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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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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Headline Trip

Rodarte is next to get the Target treatment. Their magical confections, from knee-highs to leopard print jackets, will be available in December. [WWD]

YSL is joining the social media fray, announcing official Facebook and Twitter pages. Now you can follow Stefano Pilati’s every gesture in real time, starting with the new Manifesto for fall.
[Facebook, Twitter]

Art imitates life imitating semi-sentience. Vancouver-based artist Karin Bubas captures the pathos of The Hills through weeping. We expect a solo show at the Whitney soon. [The Moment]

In more pop-up madness, Gucci is launching Gucci Icon Temporary, a series of transient stores featuring exclusive sneakers collaborations. First stop is Miami for Art Basel. [WWD]

The only thing that might top the now infamous Top Model Shorty Riots may be the open call for extras in Sex and the City 2. We're picturing lots of crushed flowers, scuffed Manolos and overly styled ensembles. [Daily Beast]

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Friday, July 17, 2009

Soul Searching

With quashed rumors of a David LaChapelle cameo at the Gucci-sponsored Soul i-D book/exhibition launch at Christie's New York last night, we settled instead on a bit of artsy rumination. Specifically, the shot of his very naked, nature-loving boyfriend, whom, we're told in the caption, "could not be bought." In addition to LaChapelle, Juergen Teller, Paolo Roversi, Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin also contributed to the 600-page tome.

Of course, the fabulous coffee table book—with anecdotes and personal essays culled from i-D's archives—wouldn't be complete without a few choice quotes, hence the inclusion of sage songstress Kylie Minogue, who likens friend, designer and stylist William Baker, to her "favourite handbag." And then there's Terry Richardson, lensman and occasional font of wisdom, who, when it comes to blow, advises "Just say no!" As for getting ahead in fashion, perhaps milliner Stephen Jones is the pithiest, saying it helps to be "eccentric, homosexual, ugly, thick, suburban and egomaniacal." And finally, never one to champion the less-than-attractive, Tom Ford recommends only hiring "people that you want to have dinner with." Dinner, Tom? Or dessert?

—Sarah Fones

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Friday, May 22, 2009

Lady of the HOME

What with the skintight thigh-high boots and crystal-spangled mesh minidresses that spring from her sketchpad, you wouldn’t necessarily think of Gucci creative director Frida Giannini as the tree-hugging type. Well, think again, fashion bunnies. In honor of the release of HOME, the eco-documentary directed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand and funded by Gucci parent company PPR, Giannini has created this limited-edition T-shirt, made from organic cotton and printed with natural dyes. The model in the pic? None other than HOME girl Giannini herself. You can pick up the $195 shirt at Gucci boutiques starting Monday.

—Nancy MacDonell

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Monday, April 27, 2009

The Reel Thing

We knew Gucci was genius at restoring the luster of style hits from years past—fur chubbies, disco dresses, the Jackie bag—but the luxury house doesn’t stop its good work there. Last night at the San Francisco Film Festival, Gucci and The Film Foundation, in partnership with the San Francisco Film Society, presented two freshly restored classics of the screen, John Cassavetes' ever-cheerful A Woman Under the Influence and Michelangelo Antonioni’s fashion-centric Le Amiche (if you haven't seen it, it's like a grittier 1950s version of Sex and the City, complete with a suicide plot line). Next in line to get spiffed up courtesy of Gucci: Barbara Loden's Wanda and Luchino Visconti's Senso. “It's important to restore the works of John Cassavetes and other filmmakers who had such a major impact on cinema,” said Foundation founder and chair Martin Scorcese. “A Woman Under the Influence still feels as powerful and vital as when it was made.” Kind of like the Jackie bag, non?

—Nancy MacDonell

Le Amiche

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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Coat of Paint

photography Michelle Matiyow and Lians for LM studios
paint work Vincent Sherk
styling Rebecca Stevens
model Paulina Wycka @ Wilhelmina
make-up Andrea Duchesneau
hair Kennice for Klix @ Heidi Bashar Salon

jacket Dries Van Noten, pants Yigal Azrouel, shoes Gucci
jacket Gucci, dress Alice + Olivia, shoes Chanel

coat DKNY, dress Vera Wang, shoes Christian Louboutin

jacket Prada, dress Eryn Brinie
dress Michael Kors

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Monday, October 6, 2008

Hint Tip: Gucci

If love conquers all, we think we have a solution to this pesky financial meltdown, and it's called GUCCI loves Bergdorf. The uber-exclusive 15-bag line—launching tomorrow at the 5th Avenue shopping mecca—features Gucci's Hysteria, Jockey and Indy styles in patent and Guccissima leather, as well as beyond-precious skins like crocodile, ostrich and python. Here's where the love comes in; they're all in Bergdorf's signature lilac color. Prices range from $1,295 to $29,800, so it seems that in these tough economic times, love means never having to say your card was denied. Take that, credit crunch.

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Thursday, June 26, 2008


"Who's that Gucci Girl?" asks André do Val...

Martha Streck is the flame-haired Brazilian girl who burst on the modeling scene when she stalked Gucci's fall catwalk. Then came Dior's resort '09 collection. She's currently working the runways back home in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Chatty and quick-witted, she says she only decided to work in fashion for the stamps in her passport. Want more nuggets? Keep reading...

Walking for Gucci, backstage at Alexandre Herchcovitch in São Paulo

What got you started in modeling?
I was really craving to travel, but my father wouldn't let me because I had just started law school, after studying theater. I wanted a job that would take me all over the world, so I began modeling. Problem solved.

Do you like it?
There’s a lot of girls trying to be models in my city, but I never liked the idea. Now I'm used to it, but it's not exactly what I planned for my life. I still want to finish law school.

And have you been traveling?
Yes! My first trip was to Milan in May of 2007, then London, Istanbul and Berlin. I don't have a particular destination I want to visit. I could be taken anywhere in the world and it's okay for me.

Do you bring the contents of your house with you?
Yes, I'm such a snail. I bring everything with me all the time. As a model, I don't know exactly where I’m going and how long I’m staying, so I need to be prepared for warm and cold weather. It's heavy, but useful.

Can you sleep on the plane?
I can sleep anywhere. Right after take-off, I completely knock out. I’m the person who needs to be woken up after everybody else has gotten off. And I always ask for five more minutes.

—André do Val

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Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Q&A: Frida Giannini

By now, you know all about Gucci's massive concert/auction/benefit/store launch tonight at the United Nations: the mega-draw (Madonna), the acts (Chris Rock, Alicia Keys), the slebs (Drew Barrymore, Gwyneth Paltrow). I caught up with Gucci creative director Frida Giannini for some tidbits you might not know...

This is a very special night for Gucci. What is it you hope to achieve?
Yes, it is very special indeed. We are raising money for both UNICEF and Raising Malawi, so we hope that the event is a huge success in every way. We are underwriting the entire evening, so 100% of funds generated goes to children affected by HIV and AIDS. Of course, it is also a party, so we hope that everyone has a great time.

Is there a larger message in having the fundraiser at the UN?
There is. The UN is a completely international place. It is bigger than New York, it is bigger than the United States. This global notion parallels the cause to which we are so dedicated. AIDS is a global crisis, one with which people from every country should be concerned. It is much larger than Africa, and we need to remind people of that.

Can we expect to see more grand gestures like this from Gucci?
This is a very special celebration for a very special occasion, the opening of the new Gucci flagship. We will have to wait and see what happens in the future!

The bag collections you've created for the new store look great. What was your inspiration?
Thank you. I wanted to create something extraordinary to parallel the beauty and scale of the new store. There are two collections of bags: the Heritage collection and the New York Exclusive collection. Heritage is a one-of-a-kind collection of bags that represent the ultimate in luxury. I looked through the archives and resurrected several iconic models that I reworked in skins. Additionally I resurrected a vintage print called "Leonardo," which was first created in the '50s. For this print I was inspired by the timing, as its introduction in 1953 coincided with the opening of the first Gucci New York boutique the same year. The New York exclusive bags are more playful, but also collector's items. The Gucci Loves New York bag is of course a tribute to this fantastic city. All proceeds from the Gucci Loves NY products will go towards the care and maintenance of the playgrounds in Central Park.

Can you tell us about your own love of New York? What fond memories do you have of our city?
New York is unlike any city in the world. It has inimitable energy. It is filled with such a multitude of different kinds of people, filled with culture, and filled with history. It is the only city where you can get anything you want at any hour, which I absolutely love. I have many fond memories of coming to New York, but some of my favorites are going vintage shopping with my design team in Soho. And each time I fly into New York and see the skyline of Manhattan, I am in awe.

The new Fifth Avenue store...

The exclusive bags...

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