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April 20 2014

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EXCLUSIVE: H&M Goes Green With Ever Manifesto

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H&M
H&M

This season, H&M has tapped Elizabeth von Guttman and Alexia Niedzielski of sustainable fashion and design think tank Ever Manifesto to design its environmentally friendly Conscious Exclusive collection. Founded in 2009 by von Guttman, Niedzielski, and Charlotte Casiraghi (the former two women are also behind independent magazine System), Ever Manifesto aims to act as a catalyst in highlighting innovation within sustainable production, manufacturing, and communication in order to create a design-led ethical product.

Ever ConsciousInspired by flamenco dancing and Spanish bullfighting, von Guttman and Niedzielski’s H&M effort, which debuts exclusively here, features ruffled dresses, sharply tailored bustiers, and jackets with rich embellishments. Also on offer is a dramatic navy gown, a romantic floor-length lace wedding dress, and, for the first time, shoes and accessories. All garments are made out of sustainable and ethically sourced fabrics such as organic cotton and silk, vegetable tanned leather from an organic Swedish farm, recycled polyester, and Tencel. If you’re not already enticed, get a load of the price point: Pieces range from $17.95 (for a headband) to $549 (for the wedding dress). “The great thing with H&M is that we can really prove to people that we can make beautiful clothes in a responsible and transparent way that is affordable at the same time,” explained Von Guttman.

Alongside the collection, H&M and Ever Manifesto have also collaborated on a magazine called Ever Conscious, a portrait publication whose purpose is to raise awareness about the gravity of purchasing power and consumer choices as sources for sustainable change. With a cover by artist Carsten Höller, the magazine boasts interviews with more than twenty environmental activists and cultural tastemakers from the worlds of design, gastronomy, music, and science. Lily Cole, chef Daniel de la Falaise, artist Matthew Stone, and renaissance magnate Pharrell Williams—who discusses his role as creative director for Bionic Yarn, a material created from recycled plastic—are just a few of the issue’s compelling profiles.

The Conscious Exclusive collection and Ever Conscious magazine will be out in selected H&M stores on April 10.

Pharrell

Photos: Courtesy of H&M; Carsten Holler; Matthew Stone

Francisco Salvado Puts Instagrams in Print

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Liz Goldwyn

Whether anyone under 30 who Instagrams, Snapchats, and tweets his way through life even looks at a real book these days is debatable. But that didn’t stop London-based art director Francisco Salvado, the man who helped conceive Dazed Digital, come up with Soon Is Now The Instapaper – #Edit2—a celebration of Instagram’s best snaps, in print.

This is Salvado’s second Instagram-centric tome. The goal for each was to slow down the rapid-fire pace of social media and capture some of the most interesting shots that otherwise would have vanished into cyberspace. “This is an attempt to make sense of the visual and sensory onslaught by curating a selection of the most enduring images from some of the most exciting creative talent around,” said Salvado, who tapped fifteen such talents, including Humberto Leon, Matthew Stone, Alex Prager, and Liz Goldwyn, to contribute.

The book is also an exploration of what Salvado (who also consults on Raf Simons, Acne, and Alexander McQueen) believes is a new category of photography: iPhone images. “It’s a way of celebrating and documenting this new wave of creativity happening within the digital space,” he said of the book. The good news is that, unlike most other Internet-focused endeavors, here it’s quality, not quantity, that counts. Added Salvado: “We were not concerned with the number of followers when selecting the artists. Rather, we focused on the quality of the images. What’s important for me is that they have a point of view and something to say.”

Soon Is Now The Instapaper – #Edit2 will be available this week on theinstapaper.com and at select London bookstores.

Humberto Leon

Photos: Liz Goldwyn and Umberto Leon, courtesy of Soon Is Now The Instapaper – #Edit2

Michele Lamy: Adorned and Unfiltered

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Michele Lamy

“These were some of the first shoes Rick ever made when he was in Hollywood,” said Michele Lamy at the opening of Show and Tell: Calder Jewelry and Mobiles last night. Lamy—the wife and muse of Rick Owens—was referring to a pair of sky-high, heelless black platforms that she wore while effortlessly climbing the spiral staircase of Salon94‘s uptown gallery. Lamy had come into town from Paris to style the exhibition, which showcased the oft-overlooked crowns, earrings, necklaces, and cuffs (most of which are for sale through Salon94) crafted by twentieth-century sculptor and painter Alexander Calder. “I screamed when I first saw the jewelry,” professed Lamy during our interview, pulling her tattoo- and ring-covered fingers to the chest of her Comme des Garçons vest. She flashed a smile, exposing her gold and diamond teeth. “I’m such a fan of his.”

In addition to styling models for the event, Lamy enlisted artist Matthew Stone to snap Polaroids (with Andy Warhol’s camera, no less) of guests donning Calder’s creations. Furthermore, she’s working with artist Youssef Nabil on a Calder-centric photo series, which will star such characters as Debbie Harry, Cindy Sherman, Björk, Joni Mitchell, and Cher.

Although Lamy is most frequently associated with Owens, whom she met in her forties, she’s led an enthralling and utterly eccentric existence all her own. “It’s like she’s had ten lives,” said artist Carson McColl, who flew in from London for the fete with his boyfriend, Gareth Pugh. Considering she’s spent time as a cabaret dancer, an L.A. club kid, a fashion designer, a law-school student, and a stripper, he was hardly exaggerating. Here, Lamy talks to Style.com about Rick Owens’ Spring show, Calder’s work, and her taste in jewelry.

This exhibition celebrates an artist who also made jewelry. Do you think that jewelry and fashion are art?
That’s always the question! Some think art is unique pieces, and the Calder pieces are unique. If you do your own piece, it could be art. It’s very difficult to know the difference. Calder’s pieces were made by hand, and I think that makes it art. Clothing is more difficult because you have to produce more of it.

Do you think what you and Rick create is art?
I hope our life is.

Are your and Rick’s creative visions always in line? Do they ever differ?
They differ, but he always wins. If you don’t have the same aesthetic values, it’s difficult to live with somebody. If you don’t have the same political ideas or whatever, it’s fine. But if somebody says, “Oh, I like this,” you have to know what it is and feel the same way. Because he’s the designer, he’s the one at the front, and then I’m navigating. He’s the captain, but I’m pushing him.

You’re the current.
Yes.

I recently interviewed Nicola Formichetti, and he said that Rick’s Spring show “changed everything” and that he and the other designers who watched it “were all jealous of his genius.” What is your reaction to that, and how did you feel about the show?
It was extraordinary to come [to the States] after the show, because it was around Halloween and there were people who went dressed as Rick Owens steppers! I told him immediately that this was a statement. The show was such a burst of joy and emotion. Those girls rehearsed themselves. It’s what they do, and all their hearts were in it. It was a burst of humanité, générosité, and loving, and everything was fantastic. Rick said that it was so real that he’s not going to try to top this show…of course, we’ll see. You know, in New York there was a discussion about [race on the runway], and then [people said] that Rick did this show and it was the answer. But it was just a spontaneous gesture—wanting to express how you feel about yourself to the world. Continue Reading “Michele Lamy: Adorned and Unfiltered” »

Rick Owens: The Vinyl Countdown

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Rick Owens creates worlds more than fashion. His shows are famous for their otherworldly ambience, from the mise-en-scène (from foam to fire to electrifying light shows) to the soundtrack. For his Fall ’12 women’s show, he played Zebra Katz’s then little-known “Ima Read.” A star was born.

For his follow-up, the Spring ’13 menswear show, Owens paired Matthew Stone, London’s music director-artist-provocateur of choice, with his own wife, Michèle Lamy, to record a track called “How Do You Feel” at the London studio David Bowie used for his early albums. He spun the track at the show, then sent it off to a handful of DJs—including Katz, Mister Tweeks (who mixed the soundtrack for his Spring ’13 women’s show), and Richelle (who will do music for the next men’s outing)—to remix. “This is all about fanboy worship,” Owens says. “I’ve been listening to music from all of these guys for a while, and having Michèle and Matthew do my runway music for the last Spring show gave me the perfect excuse to do something with them all. I was tickled pink with the results.”

“The entire project was just pure indulgence,” the designer explains, and so the results—pressed on vinyl (printed with an Owens shot of Lamy, taken on a deserted island near Venice) and whipped digitally into MP3—are available gratis while they last at Owens’ flagship stores. Says Rick: “First come, first served.”

Photo: Thomas Iannaccone

got the credit crunch woes? check out some feel-good art

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Against the odds, Matthew Stone has gathered 17 artists at London’s Hannah Barry Gallery for a show titled “Optimism: The Art of Our Time,” and an accompanying catalog. Working mainly in stone, metal, concrete, wood, glass, and gold, these artists create art that’s built to last through the credit crunch. “Through an unequivocally sincere take on the theme, the show takes a determined stand against cynicism and apathy,” says Stone, who’s best known for his sprawling, vibrant salons, collaborative exhibitions, and stints DJing for his mate Gareth Pugh‘s runway shows. He also maintains two Web sites, (interconnectedness.blogspot.com and optimismasculturalrebellion.blogspot.com) to help those home alone to catch the spirit of collectivity—and maybe transmit a little e-goodwill.

Photo: Courtesy of Matthew Stone