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74 posts tagged "H&M"

Miranda Kerr Proves Model-Slash-Actress Is So Last Season

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Miranda Kerr

It would seem that model-slash-singer is overtaking the age-old model-slash-actress label—particularly among Victoria’s Secret supermodels. First, Cara Delevingne proved she’s more than a few goofy faces when she sang “I Want Candy” for a Katie Grand x Hogan video. Then, Gisele Bündchen lent her talents to not one, but two H&M commercials, most recently covering Blondie’s “Heart of Glass.”. And today, Bobby Fox released a cover of Elvis Presley’s “You’re the Boss,” with Miranda Kerr (OK, she’s a former V.S. model, but still…) taking over Ann-Margret’s part. While the song lacks Elvis and Ann-Margret’s palpable chemistry, we have to hand it to Kerr: Her voice does sound supersweet (listen here, below). Turns out, she’s had a little practice. Back in 2012, she sang a tune for a (slightly bizarre) Japanese commercial for Lipton Iced Tea. Maybe The Voice should start filming a models-only segment?

Photo: Joe Schildhorn /BFAnyc.com 

Elizabeth von Guttman and Alexia Niedzielski Talk Going Green, Ever Manifesto, and That Little Balenciaga Vs. Nicolas Ghesquière Lawsuit

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 Alexia Niedzielski and Elizabeth von Guttman

Editors Elizabeth von Guttman and Alexia Niedzielski are not your typical sustainable-fashion activists. They’re not into hemp, and their vision of eco-clothing is more tailored metallic faux-leather Suno than organic cotton tee. They founded Ever Consulting, their eco-conscious think tank, along with Charlotte Casiraghi in 2009 on the premise that environmental awareness does not necessitate aesthetic or social restriction. Last week, the duo launched a new collaboration with mass retail giant H&M, as well as the latest edition of Ever Manifesto, their free print publication dedicated to thoughtful—and positively charged rather than reprimanding—conversation in eco issues. We caught up with Von Guttman and Niedzielski, who were dialing in from London and Brazil respectively, to talk about the new issue, “Ever Conscious”; what’s next for eco-fashion; and, as co-editors of System magazine, just how they feel about that Nicolas Ghesquière-Balenciaga lawsuit.

Tell us about the new issue.
EVG: This is the third issue. Each time we take a different theme. This one, since it was partnered with H&M, is so much bigger than what we’re used to. Before, we did one with Gucci, which was great, but it was much more exclusive and luxury-oriented. This one was a great opportunity to talk to a bigger audience and also to make sustainable fashion a bit more available and affordable. We collected all these amazing people we had met throughout the years who have inspired us in different regions—fashion, design, activists, celebrities—and gave them a platform to explain all the wonderful things that they’re doing. We included Pharrell Williams, who has a new company called Bionic Yarn that does all this tech stuff with recycled plastic; Elettra [Wiedemann], who is obsessed with food; and Dianna Cohen, who is an activist against plastic.

Ever ManifestoI love the cover.

EVG: It’s kind of funny, no? It’s a little tongue-in-cheek. We wanted to show some humor, too. We always collaborate with different artists, and this one was Carsten Höller, a great contemporary artist. He did the big slide. He’s been obsessed with consciousness. So there’s this thing that you do with chimpanzees, and he actually did it with his newborn baby. You put your baby in front of a mirror with a dot on its forehead and the moment where the child rubs the dot off its forehead, that’s where you realize that they gain consciousness. So this is the inspiration for the cover. It’s about the theme of self-reflection and awareness and consciousness.

I think that’s where this whole project started: around the self-consciousness idea and also the selfie. The selfie was added as a word into the dictionary last year. Selfies are so…everyone in the industry does selfies. It pushes this idea of self-consciousness but not always in a positive way. What we were trying to do was change that idea and to raise the awareness of collective consciousness. We wanted to make a conscious selfie instead of just this or selfish selfie. Through a social media campaign, we want to open it up to the public and ask people to take conscious selfies around the world.

From a sustainability standpoint, how do you feel the industry is changing?
EVG: I think that maybe trying to be a bit more transparent. That was not the case at all a couple years ago. People are starting to open up, and I think this is a good thing because no one should do great things on their own. People are much more educated and they are finally realizing that sustainable fashion is not only about organic cotton. But there’s still so much to do. That’s why it’s so important to keep on persisting and create more awareness and to propose ideas about how to create in better ways and more responsible ways.

AN: I think the customers and the brands have gained more consciousness over the last few years. The customers are demanding more information from the brands. It’s like a few years ago in the food industry—the customers demanded more organic food and now there is. That has to transfer to the fashion industry. If there’s more demand for these kinds of products, I think companies will produce more ethical products and more beautiful clothes.

They have to be desirable, as well as sustainable.
AN: Yes. You don’t want to just go buy something because it’s green. You want to buy it because it’s beautiful and also green. I think there are more and more brands, like Maiyet and Suno, that are doing great things. People are realizing that we can have both. There’s no compromise anymore.

So what are some things that we as consumers can do?
AN: We have a choice every time we purchase. I think they need to show it by buying something that they think is responding to their needs, and being responsible should be one of them. Elizabeth and I—we’ve changed along the way. We’ve consumed more responsibly.

EVG: We can just be a bit more informed. Information is out there now. Take a little bit more time before you purchase. Think twice about it.

I wanted to ask you as well about System, and the process of publishing more intellectual magazines in a climate where everything is about tweet-size consumption and being easily digestible.
EVG: We need content. We need consistency in content. So much of what is out there is a lot of the same, and that’s why we’re always trying to work and make new ways. I think it’s about pushing yourself constantly, about pushing the limits and redefining the limits. That’s what we’re trying to do with all the projects we do.

AN: I think, also, when we print something, we want it to last. We’re obviously against disposable fashion but also disposable printed material. We want to print passionate products—more like objects—and something that you can pick up a year later and it’s still relevant.

What are your thoughts on Balenciaga’s legal action following Nicolas Ghesquière’s words in System? You gave him the space.
EVG: Obviously, this was the kind of hot topic of the season. This is not really what we’re about. We’re not looking for the scoop. We’re just looking for great stories. We turned out to be the scoop of the season. But it’s not what we looked for.

AN: I think [Balenciaga] moved on. Most of us have moved on from the drama and tried to do great things. [Alexander Wang's] first collection was great, and I think there’s so much to look forward to. I just hope everyone has moved on, because it’s a shame to rest on the little quarrels, and I think everyone should be above all of that by now. There are so many other things to focus on for everyone.

Photo: Matthew Stone 

Alexander Wang Is H&M’s New Designer Collaborator

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Alexander Wang X H&M Coachella PartyTonight at Coachella, H&M announced that its next designer collaboration will be with Alexander Wang. Wang is the first American designer to partner with H&M in the ten years the company has been doing these capsule collections, and at 30, he’s the youngest. Stella McCartney was 34 when she teamed up with the Swedish fast-fashion chain in 2005. Karl Lagerfeld, Versace, Lanvin, and Isabel Marant number among H&M’s previous designer collaborators. The announcement was made at a party hosted by Alexander Wang and H&M, where Major Lazer, Just Blaze (Jay Z’s tour DJ), and Iggy Azalea performed. Invites went out to two separate events hosted by each brand; when guests arrived at the venue (a local youth center) via two separate entrances, they realized the parties were, in fact, one.

“We’ve always liked Alexander’s designs,” explained H&M’s creative advisor, Margareta van den Bosch. “He’s very contemporary. It’s very young, but it’s also things that can be worn by any age because of his influences in tailoring and sport. He’s very much today.” Wang, for his part, said he was honored to have been chosen, not only because he’s the first American, but also because it’s the tenth anniversary. “The idea of collaborations isn’t new anymore, they’ve been done from all angles,” he began. “When they approached me, I wanted to do something different. It will be a new take on a lifestyle offering. It’s a little early [to talk about it], but it’s a completely new take on how they do collaborations.” Wang also expressed relief that the news is finally being made public. “It’s been hard keeping it hush-hush and confidential. I’ve never had to work on something where I’ve not been able to share it with my team. Now I can finally work on it openly.”

Wang will design collections for women and men. They will be sold in 250 H&M stores worldwide, and online starting November 6, 2014.

Photo: Angela Pham / BFAnyc.com

David Beckham’s Beachy New Briefs

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David BeckhamAsk any girl about her favorite Super Bowl ad and she’ll likely reference the David Beckham Bodywear commercial for H&M (in which the tattooed heartthrob scales a building in his undies, ICYMI). It certainly sparked our attention. So it comes as no surprise that the now-retired British footballer is also introducing a range of men’s swimwear for the Swedish retailer. The line includes Speedo-esque briefs alongside slightly more conservative trunks, all in shades of white, olive green, and navy. The icing on the cake? Each style is modeled by Beckham himself. “We’ve worked to create new classics for men, with great fit, comfort, and also style,” he told The Telegraph. The collection will hit stores on May 22. World-famous abs (unfortunately) not included.

Photo: H&M 

Gisele Bündchen’s Blondie Moment

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Gisele

We love a multitalented model, so we were pleasantly surprised to hear that Gisele Bündchen is going back into the studio for a new H&M campaign. If you recall, the super teamed up with H&M last fall to record The Kinks’ “All Day and All of the Night,” with each song purchase benefitting UNICEF. This time around, Bündchen is recording a cover of Blondie’s “Heart of Glass” with French music producer Bob Sinclar. “I never in a million years thought I would record a song and work with a producer like Bob,” she said. The song and video will be released in May.

Photo: Courtesy of H&M