Invite-only social-networking site ASMALLWORLD is basically Facebook for well-connected frequent fliers. So for the platform’s party celebrating its relaunch as a travel and lifestyle club last weekend, the site and its CEO Sabine Heller flew a slew of jet-setters—such as Dianna Agron, Mamie Gummer, and Olivia Wilde—to party in Marrakech. New York deejay Chelsea Leyland was among the guests, and here she chronicles the Moroccan getaway via personal snaps with pals such as Lily Kwong, Theophilus London, Waris Ahluwalia, Ben Pundole, a couple of camels, and more.
I snapped this upon my arrival. Believe it or not, this was my bed for the weekend. INCREDIBLE!
Waris Ahluwalia and my boy Ben Pundole having what looks like a very important conversation in the swimming pool at the Taj Palace in Marrakech, which is probably one of the most amazing pools I’ve ever seen.
Theophilus London and myself having a little hug. Theo bought this outfit that morning and was pretty proud of it. I think his exact words were, “Doesn’t this look like it could be some Rick Owens shit?” Continue Reading “Big Party, Small World” »
When Deerhunter, the critically beloved rock band, released their new album, Monomania, last week, music magazines and blogs ran press photos of the five-piece outfit in what looked like a cross between Chanel and intergalactic officers’ uniforms circa 2113. They didn’t arouse much notice from the music community, which is more or less used to outlandish antics from the band and, especially, from its 6’4″ front man, Bradford Cox—he’d recently attired himself for the band’s Jimmy Fallon performance in a black shag wig and bloody tourniquet wrapped around his fingers. (It was a tribute of sorts to his father, who’d lost two fingers in a band-saw accident.)
The fashion tribe, on the other hand, will probably recognize the looks: They’re from the standout Fall ’13 womenswear collection by Proenza Schouler, who, as it turns out, art directed the shoot for the band. “It’s some of the only really new music we listen to,” designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez said. “Bradford sent us an early copy of Monomania, and it’s pretty much on repeat in the studio these days.” The two met the band after a performance at PS 1 a few weeks before their show and invited them to the Fall show. “When I saw the clothes, I was immediately struck by how much they fit into a certain aesthetic consciousness that I so often subscribe to on this new record,” Cox told Style.com. (He called in from the road, where he’d just done a quick detour to Hank Williams’ grave in Alabama.) “A sort of futurism but using quite nostalgic patterns. They seem to evoke a sense of white noise. I think they’re incredibly suggestive of a certain sound. It’s a perfect match for what we were trying to achieve.” An invitation from Cox to dress the band for their cover shoot soon followed.
A photo from the shoot, taken by the band’s longtime collaborator Robert Semmer over the course of what McCollough and Hernandez called “a very long and very interesting evening,” now covers the back of the new album—at least, for those who still buy physical CDs. (The front, in deference to its title, is a neon sign reading, “MONOMANIA”: that is, single-minded obsession.) “It was nothing like any fashion shoots we have ever been on,” the designers said. “It was totally off the cuff. It wasn’t at all about the clothes, which for us was a first, but more about having fun and playing around. It was totally outside any fashion context, which we loved.” The feeling was mutual. “I don’t think there’s a single other designer out there who holds a match to what they’re doing,” Cox said. “Honestly there was nothing in [fashion] that interested me—only the clothing of Proenza Schouler showed me anything worth looking at. I think they honestly are the most artistic and the most liberated of all the designers.”
Monomania (4AD) is out now.
Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, Riccardo Tisci, Christopher Kane—Central Saint Martins College has no shortage of iconic alumni. And it’s not hurting for fresh talent, either. Students in the undergraduate and masters programs have once again broken new ground with the release of 1 Granary, a student fashion magazine, named for the address of the school’s new King’s Cross campus at 1 Granary Square. “We were just having fun, doing what we loved,” explained the student editor and founder, Olya Kuryshchuk (she also styled the below shoot, “Going Sublime,” which was lensed by photographer Nikolay Biryukov), of the magazine’s origins. “Gradually, we realized that we had created a great opportunity—that we could meet the people who truly inspire us and show our own work in the process.”
The issue features interviews with CSM alums such as Kate Phelan, as well as some very rare archival images—the first official image of Alexander McQueen, which was shot by his friend and current CSM tutor Gary Wallis, Katie Grand’s first-ever photo shoot from when she was a second-year knitting student at the school (lensed by Wallis, the spread debuts here, above). “For the shoot, Katie and Gary Wallis drove all evening, shot all night in an old marked-off factory, and were back in time for class the next morning,” explained Kuryshchuk. And of course, 1 Granary highlights work by current students and recent graduates, with editorials showcasing brightly-printed sustainable tunics crafted by students during a group project, and some almost cartoonishly clever architectural pieces from 2011 graduate Jaeyeon Lee. Continue Reading “CSM Does It Again” »
It would seem that Barbie and co. can’t get enough of the London fashion scene. After receiving a rainbow dye job from East London salon Bleach, as well as a graffitied makeover from Louise Gray, last year, and sending Ken to get some new Gareth Pugh threads in 2009, Barbie has tapped Roksanda Ilincic and Nick Knight’s Showstudio to design her new virtual Dreamhouse. Considering Ilincic, who created a frock for Barbie four years ago in honor of her fiftieth anniversary (left), has a background in architecture, we assume she’s more than qualified for the job. Introduced in 1962, Barbie’s Dreamhouses have, of course, traditionally had a Malibu twist, but the new mini-mansion—set to be revealed later this summer—will pull inspiration from London’s gritty streets. Expect a harder, more subversive edge than the previous plastic abodes, but, knowing Ilincic, no less pink.
Today, it was revealed that a pair of decidedly dichotomous fashion exhibitions will bow in London this summer. On July 4, Kensington Palace—which served as Princess Di’s home from 1981 until her death—will open Fashion Rules: Dress From the Collections of HM The Queen, Princess Margaret, and Diana, Princess of Wales. (July is also the month Kate Middleton is due). The show’s curators promise that the royal wares will offer a fresh take on the tale of the twentieth-century monarchy. Meanwhile, London’s Jewish Museum will remember a very different kind of icon: In honor of what would have been the late Amy Winehouse’s thirtieth birthday, the institution will launch a July show celebrating the musician’s talent and retro, vampy style. Her guitar, unseen photographs, record collection, and, of course, wardrobe will all be on view.