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September 1 2014

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38 posts tagged "Karen Elson"

Karen Elson’s Got a New Lover

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Karen Elson for Lover“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” »

Vive le Vivier!

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Bruno Frisoni was a little surprised at how quickly the French Embassy filled up at last night’s Roger Vivier book launch party. The likes of Olivier Theyskens, Linda Fargo, Keegan Singh, and Gilles Bensimon joined Frisoni and his cohost, Inès de la Fressange, to celebrate the new tome. Published by Rizzoli, Roger Vivier boasts Cate Blanchett, Frisoni, and les rédactrices francaises Virginie Mouzat and Colombe Pringle as contributors. But it’s not your typical retrospective work. Rather, it’s more of a curated compilation of old-meets-new. “It’s almost like a scrapbook, or one of my carnets,” Frisoni told Style.com. “We shot old shoes in a new way, and new shoes in an old way.”

Coco Rocha showed off her new copper hair at the cocktail celebration, and carried a Vivier clutch to match. The model conceded that she looked to the fete’s red-tressed songstress, Karen Elson, for some sartorial inspiration. “I’ve had to change which colors I wear, and a lot of times I think, What would Karen wear?”

After a few lively songs with her band, Elson told Style.com that this was one of her last performances for a while. She hits the studio later this month to start a new album. Elson said that she “tried to channel the Vivier woman” while she was onstage. “She’s all about power, confidence, and the sexy stuff I like.”

Photos: Joe Schildhorn/ BFAnyc.com

Destination: Iman

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Iman can truly do it all. The supermodel, who practically invented the “model-slash” moniker, is CEO of her eponymous makeup label, regularly hawks her Global Chic fashion and accessories collections on HSN, runs a home decor line—and now you can tack on editor in chief to Mrs. Bowie’s ever-growing résumé. Destination Iman, which launched last night with a fête at the Dream Downtown’s Electric Room and drew the likes of Karen Elson, Joan Smalls, Coco Rocha, and Elettra Wiedemann, is the style icon’s first online magazine dedicated to her jet-setting lifestyle, fashion tips, and beauty advice.

“Twenty-year-olds would stop me on the street and say, ‘How do you take care of your skin? How do you look like this?’” the 57-year-old told Style.com, clad in a figure-flaunting Hérve Léger dress. Such run-ins led the beauty maven to write a blog post about aging chicly,which she e-mailed to girlfriend Arianna Huffington, who immediately wanted a monthly column. Soon after, the concept for Destination Iman was born. Last night’s party theme? “Paris: Noir et Blanc,” based on the freshman issue’s focus on the City of Light, which covers everything from Iman’s favorite hangouts (404 and Raspoutine) to what cookies she brings her daughter’s teacher (William Greenberg’s Black & White). “I was going to wear this vintage black and white YSL tonight,” Iman admitted. “But it needed space and there’s not much room here. That would be a disservice to Saint Laurent.”

Each month, readers can expect a column penned by Iman dubbed Ageless Chic, which speaks to the over-40 crowd—just don’t call her outlook aging gracefully. “That’s giving up,” Iman deadpanned. “Women have to pull it together. For fashion, you suffer.”

Photo: Jesse Lirola / BFAnyc.com

Out And About On Fashion’s Night Out

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As the first day of shows at Lincoln Center was coming to a close, the FNO festivities uptown were already in full swing. Michael Kors put on his own version of American Idol, turning his Madison Avenue store into a karaoke parlor for amateur contestants and bringing in Kate Upton, Nikki Reed, and Debra Messing to judge. Of FNO, Kors said, “It’s a new holiday. It’s Halloween, it’s New Year’s, and it’s all about style.”

Not far away, a more seasoned performer was taking the stage at Manolo Blahnik: Cyndi Lauper. “It’s kinky boot night!” Lauper said. (Kinky Boots is the name of the new musical she’s developing, about a drag queen and a shoemaker, which will head to Broadway next year; Lauper was wearing a red suede pair by Blahnik for the occasion.) “I love fashion, I’m sorry, I do. I like to give it a twist here and there, a little tug and a pull, deconstruct it a little. I don’t want to look in a magazine and see a 12-year-old in something I’m being pitched to wear.”

At the Calvin Klein store, Dwayne Wade of the Miami Heat was signing copies of his new book A Father First, while models including Karen Elson, Hanne Gaby Odiele, and Kasia Struss, fluttered about. “I always like to push the envelope a little bit,” Wade told Style.com as Ryan Lochte walked by. “With athletes the door is open for us in fashion, and we’re getting into it and enjoying it.” One block over at Bergdorf Goodman, Aerin Lauder (who was celebrating the launch of her eponymous cosmetics line) kick-started the retailer’s 111th birthday celebrations, which later in the night included visits from a host of boldface names like Thakoon Panchigul, Bobbi Brown, and Victoria Beckham and various festivities on the different floors. The scene at Saks was also a multi-story party, ranging from Oscar de la Renta signing fragrance bottles to manicures with Rebecca Minkoff to ping-pong with Susan Sarandon. Before her performance on the eighth floor, songstress Vanessa Carlton admitted, “I’ve never played a shoe floor—there’s some really nice shoes here. And, I’ve never played Saks before.”

It was a night of many firsts. At Bottega Veneta, creative director Tomas Maier was enjoying his first-ever FNO in New York, and over at Ferragamo, Miroslava Duma, Elena Perminova, and Anya Ziourova were hosting their first fête at Ferragamo, in honor of the Italian label’s Russian-themed Fall collection. “At first I thought it would be very overwhelming because I’ve never hosted a night before, but now I think it’s amazing,” Ziourova told Style.com while she clutched her Fabergé egg bag. As waiters passed out latkes, borscht tartar, and plenty of vodka, Duma said, “You know, Russians really love toasts. Sometimes there are people in Russia that, when they’re drunk, they’ll go on toasting for 20 or 30 minutes without reason. But tonight we’ll toast by saying good luck to the fashion industry.” A few guests at the Fivestory party, hosted by Olympia Le-Tan, Annabelle Dexter-Jones, and Arielle de Pinto, could have used that luck for the cut-throat game of Pictionary that was taking place. “I lost,” Le-Tan reported. “The first theme was ‘fashion people’ and I drew Donatella Versace. I think I did a good job but then someone on my team had to draw Mad Men and it was terrible so we lost.”

Downtown in Soho, the streets were so packed you could barely move. But the DKNY store, conveniently spacious and air-conditioned, offered some relief. That is, except where model-of-the-moment Karlie Kloss, who just signed with IMG, was standing. A crowd gathered around Kloss, who was holding a tray of Karlie’s Kookies (get the recipe here) made in collaboration with Momofuku Milk Bar. “They are fashion-week approved,” she told Style.com (translation: “There is no butter and no sugar”). And better yet, she swears she eats them. “I have been eating them all day, I just came from the bakery.” There to support a different kind of FEED was Lauren Bush Lauren, hawking her do-gooder bags.

Over on the west side at Balenciaga, the line wrapped around the store for an audience with Grace Coddington, Vogue‘s longtime creative director. She couldn’t take all the credit. Some went to Pumpkin, her beloved tabby, whom she’d illustrated wearing several seasons’ worth of Balenciaga looks for a Steidl book some years back. Her friend Nicolas Ghesquière was so taken with them that the label printed them on limited-edition bags and scarves, which Coddington happily signed for fans at Balenciaga’s West Chelsea store for FNO. What does Pumpkin think of her newfound fame? “She loves it!” Coddington reported, though, a more press-shy starlet than her owner, Pumpkin wasn’t in attendance last night. A few blocks away, black was the color of the evening—as in BLACK, Comme des Garçons’ popup-turned-permanent store on 17th Street. Only a few shoppers at a time could fit into the minuscule store space, but many more made an impromptu block party outside, fueled by ice cream from a Brooklyn churner. Near nine o’clock, the designated cutoff time, there seemed no signs of dispersal—perhaps because the plastic snap-band watches CDG offered gratis as FNO gifts were all showing Japanese time. Diane von Furstenberg, however, was running on Democratic National Convention time last night. “Let’s all meditate,” she commanded at her Meatpacking District space. “Today is a little crazy so I’m going to go upstairs to watch the President.” Cue loud cheers. “I see this is not a Republican crowd,” she quipped. “Good, we have that in common.”

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Photo: Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images

The Closing Ceremony Bright Spots: Supes And Spice

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Throughout the London Olympics, fashion statements came in the form of gold and diamond grills (thank you, Ryan Lochte), patriotic nail art, and envelope-pushing jewelry, but it was last night’s Closing Ceremony that won the gold medal by a long shot in the Games’ fashion competition. After Nick Knight-lensed billboards featuring Brit supermodels including Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Stella Tennant, Lily Cole, Georgia May Jagger, and David Gandy made their way into the stadium, the supes hit the Union Jack-shaped catwalk wearing one-of-a-kind gold numbers by top London labels like Alexander McQueen, Erdem, Burberry, Vivienne Westwood, and Christopher Kane, to David Bowie’s “Fashion.” They were followed by performers wearing gold helmets, who created a giant gold skull formation as a tribute to the late Lee Alexander McQueen. The segment, put together by Closing Ceremony creative director Kim Gavin along with British Vogue and the British Fashion Council, was reportedly a year in the making. But perhaps the even bigger highlight of the night was watching Victoria Beckham shed her icy persona and step back into her Posh Spice role when she took the stage for the big finale with the rest of the Spice Girls. The designer, who wore a strapless black dress by Giles Deacon for the show, tweeted: “I was a pop star for the night! I love you [girls]! We did it!”

Photos: Jeff J. Mitchell (Moss); Jamie Squire / Getty Images