6 posts tagged "Jean-Luc Godard"
On Friday Carven unveiled a souped-up, revamped website featuring editorial content and e-commerce. The launch also marks the first time U.S. customers will be able to take advantage of Carven’s online shopping. “The website at first was more intimate,” offered Carven’s creative director, Guillaume Henry, who helped to revive the French house when he took the reins back in 2009. “But now, Carven is a global brand, and we needed to be a bit more open. So we had to rethink the website to help the customers get the mood and the feel of the brand.”
Along with the new site comes a heightened social media presence and the release of a clever short dubbed Carven: Social Media Love. “By myself, I’m not a big social media user because I would be an addict. I don’t want to communicate too much about who I am and what I love other than being a designer,” said Henry about his personal aversion to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and the like. “But Carven needs a social media presence because the brand belongs to everyone.”
Created in the style of French New Wave (or La Nouvelle Vague) director Jean-Luc Godard, the sweet, quirky video shows fans Carven’s playful side. “Godard was part of La Nouvelle Vague. He was very fresh and had a very French taste, and that’s what we do at Carven,” explained Henry, describing the parallels between Godard’s vision and the direction of Carven. “It’s easy and sophisticated, but with a sense of humor and tasteful chicness.”
Henry makes a cameo in the flick, which premieres exclusively here, but he won’t be quitting his day job for a life onscreen any time soon. “It was so weird!” he said, laughing. “I like to design clothes. That’s what I do. But when you are a designer, you’re the face and voice of the brand, and I quite like the fact that they used my image in a friendly way—it’s nothing serious or pretentious at all.” Watch Henry’s endearing onscreen debut, above.
One of fashion’s most noted phenomena is the mysterious process by which any number of designers might be inspired by the same thing in a given season. But if a certain artist makes an impression on the runways come September, it won’t be so much a case of something in the air as something in the Gagosian Gallery. A handful of European designers are in New York this week for their Resort presentations (along with the dueling dinners that follow), and most of them, it seemed, had been over to West 24th Street to take in a new museum-worthy exhibition devoted to Lucio Fontana. The midcentury Italian painter and sculptor has long been a favorite of the fashion set—Tom Ford installed one of his pieces in the entryway when he opened his first men’s store on Madison Avenue—and it’s intriguing to imagine how Fontana’s slashed surfaces might influence a designer’s work. (Fleeting, wholly impractical thought: how to duplicate the effect on the next cover of Style.com/Print. See how that flies with the ad department.) Jean-Luc Godard once suggested that all filmmakers should shoot the same script so that you could really appreciate the difference in their styles. It might be fun to witness a similar challenge on the fashion front. Then again, maybe it won’t be Fontana but something else that captures the collective mind. The Avedon show, round the corner at Gagosian’s sister branch on 21st Street, is pretty great, too.
Lucio Fontana: Ambienti Spaziali runs through June 30 at Gagosian’s W. 24th St. gallery; Richard Avedon: Murals & Portraits runs through July 27 at its W. 21st St. branch. For more information, visit www.gagosian.com.
Daphne Guinness, dead again? The heiress-gone-style-icon recently laid herself on the slab to debut her collaboration with London jeweler Shaun Leane, and now she’s at it again. In The Death of Jean Seberg, a new fashion film that debuted on Nick Knight’s SHOWstudio, Guinness plays the titular gamine, who made history as the heroine of Godard’s Breathless (and helped to inspire a generation of pixie cuts) before meeting an untimely end under mysterious circumstances in 1979. The film, by director Joseph Lally, doesn’t claim to be historical or even accurate (“Film should not give satisfaction,” a title card reads), but the hour-long fantasy is no less interesting for that. The complete film is on view now at SHOWstudio.com. And speaking of Godard, the reclusive French director, who received (but didn’t show up to collect) an honorary Oscar this year, is in the news again, too: He’s got an interesting solution to the Greek economic crisis, if you’re interested.
The rumor of the morning: Rodarte in talks with LVMH? No one’s saying anything for sure, but the Arnault clan has been spotted at Rodarte shows (pictured) a season or two running… [WWD]
Biba, the go-to label of London’s swinging sixties, is relaunching again, with Daisy Lowe now fronting the brand. (Though, crucially, founder Barbara Hulanicki will not be involved.) Will the birds go for it the third time around? [Grazia]
A day after Ralph Toledano’s exit was announced, Chloé’s got a new CEO: Geoffroy de la Bourdonnaye, formerly chief executive of Liberty in London. [Vogue U.K.]
Breathe a sigh of relief: Mad Men costume designer Janie Bryant is not collaborating with the Kardashians on a collection, despite what several sources have reported. Can you imagine what Don Draper would’ve said?! [Racked]
And if you know where Nouvelle Vague legend Jean-Luc Godard is, please let the Academy know. It’s trying to reach him to let him know he’s being given a lifetime achievement award, but apparently, he’s nowhere to be found. Maybe the Breathless-loving Rodarte girls have seen him? [Hint Mag]
It might be one of the most grating sounds ever caught on film: The young Jean Seberg bellowing “New York Herald Tribune!” on the streets of Paris in Jean-Luc Godard’s 1960 Nouvelle Vague masterpiece Breathless. But it might be one of film’s most indelible images, too: the gorgeous Seberg, with her shock of close-cropped blond hair, selling papers in her New York Herald Tribune sweater (left). For style-watchers, the sweater (almost as much as the star, and certainly more than whatever was in the Tribune) was the news.
So when the 50th anniversary of Breathless rolled around, accompanied by a gorgeously restored print, Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte chose the design to reimagine for themselves. “The New York Herald Tribune top is iconic to the film; it is pivotal in creating the idea of the innocent American in Paris that Godard eventually rejects,” Kate explains. “And Jean Seberg is perfect in the film in that she represented, at the time, a sort of rejection of the accepted idea of beauty. She is one of the many subversions of the status quo that appear in the film.”
To accompany the re-release, the sisters tried their hand at redesigning a host of Breathless merch. Four shirt styles are available: Their spin on the New York Herald Tribune design (bottom); a totally original design inspired by the film; and two shirts printed with the new posters they worked up with illustrator Patrick Li, with French and U.S. flags. (See the posters, below.) The collaborative items are on display now in the windows of Barneys’ Madison Avenue flagship; come June 8, the tees and signed posters will be sold there exclusively in the U.S. (They’ll be in Dover Street Market in London and Colette in Paris, too.) Continue Reading “Rodarte Gets Breathless” »