Yesterday morning, Kanye West paid a visit to Big Boy's Neighborhood, a radio show on Power 106 in Los Angeles, to discuss why he would hypothetically turn down a job at Louis Vuitton (a conversation America needs to have):
"If I had the opportunity to design now for Louis Vuitton, I wouldn't because the prices are just too extreme. And I don't want to use my message to have kids be saving up that much, to be a part of what the ideas are. And that's the problem, to me, with luxury. "
Okay? That's a bizarre statement for three reasons:
Kanye was already presented with the opportunity to design for Louis Vuitton, and he jumped at the chance: In 2009, the performing artist developed a line of premium sneakers (retailing around the $1000 mark) with the French fashion brand.
The prices may be extreme now, but they're projected to rise. Louis Vuitton executives recently hired a new accessories designer, Darren Spaziani, to launch a line of "hyper-luxury" goods to help combat lagging sales in Asia, a cooldown which is partially attributed to market saturation and increasingly sophisticated tastes.
Luxury fashion brands do promote hollow aspirational materialism, but Kanye's hands are soiled either way. West releases his records through Def Jams and Roc-a-Fella records, both subsidiaries of Universal Music Group, which is the single biggest music corporation in the world — the LVMH of the music industry. He's also on the verge of marrying Kim Kardashian; her hobbies include endorsing products and inviting paparazzi to photograph her Rodeo Drive shopping trips.
Followed with a fairly lucid explanation of how fashion operates:
"One thing that's good — I don't totally agree with everything H&M and Zara do — but one good thing is that they were able to break that idea that creativity and these things you really want, have to cost a million dollars.
That's the whole concept, they take the most talented kids — a lot of them went to [Central] St. Martins in London. That's where Alexander McQueen went and Phoebe Philo and Riccardo Tisci (Phoebe Philo is the designer at Celine, Riccardo Tisci is the designer at Givenchy and of course McQueen is McQueen, who passed away). And then they get assigned to these major corporations. Either the Kering Group, which is Gucci Group, or LVMH.
And what happens is, they have a process where they work on clothes. The same way I work on an album. There might be ten people in a studio, thirteen people in a studio, a knitwear designer, shoe designer, fabrics designer, silhouettes, menswear designer … all that. And then they do these fashion shows twice a year – the clothes get released and they get sold to Bergdorf's or Barneys or something like this — like, three, four months later.
And the prices are really based on this perception, this idea of luxury. They get sold to you, where you see a girl laid out on a rock, on a side of a rock, and it's like, a Gucci ad at the bottom of it."
And then he flashed a surprising glimmer of depth:
But I realized, the only real luxury is time, that's the only thing you can't get back — time with your family. And people need to understand that the true art is just like, life itself.
It was just a glimmer:
You know, it's kind of unfair that with me and my level of communication for the past ten years… You know, people say 'Oh, he's arrogant!' And I'm like no, I'm the most influential person in fashion in the past ten years.
There's a video:
Fashion people. Halloween. Instagram. This Grace Coddington x cat picture —> should be all you need to click. [Fashionologie]
Kim Kardashian is sauntering around wearing white lace dresses like she's got a wedding coming up, or something. [FabSugar]
If your skin breaks out because you've been breaking a sweat, I covet your problems. [BellaSugar]
"Where's the Newest Place to Hashtag? On Your Wrist, Obvi." [SheFinds]
Jay Z feels that he is being "demonized" over his Barneys deal. [USAToday]
Jeremy Scott has been appointed creative director of Moschino. [Moschino blog]
So here’s my confession: Last Wednesday I bailed on Toronto Fashion Week to attend the first international store opening of White House/Black Market in Yorkdale Mall. Of course, you can forgive my truancy from the tents because this was quite a significant event given the MASSIVE fan base WHBM commands in Canada, which as I discovered from a quick chat with President Donna Noce, was one of the main reasons that convinced the store to expand into Toronto.
Staying true to the U.S.-based brand aesthetic, the Yorkdale store featured an array of black and white trend pieces, this season speckled with the colour de jour, imperial purple. Floral print sweaters and scarves, suede Mary Janes, svelte fitting black pants, starched collared shirts, prim blazers and winter overcoats canvas the walls with prices in the low to midrange of smart essentials (think LOFT and Ann Taylor), while the store's crème de la crème, the shimmering jewelry, is delicately displayed at the back.
I fell in love with the statement collar necklaces, bedazzled with candy-like gems and dainty pearls, which while on the pricier side ($70 for a heavy-set necklace piece), could invoke a “wow” with even the simplest of white shirts.
It’s always exciting to guess which celebrity collaboration our favourite brands have in the pipeline, and British retailer Oasis certainly left us guessing about who they’d enlisted for their most recent venture. Upon finding out that it was Mollie King from the British Pop band the Saturdays, we couldn’t help but think that they’ve made one great choice.
With a much covetable fashion sense, Mollie is a style icon in the making, regularly attending exclusive fashion events. She herself has regularly referred to her style as classic vs. preppy, and she likes to switch between girlie and classic tailoring.
The collection is called Loved by Mollie and the star has pulled together outfits that she’d love to wear, which is the perfect helping hand for those of us who want to steal her style on a reasonable budget.
The collection features beautiful pastel knits, pretty prints and classic staples such as a trendy leather pencil skirt. The price point all hangs around the usual for Oasis: £40 and upwards with the option of an über splurge in the form of a striking £350 shearling and leather aviator jacket. It’s a hefty price tag for an Oasis item, but we suppose it is real leather and should theoretically last you longer than their other fast fashion pieces.
You can check out the full collection and an exclusive interview with Mollie over on the Oasis site.
image credit: facebook.com/numerothailand via the tfs forums
The expansion of big fashion magazines into the Asian market has been welcomed by most. And while Numéro China has delivered some outstanding fashion stories, the Thailand edition seems to be struggling to meet the expectations of the fashion fanatics on the tFS forums. For its November issue, the magazine that debuted in December 2012 produced a cover that is shockingly bad.
“What an awful cover!” posted fashionlover2001.
“What a disaster,” found FashionFanatico.
“A mess,” agreed jeffandtheworld, “the styling, the hair, the model.”
And valliaddict laughed, “Everyone behind this mess should be fired. Everyone!”
“This is so tragic!” commented Minimoon27.
Shot by Bigs Vatcharasith, the cover shows model Namthip Jongrachatawiboon posing lasciviously in a sexy dress, surrounded by an overwhelming amount of straw-like red hair. The idea was to emulate the theme of the issue, which is ‘Glamour.’ Does this actually represent anyone's idea of glamour? I doubt it.
image credit: vogue.it
After landing two consecutive Chanel campaigns (Fall 2013 and Cruise 2014) and covering recent issues of Numéro and Russh, model and Karl Lagerfeld muse Ashleigh Good has scored another coup: the November cover of Vogue Italia. The striking close-up of the newcomer from New Zealand, shot by Steven Meisel, made an impression on tFS forum members.
“Hands down my favorite VI cover for 2013! Love the model, love the styling & yeay for no Edie!” exclaimed lanvinray, who was glad to see a new model on an Italian Vogue cover that isn’t Edie Campbell for a change (the British model sensation has appeared on an excessive three Vogue Italia covers this year so far).
KateTheGreatest agreed that this was “one of their best covers of this year, for sure.”
“Beautiful. A certain old-school Vogue Italia circa early 2000s flavor to it,” noted AL92.
Nepenthes swooned, “The cover is stunning! So looking forward to this issue!!!”
The concept of the cover story is described on Vogue Italia’s website as “Aristo-shabby. Sophistication, eccentricity, melancholy. An unusual mix, for a style that originates from an apparently casual assembly of contrasting elements.” Sounds promising? You bet.