Being a bona fide supermodel, Helena Christensen knows a thing or two about looking good in lingerie. Perhaps that’s why, in 2012, classic European negligee brand Triumph tapped the icon to design a collection just for the company. Today, Christensen and Triumph debut their fourth outing together and, thanks to the latter’s concurrent launch of U.S. e-commerce, the collaboration will now, for the first time, be available Stateside.
“Every time I start thinking about a collection, I just roam around inside my head to see what inspirations or ideas I’ve kept in there,” explained Christensen of her creative process. For Spring ’14, however, she had a more tangible muse—an antique photography book, Perfect Womanhood, that she found at a local New York flea market. “It was one of those finds where you go, Really? No one else saw this?” said Christensen, flipping through the 1938 monograph to point out a series of untouched, naturalistic nudes of “women with just the most beautiful bodies. To me, these women are just so elegant, timeless, sensual, and beautiful,” she added. “You don’t think, This is a naked woman. You just think, This is a beautiful woman.” Continue Reading “Helena Christensen Designs With Women In Mind” »
Blue Is the Warmest Color heated up Cannes, just arrived in U.S. theaters, and now has the Miu Miu seal of approval. Miuccia Prada tapped the film’s Palme d’Or-winning stars, Léa Seydoux (who has been the face of Prada in the past) and Adèle Exarchopoulos, for Miu Miu’s Resort campaign, shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. A word to the wise for the prurient: The film is NC-17; the campaign, PG.
It’s official: The New York Times reports that, following the passing of new labor legislation in June, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a state law declaring that models under age 18 are child performers. Long story short, the law is meant to protect underage models (like controversial teenage superstar Ondria Hardin—left) from mistreatment and outrageous work hours, and will require designers to fill out stacks of paperwork and, in some cases, provide financial trusts and tutors should they want minors on their catwalks. If brands violate the law, which will be put into effect in thirty days, houses will be fined $1,000 for their first offense, $2,000 for their second offense, etc. While this is indeed a step in the right direction, we kind of feel that penalties more expensive than, say, a pair of Marc Jacobs shoes would have a bigger effect.
Ming Xi has been a top catwalker for several years now, but this season, the major Chinese model reversed roles and sat in the front row at several Paris shows, including Kenzo and Maison Martin Margiela, as a guest buyer and consultant for Hong Kong boutique I.T. Like Tommy Ton and his ilk, who often snap her the streets, the renowned Asian retailer can’t get enough of her eclectic personal style, and trusted her discerning eye. Here, Xi shares some exclusive snapshots from her front-row view and subsequent visits to the designers’ showrooms (where she doubled as her own fit model) exclusively with Style.com. She also called out some of her favorite pieces (with a little translation help from her agent at The Society). “I thoroughly enjoyed the experience because I just love the industry as a whole and hope that people will be positively influenced by my viewpoints, choices, and style,” Xi told us. Have a look at Paris fashion week through Ming Xi’s eyes, below.
A group shot of models on a pedestal at Kenzo.
“The appearance of ukiyo-e prints on the coat and the capri pants gives the look a wonderful nomadic sensibility.” Continue Reading “Model Ming Xi Adds Buyer to Her Résumé” »
“It changed the way that I started dressing,” reveals Karlie Kloss. The supermodel du jour is referring to a Steven Meisel photograph from the nineties, featuring supes of yore in decade-appropriate matching Chanel tweed miniskirts, jackets, and hats. For Kloss, it was the look that “got away.”
Debuting exclusively above, The One That Got Away is a video series produced by online luxury retailer Moda Operandi, in partnership with St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, detailing fashion heartbreak—that one runway or editorial outfit that you just had to have but could never locate—and how the site can mend your sartorial melancholy.
In addition to the beauty from St. Louis, Moda Operandi has tapped an impressive roster of industry tastemakers to lend their own testimonials, including Anna Dello Russo, Caroline Issa, and Poppy Delevingne (you can also shop the ladies’ latest fashion obsessions). Although, for these women, we’d imagine that the coveted and the wait-listed are never too far out of reach.