9 posts tagged "i-D"
Pillars of the British fashion industry gathered at the London Coliseum tonight for the British Fashion Awards—an annual ceremony that honors the crème de la crème of the country’s creative talents. In addition to much-coveted honors such as Womenswear Designer of the Year (which Donatella Versace presented to Christopher Kane), Brand of the Year (won by Burberry, whose Christopher Bailey also took the Menswear Designer of the Year title), Accessories Designer of the Year (won by Nicholas Kirkwood), Model of the Year (Edie Campbell), and the International Designer of the Year Award (Miuccia Prada), there were a few special prizes to bestow. i-D magazine’s founders Terry and Tricia Jones earned a standing ovation when they picked up their Outstanding Achievement Award, Marc Jacobs turned up to hand Kate Moss her Special Recognition Award, and Samantha Cameron presented a deserving Suzy Menkes with her Lifetime Achievement honor. As for the up-and-comers, J.W. Anderson took the New Establishment Award, while Simone Rocha and Agi & Sam won the emerging womenswear and menswear categories, respectively. Finally, the Emerging Accessories Designer Award fittingly went to Nicholas Kirkwood’s protégée Sophia Webster. Tune in tomorrow for complete coverage of the ceremony, as well as Kate Moss’ undoubtedly raucous after-fete. To see all the winners, visit the British Fashion Council’s Web site.
Last week, i-D rolled out its eye-popping new Web site, i-d.co. Having launched with a collaborative M.I.A. x Kenzo music video, the iconic magazine’s new online home will offer full-bleed imagery, quirky videos starring personalities such as Rick Owens, Lily McMenamy, Sky Ferreira, and more, and, soon, an interactive social-media component. The Web venture, which was feted at a veritable runway rave in New York last night, is a decidedly high-tech move for the publication, which, founded by Terry Jones in 1980, earned cult status because of its gritty fanzine approach to documenting London’s creative culture. Of course, it also helped that, early in their careers, photographers such as Nick Knight, Mario Testino, and Juergen Teller shot for the publication, and Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, and even Madonna winked for its covers in their youth.
The site is thanks in part to Vice—the forward-thinking, in-your-face, Brooklyn-based media company that acquired i-D last December. “Vice’s whole push was to take i-D into the digital realm, which it wasn’t. We had a Web site, but it’s nothing like what we have now,” offered i-D editor Holly Shackleton. “Vice has been incredibly respectful. They haven’t been involved in our editorial choices,” she added. “They’ve just given us the digital know-how and business sense to start something new and launch the site.” More developments are on the horizon. i-D will soon open an office here in New York, and Jones, who’s been with the publication for the past thirty-three years, will take a notable step back. “He’ll always be on the masthead as founder,” offered Shackleton, stressing that while he’ll still be somewhat involved, he’s looking to spend more time with his family.
The Web site’s launch party in West Chelsea was a fitting display of fresh, edgy clothes and pioneering technology. In partnership with Samsung, the magazine flew over three of London’s hottest new talents—Ryan LO, Claire Barrow, and Ashley Williams (all Fashion East alums)—and had them present their collections in a holographic show. It was one-part IRL models (including Hanne Gaby Odiele), one-part virtual projections. Audience members (M.I.A. among them) could hardly tell who was real and who was simulated as the catwalkers danced amid computer-generated acid rain and floating gemstones. The crowd bounced and, at some points, fist-pumped to the EDM runway tunes. And even though partygoers were sipping champagne, the event exuded the underground cool that made i-D a force in the first place. “i-D has always been a global fashion community, and we hope the new site will encourage that,” said Shackleton. “We wanted to introduce these young British talents to a New York audience. They’re all future stars, without a doubt.”
Take a look at i-D‘s new online digs at www.i-d.vice.com.
…Newsweek—in print form—closes with it. The magazine will go digital-only in 2013; this week, the historic title released its last paper-and-ink issue, complete with hashtag coverline. The announcement a few weeks ago raised (again) the print-is-dead alarms, but 2012 wasn’t all bad for magazines. Several others did shutter, including Vogue Hommes Japan and Whole Living, but the year also saw the launch of Du Jour, M, and the relaunch of Best Life, as well as the late-breaking sale of i-D to Vice Media. Onward to 2013.
Food for “Thoughtful”: Vice, the guerrilla media organization that currently runs both the namesake magazine and a thriving network of online channels, has bought i-D, the London-based style magazine founded and edited by Terry and Tricia Jones, The Guardian reports. The Joneses will stay on as editors and minority shareholders.
They’ve got the face, the body, a portfolio full of ad campaigns and editorials shot by top photographers in the industry, and a runway roster to match. But with our new “Model-Slash” feature, Style.com profiles girls whose ambitions and drive extend beyond the catwalk.
Growing up with a rock ‘n’ roll father, four musician sisters, and a name that was seemingly predestined to be in the limelight, 25-year-old Harmony Boucher (pictured) became the lead singer of her first band in elementary school, and has been a consummate frontwoman ever since. Boucher, who is the face of London-based electro-pop act Vuvuvultures, has also been recognized in the model set for her androgynous appeal. Since she started modeling about a year ago, Boucher has been typecast as the edgy tomboy, appearing in editorials for publications including Dazed & Confused, i-D, Garage, and AnOther magazine (she’s not as destined for the runway—she’s only 5’8″). “They want my certain look,” Boucher told Style.com over the phone. “They’re like, ‘Oh my God. You look like a girl who looks like a boy,’ and I’ve heard that since I was nine years old so I’m kind of numb to it now.”
Vuvuvultures (think riot grrls for the Internet generation), earned a buzz on the East London underground scene with music videos like “I’ll Cut You” and “Pills Week.” The band formed in 2009 when Boucher followed girlfriend and bassist Nicole to a rehearsal, and ended up singing on a few of the tracks they were recording that day with producer Paul Ressel (also the keyboardist in the band). The group instantly clicked and began touring as Bunny Come, but Boucher explained they eventually outgrew that name. “The music we were doing before was a bit more dance-y and high-energy, and what we’re doing now is a bit darker, so we started going by Vuvuvultures.” After releasing their debut EP VVV earlier this year, Boucher and company have been busy working on a full-length album, “gigging” in East London, and putting on a DIY warehouse party called The Island, where Vuvuvultures and other like-minded artists perform weekly. Boucher admits that she lives for her time onstage: “Performing is an escape from the real world and you just get to be mental,” she said. “When I sing is one of the only times I don’t have to think about anything but what I’m doing, being in the moment.” However, she’s discovered that modeling definitely has its benefits, too. “I’ve learned how to use my body better and am more aware of how I look onstage.”