3 posts tagged "Jonathan Riss"
It’s not very difficult to be mesmerized by supermodel Carmen Kass, but Asa Mader has just made it even easier. The filmmaker cast the face of Chloé, Versace, and Kenzo in his new experimental film Ray of Life, in which Kass (pictured) floats ethereally through the atmosphere in a sequined romper and a feather dress made by Jay Ahr’s artistic director Jonathan Riss. The film is now showing in Florence as part of Pitti Immagine Uomo and Firenze4Ever. [Nowness]
Isaac Mizrahi is also taking his turn in film. The designer will be the first to curate a short for the debut of New York in Film, a series at the W New York Downtown. Mizrahi has chosen Bob Fosse’s Sweet Charity, which will be privately screened at the hotel’s lounge Tuesday night. Spike Lee’s pick will be next. [WWD]
J.W. Anderson and James Long have it coming for them. As the two British names in the running for the International Woolmark Prize, the designers will have to face a panel of judges made up of some major names in fashion, including recently announced addition Alber Elbaz. Lanvin’s creative director will join Dsquared²’s Dean and Dan Caten, Giles Deacon, and Style.com’s own Tim Blanks. [Vogue U.K.]
Is J.Crew headed to London town? It appears that the U.S. label has plans to open up its first store outside of North America. Chairman and chief executive officer Millard “Mickey” Drexler was spotted scouting out locations across the pond while on his way to this week’s Pitti Immagine Uomo in Florence. Stores could reportedly open as early as next year. [WWD]
Director Kathryn Bigelow’s Osama bin Laden film has been under wraps for what seems like forever. But details are emerging about the cast, which reportedly includes Jessica Chastain and Mark Duplass. The movie will paint a broad picture of the decade-long quest to find bin Laden and the efforts put forth by the intelligence and national security communities. [The Hollywood Reporter]
It was practically a bestiary at London’s Couturelab boutique and gallery yesterday. Swarovski-sprinkled monkey skulls, a gold-beaded buffalo, and a fiery coral sea spider were just some of the haute experiments in embroidery that Jay Ahr designer Jonathan Riss presented at Evolution, an exhibition of 14 tapestries crafted from such unusual materials as turquoise, mandrille shells, and sequins. Riss creates both ready-to-wear and eveningwear, but he’s best known for the latter, often detailed with the kind of intricate embroidery on display here. “I’m the kind of person that likes to keep all of my treasures in a little box. But with these tapestries, I thought, if I can put them out in public, why not?” said the designer, who was in town from Paris not only for the opening of his show, but to shoot a new campaign featuring Poppy Delevingne.
It was art, not fashion, that was on display last night, but that didn’t stop the style set from stopping by. The campaign’s creative director, Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, spent most of her evening admiring Riss’ marble elephant skeleton. “I want the campaign to be quite glamorous, young, and fun,” Roitfeld said, tugging at her vintage Helmut Lang blazer. “I don’t want to tell you what to expect because I want it to be a surprise!” added the campaign’s stylist, Mélanie Huynh. On deck for the stylist for the rest of the summer? A trip to Corsica, where she’ll go “hippie chic,” she said, in Pucci, Altuzarra, and Isabel Marant.
“Projects like these are a great way to nurture new creativity,” said Couturelab’s founder, Carmen Busquets, of Riss’ exhibition. “Couturelab doesn’t do ‘fashions’ or ‘seasons.’ I want to create a community where value and creativity are sustained.” Judging by her store, which, two years ago, launched as a pop-up extension of the Couturelab Web site and has remained packed with handcrafted jewelry, hats, and homewares ever since, Busquets has done just that.
Just as the shop was emptying, a 16-year-old boy in a plum velvet tuxedo jacket passed by the storefront. “Did you do these, man? They’re sick!” he asked Riss, pointing to the tapestries in the window. The designer just smiled.