August 22 2014

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11 posts tagged "Dolce and Gabbana"

Minnie’s All Dressed Up


Following the release of Barneys’ 2012 Electric Holiday film, an animated short that starred tall and skinny Disney characters wearing designer duds (Minnie in Lanvin, Goofy in Balmain, and Daisy in Dolce & Gabbana), the fashion biz took some heat for not portraying the iconic cartoons in their traditional proportions. Well, this weekend, in celebration of Disneyland Paris’ 20th anniversary, Alber Elbaz took a stab at a new Minnie Mouse ensemble. The lovable rodent stomped the runway in a custom purple embellished Lanvin frock and one of the designer’s Fall '13 Love necklaces. Needles to say, Ms. Mouse looked pretty sharp, and she didn’t have to lose a pound to do so. Other runway ensembles included a Cinderella-inspired knit skirt and top from London’s Sister by Sibling, and as well as enchanted wares from Custo Dalmau and Jean-Paul Knott. According to The Telegraph, some onlookers complained that they missed the polka dots. Elbaz offered, “We’re not here to transform people. We love her the way she is.”

Photo: Thibault Camus / AP Photo

Backstage with JD


Model turned party and backstage fashion photographer JD Ferguson is known for capturing the sometimes stunning, sometimes hilarious, but always honest moments of fashion weeks around the globe. This Wednesday, the sharpshooter will head to Fashion Week Berlin to open his exhibition, JD Ferguson: Backstage Pass. Posted at MILA gallery and sponsored by V magazine (for whom he often shoots), the show features Ferguson’s candid images of catwalkers (like Lily Donaldson and Hanne Gaby Odiele) designers (Karl Lagerfeld) celebrities (Hilary Swank, Eva Mendes, Diane Kruger), and editors (he even got a shot of Anna Wintour almost smiling). “I hope the exhibition helps people see how fun backstage can be,” says Ferguson. “Yes, it’s definitely a lot of hard work and a grueling schedule, but there’s an energy that you can’t find anywhere else.” Some of Ferguson’s favorite images include a photo of Karl Lagerfeld and Lady Bunny (below), male models in wigs and makeup at a Galliano show, and a picture of Lily Donaldson “rushing to the runway” at Dolce & Gabbana (below). “I’d arrived late and didn’t get anything, and then suddenly I turned around and there was Lily, giving herself a once-over in the mirror. It ended up being the only image I got.”

Next up for Ferguson? His first book. But it’s not quite what one would expect from a member of the jet-setting fashion crew. “After five years straight of fashion, parties, and heavy travel, I’ve been on sabbatical in my hometown in the South, where I’ve fallen in love with photographing children,” he says. “Specifically, children who are a part of the adoptive process. It’s been very rewarding and a welcome break.”

JD Ferguson: Backstage Pass kicks off with a party on January 16 and will be open to the public from January 17 through February 23 at MILA Kunstgalerie, Linienstrasse 154, 10015 Berlin.

Photo: JD Ferguson

D&G: Do-Gooders Once More


In fall 2010, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana launched Spiga2, their boutique housing an artfully curated collection of young designers’ work. The idea was to create a space to nurture fashion designers on the rise, like Sophie Theallet, Behnaz Sarafpour, and Peter Jensen, and have fun at the same time with a DJ, videos, and free wireless Internet on hand to entertain visitors.

After the success of the first round, they are spreading the wealth once more to a newly selected group of designers, announced today. Their fall 2011 list is a collection of over 40 designers hailing from around the globe, including familiar names like returning designer Yigal Azrouël, Ohne Titel by Flora Gill and Alexa Adams, Kevork Kiledjian, and Felder Felder (from twin sisters Daniela and Annette Felder), as well as names lesser-known in the U.S., like Greece’s Fani Xenophontos, Russia’s Sergei Grinko, and Italy’s Comeforbreakfast.

Another name that stands out on the list: Italian-based designer Umit Benan, who originally worked under Theallet at François Nars’ Motu Tane label and Marc Jacobs. Just last month, the Turkish/German designer, who had editors raving at Milan men’s fashion week, was announced as Milan Vukmirovic’s replacement at Trussardi.

Photo: Pascal Le Segretain / DolceGabbana / Getty Images

WWD On What To Wear At 100


Over the course of a century in a print, Women’s Wear Daily has had given a ton to the designers it covers. And for its centennial celebration, those designers are giving back—and doing a turn for charity, no less. Starting tomorrow at 11:59 p.m., the WWD@100 Auction launches online, featuring exclusive, one-of-a-kind items sold to benefit the good cause of each house’s choosing. Got a free wall in your apartment? Try John Galliano’s 10′-wide mural (top), inspired by his Fall ’10 Dior couture collection (approx. value $15,000, benefitting the Carla Bruni-Sarkozy Foundation). Worn out that Motorcycle bag? There’s Nicolas Ghesquière’s re-imagined “Papier” in hand-painted python (above left, approx. value $2,761.70—sticklers for precision over at Balenciaga!—benefitting AMFAR). And if you’ve got an occasion, there are dresses, coats, and bags from Armani, Burberry, Calvin, Dolce, Donna, Lanvin (above right) and many, many more. The only downside? The virtual gavel won’t fall in time to wear your newly-gotten gains to the paper’s gala celebration tomorrow night.

The online auction takes place at from 11:59 p.m. on November 2 through November 18.

Photos: Courtesy of WWD

Dolce And Gabbana Lend A Helping Hand


“Giving back” is a charitable principle that fashion designers usually apply to the outside world, rather than others of their kind. But Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana are playing fairy godfathers to a platoon of up-and-comers with their latest project, Spiga2. The name refers to the address of their accessories store in Milan, the top floor of which they’ve turned into a bazaar of new-ish design names that they personally curated, mostly by internet, from all over the world (Stefano can’t stop tweeting). Actually, the governing notion was a bottega, a store where everything is thrown together with minimal merchandising and maximal human touch. Spiga2 is a funkfest compared to the high-gloss emporia that rule Milan’s Golden Triangle. There’s a DJ spinning, and tables where you can hang out, log on (free wireless—plus old school reading matter too), or watch the designers’ videos.

The wildly eclectic mix spans the globe, and includes names familiar—Sophie Theallet, Kinder Aggugini, Martin Grant, Peter Jensen, Behnaz Sarafpour—and less so. For instance, Erkan Coruh won the “Who’s On Next?” fashion competition in Italy this year, and Spiga2 is his first distribution anywhere in the world. Domenico and Stefano were so keen to have him on board that they bought his samples.

Many of those who were chosen had the same kind of tale to tell. Brussels-based Marc Philippe Coudeyre launched his business a year ago. His first contact with Dolce and Gabbana was a message that went into his spam folder. He thought it was a joke. So did Gail Sorronda when she got her e-mail. She’s from Brisbane, Australia, and this is her third season. “When it happened, it felt like an out-of-body experience,” she says. “In high school, my mum bought me the ’10 Years of Dolce’ book and I used it as reference.”

“It’s huge,” agrees New Yorker Heather Williams, the only shoe designer in the bunch, who has had her own label for two years, after 11 years doing shoes for the likes of Calvin Klein. “Domenico and Stefano’s attitude is that ‘there’s room for everybody’, and not many people share that mentality. And it’s a nice sign that they didn’t do consignment.” Yep, first time ’round, Dolce and Gabbana asked their picks to select their own favorite pieces from their collections, then bought them, rather the more predictable goods-on-consignment route. That’s the kind of hardcore support that counts for a young business.
It’s not entirely philanthropic: Dolce & Gabbana accessories are subtly incorporated in the product mix. But in the context of notoriously parochial Italy, where fashion from anywhere else takes a backseat, the whole concept has a real kick. And the fashion week mobs who came to browse and stayed to buy were proof that Domenico and Stefano’s vision was paying genu-wine dividends for their proteges.

Photo: Ruy Teixeira