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April 20 2014

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31 posts tagged "Victoria’s Secret"

Alex De Betak, After Hours

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In our latest “After Hours” video, filmmaker Alexis Dahan hits the party circuit with the near-legendary show producer and scenographer Alex de Betak. You may be less than familiar with his name—you’ll definitely be familiar with his work.

De Betak is the go-to for the biggest labels, designers, and companies, and has been responsible for some of the biggest productions in recent fashion show history. His client list not only reads like a who’s-who, it’s also a how-long: De Betak has logged over a decade with Christian Dior (whose former designer, John Galliano, had an incurable taste for operatic productions) and Hussein Chalayan, and years with Victoria’s Secret and Rodarte (whose recent MOCA retrospective show he also designed). He’s also got the rare distinction of being the only man to create a larger-than-life crystal chandelier of Gisele.

Music for “After Hours” provided by Io Echo and The Drums.

Photo: Billy Farrell / BFAnyc.com

A Trio Takes On Vuitton, Angels Just Wanna Have Fun, What Margherita’s Wearing, And More…

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Is three the charm for Louis Vuitton? Following last season’s ad campaign, with Christy Turlington, Natalia Vodianova, and Karen Elson, the label is reportedly featuring another trio for its Spring ’11 ads: Kristen McMenamy (left, who closed the Spring show in painted-on zebra stripes), Freja Beha Erichsen, and Raquel Zimmermann, shot by Steven Meisel. [WWD]

Missed last night’s Victoria’s Secret Show telecast? Our own Tommy Ton was backstage—and he and collaborator Justin Wu captured a few of the girls lip-syncing along to a Cyndi Lauper classic you won’t see in the show. [Jak and Jil]

Margherita Maccapani Missoni is the lateset style star to take on daily-style-blogging duties at British Vogue‘s Today I’m Wearing online feature. Today? You guessed it—she’s wearing Missoni. [Vogue U.K.]

Red Carpet Fashion Awards notices an uptick in menswear-on-women: Leighton Meester wore Thom Browne to the Gotham Awards in New York, and Jessica Alba (at the Footwear News awards), Lara Bingle, and Winona Ryder (at the Black Swan premiere) followed, ahem, suit. [Red Carpet Fashion Awards]

And if you liked Kate Middleton’s now-famous Issa dress—the one she announced her engagement to Prince William in—good news: It’s coming to Net-A-Porter. In January. To your N-A-P “Wish Lists,” ladies. [Huffington Post]

Photo: Yannis Vlamos / GoRunway.com

Nervous? Just Imagine The Audience In Their Underwear

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There were plenty of old-timers—relatively speaking, of course—among the angelic host at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show yesterday. “I think a lot of these young girls haven’t developed yet,” said Shannan Click, a three-time veteran of the show. “A lot of the girls here have experience. [The young ones] get to meet the older girls and learn from them.”

So how did the newbies—many of them longtime veterans of the editorial world—feel about their first time? “It’s pretty exciting because it’s so different from all the other shows,” said Jacquelyn Jablonski, a first-timer. “You can actually smile and be yourself.” (Asked about her favorite shows to walk in, she named Lanvin—though she wasn’t smiling, then. “I wasn’t one of the lucky girls who got to wear flats,” she recalled.) Her fellow Jablonski, Constance (no relation, by the way), was taking her inaugural VS walk, too. “I have actually my French friend Heloise [Guerin]; it’s her first time doing the show also,” she said. “It’s us two Frenchies having such a big moment together.”

Was the new class nervous about their undressed debuts? Nah. “My family knows and they’re more excited about this show than any others,” said Magdalena Frackowiak. “No, my mom’s not nervous about me wearing just underwear because it’s all hidden.” She’d take to the runway in a giant, tattooed pair of wings and a leather corset (pictured). “It’s just like wearing a dress,” she shrugged, “except there are parts missing.”

Photo: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

Winged Messengers

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The runway trend of the past few seasons has been the storming of the high-fashion catwalk by more commercial-skewing girls: Miranda Kerr and Gisele Bündchen at Balenciaga, Alessandra Ambrosio and Doutzen Kroes at Prada, and so on. But the tide, it turns out, goes both ways—the commercial holy grail, the Victoria’s Secret fashion show, tapes in New York City tomorrow night, and plenty of higher-than-high fashion models are set to strut.

“It’s such an editorial level,” said Sophia Neophitou, the 10 and Harper’s Bazaar U.K. editrix who’s taken over styling duties for Charlotte Stockdale this season. “It’s not just a predictable approach to it at all, which is something I wasn’t totally aware of before I got here, you know. We looked at girls we love to shoot editorially; that’s what great. I think there’s a perception before you get here of what will work. But the reality is, it’s about the girl, it’s about the woman, what she brings as a human being to it, rather than has she got a size 34C cup. No, it’s not about that at all.” She laughs: “That’s what they’ve got the miracle bras for.”

The girl Neophitou was surveying was Anja Rubik, the doe-eyed Polish model who’s a favorite of Karl Lagerfeld’s, as she spun in a draped kimono, hand-painted with Sailor Jerry-style tattoos, a studded bra and panty set, and knee-high, back-buckled Giuseppe Zanotti Design boots. The kimono, along with several other painted pieces, is the handiwork of Jeff Fender (below, with Rubik), a Broadway costume designer who also worked on Tom Ford’s top-secret new women’s collection. (Fender estimated that the kimono alone took 300-plus man hours.) It’s one of Rubik’s two looks in the show—the other being an enormous, marabou-trailing pair of wings. (“Giving the girls wings, I feel like Father Christmas,” Neophitou said. “They cry, they actually cry.”)

De-winged and back in her street clothes—Balenciaga dress, Rick Owens jacket, Chanel bag, and Eternamé ring—Rubik, who has just returned from shooting an i-D cover in London, ran down the appeal of appearing in the VS show. “It took me a while to convince myself to do it,” she admitted. “I don’t really do lingerie shows. I thought, it’s a little too much for me; I thought, I don’t want to go there. But Charlotte [Stockdale] is a good friend of mine…she convinced me. I did it last year; it’s so much fun. It’s more fun than any other show.” Continue Reading “Winged Messengers” »

Doutzen Ties The Knot, Copping’s Set To Shoot, A Look Behind The Scenes At J.Crew, And More…

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Congrats to Dutch model Doutzen Kroes (pictured), who wed her longtime boyfriend Sunnery James in her hometown of Eastermar, the Netherlands, this weekend. The pregnant bride wore Pronovias, a Spanish label. The Angel and her new husband are honeymooning on Madagascar, so no hope of seeing her at the Victoria’s Secret show this Wednesday. [Page Six]

Peter Copping is on a roll at Nina Ricci: After debuting his new line of Barneys-exclusive dresses, he’s set to launch the brand’s return to advertising with a new campaign (with Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin) and, eventually, bridal and lingerie. [Fashionologie]

Can’t get enough of J.Crew’s Spring 2011 men’s collection? Then check out the behind-the-scenes shots creative director Frank Muytjens snapped over at T. [The Moment]

Moleskine and, uh, Pac-Man: two great tastes that taste great together? [Racked]

And in case you missed it this weekend, Eric Wilson’s assessment of the current State of Love (Courtney, that is) is well worth a read—and, no, not just because we’re mentioned in the opening line. [NYT]

Photo: Greg Kessler / FirstView.com