August 21 2014

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Have Your Self A Lanvin Little Christmas, Watching Fashion’s Watchers, And More…


The holiday season, apparently, begins now. Christmas is fast upon us, and two of Paris’ best are leading the charge: Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz was at Printemps to debut the his-and-hers puppet windows he’s created, while John Galliano’s designs for Claridge’s Christmas tree have just been released. His “Under the Sea” tree (left) will go up in the hotel on November 25. [WWD]

Editors: the New Celebrities. The Times weighs in on Dello Russo-ism. [NYT]

Congrats to the lucky winners at the WGSN Global Fashion Awards last night. Alber Elbaz—who can’t seem to take a wrong turn these days—bested Phoebe Philo, Christopher Bailey, and Isabel Marant for most influential designer of the year, Acne took most influential design team honors, and U.K. youth label People Tree was named most influential label. [Vogue U.K.]

Over at Pop, meanwhile, editor Dasha Zhukova has resigned, moving on to a hazily defined project in the “digital space.” [Catwalk Queen via Racked]

Illustration: John Galliano

The New Face Of Brit Pop


For her upcoming issue of Pop, Dasha Zhukova scored a big get: Twitter queen (and occasional singer) Britney Spears, who appears on multiple covers of the magazine. Todd Cole shot Brit-Brit for the glossy, and Takashi Murakami gave her the full kawaii Japanimation treatment. (We hear cartoon stickers will also appear throughout the mag.) Why Spears? “She’s feminine, sassy, strong-willed, determined: all the things a great Pop icon should be,” Zhukova told us from Moscow. “Couple that with some Japanese swimsuits and a Rodarte wedding gown and I think she is pretty much Pop personified!” Apparently the idea arose when Zhukova was discussing the idea of manga characters with Murakami—and voila, a cover star is born. The mag will be out September 1—it also includes a collaboration with Cindy Sherman, who reinterprets the Chanel woman, an interview with Hillary Clinton by Barbara Bush (!), and stories on Barbara Kruger, MNDR, and Martha Stewart (!!)—and we’ve got your exclusive first look at two of the covers, above.

Photos: Todd Cole/Courtesy of Pop

Behind-The-Scenesters: Lee Swillingham


Designers design. Photographers photograph. Models model. That much—in broad strokes, at least—is clear. But what about the artists, technicians, and industry insiders, often unpublicized and underappreciated, who help to get clothes and accessories made and shown? Call them Behind-the-Scenesters: people who shape our experience of fashion but never take a bow on the catwalk or strike a pose for the camera. Without them—from pattern-makers to production designers—the show wouldn’t go on. And in a new series, sits down with a few of these pros to find out, basically, what they do.

If God is in the details, as the saying goes, then art directors are the gods of fashion. The job is hard to summarize—LOVE magazine creative director Lee Swillingham (pictured), for example, has a hand in everything from conceptualizing multi-page fashion spreads to setting the type in the credits. For him, as for his hero Alexey Brodovitch, the legendary former art director of Harper’s Bazaar, success comes of making a series of micro decisions add up to one iconic image. Even before LOVE came along, Swillingham and partner-in-design Stuart Spalding had already entered the art director pantheon—they were the founding creative directors of POP, and their firm Suburbia has created campaigns for the likes of Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, and Alexander McQueen. Here, Swillingham talks to about the gestalt of logos and layouts.

So, Lee: In one sentence, what do you do?
Really, what I do is I make things look beautiful. That’s my mission, as I see it. The way that relates to reality is, I’m a graphic designer, a typographer, and an art director of photography.

Elaborate, please—what does it mean to be an art director of photography?
It depends on what you’re doing and who you’re working with. Here’s a good example: Prior to POP, I was the art director at The Face. And we did this issue with four different covers, each one with another nineties supermodel; I literally planned out, on the computer, the different shapes of each cover, because we needed them to look coordinated, and yet totally distinct. Or, another good example from The Face is the portrait of Kurt Cobain; it’s very famous. Nirvana had gotten a lot of press in the U.K. at that point, primarily music magazines like NME, and we were trying to figure out how to make a picture of Kurt feel new. We asked David Sims to shoot it—he was a massive Nirvana fan—and it was around the time that Kurt was wearing dresses. We were tossing around ideas, and the whole dress thing gave David the idea of dress up. And that’s how we wound up with Kurt Cobain on a white background, in a Tigger costume. There’s not one element in the photo I could point to and say, that’s mine, right there, but I was involved in every decision and the development of every idea that went into the image.

How did you get into art directing?
Well, I always knew I wanted to do it, from when I was a kid. Then, when I was still in school at [Central] Saint Martins, I began assisting at Arena magazine. Back then, they only did six issues a year, so I could work on a whole issue at a time and only miss a few classes now and then. There was one issue I was working on, when the art director and the editor had a huge fight, and the art director walked out, and I wound up designing that issue of Arena all by myself, essentially. When I graduated, I took a job at The Face. In a similar way, life just sorted itself out in such a way that, within a year, I was made the art director of the magazine. Which is insane, a year out of school. Continue Reading “Behind-The-Scenesters: Lee Swillingham” »

Brad Goes to Washington, Hillary Goes Everywhere, And More Fashionable Politics


Further proof that Washington now rivals Hollywood in star wattage (first confirmation being the exhaustive dairy of Michelle’s outfits on HuffPo): Brad Pitt descends on the District to meet with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi today to talk housing and hurricanes. Maybe this will be the meeting he shaves his soul patch for? We can only hope. [People]

Nancy may get Brad, but does she have her own real-time GPS tracking system? Introducing the Hillary tracker, an interactive online map courtesy of the State Department that allows Clinton fans to keep tabs on their fave Secretary. [The Atlantic]

And if that wasn’t enough, here’s a handy compilation of White House hunks. Yes, that’s right. Reggie Love is hunky. [HuffPo]

Have you noticed a void in your wardrobe, a dearth of “mannish, unisex, and neutral shoes“? Consider it filled. Salvatore Ferragamo and Yohji Yamamoto have collaborated on just such kicks, which will be unveiled at Yohji’s show on Friday. [WWD]

The people at Pop need a better press secretary. No one’s sure who’s in, who’s out, or what, exactly, constitutes an “editorial board.” WWD clears it up. Kind of.

Photos: Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images, Abby Brack / Getty Images

Blasblog: The Dasha Divide


The big talk of the fashion world continues to be Dasha Zhukova’s editor-in-chief appointment at Pop. “I feel like the elephant in the room,” Zhukova joked to me of her attendance at some of the shows in Milan. Indeed, a sense of skepticism about Zhukova’s magazine skills has been apparent. “I’m going to be the next queen of England,” one member of the English fashion press snidely e-mailed me, while another joked that Kylie Minogue was in line to be the next editor of Vogue. While Zhukova is remaining mum on what she has planned for Pop—we’ll have to wait till September for that—she’s assured many that she’s not trying to cash in on the legacy her predecessor has established. (And lest we forget, magazines
do change: Before it was a menswear style bible, Details was a music rag.) Continue Reading “Blasblog: The Dasha Divide” »