August 29 2014

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13 posts tagged "Agent Provocateur"

Franca Sozzani On Her Harvard Speech, J.Brand In Expansion Mode, And More…


Vogue Italia‘s editor in chief, Franca Sozzani, recently took to the blogs to express how hard she’s found it to write a speech for her appearance at Havard University on April 2. She has decided to discuss the controversial topic of body image and explained, “It’s a commitment and nothing must be left to chance. You speak and know that each word carries weight and consequences.” [Telegraph]

J Brand, which expanded its denim offerings to a full ready-to-wear line earlier this year, has announced plans to open the brand’s first flagship stores in New York and London within 15 months. Handbags and shoes, says J Brand CEO Jeff Rudes, are also not too far on the horizon. [WWD]

Former O.C. starlet Mischa Barton has just launched a shopping Web site called Mischa’s Place. Barton collaborated with her mom on the e-commerce endeavor, which offers cosmetics, handbags, and clothing. [Telegraph]

With Madonna clad in Agent Provocateur on the cover of her new single “Girl Gone Wild” and stars like Kylie Minogue and Elle Macpherson launching their own lingerie collections left and right, The Wall Street Journal reports that über-sexy undergarments are becoming more mainstream. And the numbers tell all—following celebrity endorsements like Madonna’s, sales of the Vivienne Westwood-backed Provocateur label have risen 12.5 percent in the last year. [WSJ]



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Provocateur Paz De La Huerta, McQueen Exhibit Could Be Bound For London, Donna On Deborah Turbeville, And More…


Paz de la Huerta is the new muse for lingerie label Agent Provocateur. The Boardwalk Empire star will appear in a series of short films to be shown on their Web site, along with a series of stills. [WWD]

In case you missed the record-breaking Alexander McQueen exhibit at the Met, you could get a chance to redeem yourself if it opens in London. British Vogue reports that the McQueen design house has been in talks with several London venues about hosting the hugely popular exhibit. [Vogue U.K.]

Fashion photographer Deborah Turbeville’s Tainted Beauty exhibition at Donna Karan’s London boutique is set to open next month, along with a Rizzoli book featuring her works. Nowness spoke with Donna Karan and the exhibit curator on the photographer’s legacy. [Nowness]

Marc Jacobs isn’t the only designer impacted by Hurricane Irene. Olivier Theyskens’ Theory runway show has been moved from Monday, September 12, to Tuesday, September 13, due to this weekend’s wild weather. [WWD]

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“In France We’re Pretty Naughty—We’re Not A Prude Population”


Talk about an eye-catching window display. Last night, at the opening party for Agent Provocateur’s new Madison Avenue boutique, lingerie-clad models were gyrating wildly and working their way up and down a stripper pole. More than a few passersby stopped to watch and take photos. We even spotted a school bus slowing down.

“Today, when we were rehearsing, we had traffic stopped on Madison. We had police cars outside,” said the brand’s creative director, Sarah Shotton. Turns out New York’s Finest was just doing a friendly check-in. “They came in and shook the doorman’s hand. They said he had the best job in the world. So I think they’ll be looking after us,” Shotton concluded.

The brand will be hoping for the same warm welcome in Los Angeles, where it opens a store on Rodeo Drive store on Thursday. That means more eyes on the racy new film the brand shot with Josephine de la Baume, which features the French beauty enticing an unseen voyeur in bra and panties.

“It made me think of Rear Window, and there’s something very French New Wave about it,” explained de la Baume, who was circulating in a sheer tulle dress from the label’s Soirée collection. “In France we’re pretty naughty—we’re not a prude population.” Meanwhile, around her, dancers in cowboy leather swung their nipple tassels and pulled bananas out of their holsters.

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For Everybody’s Eyes Only


No one ever accused Agent Provocateur of being shy. For its new, revamped (emphasis on vamp) Web site, the English lingerie brand turned the camera on its Fall 2010 collection—and a few lovely ladies modeling it. The Private Tapes are directed by Johan Renck, who’s created videos for Madonna and Kylie Minogue (neither one a stranger to lacy underthings). And if the whole series feels a little sex, lies, and videotape, that, says AP’s recently-named creative director Sarah Shotton, is exactly the point. “The idea behind the Private Tapes is to showcase the new lingerie collection in a very real, intimate, and modern format,” she tells “Each short film shows the model entirely empowered by the experience of filming herself. I hope women will identify with the homemade aesthetic of the Private Tapes.” Click below for two of the not-exactly-safe-for-work tapes. Continue Reading “For Everybody’s Eyes Only” »

Fox For Armani, Armani For Senate, And More…


Megan Fox is the new Victoria Beckham. The actress’ much-rumored Armani underwear campaign is a done deal, with ads set to appear this spring.[WWD]

Speaking of Armani, he could be Italy’s newest senator. Santo Versace, chair of Versace and a member of the Italian Parliament, has nominated Giorgio for a lifelong appointment. [WWD]

WWD makes the case that Lindsay Lohan and Emanuel Ungaro could actually be soul mates. Both favor sexy designs, worked with a partner, and met with initial criticism. However, the comparisons abruptly end there. [WWD]

Call it a good day for Jeremy Kost. Polaroid is back. [Animal]

Joe Corré, Dame Vivienne Westwood’s son, has left Agent Provocateur, which he co-founded, to spend more time on his own line, A Child of the Jago. [Vogue U.K.]

Do you love clogs? Or are you afraid you’ll look like a “tap-dancing hippo” if you wear one? They’re going to be ubiquitous pretty soon, so you’d better make your mind up stat. [Telegraph]

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