74 posts tagged "Tim Blanks"
If anyone could make “hippies in fur” look chic, it’s Karl Lagerfeld. In today’s Throwback Thursdays video, Tim Blanks looks back on Fendi’s Fall ’91 show, in which Lagerfeld presented an irreverent, ultra-luxe homage to the 1960s Haight-Ashbury scene. Iconic models like Linda Evangelista were decked out in reversible fur coats, miles of fringe, bucket hats, and beads. Consider it a glamorous alternative to festival style.
Looking at Fendi past and present, Blanks explains how fashion history has unfolded—the technology, the craftsmanship, and the constant nod to the future. As for the bona fide hippies who protested Fendi’s penchant for fur? The Kaiser put it simply: “As long as people eat meat and wear leather shoes, we shouldn’t discuss that subject.” Watch the full video here, and check back next week to see Tim’s latest look into the archives.
When it comes to Chanel today, you probably think of Karl Lagerfeld’s spectacular shows—icebergs, art galleries, carousels, supermarkets, you name it—and of-the-moment models like Cara Delevingne. But the Chanel of 1991? A totally different ball game. Which is precisely why the Fall ’91 hip-hop-inspired show made such a lasting impact. In this week’s Throwback Thursdays video, Tim Blanks recalls Lagerfeld’s ability to “capture the mood of a moment.” In 1991, it was all about hip-hop, so gold chains, fishnets, oversize denim jackets, and leather were the hallmarks of the collection. This really wasn’t your grandmother’s Chanel anymore. Brash as it was, Lagerfeld was making all the right moves. We think Coco would have been proud—she used jersey in her collections, after all, and was the original purveyor of high-low style. Watch the complete video here for your weekly dose of throwback fashion.
In today’s Throwback Thursday video, Tim Blanks looks back on Valentino’s Spring 2001 Haute Couture collection, which featured “real clothes” and fresh-faced models like Stella Tennant and Carmen Kass. There were suits, cocktail dresses, daywear, evening gowns—everything a woman could ever need, all executed to perfection. “It’s a vision of another time in fashion,” Blanks says. Couture has since become more about spectacle and drama than wearability, but Valentino’s influence remains in Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli’s collections. See for yourself and watch the full video here.
No one has ever looked as good in their Calvins as Christy Turlington. In this week’s Throwback Thursdays video, Tim Blanks looks back on the supermodel’s trailblazing career and indefinable beauty—and, of course, those sexy Calvin Klein commercials. As one-third of the nineties “trinity” of supermodels (along with Naomi Campbell and Linda Evangelista), Turlington was, according to Blanks, the “purest beauty” of them all. Was it her slight Latino flavor? Or her versatility, shifting from a Calvin girl one day to a Versace girl the next? More than a decade later, it’s still difficult to put our finger on it. One thing is for sure: Her impact is as strong as ever. You can see the full video here.
Maybe you’ve heard enough about the Red Wedding in Game of Thrones, but have you ever compared it with John Galliano’s Christian Dior Fall ’00 Couture show? Probably not. In this week’s Throwback Thursdays video, Tim Blanks revisits Galliano’s “wedding in hell,” which was simultaneously beautiful and savage. Rather than dressing models in the same hair and makeup, there was a twisted cast of characters: a “sadistic priest,” a gladiator, a wicked mother of the bride, a devil on a leash, and countless more “psycho dream creatures” Galliano dreamed up for the lavish nuptials. The entire show was more like performance art than a runway show. “It was kind of a glorious lunacy,” Blanks noted. We couldn’t have said it better. Click here to watch the full Throwback Thursday video.