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July 26 2014

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10 posts tagged "Dirk Standen"

Style.com’s Dirk Standen, Man Repeller’s Leandra Medine Debate the Future of Fashion

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92Y Future of Fashion

The “future of fashion” was the topic last night at the 92Y, where our editor in chief Dirk Standen hosted a panel discussion with Leandra Medine, of Man Repeller fame, and Lizzie Tisch and Kim Kassel, cofounders of Suite 1521, a luxury shopping destination that allows its members to meet up-and-coming designers like Mary Katrantzou, Rodarte, and Creatures of the Wind and shop their collections in an intimate setting. The evening’s wide-ranging discussion took in the pros and cons of fast fashion, the feasibility of wearable technology, and the ever-expanding influence of platforms like Instagram. “If the metric of success was once measured in dollars, in 2014 it’s measured in social following,” noted Medine, who was, it turned out, quoting her dad.

Perhaps the liveliest part of the conversation came after Standen suggested that women were still underrepresented in the ranks of designers and wondered when that would change. “I don’t feel like we have more men than women [designers]. I think we’re divided. But I do find that with men, the skirts are up to here, the pants are a little too long,” said Tisch. “And, well, what about if fabric is itchy? I don’t think [a male designer] cares, but if a woman puts it on, she could be like, ‘Oh, get this off me immediately.’”

The evening concluded with a question from the audience about a more immediate future concern: What one item did the panelists want for fall? Kassel said she was in the market for a cape, while Tisch was on the lookout for a great pair of boots. Medine, meanwhile, had something even more essential on her wish list: “A Vitamix.”

Photo: Joyce Culver

92Y to Discuss the Future of Fashion With Style.com’s Dirk Standen

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Dirk StandenPay attention, fashion fans. On Wednesday, June 4, 92Y invites you to attend a panel discussion about the future of fashion with Man Repeller’s Leandra Medine, Suite 1521 cofounders Lizzie Tisch and Kim Kassel, and Style.com’s editor in chief Dirk Standen. Learn all about fashion and the Internet, the new ways we observe and consume trends, and the industry at large during the 8:15 p.m. event. Get your tickets now on 92Y.com, and we’ll see you there.

Photo: Courtesy of Paramount Pictures 

Ushering in a New Era of The Fashion Book

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The Fashion Book

Fifteen years ago, Phaidon published The Fashion Book. As its title suggests, the book quickly became the definitive resource for the fashion curious and industry mainstay alike—an A-to-Z guide to the field’s central influencers, with pages devoted to everyone from Vivienne Westwood and Helmut Newton to Oscar Wilde. Last night at Topshop in Soho, Phaidon celebrated the release of an updated version of The Fashion Book. The tome features seventy-two fresh entries (Style.com among them), and boasts pages devoted to individuals such as Nicolas Ghesquière, Tilda Swinton, and others.

The fete’s main event was a panel discussion moderated by Parsons the New School for Design’s dean, Simon Collins. It included Vera Wang, Iris Apfel, and our very own Dirk Standen. The group focused on what it means to be iconic (“Being an icon implies a very distinct point of view, which is rather rare today,” said Apfel), the figures who inspire them (“It’s people who never really sold out, someone like Peter Saville,” said Standen), and, in reference to Rick Owens’ recent statement-making show, what it means for an icon to change and evolve. On that topic, Wang offered, “Mr. Lagerfeld said to me once, ‘Vera, if you really can’t change and you can’t go with the times and you can’t realize how the world is becoming a different place, then it’s time for you to leave.’ So it’s somewhere between that fine line of adapting every decade and sticking to what you believe in and furthering your craft.” It was an honest and up-front dialogue about the connotations of holding influence in the industry today—a fitting prelude to The Fashion Book of the millennial era.

The Fashion Book New Edition, $59.95, will be available from Phaidon beginning October 14.

Photo: Courtesy of Phaidon Press

Can You Hang?

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Is fashion global? Does each city have its own unique style? Last night, our editor in chief, Dirk Standen, addressed these questions and more during Style.com’s first Google Hangout. Style Map contributors including menswear designer Patrick Grant (London), Fasano Hotel’s PR director Paula Bezerra de Mello (Rio de Janiero), and DJ-cum-design-duo POSSO all contributed to the discussion, weighing in on such topics as Marc Jacobs’ final show for Louis Vuitton, the cinematic approach to runway, must-sees across the globe, and each city’s definition of style. In case you couldn’t tune in (we were crossing four time zones, after all), feed your FOMO: Watch it now by hitting play.

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Phaidon’s The Fashion Book Gets an Update

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The Fashion Book New Edition

It’s no secret that Phaidon’s epic The Fashion Book, first released in 1998, is an authoritative resource for industry insiders and fans alike. Now the coffee-table tome has been given new life with a definitive updated addition. Among the seventy-two new entries are Style.com and sartorial luminaries like Bill Cunningham, Nicolas Ghesquière, and Tilda Swinton. To fete the book’s release, Phaidon will be hosting a panel discussion at Topshop’s Soho outpost on Thursday, October 10, at 6 p.m. Iris Apfel, Vera Wang, and Style.com’s own Dirk Standen will be on hand to talk fashion history and the new guard of style alongside moderator Simon Collins, dean of fashion at Parsons the New School for Design. Need another reason to turn out? You’ll have a chance to pick up the new book (as well as a limited edition tote bag and a signed print by cover illustrator Mats Gustafson) four days in advance of its official release.

The Fashion Book New Edition, $59.95, will be available from Phaidon beginning October 14.

Photo: Courtesy of Phaidon Press