26 posts tagged "Helena Christensen"
The eighties gave us supermodels, and they gave us Duran Duran. Fast-forward to 2011 and they’re all making headlines again. The band recruited five über-supers for a video for “Girl Panic!,” its new single off the album All You Need Is Now, released earlier this year. In the nine-minute clip directed by Jonas Akerlund (the Grammy Award winner behind Lady Gaga’s “Telephone”) and made in collaboration with Swarovski Elements, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Eva Herzigova, Helena Christensen, and Yasmin LeBon play Simon, John, Nick, Roger, and an “anonymous guitarist,” while the real members of the group appear as bellhops, waiters, chauffeurs, and paparazzi. Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana even make cameos as Harper’s Bazaar U.K.‘s guest editors during a photo shoot scene, images from which can be found in that magazine’s actual December issue. “It’s all daft stuff, but it’s fantastic daft stuff,” says John Taylor in a “making of” video that Style.com is debuting exclusively here. Check back on Tuesday, November 8, for our interview with Nick Rhodes and the complete music video.
If there’s one thing a top model knows, it’s how to work it in front of the camera—and so for its guerrilla ad campaigns, Rag & Bone has made a specialty of handing the girls the reins and getting out of the way. For the first round of the D.I.Y. Project, as Rag & Bone’s David Neville and Marcus Wainwright called the project, the designers had Lily Aldridge, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Sasha Pivovarova, and Edita Vilkeviciute snap themselves wherever the mood struck—on the beach, in the shower, over tequila shots. “The first time around we didn’t really know what we were going to get, but we ended up with truly compelling photographs from each girl; all very raw, beautiful, and at the same time quite distinct from one another,” Neville said. “The essence of the project is really flipping the traditional photo shoot on its head. We have turned the creative control over to the models and allowed them the freedom to capture themselves as they see fit. That is the glory of the whole thing; we get to see a very specific point of view, exactly how they wanted to be reflected in the images.”
The next round, debuting September 6, brings a new group of models into the fold. Miranda Kerr, Karolina Kurkova, Carolyn Murphy, Arizona Muse, Joan Smalls, and Candice Swanepoel are in front of the lens for the Rag & Bone/JEAN collection. Fellow supe Helena Christensen shot Kurkova (above) for the project in the fishing village of Ischia, Italy, where the two were for the Ischia Film and Music Festival. “It was a magical time,” Kurkova told Style.com. “We watched films on an outdoor movie screen just off the sea at night and during the day went sailing, kayaking, swimming in the ocean with my family. It was a perfect place to shoot as it’s a fishing village with lots of charm, character, beautiful views, and salt-of-the-earth people.”
Thakoon Panchigul is the latest designer to jump on the digital bandwagon. As of today, fans of the designer’s eponymous label will be able to get their hands on the signature printed dresses with the click of a button at his new e-commerce site, Thakoon.com, designed by the fashion-favorite Web gurus at Tony King‘s King & Partners—handy if you don’t have the designer on speed dial, like some of his biggest fans, Michelle Obama and Amanda Brooks among them. But it’s more than just First Ladies and retail honchos who love the Panichgul. Models-cum-It-girls Elisa Sednaoui, Constance Jablonski, and Helena Christensen are devoted Thakoonites, too. In honor of the e-tail launch, Style.com caught up with them to find out what their favorite looks are.
Sednaoui, who appeared in the designer’s Tasaki ad campaigns, is a front-row regular at his shows. “He knows how to cut pieces to flatter women, always with grace, yet in his choices in fabrics and patterns you see his young side coming out,” she said. Her favorite piece available now on Thakoon.com? A long-sleeved maxi dress from the designer’s Fall Addition collection, with a slit up the side to keep things interesting (above left). “I feel like it was designed for me,” she said. “I have dreamed of this dress.”
Jablonski picked a similar silhouette in a black and white, “eye-catching” print, also from Addition’s Fall range (above right). “The cut reminds me of the popular long French dresses of the eighties that every stylish girl in Paris was wearing back then,” said the model, who met the designer during her second New York fashion week season. “We immediately connected and he chose me to open his show,” she added.
Helena Christensen, for her part, has made the designer part of her red-carpet arsenal. Her pick? A knit top and bubble skirt look from the Fall 2011 mainline collection (left). “It reminds me of Scandinavia,” she says. “I would wear it with leggings and a pair of bright-colored high-heels.”
Since these are not being offered at Thakoon x Target prices, visitors can enter to win a $1,000 gift certificate on the site. The lucky winner will be announced in August.
On Valentine’s Day, Helena Christensen wore a lovely printed and draped Saloni dress to the Elle Style Awards in London. It was quite the nice little celebrity credit, but the best part? “I didn’t even know about it,” gushed designer Saloni Lodha (center, above), at her Fall 2011 presentation earlier this week at the Savile Club in London. “I didn’t give her that dress. She bought it at Matches!” But that’s not so surprising. Lodha, a charming It girl herself, makes pretty dresses that other girls—including friends like Josephine de la Baume and Poppy Delevingne, who showed up to have a gander at her new collection—want to wear.
For Fall, Lodha’s abstract prints were inspired by the northern lights and Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s book of topographical photographs Earth From the Air. She expanded her easy day dress oeuvre in two directions—adding gowns and glamour as well as more separates like pants, skirts, and collarless coats as well as more cardigans, which she introduced last season and have been already selling like hotcakes. To her credit, it all worked together coherently. Those casual pieces had a dressed-up air. She cut boyish cropped trousers in jewel-hued silks and paired them with printed blouses and a great almost sweatshirtlike knit. She paired that same slouchy, easy sweater with a gold Lurex rah-rah skirt. Meanwhile a backless black jersey gown was grounded by a leather trimmed waist.
But Lodha’s presentation is never without a bit of whimsical staging. Bringing a smile to our faces this time were a trio of stuffed flamingos, a collaboration with artist Kelly McCallum, with bling-y crystal chunks instead of salt caked onto their legs.
When Helena Christensen says go, you go—even, as it turns out, if it happens to be pouring rain. That’s how it went at the so-called “World’s Greatest Catwalk” that closed out Copenhagen fashion week on Saturday. Organizers laid down literally a mile of pink carpet in the city center, and Helena Christensen issued the sendoff to the more than 200 catwalkers, from infants (cradled in mom’s arms) to Denmark’s leading elderly model, all of whom hoofed it through town in looks put together by local merchants.
Rain, as it turned out, was one of the week’s overriding themes. A storm raged during Stine Goya’s show, where models glided through rooms decorated with Victorian-style installations of antique furniture and massive floral arrangements. At Wood Wood (above), the designers actually hosed down their models before sending them into the spotlight at the Den Frie contemporary art museum; with army jackets, shirtdresses, and khakis clinging to their bodies underneath backpacks, they looked like kids caught in a thunderstorm on the way home from school. On the other hand, mother nature luckily held the rain from Henrik Vibskov’s outdoor show at a park known locally as a hook-up spot (despite the swim goggles Vibskov accessorized his looks with, and the two enormous wood boats that burly men pushed into the center of the catwalk for the finale).
But rain or no rain, Copenhagen is about fun more than overly serious, capital-F fashion. Although one of the country’s most established names in womenswear, Margit Bradt (below), showed a strong collection playing on a safari theme (one picked up by several other designers as well), Soulland designer Silas Adler freely admitted that much of the best Danish style is “too basic to put on a catwalk” in Milan or Paris. (Though Adler, whose label grew out of a modest T-shirt project he started with skater friends, did throw some suits into the mix for the first time, below.) The real action in Denmark is at street-level, without the pomp and circumstance that can attend other European fashion weeks. Take Soulland’s after-party, which went down, sans formal invites, at a dive bar called Andy’s—one that the owner had to be roused from a stupor to open that night. Continue Reading “The Weather (And Fashion) Report From Copenhagen” »