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Ralph, Oscar, Calvin, Karl—most of today’s top designers don’t even require a last name. But who’s next on the road to worldwide, decades-long fashion fame? Vanity Fair has a few ideas. For the publication’s September issue, VF‘s fashion market director, Michael Carl (who you probably know as @carlscrush on Twitter), rounded up the industry’s most-sought-after young designers to ask them how they got their big break, who their dream clients are, and about their least favorite trends. Jennifer Fisher hit it big when Rihanna wore her jewelry, and Jason Wu credits Michelle Obama for making him a household name. (He was quick to voice his opinions on acid-wash jeans, too.)
The designers also posed with their “muses” for a group shot photographed by Patrick Demarchelier. Joseph Altuzarra tapped Dree Hemingway, Tabitha Simmons brought Karen Elson, and Public School’s Max Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow enlisted Sebastian Stan. Watch Vanity Fair‘s full video hailing upcoming design talents, above.
Last night in the seventh-floor Living Room at its Times Square location, W Hotels partnered with cultural organization Liberatum to present a “Living New York” panel discussion. Yahoo’s Joe Zee moderated the intimate chat, which included the likes of Karen Elson, Prabal Gurung, architect Karim Rashid, and filmmaker Paul Haggis. The topic of the evening was the impact coming to New York had had on all of their lives.
Although Rashid had a cynical attitude—”New York has changed! There’s a Citibank and a Starbucks on every corner!”—Karen Elson’s comments proved that the model-turned-musician still has rosy eyes for the Big Apple. “Of course New York has changed,” said Elson. “It’s no longer the drug-addled punk days of Giuliani. But that’s what is so amazing. It’s reinventing constantly. In New York, you can be whoever you want to be. In New York, you can dream. That’s the thing for me.”
The conversation took an interesting turn when the digitization of our world—and the impact of none other than Style.com—came into the mix. Said Gurung of media’s effect on the creative class, “It’s a digital age, and I love it. I am so excited where things are going. I even love the narcissism of Instagram. But there’s a group of people who look at Style.com and say, ‘I want to do what everyone else is doing.’ Then there is someone like me who looks at Style.com and says, ‘I want to do something different.’”
On June 11, Jason Wu will merge good art with a good cause when he hosts the Second Annual Young Friends of ACRIA Summer Soirée. But his involvement with the AIDS research and education foundation goes far beyond turning up at the benefit and smiling for Billy Farrell. “I want to help pave the way for my generation to get involved,” said Wu, who sits on ACRIA’s board. “I love what ACRIA does, and it’s great for me to be able to work with people I admire, like Francisco Costa and Donna Karan.”
In order to help raise funds for the organization, the designer has put together an extensive auction of photographs (fashion and otherwise), the proceeds from which will naturally go to ACRIA. “Last year I collaborated with artist Nate Lowman on T-shirts, and I wanted to continue the art-and-fashion element,” said Wu. “So I thought it would be nice to curate a collection of photographs by young and established photographers that I admire.”
Open for bidding now on paddle8.com, the auction includes Inez & Vinoodh’s Guinevere Descending a Staircase; Herb Ritts’ 1991 portrait of a pensive Karl Lagerfeld; and Bruce Weber’s erotic snap Gregory and Sacha, Nantucket, Mass, 2012, as well as works by up-and-comers, like Kevin Tachman’s moody shot from Rick Owens’ Fall ’13 show, Kelly Klein’s punk-tinged image, and Gregory Harris’ uplifting 2008 photograph New Hope.
“I’d like the younger generation of creative people to be able to afford and have these things,” offered Wu. To wit, starting bids range from $400 (for Simon Burstall’s grayscale image) to $6,000 (for a Weber or Steven Meisel). Sure, it’s no small investment, but these are pretty appealing prices when it comes to big-name photographers. “This is a great way for people who are really interested in collecting to get an incredible work that most people in their 20s and 30s wouldn’t be able to buy.” A collector as well as a philanthropist (his latest acquisition was an Inez & Vinoodh-lensed print of his Spring ’14 campaign with Karen Elson), Wu places himself in this category. “I’ll definitely be bidding on everything!” he laughed. Why not join him?
“It’s like my wedding day!” exclaimed Palter DeLiso cofounder and president Lauren Bruksch. “Except in this case, I’m the groom, watching Karen [Elson] walk down the aisle.” Bruksch is talking about the recently relaunched luxury shoe brand Palter DeLiso’s premiere millennial campaign—a retro-futuristic vision of a woman (fiery-locked Elson) embarking on a rather glamorous excursion from JFK’s currently out-of-commission Eero Saarinen-designed TWA Flight Center, all the while wearing some very cared-for pumps. Along with her cofounder, creative director Taz Saunders, Bruksch’s been planning and anxiously awaiting the campaign shoot day for months now, and it’s here at last. Elson, who is being shot by fashion photographer Ellen von Unwerth, is decked out in a fifties-style Roland Mouret dress and cherry-red Valentino cape, preening and waving as the camera clicks. Her feet, of course, slide into Palter DeLiso’s Fall ’14 heels—first, an ink-drop-stained pair of slender pumps and, later, a classic nude heel.
“I think the thing that we immediately realized is that [ours] is such an authentic story,” said Bruksch of the brand, which was initially founded in New York, in 1927, and later credited with inventing the peep-toe slingback. “I feel like there are so many brands that pop up and say, ‘Luxury this’ or ‘American heritage.’ Palter DeLiso has such a clear tie to the heritage, and it’s remaining really true.”
For Ellen von Unwerth, reviving—and modernizing—the Palter DeLiso image was all about creating a story of stylized adventure. “You know, this is an old brand from the fifties, so we decided to find a location that has a little bit of that aspect, but is also photogenic and interesting and can create a story—the woman traveling,” explained von Unwerth between shots. “So we pulled pictures from the fifties, of Avedon or Marilyn—you know, the pictures that make us dream. [For] me at least.”
In its first life, Palter DeLiso was photographed by Richard Avedon, Richard Rutledge, Karen Radkai, and others. The behind-the-scenes images from the new campaign debut here. Bruksch and Saunders hope the final products will embody the spirit of the original ads. That said, Bruksch insists, “Now, it’s less about looking to the past and more about, had the brand never gone away and never eclipsed, who would Palter DeLiso be today?”
It’s virtually impossible to flip through a glossy these days without coming across at least one picture of Karen Elson, whose career has been in overdrive lately with recent ads for Jason Wu, Sonia Rykiel, Paule Ka, Kurt Geiger, and a new campaign for Louis Vuitton, which was announced today. In the brand’s new “Spirit of Travel” series, Peter Lindbergh went on safari in South Africa with Elson and fellow English rose Edie Campbell, and captured them feeding giraffes and riding zebras, respectively. (Campbell is known for her equestrian skills.) Keeping up her red-hot momentum, Elson has made plenty of appearances during the Fall ’14 shows, too—both in the front row and on the runway. So far, she’s turned up on catwalks including Tom Ford, Michael Kors, Donna Karan, and Diane von Furstenberg, and rubbed elbows with the celebs and editors at Alexander Wang and Rodarte. We wouldn’t be surprised to see more of her during the Paris shows.