50 posts tagged "Bottega Veneta"
Ubiquitous lensman (and thumbs-up popularizer) Terry Richardson has a Tumblr, Terry’s Diary. Was he inspired by friend and fellow nudity appreciator Olivier Zahm’s Purple Diary? Either way: Mothers, lock up your bloggers.
The rumors swirling around Louis Vuitton tend to concentrate on who’s repping the brand in front of the camera (remember Madgegate?), but the latest centers on a guy who may work behind the scenes: Former Prime Minister Tony Blair, who is reportedly in final negotiations with the brand for a consulting role. [Huffington Post]
Meanwhile, two other brands are angling for big names, too: Bottega Veneta has tapped Nan Goldin to lens its Spring 2010 campaign, and Chanel is said to be in talks with Martin Scorsese to direct a new video promo. Word has it that the short will be shot in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, but we’re guessing those mean streets will look a little more glamorous than those in, say, Mean Streets. [WWD]
John Varvatos continues his push to mega-brand status with a full accessories line for his lower-priced John Varvatos USA label, launching for Fall 2010. Expect belts, bags, small leather goods, and many, many rock ‘n’ roll references.
Nine years after shuttering his eponymous label, Josephus Thimister is returning as the founder, owner, and art director of his house. His much anticipated comeback—featuring couture and luxury ready-to-wear pieces for both women and men (a first)—is slated to take place during the Couture shows in January, when he will also be presenting a line of “young” furs for T.Paris.
The 47-year-old Dutch designer spoke with Style.com about the benefits of experience and why now, of all times, is the moment to “grow into a comeback.”
Where have you been all this time?
Well, I never wanted to come back because when you are your own backer, it’s a nightmare! In a way, I had to stop because my collection was produced by Genny and they wanted me to work just for them. It was a time when I had just lost my mother and my best friend. My label had enjoyed great press, but inside the structure it was a mess. So I took a sabbatical year and traveled to Brazil and Argentina, then suddenly three years had gone by. Then I started working for commercial brands, starting with Genny, and I found I loved it because I could make them better than they were. I designed the Andy Warhol collection (for markets outside the U.S.; it never hit the stores). Then I went to Charles Jourdan—the quality and craftsmanship were there, it could have worked so well had it not been for mismanagement—and I also consulted for Swarovski.
Vintage stores in New York are as overhunted as endangered species, but as RelicNY.com founder Janel Molton discovered while interning at WWD‘s West Coast office in 2005, Los Angeles is a shopping anomaly. “I found this amazing vintage Tod’s bag for $30 and I couldn’t believe it. The salesperson told me they don’t have a market for it,” the New Jersey native said of her L.A. vintage epiphany. “So I just kept accumulating pieces because there is so much production with all these movie studios, and they all have wardrobes that they need to dispose of.”
That’s turned out to be more than one girl’s wardrobe could take, so following a return to New York—and a stint in fashion PR—Molton launched her online vintage shop to hawk her plunder. On last perusal, it included an acid green Bottega Veneta dress ($395), a high-waisted cashmere Alaïa skirt ($300), plus a few even rarer finds, like a covetable light yellow, sequined Halston dress from the seventies ($2,000). (Most of the items are a typical Hollywood size 4, but anyone gun-shy about buying before trying can make an appointment to visit Molton’s Williamsburg showroom, pictured. If your must-have dress doesn’t fit, well, there are always accessories…) Now Molton is ready to celebrate with an official launch party at a Tribeca loft this evening, then it’s off to L.A. for another shopping trip to replenish stock. Where to? Like any proper fashion arbiter, Molton won’t give up her sources—but her finds, luckily, are just a mouse click away.
RelicNY.com showroom is available by appointment only at 160 Grand St., 3A, Brooklyn; to make an appointment, call (917) 743-0434 or email email@example.com.
Who made our Top Ten list for Spring? Designers with a point of view: Nicolas Ghesquière at Balenciaga, who went back to his haute street roots. Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel, who made fashion fun again, and sent out some fabulously crafty clothes in the process. Celine‘s Phoebe Philo, for her fearless new brand of contemporary minimalism. And even though they didn’t quite crack our top ten, there are plenty more who deserve shout-outs this season: Alexander McQueen, Bottega Veneta‘s Tomas Maier, the young Londoner Christopher Kane, and the even younger Londoner Mary Katrantzou. We could go on, but what would be the point of a Top Ten list if we did that? To see who made our cut, check out our editors’ picks.
[The Top Ten Collections, Style.com]
This season’s runway tracks were a schizophrenic medley, veering from hardcore rap and opera to techno and old-school country—occasionally, all in a single show. Here, a selection of Milan’s music to watch clothes by.
Breakout Track: Brenda Lee’s All Alone Am I
The Final Note: Lee’s plaintive and sweet fifties-era croonings were mixed up with rap and classical tunes. Well, you wouldn’t expect a single musical message from Prada, would you?
Breakout Track: Puccini’s Oh Mio Babbino Caro from the 1918 opera Gianni Schicchi
The Final Note:Uplifting and emotional Italian drama that could move you to tears. A moving way to take in the romantic, gauzy parade.
Breakout Track: Jerry Garcia’s Love Scene Improvisations from Zabriskie Point
The Final Note: Garcia’s twangy, free-form guitar came from the NSFW scene from the 1970′s Antonioni film, shown on screens during the runway proceedings. The result? An aptly arty, earthy, and cultish backdrop to Raf Simons’ rough-hewn intellectualism.
Breakout Track: Pianist Maxence Cyrin’s version of Don’t You Want Me?
The Final Note: Eighties pop merged with classical piano. A high-low mix that’s so appropriate for modern wares made with old-school artisanship.
Dolce & Gabbana
Breakout Track: Grace Jones’ remake of Rita Hayworth classic Amado Mio
The Final Note: Neo-Latin romance with an avant-garde edge. Right on point, boys.
Breakout Track:The Gossip’s Heavy Cross
The Final Note: A energetic yet tough pop hit from the band’s latest album. In other words, a soundtrack made for the Gucci girl’s direct, turbo-charged look.