5 posts tagged "David Blaine"
Blurring the boundaries between the worlds of fashion, art, music, and film has always been a focus at G-Star. The denim brand regularly works with noteworthy director Anton Corbijn on its print campaigns, and recently kicked off its new Art of RAW project
“I let the tone of the [Art of RAW] collection inspire [me]. So [the film] definitely had to be something with a dark edge to it, while still making an artistic point,” Rasmussen told Style.com. The director—a frequent Vs. collaborator—brought in personal muse and former Givenchy model Marie de Villepin to costar in the film and help with its soundtrack (de Villepin is the frontwoman of the band Pinkmist). “I like sturdy, hard-edged female fashion, and the idea of durable clothing that’s built to last,” Rasmussen continued. “The word raw has always been a huge turn-on to me because it implies no pretense—no refining, no makeup, no facade. That is rare in fashion and why G-Star’s Art of RAW project is so refreshing.”
Vs. and G-Star gave Style.com an exclusive sneak peek at the film and will debut the full version tonight with an event at the Electric Room at Dream Downtown. Catherine McNeil, Dorothea Barth Jorgensen, David Blaine, Lulu Gainsbourg, and Sophie Auster are among the expected guests.
The sharks circling in the waters of fashion are most often metaphorical ones. Not in Adam Kimmel‘s new video. For Dressed for Dinner, Kimmel put magician David Blaine in his finest formalwear—and sent him down to meet Jaws. “It was David’s dream to practice breath holds in the wild with his favorite creatures: great whites,” Kimmel told Style.com. “I don’t think he ever imagined doing it in a tuxedo, but he was a good sport about the whole thing.” To shoot, Kimmel and Blaine spent a week on Guadalupe, a deserted island in the Pacific reachable only by a 24-hour boat ride. Blaine submerged himself 40 feet underwater, and along came the great whites—some as large as 20-feet long. “David is one of the most remarkable people living today,” Kimmel said. “I’m still shocked he made it out of the water without a bite—I mean, the sharks must have passed him for a close inspection at least 300 times.” Menswear connoisseurs would tell you any Kimmel suit is worth at least as many viewings. The video debuts below, exclusively on Style.com.
If you’re going to take your life in your hands, might as well do it in evening dress. That’s what David Blaine did when he swam—sans oxygen tank or cage—with a group of great white sharks in an Adam Kimmel tux for the designer’s new video (above). Kimmel and wife Leelee Sobieski screened the short for guests like Ed Norton, Harmony Korine, and Marina Abramovic this week, where it earned Abramovic’s highest praise: “That’s insane.” [NYT]
Derek Lam has announced a standalone line for eBay, the final rundown of which will be crowd-sourced. As one of our online compatriots notes, design by committee hasn’t always yielded the best results, but we’ll be interested to see what Lam turns out when the line launches in February. [WWD]
Lara Stone—she of the sultry ad campaign and often nude editorial—has won her case against French Playboy, which published photos of her without her permission last year. She’s donating her damages to the Great Ormond Street Hospital. [Fashionologie]
And speaking of good causes, here’s another: Nordstrom is finally opening a New York store, which will be a concept shop—one that donates its earnings to nonprofits. That’s a little less sexy than Lara using Playboy money to save the children, but no less commendable, we’re sure. [Racked]