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July 28 2014

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45 posts tagged "Manolo Blahnik"

Shala Monroque On Thomas Tait: “A Cross Between Celine And Vintage Balenciaga”

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“Those outfits would have been great for someone for the Met ball,” Shala Monroque said as she eyed Thomas Tait’s collection, which stood on display last night at the Palace Hotel. “It feels like a cross between Celine and vintage Balenciaga.”

Tait won the first Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize last year, awarded by a panel that included Manolo Blahnik, Stephen Jones, and Daphne Guinness. Monroque—who we wouldn’t be surprised to see stepping out in one of Tait’s two-tone multi-pleated leather skirts—is one of the judges for this year’s competition. Joining her on the panel (and at last night’s event) were some of her fellow jurors, Giovanna Battaglia, Francisco Costa, Thom Browne, and Derek Blasberg.

The designer who takes the prize this year has a lot to live up to. Tait’s modern, sleek aesthetic was the talk of the evening, inviting comparisons with designers like Costa. The Calvin Klein Collection creative director himself admitted as much. “I am so very impressed and excited by such young talent,” Costa marveled. “You don’t see this often.”

Canadian-born Tait remained modest. “I just want to be happy and keep my hands in the work that I’m doing as I expand my business,” he said, sipping the namesake cocktail Belvedere created for the occasion, an electric blue blueberry concoction. Expanding is what he’s doing, both with his own collection and a new leather capsule range with retailer ASOS. “It’s nice to be reaching an audience that might be familiar with my work, but they might not be able to afford it,” he told Style.com.

Photo: Mark Von Holden / Getty Images

Muse’s Manifesto, Formichetti’s Inspiration, Assessing The Royal Accessories, And More…

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Paris fashion week is upon us, which means a new YSL Manifesto—and Manifesto tote—is in the offing. This season’s iteration features the label’s current campaign star, the unstoppable Miss Arizona Muse. [T]

The first Nicola Formichetti-helmed women’s collection for Mugler is on its way, too. The stylist-turned-creative director has been leaking inspiration shots on his blog (where he also recently revealed for those of us not watching that Lady G—who will debut a track at the Mugler show—recently wore prosthetic shoulders on The Gayle King Show.) [Nicola Formichetti]

Having canvassed the design community for royal wedding dress designs, Women’s Wear Daily now asks footwear’s reigning (well, metaphorically) champions, from Manolo Blahnik to Giuseppe Zanotti (whose design is pictured, left) what they’d design. [WWD]

And gossips are reporting that Lindsay Lohan is back (again)—this time for a photo shoot with Terry Richardson and James “Asleep at the Oscars” Franco. [NYDN]

Photo: Courtesy Photo/wwd.com

Tait Takes the Dorchester

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Thomas Tait and models

Thomas Tait and models

“I can’t afford to go home,” designer Thomas Tait admitted yesterday at the Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize awards in London, referring to the cost of a return flight to his native Montreal. Not to worry. A few minutes later, Tait received the evening’s top honors and his ticket, as it were: the £25,000 inaugural prize—bestowed by an industry who’s-who of judges including Manolo Blahnik, Bronwyn Cosgrave, Giles Deacon, and Daphne Guinness—and a chance to stage an event (and presumably, order room service) at the Dorchester Collection hotel of his choice. While Tait and his fellow finalists, Louise Goldin, Mary Katrantzou, Hermione de Paula, and Chau Har Lee, all share a penchant for craftsmanship, British Vogue‘s Alexandra Shulman, another judge, stressed that function was as critical as form when it came to picking a winner. “There is no point making precious objects that nobody can do anything with,” she said of the possibility of rewarding a collection for its sheer artistry. Tait, who trained with Montreal design darling Denis Gagnon, keeps a utilitarian edge to his careful cutting, creating a compelling tension between the body and the forms enveloping it. (In a nice bit of symmetry, Gagnon celebrated his ten-year anniversary yesterday with an exhibition at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.) Juror Yasmin LeBon was particularly gushy over Tait’s work: “It is gorgeous and brilliant to wear,” she said definitively. “I want more.”

Photo: Ian Gavan / Getty Images

Courtney’s Caught In A Bad Romance, Gisele Keeps The Party Going, And More…

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Courtney Love reprised Gaga’s “Bad Romance” at Givenchy’s after-party last night (above). Let’s go to the video, shall we? [Vimeo via @THEMISSHAPES]

When Gisele tells you to keep going, you keep going. The Brazilian supe was having such a good time at Paris Vogue‘s 90th anniversary bash that she whispered to DJ Nick Cohen that he should keep spinning. Two hours after he was supposed to stop, he was still going. What can we say, Gisele’s a convincing gal. Can’t we get her working on world peace? [NY Post]

Stella McCartney’s back for another fast-fashion collaboration! Only problem: It’s Australia-only. The lucky masses down under can avail themselves of Stella’s Target collection at the end of the month. [Racked via Fashionista]

Don’t think of Oscar de la Renta for shoes? You may soon. ODLR is bringing on two new hires to grow his footwear business, whose collective career history—at Manolo Blahnik, Pierre Hardy, and Christian Louboutin—suggest they know a thing or two about covetable styles. [WWD]

Meet The 2010 Dorchester Collection Prize Semifinalists

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“Everyone involved in this was my A-list first choice,” Bronwyn Cosgrave declared of the panel of judges she assembled to select the five short-listed semifinalists for the first Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize at London’s Dorchester Hotel. That sentiment, one hopes, extends to said semifinalists, too. But Cosgrave could be forgiven for a little enthusiasm for the judging side of the table: It included Daphne Guinness, Manolo Blahnik, Giles Deacon, milliner Stephen Jones, Yasmin LeBon, Vanity Fair‘s Elizabeth Saltzman Walker, and ES fashion director Gianluca Longo. Despite the varied group, “it was a remarkably smooth decision process,” Blahnik said. “We saw the number of applications and hung our heads. But it turns out that we were largely unified despite our different personal aesthetics.” His co-panelist Guinness (pictured above with her fellow jurors) agreed heartily. “I take refuge in the arts,” she said. “It was wonderful to have us all agree so easily, so that I could realize that I am not crazy and my values are shared.”

The semifinalists are the English knitwear designer Louise Goldin; the Greek-born, London-based Mary Katrantzou; Hermione de Paula, who created a surprisingly dainty collection called “I Heart Elizabeth Berkley”; the sculptural footwear designer Chau Har Lee; and Thomas Tait, from Canada. The unifying factor—maybe the only one—is a commitment to craftsmanship and a preference for the conceptual (even, occasionally, at the expense of commercial viability).

But Guinness, for one, was all in favor. “Craftmanship needs to return,” she declared. “I am always overjoyed to see students who love to stitch their own seams. We need better things, not more. We should not pollute the world with meaningless, unused things when we can make and support things of rare and precious beauty.” As the only international fashion prize set to roam to a different fashion capital each year—at the site, not by coincidence, of a Dorchester Collection hotel; next year’s will be in New York—the award should do just that. The winner, to be announced in November, takes home a £25,000 prize and a free event at any of the Dorchester Collection’s properties.

Photo: Courtesy of the Dorchester Collection