18 posts tagged "Claudia Schiffer"
Stylist Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele knows a thing or two about fashion imagery. You know all those photographs from the late eighties and nineties of supermodels like Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, and Claudia Schiffer decked out in Versace, Chanel, and piles upon piles of gilded baubles? Well, we have her to thank for those.
De Dudzeele’s reputation for creating vivacious, lasting images is undoubtedly one of the reasons Bottega Veneta tapped her to sit on the judging panel of its 2013 New Exposure Photography Competition (she’s joined by heavy hitters such as Craig McDean, Guido Palau, Andrew Bolton, and Bottega’s own Tomas Maier). Launched last year in an effort to discover and support emerging talents, the competition features five standout finalists this year. And tonight, at New York’s Openhouse Gallery, Collin Kelly, Emma Powell, Masha Sardari, Matin Zad, or Shae DeTar will be announced as the 2013 victor. The finalists’ photographs debut here. And below, in between shoots and shows, de Dudzeele weighs in on photography in the digital age, discusses the overuse of Photoshop, and offers aspiring image-makers some invaluable advice.
How has the process of image-making changed throughout the course of your career? And what’s remained the same?
Good ones are good ones! The talented people will still stay the same—they have it in their [guts]. What’s changed is that the focus on set has gone from looking at the subject…to looking at a monitor. Nowadays, people sometimes forget to have fun and to have their own point of view. Fashion photography still has, and needs a lot of, original ideas. The digital is just a tool.
What qualities do you feel make a successful image in this digital age?
Energy, capturing a moment, composition, authenticity, creativity!
What traits did you look for while judging the Bottega competition?
I was looking for a personal eye, a unique image, a sensitivity, and honesty… not a reproduction of something done before.
Is there anything you miss about a more classic approach to photography? And, conversely, is there anything you really love about images?
I miss the happy surprise! I miss the focus on the subject and the attention to details. It used to be that nothing could get “removed” or fixed afterwards. When you had it, you knew it. Digital is good to build a story, as you can work on layout and cropping, then. Technology can help a bad photographer get better, but ultimately, good photography does not need to be reworked.
Is Photoshop used too much today? When do you feel it’s appropriate?
Yes! Moving around the filter and switching heads, hands, arms, everything, this is not the essence of a unique photograph. This is not real talent. Photoshopping is appropriate to enhance a beauty that’s already there—to help the dream come true.
Have your aesthetic values changed since the digital embrace?
My aesthetic has not changed. I love the girls, the fashion, the joy, the energy, and the ideas. Creating fun, iconic images still is the goal.
What advice would you give to emerging image-makers, whether they’re stylists or photographers, today?
Be you! Don’t over-reference. And love it! Sometimes, what people think is bad…is good.
Is there anything you’d like to add?
It’s only fashion!
Claudia Schiffer shot her first Guess ad campaign when she was 19, and now, at 41, she has stepped behind the camera once more for the label. Schiffer stars in the Guess 30th anniversary campaign, lensed by Ellen von Unwerth. [Telegraph]
Joseph has announced it will do a runway show for the first time ever at London fashion week in September. The British brand has yet to reveal the details of the show, but tells British Vogue it has something “very special” in the works. [Vogue U.K.]
Leave it to Beyoncéto step out with an über-fancy baby harness for her daughter Blue Ivy. The pop star was spotted in New York yesterday toting her 3-month-old daughter in a gray fur stole. [Huff Po]
Perhaps even Marie Antoinette would be surprised to learn how much a pair of her slippers (pictured) sold for at a recent auction. At a sale in Toulon, France, the white silk and embellished slippers (dated circa 1790) brought in 43,225 euros, or $57,336 at the current exchange rate. They had originally been expected to bring an estimated 3,000 to 5,000 euros, WWD reports. [WWD]
“I don’t have much time to think about what to wear in the mornings, so it was important to me to create chic-but-effortless pieces that you can just throw on for the school run, then head off to work for meetings, and feel great in what you’re wearing,” model-turned-designer Claudia Schiffer told Style.com of her new namesake line of cashmere knits. The collection may be all about ease, but creating it didn’t come without its share of difficulties for the industry veteran. Of her experience on the design side, she says, “I think what was most challenging has been to realize my ideas into the actual garments. It’s been a huge learning curve, but it’s something I have wanted to do for a long time. Her site, ClaudiaSchiffer.com, launches today with e-commerce to follow on August 12. Here, exclusively on Style.com, the blonde bombshell debuts a Danny Vaia-directed video for her new offerings.
Colette faithfully adheres to the mosh-pit school of event promotion: Position a bunch of people with interesting new ventures on the store’s upstairs fashion and art floor at bustling evening hours, have them invite all their friends, turn up the music, and watch the elbows fly to get in.
Monaco-based jeweler Gaia Repossi and her new best friend, the lovely model-cum-jewelry designer Anouck Lepère, can at least say their melée was in the service of a good cause. The two joined forces to benefit the children of Rwanda, whose plight Lepère saw firsthand when she visited the country two years ago. She and Repossi commissioned Rwandan villagers to braid rope for bracelets, cuffs, and armbands, which Repossi then embellishes with silver and gold chains and sells to benefit the nonprofit Kageno (“a place of hope” in Kenyan dialect). The pieces will be available at Colette this summer and more venues in the future. And to hear the ladies talk about it, it seems like the collaboration may not be the last. “This is my first time working for a charity and what I enjoyed was producing pieces with the people,” said Lepère, who traveled with photographer Dana Lixenberg to document the project (above).
Meanwhile, in another section of the store, Claudia Schiffer (above, with Carine Roitfeld) was on her own mission for quality. Schiffer’s cashmere knits launch this fall. “I’ve wanted to do something in fashion for a long time,” says the supermodel, who was escorted by Mario Testino. “But I didn’t want it to be the usual celebrity clothing license. I wanted this to be something to be proud of.” The line came about after Schiffer was invited by Suzy Menkes to speak at the International Herald Tribune‘s annual luxury conference, held that year in her native Germany. After Schiffer spoke about what she looks for in a fine brand, she was approached by the son of the founder of Iris von Arnim, the Hamburg-based cashmere house founded in the 1960′s. The supe was smitten, and the collection was born—eventually. “It has taken nearly two years to perfect the look,” says Schiffer of the black, white, and gray classics—think stripey cardigans and easy pullovers—”and now we’re on Net-a-Porter.” The label boasts no involved backstory, just a good match between a woman, a brand, and a longtime favorite. “I’ve loved [cashmere] since I was a little girl,” Schiffer said, “when I used to go into my mother’s closet and steal her sweaters.”
What will it take to catch the eyes of Roland Mouret, Claudia Schiffer, and the rest of the judges for London’s Fashion Fringe prize? “A little joie de vivre,” Mouret told British Vogue of the three finalists the judging panel selected for the annual award. (“Asking ‘would I buy it?’—that’s not important,” Schiffer added.) All three finalists will show their collections on the London runway in September, where the winner will receive a two-year package that includes financial assistance, studio space, and mentorship. This year’s top three? The Latvian/Israeli duo behind Fyodor Golan; Royal College of Art grad Nabil El-Nayal, who previously won the British Fashion Council’s M.A. scholarship; and California-born, Singapore-raised, Central Saint Martins-educated Heidi Leung, who’s worked at Alexander McQueen and Christopher Kane. (Leung’s sketches are at left.) The prize has the potential to send its winners to the next level of the fashion stratosphere—case in point, Erdem Moralioglu, who nabbed it in the past.