There's always another designer/retailer limited-edition collection on the horizon. ALWAYS. Here's one: on November 13, eBay is launching an exclusive collection with seven designers. Billy Reid, Chris Benz, Fallon, Jonathan Adler, Ruffian, Steven Alan, and Tibi are all participating in the e-commerce retailer's "Holiday Collective." Items will be available from $50 to $100 in several categories, including womenswear, menswear, home, travel, and electronics accessories.
This is not just one of your run-of-the-mill collaborations. Oh no. This is a "collective" which must mean it has a horizontal structure and makes decisions by a process of consensus. Finally! Someone has a new vision for the fashion industry.
BTW, that's a photo of Chris Benz. He's already aware that his hair makes him look like a troll doll, so I won't call him out on it.
Image via WWD
Lanvin's Fall 2012 campaign is as wonderful as we've come to expect from the French fashion house. For the past year, all of the brand's campaigns have followed a kind of opulent aesthetic which flirts with the comic and the bizarre. Head designer Alber Elbaz and creative directors Ronnie Cooke Newhouse and Stephen Wolstenholme of House + Holme followed the charming dance-y Fall 2011 ads with a glorious and satanic dinner party scene for Spring 2012.
Like their previous campaigns, the latest one is set indoors, in someone's luxurious home. But this time, the women of Lanvin find themselves alone, seemingly making difficult choices between stunning Lanvin purses for a night out. When I say "women of Lanvin," I mean that in a very specific way: the stars of these ads aren't models, but just gals "like you and me" — except not really, because they're obviously extremely glamorous and posing for photographer Steven Meisel and their photos will run in the most exclusive fashion glossies all over the world. WWD reports that the phenomenal 80-year-old model (below, right) was a former Apollo showgirl, and that she'd initially come to Paris to become a model. Lanvin wins again: this time, it hasn't just pulled off a stunning ad campaign, but also a happy ending. Cool beans.
Image scans via TFS forums
In a deserved, albeit slightly predictable, victory, Dion Lee has taken out the Australian Woolmark Prize award. The award was presented at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art on Monday night, earning Lee a sizeable $50,000 for excellence using Australian merino wool and a spot in the International Woolmark Prize competition to be judged next Feburary.
Since launching his brand in 2008, Dion Lee has emerged as Australia’s most exciting rising talent. Known for his unconventional yet exquisite use of precision tailoring, he has garnered lavish praise from the likes of Tim Blacks for his seasonal collections presented at London Fashion Week as well as being responsible for two of the most desired labels on the local market. Line II by Dion Lee is the diffusion capsule further honing in on the designer’s shirting and tailoring prowess. His winning piece for Woolmark was a tailored grey dress with spine-like rubber film down the back and softer black blended wool sleeves.
Clearly these accolades mean Dion Lee provided the other five Australian finalists — Kym Ellery, Christopher Esber, Magdalena Velevska, Carl Kapp and Song for the Mute — with competition stiffer than a lapel fused with three layers of interfacing. Dion Lee is a brand that doesn’t just have design chops but has a huge international potential. On why they selected the designer, Vogue Australia editor-in-chief Edwina McCann said, “The judges had to consider who was best placed in terms of the development of their business and creative skills to represent Australia in the final round of competition in London in February 2013.”
It’s great that Australia has such a marketable export, but it also means that less internationally successful young talents such as Christopher Esber, who McCann praised for his innovation and astonishing creativity, probably never stood a real chance.
In February, Lee will go up against Sophie Theallet (US), Christian Wijnats (Europe), Ban Xiao Xue (China), and a yet-to-be-announced designer from India, competing for a $100,000 prize and the opportunity to have his brand stocked in some of the world’s top department stores.
Image via Vogue.com.au
If you're young, not so dumb, and full of fun, Jason Wu thinks you should be shopping more of his designs. The man is probably right! The Taiwan-born designer's been having a fine old time of a career ever since he won the Fashion Group International's Rising Star Award in 2008, just two years out of college. He also earned a Vogue Fashion Fund nomination, but his career wasn't truly signed, sealed, and delivered until Michelle Obama wore one of his gowns to the Inauguration Ball in early 2009. (Woah, good moment for a see-how-far-you've-come flashback! Just try and remember where you were that night, and next recall all the things that happened between then and now.)
Well, anyway. Jason Wu: he's no longer just for First Ladies. The young designer is going even younger, and launching a new collection exclusively at Nordstrom for cute, cool, downtown-y girls. Like you, of course! (You're so pretty! Have I ever told you that you're just so, so pretty? If you were any prettier it would be like, dangerous, because I'd petition to have you exiled from Earth.)
The line's called Miss Wu, after his brand's lady owl mascot, and it's not just a lower-priced version of his primary collection: “Instead of just doing ‘Jason Wu-for-less,’ the idea is to explore the other side of myself. I always see Jason Wu [the collection] as my aesthetic, my design sensibility. Miss Wu is my personality. It was really fun to explore that facet of who I am — slightly more downtown, and with a more relaxed attitude.” Get it? You can tell that Miss Wu is a totally chill, fun girl but with a lot of class because she always wears a hat. Also, she can't possibly be that chill, because her top costs $195 and her leather jacket costs $795. Chill girls don't buy great clothes — they're born wearing them.
We’ve all been hearing the gory details about Lady Gaga’s fragrance Fame for what seems like forever, and now we have a visual. Steven Klein photographed the Mama Monster nude and strategically covered in crawling Lilliputian men. The campaign image has not sold forum members on the virtues of this new scent.
“This is incredibly disturbing,” ParisFashionMuse posted. “I don’t want any piece of her fame even if it comes in a tacky bottle. I would rather buy Britney Spears’ perfume,” she admitted.
Chanelcouture09 commented, “Oh Jesus. I'm bored of seeing her trying to be controversial, shocking or scandalous; she's just irritating. She's like a mosquito when you're on holiday; you're constantly trying to get away from it and/or trying to squash it. I'm failing to come to terms with the fact Steven Klein shot this; his work is usually gorgeous and dark. This is just tacky. It looks just like Small Soldiers in the 90s, or the little army guys in Toy Story.” So, Lady Gaga has taken something with positive associations from childhood and made it perverted. What else is new?
Spike413 for one, came to Gaga’s defense. “I have to wonder if everyone in here would have the same reaction to this very same image if it wasn't Gaga in it,” he mused. “Honestly, her gimmicks may be tired at times, but so is the constant stream of hating. It's so utterly predictable.”
The hate is predictable, but so is Lady Gaga. This scent is going to be a runaway hit with all of her Little Monsters. They’re kind of predictable too, aren’t they?
H&M confirmed the rumors that Lana del Rey is starring in its Fall 2012 ad campaign, and since the songstress has been cultivating a bit of a retro image, the brand decided to embrace that vibe for the campaign. The newly released images, photographed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, show the singer in a monochromatic peach look composed of skinny jeans and a fluffy sweater. Her signature Priscilla Presley-esque hair, long talon-like nails, and nude lip with a smoky eye are on full display. In keeping with the 50s feel of the campaign, Lana also performs a cover of Elvis’ “Blue Velvet” in a short film on the H&M website.
Typically highly critical, forum members were fully on board with the campaign. “Love how she's styled for this, well done H&M,” TeeVanity commended.
Mchunu posted, “I am seeing the 50s reference come through very strongly here, but what I like most about it is how modern it is. Despite the theme, she does not look like a caricature from the 50s glamazon era.”
We’re ok with a celebrity getting the campaign, as long as it’s not permanent. MulletProof wrote, “Lana looks amazing. I only hope they don't make a habit out of this because I still prefer models.”
If you find yourself fighting over one of these sweaters come fall, you might find that your tug-of-war opponent is a Fashion Spot forum member. Be forewarned, we all want this sweater.