10 posts tagged "Rankin"
Erin O’Connor needs no introduction. After a nearly two-year-long hiatus, the supermodel (pictured), who first came on the scene in the mid-nineties and has been a muse to countless industry influencers, from designers like Jean Paul Gaultier and Karl Lagerfeld to photographers Richard Avedon and Nick Knight, is ready to make her runway return at the Spring shows in September. “I’ve been in and out of fashion for 15 years and I’m re-carving my career yet again, because aside from missing the people I’ve built relationships with in fashion, I miss posing the most,” O’Connor told Style.com. “I love the physicality of my job and how my mind and body are most happy when I’m expressing and moving. My face was always secondary to body alignment and the dynamism of making a moment come alive.” O’Connor’s first job back on the scene was shooting Zac Posen’s latest Resort lookbook (she’s also done editorials for Rankin’s The Hunger and the forthcoming TWELV magazine). “It’s funny because I did Zac’s first show about ten years ago. My fitting back then was in his parents’ kitchen, so I really felt like I got the measure of the man when I came back like a decade later and he’s now a full-on phenomenon,” she said. For the occasion, O’Connor asked Posen’s photographer to set up a mirror next to his camera so she could adjust her poses—just like Richard Avedon used to do with her when she first started out. “He was very instrumental in teaching me how to use my body because I grew up as a ballerina, which is all about continuous movement, while photography is static and about capturing a moment.” Given her rekindling with Posen, we wouldn’t be surprised to see O’Connor turn up on the designer’s catwalk in September.
While O’Connor may have shortly stepped away from the limelight (“By the time I hit 30, I finally realized I’d been independent and working non-stop since I was 19,” she said), she’s had her hands full steadily juggling plenty of side acts. For starters, O’Connor founded the Model Sanctuary to address new health initiatives the British Fashion Council had set out for models back in 2007. Each season, O’Connor and her colleagues offer a comfortable, educational surrounding for models to unwind between the shows during London fashion week. Up to 300 models stop by the house each day and have access to a team of professionals including therapists, nutritionists, trainers, and life coaches. “There was so much aggression fueling the whole debate about thin models that it became counterproductive,” O’Connor explained. “I wanted to move away from the hard-hitting scrutiny and create something that was reassuring and non-alienating. I think we’ve made positive, sustainable, and much needed change.”
In the same vein, O’Connor co-founded All Walks Beyond the Catwalk, which is an organization that promotes celebrating women of all ages, shapes, and sizes as beautiful through a variety of public campaigns. But that’s not all. Along with stylist Kate Halfpenny, O’Connor started up a line of ethically sourced graphic T-shirts and bags called She Died of Beauty. The idea came to her after a lively night out. She and a friend were recovering the next morning and Emily Dickinson came up in conversation. Referring to the poet, O’Connor’s pal said, “Don’t worry. She died of beauty.” According to O’Connor, “there was something quite genius in that simple token statement, so we decided to develop those fresh words into a full concept, which has a kind of dark humor to it. In general, I think we should impose as much humor as possible on fashion because people in the industry are known to take themselves so seriously. ” In addition to shirts that read “She Died of Beauty,” there are also ones like “She Died of Perfection” and “She Died of Love.” They employ a group of women based in India to hand-make each of the items and are planning a new range involving intricate embroidery, which plays up their artisans’ strong suits. Putting all of these effervescent enterprises on the back burner, O’Connor currently has a laser-sharp focus on returning to modeling in a big way. She says, “I feel like I still have so much to give this industry.” Apparently others agree. O’Connor told us that backstage before Jean Paul Gaultier’s latest Couture show, the designer assigned each model a different siren, from Monroe to Hepburn, to embody on the runway. When he came to O’Connor, Gaultier stopped and said, “You—you’re just going to play yourself. You are already an absolute diva.”
Alber Elbaz Decks The Claridge’s Halls, The Vatican Doesn’t Like Benetton’s New “Unhate” Campaign, Rankin Debuts A New Magazine, And More…
John Galliano designed the Claridge’s Christmas tree for the past two years, but this year, Alber Elbaz has taken over the job. The tree will be decked “with marionettes wearing Elbaz’s take on Claridge’s staff uniforms.” The tree will be on display at the London hotel from November 22 through January 22. [WWD]
United Colors of Benetton’s new “Unhate” campaign has reportedly been condemned by the Vatican. The ad campaign features images of various political and religious groups locking lips. One image even shows Benedict XVI kissing Egyptian imam Ahmed Mohamed El-Tayeb. [Telegraph]
Marc Jacobs’ Spring 2012 sample collection was stolen yesterday in London. WWD reports today, however, that not all is lost. Apparently, “thieves made off with some ready-to-wear and accessories, but not the entire assortment,” and “Jacobs is said to have duplicates for many of the looks.” [WWD]
Dazed & Confused and Another magazine founder Rankin launched a new biannual fashion and lifestyle magazine today. Hunger‘s debut issue has one cover featuring Sky Ferreira and another featuring actor Rhys Ifans. Inside, you will find features with the likes of Heidi Klum, Cheryl Cole, Hayley Atwell, and more. [Dazed Digital]
“What symbolizes your past 20 years in fashion?” The founders of Dazed & Confused asked themselves that question a lot in the past year as they prepared for the magazine’s slew of 20th anniversary celebrations, which included blow-out bashes, a commemorative book and exhibition, and 20 different cover shots by the mag’s co-founder Rankin. Now, Dazed & Confused has asked 34 of its longtime friends and collaborators, like Alber Elbaz, Vivenne Westwood, Sarah Burton, and Maison Martin Margiela, to consider the same question. The group’s answers make up a time capsule of sorts—although the items included in this one won’t be saved, but sold at an online auction to benefit Oxfam.
The haul includes everything from classic Gazelle trainers (Kate Moss) to a black obsidian cube (Gareth Pugh) to a white collar and black tie (from Karl Lagerfeld). Staffers and contributors like Tabitha Simmons, Karen Langley, and Gary Card donated memorabilia from early shoots and reminders of times gone by, while Donatella Versace looked even farther back—to the dawn of human civilization, really—with a Swarovski crystal-encrusted lighter. “The ability to make fire has always been a sign of human ingenuity,” she said. “This lighter is a portable fire-maker.” Christopher Kane, instead, chose to look to the future with his choice. “The Aqua Liquid bags from my A/W 11 collection are receiving a lot of attention—it will be interesting to see where they sit in 50 years’ time.”
Dazed & Confused‘s Time Capsule auction runs November 20 through 27 on eBay.
Rankin has shot some of the most famous people in the world, both as co-founder of Dazed & Confused and as an independent lensman for publications like Harper’s Bazaar, Arena, GQ, and German Vogue. The list is nearly limitless: Everyone from Heidi Klum (dripping in chocolate, above) to the Queen of England to Pulp to Kate Moss to…you. For five days at the beginning of June, the photographer brings his studio to Milk Gallery, where as the latest installment of his Rankin Live! Project, he’ll shoot a selection of self-nominated subjects. Anyone 16 and over can submit a photo of themselves and a brief explanation to firstname.lastname@example.org; the “most original” (interpret as you will) will be invited to be shot and have their picture displayed alongside Kate’s and the Queen’s in a rotating exhibition, which opens tonight and runs through June 10. The cost for your own personal Rankin? $100, which goes to Oxfam, the global anti-poverty charity. Chocolate not included.