8 posts tagged "Shalom Harlow"
We’ve all seen our fair share of “backstage” fashion-week videos, but since Spring 2011, Alexander Wang has been taking the concept to the next level with his Confessional Series. The films have featured top models—such as Shalom Harlow, Aymeline Valade, Liberty Ross, and more—as they paint intimate pictures of their fashion-week experiences and what it’s like to live life in front of the lens. For Fall ’13, the designer selected catwalker and Spring ’13 campaign star Malgosia Bela to tell all to the camera. The Polish model talks success, the evolution of her career, and how her son is “probably the only thing [she's] ever done right.” Bela’s Fall ’13 confession debuts here, exclusively on Style.com.
Jason Wu teamed up once again with photographer Willy Vanderperre for his new ad campaign starring Shalom Harlow. “I was thrilled to work with Shalom for my Fall/Winter 2012 campaign because she was such an icon for me growing up,” Wu tells Style.com. “Her unique look, combined with her understanding of herself, made her the epitome of the strong warrior woman that represented my Fall collection.” Here, we have an exclusive first look at the campaign, styled by Joe McKenna and art-directed by Patrick Li. To get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the collection, check out Wu’s diary for Style.com.
Alexander Wang has made it his business to launch models’ careers. Britt Maren circa Spring 2011, Aymeline Valade for Fall ’11. But this February, he turned to the pros, enlisting the likes of Frankie Rayder, Carmen Kass, Gisele Bündchen, and Shalom Harlow to walk his Fall 2012 runway at Pier 94. Harlow is the star of Wang’s latest Confessional video. “It goes without saying that Shalom is an icon,” the designer told Style.com. “Usually we feature new faces in our Confessional, but given the fact that her last show was in 2007, we felt she deserved to tell her story.” In the clip, directed by Peter Szollosi, Harlow recalls her arrival in New York in the early nineties. The city “had a pretty electric energy then,” she said. “There was a lot of really fun, theatrical types designing and the runway became this stage for all of these mega model personalities to flaunt their stuff.” You can watch her video exclusively here on Style.com. For more behind-the-scenes footage of Wang’s show, visit Alexanderwang.com/studio.
The story of Cartier, from its birth in 1847 to European royalty to its modern-day status as a luxury jewelry house, is quite a long one—165 years, to be exact. But the famed jeweler (with the help of a 60-person crew and a three-month production time span) has managed to wrap its unique history into just three and a half minutes in its new short film, L’Odyssée de Cartier.
“There are so many wonderful Cartier stories—from the first Santos watch created in 1904 to the iconic Love bracelet—we wanted to share these stories with our clients and everyone who may not be as familiar with our 165 years of history,” Cartier North America president and CEO Emmanuel Perrin tells Style.com of the video, which the label unveiled last night in New York at a private press screening. “L’Odyssée de Cartier weaves together these stories in a unique and powerful way through the eyes of our iconic Panthère.”
The film reveals a glimpse into an imaginary world inhabited by Cartier’s designs, under the watchful gaze of the panther. The backstory on the film’s animal muse? “The panther has been the ultimate emblem of Cartier’s jewelry expertise since the 1930′s, thanks to Jeanne Toussaint, Cartier’s creative director during this period. Her expert eye and consummate elegance are the hallmark of Cartier style. Jeanne Toussaint’s nickname was La Panthère, Lady Panther,” explains Perrin.
While the panther (pictured, below) may be the showstopper of the film, many of Cartier’s most enduring designs (including the Love bracelet, the Trinity de Cartier collection, and the snake necklace commissioned by María Félix) also make an appearance, along with supermodel Shalom Harlow (pictured, below), who portrays the Lady in the Mansion. (“Shalom Harlow embodies the spirit of the Cartier woman—elegant and passionate, like Jeanne Toussaint herself,” Perrin explains of the model.) The film, directed by Bruno Aveillan, debuts March 4 during primetime television in the U.S., but Style.com has still images from the film, here. Though the short is centered on Cartier’s past, don’t think they aren’t already focused on the brand’s future—Cartier is set to launch a new collection, Juste un Clou, in April, followed by the release of a new Tank watch in June.
It’s been a puzzling season for model spectators. One of the biggest questions among enthusiasts is: Where are all the big-name girls? We let out a cry of relief when Karlie Kloss opened Anthony Vaccarello today after skipping out on New York, London, and Milan. But what about Abbey Lee Kershaw (Alexander Wang and Anna Sui have been her only stints)? Or the incomparable Freja Beha Erichsen (who’s gone totally MIA)? The answer comes down to economics. Walking in shows pays a paltry sum compared to landing an ad campaign, which these supes continue to score in spades. Simply put (and much to our dismay), fashion week isn’t financially worth their time or energy.
So you’d think that Fall’s fresh faces would fill in the void at the top right away, but that hasn’t been the case. Aside from Nadja Bender and Marie Piovesan, there are just a handful of new girls who have proven themselves to be more than just blips on the radar. Spunky Icelandic beauty Kolfinna Kristófersdóttir managed to win (with a whopping 42 percent of readers’ votes) the Style.com Walk-Off in London, beating out veterans like Shalom Harlow and Alana Zimmer. She continued to up the ante even further in Milan, booking shows including Versace, Emilio Pucci, and Marni. The other one who has demonstrated she can compete in the major leagues is Chinese model Lina Zhang, who walked A-list runways like Dolce & Gabbana and Bottega Veneta this week. As Paris gets under way, we expect to see a few more of these uncovered gems, as well as more of the veterans, turn up at the shows. After all, walking in the Chanel show: priceless.