PARIS — The fact that the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, where great financial and political minds get together in Davos, Switzerland, to pontificate on the pressing problems of the day, traditionally falls at the same time, or close to, the haute couture shows in Paris, where the 1 percent (or, to be fair, the .001 percent) get together to shop for made-to-order garments, has always seemed like a particularly pointed cosmic joke, told at fashion’s expense. Continue reading “At Versace and Dior, Designing a New Couture Context” »
At a time when sex and censorship are on everyone’s minds, Rick Owens – fashion’s king of kink – has entered unchartered territory: male nudity. During his AW15 ‘SPHINX’ show, the designer sent models down the runway in oversized peep-hole garments that gave the audience a flash of bare skin beneath as they walked – and in a few cases, revealed their penises. Continue reading “Balls Out at Rick Owens” »
PARIS — Hoping to reverse a prolonged sales slump at Gucci, its marquee brand, the French luxury group Kering said on Wednesday that it had promoted Alessandro Michele, Gucci’s head of accessories, to creative director. Continue reading “Bringing Hippie back: Gucci Picks Alessandro Michele as Its Next Creative Director” »
MILANO— The idealized “eco-leader” Stefano Pilati described backstage after his Ermenegildo Zegna show is the sort who might turn up at Davos with a brilliant plan for dismantling the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
“I was thinking of an imaginary demographic with a broader spectrum of consciousness than fashion,” the designer said. Just because a guy is politically alert, he added, doesn’t mean he has to “look like a nerd.” Continue reading “Zegna, Calvin Klein and Versace: To Serve and Protect” »
The klieg lights went up on Act III of John Galliano’s career on a rainy Monday in London, on the fourth floor of a brand-new eco-sensitive glass and steel office tower just around the corner from New Scotland Yard and behind Buckingham Palace. In case you missed it: new building, new businesslike beginning. Continue reading “Galliano’s debut for Maison Martin Margiela” »
For the last three years at about this time — which is to say, in the nascent days of the new year, when the calendar lies clear and the sense of possibility is at its apex — Selfridges, the British department store, has dedicated its windows, all 13 of them, to a new class of Bright Young Things: dozens of up-and-coming stars of fashion and art, including names like Simone Rocha, Christopher Shannon and Maarten van der Horst, who it thinks will shape what we wear and how we shop in the year to come. Continue reading “Fashion’s Two-Faced Relationship With Age” »
“We reinterpreted iconic Dior beauty codes in a collage-style image, inspired by the work of Robert Heinecken.” —Peter Philips Continue reading “The New Look” »
All games must be played by the rules;
but when it comes to loving you
I have broken them all.
I have written my last sentences
on a brick wall
Somewhere far from Paradise.
Somewhere far from you, Continue reading “Rules of Engagement” »
Wishing everyone a Christmas day filled with peace, happiness and love. Three things you can never get enough of…
Two Christmases ago Craig Ellis and Erin Deering were living on tinned food in Hong Kong. They couldn’t afford to fly home to Oz.
Unemployed, and with just $500 between them, they had moved to the Asian city with dreams of starting a swimsuit company, after a fateful chat on a Melbourne beach in 2011.
We realised if we could just sell one bikini per day that would make $30,000 per year. Continue reading “Is this the World Hottest Bikini?” »
Movie trailers have a reputation for spoiling what they’re meant to be promoting. Studios seem to have such little faith in the power of mystery, that their marketing materials tell us what happens deep into the second act of most upcoming films. But the new trailer for Inherent Vice, one of the year’s best and most difficult to follow films, does that rare thing: it makes seeing the movie more enjoyable without giving everything away. Continue reading “See the trailer before you see the movie…” »
The Holiday Season is upon us…for some it starts around Halloween night…when we find a way to transcend all that has plagued us thought the year and put it out there for everyone to see in the form of a ghoulish costume or sometimes just a different kind of make up…Something a bit more in tune with our state of being. Looking beyond the fake eye lashes and the mascara punctuated with droplets of red….try it next time….I came across this story this morning in the New York Times…The Ebola epidemic that has plagued many people in Africa and has reached our shores in cases where the carers have become the patients. Amongst the horrifying sights and the appalling news we have been able to witness if even from afar, we have been privy to some of the best that the human spirit is capable of…This the story of Dr. Ian Crozier. Many are the unsung heros in this battle that has taken such a toll in human lives. I am happy to transcribe this one. It represents to me the essence of the Season and even more so, the essence of what is so right about humankind and kindness… Continue reading “The Best Side of Us: An Ebola Doctor’s Return From the Edge of Death” »