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August 27 2014

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39 posts tagged "Terry Richardson"

Brian Lichtenberg’s Just Being Miley

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Miley CyrusConsidering her apparent allergy to clothes, Miley Cyrus seems an unlikely star for a fashion brand to champion. However, as we learned from Marc Jacobs’ Spring ’14 campaign (and Cyrus’ various onstage antics), the pop princess can spur a frenzy in any state of (un)dress. Designer Brian Lichtenberg, best known for his cheeky T-shirts that riff on high-end labels’ monikers, is the latest talent to get behind Ms. Montana, and collaborated with the singer on a series of wearable mementos for her current Bangerz tour. “I met her through a mutual friend, and we got into a texting relationship,” Lichtenberg told Style.com. “She was a big fan of the brand, so I brought up the idea of [working together] and she was totally into it.”

Lichtenberg, who asserts that Cyrus is “just how you’d think—really funny and humorous” when she texts, whipped up a series of styles for the singer. Her favorite—a black T-shirt and sweatshirt printed with “Mileywood” and Cyrus’ signature wagging tongue—are now on sale at the star’s concerts and on Lichtenberg’s website. “It was an homage to one of her songs and how she’s just creating her own world,” offered Lichtenberg of the tour wares’ inspiration. He added that, despite his reputation for turning high-end fashion names on their heads, the items are not a play on Cyrus’ friend and supporter Terry Richardson’s 2012 tome, Terrywood. “It was just a coincidence,” he said. “I’m a fan of Terry’s work, and it was only afterward that I realized, Oh, yeah, he does have that book.”

Brian Lichtenberg x Miley Cyrus

Unsurprisingly, the tour tops have been selling like hotcakes (it’s the Miley touch!), and it sounds like the designer’s recently relaunched high-end range isn’t doing too shabbily, either. After Lichtenberg’s Fall ’14 presentation at New York fashion week, his collection was picked up by high-powered retailers Colette and Harvey Nichols, among others.

Lichtenberg teased that he has an upcoming project with a yet-to-be-named supermodel, and hopes to expand his T-shirt line. He also wouldn’t mind collaborating with Cyrus again in the future. When asked if he felt Cyrus’ pesky penchant for nudity would get in the way, Lichtenberg laughed, “Every now and then you’ve gotta cover it up!”

Brian Lichtenberg’s Mileywood T-shirt ($60) and sweatshirt ($100) are available at Bangerz tour stops and online at shopbrianlichtenberg.com.

Photo: Getty Images; Courtesy of Brian Lichtenberg 

Freja Without Borders

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Freja Beha Erichsen After a long break from the fashion spotlight, Freja Beha Erichsen is making quite the comeback. In addition to returning to the runway—ICYMI, she opened Nicolas Ghesquière’s first show for Louis Vuitton at Paris fashion week—Erichsen has teamed up with Zadig & Voltaire to design a new capsule collection. A first look at the simple, androgynous line debuts exclusively here. “I wanted to do something very wearable that was in the spirit of Zadig & Voltaire,” Erichsen told Style.com. “Since I had previously done jeans and pants [through a collaboration with Mother Denim], I thought it made sense to focus on a few tees, jackets, and a bag.”

The tissue-thin shirts, distressed jackets, and leather duffels are marked with an “F” (for Freja) and “87″ (for her year of birth). They embody Erichsen’s effortless, minimal style—but this isn’t just about copping her look. Forty percent of the profits will be donated to Medecins Sans Frontieres (aka Doctors Without Borders), an independent association that provides medical assistance to populations in need around the world. The collection imagery, lensed by Terry Richardson, debuts exclusively here.

Zadig & Voltaire

Erichsen has traveled extensively with MSF, most recently to Kenya. “It was incredible to see the amount of lives they touch,” she said. “Meeting with the passionate staff and patients was a truly incredible and humbling experience. I feel very lucky to be able to make these collaborations and approach a subject like this from my perspective and hopefully raise some awareness about wonderful organizations like MSF.”

Erichsen certainly has a lot on her plate right now, and we couldn’t help but inquire about her next move. But her lips were sealed. “One never knows what the future brings. I think that’s the exciting part of it all,” she said. “But you might see more ideas to benefit MSF.”

The Freja Meets Zadig & Voltaire collection will be available in Zadig & Voltaire stores and at Zadig-et-Voltaire.com this April.

Photos: Terry Richardson; Courtesy of Zadig & Voltaire 

EXCLUSIVE: Zadig & Voltaire Sets a Stateside Expansion

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Freja for Zadig & Voltaire

Let’s be serious: Most of us stateside fashionphiles secretly (or in my case, not-so-secretly) wish we were un petit peu français. Well, this spring, Paris-based Zadig & Voltaire will both satiate and capitalize on our cultural envy by bowing five new U.S. stores. Having first opened in the States in 2009, the brand, best known for its edgy men’s and women’s basics with a twist, will add five locations—one in Miami, one in D.C., one in Chicago, and two in Los Angeles—to its existing five American outposts, four of which are in New York and one of which is in L.A. Thierry Gillier, Zadig & Voltaire’s founder, reports that the brand does about 15 percent of its sales in the U.S. “We wanted to take our U.S. expansion slowly—we opened one shop, then another, and we were lucky to get the corner in the Mark Hotel on Madison Avenue [in 2012]. But now we have some very confident American customers, so we are moving further into the market,” explained Gillier when asked why he decided to grow his U.S. presence. Another factor was that he wanted to scoop up prime retail real estate before it’s all gone. “Three years ago on Mercer Street [where Zadig & Voltaire has a boutique], there were only a few stores. Now you can’t get a space. It’s the same everywhere.” Gillier told Style.com that in its latest U.S. push, Zadig & Voltaire rented the last available shop on L.A.’s Rodeo Drive—not too shabby.

Set to bow between April and June, each of the five forthcoming stores will have a city-specific design. L.A.’s locations, for example, will boast a “white concept.” But the new shops aren’t all that Zadig & Voltaire has in the pipeline. At the end of March, the brand will launch the second edition of its Style Sans Frontières capsule, the proceeds of which go toward Doctors Without Borders. This season’s muse and collaborator is model Freja Beha Erichsen, who also happens to be the star of Zadig & Voltaire’s Terry Richardson-lensed Spring ’14 campaign (above).

Asked his thoughts on why Zadig & Voltaire is popular in the U.S., Gillier offered, “I think Americans have a little French in their hearts—and the design is a bit different from what American brands are giving them.” He’s got us pegged. Vive la France!

Photo: Terry Richardson, Courtesy of Zadig & Voltaire

Beyoncé and Terry Richardson Took a Trip to Coney Island

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Looks like Beyoncé and Miley Cyrus have something in common after all. “XO,” one of the seventeen videos included on Mrs. Carter’s new self-titled album that caused the Internet to combust after its surprise release on Friday, was directed by Terry Richardson—yes, the same Terry Richardson responsible for Cyrus’ nude ride on a wrecking ball. However, starring models Jourdan Dunn and Jessica White and shot on Coney Island, Bey’s vid, while tastefully gritty, is predictably more highbrow. Have a watch, above.

Andrew Richardson: Downtown and Dirty

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Sex and streetwear aren’t the most obvious bedfellows, but editor, stylist, and all-around provocateur Andrew Richardson has united them in his new store, Richardson. “I don’t know if there is a logical connection between sex and streetwear, but I always thought that streetwear was sexy and cool,” he mused between puffs on a cigarette. “There’s always an attitude, and I think that’s sexy—sexy confidence.” That may be so, but his shop, which opens this Friday at 325 Broome Street in New York, sells swag that’s arguably more perverse than confidence-boosting hoodies.

Best known for his cerebral, self-titled sex magazine, also called Richardson, Andrew is well versed in the streetwear subculture—he’s even done a bevy of projects with cult label (or, as some would argue, lifestyle) Supreme. In his store, Andrew presents his liberated take on sex and bondage via clever T-shirts, bomber jackets, swim trunks, caps, and towels—many of which were created in collaboration with such artists as Christopher Wool, Bjarne Melgaard, and Aaron Bondaroff. Some highlights include a melting snowman shirt by Nate Lowman; a tee printed with a car that reads “Blow Jobs”; totes scribed with the store’s ethos, “Work hard, play nice, communicate”; and a sweatsuit by artist Mark Gonzales. Embellished with images of lady parts and a cowboy flaunting his impressive member, the latter is guaranteed to inspire stares.

Olympia le Tan

The shop goes beyond threads, though. For instance, good pal Olympia Le-Tan designed a signature patch for Richardson’s club car jacket—more intriguing, though, is her capsule of erotic minaudières (think bags embroidered with busty femmes and titles like Fanny Hill, Cutter Girl, Carnal Cargo, or Sweet and 20.) Above the clutches’ case hang drawings by Japanese artist Hauro Namaikawa that depict couples in compromising, albeit comical, positions. And, across the room, shelves are lined with an A-to-Z collection of erotic tomes, which was curated by Idea Books, London. Richardson is, of course, on sale, too. “There are going to be guys who are my age who are going to come in and spend $1,800 on an original drawing, and I think we’ll have 25-year-old skaters who want to wear fucked-up T-shirts to scare their parents,” said Andrew of his clientele. “There’ll be a range.”

When the editor—whose résumé, it should be noted, includes working on Madonna’s Sex book, as well as shoots with heavyweights like Terry Richardson, Steven Meisel, and Ellen von Unwerth—was asked about the thinking behind his sex-themed products, he told us, “I was always into that idea of idolizing women through sexual provocation…and I’m trying to find that fine line between palatability and provocation. If you’re too provocative, you end the debate.” Ultimately, his patrons will be the ones to decide whether he’s found that balance; however, no matter how explicit or ridiculous Richardson’s offerings may be, everything is done with a wink, a smile, and a streetwise attitude. And somehow, that makes it seem all the sexier.

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Photos: Michael Aghy