12 posts tagged "Carla Sozzani"
It’s been a while since Azzedine Alaïa hosted a bash, so no surprise that he had a full house on the Rue de la Verrière last night. The draw: the Paris opening of the second edition of reGENERATION2, a once-every-five-years exhibition dedicated to the great photographers of tomorrow, culled from photography schools the world over. In between greeting guests including 10 Corso Como’s Carla Sozzani, Paolo Roversi, and Rupert Everett, co-curator William Ewing noted that times have a-changed even since the last edition of the show, in 2005: “We’ve come a long way from the hunter-photographer who roams the streets looking for shots,” he said. “Theirs is a highly stylized fictional world, even when the subject matter comes from hard reality. It’s not about ‘new’ subject matter, it’s about individual visions.”
Take, for example, the dream world of Chinese student Liu XiaoFang, who Photoshops her subjects into the clouds (as in The Cloud, above), or the work of Thibault Brunet, whose shots appear lifted from a desolate Iraqi desert scape. The back story: Brunet did those without ever leaving home. “I was spending a lot of time on Grand Theft Auto when it occurred to me that I could use a virtual camera to invent a landscape,” Brunet explained.
Surveying the scene, Alaïa conceded that he had a particular preference for a few of the artists, “but it’s so hard for young photographers, I won’t say who,” he said before disappearing back into his atelier.
The French Open is well under way, a fine time to remind us all that there’s bad tennis fashion and good tennis fashion. In the latter category: the recent collaboration between Lacoste and Carla Sozzani, doyenne of 10 Corso Como. The Lacoste alligator has always been up for a little imaginative tweaking—the brand has collaborated with everyone from Jeffrey Kalinsky to the Campana Brothers—and Sozzani has given him a new accessory: a bouquet of tennis ball flowers, which he carries in his mouth on scallop-hem polos, shorts, and sneakers. The limited-edition capsule collection, available at 10CC’s Milan and Seoul boutiques and online, was inspired by Sozzani’s daughter, who apparently imagined she was a crocodile while growing up. This had mama scouring the market for croc collectibles and buying a lot of Lacoste polos over the years. (The Lacoste logo is technically a gator, not a croc, but never mind that.) The younger Sozzani may be a crocodile, but her mother’s a fashion plate through and through. Asked how she’d wear the new collection, Sozzani opined, “I’d wear the sneakers and a bag to accessorize my Alaïa dresses.”
Nicholas Kirkwood isn’t the only London-based designer with shoe news, it turns out. At the party i-D threw for him, Christopher Kane revealed that the heels on his Fall ’10 runway (left) are the first styles in a new collaborative range with Giuseppe Zanotti. And on Tuesday, at her traditional London fashion week tea, Charlotte Olympia designer Charlotte Dellal ‘fessed up that she’s opening a store off Bond Street in seven weeks or so. Come fall delivery time, shoppers will find satin-covered footwear in rainbow colors, vertiginously high or ballet flat, and each pair will come in a set with matching stockings, a first for the brand. “We’re not selling the stockings separately,” Dellal explained. “They’re designed to go with the shoes, tone-on-tone.”
London shoppers looking for a louder volume, meanwhile, should head to Liberty. The buzz in the U.S. has centered on the store’s collaboration with Target, which will bring Liberty-print apparel and housewares to both countries, but on Tuesday, the celebrations were for a different collab—with Milan’s 10 Corso Como. Liberty CEO Geoffroy de La Bourdonnaye and 10CC’s Carla Sozzani co-hosted a cocktail party to celebrate the effort, which prints bikinis (below), sun hats, wallets, and scarves from the Milanese store with Deco-era Liberty prints from the archives. Yasmin Sewell, Liberty’s chief creative consultant and one of the driving forces behind the update of the store’s fashion floors, was on hand and took the opportunity to talk up the latest local designer to blow out the doors. “Michael van der Ham is killing it,” Sewell said of the designer, who showed his second collection earlier in the week at Fashion East. “We just got his first collection in, and it’s selling out.” Coincidentally, we’d caught up with van der Ham the day prior, at his stand at the New Gen installation at Somerset House, and he’d explained that one of the inspirations behind his collaged designs is a series of Warhol films composed of sundry, spliced-together footage. Van der Ham is on the laconic side, and he speaks softly, but it’s worth pricking up your ears: You’ll be hearing more from him soon.