211 posts tagged "Alexander McQueen"
At this point, Gill Linton’s Byronesque has established itself as one of—if not the—premier online vintage-shopping destinations. When I last visited Linton, it was in a room filled with early Alexander McQueen, Comme des Garçons, Alaïa, Issey Miyake, and beyond. (Due to my vintage addiction, it was less full when I left, but that’s beside the point.) One of the most extraordinary pieces on display, however, was Yohji Yamamoto’s sculptural black bustle coat from his Fall 1986 collection. “There’s little [photographic] record of the coat,” offered Linton. “There are only three images of the garment online that we’ve been able to find, one of which is the famous silhouette shot by Nick Knight.” So, seeing as Linton is not only a seller of vintage treasures but a fashion-history devotee, she thought it only appropriate to pay tribute to the coat before it was shipped off to the Costume Institute at the Met, which purchased the rare topper for its archive. Enter My Dear Bustle, a film starring model Chelsea Wichmann, who dances to Zebra Katz x Hervé’s “Tear the House Up” while wearing Yamamoto’s iconic design. “The coat itself is very minimalist, but the sculptured contours of the bustle are quite complex. We wanted to create something that highlighted the craftsmanship of the design in a way that hasn’t been captured before, which was to get movement into an object that is so formidably sculptural,” explained Linton. “The slightest movement radically changed its appearance and added a sensuousness. We juxtaposed that with hard cuts in the edit, which were obviously led by the house baseline of Zebra Katz’s track,” Linton told me, noting that the contemporary tune helped underscore the coat’s timeless and forward-thinking aesthetic. “We love that we used a track reviewed as a ‘sweaty, dirty club hit.’ It’s so very not vintage, and that’s exactly what we set out to achieve. We wanted to show how contemporary the coat still is today. We never show vintage from a nostalgic perspective, it’s always about why it works now.”
Have an exclusive first look at My Dear Bustle above. And to view additional editorial content, absorb a feast of fashion history lessons, and shop a menagerie of delicious vintage wares, visit byronesque.com.
When the subject of this year’s annual Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute exhibition was first announced, the general crowd reaction seemed to be, “Charles who?”
Months later, with the Charles James exhibition set to close this Sunday, that’s a question a lot fewer people are asking. Charles James: Beyond Fashion turned out to be the fifth-most-visited show of the last 25 years of Costume Institute exhibitions, according to the museum. Attendance didn’t quite reach that of the record-breaking 2011 Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty exhibition (which drew an unprecedented 661,509 visitors), but it did top last year’s Punk show and the previous year’s Schiaparelli/Prada display.
“My feeling was it was going to help us that he was generally unknown, because it allowed us to introduce him to an audience that I knew would be enchanted by the work,” Harold Koda, the Costume Institute’s curator in charge, told The New York Times.
The crowds were dazzled, and those who didn’t make it in person got a heavy dose of the James world through social media. There are currently more than 15,000 Instagram posts with a Charles James hashtag. (By comparison, there are only roughly 5,000 Insta posts tagged with #savagebeauty.) Among them are posts about the exhibition by some of the widely followed Insta-stars, and there was even an “impromptu fashion shoot” featuring top models wearing James-esque gowns that flooded our news feed in the week leading up to the opening. Like it or not, the world was forced to get to know James and his sculptural designs, thanks to the social media buzz that surrounded it.
Though the exhibition ends this weekend, it looks like James is here to stay for a while, due to the recently announced revival of the label by Harvey Weinstein and his wife, Marchesa designer Georgina Chapman. Until then, the exhibition will live on digitally, thanks to Twitter and Instagram.
The only thing coveted so widely as Victoria Beckham’s husband? Her wardrobe. Happily, word came this morning that the former Spice Girl has partnered with designer sale shopping mecca The Outnet to offer up more than 600 of her previously owned garments for a good cause. A portion of the proceeds from the clothes (appraised by Christie’s, of course) will benefit mothers2mothers, a nonprofit with an eye to supporting mothers with HIV. Designer pieces (by the likes of Alexander McQueen, Roberto Cavalli, Roland Mouret, and more) ranging from Beckham’s time as Posh on up through present day will be available, among them 10 of her most iconic ensembles. Those who hope to shop the sale, which runs from August 20 to 25, can head over to The Outnet today to sign up.
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Sometimes, walking is difficult. Particularly if you, like me, favor towering spikes over sensible footwear. Clearly, Alexander McQueen understands this, which is why the brand offers my latest obsession: a skull-capped walking cane. In black and silver, this accouterment matches my entire wardrobe (not to mention my apartment—it’s going to be a great addition to my foyer). And to answer the question raised by the entire Style.com edit staff: No. I am not concerned about looking like The Penguin.
Alexander McQueen skull handle walking cane, $525, Buy it now
Edie Campbell is no one-trick pony. The much-loved model, who is the face of countless new ad campaigns (Bottega Veneta, Lanvin, Saint Laurent, and Alexander McQueen among them), is also a competitive horsewoman in her (probably limited) spare time. This afternoon, she showed off her equestrian skills at the Glorious Goodwood Ladies Charity Race in Chichester, England, and took home the Magnolia Cup. According to British Vogue , it was admittedly a high-fashion horse race: Vivienne Westwood designed some of the jockeys’ uniforms, jeweler Theo Fennell dreamed up the sculpture prizes, and Tom Cruise handed out the awards. Campbell participated in the hopes of raising £10,000 for The Reading Agency, a charity that promotes the importance of reading for both children and adults. You can still sponsor her here.