For the third issue of System, a biannual fashion publication that explores the workings of the fashion industry, the influential German art and fashion photographer Juergen Teller stepped out from behind the lens to appear on the cover of the magazine.
If you follow fashion advertising even the slightest bit, you're likely familiar with Teller's perverse, absurd and humorous aesthetic sensibility (one of his most notorious fashion photos shows Victoria Beckham inside a Louis Vuitton shopping bag, with only her legs visible). Here on the cover, the spirit of his work is on full display: the photographer appears on an exercise bike, lightly glistening with sweat and wearing a weary expression on his face. Teller may not be a conventional cover star, but he is fully himself.
System #3 is out tomorrow. You can pick it up at Dover Street Market in London, at Colette in Paris, at Opening Cermony in NYC and LA, and at 10 Corso Como in Milan.
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The folks over at Moschino are taking full advantage of new creative director Jeremy Scott's talents. His fast food-themed debut for Fall 2014 has been pretty much everywhere and now, for the first time, the brand will show its menswear collection in London, a fitting locale considering Scott's punchy and playful aesthetic.
This is the first we'll see of Scott's menswear offerings for Moschino, so stay tuned because the collection will bow on June 16. Ladies, don't feel left out, because the fellas will be sharing the runway with a few pre-season looks from the label's womenswear division.
Fret not, my fashionable Milanese brethren. According to a spokesperson for Moschino, the men's collection will likely show again in its old stomping grounds, although possibly not before hitting other cities.
We can't wait to see what Scott churns out for the guys this season. No doubt it will be quite a lively showing.
We just spotted a new campaign from Saint Laurent
, spotlighting designer Hedi Slimane
's update on the label's most iconic design: the androgynous Le Smoking
tuxedo look, which Yves Saint Laurent
first presented to the world in 1966.
Starring Australian model Abbey Lee Kershaw, the monochromatic images are sleek, strong and seductive, consistent with the spirit of Le Smoking. As CR Fashion Book points out, the new suits stay true to the heritage of the iconic look, but update the shapes and silhouettes for the modern era, "with the undeniable dose of cool that only Slimane can bring."
Along with a new iteration of the look, the house has also launched a new atelier with an emphasis on tailoring: "A unisex design studio has been implemented and a new ‘tailleur’ atelier, which for many historical reasons no longer existed at Saint Laurent, has been created, emphasizing tailoring, the most fundamental part of the Yves Saint Laurent wardrobe," said the brand in a statement.
[via CR Fashion Book]
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen
's eight-year-old label, The Row,
is known for its elevated basics and…exorbitantly-priced leather goods. The twins made headlines in 2011 when they debuted their signature backpack in alligator hide, priced at an astonishing $39,000–which is as much as some people pay for a year of college…or a car. Now, why in tarnation would anyone spend that
much on something like a bag?
The twins told the Wall Street Journal that the carryall in question was made using a Bombé technique, which they say is "an older [one] that you don't see very often." Plus, the lining of the bags are made from linen, as opposed to manmade fabrics. "That [backpack] was obviously a very special bag to us, but that didn't represent the entire range," Mary-Kate added.
If that still doesn't seem like a good enough reason to throw away a year's salary for something you carry your lipstick in, the Olsens assure us that their range of leather goods aren't all so expensive. They make a point to mention that many of their bags will cost you between $1,000 and $3,000, so even the mildly rich can score one of their coveted carryalls.
Thank goodness for small #blessings.
For someone who attends hordes of high profile events, poses topless for Terry Richardson, and has almost as many Instagram followers as Cara Delevingne, Miranda Kerr rarely does anything that warrants more than a flattering caption.
Sure, there was her high-profile divorce form Orlando Bloom last year. But she dealt with the affair in such a typically graceful, media-friendly manner that it appeared to rile no more than messing up the ratio of her morning acai smoothie. (Though, at $686 for the ingredients, that’s nothing to sweep under the rug.) She’s perfectly poised, mildly inspiring and a safe campaign choice for mainstream brands – at least that’s one theory as to why she keeps landing multi-million dollar contracts, despite her face looking the same in every picture.
Another celebrity who had the same perfect image until approximately 12.30 p.m. on Monday was Beyoncé. We know both women aren’t “real” – Miranda Kerr is 50% goji berries and Beyoncé requires 15 makeup looks to #wokeuplikedis — but both give us just enough supposedly candid Instagram selfies to make it at least possible to believe otherwise.
Then Monday and Tuesday happened. First Solangegate, then Miranda’s rumored billionaire boyfriend James Packer got into a punch-up with his childhood friend David Gyngell, allegedly over Packer’s treatment of his estranged wife. (Packer split from Erica Baxter in September 2013 and was rumored to be linked to Miranda Kerr as of December – thanks in part to an awkard Harper's Bazaar Australia headline.)
Gyngell’s wife, Leila McKimnon, wasted no time in taking to Twitter to compare the men’s fight with the elevator incident: “Ok so they’re much better dressed and a little more discreet but I feel a kinship with Beyonce, Solange, and Jay-Z today,” she tweeted on Monday. But if any third party got caught up in the brawl, it was Miranda, not her. Her pop cultural star power comes nowhere near that of Beyoncé’s, hence the incident wasn’t widely publicized, given the circumstances. But it’s still far more interesting than what she wore to the Swarovski event that night. People live to see celebrities exposed as humans, whether they're tripping up stairs at the Oscars, being exposed for affairs, or apparently Photoshopping their selfies. (Something both Beyoncé and Miranda have been accused of in their quests for perfection.) If there's one thing we love more than seeing a celebrity looking perfect, it's seeing them being brought down.
The difference, though, is that Solangegate felt like doomsday. Miranda inspiring a streetside brawl just makes her slightly more interesting in a Jennifer Lawrence vomiting at Madonna’s Oscars party way. Is it wrong to want more of this? It definitely makes me more interested in reading subsequent Miranda headlines.
I had yet another parcel of goodies delivered a few days ago, full of back issues of American Vogue. Inside the box was a couple of issues with Sandra Bullock on the front. I couldn't help but notice how fantastic she photographed and how rare it is to see her on a magazine cover.
For our flashback series this week, we are taking a look back atVogue's October 2006 issue with the American actress on the front. Bullock is photographed by Steven Meisel wearing a black jacquard bustle-back gown by Carolina Herrera, styled by Tonne Goodman.
IMAGE CREDIT: TFS FORUMS
As one can expect from an October issue from 2006, the 436-page issue is full of fabulous content. Steven Meisel photographed another story for the issue with models Karolina Kurkova and Hilary Rhoda (we really are deprived of Meisel in American Vogue nowadays). Mario Testino shot an editorial with Gisele Bundchen and actor Eric Bana in which Gisele dons a range of eveningwear from J. Mendal, Narciso Rodriguez, Prada and Stella McCartney.
However, even stories with wonderful models cannot distract my attention from Sandra Bullock's cover story. The actress appears in a very elegant and sophisticated-looking feature wearing glamorous gowns and diamonds where she successfully projects the vision of a true Hollywood actress.
Stay tuned for next weeks flashback and in the meantime, check out the US Vogue October 2006 thread here.