And she leaves again: In a surprising turn of events, after only three seasons, Heidemarie Jiline Sander has once again left her eponymous label for "personal reasons." The departure marks her third exit from the brand, her first being in 2000 a year after a Prada-buyout and her second in 2004. The Fall 2014 collection will be designed by the in-house team and no replacement has been announced.
Would You Like a Tour in Calvin Klein: In the continuing tales of fashion brands courting hip-hop artists, Young Money's Drake will wear exclusive Calvin Klein Collection designs on his upcoming tour. Designed by Italo Zucchelli, the current men's creative director at Calvin Klein, the selection composed of three capsule collections that span bomber jackets, hoodies, T-shirts, tanks and pants. One capsule is based on prints from the Calvin Klein spring collection, another fashioned only from denim, and a third utilizing high-tech fabrics with neon detailing.
Nicola's "Thank You": As a gesture of thanks to Diesel for appointing him artistic director, Nicola Formichetti - known most famously for his work with Gaga as well as Mugler - has designed a capsule collection for the denim company. The collection, which is composed of jeans, jackets and denim shirts, finds inspiration in the Diesel archives literally, as Formichetti sourced patchwork, buttons, trimming as well as studs while walking through the company's buildings in Italy. The collection will debut next week in a digital campaign created by Nick Knight via iPhone composed of GIFs, Instagram photos as well as videos featuring the rapper Mykki Blanco.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Monday, September 30, 2013
So maybe this is one of those "use a photo that has nothing to do with the content" posts, but come on, Ricky looks good! And though I'm personally not a fan of flip flops, in any sense, in regards to my own style, they work here.
Needless to say I've been just a tad absent from the blog, but now without good reason. After a little personal restructuring and a renewed vigor for writing, I picked up a gig to write somewhere else. It's by no means a replacement for the style and subject matter that I write here, but with a finite number of hours - yes, blogging does take hours sometimes - to spend on any given amount of tasks a day, things sometimes happen.
That said, I do intend on finding some usefulness for this space. Hopefully you'll start to see that transition in the next few weeks.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
I had to watch the video ASAP. I mean, unbeknownst to me I've become somewhat of a hardcore Solange fan, listening to her True EP start to finish at least three times a week since that time I saw her at that laundromat.
“[They] created a problem in a way because their first collection was bought and sold at Barneys, so a lot of kids think now that that’s the model for how to succeed. The real model is being able to schlep for somebody else for 15 years and then decide if you want to open your own company.”
Barneys New York creative ambassador at large, Simon Doonan in reference to Proenza Schouler. Can we please have this quote emblazoned on every sewing machine in the world?
Check out his new book The Asylum.
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Find out more about Alexander McQueen's new release Working Process shot by Nick Waplington which features appearances by the late Lee Alexander McQueen, current Alexander Mcqueen creative director Sarah Burton as well as Vogue's Anna Wintour during the staging of his final show, below.
Saturday, September 14, 2013
Sometimes it’s really in the meld. Taking two ideas, say prepster and sporty, and melding them together to create something new is what some of the best designers are good at. For Spring 2014, the Fayed duo did just that.
Another collection nodding to the youth movement, the collection conjures up thoughts of schoolboys. What with the mix of sweatpants and blazers or sweatshirts over button-downs, what else was there to surmise? The key being in the styling, the collection was awash in blues – possibly a holdover trend from Paris Fashion Week – greys and even olive. And while that palette my sound a bit sober, when those blues – the navy in particular – are turned into a camo suit, or colorblocked with a few other shades for a pair of shorts, the sobriety is quickly lost.
The result is a collection that comes off as approachable and most importantly wearable. Separate heavy, the collection features pieces like an olive Alex Mac and a leather attaché case that could blend seamlessly into many wardrobes.
The prepster thread wasn’t so much American Prepster though. It was characterized more by a certain English tailoring working in tandem with a slight collegiate feel. Of course, this was to be partially expected with the Turnbull & Asser connection; 127 years of heritage isn’t easily forgotten.
If Ernest Sabine, grandson and great-grandson to two Latvian seamstresses, is known for anything, it’s certainly the bags and men’s accessories of his label Ernest Alexander; he did launch the brand based around the category. So it came as absolutely no surprise when 10 out of 13 models in his Spring 2014 collection were holding something in their hands.
Ernest spoke to travel for his inspirations, specifically his experience living in Venice. Midsummer nights and an old world atmosphere come manifest in classic tailoring redone in bright pops of color and playful prints. Simple white popovers receive a playful tweak via floral band collars, yet are matched with classic olive twill chinos. The result is a look, that while classic, is undeniably fresh.
The bags this season, as they are most seasons when it comes to Ernest, aren’t for the meek. The camouflage print that Sabine used is a new addition to the collection as well as the new silhouettes which include the Ludlow carryall tote and the Alex brief. The Ludlow carryall, which was inspired by Sabine’s travels, is at just the right size to carry everything a man might need to carry, which for Sabine himself, might include a Speert comb, Dom Vetro sunglasses and a Muji notebook among other things.
The Alexander man comes with a selection of outerwear for the season to match every look that didn’t already have a fitting double or single-breasted blazer; a bomber and windbreaker both in nylon as well as an olive trench and a mustard cropped jacket. The pieces round out an already solid collection which surprisingly is only the designer's second. This only amps the excitement for the impending Gap collaboration with the designer who says that the collection will include “a waxed-canvas field jacket, a chambray work shirt, some belts and a lot of bags.”