Birdy and Jeff Koons at the H&M Fashion Loves Art launch event, Getty
“Can I have three of those?”
More than two-dozen of the Jeff Koons “Balloon Dog” leather crossbody bags were dripping off the arms and shoulders of the H&M salesperson, who happily handed over the requested number to the party guest. Only 800 of the highly coveted $49.95 bags have been allotted to this shiny new H&M location on Fifth Avenue, and based on last night’s frenzy, it remains to be seen whether any will still be on hand when they become available to the public on Thursday.
Why all the fervor? Welcome to Jeff Koons for H&M, the much-touted collab between the world’s most high-profile artist and the world’s best-known fast-fashion retailer. Past H&M collabs have featured Karl Lagerfeld, Isabel Marant and Alber Elbaz for Lanvin, but this may just be the poshest audience the retailer has ever enjoyed for an opening-night party: Olivia Wilde, Ashley Benson, Alek Wek, Lorenzo Martone, Timo Weiland, Nicky Hilton, Julie Henderson and Tinsley Mortimer were among those who joined Koons on the red carpet. Wilde and Benson both sported sleek black suits—both by H&M, natch, and both accessorized with the bag. (Benson, it was announced last week, joins Wek as the latest face of H&M’s campaigns.)
Koons has been everywhere, it seems, since the June 27 opening of his retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art (that hot-ticket show closes Oct. 19). There was his appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers last week, while in late June he was on hand at Rockefeller Center to christen the debut of his “Split Rocker” floral sculpture, located in the same spot where his “Puppy” sculpture famously stood in 1992. And now it’s all about the “Fashion Loves Art” marriage, as H&M is marketing it, with Koons’ “Balloon Dog” affixed to those sought-after leather bags. Given that the celebrated sculpture went for $58.4 million at an auction in November last year, $49.95 is pennies in comparison to have a little Koons in your life.
For the artist, the collab made sense: “The partnership with H&M was really exciting for me, and the chance to showcase one of my most popular works to a new generation of people was inspiring,” he said in a press statement. Also on hand last night: Adam Weinberg, the Alice Pratt Brown director of the Whitney, and Scott Rothkopf, curator of the Koons retrospective. If the “Balloon Dog” bag sells out on Fifth Avenue or online, head straight to the Whitney — to check out the exhibition, of course, but also because word is the museum will have a limited number of the bag on hand.
The night was capped with a performance by British singer Birdy on the store’s street level; Koons, Wilde and others watched from the VIP space cordoned off on the second-floor balcony. And as Birdy serenaded the guy everyone in New York is talking about, a steady stream of shopping bags paraded out of the store, a bounty of Balloon Dogs making their way into the world.
Nicholas Haywood Jewellery Concierge has tapped blogging duo Elle Ferguson and Tash Sefton of They All Hate Us for its latest NHJC and DJULA collections. It’s no wonder. Just one of the blog’s Instagram posts gets more attention than the jeweller’s entire account, and with the combined strength of the pair’s individual social media stats, the new campaign, “Where fashion meets fine jewellery,” has the potential to achieve some pretty big numbers.
The news came out via an unraveling of photos on Nicholas Haywood’s Instagram, respectively on Elle’s and Tash’s “personal” Instagrams, and of course, a behind-the-scenes photo package on their blog, telling their ever-growing They All Hate Us followers the news. “We especially loved these fine diamond pieces as they are not just beautifully delicate but extremely cool,” the girls wrote on their blog.
Not only do these girls have a highly popular blog that, for the most part, finds images on the Internet and republishes them into a “moodboard,” they’ve also got that minimalistic style thing in the bag. We’ll admit the fine jewellery was shown in a great light against Tash and Elle’s all-black outfits, comprised of leathers and lace.
The stunning beach backdrop and white flower bouquets topped it all off for the shoot by photographer Caroline McCredie, with all the pieces now available on Nicholas Haywood’s online store. If you’re confused on how to style these delicacies, just take a cue from the super-stylish fashion bloggers.
Photo: SJ Lingerie
Luxury Australian-made label Sally Jones Lingerie has just relaunched under its new name of SJ Lingerie as Sally Jones, the original founder, takes a step back from the business and Katie Rackley moves forward as the new creative director and owner of the brand.
“With the internal changes as well as the new direction of Sally Jones Lingerie, we felt that it was the best possible time to relaunch,” Katie explains, without neglecting Sally’s 20-year experience in the lingerie industry. “We wanted the label to have fresh appeal to new customers but also reflect its heritage.”
While the label specialising in exquisite and sophisticated lingerie pieces will continue using fine fabrics like French lace, delicate silks and Italian tulle, meaning nothing but the finest fabrics as a second skin for SJ customers, the relaunch will expectedly see a few changes for the elegant brand.
Katie tells theFashionSpot that the label will be “creating pieces that blur the lines between under and outerwear” by moving away from the use of underwire and sticking to a more refined colour palette of white, black and nude. “We love the fine line between intimate lingerie and lacy outerwear,” she says.
And although there’s a lot of new and exciting changes for the brand, previous owner Sally will still play a big role in the label’s new path, working closely with Katie on new design ideas. “Sally will continue to co-design the upcoming collections and oversee the manufacturing of all SJ garments,” Katie tells us.
To have a gander at the label’s amazing new look, see our gallery below or head on over to the brand’s online store where SJ Lingerie is sold exclusively. For any purchase you make, a percentage of the profit will support the Desert Flower Foundation, helping to end female genital disfigurement. (more…)
You wouldn’t think a grocery store would be making its mark in the fashion industry, especially when you usually only get socks, undies and maybe a Bonds hoodie when you pass that aisle during your midweek food shopping. But Coles is taking its expansion into fashion very seriously, with Ragtrader reporting on the growth of the store’s in-house fashion brand, Mix Apparel.
The range has recently touched down in 50 new stores, meaning the Mix Apparel collection is now available in 132 stores. “Australians appreciate great value and the Mix Apparel range gives them just that,” Coles Business Category Manager Apparel, James Lavdas told Ragtrader. “Affordable fashion that is on trend, fantastic quality and easily accessible.”
Even the brand’s online presence is skyrocketing, with a 300 percent increase over last year’s online sales and a 47 percent increase in searches for Mix Apparel online. Not only has the brand branched out from its initial basics range into on-trend fashion pieces, it’s also tapped some iconic Australian faces for the campaigns, including Ashley Hart and Daniel McPherson.
A mix of fashion bloggers are also backing the brand, including Where The Styled Things Are and They All Hate Us, convincing consumers this up-and-coming label is hip and happening. The relatable models like Ashley and Daniel, the stylish bloggers and Mix Apparel’s growing online community taking selfies for the brand’s social media competition make it easy to see how these wallet-friendly and fashionable pieces can be styled well.
With prices starting at just $6 for women, plus the option of being able to liven up your mandatory grocery shopping, we’re completely sold. Find out if Mix Apparel is sold in a Coles near you, or simply buy online.
Just when we thought Langley Fox couldn’t get any cooler, she up and collaborates with one of our favorite e-tailers. The model and illustrator has teamed up with Everlane, the quintessential destination for affordable luxury basics, on a two-style range of women’s tank tops you can shop right now.
Langley says she went into the project with images of a tank top she once borrowed from her sister dancing in her head. She loved the piece so much, that she used the collaboration as an opportunity to recreate the staple. And we guess a good amount of other women will experience some of the joys that come with having such a versatile piece, now that she’s recreated the top.
For this modest offering, Langley puts forth a high-necked muscle tank with asymmetric hem, small side slits and a front pocket. Her second piece, dubbed the “drape tank,” boasts a loose silhouette with a scoopneck, rounded hem and backseam. The muscle tank will retail for $28, while you can pick up the draped version for $24. Both pieces, which Langley says can be worn with “something crazier or pair[ed] with classic denim jeans,” will be available in white, black and navy.
Watch the video above to hear a little more about the inspiration behind the line. Then pick up your own tanks at Everlane’s site.
Let’s just come out and say it: this could be Kristen Stewart‘s best acting gig yet. Indie rocker Jenny Lewis tapped Stewart, Anne Hathaway, Tennessee Thomas and Brie Larson to appear in her music video for “One of the Guys” — in which each dresses in drag with hilarious results.
Donning Adidas tracksuits, silly facial hair (we cannot stop laughing at Lewis’ raggedy ginger goatee or Hathaway’s rat tail), bad wigs and baseball caps, each woman mimes and swaggers about, putting on her best impression of male bravado. There’s crotch grabbing, breakdancing, even a little baby daddy drama–Lewis clutches a positive pregnancy test and the camera cuts to the singer in drag mouthing, “It’s not f***ing mine.” But no performance is as hilarious as Kristen Stewart’s–the mustachioed actress really nails that sleazy, douchey dudebro persona, coaxing the camera to her and pointing at her imaginary junk. She almost plays the role too well.
If anything, the video will have you laughing. Watch the whole thing above.