August 22 2014

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4 posts tagged "The Selby"

Todd Selby Goes Punk With a Cult Japanese Leather Maker


For six years now, Todd Selby has been offering us a portal into the lives of creative types with his photographic portraits and thoughtful, handwritten questionnaires featured on and in his series of insightful coffee-table books. Two weeks ago, Selby released his latest publication, Fashionable Selby, which profiles a range of stylish individuals involved in all aspects of the industry.

What’s truly admirable about the new tome is its sheer breadth of subjects. In addition to taking us inside the workspaces and homes of notable influencers including Dries Van Noten, Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing, Isabel Marant, Nicola Formichetti, and Carla Sozzani, The Selby also goes behind the scenes with relative fringe-dwellers like Brooklyn-based knitwear designer Lindsay Degen and cruelty-free Angora rabbit farmer Ambika Conroy. “Fashion is a place that’s full of colorful characters, and I spent about a year researching and pursuing word-of-mouth recommendations,” Selby told of his selection process.

Some of Selby’s more eccentric entries came from Japan. “I’ve always had a fascination with Japan. For whatever reason, it’s a culture that embraces real extremes and pushes people to unique places. Every time I go to Japan, I’m like, ‘I can’t believe this exists!’” he said. One of the most enlightening odysseys in the new book is Selby’s exploration of Blackmeans, a craft leather collective run by hard-core punks in Tokyo.

Selby learned a lot about the spirit of punk from Blackmeans founders Yujiro Komatsu, Takatomo Ariga, and Masatomo Ariga. “I think punk is really about these do-it-yourself details—like I’m-going-to-start-a-band-even-though-I-don’t-know-how-to-play-an-instrument kind of concept,” Selby said. “These guys are technically very skilled and all self-taught, but what’s most important is their incredible passion and vision.” Considering Blackmeans’ growing cult following and a recent pop-up at Opening Ceremony in New York, it’s only a matter of time until it breaks through.

The Selby documented the Blackmeans gang in a short video filmed by Todd and friend Junsuke Yamasaki; it debuts exclusively here on

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Louis Vuitton’s Train Tales, And More Of Today’s Top Stories


Louis Vuitton has gotten The Selby’s Todd Selby (pictured) on the train theme that started with its Fall 2012 show. The French house had Selby travel by train from Paris to Shanghai, documenting his trip along the way. Selby’s photographs and videos are on, with plans to unveil a new leg of the journey each day up until the 19th, when the brand opens its first Louis Vuitton Maison store in China. [WWD]

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley reportedly caused a stir when she recently backed out of her position as the host of Project Runway All Stars after weeks of negotiation. The British stunner ditched the gig for a role in the upcoming film Mad Max: Fury Road alongside Zoe Kravitz and Riley Keough. The show’s producers found a new host in model Carolyn Murphy. [Page Six]

Just five years after being bought by the London-based private equity firm Permira, Valentino is being sold to an unidentified sovereign wealth fund. The fund is one of Permira’s investors and plans to acquire the brand for £476 million. [Telegraph]

Tom Ford is set to open his first flagship store in the U.K. The 8,000-square-foot outpost will open on Sloane Street alongside Chanel, Gucci, and the newly added Alberta Ferretti outpost. It is scheduled to open in 2013 and will house Ford’s full product range as well as menswear. [Entertainment Wise]



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Alexandre Herchcovitch, At Home


Maybe it’s just residual jealousy that our senior fashion editor, Marina, got to spend the past two weeks in her native Brazil, but I’ve been dreaming of sunny São Paulo. So, it turns out, is photographer Todd Selby. For his first visit of the new year, Selby dropped in on Brazilian designer Alexandre Herchcovitch and his husband, Fabio, at home, and the complete photo set is well worth browsing for anyone, like me, fantasizing about a South American jaunt. The same slightly skewed style that runs through Herchcovitch’s collections is evident in his taste for decor, wide-ranging enough to include McDonald’s golden arches, vintage barber’s chairs, and framed portraits of Marge and Homer Simpson alongside antiques and contemporary design pieces. There’s news on the Herchcovitch horizon, too: This month, the designer presents his first-ever pre-fall collection.

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To The Lanvin Library, What’s Old Is New Again, W Gets KK, And More…


Today in fashion field trips, part 1: Todd Selby visits Jeanne Lanvin’s personal library in Paris, comes away with shots like the one above. [The Selby]

Today in fashion field trips, part 2: Patrik Ervell heads to Detroit to take in a new Matthew Barney performance piece. Sadly, no snaps are allowed in the performance, but Patrik did share a few of his best shots of Motor City with the crew at Opening Ceremony. [OC New News]

New Gap logo, we hardly knew ye. The much-debated redesign is officially out, replaced by the retailer’s classic navy box. The short-lived new one can now go join the pantheon of New Coke and other revamp missteps. [Fashionista]

And Kim Kardashian made the cover of the new issue of W. Her clothes, for better or worse, did not. [PopSugar]

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