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6 posts tagged "Hunger Games"

Filling Fashion Week’s White Space

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The White Space - Presentation - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2014

“I’m really interested in promoting young designers and bringing them together,” explained curator and stylist Alison Brokaw of her interest in The White Space. The project, a three-day showcase of four emerging designers at Jeff and Justine Koons’ West Chelsea studio produced by Brokaw represents a concerted attempt to shine a spotlight on new talent during a week when, amid 250-plus presentations and runway shows, it’s become near impossible for nonestablished brands to attract substantial industry attention. The idea behind White Space is simple: “If you bring everyone together, you’re going to get more traffic, you’re going to get more people through the door,” said Brokaw. “We’ve had all the majors through, [meeting the designers] and giving them feedback. It’s been a very, very positive experience.”

The four designers on view come from diverse backgrounds. Wadha Al Hajri (above) is a Qatari womenswear designer with a sharply architectural aesthetic that features cutout-heavy, hand-embroidered black-and-white woven separates; Brokaw found her on a sales trip to the Middle East. “My collections are always inspired by my heritage and my background,” Al Hajri offered. “Working in Qatar is challenging—there are no pattern cutters!—but it’s integral to my vision.”

The White Space - Presentation - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2014

Handbag designer Lee Savage (above), a Savannah, Georgia, native, gives us solid brass, lamb-lined and leather-coated geometric evening clutches, this season inspired by the minimalist creations of Donald Judd. “Because my background is in interiors, everything is very architecturally based,” said Savage of her hyper-sculptural accessories, which are carried at Barneys and on Net-a-Porter. She’s hoping to attract the attention of a few other buyers through the showcase.

Kashmiri scarf designer Yaser Shaw runs his family’s generations-old, traditional fabric manufacturing workshop in the Himalayan mountains. He collaborates with local artisans, helping them select colors and patterns (this season inspired by the work of Josef Albers and 17th-century Central Asian architecture) as they spend three weeks weaving each set of six shawls.

English designer Anjhe Mules (one of the costume designers for The Hunger Games) of technical sportswear line Lucas Hugh rounds out the group. “It’s technical sportswear with a high-fashion twist,” she explained. “Everything is styled to make you look slimmer, and there is support as well through the waist and the bum. The aesthetic is a little edgier.”

“Everyone’s doing something different, so there’s really no competition,” said Brokaw. “It’s great to bring everyone together and focus on these three days the magic happens.”

Photos: Getty Images 

At Long Last, Kate Moss for Alexander McQueen

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Kate Moss for Alexander McQueen

Kate Moss for Alexander McQueen

Given her close relationship with the house and the late designer, it’s somewhat surprising that Kate Moss has never fronted an Alexander McQueen campaign. This season, however, the brand has remedied that, and tapped the forty-year-old supe to star in its Steven Klein-lensed Spring ’14 ads, two of which debut exclusively here. Barefaced and clad in Sarah Burton’s black leather and gold warrior wares, Moss sports an acid orange pixie cut in the snaps—a touch that lends the images a Fifth Element-meets-Hunger Games vibe. (Fitting, considering McQueen frocks pop up on more than a few occasions in Catching Fire.) Also starring in the ads is a sufficiently unnerving mini Moss doll, who’s styled to match the model. We imagine that the toy’s role will become clear in Klein’s film for the brand. Inspired by the voyeuristic 1960s British thriller, Peeping Tom, the short is set to go live on McQueen’s Web site at 8 a.m. EST. Can Moss top her ghostly Fall 2006 performance for the house, in which she was projected onto the designer’s runway as a floating hologram? Head over to www.alexandermcqueen.com to find out.

Photos: Steven Klein

Let’s Hear It For The Girl

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Marilyn MonroeToday’s sci-fi epics (ahem, Hunger Games), throwback flicks (The Wolf of Wall Street being the latest, with its portrayal of down-and-dirty nineties bankers), and witty dramas (Blue Jasmine, anyone?) have some pretty impressive wardrobe teams. But when it comes to the most iconic on-screen ensembles, the films of yore take the cake. According to a poll conducted by the U.K.’s British Heart Foundation (it held the study to promote its “Ram Up Red” campaign, which raises awareness about heart disease), Marilyn Monroe’s William Travilla-designed white halter frock (yes, that one) from 1955′s The Seven Year Itch was at the top of the list. In second place was Judy Garland’s blue gingham dress and ruby red slippers from 1939′s The Wizard of Oz, and Olivia Newton-John’s second-skin black look from Grease, Ursula Andress’ white bikini in Dr. No, and the ebony Givenchy gown Audrey Hepburn wore in Breakfast at Tiffany’s came in at third, fourth, and fifth place, respectively. As for the win, we’re sure Ms. Monroe—or rather, her character, The Girl—would think it’s “just delicate.”

Photo: Courtesy of mptvimages.com

Runway to Red Carpet: Sparkles Galore and a Courageous Katniss

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Jennifer LawrenceWhile the subtle sparkle of diamonds is often the finishing touch on a red-carpet look, a few of the best ensembles of the week were doused with glittering crystals. Elizabeth Banks continued to hit the sartorial nail on the head as The Hunger Games: Catching Fire tour came to a close in New York on Wednesday. She shimmered in a bedazzled black ensemble from Jenny Packham’s Fall ’13 runway. The same evening in Las Vegas, Kate Bosworth chose a scintillating Spring ’14 Fendi frock completely covered in geometric Swarovski crystals for the premiere of her new film, Homefront.

Before finishing its whirlwind press tour in New York, Catching Fire held a star-studded premiere in Los Angeles on Monday, which brought out notables including Kiernan Shipka, Zoë Kravitz, and Sarah Hyland. Shipka charmed in a black silk sleeveless blouse and skirt embroidered with green and blue floral beading from Miu Miu’s Spring ’14 collection, and Kravitz opted for a Balenciaga Spring ’14 LBD with a wide neckline and buttons up the side. The nod for best dressed of the evening goes to the film’s leading lady, Jennifer Lawrence, in a daring sheer Dior Fall ’13 Couture gown with a full skirt over a strapless black bodysuit. We appreciate that Katniss is as fearless on the red carpet as she is in the arena.

Here, more of this week’s red-carpet highlights.

Hunger Games Strike Net-a-Porter

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Hunger Games x Net-A-PorterThe Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens on Friday night, and with it, more tie-ins than arrows in Katniss Everdeen’s quiver. There’s makeup from Cover Girl, nail polish from China Glaze, even subs from Subway—may the sandwiches be ever in your flavor! But the alliance that’s captured our attention around here is the one between the film’s costume designer, Trish Summerville, and Net-a-Porter. On Thursday, the Web site will begin selling Capitol Couture, a nineteen-piece ready-to-wear collection, plus accessories and jewelry, designed by Summerville. In the mix are a leather jacket and pants inspired by Cinna (a.k.a. Lenny Kravitz); an emerald green dress modeled after one worn by Johanna, the tribute from the Lumber District (played by Jena Malone); logo tees; and, of course, versions of Katniss’ chariot and mockingjay dresses. This isn’t Summerville’s first retail partnership; as the costume designer on The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo she created a tie-in collection for the fast-fashion chain H&M. But, as she puts it, the Net-a-Porter partnership “breaks new ground” in terms of quality and price point. The jacquard-trimmed twill jumpsuit here ($415) is a subtle riff on the uniforms worn in the Quarter Quell. For those of you who haven’t read the books, that’s the 75th annual Hunger Games competition around which most of the action in the second part of the trilogy takes place. Summerville is currently at work on Gone Girl with Dragon Tattoo director David Fincher. The bad news for fans of Gillian Flynn’s page-turner? “It’s a completely contemporary film,” says the costume designer. “I don’t see a ready-to-wear collection coming out of it.”

Photo: Courtesy of Net-a-porter