4 posts tagged "Kinga Rajzak"
Animation, designer duds and the power of instant purchasing come together in Barneys’ latest endeavor—a shoppable spring film called Wild Things. Created by filmmaker and photographer Barnaby Roper under the direction of Barneys creative director Dennis Freedman, the film stars Kinga Rajzak and follows her through a black-and-white cartoon land while she wears looks by Isabel Marant, Acne, Carven, Rag & Bone, and beyond. And when it goes live on Barneys’ Web site tomorrow, viewers will be able to point, click, and buy as they watch the short, thanks to Liveclicker technology. “The movement, special effects, and graphic treatments Barnaby created work because there is also a sense of humor and wit, which make them Barneys,” said Freedman of the project. Naturally, in addition to being practical (and pretty persuasive), the film has that classic Barneys quirk (think playful, primitive drawings with a vintage Pop art edge).
According to Barneys, the video, which debuts exclusively above, is part of the retailer’s ongoing push to expand its presence in the digital space. For instance, the department store has launched the Barneys Warehouse website—its first permanent off-price e-commerce destination (not unlike the famed Warehouse Sale, the site features past-season items at up to 75 percent off). Other digital milestones include the recent website redesign, a focus on The Window—Barneys’ editorial site, and, of course, last year’s holiday Disney film and corresponding scavenger hunt, which was conducted via Twitter. To accompany the spring film, Barneys will be launching mini videos, designer interviews, and more as a part of its increased focus on digital content creation.
“I wanted to show English humor and irreverence,” said Stella McCartney, so demure that butter wouldn’t melt in her mouth, even though, minutes before, she’d proved that unleashing mass hysteria in an audience is a talent that clearly runs in the family. To launch her exclusive London Evening collection for Fall 2012 (slideshow here), McCartney threw a black-tie bash at One Mayfair, a soaring neoclassical space that used to be the church where Led Zeppelin played its first London gig in 1968. At the beginning of the evening, when show producer Sam Gainsbury cryptically promised “something big,” there was a millisecond or so when I imagined a Led Zep reformation. One could but dream. Father Paul in a reprise of his Grammy performance? That, at least, would be easier to swing.
The crowd—including Rihanna, Kate Moss and Jamie Hince, Mario Testino, Juergen Teller, the Le Bons, the Driver sisters, Stella Tennant, Bianca Jagger, and belle of the ball, Shailene Woodley—was well seeded with models in Stella dresses. Not, they insisted, the clothes we had come to see. “We’re just guests,” said Kinga Rajzak, dazzling in a black sheath with a white contoured effect. She was one of the new guard of girls on hand. Shalom Harlow, Amber Valletta, Yasmin Le Bon, and Anouck Lepère were also wearing Stella gowns, ranging from variants on the contouring to marble-printed bubble dresses to confections spun from vibrant orange or electric blue lace. Lucie de la Falaise brought daughter Ella on her first big fashion night out. Appropriate, then, that they’d be staying over at godmother Moss’ London pad.
After guests chomped through a veg feast of five small but perfectly formed courses, Dutch illusionist Hans Klok, World’s Fastest Magician, took to the stage. He laid a hypnotized Alexa Chung across three huge scimitars and left her essentially floating in mid-air, balanced on the sword on which her head rested. Trance state or not, she claimed she could still feel the point of the blade an hour later. Childlike glee is always my default position with magic tricks, but surely this was not the “something big.” Suddenly, there was an almighty shriek from a nearby table, where it seemed like a scrap had broken out between a guest and a waiter. Then Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” came walloping over the sound system, and all hell broke loose. Models, waiters, and Shailene Woodley flew hither and yon in a breathtakingly tight dance routine choreographed (in 24 hours, apparently) by Blanca Li, a fierce-looking but funny Spanish woman who was sitting at my table quietly chatting with Pedro Almodóvar’s costume designer Paco Delgado one minute and whirling through space like a dervish the next. But in amidst the physical frenzy, there was the elegantly precarious image of Shalom, Amber, and Yasmin parading around the room on catwalks improvised from chairs placed under each foot as they took a step.
“Something big” it was, indeed. And thrilling and surprising. Even Simon Le Bon had no idea what his wife was about to do. It was all a remarkable testament to timing, pluck—and the remarkably pliable properties of Stella’s eveningwear.
CLICK HERE for the complete Fall ’12 eveningwear collection, plus pictures from the party and performance >
Who says fashion isn’t art? On the heels of an exhibition of their designs at Cooper-Hewitt and a collection of sketches (delivered via cell phone) for LACMA, the Mulleavy sisters’ work will be showcased in an upcoming solo exhibition at MOCA, Black Swan tutus included. [MOCA]
Giles Deacon and Sophie Théallet are headed to Nine West—for a capsule collection, at least. Théallet’s bound-to-be-charming shoes are due in May, while Deacon’s futuristic kicks will drop this fall. [WWD]
Kate Middleton enthusiasts, your lucky day is almost here. Reiss’ sold-out Fall 2009 Nannette dress—the one Middleton wore in her engagement portrait—hits stores tomorrow. Queue up. [Elle U.K.]
Missed Miuccia’s revamped Spring show in Beijing on Saturday? Check out the just-released campaign video featuring Arizona Muse, Tati Cotliar, Kinga Rajzak, Zuzanna Bijoch, and Mariacarla Boscono. Try saying that ten times fast. [YouTube]
Casting director Douglas Perrett has made his name not only on the shows he casts (Jeremy Scott and Robert Geller among them) but also on his voracious appetite for the extracurriculars of the fashion world—tweeting (at @COACD), blogging (at COACDinc.com), and, for the second year in a row, gifting: His agency’s limited-edition, homemade client gifts, from T-shirts to straight-boy calendars, are anxiously awaited by those in the know.
This year’s, which is arriving at certain key addresses now, is a doozy: an oversized poster, illustrated by Andrea Mary Marshall, starring the hundred models COACD deems the catwalkers of the year. The mix includes “a lot of the Meisel girls, the iconic girls” like Linda Evangelista and Naomi Campbell, as well as plenty of Victoria’s Secret girls. And, while Perrett says, “It’s definitely more of a commercial mix for us,” no shortage of editorial favorites, like Eniko Mihalik, Kinga Rajzak, and Martha Streck (above). (The toughest to illustrate? Catherine McNeil, says Marshall.)
The poster is printed in an edition of 500, all of which, at the moment, are earmarked for clients and friends. (If you want one, stay tuned—there’s a chance there’ll be a second printing for sale.) But, Perrett says, the first run is gift-only by design. “I’ve been really fascinated by the culture of gifts,” he says. “When I first started we got caramel popcorn—I thought we’d made it. Little did I know the big dogs were getting free trips and designer clothes. So this was our take on it. [Especially] since the recession, how do we make something that has our stamp on it, that’s special? People really respond to that.” As for the gift’s final destination? With almost every girl smoking a cigarette and most sporting cartoony bare breasts, it’s not exactly the thing for your office wall. “My dream is in 20 years that these posters end up in bathrooms in houses in upstate New York,” Perrett says with a laugh. “Or a dentist’s office.”