Following the release of a heartfelt interview with Vanity Fair, Camp John Galliano is ramping up their publicity efforts, under the leadership of the former Dior designer's publicist, Liz Rosenberg (famous for her work representing another polarizing figure, Madonna).
Yesterday we learned Oscar de la Renta, who hosted Galliano at his studio this past Fashion Week in New York, helped the designer secure an hour-long sitdown interview with PBS host Charlie Rose (reportedly a close friend of ODLR), scheduled to tape today.
Another powerful fashion figure is now publicly backing Galliano and his career recovery efforts. Jonathan Newhouse, chairman and CEO of Conde Nast International (publisher of titles like Vogue Paris), conducted a short and sweet interview with Vogue UK, declaring his support for the designer. (The interview is titled "Friends in High Places," a ballsy way of packaging a post about your boss.)
The publisher recounts how his "relationship [with Galliano] deepened and became a friendship" following the scandal which cost the designer his job and pushed him into rehab.
"I gave him books about the Holocaust and Jewish history and opened some doors to the Jewish community. I introduced him to Jewish leaders and a rabbi, Rabbi Barry Marcus from Central Synagogue, with whom he established a dialogue. We even attended synagogue together. I have tried to be a kind of guide and a source of support. I believe in John.
He is an enormous talent who lives to create, and the best thing would be for him to start making fashion again. I would love to see him come back."
[Friends in High Places — Vogue UK]
Following yesterday's news that Isabel Marant, a perennial victim of high street copying, is creating a capsule collection for H&M, here's another jarring fashion collaboration: The Paris Review, the beloved New York literary journal, is commemorating its 60th anniversary by partnering with Orlebar Brown on a limited-edition range of swimming trunks available exclusively at Barneys. (The British swimwear label has previously collaborated with Monocle, the globetrotting lifestyle magazine.)
The swim trunks (pictured right) feature iconic Paris Review cover illustrations and retail for $320, eight times the price of a one-year subscription to the quarterly publication.
With a circulation of just 16,000 (as of 2010), it's not surprising that The Paris Review would want to subsidize its operations and promote the magazine to a much sought-after market (boys with a $320 look-literary-at-the-beach budget), but still. I'm not sure that The Paris Review can be both one of the last remaining bastions of a once-vibrant American literary culture and a heritage brand.
Or as Barneys put it:
You can shop it here.
Casting a seemingly random bunch of actors, young and old, rising stars and legends, has been the successful formula for the last two Prada Menswear campaigns shot by David Sims. And why change the winning formula when there are so many awesome actors that have yet to get their spot in a Prada campaign? Miucca Prada seems to agree that there is no need to throw over that concept and chose yet another group of edgy actors to represent the brand in the new Fall 2013 campaign, described on the Prada Facebook page as being “inspired by the irreverent world of 60s New Wave cinema" and starring Christoph Waltz, Ben Whishaw and Ezra Miller. The campaign was met with praise and a plethora of superlatives on the tFS forums.
“OH MY GOD IT IS PERFECT IN EVERY WAY I AM SCREAMING! The flawless cast, the perfect mood, the amazing styling, the great photography… I AM SO HAPPY WITH THIS! Cannot wait to see Ben's shots in print! Ah, it's making my day!,” exclaimed an excited Thefrenchy.
kokobombon agreed, “[In my opinion] there´s not a single thing out of place here. Great cast and styling, beautiful color palette and set, everything is perfect!”
“I admire the simplicity and understated faces, which is always very Prada,” wrote vogue28.
And HeatherAnne added, “Love how all of these guys have such different appeals, and come together so harmoniously. Hits all their target markets too, so great job by Prada. It really is perfect, and timeless.”
LoveKatFashion called it “one of her favorite Prada campaigns ever” and emilylin went as far as saying it was “the best menswear ad ever!!”
Even without being familiar with the two younger actors in this campaign I have to admit that the cast for this campaign is sublime. You look at the images and don’t even question why these guys are in a Prada campaign, they seem like a natural fit for the Prada menswear aesthetic. But is it really the best Prada menswear campaign? Let us not forgot the hauntingly beautiful Prada menswear campaigns from the late 90s, shot by Glen Luchford. Or the moody campaigns from the mid-00s that were lensed by Hedi Slimane. Regardless of whether it really is the best Prada menswear campaign yet or whether it is just one more chapter being added to Prada’s history of stunning menswear campaigns, this is definitely another hit for Prada!
Image Credit: Facebook/Prada
The Council of Fashion Designers of America is aimed at promoting the work of our industry friends in, as the name suggests, America. But the CFDA’s annual glossy is repping two bright young Aussies hard.
Each year the CFDA produces a print mag called the CFDA journal to showcase the work of all the award nominees. Trey Laird has art directed it for the last six years and has always wanted to create it with photographer Peter Lindbergh. So this year he did as creatives do and made it happen: And when that happened 150 pages of magic happened, with Julia Nobis and Ruby Jean Wilson helming a good many of them. With names like Erin Wasson, Sasha Pivovarova and Kristen McMenamy in tow, they’re in pretty enviable company too.
The black and white photographs were presented in New York last week. “Peter and I wanted it to be like a running impression, almost like sketches, to show the mood and the feeling of each designer’s collection that they’re nominated for,” Laird told The Cut.
He also specifically paired models and designers based on their working relationships, which is a testament to the massive US pulling power of Nobis and Wilson. Not that anyone was in doubt that they already had it: Ruby has long been Marc Jacobs’ girl, and Julia and Proenza go waaaay back. Dad should be proud.
Images: Peter Lindbergh for the CFDA via The Cut
With all this current talk of NXNE, Osheaga music festival, the MMVAs, Digital Dreams music festival… I could go on because Canada really is a creative hotspot of music, one company you'd least expect is taking their brand in a wholly new direction.
Smart Set, who you probably know for its prim workwear separates and 2-4-1 promos, has announced a provocative 2013 summer music festival sponsorship in Ontario and Quebec. Throughout the summer months and beyond, Canadian consumers will see Smart Set embrace an energetic and innovative new objective, including a fun on-the-ground presence (read: a travelling confetti-filled bubble disco) at Canada’s hottest electronic music events like Digital Dreams (June 29 & 30, Toronto), Escapade (June 29 & 30, July 1, Ottawa), and Piknic Electronik (May 19 & 20, June 23 & 24, August 31, September 1 & 2, Montreal).
In the past few months, Smart Set has funnelled massive time, money and energy into redesigning its brand, no doubt in a bid to go after the hipster crowd and their increasingly disposable income. Smart move. While the music festival sponsorship is just one step in the brand's new commitment, shoppers will also notice larger-than-life graphics in display windows, innovative displays and trendier merchandise, featuring a finely curated collection of colourful styles and prints.
Graphic tees, short shorts and candy-coloured accessories now fill the shelves, while prominent hashtags and mantras — "Life's too short to wear boring clothes" — signify its embrace of more social media channels alongside its music festival collaborations.
And it's with that collaboration that I've compiled a collection of some music festival must-haves and survival tools to prepare you for wherever those wild summer weekends take you…
1. Smart Set straw fedora; $18; 2. Caudalie organic grape water facial spray; $10; 3. Ombrelle face cream SPF 60; $14.99 (never underestimate the anti-aging power of SPF!); 4. Smart Set colour block and striped scarf; $12; 5. David's Tea Some Velvet Morning tea; $7.50 (for the morning after a wild night); 6. Ancient Greek Sandals; $240; 7. Mini-wipes in lime; $2 (do I dare say a replacement for soap and water?)
London is renowned for its quirky fashion sense, and although it’s quite the norm to see such an eclectic mix of creative and funky outfits pacing the streets, there are still many who opt for a more conservative or heritage sense of style. You’re pretty much right in thinking that almost anything goes here — which means that Brits particularly love it when an overseas designer starts stocking in London town.
So, if you’re London based, you’ll be super excited to learn that you can now get your hands on these designers whilst out and about and hitting London’s shopping mile.
This German fashion designer has been a regular at Berlin Fashion Week for the past ten seasons, and his diffusion line Senses is now available in the department stores House of Fraser and Fenwick Brent Cross. Meaning, you can snap up catwalk-inspired pieces at a much lower price point. His Spring 2013 collection is a feast of gorgeous prints and sleek silhouettes. Check out some of the gems currently being stocked at House of Fraser.
If luxury lingerie is your thing, then you have to check out the French brand Aubade which has a flagship on South Molton Street, London, and is also stocked in Harrods. It mixes French sophistication with current trends ranging from racy animal prints right through to cool colourblocks. Check out their official website for a full range of designs.