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April 18 2014

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Louis Vuitton to Show Resort 2015 in Monaco

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Louis Vuitton

Style.com learned today that Louis Vuitton will be holding its first-ever cruise destination show for the Resort 2015 season. The far-flung locale of choice? Good old glamorous Monaco. The move is indicative of Vuitton’s newfound dedication to ready-to-wear following its appointment of creative director Nicolas Ghesquière, who debuted his first collection for the house earlier this month during Paris fashion week. More generally, this is also proof of the expanding role of runway shows.

Chanel, who’s previously presented its cruise and Metiers d’Art ranges in Versailles, Monaco, Singapore, Dallas, Scotland, and beyond, is headed to Dubai come May; Nicola Formichetti is hosting his first show for Diesel in Venice next month; and Dior jetted guests to Monaco (seeing a trend here?) for its Resort 2014 outing. Moschino, too, jumped on the destination bandwagon and premiered its Resort 2014 collection in Shanghai.

What does all this mean? While it’s no doubt lovely to be an editor at one of these exotic events, houses’ choice to raise their shows’ profiles by holding them in exciting locations proves these runway spectacles are more about advertising, brand image, and engaging the international public than ever before. Not to mention, we’re sensing a little competition between fashion’s heavy hitters. What’s next—catwalking on the moon?

Photo: Alessandro Garofalo/ Indigitalimages.com 

Exclusive: Diesel’s Nicola Formichetti Goes Hell for Leather

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Diesel Campaign

“Diesel is all about rebels,” insisted Nicola Formichetti, the brand’s artistic director and arguably one of the biggest rebels on the block. In fact, he may be second only to Renzo Rosso, Diesel’s founder, who gave Formichetti near-free reign of the house’s image when he hired the designer, stylist, and Internet whiz last year. If you think we’re exaggerating, just have a look at the Tokyo bondage party the pair threw to celebrate the label’s accessories collection last fall. Or consider the fact that Formichetti told us he’s holding his debut Diesel runway show on April 3 (that is, after fashion month) in Venice, just an hour east of the company’s Breganze, Italy, headquarters. “I wanted to do something away from fashion week, and to create our own rules,” Formichetti asserted. “It’s going to be an experience—way different from a fashion show. And it’s going to be really digital—but that’s no surprise.”

Never one for downtime, Formichetti is releasing a new leather-centric #Diesel Tribute capsule ahead of the Venice show. And the twenty-piece clothing and accessories range—a follow-up to November’s denim capsule of the same name—embodies the designer’s iconoclastic outlook. “We are elegant rebels, modern-day rebels, and I think leather sums that up,” said Formichetti of the collection. A nod to Diesel’s archive, the outing comprises a zip-front body-con leather dress; a stud-embellished vest; jeans; tees; and jersey denim bombers, pants, and intimates that ooze all the toughness of leather but offer a little more comfort. The centerpieces, however, are a hand-stitched patchwork leather bomber and matching pants. “I didn’t want to do something super-trendy, and we can’t make it very cheap,” said Formichetti of the collection, which is priced between $120 for a T-shirt and $3,800 for those patched-up pants. “You know, fast fashion is cool and inexpensive, but after a couple of months, it falls apart. I wanted to do something more timeless, something that will last and remain in your wardrobe.”

Diesel Campaign

#Diesel Tribute Leather debuts exclusively here in a campaign by Nick Knight, which he shot entirely on his iPhone. “It was all about apps and doing everything instantly on set,” said Formichetti, who famously launched his reign at Diesel with a robust social media initiative. As for the cast, Formichetti tapped the same breed of staunch individual that he has featured in previous advertising efforts. (His first accessories campaign was fronted by stripper-turned-rapper Brooke Candy, and Diesel’s recent We Are Connected ads starred Jillian Mercado—a striking 26-year-old blogger with muscular dystrophy—and her wheelchair.) “They’re people we found on Tumblr—some friends, friends of friends, models, you know, a good mix,” said Formichetti when quizzed on his fresh faces. “Pulling these unsung heroes is [important], and I think it’s so cool that Diesel’s brave enough to support them because, you know, the fashion world is crazy.”

Diesel Campaign

As for the forthcoming Fall ’14 collection, Formichetti hinted that it’s going to be a blend of the house’s signature denim and leather, but on steroids. “I’m doing an über version of my last two capsules for the show,” he said over the yelping of his two dogs, Tank and Bambi. The pups had just gotten back from a trip to L.A., where they were, as Formichetti put it, “retreating for the winter.” Once the barking stopped, he added, “Fall is all about going back to the basics—something that you would want to wear every day. But, of course, it’s me, so you’re going to get a bit of fantasy there, too.”

The #Diesel Tribute Leather Collection will be available at Diesel stores worldwide from February 1.

Photos: Nick Knight

Barneys Features Transgender Models In Spring Campaign

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Barneys Spring '14 CampaignCall us optimistic, but we’ve seen change for the better in the Spring ’14 campaigns. Rather than opting for the expected slim, Caucasian catwalkers, major brands are taking the road that’s been historically less traveled, casting models of all shapes, sizes, colors, and beyond. Riccardo Tisci, for instance, brought Givenchy to the front of the ongoing race-in-fashion conversation by tapping neo-soul star Erykah Badu for the house’s Spring ads. Nicola Formichetti championed the beauty of a 26-year-old blogger with muscular dystrophy in his latest campaign, and now Barneys has released its Spring snaps, which star seventeen transgender models. Dubbed Brothers, Sisters, Sons, and Daughter, the Bruce Weber-lensed ads mark Barneys’ collaboration with two organizations: the National Center for Transgender Equality, and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center. Ten percent of sales made on February 11 at Barneys’ flagship stores and Web site will go to said initiatives. Barneys creative director Dennis Freedman told WWD that the choice to feature transgender models had “a lot to do with the realization that such extraordinary progress has been made in the last few years for the lesbian, gay, and bisexual community, but it’s striking how the transgender community has been left behind. It’s disturbing and upsetting to see that.” Is there a big marketing element behind brands’ decisions to stray from the norm? Probably–but who cares. It doesn’t take away from the fact that key companies are celebrating individuality in all forms. We have to mention, though, that Riccardo Tisci included transgender model Lea T in Givenchy’s ads back in 2010—that Riccardo, always ahead of the game.

Photo: Bruce Weber, via WWD

Mugler Taps David Koma

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David KomaMugler has appointed 28-year-old Georgian-born, London-based designer David Koma as the house’s new artistic director. The Central Saint Martins-trained talent is best known for his sculptural, hyper-feminine silhouettes, which, it’s worth noting, often recall Thierry Mugler’s own aesthetic. Koma, who recently created a series of peplumed bodysuits for Beyoncé’s Mrs. Carter World Tour, plans to continue designing his eponymous line, which he launched in 2009, along with Mugler’s. The designer’s new gig officially starts on January 2, and he’ll debut his first Mugler collection for the Resort ’15 season. Koma succeeds Mugler’s previous creative director, Nicola Formichetti, who left the house in April before signing on as the artistic director of Diesel.

Photo: Umberto Fratini / Indigitalimages.com

Nicopanda Parties at The Standard

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Nicola Formichetti

As if Nicola Formichetti didn’t have enough on his plate, what with reimagining the face of Diesel and throwing parties in Tokyo and all, he has now added another title to his long list of professional expertise: jewelry designer. Last night, high atop The Standard Hotel in New York, the likes of Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, Ming Xi, and Lindsey Wixson joined Formichetti to celebrate the Stateside launch of his latest project—a capsule collection for French (but Korean owned) jewelry house Didier Dubot. Naturally, the collaborative range features none other than his signature Nicopanda cartoon character.

“It’s a new company that they’re reinventing,” Formichetti told us of Didier Dubot. “So it’s totally fresh.” The team invited him to Korea this summer to debut the line, which was well received by the K-pop crowd. “I love working with Asians,” he remarked of his Eastern home (he was born in Japan). “Asia feels so natural. I feel no fear when I’m there.”

To help introduce the lineup, Nicola chose French starlet Léa Seydoux to star in the campaign. “We wanted someone with international appeal who wasn’t too commercial,” he explained. “Lea is such a cool actress with her own personal style…we didn’t have to do too much.”

Next on Formichetti’s docket? He hopes to continue onward with Didier Dubot, looks forward to shooting his next Diesel campaign, and aims to launch a Nicopanda emporium sometime next year. “Watch out, Hello Kitty!” he exclaimed. However, before heading home, he had a confession to make. “I have to admit,” he said, rather embarrassed, “pandas aren’t my favorite animals. Dogs are. I have to go see my two Pomeranians, Tank and Bambi. They are my love.

Photo: Courtesy Photo