43 posts tagged "Kenzo"
Girls. Or at least that’s what Forbes‘ latest report suggests…about the modeling world. While 2013′s top-earning female super—Gisele Bündchen (who else?)—raked in a cool $42 million between September 2012 and September 2013, the world’s most money-making male model, Sean O’Pry (of Versace, H&M, Kenzo, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Spicebomb campaign fame) made only $1.5M in the same timeframe. Not that we’re terribly surprised—Beyoncé’s rarely wrong.
Crusader is as much of a job descriptor for Vivienne Westwood as fashion designer. And among her agendas, no cause resonates more acutely than her crusade to fight climate change. For Spring ’14, the designer sent out models in plastered-and-fractured makeup at Vivienne Westwood Red Label, the effect of which she likened to animals being “trapped” in the headlights. One look, a strapless brocade dress in pale gold and lavender, topped a ratty T-shirt that read “Climate.” Here, the message rang loud and clear. Moreover, Westwood gave out pre-addressed postcards to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, instructing editors to write down their own ecological apprehensions.
But Westwood wasn’t the only designer who expressed her environmental concerns this season. Christopher Kane showed metallic teardrop cutouts on dresses—”Sterilized petals,” he called them. He also offered diagrammatic outlines of botanicals, paired with blocky letters spelling “Petal” and “Flower.” His wares appeared to place a conscious emphasis on the synthetic over the natural. At Dior, Raf Simons printed slogans such as “Alice Garden” and “Primrose Path” along brightly colored numbers that seemed to suggest a kind of nuclear summer, mutated wisteria included.
Shifting from terra firma to the big blue sea, Kenzo‘s Carol Lim and Humberto Leon addressed the problem of overfishing: In addition to a few fun aquatic prints, there was a T-shirt that read “No Fish, No Nothing.” “The challenges facing our oceans are a global concern,” Leon told Style.com. “The shirt is an effort to help raise awareness through fashion’s strong voice.” A portion of the garment’s proceeds will go to the Blue Marine Foundation, which battles fish-stock depletion worldwide.
If you use your tablet primarily for posting fashion moments to Pinterest and Instagram, as well as, ahem, browsing Style.com, then you should probably also be tucking it away in an au courant pochette. Kenzo created just that for Google’s new Nexus 7. The print-blocked pouch takes its cue from the Fall ’13 collection, in which creative directors Carol Lim and Humberto Leon rummaged through Kenzo Takada’s haberdashery and emerged with a series of dynamic ribbons. Here, they have added a band that reads “Nexus” to the pattern—presumably so no one confuses what’s inside with one of the other tablets out there.
“It’s such a great way to individualize your device,” said Leon of the pochette, adding that they have both been using the Nexus 7 with all its integrated Google features. The collaboration, he explained, was a natural fit. “They knew that we loved playing with logos, and they like our play on prints.”
“I think it was exciting for them, because they have never partnered with a fashion brand, and so they came to us because they thought we were leaders in technology,” offered Lim. Like what you see? Then mark next Monday in your calendar, because that’s when the limited-edition pochettes will be available (for 85 euros) via Kenzo’s e-store. In the meantime, the Spring ’14 show will be live-streamed on Sunday, on Kenzo’s Google+ page and YouTube.
There are only a handful of shops worldwide as iconic as the Joseph on 77 Fulham Road, or known in the fashion world simply as 77. With a prized position in the heart of South Kensington, Joseph is flanked on both sides by some other icons: Daphne’s, Princess Diana’s favorite restaurant; Boujis, her son Harry’s current nightclub of choice; and, of course, Bibendum in the Michelin House, where loyal customers have been enjoying oysters and champagne for generations. That was where yours truly first met the late, great Joseph Ettedgui in 2003, sipping his espresso and puffing a cigar, those eyes squinting behind his trademark round glasses in the glorious October sun, as he put his paper down to fill me in on details of the project at that moment in his life—the renovation of his home. During our many conversations, a constant stream of people was always stopping to say hello. Joseph Ettedgui was the most popular guy in the hood, his charms and charisma irresistible.
September 14 marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of 77, and celebrations are afoot for the man who brought Kenzo, Castelbajac, Alaïa, and Yamamoto to the world and who basically created the mold for concept stores like Colette and Dover Street Market. Celebrations start by revealing twenty-five quotes from Joseph’s nearest and dearest, like Naomi Campbell, Katie Grand, and Alexandra Shulman, and they’ll live on the Joseph Web site during London fashion week.
There will also be a window during LFW designed by Vanity Fair‘s Michael Roberts, a great friend and confidante of Joseph’s who, back in the day, worked as a stylist and was all but Joseph’s “right-hand man.” The window is inspired by one of Joseph’s only fashion shows, held around twenty-five years ago, styled by Roberts, where body mapping was somewhat of a thing. Louise Trotter, Joseph’s creative director, has also created a Haring jacquard jumper, inspired by the same fashion show, which will hit the shops September 14. On the eve of the anniversary, Style.com sat down with Roberts to discuss Mr. Ettedgui, who died from cancer in 2010, at age 74.
What are your fondest memories of both Josephs—the man and the brand?
I would see Joseph with a cigar and a coffee, listening attentively, and then motivating you to just “do it.” He was a doer, making sure that things got done. There would be one central meeting, then he would spring into action. Once you had done what it was you set out to do, he would become almost childlike, exclaiming and jumping up and down in celebration and excitement. Continue Reading “Happy Birthday, Dear Joseph” »
Will the snakeskin motif ever go out of style? We don’t anticipate it happening anytime soon, especially since designers have been getting extra creative with their scaly wares. Cobalt hues and metallic finishes bring a modern edge to traditional snake prints, and on-trend shapes like slouchy sweatshirts, knee-length skirts, and oversize clutches make them essential additions to your fall wardrobe. Shop our favorite blue reptilian pieces by Kenzo, Stella McCartney, and more, below.
1. Reed Krakoff Alligator-Print Crepe and Fine-Knit Sweater, $1,190, available at net-a-porter.com
2. Kenzo Blue Reptile-Print Round Sunglasses, $275, available at ssense.com
3. Stella McCartney Oversize Patchwork Clutch, $1,055, available at saksfifthavenue.com
4. Derek Lam Fia Ankle-Strap Sandals, $795, available at shopbop.com
5. Diane von Furstenberg Paulina Python-Jacquard Skirt, $285, available at net-a-porter.com