April 20 2014

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Diesel Wants Candy


Diesel Campaign

If you didn’t catch her flipping her pink cornrows in Grimes’ Genesis music video, perhaps you’ve heard her single, I Wanna Fuck Right Now, or seen her posing in gilded chains and breast-baring tees. Move over, Miley—rapper Brooke Candy is the latest controversial femme to hit the music scene, and Diesel’s artistic director and resident rebel, Nicola Formichetti, has tapped her to star in the brand’s sexed-up Spring ’14 accessories campaign. “As a rapper, performer, muse, and stripper, Brooke Candy is an artist who has unique access to every social level,” said Formichetti. “She traverses class systems and defies racial and sexual stereotypes.”

Candy, who features alongside brooding beauty Tessa Kuragi in the Inez & Vinoodh-lensed images, strikes a racy pose while clutching Diesel’s studded black leather tote. Meanwhile, Kuragi arches against a stripper pole, showing off a pair of leather booties and a harness-embellished bag.

“Sexiness is one of Diesel’s most iconic attributes,” said Formichetti of Spring’s severe, heady look. “There’s something industrial about Diesel that is also very erotic, so it makes sense to push eroticism aggressively. It’s leather, so it’s tactile, sensual, and strong. It’s physical and also an attitude.”

The range’s wares (which will hit stores in November) were inspired in part by Shibari—a form a Japanese rope bondage. With that in mind, it’s only sensible that Diesel would plan an all out bash (complete with a performance by Candy) in Formichetti’s native Tokyo to celebrate the launch. Check back next week for a rundown of Friday’s party. In the meantime, take a peek at the new accessories ads, which make their debut exclusively above.

Photo: Inez & Vinoodh, Courtesy of Diesel

Margiela Teams Up With an All-American All-Star


Nicola Formichetti

It takes a lot for anything to stand out in fashion week’s frenzy of parties and press releases. But a collaboration between Converse and Maison Martin Margiela does just that. The classic All-Star and Jack Purcell kicks have been generously coated in Margiela’s iconic white paint. With time, the paint wears away to expose the color beneath.

Last night, despite the general sense of fatigue permeating every single human interaction, a crowd turned out to fete the marriage of the all-American and the French avant-garde at the Swiss Institute. Guests snacked on Brooklyn’s Dough doughnuts and spring rolls—served in appropriately irreverent Chinese takeout containers—and danced to the deejay beats of Glenn O’Brien. The downtown paragon clued us in on his playlist: Jean-Michel Basquiat with Rammellzee, Spoonie Gee, and Naughty By Nature’s “O.P.P.”—a crowd favorite.

Across the space, Nicola Formichetti marveled at one of the many pieces of installation art: Converse All-Stars floating in a canal of white paint, laces frozen midair. “I was like, How did they do that?, so I touched it…I thought they chopped the shoes [off]. You don’t get surprised so often. We see so much stuff online and at shows and events, and I really get like—whoa!—but they’ve still got it, the house of Margiela and Converse. They’ve still got it.”

Photos: Neil Rasmus/
Photos: Neil Rasmus/

Diesel Takes It to the Streets—Cyber-Style


Diesel's new campaignDiesel's new campaign

When Nicola Formichetti stepped into his role as Diesel’s artistic director back in April, he told us that he’d be making some big digital moves. “I want to crowdsource using social media and start getting the armies together, because I can’t do this alone,” he explained, citing Reboot, Diesel’s ongoing Tumblr project, as the first step. Today we learned that the social media maven turned to the micro-blogging site to cast his first ad campaign for Diesel. “I wanted to find people who reflected the diversity of the creative community today and not just the typical model,” Formichetti told WWD. The denim label’s artistic director chose twenty creatives—from graffiti artists to teenage film students—to star in the Inez & Vinoodh-lensed fall adverts. There were, however, a few familiar faces, among them game changer Casey Legler, the first female model to be signed to a men’s division.

Photos: Inez & Vinoodh

At Gary Card’s Amusement Park, More Freaks, More Fun!


Gary Card's new solo show

Gary Card is a master at making other people’s visions a reality. He’s become the go-to set designer/prop maker/illustrator/artist for the likes of Lady Gaga, Nicola Formichetti, and Nick Knight, and has worked with such top-tier publications as AnOther Magazine, Dazed & Confused, i-D, and T magazine. (Perhaps you saw the flaming, ten-foot-tall, wicker T he built for the latter back in 2009?) But last night in London, Card took a little “me” time and opened his first solo show, Abandoned Amusement Park, at Dalston’s Eternal Youth gallery. “I am used to building things based on the tastes of other people, and it was quite nice to do something for me for a change,” offered the artist.

The exhibition features strange cartoonish figures created with wire and tape, then papier-mâchéd into ghostlike figures. They each have bulbous noses and a look of horror on their faces. “The idea of something like an old relic being rediscovered fascinated me,” explained Card. “This is meant to represent something that has been left to rot, melt, and die, and the tragedy of that is shown in their faces. Yes, it’s cartoonish, and there are definitely sinister undertones, but that is perhaps the way life should be seen.”

The opening was a significant milestone for Card, and he shows no signs of slowing down. Next on the docket are a project with Roksanda Ilincic; a film with Chris Sutton, for SHOWstudio; and a trip to New York to work with Spring Studios. “It is looking to be a very exciting fall,” he said.

Jazz Hands! Mugler Takes The Stage


Mugler Follies

Thierry (or, as he’s now called, Manfred) Mugler has found the perfect stage on which to reinvent himself—a literal one. This winter, the eighties legend, who returned to his namesake label as creative adviser after Nicola Formichetti’s departure in April, will open Mugler Follies, a full-throttle revue (i.e., variety show) that, as his Web site details, will consist of acrobats, actors, models, singers, eroticism, technology, lots of lights, original songs, and beyond. Set to open in December at Paris’ Théâtre Comédia, the show, which guests can enjoy over dinner, or champagne, will undoubtedly be packed with dramatics and razzle-dazzle. But what has us most excited are the costumes: Judging by the site’s illustrations, the wardrobe is a sexed-up space-age Mugler fantasy at its best.