50 posts tagged "J.W. Anderson"
Let the Versus Versace rumors begin! According to British Vogue, Versace is chatting with Belgian designer Anthony Vaccarello about becoming the next guest designer for its Versus range. Should he be picked, he’d follow in the footsteps of J.W. Anderson and Christopher Kane. While Versace hasn’t confirmed the rumblings, we think this collaboration might make the most sense of all—Versace and Vaccarello (who will show his Spring ’14 collection on Tuesday in Paris) share a certain sexed-up sensibility. Couldn’t you just see a short, black patent version of Anja Rubik’s barely there 2012 Met gown strutting down the Versus catwalk? In any event, all we know for sure right now is that Vaccarello’s Versus Versace would be one heck of a lot of V‘s.
Following months of rumors, it was announced this morning that LVMH has acquired a majority stake in London-based footwear label, Nicholas Kirkwood. “It’s with a great sense of excitement and pride that I enter into this partnership,” offered Kirkwood in a press release. “LVMH is home to the most celebrated and revered brands and talents in our industry, and has an implicit understanding of luxury. From my first meeting with Delphine Arnault and Pierre‐Yves Roussel of LVMH, it was clear that LVMH would be the best partner for our brand as we have the same values of design, creativity, and craftsmanship.”
Having launched in 2005, Kirkwood’s brand hasn’t done too shabbily on its own. The Central Saint Martins-trained designer—known for his playful approach to colorful, sexed-up shoes—has stand alone stores in New York, London, and Las Vegas, is sold at retailers worldwide, won the 2013 BFA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award, and launched a men’s range earlier this year. Needles to say, with LVMH backing his already flourishing business, further expansion is nigh. Only one question remains: is J.W. Anderson next?
With each new season comes a whole crop of new models to get acquainted with, and what struck us about many of Spring ’14′s rising stars was their interesting names—Drake Burnette (below, left), Binx Walton, Malaika Firth (above, top left), Holly Rose Emery (below, right), and Zlata Mangafic in particular. Their cool monikers only added to their allure during the New York and London shows. Firth is perhaps the most promising fresh face to emerge these past two weeks. We knew the 19-year-old stunner from Kenya (by way of London) would be major when she landed the Prada Fall ’13 campaign (she’s the first black model to do so since Naomi Campbell in 1994, which gave rise to a slew of comparisons to the supe) and walked in the label’s menswear Resort presentation back in June. Firth started her season at Jason Wu, and continued to walk only top-tier shows during NYFW, including Altuzarra, Calvin Klein Collection, Marc Jacobs, and Proenza Schouler. She kept up the pace across the pond, turning up at Burberry, Christopher Kane, J.W. Anderson, Jonathan Saunders, and Mary Katrantzou.
Other girls who got explosive starts from that Prada menswear runway over the summer include Anna Ewers (above, top right) and Emery. Ewers caught Alexander Wang’s eye (as well as the attention of casting director Anita Bitton) back in February, when she was included in the lineup for his debut Balenciaga collection. Next, the strong German beauty starred in the Resort lookbooks for both Alexander Wang and Balenciaga, so we were hardly surprised to see the designer’s new muse open his Spring ’14 show—the easy, cool hair and makeup were even reportedly inspired by Ewers’ natural look. She went on to do Altuzarra, Rodarte, Proenza Schouler, and Marc Jacobs. Meanwhile, Emery’s career took off during the Fall couture shows, and her Kewpie Doll pout won her spots on Spring catwalks including Jason Wu, Theyskens’ Theory, Marc Jacobs, Christopher Kane, and Giles. Another newcomer who has walked all the right runways so far is Kate Goodling (above, bottom left). The second girl out at Alexander Wang, she also appeared at Calvin Klein, Narciso Rodrgieuz, Altuzarra, and Donna Karan. Her all-American appeal will take her far. Ophelie Guillermand (above, bottom right), likewise, made an impact at both Alexander Wang and Calvin Klein. Continue Reading “New Model News From New York and London” »
What is the meaning of collaboration? Ian Schrager and Marriott are experts at it by now, as their partnership has led to one of the coolest hotel propositions around, the Edition. The London outpost is set to open its doors tomorrow, with a highly anticipated launch party hosted by Stefano Tonchi, Edward Enninful, and Cara Delevingne, to be held on Saturday night. To capture the essence of collaboration, Edition along with Nowness have shot a collection of five films by Johnnie Shand Kydd. The third film in the series, Distinction, goes live on Thursday, September 12—but we got a sneak peek.
Distinction features two of the greatest fashion collaborators around: Lady Amanda Harlech, who has spun her magic with Karl Lagerfeld over the decades, and J.W. Anderson’s Jonathan Anderson, who, with his sold-out Topshop line, knows a thing or two about teamwork. Listen to their thoughts here in the trailer’s exclusive debut, above.
Watch out, Kering. LVMH is comin’ round the bend on the young designer investment front—or it’s rumored to be, anyway. Today, WWD reports that LVMH is believed to be in talks with London-based up-and-comer Jonathan Anderson of J.W.Anderson. The emerging talent, known for his wares’ slick cuts and androgynous appeal, has been on the rise for the past few seasons. Earlier this year, he launched his very first ad campaign, which debuted exclusively here. And who could forget his collaboration with Versace’s Versus? No doubt, a little help from LVMH would further elevate his line—and his profile. In related news, there have been whispers the past few months that LVMH is looking to invest in accessories designer Nicholas Kirkwood’s growing business, too. This all comes on the heels of Kering’s headline-making move to buy a 51 percent stake in Christopher Kane in January, as well as the company’s purchase of shares in Altuzarra just last week. All in all, it looks like luxury parent corps are invested in funding the future of fashion—here’s hoping the designers will continue to stay their respective creative courses.