Robert Altman’s 1977 cult classic 3 Women is a slow burn of a film, the somewhat improvisational plot taking a backseat to the allure of its three main characters and its hazy Palm Springs setting. It’s also the inspiration for Lover’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection ‘Persona’, an ethereal selection of Lovery staples (floaty lace dresses, dusky pastels, pleated skirts, high collars) that eluded Fashion Week to surface in the form of this dreamy campaign.
Sure the clothes look pretty similar to every other Lover collection. There is enough creamy lace and delicate broderie anglaise to outfit an entire 19th Century township, and prim collared blouses come pointy, lacey, layered and even popped. But the context of Altman’s 1977 cult classic adds a surrealist touch: these are clothes you could wear to a boozy summer barbeque, but the collection would also be a suitable choice if you were a pregnant hippy artist lounging on the floor of an empty Palm Springs swimming pool painting reptilian humanoid figures on the dusty tiles.
As it happens the curtainesque floral pattern cropping up on the puffiest of puffy-sleeve blouses was inspired by these crazy murals Willie paints in the film. Other fresh touches in ‘Persona’ include the introduction of new colours like coral and a brownish beige, and last season’s metallic hues are carried through onto bronze pleated skirts. Also, bomber jackets! Don’t know how prevalent these were in 1970s Palm Springs, but they’re a welcome addition here jazzed up with prim collars and needlework.
‘Persona’ will be dropping in stores from August through November.
Images via Harper's Bazaar
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Seems like Robert Pattinson is dealing with his heartbreak by maybe signing a campaign contract with Gucci? [INeedMyFix]
Also — and this seems less productive — by reading lots of gossip blogs. [Earsucker]
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Harper’s Bazaar Spain is one of the latest covers to be revealed in the seemingly never-ending (and that’s the way we like it!) succession of September issues, and as they are wont to do, the Harper’s Bazaar team makes clever use of graphic design on the cover. Model Guinevere van Seenus is shown clad in Dolce & Gabbana against a stark white background in a pose reminiscent of Christ’s crucifixion. Is this Harper’s Bazaar Spain’s way of intimating that fashion is a religion, and their September issue is the Fashion Bible? I may be getting blasphemous over here, but I think it’s a reasonable conclusion to draw.
Whether this issue prompts you to draw religious conclusions or not, the cover and layout are striking and clean. “Simply stunning, I love this!” Miss Dalloway commented.
Clo posted: “It's a wonderful cover. Amazing how a minimalist cover with a great model can be this great.”
HeatherAnne wrote: “I love how her feet interject through the text at the bottom, and how she seems to be holding up the text at the top with her arms. There is a great emphasis put on the dress and shoes with all the clean white space. So while it's a simple cover, it was still well thought out and I find it to be another strong cover from them.”
Am I going too far with my fashion-as-religion interpretation? I don’t think so, but if ever there was a time to put out a Fashion Bible, it would be September.
Image courtesy of Harper’s Bazaar Spain.
For their September issue, Vs. decided that four would be better than one, so they got four different “photographers” to capture four different cover girls for four different covers. Ellen von Unwerth photographed Coco Rocha, Guy Aroch captured Amanda Seyfried, Helena Christensen snapped Liv Tyler, and Drew Barrymore (Who knew Drew was into photography? Is she looking to expand her résumé!?) shot Rachel McAdams.
Coco’s cover, which was the first to be revealed, received lots of praise from forum members. “Wow. Amazing!” Congacon exclaimed. “She is one of the best models out there.”
Heelscatchfire posted: “Love the cover, Coco is really striking and iconic in that shot.”
When the rest of the covers were revealed jmrmartinho wrote: “What a great set of covers. I don’t have a least favorite. Coco has by far the most striking one, but Liv looks absolutely stunning.”
One gripe for Vs. is that all of their covers seemingly look more or less the same. “Their cover style is so redundant,” saann pointed out. “I get that they're creating an identity but you can only have so many black and white photos mixed with whatever color of the month you choose before you start repeating yourself.” To illustrate her point she provided a screen capture of a google image search for Vs. covers:
Kind of tough to argue with after seeing that, but still, this is a pretty good set of September covers.
Images via fashiongonerogue.com and google image search screen capture.
The company designs modern raffia handbags that are rooted in the deep heritage of skilled artisans in the Visaya region of the Philippines. The raffia is harvested from the buri palm tree that grows abundantly in this region and is given its colour with water-based dyes. Textiles then come to life on traditional wooden looms, where home-based weavers work their craft, while wooden handles and accents are individually hand made by local carpenters.
"The inspiration behind Ann & Arayata collections is always the artisans, their weaves and techniques and the unique indigenous materials they use. I simply bring my personal design aesthetic to create styles and an overall look to appeal to the contemporary fashion crowd," Stephenson explains to me as I peruse the F/W12 collection.
Translating the trends of fall runways, this season's clutch collection offers a decadent lineup of rich hues, including sumptuous reds, wines, and jewel berry tones. Ann & Arayata has also added hand-loomed scarves and beaded necklaces to the mix as the line continues to expand.
The scarves are woven in a unique ikat pattern, available with or without lurex, to appeal to both men and women. The necklaces feature cascading strands of beads and come in an array of colours including some killer metallic options — perfect for the holiday season. And while we're on the subject of holiday giving, it's worth noting that the company donates a minimum of 10% of its profits to L.I.F.E. For Health, a volunteer-run registered charity working in the Philippines.
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This morning it was confirmed to the press by Sir Philip Green, the owner of Arcadia, that he’s exclusively bringing the Kardashian Kollection to British shores. The Kardashian Kollection has, of course, been created by the Kardashain sisters, Kim, Kourtney, and Khloe, who in a reality television-obsessed Britain, may as well be royalty.
The Arcadia store of choice will be Dorothy Perkins, as Green believes that this is the best fit stylistically. Dorothy Perkins is often regarded as boring amongst the masses, so let’s hope that the Kardashian Kollection injects the brand with that much needed lift. It’ll be available just before Christmas in 250 standalone stores, eight BHS concessions, and also at dorothyperkins.com.
As stateside, the collection will include denim, accessories, and shoes. The girls also revealed that they are set to incorporate a range of optical glasses into the collection —watch out Vicky B!! Although, it’s not as yet been confirmed whether these will also be available in the UK.
It’s safe to say that the girls are definitely more than just reality television stars: they are clearly proving themselves to be true business women with an array of ventures under their belts. We wonder whether they’ll ever open a Kardashian Khaos (their lifestyle boutique) or even expand their Dash stores into London? We know that there’s already an army of fans crossing their fingers for that day! More to the point, we need something to counteract the millions of boutiques which have been opened by the TOWIE (The Only Way is Essex) cast.