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6 posts tagged "Salvador Dali"

Will You Keep It Surreal This Season?


With Impossible Conversations, the Schiaparelli/Prada Costume Institute exhibit fast approaching, perhaps it’s no surprise that surrealism has again found its way into fashion’s collective (un)conscious. Elsa Schiaparelli famously collaborated with the likes of Salvador Dalí, and Miuccia Prada has done more for the cause of surreal style than anyone since. And there were more than a few designs on the Fall runways that echoed the theme.

At Lanvin, Alber Elbaz and Elie Top nodded at artists like Man Ray and Joan Miró with playful costume jewelry such as crystal eye brooches and a chain belt with plastic lips. Diane von Furstenberg referenced the movement, too, with interlocking hands on a body-hugging dress. Some designs, like Mary Katrantzou‘s digitally printed labyrinth gown, made the surreal wearable, and some, like Stephen Jones’ spiny headpieces for Giles (left), seemed destined to stay on the runway—or perhaps, one day, the museum gallery.

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Photo: Yannis Vlamos /

A Look At Lowit


During her three decades in the business, photographer Roxanne Lowit (who is largely credited with pioneering backstage photography) captured rare moments with icons like Yves Saint Laurent, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, and Salvador Dalí. She’s also the shutterbug behind Backstage Dior, the 2009 tome that gave an inside glimpse at John Galliano’s ready-to-wear and Couture shows. This week, 26 photos, handpicked from the book and Lowit’s days shooting at Studio 54, go on display at the New York members-only club Parlor. Here, has an exclusive peek at some of the photos that will be included in the installation—which has no end date—launching with a birthday celebration for Lowit.

Photos: Roxanne Lowit

Michael Bastian’s Barneys Collection, Ralph Rucci Cancels His Runway Show, DVF’s Spring Campaign, And More…


CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year Michael Bastian has collaborated with Barneys on a fully outfitted suit collection. The line will feature slim, modern tailoring ideal for an emerging market of young professionals who want to avoid an “anonymous baggy ‘going to work’ suit.” Pieces, available online and in Barneys stores, will be priced 20 percent lower than Bastian’s namesake line. [Michael Bastian]

Ralph Rucci is opting for private showroom meetings rather than a runway show this season. His sister and communications director, Rosina Rucci, stated that his time slot, conflicting with the Tommy Hilfiger show, was not a factor in the decision. Chado Ralph Rucci was scheduled to show on February 12. [WWD]

Diane von Furstenberg’s new Spring ’12 campaign recollects work by Surrealist artists Salvador Dalí and Magritte. The campaign places models in desert landscapes, obscured by a mirror covering the face. Von Furstenberg is known to be a collector of the late Dali’s art. [Telegraph]

The Hyères International Festival of Fashion and Photography has announced its ten fashion design candidates for the 27th annual competition. From April 27-30, the global group of designers from Estonia to Argentina will showcase their work to a panel of judges, presided over by Yohji Yamamoto. Hyères is known for embracing emerging avant-garde talent—last year’s jury consisted of Raf Simons, Christopher Kane, Proenza Schouler, and’s Tim Blanks.

Photo: Courtesy of Diane von Furstenberg

New Dali’s On Display, Thandie New To Louis Vuitton, The [David] Lauren and Lauren [Bush] Wedding Details, And More…


Unseen “intimate snaps” of Salvador Dalí and his wife, Gala, will be on display at a Dalí exhibit, set to open at Galeries Lafayette in Paris this Thursday. The Lancel-organized exhibit accompanies Lancel’s new Daligramme Collection bags, based on a Dalí-inspired bag the brand made in the seventies. [WWD]

British actress Thandie Newton is the latest star of Louis Vuitton’s Double Exposure film series. The project “creates two ‘portraits’ of the sitter”—one of them is a literal portrait and the other is a “portrait of the subject’s inner self.” [Vogue U.K.]

Berlin will host World Models Market, the first trade show for models, agencies, stylists and makeup artists, photographers, and bookers, in early November. Director Anna Sokolova says they expect up to 2,500 international models to flock to the city for the four-day event. [WWD]

David Lauren, son of Ralph Lauren, and Lauren Bush, granddaughter of former president George H.W. Bush, are getting married this weekend at the iconic designer’s 17,000-acre Colorado ranch. The Rocky Mountain ranch, called Double RL, also served as the backdrop for parts of John Wayne’s True Grit. [Page Six]

Photo: Vogue U.K.

Sweden Lowdown


Sweden is having a subtle but strong (in other words, very Swedish) moment right now: There’s Let the Right One In at the box office, Stieg Larsson on the bestseller lists, Fever Ray on the indie charts, and Acne advancing on all fronts. And Stockholm was where it was at over the weekend, when Swedish fragrance line Byredo launched its first free-standing store and the Hotel Skeppsholmen opened its doors. The weather wasn’t cooperative, but rain or shine, the city is a beaut, with what are surely the best-looking urbanites in the world (perhaps one reason why Sweden just got tagged the best country for women to live in). There were 70 local lookers shooting schnapps at the dinner Byredo founder Ben Gorham hosted in the royal family’s harborside ice-skating pavilion on Friday night. (A London contingent led by Anouck Lepère and PR maven Gillian McVey kept up the English side.) Gorham is typical of the new Sweden: culturally diverse background (Canadian dad, Indian mum), outward-looking, updating traditional Swedish design values (let’s say pure rather than minimal, like the stark but soothing Skeppsholmen) with a dash of dry wit and modern sensuality. IKEA-style homogeneity isn’t really the style of this new breed, who are helping to turn Stockholm into a style magnet all over again. You could wait till midsummer’s night, when the weather is reportedly perfect, to sample the city, but then you’d miss Francesco Vezzoli’s brilliant revisionist take on Salvador Dalí, which closes at the Moderna Museet on January 17.

Photo: Courtesy of Byredo