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100 posts tagged "Fendi"

Pretty in Punk with Zandra Rhodes

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The Fall 2013 shows come to a close in Paris today, and a quick survey of the collections will tell you that punk is back in a big way: nails, vinyl, and tartan at Versace, Mohawks at Fendi, spiky shoes at Anthony Vaccarello, chain boots and leather waders at Chanel, the list goes on. British designer Zandra Rhodes, for one, is thrilled. “A pair of safety pins is just as beautiful as embroidery,” she said of punk’s place on the runway. And she should know—with her 1977 Conceptual Chic collection, Rhodes became one of the first (if not the first) designers to translate the gritty, antiestablishment subculture into high-fashion wares. “I had always done things covered in print, and I had a very elegant shop [on Bond Street], but I suddenly wanted to try out something different,” said Rhodes when asked why she made the 1977 collection, which earned her the title Princess of Punk.

Featuring shredded pink, red, and black dresses, tops, and skirts held together by bejeweled safety pins and chains, Conceptual Chic was a sharp departure from the vivid printed party frocks and caftans for which Rhodes was known. But that’s not to say the designer, who has, for the past few decades, flawlessly multicolored hair and geometric makeup, was a stranger to the punk spirit. “I don’t think a self-respecting street punk would have described me as [a punk], but I had a very wild appearance that was totally my own. And it was influenced by [punk culture],” said Rhodes. “There was this whole street movement going on, and I was really trying to look at it from another angle; I wanted to see the beauty that could come from it,” she added, noting that Vivienne Westwood’s die-hard punk designs were not a direct influence. “We worked totally independently. Westwood was on one side of the scale, working on her things, and I was on the other side, working on mine. Neither of us have had any contact.” Continue Reading “Pretty in Punk with Zandra Rhodes” »

Mohawked Top to Toe

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Ever since Fendi debuted its multicolored fur Mohawks in Milan, the punked-up coifs have been fanning out all over the Fall runways. But they’re not appearing as you might expect; rather, designers have appropriated the motif and completely turned it on its head. For starters, Fendi’s pastel quiffs got so much attention that one might have missed Lagerfeld’s punchy Mohawked boots and bags. Haider Ackermann put his own spin on the look, sending his models out with white matted hair fashioned into “death hawks” (a style favored by goths). Not surprisingly, the same rebellious tresses popped up in black at Vivienne Westwood, but the Dame of Punk placed her death dos on black platform booties rather than her catwalkers’ noggins. Jean Paul Gaultier experimented with aubergine and bubblegum-highlighted faux-hawk-mullet hybrids at his Fall show, and over at Loewe, Stuart Vevers garnished the heels of his single-soled sandals with exaggerated, razor-sharp black or blonde fringe. Loewe’s shoes were a particularly “uptown” take on the antiestablishment-rooted style (what would the punks of the seventies have said about that?) and reminded us of YSL’s much-snapped suede Mohawk pumps from Fall 2010. Now, don’t shave and dye your hair just yet (or, actually, maybe do), but we’d have to say that the Mohawk, in its many incarnations, is one of Fall’s most prominent (and playful) punk trends so far.

Photos: GoRunway.com

Karl Lagerfeld Opens His First Store

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Last night, on the Boulevard Saint-Germain, Karl Lagerfeld opened the first boutique dedicated to his own collection. His responsibility for the merchandise that fills hundreds of Chanel and Fendi shops around the world begged the question: How did it feel to walk into his very own retail environment? “Like looking in a mirror,” said Lagerfeld, “in every corner. At least I don’t see my face in those other places.” But the oppression of overexposure was easily balanced by the designer’s extraordinary detachment from what he does—and even from what he has become in the wondering eyes of the world. Lagerfeld’s explanation? “I’m never a victim of things, especially of my name.” He simply isn’t as attached to the material world as his ability to shape it in his image would suggest.

Not that you’d know it from the store, which is a banquet of all things Lagerfeld—from departments for men’s and women’s clothing, to a surprisingly large shoe department, to a book nook, to a department stocking fifty separate styles of Lagerfeld’s new watches. “I have a very bad relationship with time,” the designer conceded, though it might be closer to the truth to say that time has a bad relationship with him, given his utter defiance of any kind of temporal constraint. Nevertheless, he worked as closely with project director Trey Laird on the watches as he did on every other aspect of the store and its contents. That tiny strip of light on the front door? Lagerfeld insisted it be moved from the bottom of the door to the top. If it didn’t exactly make a major difference, Laird said it was a definite improvement.

The store hadn’t been open more than a few hours and Lagerfeld had already been shopping. He’d bought mesh covers for his iPad and iPhone. And he paid full price. “I’m against discounts,” he said dismissively. “If people want something, they should pay the price.” Who knows? We may be looking at the start of a retail revolution, with Karl Lagerfeld as its firebrand figurehead.

Photos: Kay-Paris Fernandes/WireImage (interior); Courtesy of Karl Lagerfeld (exterior and watch)

A Total View of Alfa Castaldi

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Tomorrow in Milan, 10 Corso Como’s Galleria Carla Sozzani will open Alfa Castaldi, a retrospective of the iconic Italian photographer’s work. “It was never about the beauty of the girls. It was more about an intellectual perspective,” says Paolo Castaldi, Alfa Castaldi’s son and the curator of the exhibition, of his father’s images. “Of course, it’s photography, so you need to look at the pictures to understand what I mean,” he adds.

Known for his studied (but, as his son notes, “not academic”) approach to photography, Castaldi began his career in the early fifties, documenting the scene at Milan’s artist hangout, Bar Jamaica. Thanks to the encouragement of the late, great Anna Piaggi, whom he met in 1958 and married four years later, Castaldi soon expanded beyond behind-the-scenes cultural reportage and dove into the world of fashion photography. In 1968, he became the first photographer to travel to Eastern Europe for a fashion shoot, snapping looks from designers like Walter Albini, Jean Baptiste Caumont, and Krizia in Prague. And he and Piaggi were collaborators in life and work (often for Vogue Italia) until his death in 1995. Continue Reading “A Total View of Alfa Castaldi” »

A New Fleece On Life For Shearling

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When temperatures dropped and snow started to fall during the recent menswear and couture collections in Paris, showgoers and the city itself were caught off guard. Try putting down salt next time, s’il vous plaît. But we’re not all complaints. The unexpected weather gave rise to a flurry of toasty shearling coats in the streets (see: Mirte Maas and Caroline de Maigret) that echoed the action on the runways (Louis Vuitton, Kenzo, Bouchra Jarrar). Designers were feeling sheepish for pre-fall, too. Technicolor furs turned up at Fendi and Cédric Charlier, while Acne Studios and Céline went supersize. All in all, this is the most jazzed we’ve been about shearling since Kate Hudson stole our hearts as Penny Lane in Almost Famous.

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—Brittany Adams