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JC Penney Teams Up With Georgina Chapman

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The latest evidence of JC Penney’s aspirations to raising its fashion profile: A new campaign lensed by Craig McDean, styled by Alex White, and starring runway regulars Lily Donaldson, Chanel Iman, and Jac Jagaciak. The occasion: The retailer’s new Pearl by Georgina Chapman line. The collection, which will be available online this weekend and will hit nearly 530 JC Penney stores on March 1, aims to provide a similar red carpet romance as Chapman’s Marchesa at an accessible price point. “I’m very specific in my vision,” said Chapman, who was in rainy L.A. preparing for the Oscars when she spoke to Style.com. “Craig’s photographs are extraordinary and I’ve always wanted to work with him. He’s capable of doing anything and really captured the high-fashion sensibility of the line.” Chapman asserted that her “specific vision” applied to the creation of the range, too. Explaining that she hadn’t considered doing a high-street collaboration before JC Penney approached her, the designer stressed that she made no sacrifices and included luxe details like corseting, organza ruffles, and Chantilly lace in her first installment of the eveningwear line, which will range from $50 to $250 per piece.

“Pearl skews a little bit younger [than Marchesa],” said Chapman, noting that she designed it with her three stepdaughters in mind. (“They’re a little young for Marchesa.”) Stores will introduce around 15 new Pearl styles each month, and in some locations, the range will be housed in special, chandelier-adorned boutiques within JC Penney. Chapman has signed a multiyear contract with the retailer, and said that the project’s longer-term commitment was part of what attracted her. The fact that the partnership has a charitable aspect also made it a draw: JC Penney will be inviting customers to round up their Pearl purchases to the nearest dollar to benefit Chapman’s charity, the Pearl Fund, which helps girls to obtain scholarships. When asked how she felt the partnership would affect the Marchesa line (which she designs with Keren Craig), Chapman offered, “I don’t think it will. It’s a completely different attitude and price point. It’s easier. The clothes are grab-and-go. And they won’t break the bank.” Take a peek at Pearl’s new campaign images, which debut here on Style.com.

Photo: Craig McDean

Will Georgina Chapman Look To Hubby Harvey For Advice On Her Filmmaking Debut?

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Marchesa’s Georgina Chapman has moviemaking in the family—her husband is mega-producer Harvey Weinstein—but it’s only recently that Chapman herself has tiptoed into the fray. As was reported this summer, Chapman is one of five notables—alongside Eva Longoria, Jamie Foxx, Twitter’s Biz Stone, and former LCD Soundsystem front man James Murphy—creating a short film at the behest of Canon’s Project Imagina10n, based on photographs submitted by Canon users nationwide and personally selected by each participant. “They all have a magical sense to them,” Chapman told Style.com about her own selection process. (The nine photos she chose will go up this week on Longliveimagination.com.) “Right now it could go in so many ways.” Those ways might be swayed by her fellow participants, her mentor on the project, Ron Howard, or her husband, but for right now, Chapman is keeping her own counsel. “I want to know what we are doing first” before turning to anyone else, she said. “My worst fear is to get too many ideas. I wanted to start with a completely clean canvas.” A few of Chapman’s selections are below; the rest can be found on the project’s Web site. Continue Reading “Will Georgina Chapman Look To Hubby Harvey For Advice On Her Filmmaking Debut?” »

Georgina Chapman, From Designer To Director

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Georgina Chapman’s connection to the film indsutry is no secret, but Harvey Weinstein’s better half (pictured) has yet to take a turn in the director’s chair—until now. The Marchesa designer is reportedly starting small with a short film collaboration with Canon as part of its Project Imagination program, in which she will create a movie based upon photos submitted by Canon users. She follows in the footsteps of actor and director Ron Howard, who also collaborated with Canon on a film, which was later shown at Sundance and the Tribeca Film Festival. (Howard will serve as Chapman’s mentor on the project.) Perhaps Chapman will be on the red carpet at the next round of film festivals making her debut as a director.

Photo: Julian Mackler / BFAnyc.com

A Showstopping Sister Act

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“I’m sad because three designers didn’t win,” said Giovanna Battaglia on Saturday evening at the Beverly Hills Hotel, where the Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize Grand Final was taking place. She and her fellow judges, including Georgina Chapman, Keren Craig, Francisco Costa, Elizabeth Saltzman, and Derek Blasberg, evaluated four up-and-comers (Anndra Neen, Giulietta, Julian Louie, and Siki Im) based on one last fashion show, walked by America’s Next Top Model contestants.

As guests including Tracy Ross and Cameron Silver mingled in the Rodeo Ballroom, the panel deliberated for the mere 15 minutes allotted before announcing the winner, Anndra Neen, by the sister design duo Phoebe and Annette Stephens. The jewelry and accessories collection, inspired by their Mexican art world upbringing, is characterized by large, almost armor-evocative statement pieces in mixed metals, including skeletal corset belts. Sympathetic as Battaglia was to the designers of the other three lines, she voted for Anndra Neen. “I’ve loved them since the beginning,” she said. “I photographed their pieces years ago.” For Costa, the decision was a tricky one. “Ultimately, it was a question of longevity,” he said. “Anndra Neen seems to have a great business sense and of course, beautiful product.”

Photo: Michael Kovac / Getty Images

Prabal Gurung Gets Obsessed

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Three people enter a room: Popeye, Julius Caesar, and Georgina Chapman. No, that’s not the beginning of a bad joke (though there’s a buck in it for whoever comes up with the best punch line). All three found their way into the work of artist Cary Kwok, and all three are on a view at Obsession, a new exhibition of Kwok’s work curated by none other than Prabal Gurung (above, with Kwok).

Kwok’s intricate ballpoint pen drawings of his “obsessions” caught Gurung’s eye a while back. And when the designer was offered the chance to curate a show at the gallery (he presented his first two collections in the space), Kwok was his first choice. “I wanted to do the exhibit because it takes my mind off of fashion, and it’s good to take a little time off,” Gurung laughed.

His inaugural show suggests he’s got a good, playful eye for unlikely juxtapositions. (A portrait of Audrey Hepburn hangs side by side with a homoerotic rendering that looks like it could illustrate a particularly blue passage from William S. Burroughs.) “I wanted it to be a little tongue-in-cheek, but not obviously vulgar,” Gurung said. His favorite among the ink-on-paper drawings include ones of Chanel perfume bottles, a peacock plume, and a caricature of the Marchesa designer (who made an appearance in the flesh at the opening, too). But the recently named CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winner (he scooped up one of the two $100,000 runner-up prizes) doesn’t think of himself as an art buff—he just knows what he likes. “Art to me is something you get absorbed in,” Gurung told us. “You don’t have to think about whether it inspires you or not, you just enjoy it.”

Obsession is on view through January 29 at FLAG Art Foundation, 545 W. 25th St., 9th floor, NYC, www.flagartfoundation.com.

Photo: Hanuk/hanukhanuk.com