192 posts tagged "Kate Moss"
The notion that Kate Moss sparks trends is hardly new—see pirate boots, cutoffs, vintage dresses on the red carpet, etc. And it seems the supermodel’s innate style is more compelling than ever for designers as well as consumers. Case in point: the Gloria Swanson-channeling look she dreamed up with Marc Jacobs to wear to the Costume Institute Gala in May. A line-for-line copy made an appearance in Jacobs’ Resort collection, and we’ve glimpsed its shadow several times throughout the Cruise season—in the use of lamé at Roksanda Ilincic and Chris Benz and in the shimmering one-shoulder silhouettes at Michael Kors and Alexander Wang. And then there’s her turban, a version of which turned up at Yigal Azrouël topping a draped wrap dress—minus the Harry Winston sapphire, of course. Whether it’s all a case of direct homage or just something in the air, Kate as usual was the first to distill the mood.
Will you be adopting Moss’ silent film star look? Click for a slideshow and let us know.
Want a tattoo? Worried you won’t want one, like, right after the design has been inked into your arm forever and for all time? Fashion has a needle-free solution. Tattoo-inspired designs are showing up everywhere, from the arm-climbing Erik Halley bracelets gracing Freja Beha in the new Karl Lagerfeld campaign to Kate Moss’ tattoo-print maxi dress for Topshop to the range of ink-themed bags recently launched by Coach. Much of the credit for this trend must go to Gucci, which debuted its tattooed Babouska bag for Spring ’09 and then adapted the concept for its successful Tattoo Heart collection benefiting UNICEF. But a little digging in the archives reveals that Olivia Morris got to the tattoo concept first. The London-based designer landed on the fashion map in 2000 with a debut collection that included nude-toned boots, bags, and stilettos with tattoo designs hand-printed onto the leather. More recently for Fall ’07, she adapted the idea for a range of shoes featuring embossed designs by tattoo artist Stacey Gards. “Everyone still asks me about those first tattoo shoes,” Morris notes. “Especially clients who bought them back then and want another pair.” The designer goes on to say that she’s considering bringing back the original tattoo accessories next year, in celebration of her brand’s tenth anniversary. In the meantime, she’s taking the new iterations of her idea in stride. “I think it’s one of those things that happen naturally,” she says. “Tattoos are back in fashion, on the street, and designers are absorbing what they see around them.”
Versace’s chief executive is rumored to be handing in his resignation tomorrow in Milan, due, some believe, to tension with Donatella over her “lavish lifestyle.” Isn’t “lavish lifestyle” the definition of Versace? [NYT]
Something’s always a little off in Miles Aldridge’s world. The London-based fashion photographer has made his career on images that are almost diabolically surreal—a woman with a perfect lipstick pout, crumpled against a countertop, stabbing a birthday cake; a lady clad just-so in yellow, pushing an empty swing; a disembodied mouth biting into a forkful of spaghetti. The neon-hued weirdness of Aldridge’s shots makes them leap off pages of magazines and into the same psychological territory as early Almodóvar films: All his women are on the verge of a nervous breakdown. (An exception to the rule, perhaps: Aldridge’s wife, model Kristen McMenamy.) Symptoms of Aldridge-mania include: titillation, studious blankness, frenzy. Now, Aldridge-mania is coming stateside. On Thursday, Aldridge opened the first U.S. show of his work at the Steven Kasher Gallery in Chelsea. Today, he publishes Miles Aldridge: Pictures for Photographs (Editions 7L/Steidl), a compilation of his photographs for magazines such as Vogue Italia and Numéro. This week, Aldridge takes over the Fifth Avenue windows at Henri Bendel, re-creating a few of his images with mannequins. Aldridge will be on hand at Bendel’s to open the display and sign books; here, he talks to Style.com about good luck, lots of cats, and puckers.
You studied illustration at Central Saint Martins. How did you wind up a fashion photographer?
To a certain extent, I just got lucky. In London, around ’95, I was dating this girl who was really beautiful, but not beautiful in a particularly model-y way, at least as that was understood at the time. Basically, she was too short. But then Kate Moss came along, and my girlfriend decided she could be a model after all, so she asked me to take some photos of her, which I did. When she showed her book to British Vogue, they asked to see me. Her career never really got off the ground, but that’s how mine started. It was a good time—between Kate and the whole grunge thing, if you were English and could hold a camera, people in New York would meet with you. And my sister, who was a model, let me know that in her experience all photographers were idiots, so therefore I was qualified.
Riccardo Tisci’s next muse is…Adriana Lima? The Victoria’s Secret model goes goth in Givenchy’s Fall ad campaign, and, we never thought we’d say it, totally gives Mariacarla Boscono a run for her money. Up next: Miranda Kerr? [WWD]