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6 posts tagged "Bryan Ferry"

Smythson Celebrates the Art of the Panama

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Smythson’s Panama diary has some seriously impressive cred. Launched in 1908, it’s been used by everyone from Sigmund Freud and Katharine Hepburn to Jonathan Saunders and Dita Von Teese. For Spring ’14, Smythson is releasing a full-on Panama collection, comprising diaries, address books, manuscript books, and beyond. In celebration of the new range, the brand has called in young British artist Quentin Jones to create a series of pretty wild works. The set of ten pieces will feature the aforementioned influencers, as well as Hardy Amies, Waris Ahluwalia, Erdem Moralioglu, Bryan Ferry, Kylie Minogue, and Laura Bailey. The works—done in Jones’ signature, surreal style of mixed media—will explore the subjects’ relationships with their Panamas. An exhibition of the art, as well as the new Panama line, will be unveiled during a special event at Smythson’s New Bond Street store today, and the show will be open to the public from Monday. In the meantime, get your Smythson x Jones fix with a gif teasing the star-studded artworks, which debuts exclusively here.

Royalty, Stars, and a Blogger Mingle on Vanity Fair‘s Best-Dressed List

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Kerry WashingtonThe 2013 Vanity Fair Best-Dressed List dropped today, and in addition to the usual suspects, like Kate Middleton, Justin Timberlake, and Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady (who won recognition as a couple for the second year running), there was a host of new names on the roster. Kerry Washington (left), Beyoncé, Keith Richards, Jenna Lyons, and China’s first lady, Peng Liyuan, all appeared for the first time (Michelle Obama, however, was absent, as she was last year). Other notable honorees included three of Bryan Ferry’s four sons (Merlin didn’t make it) and Woody Allen’s estranged son, Ronan Farrow, who offered that his favorite shopping destinations were “inexpensive tailoring towns like Islamabad.”

This year also marked VF‘s inaugural International Best-Dressed List Challenge, which allowed the public to weigh in on who was most stylish. Hallie Swanson and Darren Henault came out the victors, proving that normal people (well, an Angeleno fashion blogger and a New York-based interior designer, respectively) can be best dressed, too.

Photo: Joe Schildhorn /BFAnyc.com

Losing The Lyrics, Keeping The (Roxy) Music

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Just like they always said, the child is father to the man. Bryan Ferry remembers listening to Louis Armstrong in the family living room way back when he was nine years old in a mining town in the North of England. Now, after a four-decade career that helped stretch rock music into elegantly radical new shapes, Ferry has returned to the sound of Satchmo for his new album The Jazz Age. Under the rubric of The Bryan Ferry Orchestra, the singer revisits a lucky 13 of his own golden oldies from both Roxy Music and his solo releases without—shock!—one solitary lick of his inimitable vocalizing.

At the launch party hosted by The Vinyl Factory and Johnnie Walker Blue at Annabel’s the other night, Ferry insisted it was all about spotlighting, once and for all, the melodies he’s written over the years. Ardent fans might blanch at the prospect. How, for example, can you possibly divorce a song such as “Just Like You” from a lyric which is as worthy of adoration as the finest love poem ever penned by John Donne? Maybe that’s why, during dinner, Ferry weakened and sang a couple of numbers with his orchestra. But otherwise, listeners were treated to ragtime-, big-band-, or twenties-tango-inflected versions of classics like “Do the Strand,” “Virginia Plain,” and “Slave to Love.” (Click below for the party video, debuting exclusively here on Style.com.)

Too bad Baz Luhrmann has apparently gone all Kanye and Gaga for his Gatsby soundtrack, because Ferry’s revisionist approach to his old material sounded like an ideal aural backdrop for the world that F. Scott Fitzgerald created. Maybe too literal for Baz, but Ferry’s original self-invention was quite the match of Jay Gatsby’s, and the guest list at Annabel’s reflected his usual wide-ranging retinue of artists, aristos, fashionettes, pretty young things, and money old and new. The Roxy Woman defined glamour for a few generations. Bryan’s wife, Amanda, gloriously embodied the tradition (and the evening’s theme) in her Gucci flapper dress. But as far as Ferry’s legendary sartorialism went, filmmaker Baillie Walsh was giving him a run for his money. Tom Ford made dozens of suits for 007, Daniel Craig is one of Walsh’s best friends, they’re the same size…now, who in their right manly mind wouldn’t play swapsies with James Bond? Continue Reading “Losing The Lyrics, Keeping The (Roxy) Music” »

Best-Dressed Blokes Of 2010?

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The U.K. edition of Gentlemen’s Quarterly—a magazine that ought to know about such things—published its list of the 50 most stylish men in Britain online today. (The print edition, which will also include the ten worst-dressed men, not only in Britain but worldwide, arrives on Thursday.) The inclusion of young Romeo Beckham (#26, ten spots behind his father) has caused the most commotion. But there are plenty of other reasons to check it out.

For one, the Beckhams aren’t the only family pair included. Princes William (#27) and Harry (#5) both made the list, with a 22-place differential that ought to make for a bit of sibling rivalry. A few gentlemen included (Alasdhair Willis, #42; David Walliams, #11) may have had a little help from their fashionable wives (that’d be Stella McCartney and Lara Stone, respectively). One married pair even had both partners on the list: Sir Elton John (#21) and husband David Furnish (#6). (We personally look forward to the day when all three members of the family show up: the Rocket Man, his mate, and their new baby son, Zachary Furnish-John.)

Several unimpeachable icons of Brit style (David Hockney, #47; Bryan Ferry, #36) as well as a few designers (Christopher Bailey, left, #33; and the not-quite-British Tom Ford, #7) made the cut. Ford’s protégé of sorts, Nicholas Hoult, star of A Single Man and of Ford’s recent campaigns, clocks in at #3. And at #1? Nowhere Boy star Aaron Johnson, more familiar to American tabloid audiences than movie audiences: The 20-year-old proposed to director Sam Taylor-Wood, 43, shortly after wrapping the Lennon biopic.

Click here to read the complete list.

Photo: Yannis Vlamos

The London Scene, From An Old Hooker Den To A Neoclassical Manse

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Location, location, location. The realtor’s mantra came to mind on Thursday night in London. First, the NEWGEN event at Somerset House, the new home of London fashion week. The neoclassical structure is one of the city’s most elegant riverside buildings, with a sweeping terrace that was particularly seductive in the summer gloaming. It’s also ideal for shoots—i-D was photographing the NEWGEN winners as they were announced. Amanda Harlech let Robert Forrest tear her away for a hard-hatted tour of the building site that will eventually become Robin Hurley’s new club. It’s in Shepherd’s Market, a louche-ly quaint hooker hangout of centuries past, and Rifat Ozbek had created a convincingly decadent mock-up of what the finished product may look like. Then, while Harlech linked up with Sarah Mower and the fashion world at the Royal College of Art’s graduate show, a smattering of London’s art, pop, and design aristocracy joined some genu-wine lords and ladies at Lancaster House, where HRH Prince Robert of Luxembourg was hosting a dinner to celebrate the 75th anniversary of his grandfather’s acquisition of Château Haut-Brion. There’ll be eight dinners in eight key cities around the world, but how many of them will be set in a spectacularly maintained neoclassical (again, but it’s such a good look) mansion that was once assessed as the most valuable private house in London, with St. James Palace on one side and Buckingham Palace on the other, just across—more or less—the velvety greensward? Speaking of velvet, the main course of lamb was served with a Château Haut-Brion 1961 that smacked unforgettably of velvet smoke. Those savoring it included Viscount and Viscountess Linley, Bryan Ferry and Amanda Shepherd, Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld and Erin Heatherton, and Charlotte Stockdale and Marc Newson, whose boy-toy table talk with Matthew Freud was—according to Camilla Lowther, who was parked between the two—all about planes. Their own, one assumes. Speaking of taking flight, Serena, Marchioness of Bute, looked heaven-bound in a fishtailed goddess dress by Roland Mouret (pictured).

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