5 posts tagged "G-Star"
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 economic news from Italy, Pitti Immagine’s ambassadors admitted at a diplomatic lunch mission today, is not good. But they contend they have every reason to be sanguine. The biannual Pitti trade fairs—menswear Pitti Uomo, womenswear Pitti W, children’s Pitti Bimbi, and the textile fair Pitti Filati—draw a more international crowd season after season; for the 83rd fair, to be held January 8-11 of next year, a full 40 percent of the vendors are international.
The big news so far has been the invited guests: Kenzo, which will present the Fall ’13 menswear collection, and Maison Kitsuné, which will stage its first ever show for women’s pre-collection. At lunch, Kenzo designer Humberto Leon and Carol Lim (left) professed their gratitude for the Pitti invitation, even if accepting it means their hectic international schedules, overseeing Kenzo and Opening Ceremony, became that much more hectic. (Leon estimated that he is now on a plane once every five days, with key stops in Florence, Tokyo, Paris, and L.A.) But in their way, Leon and Lim are shaking up the Pitti orthodoxies: They are, Pitti CEO Raffaello Napoleone said with a gasp, showing during the afternoon instead of the usual evening spot.
Kenzo and Kitsuné both hit a sweet spot a hair below the usual designer price point, which is likely no coincidence. “Smart casual is doing well,” Pitti Chairman Gaetano Marzotto announced in his opening remarks, calling out a bright spot in the market. (And adding, to a mostly tie-less crowd, “Like you are dressed now—you in particular.”) But the main-stage designers won’t be the only ones showing at Pitti. Among the other debuts will be Adidas SLVR, G-Star (which will show its latest collection created in collaboration with industrial designer Marc Newson), the returning Pitti veteran Andrea Pompilio, and the adored Japanese line White Mountaineering.
After featuring actresses including Clémence Poésy, Gemma Arterton, and Liv Tyler in past campaigns, G-Star went in a different direction and selected model-of-the-moment Arizona Muse as its face for Fall. And while Muse may not have as much movie star cred as the other girls, she’s definitely a leading lady in the fashion industry, having starred in recent ads for Isabel Marant and Louis Vuitton, among others, not to mention the dozens of editorials and covers she’s scored since her breakthrough Spring ’11 runway season. “She has become her name, being today’s muse of fashion,” said G-Star’s global brand director, Shubhankar Ray. Muse appears alongside actor Caleb Landry Jones in the new campaign, lensed by famed music video and film director Anton Corbijn (he’s been collaborating with G-Star the past several seasons). The shoot took place in the French Alps at an altitude of nearly 10,000 feet, but Muse, wearing a head-to-toe raw denim outfit, proved that no mountain is too high for her. “I really loved shooting with Anton. He was really personable and easy to work with,” Muse told Style.com. “G-Star chooses people who I admire and it’s amazing that I’m now in that group of people—including Liv Tyler, who I love.” Here, Style.com has an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the campaign shoot.
For G-Star, wearing raw denim is a highly individual experience. Examine a pair of selvage jeans after a year of wear and you can interpret the various whiskers, distressing, and cell phone imprints as marks of its owner’s personality. After seasons of doing traditional runway shows during the pandemonium of NYFW, G-Star decided to play up the more unique, individual aspect of its line. At Berlin’s Bread and Butter trade show a few months back, they set their jeans in motion with a modern dance performance. Dancers-cum-models demonstrated the flexibility of the clothing, doing acrobatic flips and leaps in the latest Fall collection, which just arrived stateside for previews.
Always looking for ways to stay on the cutting edge of denim innovation while remaining true to its utilitarian DNA, G-Star recently rolled out its Deep Tones line with a specially formulated molecular treatment that prevents fading on signature styles like the sculptural Arc pant, which looks bow-legged when laid flat but is ergonomically designed to contour around the leg for a 3-D effect—check it out on current campaign model Clémence Poéy. The treatment was also applied to its more classic Elwood model, which was inspired 15 years ago by a motorcyclist wearing wet jeans. New experiments with baking denim led to an interesting, delicately crinkled texture on wrap dresses and coveralls.
This season, the ladies got a new pant shape called the Radar, with a high waist (a first for the label) and ultra-slim stovepipe legs. But in general, G-Star eschews trends for a perennial military influence. Along those lines, the boiled wool cavalry cape and men’s neoprene peacoat here seemed particularly modern.
Actor Vincent Gallo is the new G-Star. The indie film star has been tapped by the line as the face of their Fall ’11 menswear campaigns, along with British actress Gemma Arterton, who was also in the Spring campaign. [WWD]
Actor and artist Dennis Hopper died in May 2010, but this month, his collaboration with Vans that started roughly 18 months ago finally hits Urban Outfitters stores. The ten-piece collection of boots, jackets, and graphic T-shirts featuring some of his photographs was completed by his daughter and the Hopper Foundation. [WWD]
We’ve already seen the multiple new covers of the latest issue of Love, featuring young, new faces like Elle Fanning and Hailee Steinfeld. But the latest shoot to hit the Web features a star of slightly more vintage stock: Liza Minnelli, shot in black leather and fur by Terry Richardson. [Vogue.U.K.]
Julianne Moore reprises a recent role: the face of Talbots. The redheaded actress will be the star of the retailer’s Fall ’11 campaign, having first appeared in the label’s campaign for Spring ’10. [Racked]