17 posts tagged "Antonio Berardi"
Last time we saw Daniel Craig, he was telling the paps inside the Boom Boom Room “no photos,” but fortunately, he’s less camera-shy when it comes to charity. As part of the U.K. Evening Standard‘s online Christmas auction to benefit Kids Company, you can bid to have your photo taken with James Bond by artist and filmmaker Sam Taylor-Wood. Other lots (there are 150 in all) show that former Tatler editor in chief and current Standard bearer Geordie Greig hasn’t lost his famous knack for networking. You can take an art lesson from Tracey Emin, down a pint with Guy Ritchie, sip tea with the Duchess of York and Elton John (separately, not together), have Gordon Ramsay cook dinner for 12, or see lambs being born at Sting and Trudie Styler’s country house (tantric sex presumably not involved). But the top item for fashion types is surely no. 25, a six-week work experience package that includes time with designers Roland Mouret and Antonio Berardi, photographer Tim Walker, the Net-a-Porter team in London, and the Versace press office in Milan. The U.S.-based may have to spring for airfare to Europe, but that seems like a small price to pay for the chance to open Donatella’s mail and help underprivileged children along the way.
You can view the auction here, and you have until noon (British time) on Monday, December 14, to place your bids.
Antonio Berardi makes dresses so sensational—remember Gwyneth Paltrow’s corseted black and white number?—it stands to reason that the weekend bag he designed for Peroni Nastro Azzurro would be sexy, too. “Peroni is one of Italy’s premium beers; they’re very geared to craftsmanship,” says Berardi. “We asked ourselves, ‘How can we translate that into our philosophy?’ ” The answer: Make the weekender in Italian factories with supple but strong leather that’s rolled by hand, and line it with smaller bags for suits, shoes, toiletries, even a neoprene pouch for wet bathing suits. “You can go straight from the beach to the airport,” says the designer. La dolce vita indeed. The bag will be available for about $1,140 on www.yoox.com beginning next month.
The shoes stole the show at Nina Ricci, where Olivier Theyskens put on what will most likely be his swan song. The towering platforms with itty-bitty heels protruding from behind to help the models keep their balance as they teetered down the long runway made some of the girls look so tall and narrow they could’ve been on stilts. For the record, Antonio Berardi did a similar shoe for Spring 2008, but not in such daredevil proportions, and definitely not in hot pink glitter. What do you think of these babies? If they hit the stores, even in a modified version, would you wear them off-runway?
Nirvana, for sunglasses fanatics, is to be found in a converted schoolhouse in the Clerkenwell area of London. That’s where the Linda Farrow archives are housed—a few filing cabinets’ worth of specs dating from the origins of the Linda Farrow brand in the late 1960′s. Aviators of all shapes and sizes and superbly wacky ’80′s frames in iridescent metal and candy-colored plastic number among the styles that Simon Jablon found in his mother’s warehouse several years ago. The trove inspired him to launch the Linda Farrow Vintage brand in 2003. Initially, Jablon and partner Tracy Sedino were selling off the archive; these days, they’re working to augment it. The brand is already a profligate collaborator, working with Raf Simons, Luella Bartley, Veronique Branquinho, and Jeremy Scott, to name a few, and with the launch of the new Projects range this summer, Linda Farrow Vintage will
be bringing yet more designers into its fold. “We’ve always loved working with young, creative designers,” explains Jablon, “because every time we do, we learn something. They’re constantly bringing us ideas that seem impossible to execute.” Projects comprise styles from designers such as Giles, Tim Hamilton, Antonio Berardi, Charles Anastase, and Preen. As Jablon notes, additional designers may be added to the Projects roster in seasons to come. And in the meantime, he and Sedino have combined the very new and the very, very, very, very old in the latest Linda Farrow Vintage frame—the Mammoth. This limited-edition addition to the archive features—seriously—woolly mammoth tusk. “We’re only doing 100 pieces,” says Jablon. “The melting of the polar ice caps has exposed quite a lot of mammoth tusk, enough that a bit of it has found its way to market, but the bottom line,” he adds, “is that you can only produce so many sunglasses that are over a million years old.”