37 posts tagged "Karen Elson"
Everyone knows their Marcs from their Calvins. But as fashion month kicks into gear, we’ll be spotlighting the up-and-coming designers and indie brands whose names you’ll want to remember.
Label: Littledoe, designed by Chase Cohl
Need to know: Your typical fashion week presentation doesn’t often include oysters, an open bar, or a Lower East Side locale, but that’s what made Chase Cohl’s Littledoe soiree such a memorable affair. Cohl’s latest handmade, one-of-a-kind feather headpieces, metal crowns, wide-brim hats, and chakra-crystal jewels hung on the walls of The Leadbelly, where friends like Camille Rowe and Curtis Kulig sipped on whiskey gingers and snacked on mini cheeseburgers. While Littledoe has always emphasized a romantic, bohemian spirit, Cohl told Style.com she is taking the brand in a more sophisticated direction. Inspired by the French military during the 17th and 18th centuries, her new collection includes custom embroidered appliqués, antiqued iron crowns, dip-dyed feathers, and velvet flower halos. Over the years, Littledoe pieces have appeared in numerous editorials, but the new collection focuses more on everyday wearability.
Perhaps the best symbol of Littledoe’s new approach is Karen Elson: The in-demand model (Jason Wu, Paule Ka, and Kurt Geiger are just some of the campaigns she’s fronted of late) stars in the new lookbook, which was partially shot at her home in Nashville. “I love what Littledoe is about,” Elson said. “Chase creates pieces that are ultrafeminine, cool, carefree, and can be worn in a variety of different ways.”
She says: “Working with Karen on the lookbook just felt really natural,” Cohl told Style.com. “It’s a rare thing to have a girlfriend who understands exactly what you’re going through, balancing music and fashion—it’s such a strange balance—and I think we’ve become so close because of that.”
Where to find it: The Reformation, Yigal Azrouël, and Sotre One One 4 in New York; Principessa and Undrest in L.A.; and online at www.avenue32.com.
For the past two seasons, Jason Wu’s ads have explored New York’s most iconic eateries. With Inez & Vinoodh behind the lens, he took Stephanie Seymour to La Grenouille for Spring ’13 and dined with Christy Turlington at Mr. Chow last Fall. The restaurant tour continues for Spring ’14, as Wu’s latest campaign depicts show opener Karen Elson posing against the famed leafy wallpaper at Indochine. “There is something so unapologetically glamorous about these images that seem to embody everything that I adore and want to express through my clothes,” said Wu of the ongoing narrative.
The restaurant, which has hosted more art and fashion fetes than we have room to list since opening in 1984, is a fitting backdrop for Wu’s moody Spring snaps. And the designer has some particularly fond memories of the enduring hot spot. “I first went to Indochine when I was a student at Parsons. I snuck into a party there during fashion week and met Cindy Crawford. I was so starstruck!” Wu recalled. “As a child of the 90s, I’ve always idolized supermodels, and that was the first time I had ever met one. It was a religious experience.” The insider mainstay has since become one of Wu’s favorite places to grab a bite. “There’s never a dull night there! I always meet the most interesting people,” he said. These days, it’s safe to bet that Wu is always on the list.
Take a first look at Jason Wu’s Inez & Vinoodh-lensed Spring ’14 campaign here, exclusively on Style.com.
If you live below Fourteenth Street, you’re going to be seeing a lot of Kenza Fourati tomorrow. The Tunisian model is the star of cult downtown basics label BLK DNM’s latest “Wild” campaign. Lensed by the brand’s founder and creative director, Johan Lindeberg, the images have become BLK DNM’s signature, though slightly unorthodox, mode of advertising. Lindeberg takes raw snaps of models like Gisele, Caroline de Maigret, and Karen Elson in BLK DNM’s second-skin jeans and leather jackets, turns them into posters, and plasters them across downtown Manhattan. It’s a bit of a guerrilla approach, if you will.
The newest installment, which was shot last week during a trip to Rio de Janeiro, has a particularly powerful message. Fourati is highly active in the political and social revolution in her native Tunisia, and Lindeberg wanted her strength to come through in the snaps. “The scenery was beautiful, but the shoot was dangerous, because Kenza was standing on a ledge. But she didn’t care,” Lindeberg told Style.com. “She just raised her fist to the sky spontaneously. I could feel that her energy was real—that she felt the same feeling that she does on the streets of Tunis, protesting, shouting, ‘Dégagé, let go!” to the former government. The pure energy is the strength of the picture.” Catch the campaign’s debut here, exclusively on Style.com.
“She was at the top of our list, but it was an ‘in your dreams’ kind of thing,” recalled Nic Briand, one half of the design duo, along with partner Susien Chong, behind Australian label Lover. He’s talking about Karen Elson, the star of the decade-old brand’s first-ever campaign, which, debuting exclusively here, features the fiery-haired English beauty in Lover’s romantic coated-lace and silk Fall ’13 collection. “Karen has always been one of our all-time fantasy muses. She’s up there with people like Charlotte Rampling and Jane Birkin,” said Briand. “We met her briefly, at a friend’s wedding, and in and of itself that encounter would have been enough. When she said she was a fan of the clothes and that she wanted to do the campaign, we were blown away.”
The images, lensed by Lina Scheynius and styled by Leith Clark, show Elson lounging in soft, natural light. It’s an organic compilation that feels just stripped-down and confidently fragile enough for Chong and Briand’s delicate designs. Baby blue, slightly ruffling minidresses with sheer lace detailing have an almost Victorian feeling, while high-neck lace cocktail dresses were inspired by musicians such as Courtney Love and Patti Smith. “There’s this vulnerability about them, but their stage presence is so in-your-face. We love that duality to come through in the clothes,” said Briand. Continue Reading “Karen Elson’s Got a New Lover” »