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April 18 2014

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30 posts tagged "Steven Klein"

The Brooklyn Museum’s Going Head Over Heels

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LouboutinWe’re the first to admit that heels are a powerful thing. Each season we manage to add a few (or a dozen) must-have pairs to our overstuffed wardrobes. And why? Is it because heels are sexy? Flattering? Outfit-making? Or just fun to wear? The Brooklyn Museum will explore these questions (and many more) with its upcoming exhibition Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe. On view from September 10, the exhibit will feature 160 heels from as early as the 17th century to today. A main focus will be the sculptural, architectural, and artistic qualities of high heels, which range from the wearable to the avant-garde. On one end of the spectrum will be designs by household names like Manolo Blahnik, Christian Louboutin, Chanel, and Roger Vivier, on the other, conceptual styles by Iris van Herpen, Elsa Schiaparelli, Zaha Hadid, and many more.

Highlights from the exhibit include Marilyn Monroe’s Ferragamo stilettos from 1959; silk, metal, and glass mules by Vivier for House of Dior from 1960; Céline’s mink-covered pumps from Spring ’13; eight-inch platforms designed by Rem D. Koolhaas for Lady Gaga; and mind-bending 3-D-printed heels by Van Herpen.

In addition to the show, there will be a fully illustrated catalog with essays by Stefano Tonchi, Lisa Small, and Caroline Weber, as well as six short films inspired by high heels. The films were commissioned from artists including Steven Klein, Nick Knight, and Marilyn Minter. The full exhibition will also be traveling to other venues, which have yet to be announced.

Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe will run from September 10, 2014 through February 15, 2015 at the Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11238. For more information, visit brooklynmuseum.org.

Photo: Courtesy of the Brooklyn Museum 

At Long Last, Kate Moss for Alexander McQueen

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Kate Moss for Alexander McQueen

Kate Moss for Alexander McQueen

Given her close relationship with the house and the late designer, it’s somewhat surprising that Kate Moss has never fronted an Alexander McQueen campaign. This season, however, the brand has remedied that, and tapped the forty-year-old supe to star in its Steven Klein-lensed Spring ’14 ads, two of which debut exclusively here. Barefaced and clad in Sarah Burton’s black leather and gold warrior wares, Moss sports an acid orange pixie cut in the snaps—a touch that lends the images a Fifth Element-meets-Hunger Games vibe. (Fitting, considering McQueen frocks pop up on more than a few occasions in Catching Fire.) Also starring in the ads is a sufficiently unnerving mini Moss doll, who’s styled to match the model. We imagine that the toy’s role will become clear in Klein’s film for the brand. Inspired by the voyeuristic 1960s British thriller, Peeping Tom, the short is set to go live on McQueen’s Web site at 8 a.m. EST. Can Moss top her ghostly Fall 2006 performance for the house, in which she was projected onto the designer’s runway as a floating hologram? Head over to www.alexandermcqueen.com to find out.

Photos: Steven Klein

Daria Werbowy Fronts Balenciaga’s Spring Campaign

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Balenciaga Spring '14

Balenciaga’s Spring ’14 ads broke today, and Daria Werbowy, who has already nabbed campaigns for Ferragamo, Céline, Mango, and Diane von Furstenberg this season, has emerged as Balenciaga’s latest star. Styled by Jacob K and lensed by Steven Klein, the sophisticated snaps, one of which depicts Werbowy covered in ivy, are a notable departure from the perverse ads Wang released for his eponymous label last week. As for his choice to feature Werbowy, whom Balenciaga booked as a runway exclusive for its Paris show in September, Wang told WWD, “I wanted to convey a sense of strength and knowingness. Daria is definitely not naive.”

Photo: Steven Meisel

Alexander Wang’s Toilet Humor

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Alexander Wang's Spring '14 Campaign

The first image from Alexander Wang’s cheeky Spring ’14 digital campaign broke today, and infused with humor, retro ambiance, and the designer’s signature breed of cool, the Steven Klein-lensed teaser shot has got everything—except clothes. The snap was staged in a bleak public restroom and features only the platform-clad feet of Anna Ewers and Zuzu Tadeushuk. The rest of their presumably Wang-dressed bodies are hiding behind the closed stall doors. “Since the spring-summer 2014 collection plays on the duality of naïveté and perverse explicitness in youth culture, we wanted to shoot the campaign in a very familiar environment most people grow up reminiscing about,” Wang told WWD. “I loved blurring the lines between censorship and humor.”

Photo: Steven Klein

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, But It Can Be Downloaded

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MAdonna

Madonna is aiming to start yet another revolution with her latest film, secretprojectrevolution. Co-directed by the pop legend and Steven Klein, the movie will serve as the launch of Madge’s Art For Freedom initiative, which aims to promote freedom of speech and expression. Created in collaboration with Vice Media and BitTorrent, the seventeen-minute short will be available for download on September 24 from bundles.bittorrent.com/madonnarevolution/, and because we know you were wondering, yes—M’s wardrobe for the cinematic uprising furthers her longstanding embrace of fishnets as pants.

Photo: Courtesy of VICE