43 posts tagged "Kenzo"
Last week, i-D rolled out its eye-popping new Web site, i-d.co. Having launched with a collaborative M.I.A. x Kenzo music video, the iconic magazine’s new online home will offer full-bleed imagery, quirky videos starring personalities such as Rick Owens, Lily McMenamy, Sky Ferreira, and more, and, soon, an interactive social-media component. The Web venture, which was feted at a veritable runway rave in New York last night, is a decidedly high-tech move for the publication, which, founded by Terry Jones in 1980, earned cult status because of its gritty fanzine approach to documenting London’s creative culture. Of course, it also helped that, early in their careers, photographers such as Nick Knight, Mario Testino, and Juergen Teller shot for the publication, and Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, and even Madonna winked for its covers in their youth.
The site is thanks in part to Vice—the forward-thinking, in-your-face, Brooklyn-based media company that acquired i-D last December. “Vice’s whole push was to take i-D into the digital realm, which it wasn’t. We had a Web site, but it’s nothing like what we have now,” offered i-D editor Holly Shackleton. “Vice has been incredibly respectful. They haven’t been involved in our editorial choices,” she added. “They’ve just given us the digital know-how and business sense to start something new and launch the site.” More developments are on the horizon. i-D will soon open an office here in New York, and Jones, who’s been with the publication for the past thirty-three years, will take a notable step back. “He’ll always be on the masthead as founder,” offered Shackleton, stressing that while he’ll still be somewhat involved, he’s looking to spend more time with his family.
The Web site’s launch party in West Chelsea was a fitting display of fresh, edgy clothes and pioneering technology. In partnership with Samsung, the magazine flew over three of London’s hottest new talents—Ryan LO, Claire Barrow, and Ashley Williams (all Fashion East alums)—and had them present their collections in a holographic show. It was one-part IRL models (including Hanne Gaby Odiele), one-part virtual projections. Audience members (M.I.A. among them) could hardly tell who was real and who was simulated as the catwalkers danced amid computer-generated acid rain and floating gemstones. The crowd bounced and, at some points, fist-pumped to the EDM runway tunes. And even though partygoers were sipping champagne, the event exuded the underground cool that made i-D a force in the first place. “i-D has always been a global fashion community, and we hope the new site will encourage that,” said Shackleton. “We wanted to introduce these young British talents to a New York audience. They’re all future stars, without a doubt.”
Take a look at i-D‘s new online digs at www.i-d.vice.com.
There’s no questioning Asia’s importance in the fashion market, and Western brands have more than taken note. This month in Hong Kong alone, Tory Burch, Kenzo, Moncler, and Calvin Klein all hosted events within days of each other. And at Singapore’s FIDé fashion week (FIDé is an organization that aims to promote regional and international designers in Singapore), European brands like Pierre Balmain and American ones like Burkman Bros and Ari Dein similarly made the trek eastward to show their collections. “It was the first time both brands participated in a full-length fashion show,” Steven Kolb, the CEO of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, said of the latter two. “Fashion is no longer defined by borders, and the more we can nurture global relations, the greater the success for our designers.”
But the region is also increasingly interested in holding its own in global fashion, and the eleven-day event in Singapore, which typically features several days of presentations by French haute couturiers and Asian couturiers, included the latest step in that direction: the founding of the Asian Couture Federation (ACF). Now, the Asian couturiers (dubbed by the ACF as “Asian Couturier Extraordinaires”) will have a support system of their own. Its inception was an act that won FIDé executive chairman and ACF founder Frank Cintamani (below, left) France’s esteemed Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres honor. Even Shinzo Abe, the Prime Minister of Japan, offered Cintamani a pat on the back, calling the Federation’s establishment “a significant event for all of Asia,” at a time “when we consider that fashion until recently was generally seen as the domain of Europe and the United States.” Continue Reading “In Singapore, Asia’s Couturiers Get A Boost” »
During December’s Art Basel Miami, local retailer Alchemist is partnering with Parisian concept store Colette for a one-week-only “Art Drive-Thru,” offering exclusive pieces from some of the creative industry’s biggest names (we imagine Zaha Hadid wouldn’t create custom product for just anyone). The fifties malt shop-inspired pop-up, located in the zigzaggy Herzog & de Meuron—designed parking garage at 1111 Lincoln Road, will offer such souvenirs as Kenzo x Toilet Paper iPhone cases, a Luis Morais “Survival Kit” (containing one of the jeweler’s signature beaded bracelets, as well as condoms, lighters, and mints), custom roller skates from Chrome Hearts (for the “waitress” salesgirls), scarves from Ai WeiWei, and a uniquely structural-looking candle from Hadid. “It can be used as a vase after the wax has been melted away,” said the architect.
“The collaboration was born out of a mutual respect for what we both do in retail, and an urge to do something out of the box,” explained Alchemist founders Erika and Roma Cohen. Colette’s Sarah Andelman made sure to note that longtime fashion “friends,” including Maison Kitsuné and Julien David, will also be in the mix. “We used to do parties with Le Baron,” she said. “But now we’re too old to dance all night long, so we’re opting to give an incredible shopping experience, open just for the week, 24/7.” Though it is Art Basel, after all, so hopefully she and the Cohens will find time for a little bit of partying along the way.
Colette Art Drive-Thru At Alchemist will be open from December 2-8, 2013, at 1111 Lincoln Road. For inquiries in advance, contact Alchemist.
Ming Xi has been a top catwalker for several years now, but this season, the major Chinese model reversed roles and sat in the front row at several Paris shows, including Kenzo and Maison Martin Margiela, as a guest buyer and consultant for Hong Kong boutique I.T. Like Tommy Ton and his ilk, who often snap her the streets, the renowned Asian retailer can’t get enough of her eclectic personal style, and trusted her discerning eye. Here, Xi shares some exclusive snapshots from her front-row view and subsequent visits to the designers’ showrooms (where she doubled as her own fit model) exclusively with Style.com. She also called out some of her favorite pieces (with a little translation help from her agent at The Society). “I thoroughly enjoyed the experience because I just love the industry as a whole and hope that people will be positively influenced by my viewpoints, choices, and style,” Xi told us. Have a look at Paris fashion week through Ming Xi’s eyes, below.
A group shot of models on a pedestal at Kenzo.
“The appearance of ukiyo-e prints on the coat and the capri pants gives the look a wonderful nomadic sensibility.” Continue Reading “Model Ming Xi Adds Buyer to Her Résumé” »
In the age of Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and RSS readers, our news feeds are more flooded than ever, and the latest collections gave us even more to process. On the runways, models were transformed into walking billboards with clothes that were quite literally statement-making. Whether the message was political (see: Kenzo’s “No fish, no nothing” manifesto against overfishing) or just plain weird (Jeremy Scott’s “Earth Sucks” transmission), Spring is all about wearing your status update on your sleeve. In the streets, novelty T-shirts splashed with tongue-in-cheek phrases like “Sorry for Partying” or “Bite Me” also commanded attention.