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EXCLUSIVE: Inez & Vinoodh Debut Denim

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Inez and Vinoodh for Frame Denim

Remember that time I told you famed photography duo Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, who have in the last year launched a delectable perfume and a jewelry line, were venturing into clothing design? Well, it’s finally happened. After chatting over dinner with Frame Denim founder Erik Torstensson, the husband-and-wife team resolved to collaborate with the cult denim brand on what are essentially their dream jeans. “We’ve done men’s and women’s—the Inez and the Vinoodh—and we worked with Frame’s team to incorporate our favorite elements of jeans we own ourselves,” offered Van Lamsweerde from her New York studio. “The Inez is my idea of the perfect, classic jean. It’s slightly higher in the back of the waist and lower in the front because I love low-waisted jeans, but every time I’m shooting, I sit down on a box to get a different angle, and they fall so low. Everyone’s behind you and you’re completely exposed!” They’re skinny, but not too skinny (plenty of room at the knee), and they boast a boyish cut. “It’s flattering on a lot of body shapes, though,” insisted Van Lamsweerde. “We’ve tried it on everyone from Freja Beha Ericksen to Lara Stone, and it works.” Matadin, meanwhile, focused on achieving the ideal length for his style, as well as a flawless fit in the back. “It’s the same for girls and guys,” said Van Lamsweerde. “The butt has to be amazing.”

The jeans, which will be available at Barneys New York and on Net-a-Porter in the coming weeks and will be priced between $218 and $238, debut exclusively here in a self-portrait of the designers-cum-photographers. And according to Van Lamsweerde, the taking of said photo was one of the most nerve-racking experiences of their career. “Shooting your own product is kind of frightening,” she admitted. “When we shot our jewelry, it was so much about the people in the portrait, but this was really focused on showing the jeans and the fit…it was definitely one of the scariest days.” The photo is angled specifically so you can see the subtle logo for the collaboration, which is set to continue for seasons to come. “Vinoodh came up with the branding—the belt loops on the back of the jeans are an I and a V.” Freja and Paul Ritchie from band Parlor Mob also star in the campaign.

Perhaps you’re wondering, Why jeans? The answer is simple: Whether they’re shooting at Pier 59 or partying in Paris, Inez & Vinoodh live in them. “I work in jeans every day. They’re really all I wear,” Van Lamsweerde told me. And I can attest to that fact—every time I’ve visited the couple in their downtown studio, both pairs of their enviably long legs are wrapped in denim.

So, we’ve got Inez & Vinoodh perfume, jewelry, and now denim. Can we expect a full-blown clothing line in the future? “I’m not sure. We’re more interested in basic wardrobe items. I can’t imagine us joining the insane fashion schedule,” said Van Lamsweerde. “But if we could work on a collaboration like this again, we’d be excited to do sheets and towels and pottery! You know, in the nineties when we started, you weren’t taken seriously if you ventured into another area of design. But now it seems like anything is possible. There’s a never-ending stream of ideas in our heads.” And no doubt, a never-ending line of creative comrades with whom to collaborate. “It would be incredible if in a few years, there was this ‘IV’ wardrobe that has grown out of different collaborations,” she added. “And a great T-shirt, or the ideal leather jacket wouldn’t be bad to come up with.” Onto the next one? Keep your eyes peeled.

Photo: Inez & Vinoodh 

EXCLUSIVE: Inez & Vinoodh Add Color, and Soon, Clothes, to Their Repertoire

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Camille Bidault Waddington in Inez & Vinoodh jewelry

It didn’t take much time for Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin’s fine jewelry collection, Pretty Much Everything, to take off. But that’s no real surprise. After twenty-seven years in the biz, the renowned photographers and artists have a pretty good idea of what we fashion folk (and folks in general, for that matter) want—and they deliver. For their sophomore outing, the husband-and-wife pair continued to play with the interlocking-ring concept—modeled on their own wedding bands—with which they began last September. However, this time around, they’ve introduced new proportions, stones, and a rainbow of colors via a series of stackable enamel rings in varying widths. “There’s so much color in our heads because of how we live, and we couldn’t find the shades we wanted in actual gemstones,” said Van Lamsweerde of their choice to experiment with enamel. Ranging from lavender to shocking pink to electric yellow and beyond, the hues on offer were inspired by Inez & Vinoodh’s enviable New York apartment. So it’s fitting that the duo tapped their architect, Simrel Achenbach of Descience Lab, to help make the tints a reality. “Simrel has also created the paints for Francesco Clemente for years, so he knows a lot about color.” While that’s perhaps the understatement of the century, the team-up paid off. Who else could perfectly translate the orange of a Leonor Fini painting, the blue of an Yves Klein coffee table, or the shade of the family couch into jewelry?

The rings debut exclusively above in a portrait—lensed by the designers, naturally—of stylist Camille Bidault Waddington. “A lot of the furniture and art found in our apartment stems from the seventies, and Camille’s personal style and sense of color is very reminiscent of the eclectic and ethereal chic of that time,” said the couple. “Women can stack and combine all fifteen colors differently to amplify their mood or personality, and Camille’s portrait is the first in a series of magnificent people wearing their personal combinations.”

Pretty Much Everything

Elsewhere, there were wide, 18-karat white gold, rose gold, yellow gold, and oxidized silver bangles, each of which was attached to a contrasting metal band or a string of vivid stones or white pearls. Also new were precious iterations of their signature ring and star necklaces that come in strands of sapphires, rubies, emeralds, very rare Sleeping Beauty turquoise, or pearls. Slim bracelets garnished with diamond, emerald, ruby, sapphire, or Tahitian-pearl-embellished chains felt delicate and bohemian, while pavé diamond earrings oozed a decadent breed of cool. Currently carried by Net-a-Porter, Barneys New York, and Colette, among other retailers, the range, according to Van Lamsweerde, “has that chic, hippie vibe that I love, especially when it’s layered with pieces from our first collection. It’s fine, but it’s personal and easy—it’s not a statement, but at the same time, it still says that you understand fashion.”

Going forward, Inez & Vinoodh plan to expand their enamel selection and—get this—are working toward an apparel launch. “I can’t say anything yet, but you can expect it in the fall,” teased Van Lamsweerde. “Similar to our jewelry line, it will include things that we feel like we’re missing.” When asked why, with her and Matadin’s exhausting list of projects (major campaigns, music videos, perfume, and editorials are just some of their recent endeavors), they’re taking on yet another venture, Van Lamsweerde laughed. “We’ve learned so much from all the incredible people we’ve worked with throughout the years. Everyone is constantly feeding us input, and it’s too much fun. So, we thought, Why not?”

Photo: Inez & Vinoodh 

Miu Miu Taps Blue’s Two

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Lea Seydoux and Adele Exarchopoulos in Miu Miu's Resort campaign

Blue Is the Warmest Color heated up Cannes, just arrived in U.S. theaters, and now has the Miu Miu seal of approval. Miuccia Prada tapped the film’s Palme d’Or-winning stars, Léa Seydoux (who has been the face of Prada in the past) and Adèle Exarchopoulos, for Miu Miu’s Resort campaign, shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. A word to the wise for the prurient: The film is NC-17; the campaign, PG.

Photos: Courtesy of Miu Miu

EXCLUSIVE: Inez & Vinoodh Add Design to Their Docket

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Inez and Vinoodh

More often than not, “love at first sight” is written off as bullshit. But somehow, Dutch husband-and-wife photography duo Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin manage to make it a believable concept. “We knew the first time we met,” said van Lamsweerde while eying Matadin from across the table in their downtown New York studio. The year was 1986, and they became acquainted while at art school. “We each had a different partner, so it just wasn’t possible. But we worked together on and off for six years without dating,” she continued. “And then we met on the street in Amsterdam, went for a coffee, and it all sort of clicked.”

In the more than two-and-a-half decades since that initial encounter, the couple has married, had a son, Charles, and built a veritable fashion and art photography empire. You’d be hard-pressed to flip through a magazine’s September issue without stumbling upon an Inez & Vinoodh-lensed editorial, or one of the Fall campaigns they shot for Jason Wu, Balmain, Valentino, or a bevy of other powerhouses. Oh, and of course, they’re responsible for Lady Gaga’s latest album cover and video. Their next creative endeavor? A collaborative jewelry collection with TenThousandThings. “It’s a love project,” explains van Lamsweerde. “And it’s about having something to commemorate the love you have for your partner, your child, your best friend, your co-worker…”

The seeds were planted last year while the couple was working on a charity project with TenThousandThings’ David Rees and Ron Anderson. Before they wrapped, Matadin enlisted the jewelers’ help to design a one-off necklace for van Lamsweerde—an oxidized silver chain garnished with a pavé drop, two linked circles (representative of the couple’s wedding rings), and a star pendant. “That’s a symbol for Charles, because his middle name is Star,” said van Lamsweerde. “I started wearing it right away, and everyone would ask me, ‘Where did you get that?’ So it grew into more.” The photographers worked with Rees and Anderson to create a carefully considered debut range, which began with ten of the intertwined wedding-band necklaces (ten because Charles celebrated his tenth birthday this year). Each piece (available in oxidized silver, 18-karat rose or yellow gold, or leather) is garnished with various charms—a ruby resembling a drop of blood, a turquoise heart, a diamond briolette, a white Tahitian pearl, and more. An eleventh necklace combines all the trinkets on one chain. The same concept applies to the collection’s delicate rings, earrings, and bracelets, and van Lamsweerde and Matadin plan to update the offering biannually.

Lou and Keren

Naturally, the pair shot their own campaign—a selection of black-and-white images that depict friends and lovers including Stefano Pilati and his boyfriend, Christiaan Schoonis; The Misshapes; Charles and his best friend, Stella (“It only took ten frames; he’s seen a lot of people strike poses for us,” said van Lamsweerde, laughing); musicians Lou Doillon and Keren Ann (van Lamsweerde describes them as sisters in singing and songwriting); and van Lamsweerde and Matadin themselves. The latter two images debut here.

The collection—priced between $450 and $19,000—can be found at Colette, Net-a-Porter, and Barneys New York this September, and will officially launch via a personal appearance at Barneys’ Madison Avenue store on September 7 at 3 p.m. The event will also celebrate the pair’s Byredo fragrance, 1996, and offer a sneak peek at their forthcoming Taschen book, Pretty Much Everything, which follows a traveling retrospective of the same title.

So considering they’ve conquered the worlds of photography, art, and—now—design, it seemed only appropriate to ask the photographers if they felt like they had done, well, pretty much everything. “No,” said Matadin. “We’re working on a movie…. It’s just meetings in Hollywood now. It will take a bit of time.” No doubt they’ll enjoy spending that “bit of time” together.

Photo: Inez & Vinoodh

Diesel Takes It to the Streets—Cyber-Style

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When Nicola Formichetti stepped into his role as Diesel’s artistic director back in April, he told us that he’d be making some big digital moves. “I want to crowdsource using social media and start getting the armies together, because I can’t do this alone,” he explained, citing Reboot, Diesel’s ongoing Tumblr project, as the first step. Today we learned that the social media maven turned to the micro-blogging site to cast his first ad campaign for Diesel. “I wanted to find people who reflected the diversity of the creative community today and not just the typical model,” Formichetti told WWD. The denim label’s artistic director chose twenty creatives—from graffiti artists to teenage film students—to star in the Inez & Vinoodh-lensed fall adverts. There were, however, a few familiar faces, among them game changer Casey Legler, the first female model to be signed to a men’s division.

Photos: Inez & Vinoodh