9 posts tagged "LN-CC"
LN-CC is more than an impossibly cool Dalston concept store offering everything from Lanvin and Rick Owens to vintage books and records—it’s a creative family. Most of the people who have worked with the shop since it opened in 2010 are still on board—a fact that’s clearly visible in the boutique’s Spring ’14 campaign, which debuts exclusively here. Lensed by Rory van Millingen in Italy’s Carrara marble quarries, the shoot stars Gigi Jeon, who poses in LN-CC’s Spring merch. “It’s kind of the LN-CC philosophy,” explained John Skelton, the store’s founder and creative director. “Some of the buyers and stylists have been working with us since they were teenagers. Rory was just starting out when he first shot for us, and now he’s becoming a bit of a name in London. And Gigi is our house model. We found her working at a Marc Jacobs store and thought she looked amazing. But she’s so busy now, she even walked in Louis Vuitton!” he said proudly. There’s also a new member joining the LN-CC clan this season: model Max E. “This is literally his first job,” said Skelton. “He’s from Düsseldorf, and he looks unbelievable. I really think he’s going to be the next big face.”
When asked why he chose to shoot at the quarry, Skelton told us that he loved the sci-fi, futuristic effect the backdrop offered. However, getting there was no easy task. “I don’t know how high up we were, but it was above the clouds. It was quite difficult getting all the product and makeup up there. But it was worth it.” We’d have to agree. Featuring wares from Paco Rabanne, Rick Owens, Yang Li, Acne Studios, Lanvin, and more, the shoot perfectly embodies the mix-and-match LN-CC look.
LN-CC’s Spring buys are available now on its website, as the store is currently closed for renovations—the first step in a change-in-gears for LN-CC. After having fallen on hard times this past winter, the store has recently signed a deal with Italian company The Level Group, with the aim of amping up efficiency and profits. “It’s a good marriage. They’ve come in to increase the productivity of the business side, and we get to keep going with the creative side.” As for the London-based outpost’s renovations, we’ve been told that there’s quite a lot in the pipeline for the updated space, which will open in September. “It’s been a major development for us. It’s all up from here.”
It does the great Swiss photographer Walter Pfeiffer no favors to suggest he’s a kind of proto-Terry Richardson—if anything, the debt is in the other direction—but suffice it to say, it’s hard to imagine the gritty, my-world-and-the-naked-young-friends-in-it style of Terry’s Diary without him. Pfeiffer toiled in relative obscurity for years, producing amazing, seemingly tossed-off snapshots of the kids hanging out at his studio for landmark gay collections like Walter Pfeiffer 1970-1980 and Das Auge, die Gedanken, unentwegt wandernd (The Eyes, the Thoughts, Ceaselessly Wandering). In more recent years, he’s been taken up by the fashion establishment—he shot an amazing series of guys and candy for Candy, and several seasons of Tilda Swinton for Pringle of Scotland’s campaigns—but much of his early work remains out of print or hard to track down. All the more reason to be cheerful that my friends at the London shop LN-CC rounded up some of the best—thanks to Conor Donlon, the mastermind of Donlon Books, who curates their bookshop as well as his own—most signed by Pfeiffer himself. The most recent, Scrapbooks 1969-1985 (top), is a cut-and-paste compendium of seemingly everything the photographer saw, from his own work to clippings from Women’s Wear Daily and obscure Swiss men’s fashion catalogs. Tumblr before Tumblr. But better.
The Walter Pfeiffer collection, along with an interview with the photographer, is now online at ln-cc.com.
The clock is ticking. You’ve read umpteen gift guides (maybe umpteen million), made your list, checked it twice, and still, if you’re anything like us, you are a few presents short. There’s still time if you race. Here’s what we at Style.com are coveting to give and get—and racing out of the office a few minutes early this afternoon to scoop up in the last shopping hours before the big day.
I’m in home mood, so anything and everything for the my home is what I’m looking for: cool vases from Kelly Wearstler or Aerin, candy dishes by Alexandra von Furstenberg, or this super luxe large candle by Diptyque.—Marina Larroude, market director
“This year I’m all about books. I’m giving people first editions—for instance, I found a not-that-expensive copy of Cecil Beaton’s 1937 scrapbook, signed, in great condition. For myself, I’d love almost any book from the LN-CC collection; top of the list is A Series of Unfortunate Events, Michael Wolf’s book of Google street-view photos, and Roxane by Viviane Sassen.—Maya Singer, special projects editor
“I’ve been eyeing Lanvin’s Eyes and Mouth chain-link necklace for months. I’m on a surreal kick at the moment and have developed a deep appreciation for accessories that walk the line between brilliant and bizarre.”—Katharine Zarrella, associate news editor
“I would love to receive this beautiful Pierre Balmain studded sandal to rock to my holiday party!”—Jocelyn Lin, web designer
“I need a new wallet really badly. I’ve been using my favorite color-blocked Comme des Garçons coin case for the past year—and I love it—but it’s ridiculous how long it takes me to find things in there. When I first saw this Proenza Schouler wallet in the window of the store on Madison Avenue, I knew I found my match.—Jessica Minkoff, assistant editor
“One of my pet peeves is IOUs on big gift-giving days: Your present didn’t get delivered yet, they were out of your size so I backordered, blah blah blah. Unless the delayed gratification is part of the point. That’s why I love giving subscriptions as gifts—Cook’s Illustrated, the New York Review of Books, 032c, Port… Disbelieve all rumors that print is dead. And not only is gifting subscriptions a nice way to bolster the trembling print media industry, but doing so also accommodates procrastinators like myself. No one knows I gave up the search and bought the gift morning of. And no one has to.”—Matthew Schneier, deputy editor
Among the hundreds of lots of clothing sold by the Parisian auction house Drouot last Monday were full-on pieces from the eighties and early nineties by designers like Gaultier, Mugler, and Montana, far enough away in time to have the glamour of distance but also still vivid enough to Those Who Were There that they induced a misty-eyed trawl through the closets of memory.
But conspicuously absent was anything from the Japanese designers who, en masse, formed the fiercest fashion cult of the eighties. Not really surprising—the taste of the consignees clearly tended toward French fashion of a particular ilk. And the Japanese were always fiercely un-precious about what they did, so maybe their designs were simply worn to death in the moment. I know mine were. But the omission makes it all the more welcome to see the archive of vintage Issey Miyake menswear unearthed by the buyers at London’s LN-CC. Their shots of the trove—much of which will be for sale on site—go up on LN-CC.com tomorrow.
Dating back to1983 (Miyake launched menswear in 1978), the pieces evoke the era as succinctly as any one of Gaultier’s Soviet sheath dresses. And they remind you in a moment that Issey is ripe for revisiting, and not just because the Miyake collections for both men and women are so consistently stocked with desirable clothes or because the shows that present those clothes to the world in Paris are so consistently imaginative, inspiring, and downright charming. The man himself was always one of fashion’s poet-philosophers, a fashion avant-gardist who never lost sight of the humanist essence of his work, and a brilliant artist to boot. Any one of those assets shines brightly in the current cultural climate. And now that Issey has reputedly returned to his label at the age of 74, or at least is working more closely with his protégés, it’s an ideal time to reflect on the weight of his career—or, rather, the ineffable, enchanting lightness of it.
The London e-commerce and by-appointment boutique LN-CC is moving quickly from an insider’s secret—it’s name-checked as a favorite by the likes of J.W. Anderson, who included it on a list of his London must-visits in Issue 02 of Style.com/Print, and Phillip Lim—to a retail leader. So perhaps it was only a matter of time before the shop tried out a campaign. The five-part series they’ve created for Spring has launched quietly over the past few weeks on LN-CC.com, but the impact, according to brand director Dan Mitchell, has been immediate. “I’m actually very surprised,” he admitted to Style.com. “The response has been fantastic.” The men’s and women’s shots, styled by creative director John Skelton and shot by the in-house LN-CC team, were lensed not in London but worldwide. The store’s reach may be growing, but it remains an inside player in some respects. Fashion obsessives will recognize one of the men’s models from the first campaign as Robbie Snelders, Raf Simons’ muse and righthand man. A follow-up for Fall is soon to be in the works.