33 posts tagged "Stefano Pilati"
Stefano Pilati introduced his first advertising campaign for Ermenegildo Zegna in L.A. last night. The big reveal came during an after-party celebrating the brand’s new store on Rodeo Drive. To accompany the Inez & Vinoodh-lensed Spring ’14 images, the house released a film, which—equal parts creepy and genius—depicts Pilati as an anchorman, broadcasting the latest in Zegna news from a dimly lit studio. The video presents the label’s éminences grises—that is, key figures and men of considerable power whose leadership is reflected in the Zegna Couture collection. Irish actor Jamie Dornan (who plays Christian Grey in the forthcoming Fifty Shades film) portrays the Zegna man on film. He’s featured alongside model Paolo Anchisi in a sequence of portraits and product-detail stills that capture the label’s signature balance of tradition, innovation, style, and substance. Catch the short’s exclusive online debut, above.
More often than not, “love at first sight” is written off as bullshit. But somehow, Dutch husband-and-wife photography duo Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin manage to make it a believable concept. “We knew the first time we met,” said van Lamsweerde while eying Matadin from across the table in their downtown New York studio. The year was 1986, and they became acquainted while at art school. “We each had a different partner, so it just wasn’t possible. But we worked together on and off for six years without dating,” she continued. “And then we met on the street in Amsterdam, went for a coffee, and it all sort of clicked.”
In the more than two-and-a-half decades since that initial encounter, the couple has married, had a son, Charles, and built a veritable fashion and art photography empire. You’d be hard-pressed to flip through a magazine’s September issue without stumbling upon an Inez & Vinoodh-lensed editorial, or one of the Fall campaigns they shot for Jason Wu, Balmain, Valentino, or a bevy of other powerhouses. Oh, and of course, they’re responsible for Lady Gaga’s latest album cover and video. Their next creative endeavor? A collaborative jewelry collection with TenThousandThings. “It’s a love project,” explains van Lamsweerde. “And it’s about having something to commemorate the love you have for your partner, your child, your best friend, your co-worker…”
The seeds were planted last year while the couple was working on a charity project with TenThousandThings’ David Rees and Ron Anderson. Before they wrapped, Matadin enlisted the jewelers’ help to design a one-off necklace for van Lamsweerde—an oxidized silver chain garnished with a pavé drop, two linked circles (representative of the couple’s wedding rings), and a star pendant. “That’s a symbol for Charles, because his middle name is Star,” said van Lamsweerde. “I started wearing it right away, and everyone would ask me, ‘Where did you get that?’ So it grew into more.” The photographers worked with Rees and Anderson to create a carefully considered debut range, which began with ten of the intertwined wedding-band necklaces (ten because Charles celebrated his tenth birthday this year). Each piece (available in oxidized silver, 18-karat rose or yellow gold, or leather) is garnished with various charms—a ruby resembling a drop of blood, a turquoise heart, a diamond briolette, a white Tahitian pearl, and more. An eleventh necklace combines all the trinkets on one chain. The same concept applies to the collection’s delicate rings, earrings, and bracelets, and van Lamsweerde and Matadin plan to update the offering biannually.
Naturally, the pair shot their own campaign—a selection of black-and-white images that depict friends and lovers including Stefano Pilati and his boyfriend, Christiaan Schoonis; The Misshapes; Charles and his best friend, Stella (“It only took ten frames; he’s seen a lot of people strike poses for us,” said van Lamsweerde, laughing); musicians Lou Doillon and Keren Ann (van Lamsweerde describes them as sisters in singing and songwriting); and van Lamsweerde and Matadin themselves. The latter two images debut here.
The collection—priced between $450 and $19,000—can be found at Colette, Net-a-Porter, and Barneys New York this September, and will officially launch via a personal appearance at Barneys’ Madison Avenue store on September 7 at 3 p.m. The event will also celebrate the pair’s Byredo fragrance, 1996, and offer a sneak peek at their forthcoming Taschen book, Pretty Much Everything, which follows a traveling retrospective of the same title.
So considering they’ve conquered the worlds of photography, art, and—now—design, it seemed only appropriate to ask the photographers if they felt like they had done, well, pretty much everything. “No,” said Matadin. “We’re working on a movie…. It’s just meetings in Hollywood now. It will take a bit of time.” No doubt they’ll enjoy spending that “bit of time” together.
Stefano Pilati’s is indeed headed to one of Milan’s fashion giants—just not the one that had been rumored. Ermenegildo Zegna announced this morning that the former YSL designer, who exited the house after his Fall ’12 collections, has been appointed head of design at menswear stalwart Ermenegildo Zegna (where he’ll also work on the Ermenegildo Zegna Couture collection). He’ll also be charged with growing Zegna’s womenswear label, Agnona, where he will serve as creative director as well. The appointments are effective as of the first of the new year.
Hedi In Hiding? Designer’s First Men’s And Resort Collections To Be Shown To Buyers Only, And More Of The Day’s Top Stories
Good things come to those who wait, right? Hedi Slimane must think so. The French designer, who recently took over Stefano Pilati’s post at Yves Saint Laurent, has decided to present his debut collections for the house, women’s Cruise and Spring menswear, only to buyers. The rest of the world will see his debut during Paris women’s fashion week in September. [WWD]
Just on the heels of the New York City Ballet’s spring gala, which debuted ballets with costumes by Rodarte and J. Mendel, Valentino Garavani has announced he’s getting on his toes. Or, at least, he’s designing for those that do: He’s created all of the costumes for NYCB’s fall opening. [Valentino.com]
Queen Elizabeth II’s crown is getting a makeover. Luxury labels Bulgari, Mulberry, Valentino, and more have taken a stab at reinterpreting the iconic crown in celebration of her upcoming Diamond Jubilee, 31 of which are on display at Harrods department store in London. [NY Daily News]
Since Adam Yauch’s death on May 4, fans have paid countless tributes to the late Beastie Boy. But now, Brooklyn residents arelooking to pay a different kind of homage with something permanent. Residents of Brooklyn Heights have petitioned to rename Squibb Park, which is currently undergoing renovations to become a skateboarding facility, in honor of Yauch. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Lensman Ari Marcopoulos doesn’t consider himself to be a fashion photographer. “The last time I photographed a fashion designer must have been Marc Jacobs over 20 years ago when he still had really long hair and no tattoos,” he tells Style.com. “I think he was fresh out of school and he just came over to my studio for a shoot—actually, I never published those. Oh, and I did a similar thing with John Galliano after that.” But the fashion set just keeps on calling upon the surf-and-skate photog, who got his start working alongside Andy Warhol; in the past few years, Marcopoulos has been commissioned by the likes of Adam Kimmel and Stefano Pilati.
His latest solo exhibition of large-scale pigment prints and smaller photos, Wherever You Go, which he debuted last night at New York’s Marlborough Chelsea gallery, is less of a fashion-centric affair and instead focused on his familiar subjects, including graffiti-scrawled walls and skate-sessioned architecture. The most famous of these subjects is New York Knicks player Tyson Chandler, who himself is attracting some fashion interest and spent Monday night at the Met ball in Calvin Klein Collection. “I did a fanzine on him when he was on the Dallas Mavericks and they won the championship, but I made it so he appeared to be wearing a Knicks jersey and it said ‘We wish,’ ” Marcopoulos explains. “Six months later when he was signed to New York, he called me up and we just became friends.” Just like that? “Usually athletes are bigger-than-life figures, kind of literally, but I think we assign too many superhero qualities to athletes,” he says. “I don’t see him any different than my son, who is also in this exhibit; they are all just normal people.”
Wherever You Go is open through June 16 at Marlborough Chelsea, 545 W. 25th St., NYC, (212) 463-8634.