July 29 2014

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Dior’s Blue Mood


Dior just unveiled its latest Lady Dior campaign with Marion Cotillard, “Lady Blue,” which finds the actress (and her covetable bag, of course) in Shanghai, where John Galliano will unveil his cruise collection on May 15. Steven Klein lensed the campaign and David Lynch shot an accompanying video, which features Cotillard reciting a poem he wrote inspired the city’s Oriental Pearl Tower. Of course.

Photo: Steven Klein

Klein For Gaga, Menkes For Cardin, Snakes For Natalia, And More…


The Gaga juggernaut rolls on: Word is that the Lady has commissioned Steven Klein to shoot her latest video, “Alejandro,” following the Jonas Akerlund-lensed “Telephone.” [WWD]

Suzy Menkes talks to Pierre Cardin in a new video, where she pays tribute to the designer’s 60 years as a fashion visionary. Looking back at six decades of Cardin, complete with space themes, pagoda shoulders, and piles of gold, we were put in mind of one thing: Fall 2010. Visionary indeed! [The Crane]

Natalia Vodianova is taking to the big screen in the upcoming action flick Clash of the Titans, where she’ll play the Greek monster Medusa. Leave it to the girl to make snake hair look chic—check it out, below. [Modelinia]

Marc by Marc Jacobs has opened its first shop in Milan, where it will house the label’s first combination boutique/café. [WWD]

And in similarly urgent Marc Jacobs news, we now know—thanks to a venturesome audience member at a Q&A yesterday—that the designer prefers briefs to boxers. When he’s not appearing naked, that is. [NY Mag]

Akris Tries A Guinness


Last night at Bergdorf Goodman, Akris’ Albert Kriemler celebrated his 15-year relationship—that’s 30 seasons—with the brand’s ad campaign photographer, Steven Klein. The Swiss designer may be remarkably faithful regarding his favorite shutterbug, but he’s not necessarily a one-woman kind of guy when it’s come to models, except for a few special cases. The first was Stella Tennant, whom Kriemler and Klein worked with for their first three seasons together. “Then she was discovered by Karl [Lagerfeld] and she was gone,” the designer joked. The most recent exception is Daphne Guinness, who was at the cocktail party last night in a dress fresh off the Paris runway. At first the eccentric heiress and clotheshorse with a penchant for punishing footwear seemed like a strange fit for Kriemler’s brand of streamlined minimalism, but something about the Spring ads clicked. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that Tennant and Guinness are first cousins? In any case, she’s agreed to star in Akris’ Fall campaign, which Klein is shooting today.

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Blasblog: The It Crowd


I spend a lot of time in mixed company, but I can safely say that the crowd last night was the most diverse I’ve ever encountered. Everyone was there. To my left was Princess Gloria von Thurn und Taxis; to my right, China Chow and Amanda Brooks. Six rows down were Daphne Guinness and Steven Klein. In front of me, Rosie Perez; behind, Ice-T and his charming (if rather indiscreetly dressed) wife, Coco. Fashion royalty, hip-hop royalty, and actual royalty? Only the late, great Michael Jackson could bring them all together in one room. Such was the New York premiere of This Is It, the MJ doc that Kenny Ortega, who was to produce the King of Pop’s ill-fated London performances, put together with B-roll from concert rehearsals. (The film was broadcast simultaneously in cities around the world; it will be in theaters for a limited, two-week run, then released on DVD in March.)

The reaction? Von Thurn und Taxis, who had met him during her days of eighties excess—and stayed in touch during her days of nineties domesticity—thought the film portrayed him in a normal, approachable, even endearing light. Ice-T reckoned it reaffirmed his iconic status as a musical genius. Guinness liked his outfits. There were many to be dazzled by, including several Balmain jackets. (My favorite was a pair of skinny orange jeans worn with penny loafers and a shiny silver double-breasted jacket.) But the real takeaway is that Jackson was a consummate showman, dancing, singing, and, yes, dressing the pants off everyone around him. As diverse a crowd as it was, everyone agreed on that.

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Victoria Bartlett Will Get Unhinged in Milan


At the VPL show almost two weeks ago, many of the models came down the runway with abstract, hand-crocheted accessories by the young designer Aran Baik. Based on anatomical drawings, the accessories served to outline and extend the skeletal lines of the models’ bodies—ribcage, hip bone, shoulder blade. The pieces spoke to the collection’s theme, Atlas of Anatomy, but they also worked as an elegant summary of the obsessions VPL designer Victoria Bartlett has nurtured since she launched in 2003. Bartlett’s fascination with the body is frank. Her collections have often seemed like the product of a dialogue between a choreographer and an X-ray technician. Bartlett has opened that conversation up to a variety of collaborators. Baik was one of several designers who participated in VPL’s recent Spring show. And over the years, she has worked closely with many artists, most of whom delivered work to VPL UNHINGED, a retrospective opening on September 27 at the Dopolavaro Gallery in Milan. The show will feature new work from some—including Mark Borthwick, Jack Pierson, and Jessica Metrani—while others, like Steven Klein and Collier Schorr, are contributing iconic pieces from their archives. Here, Bartlett talks to about tap-dancing twins, time capsules, and exposing what lies beneath.

VPL UNHINGED opens toward the end of fashion week in Milan. Was that timing coincidental, or did the gallery intend for the show to find a place on the calendar?

Actually, they invited me to do an exhibition in June, around the time of the men’s collections in Milan. But I was just too busy, so we pushed it back. The intention was never to be part of fashion week, but more like something at the edges of it. We also felt like the show couldn’t just be about clothes. This is more like a dialogue with VPL, in different mediums—photography, painting, etching, sculpture, film. We’re going to have a performance, too, the night of the opening. Everyone in the group will be wearing one-of-a-kind showpieces.

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