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July 25 2014

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139 posts tagged "Lady Gaga"

Punk, Algae, and the Eighties Unite in Annelise Michelson’s Fall ’14

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Annelise Michelson

Ever since Annelise Michelson exploded onto the fashion scene three years ago (and spawned a thousand copycats) with her Carnivore ring, she has gathered quite a following: Lady Gaga, Alison Mosshart, Eva Green, Theodora Richards, and Robin Wright are all fans of her bold, jagged aesthetic.

This Fall, Michelson spins her Carnivore design into one- or two-tiered chokers—a few of those caught our eye on the streets of PFW—as well as a “lobe cuff” (a spike holds it in place on pierced ears). Another femme fatale theme is déchaîné, a term that in French means cutting loose in a big way but also toys with the idea of chains. Here, oversize broken links are fused on massive chokers inspired in equal parts by the work of Helmut Newton and the jewelry Michelson’s mother sported back in the eighties. “I wanted something highly contemporary, slightly punk, but also timeless because that’s what chains are,” she explained. Elsewhere, the designer takes an equally bold but more organic turn with an algae-inspired collection of large pieces with curled edges. “I’d been mulling a marine theme and collecting shells, and all of a sudden I realized that algae would make a good bracelet,” she observed. Who knew punk and kelp could make such lovely bedfellows?

Photo: Courtesy Photo

Anchors A-Wang!

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Alexander Wang

Perhaps the only subject more buzzed about than Alexander Wang’s imminent postshow rager? How anyone will actually get to the designer’s Saturday runway romp at the far-flung Brooklyn Navy Yard. The brand has already partnered with Uber to offer a 30 percent discount on cars to the show, but given the recent surge in prices, we’re not sure it will make much of a dent. This morning, however, word came of a novel transit alternative: Guests will have the option of sailing the high seas—or, at least, across the East River—to the show via a boat leaving from South Street Seaport at 8 p.m. Not since guests were ferried to Gaga’s Navy Yard ArtRave has the fashion set seemed so nautical. But don’t forget the Dramamine.

Photo: Jesse Lirola/BFAnyc.com

Crossing the Bridge for Alexander Wang

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What’s Lincoln Center got to do with it? Well, if you’re Alexander Wang, not much. Next week, the designer will show his Fall ’14 collection at the Brooklyn Navy Yard (the same spot Lady Gaga hosted her ArtRave) instead of on the island of Manhattan. While first word of the move had some editors concerned about convenience—How do we get there? Are we going to have to take the subway?—receiving today’s envelope has set our minds at ease. The invite includes directions, a map, and (our favorite part) an Uber discount code for those who need a little motivation. Not that we wouldn’t go to Brooklyn for Alexander Wang anyway.

Lady Gaga Snipes Versace Couture, Thinks Riccardo Tisci Is “A Blast”

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Lady Gaga's Versace Look

Well, this doesn’t happen every day—even when you’re Mother Monster. Following the Atelier Versace couture show on Sunday, Donatella Versace reportedly gifted pal, campaign star, and doppelgänger Lady Gaga a one-of-a-kind (and undoubtedly über-expensive) crystal mesh hood and white fur jacket straight off the runway (look 13, to be exact). The pop star wore the outfit to the house’s post-show dinner party, and apparently couldn’t bear to give it up at the end of the evening. She even tweeted a snap of herself in the ensemble, flanked by Riccardo Tisci, Franca Sozzani, and the ever-generous Versace. “Riccardo is a blast,” her tweet read. We didn’t need Lady Gaga to tell us that.

Photo: Indigitalimages; via Lady Gaga’s Twitter

Mert and Marcus Talk Playboy, Lady Gaga, And Why They’re Better Together

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Mert and Marcus

Lady Gaga for the latest Versace campaign, but they were also responsible for Givenchy’s Spring ’14 ads-seen-round-the-world featuring Erykah Badu. What’s really got everyone buzzing, though, is the London-based pair’s unconventional Playboy cover and editorial. The spread appears in the iconic girly mag’s sixtieth anniversary issue (on newsstands now), and stars none other than the sharpshooters’ good pal Kate Moss. Below, Style.com speaks to the enduring image-makers about nudity in fashion, late-night chats with Donatella Versace, the philosophy behind their Playboy snaps, and why they’d never go solo like Beyoncé. And because our bandwidth wouldn’t possibly permit us to ramble on about all the unforgettable photos Mert and Marcus have produced for Pop, French Vogue, the Pirelli Calendar, Interview, and more, we asked the duo to send us some of their favorite work. Click through their picks, here..

You two are good friends with Kate Moss, and have been working with her for years. How was the Playboy shoot different from your previous collaborations with her? Did you have any hesitations?
Mert Alas: Oh, my God, it was a no-brainer. When Kate asked us to shoot her for Playboy‘s sixtieth anniversary issue, you know, we had to do it.

Marcus Piggott: We didn’t have any hesitations. We were all in from the start. We’ve done a lot of things with Kate—a lot of role-playing, a lot of fashion pictures, a lot of personal pictures—and when we started this project, we asked ourselves what not to do. We wanted it to be really Kate. It wasn’t about the hair or the makeup, it wasn’t about styling or fashion. It wasn’t about all the frivolous tools of our industry. It was about her—her lips, her charisma, her body, her skin, her eyes…

What makes this shoot stand out from a typical Playboy spread?
MP: She’s dressed more than the girls in most Playboy editorials. It was a bit of a striptease. We wanted to leave a little bit to the imagination, and we wanted the reader to get excited imagining what’s underneath. But there are a lot of crazy pictures that you haven’t seen…

Oh, really? What kind of pictures?
MA: They were just fun pictures—a bit ruder and crazier than what’s in the magazine. Someday they’ll come out! Marcus and Kate and I were laughing, and we told her that we’ll get them out there when she’s 60.

Kate Moss in Playboy

You mentioned that you didn’t want this to be like a fashion shoot, but you can find naked women in pretty much any high-end fashion magazine. Do you think there’s too much nudity in fashion? We are selling clothes, after all.
MA: First of all, we must appreciate what a fashion magazine is. I don’t like calling them fashion magazines. I just call them magazines. In the old days, you’d see a great article, a great fashion picture, and a great nude all under one hat. So, no, I don’t mind seeing a naked girl in a fashion magazine as long as the photograph represents something beyond meat, flesh, and sex. If it’s about an object, or creating a beautiful print, or there’s a message in it, or it inspires you, or makes you happy or angry, then it has substance. And as long as there’s substance, I think, why not? Continue Reading “Mert and Marcus Talk Playboy, Lady Gaga, And Why They’re Better Together” »