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July 30 2014

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12 posts tagged "Bjork"

Carine Thinks You’re Pretty Vain, No Brights At Ungaro, Where Björk Met McQueen, And More…

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In advance of Paris Vogue‘s 90th anniversary party tonight, Eric Wilson sits down with editrix Carine Roitfeld for a chat. The whole thing’s worth reading, for Carine’s thoughts on what is and isn’t Vogue and who’s on next, but forgive us if we’re most interested in her dream of opening a karaoke bar. Her song of choice? “You’re So Vain,” which she says aptly describes her industry. [NYT]

Giles Deacon is in Paris prepping his first collection for Emanuel Ungaro, and he promises one thing—no neon brights. He’ll be focusing on the house’s print heritage, as well as including plenty of lace. [WWD]

Björk, who sang at Alexander McQueen’s memorial in London during LFW (left), shares her memories of the designer with GQ U.K. “He was the kind of daredevil that looks death and birth straight in the eye,” the Icelandic pop star says. “Lee managed to connect not only with the civilized part of his culture but somehow channel beyond that a more primordial energy, which is probably where me and him met.” Well, come on, you didn’t think it was going to be in a Marks & Spencer, did you? [GQ U.K. via Vogue U.K.]

And kudos to Balenciaga, for some of the more varied runway casting we’ve seen this season: returning supes Amber Valletta and Carolyn Murphy, sure, but what about pregnant Miranda Kerr? [Stylelist]

Photo: Graham Lacao / Alexander McQueen / Getty Images

Tim Blanks On Alexander McQueen’s London Memorial Service

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“There was no comfort zone with Alexander McQueen,” said Anna Wintour during her address at the designer’s memorial service in London this morning. But you’d imagine that even someone as intractable as Lee McQueen would be able to draw some succor—spiritual at least—from the chilly magnificence of St. Paul’s Cathedral, the venue for the event. If your soul didn’t soar when organist Donald Hunt sent Barber’s Adagio for Strings swelling into the cathedral’s mighty dome, maybe you haven’t got one.

There were plenty more soul-stirring moments, from the poignant memories of McQueen’s close friends Annabel Nielsen and Shaun Leane, to Michael Nyman’s performance of his theme from The Piano, to the London Community Gospel Choir’s exultant “Amazing Grace.” But nothing could match the perversely pulse-quickening (we were in church, after all) impact of Björk’s elegantly spare rendition of Billie Holliday’s “Gloomy Sunday.” She was dressed in a McQueen flight of fancy, the wooden wings from “13,” his unforgettable girl-and-the-robot show. Among the many others in the 1,500-strong crowd wearing the designer’s clothes, Naomi Campbell and Daphne Guinness (pictured) were especially striking.

Sam Gainsbury, who produced all of McQueen’s epics, also produced this sendoff. Her years of experience with the boy genius paid off in a service whose solemnity and ritual—right down to the solitary piper playing Braveheart at memorial’s end—would’ve pleased the designer. “But where was the punch-up?” Gainsbury wondered later. “There was always a punch-up.” Not in this cathedral.

Photo: Tim Rooke / Rex / Rex USA

E-mail Chains Of The Stars: A Style.com Investigation (UPDATED!)

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Update: Solange weighed in via Twitter to fill in the missing link in the chain. The friend who sent her “Stillness Is the Move” cover to Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor is Ethan Silverman, who co-founded Terrible Records with Taylor and runs Silverhawk Management with Molly Hawkins. We’ve added him below.

One day, Solange Knowles was Beyoncé’s radio-friendly little sister. And then, practically overnight, she became a cool-kid sensation, headlining one of the biggest parties of fashion week, the Opening Ceremony/Ace Hotel opening party, where she was backed by indie favorites the Dirty Projectors. That’s no accident: Solange shot to the top of the Pitchfork charts with an inspired cover of the Projectors’ “Stillness Is the Move.” How did Solange and the band come together? A new interview with New York magazine has the answer, which involves a complicated trail of e-mails that brings together the music, fashion, and general art-weirdo (we’re looking at you, Björk) worlds. Our crack team has assembled this helpful infographic to explain.

In the words of Knowles:

“I sent it [her recording of the song] to one friend, who sent it to [Grizzly Bear’s] Chris Taylor, and he sent it to some of my friends in Chairlift, and one of my friends in Chairlift sent it to one of the guys in Dirty Projectors, and one of the guys in Dirty Projectors somehow sent it to Bjööööörk. And if you write that, you have to make it sing like I just did. And a good friend of mine, [designer] Jeremy Scott, sent me a message saying that Björk sent it to him. So I pretty much did cartwheels for ten hours straight.”

Case closed.

Photos: Seth Browarnik/startraksphoto.com (Solange, Chairlift): Courtesy Press Here Publicity (Chris Taylor); CAMERA PRESS / Retna Ltd. (Dirty Projectors); Dave Allocca/startraksphoto.com (Bjork); NICK HUNT / PatrickMcMullan.com (Jeremy Scott)

Natasha Khan, An Appreciation

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I somehow lost the plot and didn’t get tickets to the sold-out Bat for Lashes show at Bowery Ballroom this Thursday. While I’m blue about missing the performance, I have a feeling that we’ll all be seeing lots more of Natasha Khan in the near future—she’s always seemed a shoe-in for fashion favoritism to me. For one, the Anglo-Pakistani songbird is drop-dead gorgeous. Then there’s the fact that she combines Björk’s penchant for face paint, braids, and headgear with Stevie Nicks’ knack for wearing caftans. Anna Sui, who knows a thing or two about music, was listening to Bat for Lashes before her Fall show, and Kanye is a fan of her influential “What’s a Girl to Do?” video. And is it just us or don’t the dancers in her latest video, “Daniel,” look like they walked off of Junya Watanabe’s Fall 2008 runway?

Photo: David Sherry

Red-Carpet Moments: Grand Slam Or Go Home?

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A thin line between love and hate? Not so when it comes to memorable red-carpet dresses, where there’s often a Grand Canyon-sized chasm with us fashion wonks on one side and everyone else on the other. Check out our new feature on the polarizing gowns that we j’adore-d and everyone else abhorred. Which side are you on? Let us know below.

Photo: Clockwise from top left, Kevin Mazur/Wireimage, Mirek Towski/Film Magic, Jean Baptiste Lacroix/Wireimage, Steve Granitz/Wireimage