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July 13 2014

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Talking Peacocks And Galaxy Frocks With Roland Mouret

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Sophia and Roland

Did you know that Roland Mouret has a peacock named Mario? Neither did we. Apparently, he lives at the designer’s home outside London, along with a Jack Russell terrier called Dave. “He’s a very vain bird—he loves looking at himself in the windows,” said Mouret at a cozy dinner in New York’s Wallse restaurant last night. Unfortunately for us, Mouret didn’t bring the pets along for his whirlwind three-day trip to the Big Apple. But the jaunt, he explained, served as homecoming of sorts. “I had my big success in this city with the Galaxy dress, and it’s nice not to forget it,” recalled the French designer, referring to the curve-enhancing Fall 2005 frock that he showed at New York fashion week—it was widely regarded as the “dress of the decade.”

“I was so sure that that was going to be the dress,” said Mouret’s stylist of twelve years and the evening’s co-host, Ten magazine’s Sophia Neophitou. “I love being right,” she laughed.

Indeed, Mouret’s come a long way since that career-defining moment, what with the growth of his brand, his glamorous London store, his recent launch of handbags, and, of course, the move to Paris fashion week, where he showed his Spring ’14 offering in September. Suffice to say, a party across the Atlantic isn’t the most obvious way to unwind after sending one’s collection down the catwalk. But the designer insists that he’s got relaxation down pat. His secret? “A little red wine,” he whispered—with a glass of vin rouge in hand. And while he and Neophitou took a trip to Greece before the Spring season kicked off (apparently, the beach culture there influenced his latest lineup—particularly the runway music), he’s not a supporter of post-fashion month vacations. “It’s not the eighties. We can’t do that anymore!” he offered, continuing that the fast paced Internet culture requires designers and industry professionals to work 24/7. When asked if he missed the good old days, he replied, “I prefer it now—I prefer it now because everything feels new.”

Photo: Carly Otness/BFAnyc.comĀ 

Winged Messengers

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The runway trend of the past few seasons has been the storming of the high-fashion catwalk by more commercial-skewing girls: Miranda Kerr and Gisele Bündchen at Balenciaga, Alessandra Ambrosio and Doutzen Kroes at Prada, and so on. But the tide, it turns out, goes both ways—the commercial holy grail, the Victoria’s Secret fashion show, tapes in New York City tomorrow night, and plenty of higher-than-high fashion models are set to strut.

“It’s such an editorial level,” said Sophia Neophitou, the 10 and Harper’s Bazaar U.K. editrix who’s taken over styling duties for Charlotte Stockdale this season. “It’s not just a predictable approach to it at all, which is something I wasn’t totally aware of before I got here, you know. We looked at girls we love to shoot editorially; that’s what great. I think there’s a perception before you get here of what will work. But the reality is, it’s about the girl, it’s about the woman, what she brings as a human being to it, rather than has she got a size 34C cup. No, it’s not about that at all.” She laughs: “That’s what they’ve got the miracle bras for.”

The girl Neophitou was surveying was Anja Rubik, the doe-eyed Polish model who’s a favorite of Karl Lagerfeld’s, as she spun in a draped kimono, hand-painted with Sailor Jerry-style tattoos, a studded bra and panty set, and knee-high, back-buckled Giuseppe Zanotti Design boots. The kimono, along with several other painted pieces, is the handiwork of Jeff Fender (below, with Rubik), a Broadway costume designer who also worked on Tom Ford’s top-secret new women’s collection. (Fender estimated that the kimono alone took 300-plus man hours.) It’s one of Rubik’s two looks in the show—the other being an enormous, marabou-trailing pair of wings. (“Giving the girls wings, I feel like Father Christmas,” Neophitou said. “They cry, they actually cry.”)

De-winged and back in her street clothes—Balenciaga dress, Rick Owens jacket, Chanel bag, and Eternamé ring—Rubik, who has just returned from shooting an i-D cover in London, ran down the appeal of appearing in the VS show. “It took me a while to convince myself to do it,” she admitted. “I don’t really do lingerie shows. I thought, it’s a little too much for me; I thought, I don’t want to go there. But Charlotte [Stockdale] is a good friend of mine…she convinced me. I did it last year; it’s so much fun. It’s more fun than any other show.” Continue Reading “Winged Messengers” »

10 Turns Ten

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A decade is an even longer time in fashion years, so for its tenth anniversary, Sophia Neophitou’s 10 threw an appropriately lavish bash. “It’s miraculous that I have made my dream come true and enjoyed it for ten years,” Neophitou said at her mag’s celebration in London last night. “I hope the next ten years bring more and more fantasies and the adventures that creatively challenge me and my readers—always.”

As challenges go, there are few people in the business better equipped to provide them. The Greek goddess (above, with Roland Mouret, left, and Tim Blanks and a partygoer, right) with the throaty laugh and penchant for combining a utilitarian parka with teetering, non-utilitarian heels has worn more hats, and worked with more people, than most. Included on her CV are the titles of editor (in addition to helming 10, she edits fashion coverage for Harper’s Bazaar U.K. and Russian Vogue), creative director (of Roland Mouret and Antonio Berardi), and stylist (in which capacity she had the enviable duty of touching “those bodies”—i.e., David and Victoria Beckham, for their 10 covers). In the course of it, she’s made more than a few high-profile friends and fans, including Christopher Kane and Tammy Kane, Jonathan Saunders, Katie Hillier, Dree Hemingway, Henry Holland, Mouret, and more, all of whom packed Il Bottaccio to raise a glass and sway to three of the hottest new DJs in town: Mez (of The Neat) and Michael Hibbert and Alex Parry (of Chapel Club).

A tenth anniversary issue demands an appropriately festive cover girl, and Neophitou snagged the prize of the moment: Anna Dello Russo. The ADR cover, she explained, “celebrated everything fashion should love, has a sense of humor—after all, we aren’t brain surgeons—and a real sense of fun. Also, there is definitely a sense of being a little addicted to fashion.” 10‘s the perfect fix.

Photos: Courtesy of 10

Blasblog: A Perfect 10?

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When I started contributing to 10 magazine, founder Sophia Neophitou—who does double duty as the fashion director of Harper’s Bazaar U.K.—laid down one ground rule: no celebrity coverage. (Which, as you can imagine, was something that took me a while to wrap my head around.) So I was a little surprised when 10‘s editorial team told me the cover girl and guy for their tenth anniversary edition. Not just any celebrities, but arguably two of the world’s biggest celebrities—a his-and-hers set, David and Victoria Beckham.

But the high-fashion glossy, luckily, isn’t going tabloid, as the previously unreleased images above show. “This was a totally organic decision that began with a conversation between myself and Victoria purely from a fashion angle,” Neophitou told me. “We had a very long conversation about her giving herself to me in terms of editorial context and what I wanted to do. She agreed that for this project she would give herself in a purely editorial way, as opposed to in a celebrity context.” I guess that’s a long way of saying she pushed Posh past her all-too-familiar oversized sunnies, sky-high stilettos, and paparazzi pout. And looking at the Neophitou-styled shots, lensed by Cedric Buchet, she did. “We wanted to create images that were less predictable,” Neophitou continues. “I wanted to create a vulnerability and a sensuality and an honesty.” Color me pleasantly surprised—and already eager to see what 10 will do for its 20th.

Photos: Cedric Buchet/Courtesy of 10