50 posts tagged "Nicolas Ghesquiere"
Balenciaga’s Nicolas Ghesquière enlisted an all-star cast to put together his Resort 2012 video, debuting exclusively here on Style.com (above). In the Steven Meisel-directed film, which Ghesquière has left open to interpretation, catch the likes of models Jamie Bochert, Miranda Kerr, and Milou (made up by none other than Pat McGrath) power-walking past each other in voluminous skirts, cocoon coats, and the Balenciaga must-have accessory of the season: the visor.
Visit www.balenciaga.com to view the full video.
A new chapter in Pringle of Scotland‘s near-two-century saga opens with the appointment of Alistair Carr as design director. He follows in the footsteps of Clare Waight Keller, who took the company’s signature knitwear places you barely knew it could go. But if anyone can fill Waight Keller’s quietly iconoclastic boots, it could well be Carr, who is coming off four years as head of show collections under Nicolas Ghesquière at Balenciaga.
There can be few better places in fashion to master the radical re-contextualizing of tradition than Balenciaga. And that, according to Carr, is exactly what is expected of him at Pringle. His own history would seem to equip the 36-year-old for the task. He was turned on to fashion by his grandfather, who was a couturier in Gretna Green, the tiny Scottish town where eloping Brits were free to marry. Then, after some post-college years of don’t-hem-me-in idiosyncrasy, when Carr lived on a bus as a dreadlocked crusty, he subjected himself to the sink-or-swim character building that only Professor Louise Wilson’s legendary M.A. course at Central Saint Martins could provide. Finally, following stints at Marni, Cacharel, and Chloé, came the precision and discipline of Ghesquière’s finishing school.
“I am a perfectionist about finish,” says Carr, “but I also want ease of movement in clothes.” His first opportunity to apply his principles to Pringle will be the men’s collection, just around the corner in June. If you’re looking for a point of difference with the past, Carr says to expect something more streamlined, less archive-oriented. He is, however, staying in tune with Waight Keller in his commitment to continuing Pringle’s collaborations with contemporary artists. He also insists the Queen can rest assured that she’ll still be able to find her favorite cashmere twinsets.
Gisele’s surprise appearance on the Balenciaga runway this September—closing Nicolas Ghesquière’s houndstooth-heavy show—was the talk of Paris. And apparently, her reign at Balenciaga isn’t over yet. Bündchen will front the new Balenciaga campaign, which hits February glossies next month. According to WWD, Steven Meisel shot the ads, which star the Brazilian supe alongside naked-and-face-painted male model Yuri Pleksun (a campaign veteran of Marc Jacobs). Marie-Amelie Sauvé styled and M/M Paris designed the mixed black-and-white and color shots, which make a strong case for what the kids used to scream at rock shows: Punk’s not dead.