Canadian designer Jeremy Laing has had the kind of career most homegrown talent can only dream of. Shortly after completing his studies at Ryerson University and the University of Westminster in London, Laing apprenticed under Alexander McQueen, eventually freelancing for the designer and designing showpiece items for his collection. Laing launched his eponymous label in New York in 2005, garnering attention from TheNew York Times and Fashion Wire Daily, the latter saying the designer was “as deeply mindful of the design of his clothes as he is interested in their conceptual impact.”
He quickly established himself as a thoughtful master of drapery and tailoring, mixing menswear-inspired techniques with couture. Despite rapidly rising beyond indie darling status to court international buyers in fashion capitols around the world with signature smart-chic designs like a seamless, full-length dress with a software-rendered pattern and a bleach-dyed velvet suit, Laing eventually found himself in the middle of an industry that thrives largely on million-dollar marketing campaigns and fast-fashion appeal. As such, he shuttered his label last summer.
“So you see a lot of people who, like all my heroes, are dead, out of business or have imploded one way or another,” he told The Globe and Mail last week. “There’s something about this business that draws very sensitive people to it and then there’s something about this business that can take the best out of them. To me, it wasn’t a point I felt was worth getting to.”
Laing hasn’t completely abandoned the field, however. He designed the Politics of Fashion | Fashion of Politics exhibit currently being shown at Toronto’s Design Exchange. And he still hasn’t decided what his next move will be, but one thing is for certain, we haven’t seen the last of Laing.
As Paris Fashion Week got off to a brilliant start, Numéro released its October cover via Facebook. The French title commissioned Txema Yeste to photograph Amanda Wellsh for Issue #157. Amanda resembles a member of The Addams Family as she stares out toward the reader wearing a gun print ensemble with her head tilted back in the rather haunting fall image.
IMAGE: FACEBOOK.COM/NUMEROMAG VIA TFS FORUMS
Members of our forums cannot contain their excitement. “God, amazing cover,” raved burbuja8910.
“That’s an intense cover. Like it,” declared Kanna.
Also full of praise was eneroenero, who simply posted, “Bravo Txema!”
KateTheGreatest seemed thrilled to see the Spanish photographer shoot for French Numéro, “Finally a cover for Txema Yeste!” The cover actually marks the photographer’s second cover shoot for French Numéro, after shooting Aymeline Valade for the magazine back in May 2014.
Bruce7Lee shared the same sentiments: “Great job again Txema!”
“So good, I like it a lot,” added TeeVanity.
There were a few members who took slight issue with the cover, though. “Viewing the image from the thumbnail, I gulped. It’s actually quite OK otherwise. Is that embroidery on her face? More interested to see Tilda‘s editorial,” said Benn98.
Are you a fan? Check out the thread for even more glowing reviews and await the content of the issue here.
What is love? Well, i-D magazine asks that exact question as Sasha Pivovarova makes the cover of the magazine’s Fall 2014 issue, and our forums have been set ablaze. The Russian model and mother of one wears Louis Vuitton as Glen Luchford captured the fresh-faced beauty for the black and white cover image. As usual, the cover shot sticks to i-D‘s signature style with Sasha’s blond tresses cascading down one side of her face to conceal an eye.
IMAGE: ID.VICE.COM VIA TFS FORUMS
Sasha seems to be one of those models who just keeps hitting it out of the park for our forum members. “I´m speechless… she looks amazing! The styling and photography look so right for her,” exclaimed kokobombon.
“Sasha can’t do wrong!” agreed Lifeispeachy.
Nepenthes was on board with the cover and wrote, “Stunning, love how gentle the hair looks over her eye!”
Also sharing an enthusiastic attitude was KateTheGreatest: “Love is the right word for this cover, the best one in a really long time.”
“I’ve missed Sasha on covers! There’s just nothing to complain about, everything looks perfect!” said Valentine27, clearly yet another satisfied Sasha fan.
Although not everyone was ecstatic. “Great seeing Sasha and she does look good, but I was hoping for a little more than this,” commented justaguy, who was left underwhelmed.
Benn98 was equally unfulfilled and posted, “Well, it’s certainly not what I expected, but it’s passable.”
Underwhelming or overwhelming? You decide! See inside the thread and join the discussion here.
Raf Simons showed his latest for Dior today to a smattering of fashion industry and celebrity elites. Marion Cotillard, Natalia Vodianova, Dakota Fanning, Coco Rocha, Olivia Palermo and several others were in attendance, taking in the scene from inside the mirrored space the label built for the show.
Giovanna Battaglia filmed the collection’s final walk for her Instagram, which was momentarily obstructed by a certain bob-wearing editrix who seemed as if she couldn’t get out of the show quickly enough. Towards the end of Battaglia’s video, we see Anna Wintour run into the frame, dashing out of the space in a hurry.
Was the show that bad? Our forum members were definitely not feeling the threads this time around, but Anna more likely had another appointment to get to (she’s a busy gal). It’s nice to know the editrix likes to get to her engagements on time, which is more that we can say for a certain celebrity couple making the rounds at PFW.
It seems like these days, being named a U.N. ambassador is the look for the celeb set. Emma Watson had pretty much everyone swooning over her “game-changing” speech about feminism during the U.N.’s #HeForShe event last weekend. Victoria Beckham is the latest celebrity to snag the esteemed title as the newest UNAIDS International Goodwill Ambassador.
“I’m a passionate supporter of women. I want to support women, I want to empower women and I believe that everybody has the right to a healthy life,” she said at a press conference announcing her new role. Victoria has been quite an active advocate for HIV/AIDS afflicted mothers. She recently auctioned off items from her personal wardrobe in partnership with The Outnet. Proceeds from that benefited the mothers2mothers charity, which helps HIV-infected mothers get proper medical treatment to keep them from passing on the virus to their babies.
This latest partnership with the U.N. is clearly a way for the designer to continue her work. “I’m a mother. I’m a woman. I want to do whatever it is that I can do to lend my voice, raise awareness.” She credits a recent trip to South Africa as her inspiration for getting involved with the organization.
“I went to Cape Town and I was so touched by the women that I met, I felt inspired and I came home and I knew I had to do something…every woman out there has the right to health and every woman has the right to give her children a healthy future.”
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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are having the best worst Paris Fashion Week ever. Things started on a high for them, attending the Balenciaga show on Wednesday with their 15-month-old daughter, North West, who basically stole the show from her famous parents with her innate adorableness. But things started to go downhill for the couple yesterday when they left the tyke at home.
Before yesterday’s Balmain show, Kim was attacked by celebrity prankster Vitalii Sediuk, who grabbed at the reality star’s legs nearly bringing her to the ground. Now, reports are surfacing that the drama didn’t end there for Kimye.
After hitting up Balmain, the pair were off to Lanvin, which, in true Kimye fashion, they simply couldn’t make on time because of their supremely busy schedules. In fact, Kim and Kanye were 40 minutes late to the show, leaving editors, buyers and journalists waiting for them to arrive. British Vogue sent out something of a shady tweet once the guests of honor finally showed up:
But it was the runway photographers who really let the couple know how they felt about the big hold-up. Page Six reports that as soon as Kimye stepped into the venue, the photographers started booing them. Kanye apparently went up to the photo pit and asked them to sop booing him and his wife, who had clearly been through enough that day.
Anyone who has been to a fashion show knows that the photo pit can get a little boisterous when someone commits a fashion show faux pas. Yelling and screaming is not atypical when photogs get frustrated. No matter how important you think you are, there will always be a shutterbug to bring you back to reality.
[via Page Six]