6 posts tagged "Stephen Gan"
Fun fact: Carine Roitfeld’s favorite fairy tale is E.T. “It’s not a traditional fairy tale, but I love E.T. because it combines science fiction and fantasy with a touch of sadness. All of the best fairy tales have that—something dark with something light,” the editor told Style.com. Why on earth would we be speaking with Mlle. Roitfeld about extraterrestrial eighties flicks, you ask? Because “fairy tales” happens to be the concept behind the latest edition of CR Fashion Book, which hits newsstands on February 25.
Considering Roitfeld has facilitated a few fashion Cinderella stories since launching her zine in 2012, “fairy tales” seems a fitting theme for issue four. The editor’s choice to put Kim Kardashian on the cover of issue three helped convince the industry’s elite to (kind of) embrace the reality-TV star. And Kate Upton’s issue one cover made readers recognize that she could be an all-American bombshell and a high-fashion model, too. (For the record, a Brigitte Niedermair pointe shoe and Ukrainian ballet dancer Sergei Polunin covered issue two, but that’s not terribly pertinent here.) Roitfeld’s latest princess-in-the-making? Nineteen-year-old Gigi Hadid, whose Bruce Weber-lensed cover (right) debut exclusively here, alongside a second E.T. themed cover featuring Lindsey Wixson, shot by Sebastian Faena (left). “Gigi is next in the line of athletic, voluptuous babes who transition to high-fashion success,” said CR Fashion Book design director Stephen Gan. Not unlike Kim K., Hadid also happens to be on reality TV—she’s best known for her role on Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (as a daughter, not a housewife). “It may be a cliché, but this is a girl who lights up a room. When I met her, I immediately sensed her star quality—it was only days later that I found out she was already a reality-TV star,” Gan continued. Did we ever in a million years think Roitfeld would fall for not one, but two reality darlings in the span of six months? No. But we’re inclined to trust her judgment. After all, she did introduce the world to Lara Stone.
The first day of London fashion week is habitually a bit of a cozy domestic affair, mostly modeled by new faces and attended by assistants, but lo! At lunchtime today the full power of international fashion friendship networking was almost surreally visited upon The Old Dairy on Wakefield Street. There on the runway were Natalia Vodianova, Lara Stone, Mariacarla Boscono, and Natasha Poly. There in the audience, Kate Moss, Carine Roitfeld, Emmanuelle Alt, Stephen Gan, et al. The draw? Not a Londoner but a fresh arrival from Turkey, Hakaan Yildrim, a well-known designer who dresses the high-profile media and social glamorati of Istanbul. His all-guns-blazing debut on the Western runway was, it turns out, thanks to his compatriot Mert Alas (one half of Mert & Marcus), who corralled all his friends’ support. What they saw: well-made clothes in the short-tight-sexy mold, treated to cutting techniques involving rippling stand-up frills; peplums; overlapping, interwoven diagonals; and spaghetti strips of leather. There was a lot of intricate work in it—a touch too much in places—but the quality was inarguable and the styling, with the outcrops of ostrich, puts him somewhere in the slipstream of Riccardo Tisci.