A mixed blog of fashion goodies
Have an idea for the Hint Blog? Email us.
Bookmark and Share

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

Labels: , , , , , , , ,

Friday, May 15, 2009

Hint Postcard

What the Kremlin is going on in Moscow? It's unseasonably hot, and Stephen Jones and Henry Holland are carrying on like a couple of pre-revolutionary czarinas. It turns out there's this "25-year-old gay cherub from Calcutta and occasional transvestite," according to the London Sunday Times, who flew a bunch of Brits over on a kind of cultural exchange. What's been learned so far? For the Russians, it's that not everyone likes to drink themselves silly in the afternoon, having to go out for bottled water to serve at lunch. "Five liters," says Stephen, "for a hundred people in 85-degree heat!" Which might explain why William Orbit (of Madonna's Ray of Light fame) was a no-show at a talk he was supposed to give. Someone send a search party.

Henry Holland & Stephen Jones

Labels: , , ,

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Hat Spat

Last night at the V&A, eccentric English milliner Stephen Jones launched his solo show of 300 or so hats with a festive finale to London Fashion Week. Prop stylist Fred Butler told us she (yes, she) was in hat heaven as she breezed around the grand space, photographing guests in their feathered, furry and otherwise festooned (and mandatory) head tableaux. Legendary retailer Michael Kostiff was on hand, as was (UK) Harper's Bazaar editor-in-chief Lucy Yeoman, Giles Deacon and male model Callum, whose mother worked alongside Stephen in his original shop.

And then, tragedy struck. Fred, who's the loveliest of girls, collided with a less-than-charming woman and the two were inextricably entangled in a hat-lock. We don't know the ugly details, but apparently insults (and maybe a hat) were hurled, feelings were hurt and Fred, our Cinderella, fled the scene unscathed, thankfully, but before she could get her Anna Piaggi pic!...

Katie Grand & Lucy Yeoman

Erin O'Connor, Giles Deacon

Judy Blame & Philip Treacy

Namalee Bolle & Bruno Basso, Michael Kostiff

Callum & mum

Teo, set designer Simon Costin

Labels: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Keeping Up with Stephen Jones

Because you asked, here's a progress report on friend and milliner (and Hinterview subject) Stephen Jones, who has a major retrospective coming up at London's Victoria & Albert museum, timed to coincide with London Fashion Week. Considering he supplies the hats (usually large, complicated, highly festooned concoctions) for a half dozen labels each season—i.e. Marc Jacobs, John Galliano, Giles—that means he's busier than a one-legged stripper, to use a drag colloquialism we know he'd appreciate.

But first up, he's working on the hats for Dior's pre-fall collection next Thursday, as well as Dior's couture show later this month. He says the latter haven't been drawn up yet, just abstracted, which we think means wish-listed. But even before Couture Week comes Men's Week, and Stephen has Galliano Homme, Walter Van Beirendonck and Comme des Garçons booked, plus a surprise. Well, yes, a surprise, but it's the designer's first foray into menswear, so we'll give you two guesses who it could be.

Stephen's own fall collection, called Albertopolis (Queen Victoria's nickname for South Kensington), mirrors the 300 or so hats of his V&A exhibit. The concept is a reinterpretation of past hats for today, including those inspired by Schiaparelli and geometry to familiar pieces worn by Madonna, Boy George and other slebs. It's Stephen's world; we just live in it.

photo by Justine

Labels: , , , , , ,