Effortless and minimal are words you could use to describe the aesthetic of many young Australian designers, but perhaps none more so than Kahlo. One half (Rachelle Sinclair) of the emerging label used to work as a stylist before turning her hand to designing, while the other half (Fay Ogunbadejo) heads up the business side. Together they have created a brand that expressly rejects anything fussy in favour of sophisticated tailoring, clean silhouettes and a neutral colour palette.
Fitting, then, that for Spring 2013 they’ve collaborated with ModelCo. The equally fuss-free beauty brand created a minimal look for Kahlo’s latest campaign that likely draws a smidgeon of inspiration from Sinclair’s own everyday beauty look (hint: It’s the kind many women only attain through using 25 different products to make it look like they’ve just rolled out of bed). Bronzer is clearly the pièce de résistence of ModelCo’s cosmetics bag this season, and is complemented here by natural browns, a slick of mascara, and perfectly disorderly locks. Applying them to the face and head of the impossibly stunning Emily Jean Bester could not have been a more appropriate choice.
Then there’s the clothing itself. The Kahlo girl never changes her up wardrobe drastically from season to season but always manages to look incredibly fresh. Crisp shirting and tailored separates are her main jam, but she doesn’t shy away from a good cut-out leather crop top. Who said simple had to be boring?
In the latest round of Designer Musical Chairs, with Raf Simons leaving Jil Sander to take the helm at Christian Dior post Galliano-gate, and Hedi Slimane taking over Yves Saint Laurent (which he promptly changed to Saint Laurent Paris), only the ousted Stefano Pilati seemed left standing with no chair to fill. It seems at last that he has found a worthwhile seat within the Zegna Group, where he will be Head of Design for luxury menswear label Ermenegildo Zegna (Pilati designed menswear in addition to womenswear during his reign at YSL) and will also be Creative Director of Agnona, a womens luxury ready-to-wear and accessories brand founded in 1953. Forum members are anticipating that the new assignments will be a good fit for both Pilati and the Zegna group.
“Yay I'm so excited with this news,” Flashbang commented. “Ermenegildo Zegna, as much as I love the label's classic work, needs some edge and I'm sure Pilati will do a good job there.”
Mutterlein shared her thoughts on the new gig as well: “While not the most exciting appointment in terms of big high fashion glitz, it does seem like a really natural and practical pairing. I think Pilati already knows the Zegna and Agnona customers extremely well, and I think part of the issue was that he wrongly identified them as the YSL customer. It's great to see him in a place where he can really let go and do HIM. And to that point, it's great for him to be at a house with a heritage and not a legacy, he's more open to interpretation, he can really indulge who he is without the discrepancies forming between his work and the house's legacy. Very exciting!”
Let’s hope this means that most of the big name designers have ended up where they belong for a while. Our heads are spinning from following the intense (and exciting) game of Designer Musical Chairs over the last couple of years, and we’re getting kind of dizzy at this point.
Yesterday morning saw the press launch of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s new lingerie range, Rosie for Autograph at the department store Marks and Spencer. The Victoria's Secret model and actress has created her own luxurious collection consisting of 33 pieces, which includes French knickers and silk lingerie cami sets. Apparently, Rosie explained that when she was younger, she actually dreamed of becoming a fashion designer rather than a model, so she really enjoyed designing the collection. We’re also pretty sure that she didn’t mind becoming an international model instead, nice back-up plan if you can get it!
Rosie explained that her collection is influenced by the opulent elegance of the 1920s, as it’s her favourite era. In order to do her design research, she had to trawl through clothing and jewellery in her favourite vintage stores and flea markets in Paris, LA, and London. It’s a hard life! As well as also being particularly inspired by intricate patterns which she found in vintage magazines and design books.
Made from luxurious silk and delicately inspired French lace, her lingerie range is available in A to E cup, with certain pieces going through to a G cup. With prices starting at £12.50 for knickers, £22.50 for bras, and £65 for kimonos, it won't break the bank.
Rosie’s Launch Style
For the press launch (right), Rosie opted for one of Marks and Spencer’s very own peplum dresses, costing £55 from its Autograph line. She also accessorised it with one of their double leather belts, which is a total steal at £25, considering the amount of items you could wear it with. You can check out these gems, as well as Rosie’s lingerie collection on the M&S website
Elke Krammerdoes not stop. She art directs her own art and fashion zine Lilacmenace, she has collaborated on everything from jewellery to yardage prints with fellow designers including Mala Brajkovic and Jessie Hill, and she’s illustrated and art directed her way into the pages of Russh, Yen, Nylon, and Dazed and Confused Japan. In 2004, she added “Accessories Mastermind” to her resume with her eponymous jewellery line, and now she’s turning her dexterous hand to eyewear.
Krammer’s latest venture is a small yet strong capsule collection for killer local eyewear label Colab. The range consists of only two frame styles for both guys and girls, available in a carefully selected series of colours named after chapters of French poet Charles Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal. Like Elke Krammer jewellery, the styles are bold, geometric and expensive-looking, channeling a Mad Men-esque vintage vibe with oversized circles for the girls and classy square shades for the boys.
Model of the moment Emily Jean Bester does her best fabulously quirky housewife impression for the equally beautiful campaign, working a crop of striking tortoiseshell curls like a pro. The themes of debauchery and eroticism that pervade Baudelaire’s 1857 tome are probably there if you want them to be, but otherwise, both campaign and collection are pure exquisiteness.
If you want to see what the Calvin Klein Push Positive Bra looks like on a supermodel, today the brand released a short video spot starring Lara Stone and her giant bosom.
Not too many models outside Victoria's Secret are known to be very top-heavy, but Stone's the truly exceptional exception. I was a little hesitant to post the video below because it's pretty raunchy (and I'm all about class). The Dutch model dances around to Salt-N-Pepa's "Push It" against a sparse white background. She wiggles her hips, presses her tongue against the roof of her mouth, and periodically sings along with the song. "Push it," she says, because she's selling a push-up bra. So subtle.
If some of the creative choices are a little on-the-nose for my taste, Stone's actual performance is pretty interesting. The door was open for the model to go full-out bombshell, but if Lara Stone's a bombshell, she's the weirdest one in town. Her gapped-teeth have long been central to her appeal, but her oddbal allure is truly at its most provocative in a straight mainstream video like this one.