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13 posts tagged "Willy Vanderperre"

Raf Simons x Ruby Sterling is Coming to a Computer Screen New You


A meeting of the minds, available for a limited time only. This coming Tuesday, Raf Simons and Sterling Ruby will launch, a pop-up site carrying their much lauded Fall ‘15 menswear collaboration. Created in partnership with famed lensman Willy Vanderperre (whose promotional video for the launch makes its exclusive debut here) and Simons’ commercial director Charlotte Arts, the shop will offer a new selection of the bleach-spattered, expressionistic pieces each Monday. In keeping with the collection’s DIY pedigree (Ruby and Simons’ mutual roots in punk, and affections for various subcultures), the project is something of a happening unto itself, part e-commerce endeavor, part experiential brick and mortar spot. The latter promises a clubby space in Simons’ home of Antwerp (Arts and Vanderperre also reside there), open weekends only from September 4 through October 13, with a rotating cast of deejays and live performances. The locale will serve as a nod to youthful zeitgeists, and, as Vanderperre tells it, “ignite the spark of the city.” Whatever pieces are not sold on the website at the end of each week will be sent to the physical location (though we’d humbly submit that remainders will be few and far between). Shop swiftly– comes down September 1. launches Tuesday, July 15, and the shop at 16 Lange Gasthuisstraat, Antwerp, Belgium opens on Thursday, September 4.

Dior Doubles Down in the Name of Art


Raf Simons, Elizabeth Olsen, Willy Vanderperre

“Of course I’m ready. Are you?” responded photographer Willy Vanderperre last night when asked if he was prepared for Dior’s two-night-in-a-row extravaganza at the Guggenheim. The house has underwritten this year’s international gala, which, set for this evening, celebrates artists James Turrell (his mesmerizing light installations were featured earlier this year) and Christopher Wool (whose paintings will be on view at the museum through January 22).

Yesterday evening served as an amuse bouche—or an amuse oreille, if you will—as the main event was an electro-deejay set by Plastikman. His beats were accented by a giant flashing LED pillar, which lit up the jam-packed space.

“This is one of the first places I visited when I came to New York many years ago,” offered Dior CEO, and this evening’s cochair (along with Raf Simons), Sidney Toledano. Olivier Theyskens, too, has a special relationship with the museum. “I used to look at it in books before I was able to come to New York,” the designer recalled. “I was always intrigued by its shell-like structure. And I remember when Nam June Paik put all those TVs on the floor. I wanted to jump from the ceiling!” he offered before giving Simons a hug. “I’m very impressed, seeing all of Wool’s work in one place,” said Simons, referring to the artist’s multilevel exhibition of black-and-white paintings. “He was a massive influence on a whole generation—on all the artists I kind of grew up with—so this is very well deserved. Bravo.”

In addition to guests such as Elizabeth Olsen, Gaia Repossi, Daria Strokous, Pat McGrath, and Guido Palau, How I Met Your Mother‘s Cobie Smulders turned out for the pre-party. Naturally, she was dressed in tip-to-toe Dior. “I’ve actually never been to the Guggenheim,” admitted the actress. “It’s kind of…amazing,” she gushed, looking out from the third floor of the rotunda. Smulders is flying off to Toronto this evening, so she won’t be joining Dior and co. for the gala. But Simons has his hosting duties cut out for him. Is the designer up for round two? “Always,” he said.

Photo: Joe Schildhorn /

Olivier Rizzo Takes on AnOther


AnOther; Alasdair McLellan

For AnOther Magazine‘s twenty-fifth issue, Jefferson Hack, the founder of Dazed Publishing Group, has tapped renowned Belgian stylist Olivier Rizzo as the guest editor of the British culture and fashion biannual. Centering on the ideas of travel and transformation, Rizzo brought a rich texture, wit, and sense of performance to his three shoots with photographers Willy Vanderperre (whose images are pictured here) and Alasdair McLellan. “Guest-editing the well of AnOther Magazine was fantastic,” Rizzo told “Jefferson, [creative director] David James, and I have a long-standing, close relationship in the magazine, where the mutual respect and support leads to total creative freedom.” For the cover, he styled actress Cate Blanchett in the midst of a decadent night garden, channeling the theatricality of new-wave Berlin. Hailing from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Rizzo has some pretty serious styling cred: He’s done Prada’s shows since 2006, as well as the runways of Jil Sander and Louis Vuitton, and the campaigns for Raf Simons and Dior. Furthermore, he’s known for working with photographers such as Paolo Roversi, Steven Meisel, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, Craig McDean, and Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin for publications such as Vogue Italia, W, i-D, Fantastic Man, Love, and Vogue Hommes International. Take a sneak peek at Rizzo’s AnOther spreads, which debut exclusively on, and check out the full issue when it hits newsstands on September 12.

AnOther; Willy Vanderperre

Photos: Willy Vanderperre

Raf Simons Breaks Through The Static


Don’t expect a run-of-the-mill fashion film from Raf Simons, especially when he teams up with longtime collaborators, photographer Willy Vanderperre and stylist Olivier Rizzo. The trio turned out a new video befitting Simons’ pensive Fall ’13 menswear offering, the looks in which recalled the designer’s 1999 Kinetic Youth show. “With this collection, Raf went back to his roots and revised it for the now generation,” offered Vanderperre. “Equally, for the stills and the film, we—Raf, Olivier Rizzo, and myself—went back to our roots together, and shot in Stadspark, in Antwerp, our hometown, where some early work that we did together took place.”

The short features a model posing in the wilderness while donning Simons’ Fall wares. Created with a vintage tint, the film’s frames are broken up with bursts of static—a technique that Vanderperre told us taps into the concept of old versus new technology. “Raf always has a sense of nostalgia for the future,” added the photographer. Catch the debut of Raf Simons’ Fall film and corresponding campaign here, exclusively on

Raf Simons Fall '13 Campaign

Photo: Willy Vanderperre

The Hays Code


Theyskens’ Theory’s Spring ads hit the Web today, created by an all-star lineup: photog Willy Vanderperre (Raf Simons’ go-to guy), stylist Olivier Rizzo (who works his magic for Prada and just about everyone else), Theyskens himself (who contributed his own photo of a Belgian seascape), and model of the moment Wylie Hays. And why Wylie? “She is the quintessential Theyskens’ Theory girl,” the designer told us. “I find her an extremely modern beauty and youth.” Expect plenty of other designers to feel the same this Fall ’13 season.

Photo: Courtesy of Theyskens’ Theory