by J.T. on September 25th, 2014
“We wanted to take certain elements of each sport and portray the ultimate warrior, the girls had to feel big and heroic, and Mikael used sunlight glares to heighten that effect against a stark white backdrop.” Wang told WWD
Alexander Wang just unveiled this ad campaign for his one-off collaboration with H&M, revealing more looks from the long awaited collaboration. Shot by Mikael Jansson the ad features soccer player Andy Carroll, kickboxer Rivaldino dos Santos, models Joan Smalls, Raquel Zimmermann, Isabeli Fontana and Natasha Poly. The print campaign is set break in an array of dailies and monthly magazines as soon as today. Wang’s “ultimate dream team” is also to appear in a TV commercial, which starts airing on Oct. 30, and an online film.
by J.T. on September 20th, 2014
Friday September 19, 2014 – via Gesù 12
The new essentials of Versace Spring 2015 collection: stripped back and bold, sexy and fresh. Lines are clean, colours are strong, details are playful. A new Versace print clashes images of metal rings with the Medusa and abstracted optics. Swarovski crystal mesh dresses are youthful and strong, with straps held by utilitarian buckles.
Drawing inspiration from the 1980’s, Redken Creative Consultant Guido created a sporty-chic hairstyle for Versace’s Spring/Summer 2015 show in Milan. Using guts 10 volumizing spray-foam mousse to create height in the front and forceful 23 super strength finishing spray for the perfect amount of control and shine, Guido achieved a minimal hairstyle that made a massive statement on the runway.
“The Versace girl is a bit sporty this season, but still very modern and glamorous. I created this minimal and very natural hairstyle to enhance this feeling. I created volume in the front with guts 10, and left the back natural to get that beautiful, modern texture. Then I raked my fingers back through the hair, using forceful 23 to create those distinct lines and hold for a boyish, sporty vibe that’s still quite glamorous with the height in the front and shiny finish.” Guido, Redken Creative Consultant
Create the Look:
- Thoroughly mist Pillow Proof Blow Dry express primer all over hair and comb through.
- While hair is still damp, apply guts 10 root targeted volume spray foam on roots at the crown.
- Blow-dry hair at the crown until it is completely dry.
- Spray the back of the hair with water and let dry naturally.
- Rake hair back with fingers to create visible lines and spray with forceful 23 super strength finishing spray to hold hair in place.
Finish with a touch of shine flash 02 glistening mist all over for added shine.
Shop Versace via NET-A-PORTER.COM
Hair by Guido Palau for Redken
Makeup by Pat McGrath
by J.T. on September 11th, 2014
Wednesday September 10, 2014 – Spring Studios, New York
Michael Kors rest true to himself for Spring 2015, delivering an intemporal modern collection, inspired by the iconic American attitude of Agnes de Mille’s choregraphy and the casual elegance of Louis Dahl-Wolfe’s photographs.
“When you get dressed, it’s got to answer the questions of modern life. Can I sit? can I move? is it versatile … all of that but can it evokes a spirit? After you come out of a cold winter, I want to put something on that’s happy, with all the headlines and what’s happening in the world don’t you want to have a little charm in your life? Smile a little, have a long lunch, take a walk, have your skirt catch the breeze, I think it changes your spirit.” Michael Kors
Kors is a master when it comes to take a classic and make it terribly desirable. Knowing what women want to wear, in the consumer eye the brand is synonyme of jet set lifestyle and sportwear americana. Michael Kors is the most successful american brand right now, even making european luxury brand reevaluating their strategies. The positive attitude image might have helped but beautiful well made clothes that people want to wear is the answer. Today was no exception, especially with these daffodils, wisteria, and geraniums that were juxtaposed on tulle dancer skirts. Graphic ginghams, stripes and plaids, every pieces seem effortless. The waist is defined, the jeans are slim and cropped, outwear is overscaled. The simplicity of these american sportswear clothes make us want to wear them off the runway. The retro artisanal satchel, the tailored corssbody and the ankle-wrapeed flat takes it all in stride.
Shop Michael Kors at NET-A-PORTER.COM
by J.T. on September 10th, 2014
In 1854, Louis Vuitton founded his House. In 1896 his son, Georges Vuitton, created The Monogram in honour of his late father. An icon was born.
The Monogram was revolutionary when it appeared. This most particular and personal of signatures was instantly transformed into a universal symbol of modernity in the hands of Georges Vuitton: it is one of the first exercises in elevated branding and a defining sign of a global culture to come.
In 1965 Gaston-Louis Vuitton, recounted how his father, Georges, had created the motifs on The Monogram canvas: ‘First of all, the initials of the company – LV – are interlaced in such a way as to remain perfectly legible. Then a diamond. To give a specific character to the shape, he made the sides concave with a four-petal flower in the centre. Then the extension of this flower in a positive image. Finally, a circle containing a flower with four rounded petals.
The Monogram is now recognised globally as a defining signature, both literally and metaphorically, of the House of Louis Vuitton. As it has travelled through time, certain of its features and meanings remain the same. Blurring the boundaries between craftsmanship, art and design, Louis Vuitton has repeatedly embraced the notions of innovation, collaboration and daring throughout The Monogram’s history.
It is within this context that Louis Vuitton’s ‘Celebrating Monogram’ project appears this year. It is a collection of works that shows the distinctly personal side of the Monogram; re-presenting something we think we all know in an extraordinary, individual and idiosyncratic way. Six creative iconoclasts – the best in their individual fields – who blur the lines between fashion, art, architecture and product design, have been given carte blanche to dictate and make whatever they see fit in the patterned canvas.
Echoing the special Louis Vuitton centenary collection of 1996 – where Azzedine Alaia, Manolo Blahnik, Romeo Gigli, Helmut Lang, Isaac Mizrahi, Sybilla and Vivienne Westwood contributed individual and distinct designs – for 2014’s collection, the participants have progressed even further. Here, Christian Louboutin, Cindy Sherman, Frank Gehry, Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Newson and Rei Kawakubo radically, personally and playfully realise an unparalleled collection.
In many ways it means The Monogram has come full circle: looking at its handcrafted roots once more, its direct connection to a person, its daring and genre defying audacity and, above all, its journey into the future for Louis Vuitton. This is a collection that is both universal and personal, and in the cherished traditions of the house, once again defies expectations.
Photos courtesy of Louis Vuitton
by J.T. on September 9th, 2014
Monday September 7th, 2014 – Park Avenue Armory
Tommy Hilfiger has always danced to the beat of his own drum which is why next season’s rock-n-roll inspired frocks will resonate with style-savvy fashionrati. And the theme was embedded into every single detail, from the psychedelic set, to the grass and gerbera daisy-lined runway; it truly felt as if one stepped into a Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band record cover. The designer even paid homage to the Rolling Stones by having Georgia May Jagger and Ella Richards walk the show.
Backstage, models got the star treatment (quite literally) with tattoo body art adorning their faces and calves. Before hitting the catwalk, Tommy’s bevy of starry-eyed vixens stepped into the TH branded vine booth to directly interact with fans via Twitter, giving an exclusive behind-the-scenes sneak peek.
“We have a global audience engaging in one conversation, All guests and viewers can join The Conversation over Instagram and Twitter using the dedicated hashtag #tommyspring15. Creating a truly democratic voice for the show and sharing hundreds of different perspectives from the event” – Tommy Hilfiger
With Tara Ferry and Steve Hash playing drums, models strutted through a field of flora, in full 70’s mode, wearing Hilfiger’s classic signature looks updated with a rock’n roll spirit. Georgia May Jagger opened the show wearing a sharp tailored regimental cape featuring gold stripes and buttons. Jeans and jean jackets inspired by Hilfiger‘s archival pieces are reinterpreted in a patchwork of selvedge denim. The show ended with appealing translucent washed silk chiffon dresses printed with playful tattoo graphics, commissioned by Fernando Lions.
It goes without saying that rock-n-roll is a hallmark of American culture, so it should come as no surprise that Tommy’s twisted and exuberant take on the 70’s will jive well with contemporary-conscious consumers.
Ship TH via Tommy.com
Makeup by Pat McGrath
Hair by Eugene Souleiman
Fashion Producer Nian Fish
Nails by Priti NYC
Style by Karl Temper
by J.T. on September 8th, 2014
Sunday September 7, 2014 – Max Fish
Frank151, the quarterly magazine teamed up with DKNY for a special issue that celebrates New York and the american brand. The launch party for the DKNY dedicated issue took place yesterday night at Max Fish in the Lower East Side last night. Special guests Mya and CHYNNA performed to a crowd that included frequent NYFW partiers such as Shaun Ross and Vashtie Kola, Tali Lennox, Lily Lane, May Kwok, Fiona Byrne or Laverne Cox.
Get your copy at frank151.com
Photos courtesy of BFA
by J.T. on September 8th, 2014
Sunday September 7, 2014 – Metropolitan West 639 West 46th Street
Donatella Versace is taking playful sister line VERSUS in a new direction: working with different designers and artistic talents to produce one-off capsule collections. After Christopher Kane and J.W.Anderson, Anthony Vaccarello’s capsule collection for VERSUS is a provocative and rebellious statement and by far one of the best.
Those who love the explosive and structured sex appeal of Versace have enjoyed Sunday night’s VERSUS Spring/Summer 2015 by Anthony Vaccarello. The best part is that the collection is already available via NET-A-PORTER.COM. Almost exclusively in black and white, punctuated with touches of gold, the show started with femme fatale dresses with provocative cuts that reveal the thighs, cleavage and precise tailoring with broad shoulders. Certainly a retro collection, but the ability of the young Belgian designer to create perfectly cut dresses made it a full success.
“I love Anthony, so authentic and young! ” said Donatella Versace, while posing with Rihanna.
Beauty wise Pat McGrath explained that the task for her and hairstylist Guido Palau, was to “enhance” each girl’s unique, natural beauty.
Guido, Redken Creative Consultant, enhanced each model’s natural hair texture, whether wavy or straight, using Redken’s new Wind Blown 05 dry finishing spray. While the look may not be exactly the same for each model, the naturally undone look created an overall cool, sexy feeling on the runway.
“This sense of individuality was inspired by the Versace ads from the mid-90s and how the girls were captured for who they were, not what they were made into. Each model had a very natural, undone style, but each was slightly different depending on the model’s hair type and length. I added texture and lift at the roots with a generous amount of wind blown 05, and left the part messy and natural. Then, to add a bit of modernity and richness, I lightly sprayed Diamond Oil High Shine Airy Mist all over the hair at the end to give it a nice sheen, which played up the sexiness of the collection.” Guido Palau
Redken Products Used:
wind blown 05 dry finishing spray
Diamond Oil High Shine Airy Mist (launching in November)
Create the Look:
- Start with dry, natural hair, and create a messy natural part.
- Generously spray wind blown 05 dry finishing spray all over the hair to add airy texture and weightless volume.
- Tousle hair with fingers to achieve an easy, undone look.
- Finish with a light mist of Diamond Oil High Shine Airy Mist all over to enhance the hair’s natural shine.
Locate a salon via redken.com
by J.T. on September 7th, 2014
Sunday September 7, 2014 – 25 Broadway
Victoria Beckham is opening her first store in London – an important step that inspired and pushed her to focus on the DNA of the brand more than ever.
Exploring the essence of this identity led her to look at the brand’s signature and redefine it in a fresh interpretation that sits within the core of the Spring 2015 runway collection for the first time in many seasons.
“Informed by these new shapes was the idea of creating an eclectic uniform in the form of an exact, yet wearable wardrobe that embodies the evolution of the collection. I have pushed myself with new techniques and silhouettes that I believe give a modern sense of purpose and precision.” Victoria Beckham
It is in the spirit of this evolution that this season she designed the show shoes under her own name in the London atelier for the first time. Creating all elements of the collection under one roof enabled VB to complete and strengthen the silhouette and this has been key in her design journey.
For the makeup Pat McGrath created a “very natural, sheer makeup” featuring a pinch of peach blush, brown shadow applied with fingers, and a bit of brown mascara.
For hair Redken Creative Consultant Guido Palau brought an easy, sophisticated feeling to the runway. Using only one key product, Redken’s new Wind Blown 05 dry finishing spray, Guido created the perfect nonchalant, natural hairstyle to complement Victoria’s modern collection.
“Victoria’s style is so modern and beautiful that I didn’t want to bring too much attention to the hair, and this natural look felt the most modern for this collection. There was a time when a blowout would have been considered a luxury, and it is very luxurious, but that kind of look on the runway can seem dated. The style at Victoria Beckham is very easy and undone, which created a more modern feeling. I let the hair dry naturally, created a messy side part with my fingers, and then used Redken’s new Wind Blown 05 dry finishing spray to texturize and lift the roots a bit. I also used a wide-barrel curling iron, taking random clumps of hair and bending them around the iron to add body where needed.” Guido, Redken Creative Consultant
Redken Product Used:
Shop Victoria Beckham via NET-A-PORTER.COM
Make-up: Pat McGrath
Hair: Guido Palau
Models: Sabina Lobova, Maartje Verhoef, Morta Kontrimaite, Julia Nobis, Stephanie Joy Field, Ronja Furrer, Sabina Lobova.
by J.T. on September 7th, 2014
NARS Cosmetics created the look for the Alexander Wang Spring 2015 runway show.
“Strong and energetic – the look is clean with moisturized skin paired with accentuated highlighting and contouring to bring out the strength of the girl’s features.” Makeup by Lead Artist Diane Kendal for NARS Cosmetics.
Nars products used to create the exclusive look:
NARSSkin Luminous Moisture Cream
NARSSkin Optimal Brightening Concentrate
Radiant Creamy Concealer
Sheer Glow Foundation
Cappadoce Matte Multiple
Left side of Craving Dual-Intensity Blush (New for Spring 2015; for now try Copacabana Multiple)
Via Appia Larger Than Life® Long-wear Eyeliner
Iskandar Eye Paint
Cappadoce Matte Multiple layered with South Beach Multiple
Shop Nars Cosmetics
For hair, Redken Creative Consultant Guido Palau brought sophistication and sportiness to the Alexander Wang runway this season, complementing the designer’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection. Putting a twist on the classic low ponytail, Guido created a modernly futuristic feeling with a very sleek, sporty-inspired pony. Using hardwear 16 super-strong sculpting gel and Diamond Oil High Shine Airy Mist, Guido changed the effect of a simple hairstyle with contrasting wet and dry textures.
“I created this sleek, sporty look by combing hardwear 16 into the hair to achieve a super-glossy, almost silicone-like, head shape, and then left the ponytail dry and natural-looking. Using a black elastic, I secured the ponytail at the base of the head, and then added a second elastic to create a thicker band for a sportier feeling. Then, I left the ponytail natural to add a little bit of richness to the hair and to create contrasting wet and dry textures. I finished the look with Diamond Oil High Shine Airy Mist for a shiny, modern finish.”
Guido Palau, Redken Creative Consultant
Redken Products Used:
hardwear 16 super-strong sculpting gel
Diamond Oil High Shine Airy Mist (launching in October)
- Secure ponytail with an elastic at the base of the head and add a second elastic to create a thicker band with a sportier feel.
- Thoroughly spray Diamond Oil High Shine Airy Mist all-over the hair for a very glossy, wet-looking finish.
To locate a Redken salon visit redken.com.
by J.T. on September 7th, 2014
Saturday September 6, 2014 – Lincoln Center
After being inspired the past seasons by the tennis, the ski and the golf, Felipe Oliveira Baptista takes us yachting at the Lacoste Spring 2015 show. Sailing is no stranger to the french brand, which in 1985, along with one of the most prestigious French yachting manufacturers, designed the L42, followed one year later by the L36, two sailing boats that combined style, comfort and performance, the very values that ruled the creation of the polo shirt by René
Lacoste in the 1920s.
But Felipe Oliveira Baptista’s vision of yachting doesn’t translate to your classic traditional boat shoes or stripes shirt. The first looks are cut in double face, the silhouette is all about mix-and-match of contrasts. Mix-and-match of close-fitted and subtly oversized volumes, which are at the core of the urban wardrobe. Mix-and-match of technical pieces, parkas and blouson jackets with welded or zigzag seams, nautical essentials like blazers and fisherman smocks; mix-and-match of structured cuts and supple asymmetrical constructions; mix-and-match of subtly washed-out natural fabrics and mesh, ripstop nylon and technical double-faced fabrics; mix-and-match of color blocks and prints such as zoomed-in nautical references and coordinates that almost become abstract patterns; and also mix-and-match of juxtaposed sail-like yokes that play with transparency, weight and shine.
The designer has given the nautical-inspired apparel a versatile feel with adjustable straps, suspenders and belts. The maritime element features all the Lacoste codes.
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