August 30 2014

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17 posts tagged "Kristen McMenamy"

Behind The Scenes Of Chanel’s Tale Of A Fairy


If that magic ticket to Antibes and the Chanel Cruise show got lost in the poste, never fear—you can now see Tale of a Fairy, the film Karl Lagerfeld shot with house favorites Anna Mouglalis, Kristen McMenamy, Freja Beha Erichsen, and Baptiste Giabiconi—in full at More curious how your Chanel sausage gets made? The label shared a few pics from behind the scenes with Karl, Kristen, Freja, and more. Check them out, above and below (not all of which, incidentally, are SFW). Continue Reading “Behind The Scenes Of Chanel’s Tale Of A Fairy” »

Karl In Cannes: A Little Ferry, A Little Fairy Tale


The Karl Lagerfeld bandwagon rolled out of Cannes on Tuesday as the film festival rolled in. The legendary Croisette is lined with huge billboards promoting Spielberg’s Tintin and the new Transformers and Cowboys & Aliens and The Smurfs in 3-D!—spectacles all, but even so, their makers could surely learn something from Chanel’s no-expense-spared launch of its latest Cruise collection. The show itself—staged on Monday night in the gardens of the legendary Hotel du Cap, in Antibes—was simply the jewel in the crown of a 24-hour wingding that extended from an alfresco Italian dinner on Sunday night to post-show dancing under a cherry moon accompanied by vintage club sounds from London’s Horse Meat Disco. (OK, it was actually a half moon, but Prince filmed his movie of that name in this very spot, and that’s what inspired Michel Gaubert to opt for a show soundtrack that was heavy on the Purple One.)

Earlier on Monday, there was a picnic in the flower fields of Grasse, where workers were harvesting the rose petals whose distilled essence will eventually make its way into Chanel No. 5, Coco, Mademoiselle, et al. Paraphrasing Diana Vreeland’s legendary observation that pink is the navy blue of India, I’d like to propose that rosé is the tap water of the Riviera. And that was just lunch! The evening’s festivities began on a catwalk that stretched from the hotel down to the sea, with a couple of hundred guests lolling under umbrellas lined along its length. Among them, Blake Lively and Rachel Bilson, whose seemingly random inclusion under the Chanel umbrella actually speaks volumes about Lagerfeld’s own engagement in every eddy of pop culture. The indolence of the event felt truly in tune with his own sense of this part of the world as an enduring playground for the super-rich. It was a mood he captured brilliantly in The Tale of a Fairy, the film that screened as night fell. (Those are stills from the 30-minute flick, above.)

A few decades ago, Lagerfeld featured in L’Amour, one of the last Warhol movies, and there were echoes of Andy in the film Karl showed last night: the anomic glamour, the decadent polymorphousness, the barbed ad-libs (kudos to Amanda Harlech), but most of all the spectacular performance by Kristen McMenamy. The 46-year-old model effortlessly evoked memories of the banked fury of the legendary Holly Woodlawn (whose performance in Trash was so mesmerizing that no less an industry totem than Paul Newman went to bat for her when Oscar nomination time came around). Every great Tennessee Williams role awaits McMenamy, and it’s typical of Lagerfeld that he had the vision to resuscitate that facet of her personality years after she’d faded from fashion’s consciousness. Is Karl the new Andy? He considered the notion for a millisecond, then snorted, “I’ve got better production values.”

After the fairy came the Ferry: the legendary Bryan himself, cleverly reminding his devotees that he adds oomph to Bob Dylan and Sam and Dave just as artfully as he sings his own songs. His performance put the seal on a spectrum of cultural endeavors—from food to fragrance to fashion to funk—that would surely have gladdened Coco’s own legendarily dark heart. Now, how many times did I use the word “legendary” in this account? Times ten and we’re closing in on the sensibility of an event that, at some point in the distant, post-apocalyptic future, will seem like the apogee of a moment when there were people who could make their own dreams come true. How appropriate that it was all about one night in Cannes.

Photos: Courtesy of Chanel

Five Models For The Price Of One, Posh And Florence On The Rich List, Designers And Their Moms, And More…


i-D‘s latest issue is dedicated to “summer hedonism.” And what could be more hedonistic than five cover stars in place of the usual one—especially when they’re Stella Tennant, Amber Valletta, Daphne Groeneveld, Behati Prinsloo, and Kristen McMenamy? []

Some models model (see above); the rest, it seems, collaborate on designs. The latest two to try their hands are Karen Elson and Kate Moss ex and occasional poster boy (for both designers and drug awareness) Pete Doherty. Elson is singing a new tune as an accessories designer for Nine West; her limited-edition collection hits stores in late August. And Doherty will create a limited-edition mini-collection of clothing for French label The Kooples in stores from October. [WWD]

For Mother’s Day, designers remembered their fondest style memories about Mom. In some cases, that meant her dressing them: Tory Burch recalled her mom helping her pick out a YSL black tulle and pink sequin prom dress—”a little daring for prom,” she says. But a few precocious kids started dressing their mothers, instead. Rachel Roy and Isaac Mizrahi were both outfitting mama from a young age. [NYT]

It pays to be Posh (and be married to David Beckham). The designer and her husband are the 19th wealthiest couple on the Rich List 2011 from London’s Sunday Times. Florence Welch (left) joins them on the list in the under-30s division. Her dog days are definitely over. [Vogue U.K.]

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Vintage Cardin For Sale (Cardin Included), Galliano Goes It Alone, Sartori Explores New Sartorial Frontiers, And More…


Got a spare $1.46 billion dollars? The Pierre Cardin label could be yours! Monsieur Cardin has put his namesake brand up for sale—only catch (or bonus, depending on your point of view): Cardin himself comes with. [WSJ]

John Galliano’s trial is set to begin next week—without Galliano’s lawyer, Stephane Zerbib. Rumors circulating earlier had Zerbib quitting, but Team JG has released a statement claiming the attorney was fired. [Vogue U.K.]

Alessandro Sartori, creative director of Z Zegna, is stepping into new shoes, career-wise. After eight years at Zegna, he will leave his position and move to luxury footwear specialist Berluti. Head designer of Jil Sander menswear Paul Surridge is set to take his place. [WWD]

Kristen McMenamy’s reign continues. The silver-haired supe covers the latest Italian Vogue and shows she’s just as game at 46 as any of her younger colleagues to show some skin. It’s Vogue Italia: The Swimsuit Issue! [Huffington Post]


A Trio Takes On Vuitton, Angels Just Wanna Have Fun, What Margherita’s Wearing, And More…


Is three the charm for Louis Vuitton? Following last season’s ad campaign, with Christy Turlington, Natalia Vodianova, and Karen Elson, the label is reportedly featuring another trio for its Spring ’11 ads: Kristen McMenamy (left, who closed the Spring show in painted-on zebra stripes), Freja Beha Erichsen, and Raquel Zimmermann, shot by Steven Meisel. [WWD]

Missed last night’s Victoria’s Secret Show telecast? Our own Tommy Ton was backstage—and he and collaborator Justin Wu captured a few of the girls lip-syncing along to a Cyndi Lauper classic you won’t see in the show. [Jak and Jil]

Margherita Maccapani Missoni is the lateset style star to take on daily-style-blogging duties at British Vogue‘s Today I’m Wearing online feature. Today? You guessed it—she’s wearing Missoni. [Vogue U.K.]

Red Carpet Fashion Awards notices an uptick in menswear-on-women: Leighton Meester wore Thom Browne to the Gotham Awards in New York, and Jessica Alba (at the Footwear News awards), Lara Bingle, and Winona Ryder (at the Black Swan premiere) followed, ahem, suit. [Red Carpet Fashion Awards]

And if you liked Kate Middleton’s now-famous Issa dress—the one she announced her engagement to Prince William in—good news: It’s coming to Net-A-Porter. In January. To your N-A-P “Wish Lists,” ladies. [Huffington Post]

Photo: Yannis Vlamos /