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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Headline Trip

Putting her leggings empire on hold, Lindsay Lohan has been hired as “artistic advisor” at Ungaro, according to a press release we got today. We're so with you, Esteban.

Only a Frenchman could document the 24-hour chaos leading up to a runway show. See Proenza Schouler, Rykiel, Gaultier and Lagerfeld captured in all their glory. [Sundance]

Did Kate Moss storm out of the GQ Men of the Year Awards in London because she was offended by a joke or because she couldn't find her lipstick? You decide. [Telegraph UK]

Tim Barber—photographer, downtown denizen and Tiny Vices honcho—launches his new online studio. [Tim Barber]


photo Tim Barber

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Hint Tip: Gaga for Givenchy

Giving Liberace a run for his money, Lady Gaga will take center stage at The Box on September 15, belting out an acoustic set on a grand piano for the launch of Givenchy’s new men’s fragrance, Play. Hosted by OUT magazine (because clearly it wasn’t gay enough already), the bash will hopefully restore the former hotspot’s reputation, tarnished after its star turn on Gossip Girl. Following in the footsteps of contortionists, female body builders and assorted carnies, her Gaga-ness is a perfect fit.

—Franklin Melendez

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Monday, September 7, 2009

Headline Trip

Add some a tan, chest hair and a come-hither squint and Burberry’s Christopher Bailey could be England's Tom Ford—and yet not. [Times UK]

Gareth Pugh for the masses? According to an email we got today, his NY video presentation will be open to the public, proving he's nothing if not a risk-taker.

Move over Kanye West (please?), Yohji has enlisted graffiti artist MOMO to bomb a limited run of Y-3 sneakers. [The Moment]

Making Mama and Papa proud, or at least one of them, Georgina May Jagger rolls around half-clad for Hudson jeans. [Daily Beast]

Is Taylor Momsen the latest fashion victim? With bleached hair and ripped tights, the Gossip Girl starlet might be following in Lindsay’s footsteps. [Page Six]


Gareth Pugh

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Friday, September 4, 2009

Headline Trip

Fashion Week's worst-kept secret —Yoko Ono's collaboration with threeasfour—is officially detailed. Highlights include prints from her dot drawings and a friendly price range. [WWD]

Giving American Apparel a run for its money, Marc by Marc boutiques in Paris, London, New York and Los Angeles will be plastered with nubile young things in a one-off collaboration with LOVE.

Rick Owens and the attack of the clones! [NY Times]

The other glamorous First Lady is heading to the Silver Screen. Spanish paper El Mundo is reporting that Carla Bruni-Sarkozy will star in Woody Allen's latest flick. [El Mundo]

Just announced: Alber Elbaz protégé Cedric Charlier has been tapped to revive the wilted French label of Cacharel. We hope he likes prints.


Threeasfour invitation

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Because You Can Never Have Too Many Collaborations...

Robert Geller for Levi's hits Bloomingdale's on 9/10...




Hussein Chalayan x J Brand jeans, shot in London's Design Museum...




Opening Ceremony for Keds & PRO-Keds debuts 9/10 with classic canvas styles...

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Arty Party

Thank goodness fashion tires of trends quickly (last season's "recession chic" cast a dour pall over our festivities). But spring '10 is already looking up, and the strongest trend taking shaping is one we can get behind: art collaborations. Photographer (and Women Models founder) Paul Rowland will kick off the New York shows with a fete for Supreme and V in a hot new Chelsea penthouse space that might just give Milk Studios a run for its money... Meanwhile, Croatian wonder Damir Doma will be arting up the Soho Grand with a conceptual installation called Silent... Always adept at the art of being fashionable (or the fashion of being arty?), Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld and Andy Valmorbida are following up last season's exhibit with an homage to legendary painter Richard Hambleton. The duo will host a dinner at Armani and a top-secret opening bash... Not to be outdone that night, MOMA has recruited Linda Evangelista to host the opening of interior designer Ron Arad's No Discipline exhibit... Deitch Projects and Vogue are hosting The Open, a groups show of emerging artists at the epic Deitch Studios on the East River... Graduating from mannequin manhandling and basement dungeons, the crew at Bland is having a full-blown performance at Cherry Lane Theatre... Then there's the much-rumored threeasfour collaboration with Yoko Ono at Milk Studios, as well as the launch of Pop’s Damien Hirst-designed covers... The week will wrap up with a bang at the New Museum: the launch of Shoot, Rizzoli's valentine to the point-and-shoot revolution, showcasing the work of Nan Goldin, Wolfgang Tillmans and Juergen Teller. Collections, collectors, collectibles and collabos—can you handle it? Of course, we'll trust you to use your own wiles to shimmy your way in. Or just stay tuned.

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Flyer on the Wall

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Hint Tip: Alexander McQueen

Guess who's the latest to join Twitter. Alexander McQueen! (McQueenWorld) Be the first to know what's going on in his houndstooth-lined head in the run-up to the spring collection. We also hear he has big news to divulge soon, presumably on Twitter, but for now he's dealing with a "microwave head meltdown (with) sparks flying out of my brain!"

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Headline Trip

Rodarte signs with William Morris for "yet to be specified" film-related projects. Costuming a Dawn of the Dead remake? The possibilities! [WWD]

A first look at Linda Farrow’s collaboration with wunderkind Alexander Wang. The slick shades hit the runway in just a week. [Nylon]

Daisy Lowe talks about life in Williamsburg and her de rigueur jewelry line with Swarovski. [W]

Speaking of, Acne gets Crystallized at the Barbican Gallery for its spring '10 presentation. Check out the video (and, while you're at it, our Q&A with Jonny Johansson). [Style.com]

Intent on becoming the new Tyra Banks, Kate Moss is heading for the small screen. Sigh. [Vogue UK]


Daisy Lowe

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Hooked: Alexander McQueen

From the strangest of birds comes the latest and most covetable of nests, Alexander McQueen's Egg Chair. Better than the Golden, Fabergé and even Cadbury varieties, the ovum throne comes upholstered in fall's signature houndstooth tweed and accented with skull zippers and other signature McQueen hardware. Originally designed as seating for McQueen boutiques worldwide, the Egg Chair is now being released in an uber-limited run of five. Yes, five. A second series will appear just in time for Christmas. Available exclusively at Alexander McQueen boutiques, price upon request.

—Franklin Melendez



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Flyer on the Wall

Monday, August 31, 2009

Last Hurrah

If one is going to introduce the hideous notion of the end of summer, best to do it with a musical romp and perfume wafts. Over the weekend, Rufus Wainwright and Norah Jones—along with Rufus' sister Martha Wainwright, who belted out material from her new CD of Edith Piaf songs—did just that with Last Song of Summer, an intimate concert in Bridgehampton, sponsored by Viktor & Rolf Parfums...


Rufus Wainwright / Martha Wainwright


Norah Jones / Artist Lisa de Kooning & Russian performance artist Andrey Bartenev


Anjelica Huston / Isabella Rossellini & daughter Elettra Wiedemann

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Headline Trip

Christy Turlington dons nothing but rawhide—i.e. biker leathers, nude male models. It must be time for YSL's new manifesto. [Facebook]

It's pretty good if a vest is the only thing questionable about the solo debut of The Strokes frontman Julian Casablanca at the launch of Opening Ceremony in Tokyo. [Pitchfork]

Christopher Kane may not own a bichon frisé, but he does have one kick-ass sister and a new line for Topshop. [Times UK]

Though he remains in fashion limbo, Olivier Theyskens will release a tome chronicling his epic vision. [WWD]

Who says models have to age? An eternal, if stiff, Kate Moss unveiled at Madame Tussauds just in time for Fashion Week. [Vogue UK]

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Flyer on the Wall

Friday, August 28, 2009

Headline Trip

A sneak peek at Ryan McGinley’s descent for his newest show. Thankfully, it doesn't end like The Descent, the slasher flick. [10men]

Return of the jock? If Karl Largerfeld says so, it must be true. [WWD]

Spike Jonze goes Wild for Opening Ceremony. [W]

There's an afterlife after all. Thanks to Christopher Kane, Versace's Versus line returns from the grave. [Fashion Week Daily]

Variety is reporting Heathers is heading to the small screen as a regular series. F%&$ us gently with a chainsaw! [Variety]

It’s an arty party for Chrissy Miller’s newest Sophmore collection, with a little help from pals Rita Ackermann and Aurel Schmidt. [Refinery 29]


Rita Ackermann and Aurel Schmidt for Sophomore

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Back to the Present

“TRON was a life-changer. I thought I had seen the future. It was the first film to predict our urge to crawl into our computers and stay there,” says Joan Juliet Buck, fashion maven and former French Vogue editor-in-chief—oh, and the villain in Julie and Julia. Who better to host a screening of Disney's 1981 classic at the Rubin Museum of Art this Friday?

With its bold, seminal vision of the future, TRON may have sparked more than a few fledgling fashion imaginations. It doesn't take a pachydermic memory to recall recent designer homages. Not one to miss a fashion possibility herself, Joan went on to tell us, “I got Leo Lerman at Vogue to send me out west to interview the men behind the computer graphics. I had Helmut Newton photograph a guy lying inside a Cray Computer. I even went to Jet Propulsion Lab, where they were hand-coloring pics of Saturn! I still have the notes from the trip—today viewed from yesterday. Just don't call it back to the future!”

—Franklin Melendez

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Headline Trip

Carine Roitfeld shares her sought-after style secrets. And although they involve more than smudged eyeliner and see-through clothes, they don't hurt either. [Times UK]

It's all grunge and glory for Kate Moss and her latest Topshop offering. [Vogue UK]

Mary J. Blige is teaming up with Gucci for an old-fashioned bash—a sign that Fashion Week is returning to normal? [Fashion Week Daily]

The new Vogue Hommes Japan channels hard-hitting glamour and pole-dancing realness—no word if Madonna choreographed. [Nicola Formichetti]

Munchkin muses The Olsens get their props with a Cathy Horyn preview of The Row. (And here, because we couldn't resist, is a funny old pic of them working Napolean-Smurf chic.) [On the Runway]

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Hooked: Maison Martin Margiela

Maison Margiela's eyewear debut, L’Incognito, brought you sleek anonymity with its black-barred face redaction. Now the Maison brings you the Mono Lens, a highly evolved descendant of the classic aviator—or, perhaps more accurately, a car windshield you can strap to your face. The ultimate in retro futurism by way of Dada playfulness, the latest model also manages to reflect fall's armored mood, in its own perverse way. $495 at Oki-Ni, available in amber or gray.

—Franklin Melendez



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Monday, August 24, 2009

Headline Trip

Since it'd be too obvious to just go into fashion, Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld is opting to curate another art show with a New York Fashion Week launch. [NY Observer]

Mystic revelations from Chloe Sevigny and Joe Denardo fuel the hysteria surrounding Opening Ceremony's Tokyo launch. [Daily Beast]

Now you can get your nails did with the likes of Carri Mundane at WAH in East London. Hipsters were bound to show up. [The Moment]

Is Grace Coddington Vogue's secret puppet master? The September Issue is rife with juicy secrets. [Page Six]

The second issue of LOVE hits newsstands today, featuring Miss Piggy in Marc Jacobs and Allegra Versace flirting with the family business. [LOVE]


WAH Nails

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Randomness

I first came across Phil X. Milstein on what may be the very best website on the entire Internet: WFMU's Beware of the Blog. There, Milstein is revered as one of the founders of the American Song-Poem Music Archive and a contributor with a vast knowledge of musical arcana. He's a true online music god, writing for countless e-zines and contributing to projects by and about indie artists like Thurston Moore, Half-Japanese and Jandek.

Probe is Turning on the People is Phil's personal virtual radio show, a place to post whatever he likes, arranged into more-or-less themed showcases. The range includes everything from The Ed Sullivan Show clips, oddball covers, unknown B-sides and rare demos. But it's not all novelty funny business—historically fascinating blues, ska and country cuts turn up here, too. This is a place where you can get your Oedipus on with Mr. Rogers' "I'm Going to Marry Mom," hear a Cambodian version of The Carpenters' "Superstar," or learn the back history of the dirty-talk blues classic "Shave Em' Dry."

I'll leave you to sort through the Johnny Cash sound-a-likes, the myriad versions of "How I Got To Memphis" and the sub-sub-genre of songs spawned by game shows. My playlist, though, includes Sue Lyon singing the "Ya Ya Song," Jay Chevalier's "Castro Rock," Gitta Hedding's German-language ska track "Das Ist Der Blue Beat," Porter Wagoner's "Lonelyville" and Big Maybelle's "Ocean of Tears."



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Friday, August 21, 2009

Headline Trip

While rumors are brewing that Haider Ackermann may be Martin Margiela's successor, sources close to the elusive Belgian insist that this is one of his elaborate hoaxes. Whatever the case, we hear the incognito king was at the Los Angeles boutique not long ago waiting on unsuspecting costumers.

The grapevine also has it that Jean Paul Gaultier’s upcoming Hermès show may be his last. Though unconfirmed, you'd be well-advised to stock up on cheeky equestrian looks, just in case. [Fashion Week Daily]

Marc Jacobs after-party + Lady Gaga = signs of economic recovery. Or last gasp? You be the judge. [The Cut]

Designers Carolyn Massey and James Long were singled out by the British Fashion Council for Topman’s NewGen Men. Previous winners include every great Brit of the last twenty years. [WWD]

Apparently Zoolander isn't enough to dissuade models from pursing the slash-actress title. Irina Lazareanu and Agyness Deyn are both heading to a multiplex near you. As a last warning, we refer you to Cindy Crawford's infamous debut. [Grazia]

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Texas Fever

Don’t let one fast-fashion collaboration fool you; Rodarte is still all high-brow and arty references. Theirs is a rarefied fantasy world filled with things like panniers and daytime gloves. This October, the duo are returning to these esoteric roots, teaming up with Colette in Paris for a special exhibit/shop-in-shop. Sprawling across the second floor, the venture will offer an eclectic mix of their fall offerings mixed with “curated” treasures. These include personal faves like CDs, books and movies (i.e. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Rosemary's Baby—so they're not all high-brow), and of course, art pieces from friends like Kim Gordon and L.A. artist Elliott Hundley. To be unveiled during Paris Fashion Week (perhaps a sign of things to come?), the collaboration promises to be second only to the Louvre.

—Franklin Melendez

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Headline Trip

Anna Wintour to the guillotine? Not quite, but a financial consulting firm may put an end to her reign of decadence. Eat the cake while you can! [The Observer]

Threeasfour takes on a third wheel (or is it a fourth?), teaming up with Yoko Oko for their spring 2010 presentation. [Fashion Week Daily]

Donatella in her own words as interviewed by Christopher Kane. Those words are even better if you imagine them in the SNL accent. [Times UK]

Puma gives a sneak peek of its first efforts with Hussein Chalayan at the helm—a marriage made in tech heaven. [WWD]

Celebrating its 40th anniversary, GAP will unveil a concept shop on London’s Carnaby street—expect swinging exclusives from Pierre Hardy, Albertus Swanepoel and Pharrell Williams. [Vogue UK]


Hussein Chalayan for Puma

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Masking for Trouble

Not even the rules of spelling and grammar apply to Terence Koh, who sent us this cryptic description of his latest project. We're dying to know what a one-piece face suit is. Visions of snuff films and lucha libre come to mind...

"i just doo window for opening ceremony for project i doo with them for t-shirts, books, one-piece face suits, pencils, sculptural tings, that will just appear

i also just doo their window display

i tink it is powerful for the future new york city

i tank you"

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Hooked: Comme des Garçons PLAY X Converse

Never one to pass up a juicy collaboration, Comme des Garçons is joining forces (again) with Converse on a limited-edition line of sneakers. Following their 2007 debut with Junya Watanabe Man, the Chuck Taylor All Star line is getting the full Rei make-over. But rather than spinning into the conceptual outer reaches, the collaboration goes back to basics—and this time Comme's secondary PLAY line is getting in on the action. The four pared-down styles—two high-tops and two oxfords in black or white canvas—hark back to the original military classics, offered in various color-blocking combos and embossed with PLAY's slightly disarming, unblinking heart logo.

The shoes will hit the ground running at the end of August at Comme des Garçons boutiques worldwide, as well as select PLAY retailers. At just $100 a pop, the collection shows a commitment to recession-friendly prices—and we can think of no better way to spring into fall.

—Franklin Melendez



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Monday, August 17, 2009

Headline Trip

Opening Ceremony is counting down the days till their Grand Opening in Tokyo. Here's a peek at the J-Pop madness. [Opening Ceremony]

Bronwen Marshall, recent grad of the Royal College of Art, may be fashion's Dr. Frankenstein—in a good way. [Dazed Digital]

Marc Jacobs claims no friends or family will attend his wedding to Lorenzo Martone later this year in Provincetown. Yeah, right! [The Cut]

Is it us, or is Fashion's Night Out's promise to create "engaging and entertaining incentives to inspire consumers and invigorate the economy and local industry" a little underwhelming? [Fashion's Night Out]

Erin Fetherston premieres her new short film, a friendly affair. One guess what it's called. Yup, Birds of a Fether. [Style.com]

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Friday, August 14, 2009

Headline Trip

Living fashion legend Daphne Guinness ruminates on her collaboration with David LaChapelle—ten days of divine madness. [Starworks]

It's worse than we feared: Jesus Luz has joined the ranks of aspiring celebrity DJs. Is this a Misshapes revival? [NY Post]

A peek at Gareth Pugh’s filmic collaboration with Nick Knight from 2006. [Showstudio]

Esteban Cortazar: "proportions, balance, movement, truth" [Facebook]

Bon Marche in Paris to exhibit never-before-seen photos by Guy Bourdin, fashion's own Marquis de Sade. [WWD]


Guy Bourdin

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

+J Walking

At long last, Japanese retailer Uniqlo has confirmed the launch date for its much-anticipated collaboration with minimalist pioneer Jil Sander. The +J collection will hit New York's Soho flagship October 1, a full range of men's and women's tailored classics, including outerwear, denim, knits and accessories.

If the just-released campaign images are any indication, Jil’s first fast-fashion foray hasn't compromised any of her design aesthetic. Pieces like a belted wool coat for women or a three-quarter light coat for men are finished with surgical precision, ensuring that Sander's signature austerity remains intact—even though, with prices ranging from $29.50 to $149.50, it'll be tough to maintain any sort of zen on opening day.

—Franklin Melendez



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Homeless Is More

Home Honey, I'm Hi! is the name of Ksubi's newest installation, a blue plastic hideaway inspired by the homemade shelters of Tokyo's homeless. Where exactly is this installation? In Shibuya, high up on the 5th floor of Cannabis store, of course...



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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Headline Trip

Continuing a kind of Good Will tour, Anna Wintour is scheduled to appear on David Letterman on August 24. Here's her possible Top Ten list. [Gawker]

Let's hear it for the boys. Fashion Week is shaping up with a dapper docket of men's presentations, including 3.1 Phillip Lim, Odyn Vovk and Bespoken. [WWD]

Look for Agyness doing her best King of Pop impressions in next month’s Harper’s Bazaar. [Models.com]

Shoe designer and champion of the high heel, Nicholas Kirkwood is unveiling a shop-in-shop at Dover Street Market. Rumor has it it'll even carry flats. [Style.com]

To pay her doctor's bills, ailing photographer Corinne Day is auctioning off unpublished snaps of Kate Moss, whom she was first to immortalize. [Vogue UK]

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