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Peter Lindbergh Shoots The CFDA’s Big Book


Tim Blanks by Peter Lindbergh

The CFDA Awards—in all their glittery glory—are set for June 3 (tune in on June 4 to see our broadcast). Each year, the Council compiles a mega-watt journal, including portraits of and information on all the nominees and honorees, which is handed out to guests at the event. Last year, Craig McDean had the honor of shooting the portfolio, and for 2013, the CFDA and the journal’s art director, Trey Laird, tapped Peter Lindbergh to lens the 150-page tome (the book was styled by Vanity Fair‘s Jessica Diehl and written by Max Berlinger). Here, black-and-white snaps of honorees Riccardo Tisci, Vera Wang, and Oscar de la Renta make their exclusive debut (below), as does a portrait of our very own Tim Blanks (above), who, having been named the Eugenia Sheppard Media Award honoree, is featured today on in an in-depth interview with our deputy editor, Matthew Schneier. To celebrate Blanks’ win, the likes of Raf Simons, Mary Katrantzou, Dries Van Noten, Thom Browne, and more came together to talk all things Tim in our exclusive video, A Change in Perspective.

Very Wang, Riccardo Tisci and Oscar de la Renta by Peter Lindbergh

Karl Lagerfeld Opens His First Store


Last night, on the Boulevard Saint-Germain, Karl Lagerfeld opened the first boutique dedicated to his own collection. His responsibility for the merchandise that fills hundreds of Chanel and Fendi shops around the world begged the question: How did it feel to walk into his very own retail environment? “Like looking in a mirror,” said Lagerfeld, “in every corner. At least I don’t see my face in those other places.” But the oppression of overexposure was easily balanced by the designer’s extraordinary detachment from what he does—and even from what he has become in the wondering eyes of the world. Lagerfeld’s explanation? “I’m never a victim of things, especially of my name.” He simply isn’t as attached to the material world as his ability to shape it in his image would suggest.

Not that you’d know it from the store, which is a banquet of all things Lagerfeld—from departments for men’s and women’s clothing, to a surprisingly large shoe department, to a book nook, to a department stocking fifty separate styles of Lagerfeld’s new watches. “I have a very bad relationship with time,” the designer conceded, though it might be closer to the truth to say that time has a bad relationship with him, given his utter defiance of any kind of temporal constraint. Nevertheless, he worked as closely with project director Trey Laird on the watches as he did on every other aspect of the store and its contents. That tiny strip of light on the front door? Lagerfeld insisted it be moved from the bottom of the door to the top. If it didn’t exactly make a major difference, Laird said it was a definite improvement.

The store hadn’t been open more than a few hours and Lagerfeld had already been shopping. He’d bought mesh covers for his iPad and iPhone. And he paid full price. “I’m against discounts,” he said dismissively. “If people want something, they should pay the price.” Who knows? We may be looking at the start of a retail revolution, with Karl Lagerfeld as its firebrand figurehead.

Photos: Kay-Paris Fernandes/WireImage (interior); Courtesy of Karl Lagerfeld (exterior and watch)

Ewan McGregor Joins The Belstaff


For those not in the know, Belstaff was first launched back in 1924 and established itself as the go-to brand for waterproof sporting garments. Back in February, Belstaff’s new chief creative director, Martin Cooper (formerly at Burberry), debuted a re-energized look—a collection (heavily inspired by the machine age, when the wealthy all aimed to have motorbikes and motorcars) that strikes a balance between the label’s strong British heritage and modern sophistication. To show off the luxe offerings, the brand enlisted none other than Ewan McGregor to hop on a motorbike (he’s a lifelong motorbike rider himself), along with models Karmen Pedaru, Ymre Stiekema, Maud Weizen, Ben Hill, John Pearson, and Janis Ancens, for the Craig McDean-lensed campaign. “I started wearing Belstaff motorcycle jackets about ten years ago,” McGregor tells “I feel like I’ve always known about them from photos of old motorcycle heroes and legends, as they are often wearing Belstaff.” Here, has a behind-the-scenes look at McGregor at work on the campaign shoot (styled by Karl Templer and creative-directed by Trey Laird), which took place at Lord March’s Goodwood estate in the U.K.—fittingly, the location of the annual Festival of Speed auto race.

Out Of The Incubator, Into The World


“Congrats, grads!” one partygoer said last night to a group of inaugural CFDA Incubator designers, including Prabal Gurung, Bibhu Mohapatra, and Waris Ahluwalia (pictured, right), standing in a circle in the penthouse of the Mondrian Soho. “Where are your cap and gowns?”

Stylish as they are, the designers eschewed traditional graduation garb and decided to sport the clothes of their choosing for last night’s party, fêting the end of the designers’ stint in the first-ever round of the CFDA Incubator program. They didn’t, however, skip out on the sentiments surrounding the end of an era. “Can you believe it has been two years?” the CFDA’s Lisa Smilor asked the crowd as she began her commencement speech, with CFDA CEO Steven Kolb (pictured, left) standing next to her. She was answered with a resounding no. “Tonight, everyone is a little teary—it’s emotional. But it’s not the end, it’s just the beginning of the next chapter. Mark my words, we look forward to continuing to watch you, support you, and applaud all of the success we know you are going to have.”

After Smilor’s heartfelt speech, the designers mused over the next chapter. “I’m definitely a little sad,” said Gurung, who just got back from a month of traveling in his native Nepal. “But I’m also feeling very ready to move on.” Mohapatra, for his part, shared similar emotions but admitted, “I moved into my new studio space, and at first it was scary because it was too big. I’m getting used to it now, though,” he said as he glanced toward the wall, which was showcasing the results of his and the rest of the Incubator designers’ photo project with the School of Visual Arts. For the assignment, every designer partnered with one of the school’s Masters in Photography Studies, Fashion Photography, students to create a brand campaign, in consultation with Trey Laird of the renowned creative agency Laird + Partners. Below, has an exclusive first look at some of the photos.

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Inez And Vinoodh For The CFDA Journal


The CFDA Awards aren’t until June, but the first shots from the Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin-shot CFDA Journal, which profiles the nominees and honorees, debuted today. For the fourth year running, Trey Laird designed the journal, overseeing the photographers’ black-and-white shots of the likes of Marc Jacobs (Womenswear Designer of the Year nominee and Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award honoree, top), Lady Gaga (Fashion Icon Award honoree, above), and Alexander Wang (Womenswear Designer of the Year nominee, below). Continue Reading “Inez And Vinoodh For The CFDA Journal” »