André Courrèges's family has confirmed that the space-age couturier died yesterday in Paris, finally succumbing to Parkinson’s disease. He was 92.
Courrèges began his trailblazing career at the age of 25 with an apprenticeship with Cristóbal Balenciaga. In 1961 he launched his own house, showcasing his signature white mini-dress, pantsuit, and flat boots.
Little over two years ago, French artist Orlan launched a lawsuit against Lady Gaga (and the French subsidiary of Universal Music) for plagiarism, to the tune of 7.5 percent of the profits from the Born This Way album, or $31.7 million.
Filed in France, the ongoing suit accuses the singer of co-opting the artist's original ideas — her facial implants, essentially — to create the imagery for Born This Way. In particular, Orlan cites the cover art, which she says bears a striking resemblance to her sculpture Bumpload from 1989. Further, Orlan claims Lady Gaga's severed head in the music video is lifted from her sculpture Femme Avec Tête (Woman With Head) of 1996.
He who likes to mix and match gender identities and sexual persuasions on the runway, Jonathan Anderson will live-stream his J.W. Anderson men's show in London exclusively on Grindr (Sunday, January 10, 10 am GMT).
It's the first time Grindr has entered the fashion arena. As if anyone could forget Marc Jacobs' unofficial dalliance with the gay-sex app — some would say gay-dating app — months ago, when he utilized its primary function to organize an "all-male flesh bacchanal," as Page Six salaciously described it.
“I think fashion is a sexy platform,” Anderson told the NY Times. “We’re all humans, so we all have to be somewhat sexually attractive to someone. That’s the name of the game, with clothing.”
Gossip singer Beth Ditto, the self-described “fat, feminist lesbian from Arkansas,” has announced the release of a plus-size clothing line in collabs with Jean Paul Gaultier, who recently ditched his ready-to-wear line to focus on couture and special projects.
According to a statement, the line will feature “current styling with a vintage flair,” with an emphasis on “vibrant prints and well-tailored pieces, with silks, rayons and embroidery that are frequently missing from plus-size lines.”
“Big girls are beautiful and Beth is super beautiful,” said the designer. “Long live the beauty with shapes, boobs and bottoms. This is a new concept, a loose fit corset. And Beth fits it perfectly.” To launch the line, set for February, Ditto announced a limited-edition T-shirt ($165) that she designed with Gaultier, featuring his famed cone-bra corset.
The two go way back. Ditto walked Gaultier's runway in 2010 and wed in a custom dress in 2013. But a plus-size collaboration is a first for the two, and the first time Gaultier has made clothes up to a size 30.
Dior finds itself without direction — indefinitely. The house, which appears to have been caught off guard by creative director Raf Simons' surprise departure last month, confirmed to WWD that its in-house studio will design the spring couture show in January, as well as pre-fall 2016 ready-to-wear, and fall 2016 in March.
French photographer Fred Goudon has channeled his inner Herb Ritts and come out with a 2016 charity calendar showcasing greased-up French firefighters at their hottest.
He spent a year on the project, which either indicates the difficulty of the project or his inability to take his eyes off the Gallic gods.
The money raised will be donated to Pompiers Sans Frontières (Firefighters Without Borders).
UK-based Swedish artist Eva Stenram is known for her alluring yet discomfiting manipulations of vintage pin-up photographs, where body parts — often wearing shoes and hose — lay akimbo amid midcentury furniture and mysterious drapery. By altering negatives, she subtly pulls the viewer into her world of mesmerizing illusion. “Photography is always this oscillation between presence and absence," she says. "I am interested in the viewer somehow completing the work imaginatively.”