Karl Lagerfeld's Fall 2014 Chanel collection walked the runway earlier today and for those of us who woke up to the odd runway imagery trickling out of Paris, there's a lot to process. Last season, the Chanel show was set at an art gallery; this time, the German designer took his collection to the supermarché, a move which embodies the art vs. commerce dilemma at the heart of fashion (and at the heart of Lagerfeld's career as a designer).
The Chanel designer is known for his spectacular sets (for example: at his Pre-Fall collection in January, Lagerfeld created a Dallas rodeo and seated guests in parked cars, like at a drive-thru), but this season, more than ever, the elaborate setting dominated the show. Below, we try to wrap our minds around all the branded products stocking the Chanel supermarket shelves, the supermodel shoppers browsing its aisles — and yes, some of the fashions, too.
Tweed Soda comes in eight flavors: Lemon, Orange, Tropical, Energy, Mint, Tea, Cola and Cola Light.
I bet Chanel parsley never gets stuck in your teeth.
The Chanel store even carries super chic carbs, branded with the house's interlocking Cs logo.
Those of you with a heart will be relieved to hear that none of this food will go to waste. The Times fashion editor Laura Craik reports that all edible produce will be donated to charity:
So now, a bit about the show. Cara Delevingne opened it.
Her buddy Rihanna attended and sat front row; girlfriend Michelle Rodriguez was reportedly also seated in the front row.
Here's a photo of Rihanna, Delevingne and another Chanel model, Joan Smalls, riding around the set in shopping carts after the show:
Rising star of street couture, Katie Eary, has become the latest young designer to begin a collaboration with River Island’s Design Forum. Breaking the boundaries between runway and high street, the idea is to promote up-and-coming design talent to the masses at a fraction of the price. The River Island capsule collections are always a lot more purse-friendly, which is perfect for mixing and matching a few designer-feeling pieces rather than just investing in one.
Previous collaborators include Eudon Choi and Joseph Turvey. All these designers have different signatures, but are completely capable of creating a capsule collection that is on-brand with the River Island consumer.
Eary set up her own label after working at Levi's and initially studying at the Royal College of Art. She’s making her high street debut by teaming up with River Island on the 18-piece collection, and is known for her glamorous streetwear signature, which, of course, can also be felt throughout this high street collaboration.
Think vibrant animal prints, a plethora of bleached denim and boho-feeling fringe covering a range of must-have summertime pieces and accessories. Highlights include the Black Fringed Underarm Bag (above left) £120 and the Lizard Print Eyelit Top £45.
The collection is available now at River Island online with prices ranging between £20 and £120.
UK Vogue released its April cover this morning via its website. The cover features British TV chef and recent tabloid subject, Nigella Lawson, wearing a jade green lace Burberry Prorsum dress, photographed by Nathaniel Goldberg.
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TheFashionSpot forums are divided with this particular cover (which is the reason why I love reading the forums so much).
"I admit I had to google her to find out who she is. And I think she looks better here than in every single picture I found of her on Google. I don't now, something about this is so dull and awkward. And the fact that there is not a single eye-catching, interesting tagline on the cover either makes me think this must be one hell of a boring issue," wrote Pyslocke.
Nepenthes also had no clue as to who Nigella Lawson was, "I had to google her too but she looks beautiful. It's a pretty solid cover. I only wish they had done something similar with Daria for March. Would have been much more interesting," he wrote.
"Huge fan of Nigella and I'm loving this cover!" exclaims justaguy.
MON seemed to be pleased that Vogue chose a new cover subject: "I was so happy when I saw her name on the thread! I am really pleased with the cover. Very beauty. The color scheme is perfect too. Finally it's not Cole, Beckham, or any celebrity Vogue UK is obsessed with."
Check a preview of Nigella's shoot and join the discussion here.
might have a shiny new Best Actress Academy Award, but it's another Australian, designer Catherine Martin
, who's now her country’s most prolific Oscar winner.
Martin won two Oscars for her work on husband Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, taking out the Best Costume Design and Best Production Design categories. That puts her total tally at four, one gong above Orry-Kelly, who won three awards for his design contributions to An American in Paris, Les Girls and Some Like It Hot. Martin had previously won two Oscars for Moulin Rouge in 2002.
Though The Great Gatsby earned mixed reviews from critics, the opulent costumes and hedonistic sets won over even F. Scott Fitzgerald extremists. Miuccia Prada designed 40 background dresses as well as some of Carey Mulligan’s costumes, while Brooks Brothers supplied a further 1,200 in total (some of the party scenes had almost 300 extras outfitted in unique costumes).
The film’s release also coincided with the great Jazz Age revival of Spring 2012. Designers including Gucci and Ralph Lauren found inspiration in the flapper era, and trend reports everywhere added fuel to the roaring 20s fire. Vogue interpreted the trend more literally by giving Mulligan a full Gatsby-themed cover for the May 2013 issue, after a lengthy mutual courtship with Luhrmann (he created all the videos for the Met Costume Institute – now the Anna Wintour Costume Center — 2012 ‘Schiaparelli and Prada’ exhibition, and Mulligan co-chaired the corresponding Met Gala).
In the Best Costumes category, Martin was up against the designers for The Grandmaster, The Invisible Woman, 12 Years a Slave and, most significantly, American Hustle. Fellow Australian designer and top contender Michael Wilkinson, who brought the characters of American Hustle to life with his bold 70s costumes, studied at Sydney’s National Institute of Dramatic Art about the same time as Martin.
They might not boast massive star power, but Australian costume designers are having a bigger influence on high street (and high) fashion than anyone might have anticipated.
Big hair with even bigger news as the inimitable Suzy Menkes announces she is changing publications. After almost 2 million words and an era defining 25 years as Style Editor at the The International New York Times (formerly International Herald Tribune), the infamous fashion journalist has been appointed as international editor for Vogue. Her new role will see her becoming an active presence as a reporter and critic for all of its international sites outside of the U.S.
British-based Menkes will also be able to remain in London whilst working for the Condé Nast publication, covering 19 markets including Britain, France, Italy, China, Russia and Japan.
This marks a true change for the industry as Menkes has been a front row mainstay for the INYT for a quarter of a century, but there looks to be exciting prospects on the horizon with Vogue, particularly for such a revered fashion figure head.
In a statement today, Menkes remarked that "change is good, it's what fashion is all about." Alongside her continuation of online writing, she will also be heading up a new annual luxury goods conference with Condé Nast International.
British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman is certainly excited about the news saying on Vogue.com that “her experience is invaluable and I have always admired her."
Whilst her start date for her job is unconfirmed, Menkes has already noted her gratitude to the newspaper she is leaving: "I am grateful to have spent 25 years at the International Herald Tribune — a newspaper where I had unstinting support in being able to express myself freely and honestly. I feel this is the perfect time to embrace a new challenge in the digital age."
Carla Zampatti has been announced as the “Mercedes-Benz Presents” designer for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2014.
Zampatti will take the opening spot when things kick off on Sunday 06 April, marking an impressive 49 years in the volatile industry. It will be the second time MBFWA has been held at Carriageworks after its game-changing move was announced in 2012, and only the second time Zampatti has showed at the event in its 19-year history. Her shows traditionally take place off-site at an earlier date.
The “Mercedes-Benz Presents” award commends designers for dedication to the use of quality materials, unique style, and innovative design. It will place Zampatti, who previously received the Australian Fashion Industry’s prestigious Australian Fashion Laureate, among overseas “Mercedes-Benz Presents” luminaries including Carolina Herrera, Derek Lam, Hervé Léger by Max Azria, Narciso Rodriguez, and Schumacher. Locally, Easton Pearson and Johanna Johnson have been recognized in previous years.
“Carla Zampatti is undoubtedly one of Australia’s most established and influential designers,” Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific CEO Horst von Sanden said. “We are honored to welcome her into the ‘Mercedes-Benz Presents’ program, which continues to support the industry globally.”
Zampatti is about to take over Collette Dinnigan’s former store in Sydney’s Woollahra (RIP) and will also open a new boutique in Brisbane’s Indooroopilly. In a retail climate where local labels are increasingly threatened by overseas fast fashion chains, it’s nice to see one of our stalwarts thrive in the face of them.
Image: Carla Zampatti's Facebook