56 posts tagged "Rihanna"
Antelope horns, fanged jaws, shark teeth, and manta rays—all cast in brass and dipped in various hues of gold—are the centerpieces of Dominic Jones’ Spring ’14 collection. Now in his ninth season, the 28-year-old designer, who counts the likes of Beyoncé and Rihanna among his fans, was inspired by natural forms and evolution within nature. And while the London-based talent’s ability to constantly push his futuristic-meets-organic aesthetic forward is largely what editors and top-tier retailers (like Barneys, Net-a-Porter, and 10 Corso Como, among many others) find so appealing, his Spring lineup grew out of the past. In fact, it is a reimagining of his Fall ‘10 offering (his second ever), which he’s elevated by applying the technical skills he’s acquired over the years.
Jones is a hands-on kind of guy. “I design as I go. My brain works more traditionally, and I very much like my technique of working with my fingers, saws, and files,” he explained. But one of the “new skills” he utilizes for Spring is 3-D printing. For instance, he created his deadly but seductive ram’s-horn-shaped choker with a hand-carved mold, but he used 3-D printing to shrink it down and pop out frames for identical rings and bracelets. “3-D design can feel a bit soulless,” Jones said. “The products are often really interesting and intricate, but they lose the warmth you see in handmade pieces.” His 3-D printed baubles, however, are all finished by Jones himself rather than a machine. As he puts it, “It’s the best of both worlds. And it’s already triggered my brain into new ways of approaching design. It’s like finding a new door in your house that you’ve never walked through.” Continue Reading “Dominic Jones Goes Back To The Beginning” »
By now, the Linda Farrow story is one of lore. Ten years ago, Tracy Sedino and her boyfriend, Simon Jablon (Linda Farrow’s table tennis-champ son), were redecorating an old warehouse that belonged to his designer mom. And by pure fortune, they discovered a box filled with old sunglasses that Linda had created for Balenciaga, Dior, and YSL in the seventies. The rest is history.
Ten years on and happily married to Jablon, Sedino has been busy fulfilling her mother-in-law’s design dream that was put aside for love, marriage, and children. In the past decade, with Jablon quarterbacking the business angle, Sedino has developed the Linda Farrow brand to an extreme: Their stand-alone products have drawn a legion of fans (think Rihanna, Gaga, Queen Bey, Madonna), and their collaborations have raised the bar even higher. Jeremy Scott, Erdem, Dries Van Noten, Oscar de la Renta, The Row, and Matthew Williamson are just a few designers with whom the brand has worked hand in hand.
To fete their ten-year diamond anniversary, Sedino is taking the brand and its muse—a giant doe-eyed raven-haired doll called Penelope—on a whirlwind road show. First stop was Colette, where Penelope wore Sedino’s Alexander McQueen wedding dress, and now, to Selfridges, where the brand has a “shop-in-shop”—the new parlance for pop-up shop. Sedino and Jablon have called upon ten brands, including Nicholas Kirkwood, Mawi, Falke, and Agent Provocateur to come up with a limited-edition selection of goodies (which will be available until October) to celebrate. And these products are not your typical eyewear. A gold detailed heel from Nicholas Kirkwood, some very naughty bow-detailed pantyhose from Falke, a super-sexy aromatic candle from Cire Trudon, and a Lycra playsuit-cum-harness from Agent Provocateur (which reminds us of something out of Fifty Shades) gives us a clue as to what is on the couple’s minds as they commemorate ten years of marriage and business. A clutch from Bottega Veneta PT 1 and a fur from Saga give the collection just enough grown-up veneer to sugarcoat the boudoir naughtiness. Good to know the flame hasn’t gone out—all ten-year anniversaries should be like this one.
Though the collection he’s presenting tomorrow is his first, designer Adam Selman is no stranger to the spotlight. Indeed, given that Selman co-designed Rihanna’s River Island range, and took a bow with the superstar at her London Fashion Week event last year, he may have a higher profile than many an established fashion darling. Now, though, Selman is striking out on his own, launching his eponymous line with a collection equal parts slinky and sporty. “I was really inspired by those Francesco Scavullo Cosmo covers from the seventies,” Selman, who sent us an inspiration image of Margaux Hemingway on the set of a Scavullo shoot, explained at a studio visit this weekend. “But I didn’t want to do that straight up; I felt like, bringing in these athletic elements gave it a different pop, you know?” To be sure, Selman’s mash-ups of hockey jerseys and lingerie are distinctive. And both Selman and his apparel exude a refreshing sense of humor and joie de vivre. This quality will be amply displayed at the presentation tomorrow, where the models will be joined by a special, hilarious guest. And no: It’s not Rihanna.
Today, we learned that fashion’s favorite facial contortionist, Cara Delevingne, has lent her singing skills to a duet with her musician friend Will Heard. Unlike her solo debut, which served as the background track for Katie Grand’s Hogan video teaser, here Delevingne shows off her vocal chops in front of the lens. Maybe an encore with new pal RiRi isn’t too far in the future?
After a much-discussed debut at London fashion week last season, Rihanna for River Island is back in all its sporty, sexed-up glory. The Fall range—the first delivery of which will hit River Island stores and Opening Ceremony on September 12—offers lots of camo, boxy crop tops, stripes galore, hip-high slits, and a slew of gymwear gone glam. In November, the winter collection—which marks the final installment of Rihanna and co-designer Adam Selman’s collaboration with the retailer—will roll out with holiday looks and cozier items. Although, knowing RiRi, the cold-weather wares will be no less flesh-baring. Above, take a peek at the Fall campaign, which, lensed by Lachlan Bailey and styled by Mel Ottenberg, stars Ji Hye Park, Natasha Kusakina, Milou Van Groesen, and Tati Cotliar. Continue Reading “RiRi Round Two” »