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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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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Hint Video: NewGen Winners, 1/7

London Fashion Week is all aflutter, as it should be, about its upcoming 25th anniversary and the return of greats Brits—Burberry, Jonathan Saunders, Matthew Williamson, etc.—to its calendar, after years of showing abroad in New York, Milan or Paris.

Just as intriguing is the move from the cramped lawns of the Natural History Museum to the palatial Somerset House. Add to that the recently announced recipients of LFW's NewGen sponsorship, backed by Topshop in support of young design stars (previously won by Alexander McQueen, Giles Deacon and Christopher Kane), and you have nothing short of hysteria.

And so we—or rather, fashion observer Marko Matysik and videographer Bjørn Solarin—caught up with a few of them, as well as with Sarah Mower, journalistic legend and just-appointed Ambassador of Emerging Talent for the British Fashion Council. Without further ado, we present the first of seven videos in as many days...

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Monday, June 1, 2009

Headline Trip

  • Following Burberry last week, today it was announced that Matthew Williamson will return to London Fashion Week in September, celebrating LFW's 25th anniversary, after seven years in New York.
  • John Galliano, too, will show his Christian Dior couture collection at the Dior salon on Avenue Montaigne for the first time in ten years. [WWD]
  • Forgetting who's modeled in her collections, Vivienne Westwood asked "Who is Daisy Lowe?" at her son's art opening. But really, who can keep track? [The Sun]
  • Apparently Forbes can. They've counted down the highest paid models in the last year. Even without Victoria's Secret, Gisele scores an easy win. [Forbes]
  • What better time than retirement (yes, people, it's true) for a monograph on Maison Martin Margiela? Conceived as a work of art—with an embroidered white-linen cover, ribbon markers, twelve booklets and silver ink—it drops in October. [Rizzoli]
  • Giedre Dukauskaite, Lithuanian model and face of Prada, heads to Women agency.


  • Giedre Dukauskaite

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    Thursday, May 28, 2009

    Q&A: Christopher Bailey

    Given his fantastically glamourous job as Burberry's creative director, you might think Christopher Bailey is the type to have glitzy million-dollar condos stretching from Rio to Goa and keep a staff of well-pressed butlers, chauffeurs and vase-dusters. But no. The real Christopher Bailey, with his tousled red hair and generous smile, is a Bob-Dylan-listening, sloppy-sofa-relaxing country boy, as he told me just hours before hosting the star-studded christening of the new Burberry headquarters in New York. Which, apparently, is just part of the job...

    Lee Carter: The Burberry tartan is one of the most famous trademarks in the world. What are your own trademarks, passions and fetishes?
    Christopher Bailey: One of my biggest things is that I love the countryside. People don't usually associate that with a fashion designer, but it's something that's really important or me. I was brought up in the countryside. I love gardening and spending time in agricultural surroundings.

    How very British of you. You're almost as British as Madonna. Do you have horses, too?
    I do have horses in my field. That probably makes me a big fat cliché.

    More like a thin cliché. You're quite thin.
    Well, I'd like to be, but I'm drinking too much.

    Welcome to the club! Burberry is such a quintessentially British brand. Are you an Anglophile?
    I've never considered myself an Anglophile. I've lived all over the world. I've lived in New York, Munich, Paris, Milan for a long time. Now I'm back in the UK, which is kind of weird. I do love my roots. I do love England and its diversity, but I also love being in other cities. I'd get claustrophobic in one place. Today we're in Manhattan, tomorrow I'm in London, Saturday in Yorkshire...

    What's in Yorkshire?
    That's where I live. I have a home there, a little cottage.

    It must be a very sweet cottage.
    It is a very sweet cottage. It's also very old, from 1633. It's an old farmhouse, surrounded by fields and cows and horses.

    I bet you've done it up very nicely.
    Actually I just finished a huge renovation. I hope it's nice. It's very simple. I love it.

    What's your taste when it comes to interiors?
    I don't like things when they feel too prissy or untouchable. If you're going to have a sofa then it should be a big sloppy sofa. I like a bit of grime and dirt as well. I don't like things too spotless and perfect. The same with clothes. I want clothes to feel like you own them, not like they own you. They should be a little disheveled and broken down.

    Like they have stories to tell.
    Yes, exactly. I love stories and poetry.

    Do you really like poetry?
    I don't love poetry. [Laughs.] We have something on English TV at the moment. They're trying to promote poetry in the UK, so I'm going to start reading poetry. I think I haven't been patient enough in the past.

    I know music, too, is one of your interests. And I hear you discovered One Night Only, the band that's playing at tonight's launch...
    I wouldn't say I discovered them. I would love to say that. I guess I found them before they hit.

    What does music mean to you and how does it play into your work?
    Music is so important. I love so many different types of music, from classical to one of my favorite artists, Bob Dylan. I love Joni Mitchell, the Stones, punk, the Pistols.

    I'd love to see a punk-inspired Burberry collection. What would that look like?
    I'm always a little influenced by punk anyway. But I like it when you discover that it's influenced by punk rather than wearing safety pins all over.

    Not that you've never done that.
    Not that I've never done that.

    What's the most outrageous thing you've ever worn?
    I was never crazy, but I did dye my hair blue. That's not so wild.

    A lot of designers pretend like they lead normal lives, but it's rarely true. What's a typical weekend like for you?
    I spend a lot of time in my studio working on a gazillion things, from fragrances to new buildings to designing furniture, and of course all the collections. But I also have my life outside the office, though I'm not a party person. I like to celebrate but I prefer intimacy to big parties, so I will usually go out for dinner or cook for friends and family. I spent last weekend with my family. We just cooked, read the newspapers, drank too much.

    Let's talk about the new New York headquarters. It's a huge undertaking.
    Yes, a labor of love. It's slightly smaller than our new London global headquarters. We designed it with the same plans, same layout, same furniture. But we do not have the big Burberry sign in London.

    Neon just feels so New York.
    Exactly. It's one of only six grandfathered buildings in New York where you can do that, so it's a big deal for us to be able to affect the iconic Manhattan skyline, which I love. And everyone here has a great can-do attitude. You guys are always glass half-full, whereas maybe in the UK we're a bit glass half-empty. There's always such camaraderie in New York. It's a pleasure being here.

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    Tuesday, May 26, 2009

    Headline Trip

  • Burberry to bring its Prorsum spring '10 runway show to London from Milan, celebrating the 25th anniversary of London Fashion Week.
  • Givenchy unveils its fall '09 ad campaign, shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, and Riccardo Tisci reveals he's creating tour looks for Madonna and Antony and the Johnsons. [WWD]
  • Charlotte Gainsbourg wins Best Actress in Cannes for the film Antichrist.
  • Patrick McMullan scion to star in Joel Schumacher flick about over-privileged teens. [Observer]
  • David Furnish did not kick Paris Hilton off his yacht in Cannes. [Facebook]
  • "I love Hint like a fat kid loves cake." [fan letter]


  • Givenchy, fall '09

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    Wednesday, May 20, 2009

    Hint Tip: Burberry

    You know, there's nothing sadder than a dark neon sign, the very symbol of good times. Happily, this one will light up on May 28, along with two others just like it around the building, when Burberry launches its new Manhattan headquarters at 444 Madison Avenue, which is apparently one of only six grandfathered spots in New York where this is allowed. Naturally the christening will be followed by a party, which Christopher Bailey and CEO Angela Ahrendts will fly in for...

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    Thursday, May 14, 2009

    Awkward Bound

    Go west this spring with prairie prints, dusty hobo overalls and your most ill-fitting Sunday best.

    photography & styling Louis Park
    art director Ann Kim
    make-up Iwa Park using Mac Pro
    hair Kunio Kohzaki using Therapi
    models Jessica @ Select, Amber @ Select,
    Roma @ Select, Chris T @ Premier, Patrick @ Storm
    location London, England
    thanks Neo2


    left: top Paul Smith, pants Form / middle: sweater Fred Perry, pants Qasimi / right: scarf H&M, top Fred Perry, pants Edward Sexton
    left: top Fred Perry, coat Eley Kishimoto, belt Beyond Retro, bangles H&M / shirt Adidas Originals, trench Burberry Prorsum, jacket Qasimi



    left: shirt & jacket Merc, vest Vivienne Westwood, pants Diesel, tie Paul Smith / middle: dress Eley Kishimoto / right: dress SteveJ&YoniP
    left: shirt Paul Smith, jacket Prada, pants Merc, bow tie Beyond Retro / top Fred Perry, trench Prada, hat Beyond Retro, necklace Burberry Prorsum



    left: top Luella / right: dress Vivienne Westwood


    polo Fred Perry, dress Reem, blazer Y-3
    left: dress Paul Smith, cardigan Fred Perry, shoes Beyond Retro / middle: scarf & apron Beyond Retro, dress Vivienne Westwood, shoes Paul Smith / right: shirt Merc, track pants Adidas Originals, overalls Diesel, shoes Beyond Retro



    jacket Qasimi, shoes Prada, bow tie Paul Smith
    left: shirt Paul Smith, top Fred Perry, outside top Y-3, pants Merc, hat Paul Smith / right: polo & t-shirt Prada, top shirt Merc, pants Fred Perry, belts Beyond Retro

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    Monday, March 16, 2009

    Goyard Girl

    Christopher Bailey may have been running late to the airport, but that didn't stop us from grabbing a pic of him with Julie Gilhart—not to mention Simon Doonan sporting his new monogrammed Goyard bags—at a Barneys party to celebrate Burberry menswear and Gossip Girl's Ed Westwick...

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    Thursday, February 26, 2009

    Backstage Beauty

    ...at Milan Fashion Week. Photos by Sonny Vandevelde...


    Frankie Morello


    Giorgio Armani


    Burberry


    Blugirl


    Missoni


    Gaetano Navarra


    Emporio Armani

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    Saturday, September 27, 2008

    Hint Tip: Peter Saville

    Speaking of Burberry, at its Madison Avenue flagship on Thursday, the label will play host to the New York launch of Peter Saville Estate 1-127 (JRP Books), the first-ever survey of the graphic designer's archives, beginning with his groundbreaking work for Factory Records in the late '70s. Also includes personal impressions of his work from artists Slater Bradley, Liam Gillick, Robert Longo, Wolfgang Tillmans, etc...

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