Thursday, November 24, 2011

A Preview of the Second Versace For H&M Collection — For Pre-Spring 2012

On the heels of the throwback shimmery, animal-printed Holiday 2011 collection, Versace for H&M is back for another round. Donatella Versace also developed a Pre-Spring 2012 collection for H&M — complete with fruit prints — that will be available exclusively in countries with H&M online sales (currently only Sweden, the United Kingdom, Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Norway) from Jan. 19. As for US citizens — since H&M isn't launching an online shop in the US until Fall 2012 — the best source for nabbing the collection will likely be eBay.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Coming Soon: The Valentino Garavani Virtual Museum

Next month, Valentino will open his archives to the world. Using 3D technology, the Valentino Garavani Virtual Musuem — found at — catalogs over 300 dresses from Garavani's five decade-long career, including Julia Roberts's Oscar dress and the couture dress Jackie Kennedy wore to wed Aristotle Onassis.

The site, which officially launches Dec. 5, will also feature over 5,000 images and 95 fashion show videos. Giancarlo Giammetti, Garavani's longtime business partner, explains of the site's content: “Animated galleries show a life’s work, and key dresses have been photographed in 360 degrees. Click on them and they revolve to show every line and stitch. Click again and discover the history of the dress, who wore it where and when, see it in the amazing campaigns that we created for the collections in the late 1960s, 1970s, '80s, '90s . . . move through to other spaces leading off the sunlit courtyards under the Roman sky to new galleries full of photographs of friends, models, drawings, animations, videos.”

Garavani adds of the project: “I see it as part of my legacy. I am happy that thousands of students, young designers and fashion people will be able to see and study my work in every aspect of it, and in a manner easy and accessible for the younger generations. But it is also important to remember things of the past, to review the fashion that has shaped our lives. I would call it ‘Future Memory.’”

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Marc Jacobs's Entire Spring 2012 Collection Stolen

All 46 looks from Marc Jacobs's Spring 2012 collection were stolen in transit from Paris to London for a press day. The brand's PR team wrote in an email: "Dear all, The Marc Jacobs PR team is sorry to inform you that our press day tomorrow in the Marc Jacobs store is canceled, due to the theft of the Spring/Summer 2012 collections during its transfer from Paris." Without the samples, there won't be any clothes for magazines to borrow for editorial shoots.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Diving for McQueen

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Fashion Critic Cathy Horyn Enters the Folds of Sarah Burton's Spring 2012 McQueen Collection

The New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn meets Alexander McQueen Creative Director Sarah Burton at the label’s Paris atelier to explore the house’s intricate, marine-inspired Spring/Summer 2012 collection in Dustin Lynn’s stunning portrait film. Displaying a love and knowledge of fashion far beyond the catwalk, Horyn’s notorious studio visits define her style as a journalist, producing lyrical portraits of designers truly dedicated to the rigor of cutting and creating clothes. Before becoming head of the fashion house, Burton worked as McQueen’s right hand for 14 years. “With Sarah, it has a lot to do with the training she has had at McQueen, and just knowing what the McQueen studio had been like under Lee,” says Horyn of Burton’s qualification for the job. “It was always a place where it was about the technique and craft.” After the turmoil following McQueen's tragic suicide last year, the provocative label has returned stronger than ever with sumptuously beautiful collections, the record-breaking Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute attracting over 650,000 visitors, and Burton designing the Duchess of Cambridge’s much-lauded gown for the royal wedding.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Preview the Upcoming Tom Ford Documentary

The Visionaries: Tom Ford documentary that has been promised for some time now — "You know I've never let anyone film me like this before," Ford tells the cameras — finally has a premiere date.

This Sunday, Oct. 23, at 8 p.m. EDT/PDT on OWN is it: when Ford talks about being laughed at for wanting to make a movie and gives a tour of his design studio. Director Michael Bonfiglio, who followed Ford — all access — from his return to womenswear in September 2010 through this past February when he opened his Los Angeles store, says of filming the designer: "I think the most memorable thing, actually, was when I finally showed Tom a rough cut of the film. I flew to Los Angeles to show it to him, and I was very nervous. Given how particular he is about his work — and especially because he's a filmmaker — I was anticipating leaving the screening with ten pages of notes about things he wanted changed. We screened it at a hotel, and he brought one of his colleagues to watch it with us. I sat a little bit behind him, so I could see his reactions as he watched — and about 10 minutes in, I could tell he was pleased. When it was over, he had a big smile on his face, told me he loved it, and essentially had no notes — aesthetic or otherwise."

The trailer and a few clips from the film, below.

The trailer:

Ford gives a tour of his design studio in London:

Ford on the day he left Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent:

Ford talks about why he returned to fashion:

Monday, October 10, 2011

Anna Selezneva: Santa Sangre

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The Superstar Model Takes the Bull by the Horns in Axel Lindahl’s Erotically Charged Short

Fierce Russian beauty Anna Selezneva battles a raging, invisible bull in today’s matador-inspired short by Swedish director Axel Lindahl. Fascinated by the dichotomy of brutality and grace inherent in the historic Spanish bloodsport, Lindahl took on the part of the invisible beast, shouting hysterical profanities at Selezneva to provoke a performance that would capture the urgency and danger of a real fight. “I wanted to do something real and concentrated,” says Lindahl, “and this was the key for me: if you lose the bull for a second, you’re dead. The bull always wins.” Here, Lindahl takes us behind the scenes of the high-intensity set.


Stockholm, Sweden.

Shoot duration
Two days, five bullfights.

Created in Oslo while Martin (the editor) and I jammed with his insane guitar collection, fueled by his equally insane wine collection!

Baiting calls
Show me the blood!

Matador wardrobe
Vintage velvet tasseled collar by Amarcord; encrusted tight trousers by Manish Arora; gloves by La Crasia; and boots by J. Mendel.

Black and blue
No injuries, many bruises.

On set: prosciutto and melon, Diet Coke and red wine. Room service favorites included meatballs from the Caina Restaurant at the Nobis Hotel, Stockholm, where we were all staying.

A result of me and Anna watching bullfighting clips over and over.

Post-shoot nightcap
The “Don Draper” or the “Que Tal” at the Nobis Hotel bar.

Styling by Kate Sebbah
Hair by Erika Svedjevik
Makeup by Lotten Holmqvist
Styling assistant: Tereza Ortiz