20 posts tagged "Sofia Coppola"
Coppola Walks The Aisle In Alaïa, Baby Beyoncé Is On the Way, Hurricane Irene Rains On DVF’s Parade, And More…
Over the weekend, Sofia Coppola married singer Thomas Nars in a custom-made, “chiffon with a blush of lilac” gown by Azzedine Alaïa. He also made a special party dress for Coppola’s daughter, Romy. [WWD]
Designer Walter Van Beirendonck’s clothes have always “bridged the gap between art and fashion, proving that wearable garments could also express extreme concepts and humor.” Through his clothes, he has pushed issues like AIDS activism, war, ecology, and mass consumerism. At last, his influential work will be displayed in a retrospective, Dream the World Awake, at MoMu in Antwerp. [Hint]
One of the biggest stories from last night’s VMA awards: Beyoncé is pregnant. The singer revealed her baby bump and confirmed that she and her husband, Jay-Z, are expecting their first child. Jay-Z also surprised fans when he took the stage for a performance with Kanye West. [Huffington Post]
In preparation for Hurricane Irene, cultural events were canceled and restaurants were closed throughout New York, including Diane von Furstenberg’s screening of Tanner Hall. After speaking with Mayor Bloomberg, DVF and husband Barry Diller called off their screening and party in the Hamptons for their daughter, Tatiana von Furstenberg, and Ringo Starr’s stepdaughter, Francesca Gregorini, who co-directed movie. [Page Six]
Fendi’s New Designer Drive, Miuccia Prada And Elsa Schiaparelli Could Be The Next Met Stars, And More…
Now you can have your Fendi and drive it, too. As part of The Whispered Italian Grand Tour, a new Fendi project that includes a documentary about Italy’s craftsmen, the luxury brand created a special-edition Maserati. The designer car will make its debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show in September. [Vogue U.K.]
After the Met’s record-breaking Alexander McQueen exhibit, the Costume Institute has another fashion-focused show set to follow, WWD reports. Miuccia Prada and Elsa Schiaparelli could be the next subjects under the museum’s spotlight. [WWD]
Dasha Zhukova’s new magazine, Garage, caused a stir this week with its controversial crotch shot cover. The cover model, Shauna Taylor, says, “I would have been stupid not to be part of this project. Not one single person can ever say they gave birth through a Damien Hirst piece of art. I can [if I ever give birth].” [Page Six]
To celebrate the 40-year anniversary of Alice Waters’ famed Chez Panisse, the restaurant and Levi’s partnered with writers and artists like David Byrne, Sofia Coppola, and Dave Eggers to create a series of limited-edition T-shirts. Of course, the shirts are 100 percent organic cotton with “plantable letterpressed hang-tags.” [The Food Section]
John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Sarah Burton, and Christopher Kane are just few of the famous alumni schooled on London’s Charing Cross Road, Central Saint Martins’ HQ for 72 years (not to mention, the venue for the first Sex Pistols show ever). To celebrate the building’s storied halls before moving to new digs on Kings Cross, the school has created a film tribute that debuted at their student fashion show earlier this week. [Racked]
More stars align for the CFDA: Sofia Coppola, Kirsten Dunst, Liv Tyler, and Chloë Sevigny are all slated to attend and present at Monday’s fashion Oscars—the CFDA Fashion Awards. [WWD]
Lindsey Wixson wants to be a chef-slash-chanteuse. Freja Beha Erichsen wants to be…a poet? [Vogue U.K.]
The haute couture shows start on Monday, and in addition to the schedule’s usual suspects—Lagerfeld, Gaultier, Galliano, et al.—newcomer Maxime Simoëns is throwing his (presumably) hand-beaded hat into the ring. At 26, Simoëns is the first designer to join the official Couture calendar without ever having staged a runway show—unless you count his prize-winning 2009 debut at the annual Festival International de Mode et de Photographie in Hyères, France. Kris Van Assche was on the festival’s fashion jury that year, as were Jefferson Hack and Zoe Cassavetes. Obviously the kid keeps good company. Further proof? He’s currently operating out of Christian Lacroix’s old atelier.
On the eve of his Couture debut, Style.com talked to Simoëns about abandoning his first love for fashion, landing the Gossip girls, and his plans for re-shaping couture.
Your first interest was film. Why did you abandon it for fashion?
Starting from the age of five or six I was totally taken by James Dean, Charlie Chaplin, and Marilyn Monroe. Then I got to film school and found it too technical and scientific—all physics, math, chemistry. I wanted to express myself more concretely; I was thinking less about science and more about the narration of a heroine. Then came Madonna’s “Drowned” World Tour and I took one look at the costumes and silhouettes—and of course the corsets—by Jean Paul Gaultier, and I knew. I went home and started to draw. It totally threw my parents off because after ten years of talking about film I turned around and told them it was going to be fashion.
What happened once you arrived in Paris?
I attended the Chambre Syndicale, and I figured that since Gaultier was my inspiration my first internship should be there. It’s very complicated to get an internship there, so I knocked on all the doors I could, and then I hand-embroidered a letter on a corset that I made out of python and painted. It took my whole summer vacation—the corset, the packaging, everything. Mr. Gaultier never saw it, but his assistants did. It made the rounds in-house and that’s how I got my internship in the accessories department.
You also interned at Christian Dior and Balenciaga. What were the takeaways there?
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Last night, The tony Pierre hotel in New York got more action than we’re guessing it’s seen in quite some time. Two hundred of fashion’s nearest and dearest—from Sofia Coppola and Andie MacDowell to half the editors currently working in New York—packed a private salon for a Lanvin ♥ H&M “haute couture” runway show, graced by Alber Elbaz himself. Missed the spectacle? We’ve got the full runway shots, plus party coverage here, and click below to watch the whole show.