath waves soon, and this show was about that, and the other places around the world that will not be far behind. Here is the displacement, the upheaval, the oddity, and the quiet quest for scraps of dignity that are to come. This show was science fiction presented the way only a master fashion designer can make something live.


2/26/2010

CHANEL Les Pop-Up


Chanel present Les Pop-Up, a collection of fresh looking make-up in pastel shades. With nail varnishes, blushers, lip glosses and lipsticks, the line features lots of green, pink and coral tones...

The brand's long-awaited nail varnishes come in Mistral and Riviera tones, and in a Nouvelle Vague green that's set to be a hot new shade this season.







The blushers create bronzed effects that contrast with the vibrant lip color palette of two-tone sharp and saturated fuschia, coral and peachy pink.

The glosses come in fluorescent tones ranging from laser fuschia to pop coral. Enjoy the photo-gallery...

2/18/2010

ACNE Sexual Denim


Acne have created a unique identity and a style that's closely linked to their Nordic origins. This time they've surprised us with a new ad campaign for their denim line: a video that's sexy, provocative, elegant and captivating.

Denim is the star of the show, along with the nude bodies of the models. The slow camera and the music transport us to the unique sensual world created by Andreas Larsson, the photography director from Stockholm who regularly collaborates with magazines like Vogue, Dazed & Confused and Wonderland...

2/11/2010

Special ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Goodbye Mestro

British fashion designer Alexander McQueen was discovered dead today after taking his own life.
The industry was left reeling after the 40-year-old's suicide this morning, which comes just days after the death of his beloved mother, Joyce.
It is also just three years since his close friend, style guru Isabella Blow - who plucked him from obscurity and helped him become a star - killed herself.
McQueen, who was christened Lee but used his middle name as a designer, was found at his luxury flat in Mayfair, central London. It is believed he hanged himself.
One of his lines, McQ, was due to be shown at New York Fashion Week this afternoon but the show has now been cancelled.
Police were called to the designer's flat at 10.20am this morning after he was found dead. A private ambulance arrived to take away his body at 4.30pm.
Not long before it was taken away, a man with short blond hair who looked distraught and said he was McQueen's boyfriend, went inside.Undertakers brought out the designer's body on a stretcher, covered in a maroon blanket.

The blond man came outside and waited, watching the door. He wiped tears from his eyes as he spoke on his mobile phoneMcQueen, CBE and four time winner of the British Designer of the Year award, was very close to his mother, a genealogist, and had taken her death last week very badly.Posts on his Twitter page in recent days reveal that he had been battling to cope with his grief.On February 3rd, he wrote: 'I'm letting my followers know my mother passed away yesterday if it she had not me nor would you RIP mumxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx...'
Moments later, he added: 'But life must go on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!'
Then on Sunday, he said: 'Sunday evening been a ****ing awful week but my friends have been great but now i have to some how pull myself together and finish with the HELLS ANGLES & PROLIFIC DEAMONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!'
He appeared to have recovered slightly by this week. His final message, posted on Tuesday, said: 'I'm here with my girl annie tinkerbell wishing kerry the **** happy birthday in NY, your 40 now girl time to slow it down we think.'However, posts before his mother died also hint that he was having troubles. On February 1st, he wrote: 'From heaven to hell and back again, life is a funny thing. beauty can come from the most strangest of places even the most disgusting places.'His mother had interviewed him for a newspaper in 2004 and asked him: 'What is your most terrifying fear?', to which he replied: 'Dying before you.' She said: 'Thank you, son.'
Two police officers were outside the entrance to his flat, which is in a six-storey red-brick building, this afternoon.
Scotland Yard said police were called to the property by the London Ambulance Service at 10.20am after reports a man had been found dead.A police statement said: 'Next of kin have been informed, however we await formal identification. A post mortem will be scheduled in due course, an inquest will open and adjourn in due course. The death is being treated as non suspicious.'

Born in the East End and the son of a taxi driver, McQueen started as an apprentice at in Savile Row at the age of 16, where he made suits for Prince Charles.
He was famously first discovered as a designer in the 90s by Isabella Blow, the style guru and fashion director of Tatler, who killed herself in May 2007 by taking weed killer after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer.She bought all the clothes he made for his graduat
e show for £5,000. They were delivered to her in black binliners.
With his ultra-short hair and Doc Marten boots and his penchant for shock tactics in his early catwalk shows, he was initially the 'enfant terrible' of the fashion world.
There was a stir when he was made head designer at Givenchy in 1996, succeeding John Galliano.He later joined forces with Gucci, who bought 51 per cent of his company.
His hugely successful career brought him numerous awards, including British designer of the year four times between 1996 and 2003 and the International Designer of the Year at the Council of Fashion Designer Awards. He received an CBE in 2003.
Openly gay, McQueen once described himself as the 'pink sheep of the family'.
He once said: 'I was sure of myself and my sexuality and I've got nothing to hide. I went straight from my mother's womb onto the gay parade.'He married his partner, film-maker George Forsyth in 2000 on a yacht owned by the prince of Gambia in Ibiza. Close friend Kate Moss was a bridesmaid.
But, according to an interview with the New York Times last February, he was single again and had started seeing a porn star - identified only by 'his porn nom de famille Mr Stag'.
Within minutes of the Mail breaking the news of his death this afternoon, Twitter was awash with thousands of stunned posts.Leading lights of the fashion world also began to pay tribute, led by Moss.A statement released on her behalf said: 'Kate is shocked and devastated at the tragic loss of her dear friend Lee McQueen. Her thoughts are with his family at this sad time.'

Alexandra Shulman, editor of Vogue, said: 'Lee McQueen influenced a whole generation
of designers. His brilliant imagination knew no bounds as he conjured up collection after collection of extraordinary designs.'At one level, he was a master of the fantastic, creating astounding fashion shows that mixed design, technology and performance and on another he was a modern-day genius whose gothic aesthetic was adopted by women the world over. His death is the hugest loss to anyone who knew him and for very many who didn't.'
Sue Whiteley his former CEO at McQueen said: 'This is devastating news. He was an unforgettable part of my life. He was a talent who was beyond others. People who worked with him would give 100 per cent and more because he was totally inspiring. This is an unimaginable loss for the fashion world.
'He was able to bring creativity to whatever he turns his hand to, from perfume bottles to every piece of clothing. It is a dark, dark day to hear this news. he was a British icon in fashion whose loss is unimaginable.'
Designer Katherine Hamnett said: 'He was a genius. What a terrible, tragic waste.'
Dolce & Gabbana said: 'We are deeply touched for the sudden death of Alexander McQueen, a designer whom we have always admired for his creative genius and unmatched inspiration. He leaves the fashion world with an unfillable void.'

Designer Matthew Williamson said: 'I am shocked and deeply saddened by McQueen's death. He was a genius and his talent was second to none. Like many others, I always cited him as a hugely inspirational leader of world fashion. He will be greatly missed.'
Victoria Beckham, who is frequently photographed wearing McQueen designs, said: 'McQueen was a master of fashion, creative genius and an inspiration.
'Today the fashion industry has lost a true great. An icon of all time. He made all he touched beautiful and will be desperately missed.
'My heart is very much with his family
and friends at this very sad time.'

Jo Wood also spoke of her devastation after hearing news of McQueen's passing on Sky News today, unable to prevent the tears streaming down her face.
A spokesman for the magazine publisher Conde Nast described the news as 'so sad' and said the company was 'quite devastated'.
The British Fashion Council said: 'We are deeply saddened at the news of Alexander McQueen's untimely death. He was a unique talent and one of the world's greatest designers. Our thoughts are with his friends and family at this sad time.'Culture Secretary Ben Bradshaw added: 'Alexander McQueen made an outstanding contribution to British fashion. His extraordinary talent and creativity mean that his designs are adored not just by followers of haute couture but lovers of great style everywhere. This is a great loss to one of Britain's most successful industries and to the design world more widely.'
Fashion consultant Alice Smith, who arrived at McQueen's home with a bunch of flowers today, said: 'I have known Alexander since his first collection. He was a lovely man and the best fashion designer in the world.
'No one can beat him, no one will ever be as good as him. He was a charming man but also quite fragile.'

The designer was the youngest of six children. He left school at 16 and went to work at Savile Row’s Anderson & Sheppard, whose clients included Prince Charles and Mikhail Gorbachev, after he saw a television program about the apprentice shortage in traditional tailoring.
He went on to work for Gieves & Hawkes, theatre’s famous Angels & Bermans costumiers, and then worked in Japan and Italy.
He returned to London in 1994, hoping to work as a pattern cutter tutor at London’s prestigious Central Saint Martins fashion school.
Thanks to the strength of his portfolio, he was persuaded to enrol in the course himself.
After graduating McQueen set up his own label based in the East End of London and it was then that he was spotted by Blow.McQueen was forced to deny rumours of a rift between the pair at the time of her death, saying: ‘It’s so much b******s. These people just don’t know what they’re talking about. They don’t know me. They don’t know my relationship with Isabella. It’s complete bull****.
'People can talk; you can ask her sisters.… That part of the industry, they should stay away from my life, or mine and Isabella’s life. What I had with Isabella was completely disassociated from fashion, beyond fashion.’
He was so distraught at her suicide that he dedicated his spring summer 2008 show at Paris fashion week to his late friend.
The invites to the show were poster-size illustrations Richard Gray. It depicts a triumphant Blow, in a McQueen dress and a Philip Treacy headdress, in a horse-drawn carriage ascending to heaven.Miss Blow had said: 'My relationship with McQueen began in 1994, when I went to a Saint Martins graduate show. I couldn't get a seat, so I sat on the stairs and I was just watching, when I suddenly thought: I really like those clothes, they are amazing. It was his first collection.
‘It was the tailoring and the movement which initially drew me to them. I tried to get hold of him and I kept calling his mother, but he was on holiday.

She kept saying: 'He's not here, he's not here.' She told him: 'This crazy person is trying to get hold of you.' I eventually got to meet him and I decided to buy the collection: I bought one thing a month and paid him £100 a week. He'd bring an outfit in a bin liner, I'd look at it and then he'd come to the cashpoint with me.’

2/01/2010

ICEBERG SS 2010


This season Iceberg go on safari with Carolyn Murphy and photographers Mert and Marcus. Part of the new collection was filled with references to Mickey Mouse, but the ad campaign has focused on the safari theme.

The leopard camouflage print is truly iconic this season. Iceberg have put it on trousers, blouses, shorts and minidresses, blending it with bright tones like gold and fuschia.

For the men's collection, they collaborated with Marlon Teixeira, who wears their dusty tones and military-style hard cotton blazers.

1/25/2010

TRUSSARDI Rock & Folk



Today we're showing you the spring summer 2010 collection from Trussardi 1911, a style that blends rock and folk. Folk is reflected in the manual dyes, the flowers, the color palette inspired by native Americans, the leather, nubuck, suede, boleros, the tribal designs, draped dresses and fringes.

The collection has a safari look too, in the combination of a vivid color palette with khaki tones and panther prints.

An eighties style combines with rock touches fornight-time, black tones, lurex, oversized shoulders and gold ribbons...

They line is sexy, feminine, luxurious and elegant, with artesan techniques and luxury textiles.

1/10/2010

HARPERS UK February 2010


Harpers Bazaar UK take their first look at spring, with a cover page shot of Julianne Moore taken by Paola Kudacki. We love their feature on must-buys, all of which are hot off the SS 2010 catwalks.

LEIGHTON MEESTER Christopher Kane


Here's Leighton Meester at last week's opening party for the new venue Klutch Classy. For the occasion, the Gossip Girl actress teamed a Christopher Kane dress with Yves Saint Laurent platforms...

MARC JACOBS Hermes at Saint Barts


Here are Marc Jacobs and his fiancee Lorenzo Martone coming out of a Herm├ęs store in Saint Barts with their new beach bag. Their beach look features lots of exquisite creations, like their Louis Vuitton towels. Christmas on the beach! We love it...

FENDI Spring 2010


Just like he did with Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld took to the mountains to create Fendi's spring 2010 ad campaign. Anja Rubik appears in a magical forest, in a campaign where accessories are the central theme.

Balenciaga Spring 2010


Nicolas Ghesquiere entrusted the brand's spring summer 2010 ad campaign to Steven Meisel, who surprises us with a striking campaign starring Patricia, Iselin and Mirte Mass.

BYREDO Baudelaire

A poem from Bauldelaire's Les Fleurs du Mal inspired Byredo's perfumists to create the brand's latest fragrance, Baudelaire. They've been inspired by poetry once again...









Jeanne Duval was Bauldelaire's inspiration for this particular work. And now Byredo have created a fragrance, based on Baudelaire's sentiments, which evokes an island full of unique trees, fruits, energetic bodies and women with vibrant eyes. Pure poetry.

Jerome Epinette was responsible for the complicated process of turning the poem into a scent. The result is a dry, woody, spicy fragrance with sweet touches.

The perfume features notes of juniper, black pepper, leather and incense, with top notes of papyrus, black amber and patchouli.

SPERRY TOPSIDER 75th Anniversary


This spring 2010 the Sperry Topsider brand is celebrating its 75th birthday. They're re-editing some of their iconic shoes for the occasion, such as these sneakers, which were first released in the fifties.