9 posts tagged "Tibi"
Fashion loves a fashion film, and there’s one name rolling with the credits more often than not at the moment: Quentin Jones. The 27-year-old filmmaker (pictured) has done shorts for Kenzo, Chanel, and Victoria Beckham, and has just completed her latest for Tibi, making its debut exclusively here on Style.com. “There are so many fashion films it’s easy to get bored really fast,” she tells Style.com. “You need to give people a reason to watch your film.” Spontaneity gives hers their particular kick. “Nothing was planned,” she says of the Tibi short, which was created entirely from moving stills, rather than live-action shots. (She works frequently with animation.) “It was all about having the model pose in position after position, which is kind of robotic and sci-fi feeling.”
There are more fashion videos than ever before, but the genre as a whole is still very new. “There are still more editorials than there are videos and people still love those,” Jones says. “It is a new medium, so people are finding their feet and working out what makes them good. I think that artists realize that if they are a good photographer, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they can make a good movie. There are definitely a couple of people that stand out.” (Among them, in Jones’ opinion: Ruth Hogben and Barnaby Roper.) Her career is still young, but Jones may be well on her way to joining their ranks. Up next, she’s taking her show to the small screen, creating a television commercial for Target and Neiman Marcus’ holiday collection, and after that, a project with Louis Vuitton.
It’s been a busy year for Elin Kling. With her successful Web site, Style by Kling (currently hosted by umbrella site NowManifest), as a jumping-off point, the Swedish style blogger designed a collection for H&M (the first blogger to do so for the retailer), started up a magazine called StyleBy, and is slated to launch her own clothing line, Nowhere, in October. Now Kling is adding another notch to her belt with a new gig styling Tibi’s Spring 2012 runway show and its Spring ad campaign, which will star Wonderland editor (and fellow street-style blog regular) Julia Sarr-Jamois. (Despite appearing on the same Web sites for months, the stylist and editor-turned-model haven’t yet met.)
On a recent visit to the Tibi showroom, a coffee table littered with empty coffee cups from Starbucks and Le Pain Quotidien revealed that Kling and Tibi designer Amy Smilovic had been hard at work since 8 a.m., putting together looks and hashing out the run of show. “I approach it like I approach my magazine,” Kling tells Style.com. “I want to open with something that pops, then ease into something more relaxed.”
For Smilovic, bringing Kling on board was an easy choice. “Girls want to look like her,” the designer said. (Kling picked up a sharp blazer and laughed. “I just want to wear suits all the time.”) For the past few seasons, Tibi has been moving away from the print party dresses it has been known for and focusing instead on the clean, relaxed kind of sportswear one might see Elin wearing on her blog. “She’s always feminine and put-together, but with a touch of androgyny,” Smilovic said. “It was a perfect fit for us.” Next week, Kling will be buzzing around backstage, adjusting all the models before they do their turns on the runway. For her fashion-show styling debut, Kling’s strategy is simple: “I just want to look at each girl and be jealous of her.”
It’s the holidays, and we’ve been receiving some beautiful cards with wishes of the season here at the Style.com offices. But our favorites yet are actually blank: They’re the new stationery from Tibi. Designer Amy Smilovic created a special line of cards with fashion sketches from her collection, and added to the top of the stack sent to our executive editor, Nicole Phelps, were a few personalized sketches of her own greatest outfits, pulled from street-style blogs. (Nicole wears, left to right, a Prabal Gurung dress; a Marni cape and Helmut Lang jeans; and a Calvin Klein jacket, J.Crew top, and Stella McCartney for H&M cargos.) You’ll have to catch Smilovic’s eye to get your own personalized versions, but her standard cards are available now at Tibi stores and Tibi.com.
With campaigns for Givenchy and MaxMara in the bag—not to mention an extensive list of bookings this season—Ford’s Lakshmi Menon is one of 2009′s hottest models. Style.com caught up with the stunner from South India on one of her many sleep-deprived days of New York fashion week.
Here, we track her hour by hour.
Backstage at Badgley Mischka, Menon carries on a digital dialogue with her agent via BlackBerry (an accessory as necessary to a model’s wardrobe as a chic carryall) while getting her makeup done. “It’s part of the job, staying calm,” she says. “The tough part is Paris fashion week, when you’re done with New York, London, Milan, and you’re completely worn out and people start pulling and tugging at your hair—that’s the real test.”
Menon slips into her first look—a black wool coat, elbow-length gloves, and black platforms. “I’m going to test the shoes out,” she announces. “Just to make sure they’re not going to slip off.” Cue professional sashay.
One of the first three girls in the lineup, Menon talks shop with
Georgina Stojilkovic and Sessilee Lopez. They debate hair extensions. Consensus: Horrible.
Show over, Lakshmi dons her street clothes—skinny jeans, black riding boots, and a T-shirt. “Quick and easy,” she says of the show. “That’s how I like most things to be. You prepare for almost two hours and then you’re on the runway for exactly 30 seconds and it’s over. That’s about as glamorous as it gets.”
En route to Derek Lam, Menon hits traffic. “I don’t think there are any parties this season,” she says. “Everyone’s broke.” Plunking away on her BlackBerry, she makes plans for dinner that night at an Indian restaurant with friends. “It’s difficult to do the party thing, anyway, especially when you’re working. I mean, you finish shows at 8 or 8:30 in the evening and you’re kind of tired, you know? I prefer to give my body a rest.”
Backstage at Derek Lam, a cramped labyrinth of rooms and corridors, Menon lands in the hands of famed makeup artist Tom Pecheux. “Tell them I’ll do the interview later,” Pecheux tells his PR rep, referring to a line of foreign journalists. “I have the golden girl here now.” He smiles adoringly in the makeup mirror at Lakshmi.
Menon has a few bites of a ham and mozzarella sandwich. “Feeling sleepy,” she says from her chair. Pecheux finishes her face and she’s led over to hair guru Orlando Pita. Menon’s locks are swept into a high ponytail, the better to show off the collection’s high collars.
Menon gets into her first look for Lam: A taupe double-knit dress with a single fox ring round the neck.