“The first time I worked with animals was a large brown bear that stood up on its back legs and ate a gummy bear out of my mouth, giving me a big sloppy kiss,” photographer Ryan McGinley tells Style.com. “I’ve loved working with animals ever since.”
His latest animal fixation? Birds. After his Animals exhibition closed at New York’s Team Gallery just last month, McGinley’s got another pet project out—this time, it’s the Fall 2012 “Birds of Prey” ad campaign for Bono and Ali Hewson’s Edun clothing line. To play up the collection’s graphic knits and jungle-inspired prints, the photographer enlisted a cast of five birds to star in the images alongside models Zen Sevastyanova, Grace Bol, and Miles McMillan (pictured, left). “I love the mix of taking something wild and unpredictable into this very controlled studio environment,” McGinley, who recently took a trip to Africa with Bono and Hewson to meet the people contributing to the Edun designs, says. “The organized chaos is a general theme I’m interested in.” As for whether it was more organized or chaos, he adds, “The birds on this shoot always had a little sense of danger, because they are much larger and more powerful than you might think. Occasionally, they would fly away from the set and we would all just have to be patient and wait for them to return to work.” It wouldn’t be the first fashion shoot where feathers were flying. Here, Style.com has a look at the campaign (pictured, above) and an exclusive behind-the-scenes shot (pictured, below) from the set.
Ami is more than a name. Alexandre Mattiussi has always insisted that his label keep a friends-and-family vibe, which extends to his presentations as much as his clothes. For Fall, he gathered pals—and models—in a Parisian apartment. No usual fashion-show stuffiness here. The drinks flowed, the decibel level was only a mite below roar, and even the models, released from their usual Blue Steel obligations, were joking around and having a good time. That particular party ended in January, but its wardrobe just hit stores, including Opening Ceremony, Barneys, The Webster, and Mr Porter. In celebration and in fond memory, Mattiussi sent over a video shot at the Fall presentation, exclusively for Style.com. Click to watch, above
“When it’s time to leave Los Angeles, I realize none of us know where our shoes are,” Gaby Basora confesses of her time spent strolling the beaches of Southern California. “There’s that slower pace, much more entertaining in people’s homes and backyards, and a completely different vibe,” the Tucker designer explains of her impetus to decamp out west—albeit briefly—for a pop-up shop in Venice this weekend. Starting today, Tucker will occupy graphic designer Carly Margolis’ All for the Mountain space in L.A.’s sun-drenched west-side neighborhood. Ripe for the occasion, the line will feature pieces that have up until now only been available out of New York, including the classic and asymmetrical dress in the mint mallard print, the contrast button-up in red, and the drawstring cami dress in summery colorways. Joining forces with local talent, Basora’s silk best will be paired with Clare Vivier’s unfussy line of handbags, along with select pieces from Ariel Gordon’s semiprecious jewelry designs.
This is just the latest power play for the cheery brand since launching back in 2006. “We started really item-based as the perfect blouse and the perfect dress,” Basora says of her line, which partnered with Target for a GO International campaign in 2010. “We were bucking the trends in that we launched with a couple of items as opposed to a full collection. I think it was off-trend to do that, and now there is a lot of interest in item-driven collections.” Her full range has now filled out, moving into multiple categories (pants are a best seller in New York) as well as skewing younger with darling dresses for the younger set. And despite just opening her first stand-alone retail store in Soho at the close of 2011, the L.A. pop-up is more than just a quick sojourn out west. As Basora puts it, “We’re getting our toes in the water.”
The Tucker pop-up shop is open through July 29, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at All for the Mountain, 2118 Lincoln Blvd., Venice Beach, Calif.
Click the image above to launch video.
For his T campaigns, Alexander Wang tends to forgo the models for musicians. First there was Santigold and Spank Rock, then Die Antwoord, and now, for Fall, the foul-mouthed rap-and-pop darling of the moment, Azealia Banks. It’s not the first time the two have linked up. Banks was Wang’s date for the 2012 Met Gala, as well as providing the music for his Spring 2012 AW campaign with Liya Kibede. Why the move in front of the camera? “She exudes a certain rawness that makes her a very unique talent,” Wang says. “I loved working with her on this video for T Fall 2012, and think the collaboration captures a collision of energies.” Daniel Jackson directed the spot, which features Banks rapping “Van Vogue” from her recent EP 1991, with styling by Alastair McKimm. The video debuts exclusively here on Style.com.