Mario Testino has photographed everyone from Joan Smalls and Gisele Bündchen to Jay Z and Jennifer Lawrence—plus, he’s lensed countless covers and editorials, for everyone (and we mean everyone) from V Magazine to Vanity Fair. The legendary Peruvian photographer was not, however, on Instagram—until now, that is. We well know that if there’s any place to leak behind-the-scenes footage, it’s on the Internet. And with his esteemed roster of collaborators, who knows what filtered finds Testino’s account might bring. Needless to say, he deserves a “Follow.”
In perhaps the most suited cross-cultural collaboration since, well, ever, king of quirk Wes Anderson has once again teamed up with fashion’s queen of conceptual ugly chic, Miuccia Prada, on a short film dubbed Castello Cavalcanti. Slated to debut tomorrow at the Rome Film Festival, the eight-minute flick is set in 1955 and stars Jason Schwartzman as a race car driver who crashes into a statue of Jesus before being transported into one of Anderson’s dreamlike realities. Naturally, the actor’s cherry-red helmet is garnished with Prada’s signature triangle logo. Catch the trailer, above.
“The world of fashion has changed,” milliner Philip Treacy told The Telegraph this weekend. His statement was in response to a slew of cruel remarks that online commenters made about a hat he recently crafted for Dita Von Teese. “The power is with the consumer, which is not a bad thing, but hats are different. Hats are really for ultimate occasions, so when I make one, I try to do something different, something noticeable. Hats make people feel good, and that’s the point of them,” he continued.
The interview was conducted as a preview, of sorts, to the Isabella Blow exhibition that will open later this month at the Somerset House, in London. And online disapproval was not the only thing that rubbed the milliner—a protégé and great friend of the late fashion eccentric—the wrong way. “She thought she no longer mattered,” said Treacy of Blow, who before her suicide worried that fashion was for the young and that her unique and exceptional point of view was no longer relevant. “It’s all very well, them feting her now and going on about how wonderful and brilliant she was,” he told the newspaper. “There will be people at that exhibition who laughed at her when she was alive. They’re hypocrites, and they make my blood boil!”
Lady Gaga’s album ArtPop was officially released today. And aside from the past month’s leaked tracks and her already-praised “Applause”—which, may we add, includes a nod to Jeff Koons—we’ve been curious to hear “Donatella,” the rumored ode to Ms. Versace. Well, the wait is over, and we can report that the song opens with what sounds like a champagne pour, followed by the spoken intro: “I am so fab./ Check out./ I’m blond./ I’m skinny./ I’m rich./ And I’m a little bit of a bitch.” Naturally, we were not disappointed.
While the pop star’s love of extreme sartorial self-expression is ever-apparent (did anyone not see the flying dress she wore to her art rave last night?),”Donatella,” is a reminder that Mother Monster can appreciate a trend. After all, the pre-chorus asks, “What do you wanna wear this spring?/ What do you think is the new thing?/ What do you wanna wear this season?” Oh, Gaga. We thought you’d never ask!.
When most people think of food as fashion, images of Ring Pops, candy necklaces, or even edible panties may pop into their heads. Yet when Threeasfour’s Gabi Asfour considers the eatable sartorial, he comes up with techno-wire dresses crusted in fresh-baked challah bread. Go figure.
Last night at New York City’s Jewish Museum, Asfour, along with his Threeasfour co-designers Angela Donhauser and Adi Gil, showed just that: a trio of models in custom “fractal” garments coated in carbohydrates, for a performance piece dubbed Fest. “Tonight was great for this,” Asfour told Style.com. “It got cold, and now when you come in it smells even better, all this bread!”
The twist here was that the audience could look and also touch—patrons were invited to literally pluck their roll of choice off one of the girls, season it, and eat it. “We are using this as a unifying medium,” explained Asfour. “Almost everybody in the world has bread in their culture. It’s a unifying theme.” Kind of puts the term food for thought in a whole new context.
Though Fest was a one-night-only affair, Threeasfour is currently airing an exhibition at The Jewish Museum (where the label also presented its Spring ’14 collection in September) through February 2014 called Mer Ka Ba. Showcasing commonalities in language and text between such religions as Judaism and Islam, the exhibit also seeks to convey a unifying message. For more information, visit the museum’s Web site.