60 posts tagged "Daphne Guinness"
Fashion’s newest viral video hero is Patrick Pope—a.k.a. P’Trique—who lambasts fashionese in his popular “Shit Fashion Girls Say” series. He’s already got high-profile sponsorship, thanks to Maybelline, but a Met ball ticket apparently still eludes him. What would he wear if he found a last-minute invite? “An amalgamation of harnesses, cutouts, and metallics…with the theme of, like, an underwater Chanel-y sea bride. Like if Ariel was alive today and friends with Karl, but more nouveau.” [WWD]
Early Morning Rebel took London by storm last fashion week, playing several shows and parties and earning a fan base that includes Zandra Rhodes and designer Francesca Marotta. They’re in talks to return to London fashion week next season, but in the meantime, the L.A.-based band plays a free show tonight at New York’s Soho House. [EMR]
Levi’s is taking on the Champs-Élysees, with a 7,000-square-foot flagship store set to open at the end of this week. The all-American denim brand is no stranger to France—Levi’s has 22 stores in Paris alone. [WWD]
“Collecting is a wonderful illness,” says auctioneer Simon de Pury during an on-film conversation with style icon and cultural patron Daphne Guinness about “connoisseurship and collecting,” in a two-part video series that debuts on Nowness today. But would-be buyers beware, warns de Pury: “It’s incurable.” [Nowness]
Kanye West keeps on mining the fashion world for talent. His latest collaborator is Ruth Hogben, who created a promo video for “Lost in the World,” his latest single. Hogben knows something about over-the-top styling: She’s worked frequently with Gareth Pugh. [Telegraph]
Daphne Guinness is offering you the chance to buy pieces from her highly coveted wardrobe this summer. The heiress has recently set up the Isabella Blow Foundation, and all proceeds from the June 27 Christie’s auction will help support young art and fashion talent. [Vogue U.K.]
Mila Kunis will continue her role as a face of Dior. The actress recently shot her latest campaign on a boat in Paris wearing a pale pink dress. [Telegraph]
Anais Pouliot is the star of the new Terry Richardson-lensed Aldo campaign. In the photos, Pouliot sports twenties-style flapper sandals, green lace-up trainers, and brightly colored wedges. [Grazia Daily]
Net-a-Porter has approached Mary Katrantzou about adding larger sizes to her line. Katrantzou’s response? “I was looking at a size 14 [U.S. size 12] woman wearing our dress and I thought, ‘I can’t believe we don’t go bigger than that size!’ because she looked tiny.” [Racked]
“It’s a mix between a concept store and a mega-mall,” Emanuele Della Valle (son of Tod’s president and CEO Diego Della Valle) tells Style.com of his new site (co-founded with photographer Francesco Carrozzini), LifeStyle Mirror, launching today. “Selective, edited, but for fast and modern consumption.”
Don’t call it an e-commerce site, however. While the latest Mediabend Capital venture has click-through-to-buy features, the focus is on the (free) editorial component (helmed by former stylist Chelsea Gombes), and Della Valle sees it as a “definitive source” on fashion, food, wine, art, travel, beauty, etc. Every week it will feature international personalities, including Margherita Missoni, Ralph Lauren, and Sean Avery, offering a glimpse of what inspires them, along with its daily content. First up: Daphne Guinness.
“She is such an incredible icon, and we had a chance to really show her lifestyle, not only her fashion sense,” Della Valle says of the video (below), debuting exclusively on Style.com, shot inside Guinness’ New York apartment. “In our video interview she talks about her inspirations and references—so cool!”
So, what’s next for Della Valle, who launched the chic-mom iPad app Elizabeth Street just last year? “Mediabend is creating digital media brands with very specific content for very specific audiences. Elizabeth Street caters to stylish moms around the world. Other projects are in the making and will launch in the second half of the year. Stay tuned!”
In May, Daphne Guinness famously settled into the window spaces at Barneys and turned them into her personal dressing room. While the world watched, the artist and social fixture prepared for the Met ball, modeling some of the enviable pieces from her collection. As it turns out, that’s not the last time Guinness played mannequin. Photographer Nick Knight’s SHOWstudio shot images of the heiress that will be used for virtual Printemps window displays in which the digital Guinness models clothes by the likes of Rick Owens, Gareth Pugh, and Maison Martin Margiela. The virtual statues—a part of the Visions Couture display set to be unveiled February 6, will be accompanied by a fashion film of each outfit and a multimedia display.
When we set out to tell the story of 2011 by the numbers, one loomed especially large: 661,509, the record-breaking number of visitors who lined up, often for hours at a time, to see the Costume Institute’s Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty (left) at the Met.
But it wasn’t just a banner year for the Met and the late, great McQueen; designers and museums forged a strong bond this year, one that looks likely to continue well into the next. Museums across the globe invited designers into their halls and the results have made for some of the best exhibitions in memory.
During Couture week, Hussein Chalayan opened a retrospective at Paris’ Musée des Arts Decoratifs, where next year, Marc Jacobs and his work for Louis Vuitton will take up residence. The City of Light also played host to Ralph Lauren and his collection of automobiles (it also now boasts an enormous new RL store and restaurant, one of the town’s new favorite spots for burgers). And Florence is the new home of the Museo Gucci, opened during Milan’s Spring 2012 week with all due fanfare, and a Blondie performance to boot.
In America, socials flocked to San Francisco for the opening of Balenciaga and Spain (which also traveled to New York) and to Dallas for The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier, which debuted earlier this year at Montreal’s Museum of Fine Arts. Just this month, Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte opened RODARTE: Fra Angelico, a show of the dresses their created for their June presentation at Pitti, at L.A.’s LACMA.
Farther afield, Dior went to Russia, where house jewelry designer Camille Micelli sent us this postcard, for Inspiration Dior, attended, naturally, by a lavish party. And the Netherlands continues to be a slightly off-the-radar destination for fashion’s cultural tourists. A retrospective of the work of Azzedine Alaïa is now on view in Gronningen, outside Amsterdam, and the capital’s contemporary-photo museum, FOAM, which hosted the likes of Jefferson Hack for a panel on What’s Next, which followed a retrospective of work by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin—one which eventually became the germ of their new career-spanning anthology, Pretty Much Everything.
Here in New York, the more traditional homes of fashion, like FIT’s Fashion Museum, were busy, too. The museum recently opened the first part of The Great Designers, including Armani, Dior, Givenchy, and McQueen, and plans to open part two in March. Chief curator and museum director Valerie Steele also worked with clotheshorse and collector Daphne Guinness on an exhibition of her own holdings—which, it turns out, Guinness keeps organized via computer database.
Next year, all eyes will be on Miuccia Prada for the next Costume Institute exhibition, Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada on Fashion. But before then, there’s a Louboutin retrospective in London to look forward to, on the heels of the shoemaker’s victory-lap 20th anniversary year. And WWD reports today that several fashion labels are taking a renewed interest in their own histories, too. Balmain is ramping up its archival holdings, and Chloé recently brought on an in-house archivist, in anticipation of a retrospective planned for its 60th anniversary next year.