19 posts tagged "Abbey Lee Kershaw"
Is that Abbey Lee Kershaw, wrestling (above)? Well, to be specific, it’s Brazilian Jiu Jitsu she’s doing. Kershaw, along with Antonia Campbell Hughes, Susie Bick, Phyllis Wang, and Olympia Campbell, was enlisted by designer Bella Freud and the BAFTA award-winning director Martina Amati to star in their short film, Submission, which made its first public debut in London this week, with the likes of Kate Moss in the audience.
“The theme is using the strength of your opponent to vanquish them,” Freud tells Style.com. “If you use this in your life, you will pay attention and it will serve you in the long run.”
The other key to winning? Since clothes are armor too, a killer wardrobe by Freud should serve you well. For her Fall 2011 collection, the designer found inspiration in the sole—Christian Louboutin’s, that is. Of her assortment of brightly colored merino wool offerings, Freud says, “The shoe images are all Christian’s special drawings that he did for me to use.” She continued, “I called the collection Fetish because of the world that shoes inhabit and the obsession they inspire.”
Here, Style.com shares the exclusive video.
If there’s one thing a top model knows, it’s how to work it in front of the camera—and so for its guerrilla ad campaigns, Rag & Bone has made a specialty of handing the girls the reins and getting out of the way. For the first round of the D.I.Y. Project, as Rag & Bone’s David Neville and Marcus Wainwright called the project, the designers had Lily Aldridge, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Sasha Pivovarova, and Edita Vilkeviciute snap themselves wherever the mood struck—on the beach, in the shower, over tequila shots. “The first time around we didn’t really know what we were going to get, but we ended up with truly compelling photographs from each girl; all very raw, beautiful, and at the same time quite distinct from one another,” Neville said. “The essence of the project is really flipping the traditional photo shoot on its head. We have turned the creative control over to the models and allowed them the freedom to capture themselves as they see fit. That is the glory of the whole thing; we get to see a very specific point of view, exactly how they wanted to be reflected in the images.”
The next round, debuting September 6, brings a new group of models into the fold. Miranda Kerr, Karolina Kurkova, Carolyn Murphy, Arizona Muse, Joan Smalls, and Candice Swanepoel are in front of the lens for the Rag & Bone/JEAN collection. Fellow supe Helena Christensen shot Kurkova (above) for the project in the fishing village of Ischia, Italy, where the two were for the Ischia Film and Music Festival. “It was a magical time,” Kurkova told Style.com. “We watched films on an outdoor movie screen just off the sea at night and during the day went sailing, kayaking, swimming in the ocean with my family. It was a perfect place to shoot as it’s a fishing village with lots of charm, character, beautiful views, and salt-of-the-earth people.”
Hats are having a real moment right now, so maybe that’s why Abbey Lee Kershaw (left) has tried on three new ones: tambourinist, keyboardist, and vocalist for her band, Our Mountain. Their debut single is now available. Watch your back, Florence Welch? [Modelinia]
Speaking of fashionably outré divas, Björk, too, has a new project: A revamped Web site, designed as a teaser to her upcoming multimedia spectacle, Biophilia. [Pitchfork]
Karl Lagerfeld is a well-known bibliophile, but his latest project would strain even the largest libraries: a 12-volume edition of the last German philosopher with a world view as domineering as the Kaiser’s own: Friedrich Nietzsche. [WWD]
Rich and fabulous? Forget packing for Cannes, in that case. Just drop by Louis Vuitton’s new pop-up shop on La Croisette, opening just in time for the film fest. [Vogue U.K.]
Offering discounts on guilty pleasures like seaweed body wraps, designer dresses, and Pilates classes hasn’t turned a profit yet for Gilt Groupe Inc., but the company has recently been valued at $1 billion, thanks to funds raised from investors. According to Gilt chief executive Kevin Ryan, profitability is “not a top priority.” [WSJ]
Australia’s Abbey Lee Kershaw (left) is “more than just a pretty face,” she tells the Herald Sun. Among many other things, she’s also a whole bunch of piercings and tattoos. [Herald Sun via Racked]
Prada will celebrate Milan Design Week with a new exhibition for the Fondazione Prada, curated by the Brussels-based architecture and design group Rotor. The show, held at the Via Fogazzaro exhibition hall where Prada stages its runway shows, will include sets and materials from past collections, reinterpreted by the group. [Fondazione Prada]
It’s a girl at last for Victoria Beckham. The singer turned designer—who has three boys with husband David Beckham—is expecting her first daughter. [Vogue U.K.]
Is the fedora a force for evil? The new Matt Damon thriller The Adjustment Bureau suggests it is—the fate-adjusting villains led by John Slattery all wear them. And as the Times points out, so do plenty of crooks, thieves, and malcontents. [NYT]
The boho love-child look is having a moment—again. You can thank the Australian duo of Melanie Kamsler and Tamila Purvis in part for that. Their jewelry line, the ManiaMania, goes heavy on the silver, bronze, and hippie-friendly crystals, drawing inspiration from free spirits like the Australian artist Vali Myers, the muse of their latest collection, Reve. “She was a gypsy who roamed around the world as a free-spirited dancer in the underworld of a post-war Paris, later becoming an artist and muse to many icons of our time, such as a young Patti Smith and Marianne Faithfull,” Purvis explains. “She drifted the world from Positano to New York’s Chelsea Hotel.”
To celebrate the new range, Kamsler and Purvis (an art director and stylist who met while working at the Aussie magazine Russh) commissioned fashion photographer and filmmaker Barnaby Roper to shoot the new pieces on an ecstatic Abbey Lee Kershaw (“our dream girl for the project,” according to the designers). “We wanted to take our aesthetic to a new place that was a little stronger and not as ethereal,” Purvis says. That strength makes the free spirit flinty. Crushed velvet can raise an eyebrow or two, but leave it to Abbey Lee to make it work.