17 posts tagged "Mick Jagger"
Last fashion week, we got a healthy dose of the legendary Diana Vreeland with the debut of The Eye Has to Travel, the biopic made by the spitfire editor’s grand-daughter-in-law Lisa Immordino Vreeland. Today, we are reminded of the icon’s unwavering legacy yet again with the release of Amanda Mackenzie Stuart’s new book Empress of Fashion: A Life of Diana Vreeland.
A complementary companion to Vreeland’s own fantastical and often hyperbolic memoir, D.V., Stuart’s biography provides a realistic account of the editor’s life, exploring her difficult childhood, her days at Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue, and her time at the Met.
“What really intrigued me about Diana Vreeland was the way she deployed the power of imagination and fairy tale to triumph over the harshness in her life,” says the author, who first stumbled upon D.V. while researching her last book. “At that time, I had only a vague picture of who she was—a terrifyingly hip old lady—raven black hair, snood, Vogue, the Met, Andy Warhol—but I wasn’t quite sure how it all fit together. As I dug deeper, I began to grasp how extraordinary she was and became really fascinated by her.”
What’s not to be fascinated by? From her jet-setting lifestyle to her outrageous photo shoots to guest appearances from Mick and Bianca Jagger, the Kennedys, and every designer under the sun, Vreeland’s life story is decidedly “editorial.”
Of course, it wouldn’t be a Vreeland book without a helping of the editor’s famed sound bites. “I think fantasists are the only realists in the world” is one of Stuart’s favorites. “If readers understand why [Vreeland] said that by the time they get to the end of the book,” says the author, “I may have succeeded in doing her justice.”
Empress of Fashion: A Life of Diana Vreeland is available now at www.barnesandnoble.com
After 50 years of sweating, screaming, and singing with the Stones, Mick Jagger is all about feeling good on stage. “Men aren’t interested in clothes that look amazing but are fantastically uncomfortable to wear. We’re not into pain—we’re into comfort,” he told WWD today. The dapper duds his girlfriend, fashion designer L’Wren Scott, created for his current “50 and Counting” tour apparently fit the bill. But all one has to do is look at the Stones’ old tour photos to know that, in his earlier years, Jagger’s comfort was the exception, rather than the rule.
In the late sixties, Jagger, along with his then wife Bianca, became big-time clients of Ossie Clark, the It designer of London’s swinging sixties. Clark, who also counted the likes of Twiggy and Jean Shrimpton among his fans, designed jumpsuits that hugged Mick, very, very tightly, in all the right places. From a bedazzled blue velvet onesie to a low-cut unitard, to the lace-up number pictured above (which is currently up for auction at Christie’s with a starting bid of $12,744), Jagger shied away from neither glamour nor flamboyance. Rather, as he wiggled and kicked about on stage in his Clark designs, he embraced them. Which would explain why he quite literally wore his second-skin suits to death. “You can see the pelvic wear and tear from all the gyrating,” V&A curator Kate Dorney told the Guardian in 2009 when asked about one of the rock star’s Ossie-designed costumes featured in an exhibition. However, Jagger never fell victim to the “wardrobe malfunctions” so common in modern stardom. Being the master that he was, Clark always made sure Mick was equipped with well-made backups.
Spotted: The Louis Vuitton X Kusama Collection On The Dance Floor, And More Of The Day’s Top Stories
See spots—and see spots move—courtesy of lensman-of-the-moment Angelo Pennetta, who teamed up with Love‘s Katie Grand for a video take on the new Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama collection. (Also included: turbans. It’s a thing!) [Love]
On Friday (the 13th—spooky!), Proenza Schouler is set to open its first bricks-and-mortar store. Make that concrete. The David Adjaye-designed, two-level space includes what co-designer Lazaro Hernandez calls “a room made out of sidewalk,” and exposed beams, pipes, and concrete are used throughout. “We wanted it to be the antithesis of a high-gloss Madison Avenue store,” Jack McCollough says. [WWD]
Today on The Coveteur: Entering the closet (the fully digitized closet) of an old friend—one who’s saving herself for Luke Perry. [The Coveteur]
The Rolling Stones gather no moss—a couple gray hairs, maybe. Fifty years ago today in London, the Stones played their first gig, and a half-century later, they’re still (in slightly altered form) at it. And between Vuitton campaigns (Keith Richards) and L’Wren Scott shows (Mick), they’ve even got plans to record new material in London this year. [Rolling Stone]
It’s a big weekend for Donatella Versace (pictured). This Sunday, the Italian design icon will be showing Atelier Versace at the Paris Ritz, a first since her brother Gianni’s death in 1997. “After Gianni died all these experts kept telling me what would sell and what wouldn’t. After a while I realized nobody knows. He always said, you have to follow your instincts,” says Donatella. [Telegraph]
Jade Jagger also has a big weekend ahead of her. The daughter of Rolling Stone Mick Jagger will be walking down the aisle on Saturday, as she ties the knot with her DJ fiancé Adrian Fillary at the Cotswolds. While most details are under wraps, word on the street is that Kate Moss will be attending with her daughter Lila, who will step into the role of flower girl. [Vogue U.K.]
Need another reason to head to the Hamptons? Next week, Reed and Delphine Krakoff are taking their One Chair art installation to the East Hampton’s Harper’s Books. The exhibit features 99 felt chairs that the couple used as a blank canvas to showcase a range of colors and shapes. Krakoff also designed a limited-edition set of his Uniform Satchel bag to debut alongside the art. [WWD]
With her stunning face and killer body, you would think that Miranda Kerr would be chomping at the bit to show herself off, especially to her husband, actor Orlando Bloom. But the Harper’s Bazaar U.K. cover girl admits otherwise. “I never really want Orlando to be there [in the audience of a show] because it makes me nervous,” she says. [Telegraph]
Given that it’s high season for benefits, just about every night offers an opportunity to bid on designer merch for one or another good cause. Tonight is no different: L’Wren Scott has helped to plan the (don’t ask) New York Dermatology Group’s Rx Haiti benefit. But where L’Wren goes, good designers tend to follow, and there’s plenty of I’d-buy-retail on the block. Accessories are a particular strong suit, with bags from Lanvin (top) and Proenza Schouler (bottom), as well as art by Elizabeth Peyton, Sante D’Orazio, and Jack Pierson. Of course, a few friends in high places haven’t hurt, either. Mick Jagger—don’t call him Mr. Scott—has generously donated a few rock treasures, from a signed copy of the Stones’ Exile on Main Street to a signed, cherry red Gibson baby grand. Tickets for tonight’s event are still available at www.nydgfoundation.org, where you can also bid online for an hour this evening.