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It takes a certain type of glam to be a Victoria’s Secret Angel or a Versace Muse and Stella Maxwell has the looks and the success for both. From high-profile magazine editorials to all the top runway shows and Instagram superstardom, Stella’s career has been one that boldly signals that she is a star.
Imagine a front row packed with all today’s stars including Hollywood actresses Lea Seydoux, Alicia Vikander and Florence Pugh along with the usual fashion connoisseurs -and you get the Fall-Winter 2020 Louis Vuitton show.
This iconic French actress with the unique versatility and talent for metamorphosing into her roles is adored all over the world and has won most major awards, including a Golden Globe for her provocative performance in Paul Verhoeven’s thriller Elle. Now, Isabelle Huppert is taking yet another acting risk: portraying a woman doomed to die in Ira Sachs’ new film Frankie.
Hedi Slimane has always been a fan of the 70s -and this season his concept for the Celine woman was nothing less than a tribute to the decade marked with optimism and rebellious spirit. The fashion crowd gathered at Place Vauban at Les Invalides to experience Slimane’s sixth collection at the helm of the Parisian house-and one consistent with his trademark style.
Maria GraziaChiuri’s work at Dior is often a direct response to those that believe fashion and politics don’t mix-she strongly believes they do. Since her first collection as a creative director for the luxury megabrand, she has used the runway as the perfect canvas to address inequalities and challenges that women face in a largely patriarchal society. This message was further amplified in the Dior Fall/Winter 2020-21 runway show –staged in the heart of the Jardin des Tuileries.
Freedom of expression and self-confidence has always been the Versace way of doing things. For Donatella, exploring gender definitions and power dressing meant staging a coed show for Fall 2020-the first in the history of the brand- as her personal celebration for equality and inclusivity.
There is no such ritual familiar to all working in fashion as the experience of attending a runway show, or even working it- there’s agony, religiously-like devotion and a sense of miracle once the new collection is out. The runway is fashion’s theatrical side-and some say-it’s most creative when it comes to inventing scenarios and sharing experiences that will never happen again.
A rare combination of hallucinogens, drag, and singing improvisation, the Cockettes were a landmark in the early ’70s underground culture of San Francisco. The performance group was founded by Hibiscus (George Edgerly Harris III)and had several vibrant members all living in a communalhouse, which ex-resident and Cockettes member Fayette Hauser recalled as being full of “acid, freak artists, and hippies” located in the countercultureneighborhood of Haight-Ashbury. Her recent book on her experience as a Cockette member is a vivid narration of that era.
Tippi Hedren is a name synonymous with old Hollywood glamour and the prototype of an Alfred Hitchcock icy blonde muse. Still, before achieving superstardom as the lead female actress in Marnie and The Birds, Nathalie Kay "Tippi" Hedren has -unsurprisingly- been a successful fashion model. Now, over fifty years later, the iconic actress is celebrating her modeling roots by becoming the face of Gucci’s latest timepieces and jewelry campaign.
The awards season had been an illustrious one and has finally reached its pinnacle with the Academy Awards night on Sunday night–and its memorable red carpet looks. Oscars have long been the ideal place for celebrities to make a subtle yet powerful fashion statement, and this season was no exception. This time A-listers opted for safe colors such as black and white, classy metallics and a few daring flashes of color in rather conventional silhouettes. Still, Oscar’s night is always something memorable to watch and the perfect fashion field for female celebrities to shine. From Scarlet Johansson in Oscar de la Renta to Florence Pugh in Louis Vuitton, here are the best-dressed celebrities of these season’s awards.
Tom Ford’s natural space has always been Los Angeles. And for his Autumn/Winter 2020 runway show, Ford broke the rules once more-and showed in his natural habitant-L.A. on a very significant date: the day before the Oscars.
A WATERSHED IN LA'S ART SCENE
VISIONNAIRES MAURICE AND PAUL MARCIANO ART STATEMENT
Chasing their dream, the Marciano brothers moved to LA on 1981, when they founded their small denim company, the iconic brand recognized worldwide today “GUESS?”. Pioneers in fashion and art, they developed a strong relationship with contemporary art, a relationship out of love, that is why The Marciano Art Foundation exists today.
What happens when theFrench fashion powerhouse Balmain and sportswear megabrand Puma join forces aided by iconic Cara Delavigne? Two limited-edition capsule collections to lust for. This fall the spotlight of fashion collaborations is on PUMA x Balmain, a concept brought to life with the creative assistance of model Cara Delavigne, Olivier Rousteing’s longtime friend and muse. Rousteing has always been a fan of the sport himself and has even drawn inspiration from its gear-so this call for collaboration from Puma came right in time. Standing at the intersection of sportswear and couture design, the collections will draw inspiration from the world of professional boxing-infusing it with the elegance of Parisian fashion.
A never seen before presentation heading for cultural collaboration through women empowerment, Grazia Chiuri has a new mission for this new Dior’s era, and the Dior Cruise 2020 show held in Marrakech tells the story itself. Transporting us to a fantastic land, creating a mystical experience where fashion and cultures collide, going beyond rules and borders hosting a fashion show for the first time ever in Africa, El Badi Palace was the place, built in the 16th century a magical place itself, decorated with floating candles on the water, bonfires, pools, gardens and stone benches with cushions created the perfect ambience where the powerful catwalk took place.
Azzedine Alaïa. Fashion legend. Man of vision. Loved by everyone. The entire fashion world mourned his loss last November. He was known for his timeless designs and ability to empower women with exquisite clothing designed carefully and uniquely for the female body. “I dressed women directly on their body, by intuition”, Alaïa once said. Alaïa was loved and admired by everyone in the industry. One of his closest friends was supermodel Naomi Campbell, who called him “Papa.”
The most highly anticipated and controversial fashion show of the season was the Celine Spring 2019 ready-to-wear show. It didn’t come as much of a surprise that Hedi Slimane completely took Celine in a new direction, one that is more masculine, rocker chic, and reflective of his days at Dior Homme and, more recently, Saint Laurent. His signature stick thin, pale, androgynous models lined the runway in dark colors (hence the title of the show, “Paris La Nuit”) and boxy, masculine silhouettes.
Publishers Roger and Mauricio Padilha have written several different Art and Fashion books, some of them being: Antonio Lopez: Fashion, Art, Sex and Disco, The Stephen Sprouse Book, and The Work of Chris von Wangenheim. Following up such outstanding books, they recently wrote a new one about the one and only Richard Bernstein, and about his bold and unique art. The book will be titled Richard Bernstein Starmaker and will be published on September 4th of this year.
Louis Vuitton's new artistic director Virgil Abloh is redefining a new era. Not only has he displayed momentous modern leaps through a hybridization of the brand's previous style, he is also the first designer of color to hold such a prominent position. Although Abloh was not classically educated in fashion, he has consistently demonstrated a unique perspective for a youthful global approach through his own label, Off-White.
Last January, fashion genius Alexander Wang made the announcement that he would be changing the dates of his NYC fashion shows to June and December, rather than the traditional February and September months. Not only did he change the dates, but he is also completely ditching the whole idea of seasonal names. Instead of “Spring 2019”, this collection is named Collection 1. Leave it to Wang to totally break the NYFW rules. The young designer is creating new ways and starting fresh. Each guest seat had a note that read “a new beginning, a new identity, and a new day for my brand.”
Dark mood, neon lights, chopsticks, diamonds, sparkly lips. In Asian-inspired, futuristic outfits, we see Minaj rocking the “Chun Li” look in the video, with the iconic Cosplay character’s two high-buns hairstyle. Directed by Steven Klein, the video already has over sixteen million views on Youtube.
The music video starts with a black & white clip, with the singer narrating a short story and Japanese subtitles on the screen as she talks.
In case you haven’t heard about it, Bleecker Street recently released the Alexander McQueen Documentary teaser trailer, and let us tell you: You will want to watch it.
Bold. Intense. Dramatic. You will definitely be adding this to your to-watch list for the summer. The Documentary will premier at the Tribeca Film Festival, and it will be out in theaters afterwards.
The City of Angels is thrilled about the David Hockney: 82 Portraits and 1 Still-life exhibition coming up. This exhibition, featuring up-and-close portraits of 82 people, and one still life, is full of vibrant colors and life, making it pleasing to the eye for everyone in the public. Iconic paintings provide a close look into the artist’s personal life, his relationship with the art world, and the people portrayed in them.
If you are looking for a good summer read, or a très chic coffee table collection book, look no more. Dior’s third volume of its unprecedented series is finally here, and you will definitely want it. No, you will definitely need it. In the third of seven books commemorating the work of Christian Dior’s most iconic designers, this volume is about Marc Bohan’s historic 30 years at the house. Dior By Marc Bohan follows the departure of Yves Saint Laurent and the start of Marc Bohan in the Couture house.
Karl Lagerfeld. Known for his multiple talents and endless creativity, has just added creating a makeup line to his list. He is doing it all. The theme of the limited edition line? Illuminated Beauty.
Suitable for all skin types. We already love it. Australian beauty company ModelCo is one of the hottest makeup brands of the moment.
For the very first time ever, Balmain’s Italian store opened its doors to the public. In a beautiful baroque building, Paris-meets-Milano extravaganza will take your breath away. Balmain’s Creative Director Olivier Rousteing designed the store and it is located on favolosa Via Montenapoleone. The store is nothing but a luxurious experience to its shoppers. Vintage furniture. Mirrors. Chandeliers.
SUPREME. The brand has become a fashion statement. What started in 1994 on Lafayette street in NYC, has come a long way since selling $20 t-shirts.The NYC street-wear line has come out with any and every kind of products: From Sportswear to a “Bible Stash Box,” to Incense, to a Harmonica, and the list could go on and on… But the latest and hottest product that sold out in 16 seconds online is a Hot Red Hard Shell suitcase.
WORKING WITH PHOTOGRAPHS AND ARTISTIC OVERLAY:
A COLLABORATION BETWEEN MARIO SORRENTI AND JOHN BALDESSARI
At Half Galley in New York, the two iconic artists Mario Sorrenti and John Baldessari present their exhibition, “Noses, Elbows and Knees.” This exhibition is all about the deconstruction, beauty, and imperfection of the human form, so the collaboration of this exhibition could not be in more fitting hands. Fashion photographer, Mario Sorrenti best known for his photo of Kate Moss in 1990 for the Calvin Klein Obsession campaign, centers his work around the sexuality and curiosity of the human form whether impure or perfect.