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July 29 2014

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20 posts tagged "Selfridges"

Jet-Setting With Caroline Trentini, And More Of Today’s Top Stories

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Caroline Trentini (pictured) has been missing from the runway for a few seasons now, but her modeling days aren’t completely over. The Brazilian beauty stars in Paule Ka’s Fall ad campaign, shot by Venetia Scott at a mythical airport in Berlin. Trentini looks glamorous with a bouffantlike hairstyle and a crocodile handbag paired with a metallic skirt. She sure knows how totravel in style. [Paule Ka]

Karl Lagerfeld has a big night ahead of him. The designer will unveil his Olympic-themed collection at Selfridges tonight before the items will go on sale tomorrow. The range includes jackets, skinny jeans, and collars, which will be on display alongside Lagerfeld’s new luxury menswear line. Click the link to get a preview of the items and check back for a video from tonight’s event. [Vogue U.K.]

The American Idol judges are playing a serious game of musical chairs. Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler are officially “out” and Mariah Carey is officially “in.” The pop singer and mom of twins will join the show, leading a potential full replacement of judges. “I am so excited to be starting Idol,” Carey said in a recent interview. [Page Six]

Photo: Courtesy of Paule Ka

IMAGINE PEACE In London

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Yoko Ono’s bringing her Imagine Peace anti-violence initiative to London just in time for the Olympic Games. For the 12-week-long London 2012 Festival (starting June 21), Ono translated her Imagine Peace message into 24 different languages, and it will appear on the London Live Sites screens, along with screens at Victoria Park, Hyde Park, and Art on the Underground/Canary Wharf, paired with John Lennon’s 1971 iconic “Imagine.” As part of the project, Art Production Fund (the presenter of Ono’s art installation project) will be selling Imagine Peace items under the artist-designed Works on Whatever (WOW) line at Selfridges. Here, Style.com has a first look at the limited-edition Imagine Peace towel ($95; there’s also a water bottle, $28) going on sale at the department store June 21 and online at Selfridges.com.

Photo: James Ewing / Courtesy of Art Production Fund

A Night At The (Fashion) Pictures

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As creative director of her family’s business, Selfridges’ Alannah Weston has turned the massive department store on London’s Oxford Street into her private fiefdom of fun with a series of large-scale events that have brought together artists, filmmakers, musicians, and designers in the name of underscoring the store’s retail vision. Wednesday night saw one of the smartest, artiest events yet, to mark the opening of the Women’s Designer Galleries. Curator Emma Reeves commissioned a set of short films to interpret seven of the collections carried in the new space. The single criterion? A strong female character at the heart of each film. For Ann Demeulemeester, for instance, Michael Pitt filmed his fiancée, Jamie Bochert, as a wraithlike figure moving through the desert (top), like a contemporary version of Isabelle Eberhardt, the 19th-century French traveler who inspired the designer’s collection. For Comme des Garçons, Katerina Jebb filmed concert pianist Madeleine Malraux, the widow of cultural nabob André Malraux, still playing at the age of 90.

Ruth Hogben made a typically brilliant piece of film for Gareth Pugh (above), a hectic slice of Cabaret-style decadence. She also created a sepulchral German-expressionist short for Rick Owens: harsh angles, shadowy reveals, eldritch textures, and an opera soundtrack. Her grasp of atmospheric moviemaking is so acute it came as a surprise to hear Hogben admit that all she wants to do is take still pictures. I swear everybody’s going to be reading real books again in a few years.

Speaking of atmosphere, set designer Simon Costin has made Mars out of molehills, and here he turned the derelict Selfridges’ hotel into an outlying branch of the Overlook, with curtained-off spaces intended to obliquely echo the building’s former use. There were “rooms” with oversize sofas, long dining tables, cracked vanity tables, and huge beds, with the movies projected on the ceiling above them. That was how we got to see an edit of the film Christopher Doyle had made, but not used, as the backdrop for Dries Van Noten’s show for Fall 2005. (Technical issues pulled it at the last minute.) Doyle was the man whose camerawork made In the Mood for Love into the swoonsville date movie of the millennium. A perfect match for Dries’s own romantic leanings. It was kinda nice watching it lying down, too.

Funny, only one of the films—the McQueen one—really featured recognizable clothes. The others were all projections, figurative and literal, like Delfine Balfort’s erotic equine dance for A.F. Vandevorst. You can see them all on Selfridges’ Web site, but you’ve got till March 26 to experience them in person. More fun that way.

Kate Moss To Appear On Ab Fab, Uniqlo To Take On Shopping Malls Next, And More…

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Absolutely Fabulous has recruited Kate Moss to star in a spin-off episode of the show. Moss will be joined by Stella McCartney, who outfitted the supermodel at her London showcase of her eveningwear last month. The episode’s plot is expected to revolve around the 2012 London Olympics. [Vogue U.K.]

Selfridges is continuing to up its digital game. After unveiling its revamped womenswear department at the end of last year, the department store has just released short videos from Alexander McQueen, Rick Owens, and Comme des Garçons to screen alongside their merchandise. The films explain inspirations and references but are tied by the common thread of a “strong female character at the center of each film,” the store’s creative director explains. [Independent]

Uniqlo CEO Shin Odake has revealed plans to increase the Japanese retailer’s stateside presence in shopping malls. While major cities like Los Angeles and Chicago are also important targets, Odake tells Racked that “in order to expand in the U.S., we also need to open successful mall locations throughout.” Uniqlo’s anticipated collaboration with Undercover designer Jun Takahashi hits stores tomorrow. [Racked]

A Lane Crawford customer is seeking 50,000 Hong Kong dollars, plus two Chanel bags, as compensation for allegedly being locked in the store’s VIP room for over 90 minutes. The customer had returned to the department store after noticing defects on a recently purchased Chanel handbag. [WWD]

Photo: Ferdaus Shamim / Getty Images

Selfridges’ Bright Young Things

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Selfridges has announced the latest round of designers for its Bright Young Things initiative, a project it launched last year (with emerging designers Simone Rocha, Kirsty Ward, and Alex Noble in the mix) to support young designers in London. This year’s 15 Bright Young Things include womenswear designers Maarten van der Horst (the recent Central Saint Martins grad who made a big splash at Fashion East with his Hawaiian prints), Alice Lee, Adam Andrascik, Sorcha O’Raghallaigh (who has worked with Lady Gaga and Nicola Formichetti), and MASC; menswear designers Shaun Samson, Astrid Andersen, William Richard Green, and Alex Mattson; and accessories designers Oliver Ruuger and T. lipop. The group also includes photographers, graphic illustrators, interior designers, and prop makers.

As part of the program, which launches today and runs through the end of February, the designers will get to showcase their work in the retailer’s Oxford Street or Duke Street windows, and their collections will be for sale on Selfridges.com and in three pop-up shops.

Photo: Alessandro Viero / GoRunway.com