56 posts tagged "Olivier Zahm"
Though Ferragamo may conjure images of Florence, it’s the brand’s deep Hollywood ties that have inspired its pop-up shop inside the brand-new Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. Creative director Massimiliano Giornetti used Ferragamo’s title sponsorship of the new arts space as an opportunity to create a special line of accessories, specific to L.A. and the near 100-year history the brand has had in Tinseltown. Though the Salvatore Ferragamo company started in Italy, Mr. Ferragamo emigrated to America in 1914 and later opened his very own boot shop in Hollywood that catered to acting legends.
Playing on some of the house’s most famous designs, the capsule collection includes the invisible wedge, hybrid silk sandals, and woven calfskin heels, all reimagined with modern touches of Lucite, hand weaving, and exotic combinations of textures and skins. “The iconic heritage remains true in this collection and speaks to every woman that desires the perfect combination of craftsmanship, modern design, and quality,” Giornetti told Style.com, calling the product offering “the true essence of Ferragamo.” Continue Reading “Ferragamo Goes To Hollywood” »
Since signing on as Closed’s creative director last year, Kostas Murkudis has taken the Italian-born (but now German-based) label in a refreshing new direction. While the line is famed for its raw selvedge denim, Murkudis has been focusing on an accompanying range of ready-to-wear, which this season was inspired by Brazil and “Urban Tropicalism.” What does that mean, exactly? For starters, the Spring ’14 lineup included plenty of street-ready separates in punchy, tropical hues. White, yellow, or cerulean waffle knits were overlaid with sheer organza for an on-trend, sporty look, a tracksuit was covered in an electric-blue-and-violet photo print, and simple skirts and silky shorts looked as though they were plucked off a luxe soccer field. Leather tops and frocks were hole-punched to create a mesh effect—this same technique was used on a particularly slick bomber. Here, the perforated leather was lined with fabric in cobalt and emerald hues. Meanwhile, neoprene coats in white or turquoise had a tech appeal, and in one instance, a two-toned jacket-and-trousers ensemble—cut from the brand’s signature denim—was made to look like a jogging suit.
Murkudis’ influences manifested themselves most interestingly in a series of embroidered silk kimono-sport-jacket hybrids. Offered in long and short styles, the toppers—some of which featured stripes down the sleeves—were reportedly inspired by Brazil’s thriving Japanese communities. “The collection is a mélange of sportswear, utility, and fashion,” Murkudis told Style.com. “It goes back to the initial concept of Closed…[and] the fact that I can use the codes of uniforms and…cultural backgrounds is very inspiring,” he added.
A spot-on Spring ’14 isn’t all the label is celebrating this season. Tomorrow, Closed will open its first Paris store, which is set at 18 rue du Poitou, in the third arrondissement. Murkudis explained that selling “and proudly showing our products—almost all of which are handmade—in the fashion capital is the next logical step in order to develop in the European market.” The boutique—a sneak peek at which debuts exclusively above—is clean, classic, and minimal, just like Closed’s aesthetic. The Closed crew will celebrate the milestone tomorrow via a fete with Olivier Zahm and Purple magazine. In fact, the brand has even teamed with Zahm on a limited-edition pair of jeans, which are, of course, dyed purple.
Everyone knows that if you want to up your “cool” factor, you bring in Olivier Zahm. This strategy was not lost on UNIQLO, who appointed the Purple Diary editor as visual director for its newest campaign. Lensed by art-world darling Ryan McGinley, the ads spotlight the brand’s significantly broadened silk and cashmere range (think 330 colorways and patterns for him and her), which is available from today in stores and online. Chloë Sevigny, Lily Donaldson, and McGinley himself don UNIQLO’s latest wares while posing against simple pastel backgrounds—a visual approach that Zahm felt would convey both the simplicity and sensuality of the materials. Catch the ads’ debut here, exclusively on Style.com.
Downtown’s eager scenesters piled into the American Apparel on East Houston last night for the New York launch of the brand’s collaboration with U.K.-bred, L.A.-based artist Kesh. The twelve-piece capsule consists of American Apparel basics—tees, hats, panties, and the like—emblazoned with graphic black and white stripes and evil eyes. The motifs were all drawn from a wall in Kesh’s studio, in front of which she’s photographed visitors such as Azealia Banks, Dev Hynes, and Olivier Zahm.
“I want everyone to wear my clothes!” the artist told Style.com after posing for an Instagram. “Well, maybe not your average Joe walking down the street that has no idea who I am,” she joked. But I have a really diverse following, from high-end fashionistas to students in Michigan. That’s what I love most about my work.”
Kesh told Style.com that she’s worn American Apparel since she was 17, so to put her art on their clothes was a big full-circle moment—almost as exciting, she said, as showing for the first time at Art Basel Miami in December. “I also chose American Apparel because I’ve seen the workers in the factory making these clothes, and those workers are happy.”
Kesh’s collection for American Apparel is available in stores and online now. Prices start at $34.