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April 19 2014

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Rag & Bone’s Spring Stars

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Rag & Bone is growing fond of the silver screen. Last season, the brand’s David Neville and Marcus Wainwright tapped emerging stars Léa Seydoux and Michael Pitt to feature in their gritty Glen Luchford-lensed campaign. For Spring ’14, they’ve followed up with Emile Hirsch (of Lone Survivor) and Stacy Martin, who got her big break in Lars von Trier’s controversial 2013 flick, Nymphomaniac. “We like the fact that Stacy’s still a little anonymous, which makes things less predictable,” Neville told Style.com. ” She’s definitely on the rise and we’re excited to see her career unfold. She also happens to look really cool in Rag & Bone,” he added. Two of the black-and-white ads, which, once again shot by Luchford, are set in downtown L.A., debut exclusively here, as does Rag & Bone’s moody womenswear film. In this role, however, Martin gets to keep her clothes on.

Rag & Bone Spring '14
Rag & Bone Spring '14

Photos and Film: Glen Luchford

Rag & Bone Takes It To The Streets

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Rag & Bone's Fall '13 Campaign 1Rag & Bone's Fall '13 Campaign 2Hot on the heels of their London Collections: Men debut, Rag & Bone‘s Marcus Wainwright and David Neville unveil their very first menswear campaign, as well as their third series of womenswear ads. Lensed by Glen Luchford on the streets of New York, the black-and-white Fall ’13 snaps feature Michael Pitt (of Boardwalk Empire fame) and french actress Léa Seydoux. Aiming to capture “real moments,” the designers, whose previous two campaigns starred Kate Moss, gave their Fall faces no direction. “The premise was simply them in Rag & Bone, doing whatever came naturally,” said Neville. Take a first look at the gritty, moody shots here.

At Prada, Midcentury’s Modern

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Michael Pitt’s most recent trip to the past—courtesy of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire—found him in Prohibtion-era Jersey. But he traded the twenties for the fifties in Miuccia Prada’s ad campaign for her Spring ’12 menswear collection. David Sims shot Pitt in the style of classic 1950s studio portraits. In the behind-the-scenes video above, debuting on Style.com, Pitt channels the celluloid heroes of the decade—a little Elvis Presley, a little James Dean.

A Night At The (Fashion) Pictures

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As creative director of her family’s business, Selfridges’ Alannah Weston has turned the massive department store on London’s Oxford Street into her private fiefdom of fun with a series of large-scale events that have brought together artists, filmmakers, musicians, and designers in the name of underscoring the store’s retail vision. Wednesday night saw one of the smartest, artiest events yet, to mark the opening of the Women’s Designer Galleries. Curator Emma Reeves commissioned a set of short films to interpret seven of the collections carried in the new space. The single criterion? A strong female character at the heart of each film. For Ann Demeulemeester, for instance, Michael Pitt filmed his fiancée, Jamie Bochert, as a wraithlike figure moving through the desert (top), like a contemporary version of Isabelle Eberhardt, the 19th-century French traveler who inspired the designer’s collection. For Comme des Garçons, Katerina Jebb filmed concert pianist Madeleine Malraux, the widow of cultural nabob André Malraux, still playing at the age of 90.

Ruth Hogben made a typically brilliant piece of film for Gareth Pugh (above), a hectic slice of Cabaret-style decadence. She also created a sepulchral German-expressionist short for Rick Owens: harsh angles, shadowy reveals, eldritch textures, and an opera soundtrack. Her grasp of atmospheric moviemaking is so acute it came as a surprise to hear Hogben admit that all she wants to do is take still pictures. I swear everybody’s going to be reading real books again in a few years.

Speaking of atmosphere, set designer Simon Costin has made Mars out of molehills, and here he turned the derelict Selfridges’ hotel into an outlying branch of the Overlook, with curtained-off spaces intended to obliquely echo the building’s former use. There were “rooms” with oversize sofas, long dining tables, cracked vanity tables, and huge beds, with the movies projected on the ceiling above them. That was how we got to see an edit of the film Christopher Doyle had made, but not used, as the backdrop for Dries Van Noten’s show for Fall 2005. (Technical issues pulled it at the last minute.) Doyle was the man whose camerawork made In the Mood for Love into the swoonsville date movie of the millennium. A perfect match for Dries’s own romantic leanings. It was kinda nice watching it lying down, too.

Funny, only one of the films—the McQueen one—really featured recognizable clothes. The others were all projections, figurative and literal, like Delfine Balfort’s erotic equine dance for A.F. Vandevorst. You can see them all on Selfridges’ Web site, but you’ve got till March 26 to experience them in person. More fun that way.

An American In Paris

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There may have been more French bons mots than usual at the Plaza Hotel last night, but it was an American designer who held the spotlight. The French Institute/Alliance Française was hosting its annual auction and awards gala and Marc Jacobs was the Trophée des Arts winner of the night. “I’m always kind of surprised when I win something like this,” said Jacobs, before being presented with the award by Anna Wintour. “It’s for something I love to do, and on top of that, I get to live in two great cities.” With brutally cold weather on both sides of the Atlantic, the designer, who splits his time between Paris and New York, barely made it in for the ceremony. But if travel schedules were hectic, it didn’t seem to bother Jacobs any. “I think Paris is the most beautiful city in the world,” he continued. “I love the way I feel there.” As for his French skills? “Except for fashion, my vocabulary isn’t very good, and I never properly learned verb tenses,” he confessed. “I think when I’m there, I tend to speak English with a French accent!”

Correct conjugation or not, Jacobs was in fine Francophile company. Rachel Feinstein Currin, John Currin, Michael Pitt, Jamie Bochert, and Alexa Chung all shared a table with the designer. “My first big show was in France, in Limoges. Only a few dozen people showed up,” Currin remembered with a laugh. “But it was a weird set of circumstances, because I had a bunch of shows after that.” Meanwhile, Bochert, who’s spent many a season walking the défilés, had more fantastical reasons. “I love Paris,” the model said. “Something about Paris just makes me want to put on red lipstick, wear high heels, go buy a baguette, and traipse about the streets.”

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