9 posts tagged "Alasdair McLellan"
Nicolas Ghesquière’s name has become synonymous with Balenciaga over the 15 years he’s been creative director, which made today’s announcement that he and the house are parting ways at the end of this month as shocking as it is abrupt. Just days after his Spring ’13 show in September, Style.com’s Jo-Ann Furniss sat down with Ghesquière at a photo studio outside of Paris to discuss his tenure at the label and the standout collection, while Alasdair McLellan shot a handful of Ghesquière’s favorite models in the new looks. The full story is in the new issue of Style.com/Print (on stands today, or order online here); Furniss’ profile and a few images from McLellan’s portfolio are now online here. “That’s the thing in fashion,” Ghesquière said, “if you do not move, then you are dead.” No telling what his next move will be; for now, there’s only the testament of his collections. More than a decade’s worth are archived on Style.com here.
For its Fall campaign, Proenza Schouler called up one of its favorites from the ranks. “We wanted to focus this season’s campaign on the Proenza Schouler girl,” Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez said. “It was more about an attitude than anything else.” Few girls bring the PS attitude better than Canada-to-Bushwick transplant Meghan Collison, who’s been a mainstay of the duo’s runway shows. (She closed Fall’s.) Alasdair McLellan shot the new images, styled by Proenza Schouler runway stylist Marie Chaix. They’ll appear in select Fall fashion issues, including Love‘s (out now), and debut this week on ProenzaSchouler.com.
The Man About Town is about to be Man About Galaxy. The new edition of Philip Utz’s menswear biannual Man About Town is The Space Issue, dedicated to the high life in all of its iterations—from the burgeoning space tourism market to French pastry master Pierre Hermé’s recipe for space cake. (Include cannabis at your discretion.)
For the new issue, Utz and creative directors Mathias Augustyniak and Michael Amzalag of M/M (Paris) pitted the homemade against the futuristic, starting with the hand-crafted font M/M (Paris) worked up for use throughout the issue, one that was hand-formed in salt dough, then photographed. “The space theme was chosen because I wanted to break with the retro aesthetic that Man About Town had been championing prior to the Hedi Slimane issue, but also because I felt that it would take the writers, photographers, and stylists out of their comfort zone to produce something less self-referential and more thought-provoking than what most other men’s books have to offer,” Utz says. “It was certainly very rewarding to see everything come together, with such unlikely bedfellows as astrobiologists and stylists, computer programmers and fashion photographers.” The full list of contributors includes fashion world heavies such as Alasdair McLellan, Joe McKenna, Olivier Rizzo, David Sims, and Willy Vanderperre, but also Google vice president Vint Cerf, astronomer Sir Patrick Moore, and Virgin Galactic head of astronaut relations Dave Clark. (“Our approach to Man About Town was very free-spirited,” Augustyniak and Amzalag say of the roster. “We wanted to have fun and placed calls for everyone to join the party.”)
The issue hit stands this past Friday. It comes with a packet of six postcards featuring art from the pages of the magazine, like the David Sims shot, styled by McKenna, at left. “Postcards from the edge,” Utz calls them. Space: Wish you were here!
Jo-Ann Furniss/em> Arena Homme+, reports from London fashion week’s MAN Day for Style.com.
One of the great things about MAN Day is the radically different perspectives on offer, perspectives that somehow all seem to get along famously. There are none of the handbags-at-dawn shenanigans of womenswear, so the faultless Savile Row tailoring traditions of E. Tautz can literally sit next to the punky, poppy, yet brilliantly accomplished knitwear of Sibling in Somerset House. (Sibling’s collection film by the photographer Alasdair McLellan was also one of the standout moments of the day.) Many of these fledgling London-based menswear and accessories designers have matured into forces to be reckoned with on an international stage this season, while at the same time losing none of their sense of fun and a take on a wider pop culture that seems more relevant than ever for fashion in the city.
This influence of musical subcultures was found in many of the shows, more precisely, the sixties and the seventies seen through the filter of the nineties. This was the case at Topman Design (above), who presented the sort of thrift shop boys you used to see in London idolizing West Coast psychedelia and wanting to be Bobby Gillespie, in effortless washed silk shirts and crumpled parkas. Continue Reading “At London Fashion Week, MAN Power” »