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Rosie Goes Wylde


Ten concepts, nine days, one girl. That was the idea behind Ten Times Rosie, the glossy coffee-table book and photography exhibition, all products of a collaboration between Dazed & Confused founder Rankin, Paula Thomas of Thomas Wylde, and model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley—a collaboration that at times sounds more like an apocalyptic summer flick than a photo shoot.

“Everyone thinks the desert is really hot. Not at four in the morning and not in March,” Thomas said ruefully last night, at a party to celebrate the project at Rankin’s own Annroy Gallery in London. The photographer, for his part, concurs that the start was rough, but the finished product was well worth it. “When the sun comes up over the salt flats, you really think you’re in another world!” he said. “However horrible it is being there and freezing, that was beautiful!”

So are the results, starring Huntington-Whiteley and styled by Maryam Malakpour (“the glue between us all,” Rankin says). The model’s task was to embody ten different characters, one for each season that the five-year-old label has been around. “Rosie is the new thing,” Rankin enthuses. He should know. He’s shot everyone from music and fashion royalty to real-life royalty, and is ready to add Rosie to their ranks. “My wife [Tuuli, a model], and Heidi [Klum], and Kate [Moss] and the supers…if you’ve shot them and then get someone in front of you like Rosie, you get it! She moves in such an amazing way, like a dancer; it’s really amazing to watch!” See you for yourself—we’re debuting the fruits of their collaboration exclusively above.

Ten Times Rosie is on at Annroy Gallery, London, until October 29; the accompanying book is available October 1 at

Photos: Rankin

Who’s Up For The British Fashion Awards,
Who Wants Klaus Kinski Front-Row,
Who’s Rethinking Khakis, And More…


The British Fashion Award nominations are in! For designer of the year, Phoebe Philo (pictured) faces off with Christopher Kane and Erdem Moralioglu; for designer brand of the year, it’s Burberry and Mulberry vs. Pringle of Scotland and Victoria Beckham; and for menswear designer of the year, Christopher Bailey, Margaret Howell, Paul Smith, and the Savile Row label E. Tautz. Meanwhile, Nick Knight, Nicola Formichetti, and Rankin are all up for the Isabella Blow award for fashion creator—at least two of whom are Gaga besties. Now who will she root for? [WWD]

Richard Chai, who nabbed the CFDA Swarovski Award for emerging menswear designer last year, has announced he’ll debut his capsule collection for Original Penguin at his runway show this season. [WWD]

Steven Alan’s memories of Dockers center on “a 1970s math professor.” Let’s hope he chooses a different inspiration when he designs a few styles for the historic khaki producer. [NYT]

You probably aren’t washing your jeans as thoroughly and lovingly as Levi’s creative director Carl Chiara. But if you want to start, clear a few hours, a bathtub, and a sachet of potpourri, and follow these 14 or so simple directions. [WSJ]

For the latest issue of Interview, Balenciaga’s Nicolas Ghesquière sits down with legendary editor and style maven Polly Mellen, who’s full of great reminiscences about working in fashion in the era of Vreeland. Vreeland, the late Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue editrix, apparently had navy blue hair—chic! [Interview]

And Hint Mag puts several New York designers to the Mad Libs test. Read on to learn who wants Klaus Kinski in his front row, who wants the naked and blood-spattered cast of True Blood in his, and who aspires to “create a duplicate of himself, and then again and again until the entire world was Scott Sternbergs.” (One guess on that one.) [Hint Mag]

Photo: Courtesy of Celine

The Gap Pops Up, Pucci Pops (Even Without Prints), Rankin Shoots Graduate Fashion Week, And More…


Get your CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winners and runners-up—for less! Gap unveils its limited-edition designs with Monique Péan, Sophie Theallet, and Patrik Ervell at its pop-up space on 54th Street today. [WWD]

Meet Rike Feurstein, German lawyer-turned-milliner-to-the-stars. Rihanna’s a fan. [NYT]

The Wall Street Journal wonders, is Pucci Pucci without the prints? Short answer: yes. (When it looks like Peter Dundas’ Fall 2010 collection, pictured, we’ve got no complaints.) [WSJ]

The plus-sized model trendlet hits menswear. The new issue of Fantastic Man features designs on “gentlemen of quite marvelous shape,” in the words of its editors. [Jezebel via Racked]

And Dazed & Confused co-founder Rankin shoots the best new work from England’s Graduate Fashion Week, styled by Katie Shillingford. [Vogue U.K.]

Photo: Marcio Madeira /

Another Man, Another Show


There were so many bodies at Rankin’s Eat Me Naked exhibition opening on Friday night at the A.Galerie that it was hard to see the bodies hanging on the walls. That’s a shame, since many of them—nudes of Kate Moss, Heidi Klum, Eva Herzigova, and Rankin’s new bride, Tuuli, among others—have never been shown before. The prolific photographer, publisher (he co-founded Dazed & Confused, Another, and Another Man magazines with Jefferson Hack), and film director was also celebrating the publication of several new books this year (seven, to be exact), including one, on the L.A. label Thomas Wylde, that has been in the works for five years. “In 25 years in the business, I have never seen anyone work so much,” said gallery owner Arnaud Adida. “I never looked to do anything more than take photos,” Rankin shrugged. “I just do it because I love it. There are fashion people, and then there are people like me. I’m a tourist. I go to a show and as much as I love it I am overwhelmed by excess. I keep thinking, ‘How much money can you spend on something?’ “

Eat Me Naked runs through April 17 at A.Galerie, 12 rue Léonce Reynaud, Paris,

Photo: Rankin

Rankin: Please Do Touch The Art


Destroy/Rankin is not your usual photo retrospective. The book, which comes out stateside next week, does feature a collection of portraits shot by photographer, filmmaker, and Dazed & Confused co-founder Rankin over the course of his career; so far, so typical. Not so typical? The fact that Rankin handed those portraits back to his subjects, to do with as they pleased. Seventy musicians, including Debbie Harry (pictured), Jarvis Cocker, Kylie Minogue, U2, and Beck, took Rankin up on the offer to tear up, deface, paint over, and otherwise mess with his snaps. (Damien Hirst also did yeoman’s work filling in for late Clash front man Joe Strummer as destroyer.) The mash-up artworks were auctioned off at Phillips de Pury in London in November, with proceeds going to U.K. charity Youth Music, and profits from the Destroy/Rankin book are going the organization’s way, as well. Here, Rankin talks to about his appetite for destruction.

How did you come up with the idea to let artists you’ve shot over the years have at your work?
I was looking over a lot of my old work, and it occurred to me that there wasn’t much interaction between me and the people I’d shot after those shoots were over. Which was a sort of disappointing realization, honestly. I wanted to create more of a space for collaboration. And I thought it would be an unusual interaction to have the artists I’d shot over the years go back and look at these images of themselves and destroy them in some way. I liked the word destroy. Creative destruction. It seemed like a good, punk idea, to invite a bit of chaos.

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